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‘Resident Evil: Extinction’ and Paul W.S. Anderson’s Dawn of Self-Awareness

Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.

What happens when, even ten years on, a masterpiece still has not received its due? Well, you keep pushing for it, even in the face of a macrostructure of art evaluation that will have to collapse entirely
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Jerome Bixby’s The Man From Earth Celebrates its 10th anniversary With a New Blu-ray & DVD Set

“What if a man from the Upper Paleolithic had survived until the present day?”

The Special Edition Blu-ray + DVD Collector’s Set of the cult classic science fiction drama The Man From Earth will be available On November 21st from Mvd Entertainment Group

Directed by Richard Schenkman (A Diva’s Christmas Carol), The Man From Earth stars David Lee Smith (Fight Club, Zodiac), John Billingsley (2012, “True Blood”), William Katt (Carrie, “The Greatest American Hero”), Ellen Crawford (“ER”, Soldier), Tony Todd (Candyman, The Rock), Annika Peterson (The Devil You Know), Alexis Thorpe (American Wedding) and Richard Riehle (Bridesmaids, Office Space) in this special edition release (with disc only exclusive features) of the worldwide cult smash movie that dazzled critics and audiences alike and currently resides among IMDb’s top science fiction films of all time. The Man From Earth is the provocative final screenplay by renowned science fiction author and
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‘Rick and Morty’ Review: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Gets a Deadly Twist in ‘Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender’

‘Rick and Morty’ Review: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Gets a Deadly Twist in ‘Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender’
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Rick and Morty” Season 3, Episode 4, “Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender.”]

At its best, “Rick and Morty” is a show that’s been able to take the basic, ordinary parts of human life and spin them into grand, misshapen sci-fi horrors. Dogs taking over the world, parasites taking over happy memories, and a school dance becoming the platform for an army of Cronenbergs all came from a simple premise warped so fully that the result was twisted, unrecognizable bliss.

“Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender” is an episode as deceptive as its title. What starts as a means for a “Guardians of the Galaxy”-style adventure against a looming foe gets the “Rick and Morty” treatment by putting that formula in reverse. It’s no surprise that this show would take a premise with unlimited possibilities and trap this supersquad in a simplistic “Saw”-bstacle course. Even if some of it feels a little familiar, at least it’s sending things in a different direction.
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‘Rick and Morty’ Review: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Gets a Deadly Twist in ‘Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender’

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‘Rick and Morty’ Review: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Gets a Deadly Twist in ‘Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender’
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Rick and Morty” Season 3, Episode 4, “Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender.”]

At its best, “Rick and Morty” is a show that’s been able to take the basic, ordinary parts of human life and spin them into grand, misshapen sci-fi horrors. Dogs taking over the world, parasites taking over happy memories, and a school dance becoming the platform for an army of Cronenbergs all came from a simple premise warped so fully that the result was twisted, unrecognizable bliss.

“Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender” is an episode as deceptive as its title. What starts as a means for a “Guardians of the Galaxy”-style adventure against a looming foe gets the “Rick and Morty” treatment by putting that formula in reverse. It’s no surprise that this show would take a premise with unlimited possibilities and trap this supersquad in a simplistic “Saw”-bstacle course. Even if some of it feels a little familiar, at least it’s sending things in a different direction.
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How Kurt Russell Redefined Heroism in ‘Dark Blue,’ An La Riots Story 15 Years Ahead of Its Time

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How Kurt Russell Redefined Heroism in ‘Dark Blue,’ An La Riots Story 15 Years Ahead of Its Time
When Kurt Russell stepped into the detective’s uniform for “Dark Blue,” he wasn’t just accepting another movie role. He was taking a stand. He was destroying an image he’d spent two decades building, and turning his back on the American hero audiences had come to recognize at the sight of him.

Becoming a villain sounds kind of heroic, doesn’t it?

It was.

Dark Blue” is one of those low-budget cop dramas you don’t see made at studios anymore. At a reported $15 million, Ron Shelton’s feature couldn’t even make back its budget. First released at an Italian film festival in mid-December 2002, it was dumped in the U.S. during February 2003 for a cumulative worldwide haul of just over $12 million.

Big surprise. Opening out of awards season, the movie chronicled events leading up and through the Los Angeles riots in 1992, depicting a racially divided city
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Game Theory: Paul W.S. Anderson and the Filmic Board Game

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Raúl Ruiz’s 1980 short film, Snakes And Ladders, follows H as he begins playing a board game where the world around him gradually becomes the board. H comes upon two men playing ludo on a table and as he joins in, the field of play continuously grows, moving from the tabletop to Paris, Europe, the world, and finally all of existence. H’s movement in the game becomes the work of chance governed by the roll of the dice and as he progresses he gradually comes to realize that he is the die, and that he is the game piece being moved about on the map. The cosmic forces controlling H ultimately reach into the frame, emphatically presenting an author surrogate in the form of a hand. Director Paul W.S. Anderson creates filmic board games similar to Snake And Ladders without explicitly revealing his authorial hand. He leaves the author’s presence unstated,
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New Ways to See Non-Fiction: How MoMA Doc Fortnight Brings a Fresh Perspective to Documentary Films

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) kicks off its 16th annual Doc Fortnight on Thursday, a 10-day festival that includes 20 feature-length non-fiction films and 10 documentary shorts. This year’s lineup includes four world premieres and a number of North American and U.S. premieres.

Read More: 2017 New Directors/New Films Announces Full Lineup, Including ‘Patti Cake$,’ ‘Beach Rats,’ ‘Menashe’ and More

The festival is far from the only major North American showcase for non-fiction cinema. Festivals ranging from Hot Docs to True/False have played key roles in the expanding documentary festival circuit. However, Doc Fortnight has maintained its own niche on the scene, by aiming to expose undiscovered stories and filmmakers, screening a range of documentaries from around the world and capturing the ways in which artists are pushing the boundaries of non-fiction filmmaking.

“It’s not an industry festival, there aren’t awards, and distributors aren’t all coming looking to buy,
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The Week in Movies – Thor: Ragnarok Comic Con footage released! Doctor Strange villain leaked?! Ghost in the Shell images and more…

The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including the mockumentary skit from Thor: Ragnarok’s Comic Con panel being released, has a new Doctor Strange villain been leaked? A bunch of new images from the Ghost in the Shell live-action adaptation and more…

The Week in Movies is an excerpt from the weekly Flickering Myth Super Newsletter. Subscribe here to get it delivered to your inbox every Sunday.

Kevin Smith broke down in tears immediately after this photo was taken.

Kevin Smith never criticises DC. That’s how bad things have become. Looking ahead to Justice League, he’s happy that Warner Bros. are listening to the fans “loud and clear”. No more “doom and gloom”, people! We’re emerging from Zack Snyder’s Blackest Night and into Geoff Johns’ Brightest Day!

Everyone’s happy now!

News just in: Warner Bros. greenlights Justice League Dark.

So much for all that lightness…
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The Week in Spandex – Civil War deleted scenes, Infinity War marks an end and new beginning for the McU, Thor: Ragnarok set photos suggest huge cameo, Justice League Dark gets Gambit director and more

In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel, Luke Cage, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6, New Mutants, Gambit, Fantastic Four, Legion, Justice League Dark, Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Gotham, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, Guardians and more…

With Captain America: Civil War hitting Blu-ray next month (order it via Amazon UK or Amazon Us!), Marvel has been offering up a peek at the special features for the Phase Three blockbuster, including deleted scenes featuring Daniel Bruhl’s Zemo [watch it here] and Sebastian Stan’s Bucky making use of Cap’s shield [watch it here], along with a couple of featurettes on The Winter Soldier and Vision and the Scarlet Witch [watch them here], as well as
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‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’ Teaser Trailer & Poster: Milla Jovovich & Paul W.S. Anderson Return For Last Installment

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‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’ Teaser Trailer & Poster: Milla Jovovich & Paul W.S. Anderson Return For Last Installment
Two years after his historical disaster film “Pompeii,” director Paul W.S. Anderson is back with the final installment in his “Resident Evil” film series, loosely based on Capcom video games of the same name. “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter,” the sixth film in the series, will pick up immediately after the events of the last film “Resident Evil: Retribution” and finds protagonist Alice (Milla Jovovich) as the only survivor of humanity’s last stand against the undead. Now, she must return to Raccoon City and join forces with old friends and unlikely allies to defeat the Umbrella Corporation once and for all. Check out a teaser trailer and poster for the film below, courtesy of IGN.

Read More: Critic vs. Critic: A Tale of Two Paul Anderson Films

Anderson is best known for his film adaptations of video games as well as other sci-fi/horror fare. He first came to
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Watch The New Super Power Beat Down - Nightwing vs Winter Soldier

The latest episode of Spbd is finally here. Who trained their sidekick better, Batman or Captain America? With this appearing to be the Winter Soldier from the comics and not the McU, Bucky doesn't have any super strength, just his metal arm, superior marksmanship and honed tactical analysis.  Will that be enough to take down someone who regularly puts down Gotham's toughest metahumans without breaking a sweat? Cheesy dialogue aside, the fight choreography is absolutely Insane and easily better than anything you'll see on the superhero shows on ABC or The CW. Former WWE superstar John Morrison, who previously starred in the Spbd episode - Casey Jones vs Kick-Ass  Casey, plays Barnes.  Director Aaron Schoenke plays reprises his usual role as BitS' Nightwing. The next episode will feature Wonder Woman vs Wolverine so be sure to vote for who you would think would win that match-up and help prevent the
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25 great music scores composed for not very good movies

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Some brilliant scores accompany movies that don't always deserve them. Here are 25 examples...

Can a film soundtrack rescue a movie that is otherwise a lost cause? One thing’s for sure: throughout the history of cinema, music has often been the redeeming feature of many an underwhelming movie. Here are 25 amazing film scores composed for films that, frankly, didn’t deserve them.

25) Meet Joe Black (Thomas Newman, 1998)

This somnambulistic three hour romantic drama should really feature an extra screen credit for star Brad Pitt’s fetishised blonde locks. Rising way above the torpid melodrama of the plot is one of Thomas Newman’s most hauntingly melodic and attractive scores, one that leaves his characteristic quirkiness at the door to paint a portrait of death that is both melancholy and hopeful. The spectacular 10-minute finale That Next Place remains one of Newman’s towering musical achievements.

24) Timeline (Brian Tyler,
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The Notorious Mr. Bout | Review

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Tinker, Tailer, Soldier, Spoof: Gerber & Pozdorovkin Indulge Bout

You probably know him by his wildly exaggerated media coined title, the ‘Merchant of Death’, or you might even remember Nicolas Cage’s war mongering Hollywood fictionalization of the man in Lord of War, but the real life Viktor Bout, though undeniably complicit in the black market arms trade, may have been more a business savvy buffoon than the master of ballistics he’s thought to be. Collaborating for the first time, directors Tony Gerber and Maxim Pozdorovkin paint a very different picture of the man than we are used to seeing. Harvesting a wealth of hilarious and humanizing home movies shot by Bout himself and his wife, Alla, the filmmakers reveal a man not obsessed with weaponry nor money, but one whose joy springs from time spent with his adoring network of family and friends, as well as from the simple pleasures of tourism,
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50 forgotten sci-fi films from the 1990s

  • Den of Geek
We may remember Independence Day, The Matrix, The Phantom Menace. But what about these forgotten 90s sci-fi films? And are any worth seeing?

Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.

But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.

So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck,
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Hollywood Producer Jerry Weintraub Has Passed Away at Age 77

There are only a handful of movie producers that have ever come to be known by name in the general public, perhaps Jerry Bruckheimer, Avi Arad, Albert Broccoli or Saul Zaentz. One of those iconic producers is Jerry Weintraub, who produced a number of Hollywood features including the original The Karate Kid trilogy, the new Ocean's Eleven trilogy with an amazing ensemble cast, the comedy Oh, God!, the comedy Vegas Vacation, Soldier, the new Nancy Drew, Barry Levinson's Diner. Mr. Weintraub passed away from a heart attack on Monday, July 6th at the age of 77 at his home in Palm Springs, reported via Deadline. He was producing David Yates' Tarzan and was also an executive producer on HBO's new comedy The Brink. Early on in his entertainment management career in The Bronx, a young Jerry Weintraub decided to start his own company and worked with the likes of musicians Joey Bishop,
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Legendary Producer Jerry Weintraub Dies at 77

Legendary Producer Jerry Weintraub Dies at 77
Jerry Weintraub, the colorful and controversial producer whose films included “Nashville,” “Diner,” “The Karate Kid” and the trio of “Ocean’s Eleven” films, died Monday of cardiac arrest in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 77. He had been in poor health recently.

When he received Variety‘s Creative Leadership Award in 2013, Weintraub told Variety that he had a yacht and a Rolls-Royce, but was “not a big Hollywood guy.” Some would disagree. He was actually an old-school Hollywood showman, who understood the relationship between production and marketing. He was also a snappy dresser — his shoes were colorful and fun — who knew how to work the room and how to work the press: He was always available to the media and when he had a film in release, he knew how to maximize public awareness.

But the showiness was backed by hard work. His savvy came after decades of performing in many different jobs in the industry.
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Legendary Producer Jerry Weintraub Dies at 77

Legendary Producer Jerry Weintraub Dies at 77
Jerry Weintraub, the colorful and controversial producer whose films included “Nashville,” “Diner,” “The Karate Kid” and the trio of “Ocean’s Eleven” films, died Monday of cardiac arrest in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 77. He had been in poor health recently.

When he received Variety‘s Creative Leadership Award in 2013, Weintraub told Variety that he had a yacht and a Rolls-Royce, but was “not a big Hollywood guy.” Some would disagree. He was actually an old-school Hollywood showman, who understood the relationship between production and marketing. He was also a snappy dresser — his shoes were colorful and fun — who knew how to work the room and how to work the press: He was always available to the media and when he had a film in release, he knew how to maximize public awareness.

But the showiness was backed by hard work. His savvy came after decades of performing in many different jobs in the industry.
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Watch an Exclusive Bonus Features Excerpt from Dog Soldiers Collector’s Edition Blu-ray / DVD

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Director Neil Marshall and VFX Supervisor Bob Keen discuss creating werewolves in our exclusive bonus features video excerpt from Scream Factory's Dog Soldiers Collector's Edition Blu-ray / DVD.

Scream Factory's Dog Soldiers Collector's Edition Blu-ray / DVD hits shelves tomorrow:

Synopsis: "A group of soldiers dispatched to the Scottish Highlands on special training maneuvers face their biggest fears after they run into Captain Ryan – the only survivor of a Special Ops team that was literally torn to pieces. Ryan refuses to disclose his mission even though whoever attacked his men might be hungry for seconds. Help arrives in the form of local girl who shelters them in a deserted farmhouse deep in the forest…but when they realize that they are surrounded by a pack of blood-lusting werewolves, it's apparent their nightmare has just begun!

From Neil Marshall, the director of The Decent, Doomsday, Centurion and episodes of Game Of Thrones, comes
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Fare Thee Well... 50 years of The Grateful Dead!

So if you know anything about The Grateful Dead, you know that this is their 50th anniversary. Their final shows will take place in Santa Clara, CA (2 shows) and in Chicago at Soldier's Field (3 shows). (A live webcast of all five concerts will be available for $79.95 at Dead.net.) To celebrate this historic milestone, Dead.net has just started taking advance orders on their new 80-disc box set -- Thirty Trips Around The Sun -- featuring 30 unreleased shows; one show from every year of touring! (It's planned for a September 18th release date.) You may not have enough time to listen to all 80 discs, but if you're a Deadhead, how can you say no? There will also be a 4-cd sampler set -- Thirty Trips 1965-1995 -- that serves as an introductory sampler to the Dead’s live canon, including 30 unreleased performances — one from each concert in the boxed
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News Bits: Eight, Squad, MallBrats, War, Jurassic

The Hateful Eight

Entertainment Weekly has posted even more photos from Quentin Tarantino's forthcoming western drama "The Hateful Eight" with new shots of Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth and Bruce Dern in action as post-Civil War bounty hunters who seek shelter during a blizzard. Click here for all the shots.

Suicide Squad

A whole bunch of new photos of Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn and Will Smith's Headshot in action have gone online at Just Jared. Filming on the project is taking place on the streets of Toronto and show this particular pair getting rather close.

MallBrats

Kevin Smith has seemingly revealed via his Twitter account that the upcoming sequel to "Mallrats" will go by the name "Mallbrats". His most recent draft of the script clocks in 113 pages. [Source: ]

Captain America: Civil War

Actor Sebastian Stan, who played The Winter Soldier in the recent 'Captain' sequel,
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