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‘Jackass’ Meets ‘Adventureland’ in ‘Action Point’ Trailer

Johnny Knoxville parodies a notoriously dangerous amusement park. Comedy is tragedy plus time, and in the case of Action Point, we’ve had more than 30 years since the last fatality at New Jersey’s infamous Action Park to mine its dangerous reputation for slapstick. Johnny Knoxville co-wrote, produced, and stars in the movie, which looks like Adventureland as invaded by the […]

‘My Sister, the Serial Killer’ Sounds Like a Talent Magnet and We Have Suggestions

The satirical debut novel of Nigerian writer Oyinkan Braithwaite has been optioned by Working Title. There’s nothing that can raise your expectations for a film like hearing that the book it is based on hasn’t even been published yet. Such is the case with My Sister, the Serial Killer. Nigerian author Oyinkan Braithwaite’s debut novel […]

The Films of Steven Soderbergh, Ranked

‘Unsane’ is the latest addition to a long and diverse list of Steven Soderbergh films. And guess what, we ranked ’em all. In 1989, at the age of 26, Steven Soderbergh won a Palme d’Or for his feature debut Sex, Lies and Videotape. When he accepted the award, he quipped “I guess it’s all downhill from here.” Though […]

Stop Calling Steven Soderbergh An Innovator and Learn to Love His Work

An argument for spending less time concerned with Steven Soderbergh’s innovation and more time appreciating the fact that he’s a damn good filmmaker. Steven Soderbergh’s debut feature, the Palme d’Or-winning sex, lies, and videotape, is justly credited with kickstarting the modern (American) indie-film movement. Out of Sight, Soderbergh’s initial foray into blockbuster filmmaking is today […]

How Denzel Washington Kept Me Calm During An Actual Bombing

A simple story of cinema’s influence amidst the emotional chaos of the Austin Bombings. Life imitating art is so much a fixture of cinema consumption that pointing it out is almost as trite as a gaggle of suddenly-malfunctioning cellphones in a horror film. This foregone conclusion does little, however, to dull the sensation felt when […]

A Celebration of LGBTQ Movies and Shows with Happy Endings

‘Love, Simon’ joins an important, ever-growing list: joyful representations of LGBTQ characters on screen. Let’s face it; we’ve had enough depressing gay movies. Until recently, the LGBTQ stories that got the most screen time were all about abuse, death, and disappointment. Acclaimed movies like My Own Private Idaho, Philadelphia, Boys Don’t Cry, and Brokeback Mountain […]

New Deadpool 2 Trailer Assembles X-Force

The second coming of Deadpool reveals the villain of the movie is… Cable? How many Deadpool 2 trailers does this one make? Four? It feels like we just got one the other week. I’m not complaining. I could watch Ryan Reynolds goof around as the Merc with a Mouth in an infinite combination of wacky […]

6 Filmmaking Tips From Luc Besson

The director of ‘Léon: The Professional’ and ‘The Fifth Element’ shares insight on making movies and keeping the dream alive. A true auteur, Luc Besson is a French writer, director, and producer who’s worked on films such as Léon: The Professional, Lucy, and Subway. Growing up with scuba-diver parents, Besson has long had a fascination with […]

Should More Religious Films Openly Challenge Religious Beliefs?

The first trailer for ‘Come Sunday’ promises a film about, but not exclusively for, religion. Shouldn’t that become the norm? I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: if there’s any silver lining to this waking political nightmare that gave rise to white nationalism and normalized xenophobia and greed, it’s that filmmakers have been […]

Tessa Thompson Joins ‘Ragnarok’ Co-Star Chris Hemsworth in ‘Men In Black’ Spinoff

Valkyrie and Thor, together again, to bring the MIB back to life? Somebody get my fainting couch, I’ve got the vapors. Tessa Thompson is everywhere right now, and I am there for it. She’s got an excellent biopic about jewel thief Doris Payne in the works. She’s in Sorry To Bother You, which hits theaters in July. […]