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Why Lucasfilm Retconned the ‘Star Wars’ Expanded Universe for the Sequels

Thanks to Disney, a major character has been brought back to life. As with any huge pop culture property, expanded universes are to be expected. A series such as Star Wars doesn’t just comprise the nine theatrical features released thus far, but also books, comics, video games, and television series that make up its own webbed […]

6 Filmmaking Tips from Robert Redford

The founder of Sundance imparts his wisdom on how to last in the industry. For a longtime filmmaker like Robert Redford, there is no one defining film of his career. There are many. Since making his big screen acting debut in War Hunt in 1962, he’s managed to remain successful in Hollywood for decades. He’s starred […]

Step Into the Mind of Charlie Brooker With Behind the Scenes of ‘Black Mirror’ Season 4

Delve deeper into the stories that influenced this season of Black Mirror. Black Mirror season 4 has inspired more conversation than perhaps any of the previous seasons. Everyone has got their own favorites, despite this being the ultimate ranking. There have even been numerous articles that even looked into the technology introduced in the series and […]

Steven Spielberg Beat Liam Neeson at the Box Office

The director went up against his former star and topped all new wide releases. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Schindler’s List, a film that remains the best-reviewed of both writer/director Steven Spielberg (according to Metacritic) and actor Liam Neeson. Since then, the two have gone their separate ways. Neeson nearly starred […]

A Sequel to ‘Enchanted’ is Coming Sooner Than You Think

Get ready to sing the Happy Working Song all over again. Director Adam Shankman was at a Television Critics Association panel over the weekend talking about a YouTube Red series he is putting together called Step Up: High Water that is based on the Step Up films. That isn’t the most interesting news about the panel […]

Fantastic Video Essays by Women and Where to Find Them

Is your video essay watchlist a bit of a boys club? Don’t worry. We’re here to help. I watch a lot of video essays. You probably do too. They’re the hot new thing in film analysis and with good reason: they’re engaging, informative, thought-provoking, and tend to make their viewers more critical and appreciative cinema-goers. […]

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2 Teaser Throws Us Into the Great Unknown

Explore the world outside the state of Gilead. Lots of news for Hulu’s hit dystopian drama The Handmaid’s Tale dropped over the weekend, including a brand new teaser trailer, first-look photos, some storyline details of the upcoming second season, and a premiere date. The marketing for The Handmaid’s Tale has always been on point, and this […]

‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’, ‘Black Lightning’ And More TV You Must See This Week

Plus a new David Attenborough miniseries and a Netflix home-invasion thriller. This week’s TV has both new beginnings — a new vigilante joins the ranks of The CW’s DC Comics superhero roster — and endings, as a beloved sketch comedy premieres its final season. Intrigue also abounds: the second season of an acclaimed true crime […]

Watch ‘Phantom Thread,’ Then Watch These Movies

We recommend the films that inspired Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest, plus other picks. Inspiration can come from anywhere, and from multiple places, but Paul Thomas Anderson tends to be simply linked to single sources with a lot of his movies. Boogie Nights is like Goodfellas set in the porn industry, Magnolia is reminiscent of Altman’s Short Cuts, Punch-Drunk Love stems somewhat from Altman’s Popeye, The Master is clearly […]

‘Inside’ Review: Babies Ruin Everything

‘Inside’ is no ‘Inside.’ I’ve said it before, and will most likely say it again, but when it comes to remakes there are two points worth repeating. First, they aren’t inherently bad simply because they’re remakes. There are numerous examples of great ones that sometimes even improve on the original. And second, that outcome should […]