Exclusive: Max Burkholder needs a 'Babysitter' in first clip from SXSW title
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Exclusive: Max Burkholder needs a 'Babysitter' in first clip from SXSW title

Young 'Parenthood' star features heavily in what sounds like an emotional ride

If you were a fan of the series "Parenthood," then you are already well familiar with the work of Max Burkholder. On the show, he played the autistic son of Peter Krause and Monica Potter, and over the course of the show's run, the journey they wrote for his character was always one of the most emotionally difficult and demanding, and Burkholder always rose to whatever challenge they put before him as an actor.

That's why I'm excited to see "Babysitter," the film that's playing at this year's SXSW festival. Here's the description from the SXSW site:

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Review: Liam Neeson can't keep dull action thriller 'Run All Night' on its feet
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Review: Liam Neeson can't keep dull action thriller 'Run All Night' on its feet

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The formula starts to wear a little thin in John Taken's ninth adventure

Beloved serial killer John Taken is back for another heartwarming family adventure!

I'm confused by the continuity on this series, though. I'm pretty sure this takes place after "Taken 2" and "Non-Stop," but before "Walk Among The Tombstones," and parallel to "Taken 3" and "Unknown." In this entry in the long-running hit series, John Taken (Liam Neeson) and his son Mike Taken (Joel Kinnaman) go head-to-head with the Red Skull (Ed Harris) after witnessing Red Skull Jr. (Boyd Holbrook) murdering some Armenian heroin smugglers. Plus Nick Nolte shows up for about five minutes, and I'm not 100% sure he knew he was in a movie.

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The Japanese trailer for 'Tomorrowland' is spoilertastic
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The Japanese trailer for 'Tomorrowland' is spoilertastic

My guess is that the Japanese trailer for Brad Bird's upcoming "Tomorrowland" gives away as much information as it does because they think it's a harder sell in that market.

All I know is the American trailer felt to me like it was trying to sell a mood more than the actual story. They only hinted at things. This time, they show you more of the material from when George Clooney's character is a little boy, they introduce the mysterious Athena (Raffey Cassidy), and we hear very clearly that Casey (Britt Robertson) is "the chosen one."

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Felicity Jones joins 'Star Wars: Rogue One' and 'Episode VIII' sets 2017 release
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Felicity Jones joins 'Star Wars: Rogue One' and 'Episode VIII' sets 2017 release

Interesting day for official 'Star Wars' news

One of the reasons fan speculation makes my job difficult is because many people do not understand the difference between fan speculation and news, and in a world where bloggers blur that line all the time, things spread and become fact, whether they are or not.

For the last year or so, it has been "common knowledge" that the first stand-alone "Star Wars" film was going to be about Boba Fett. I've seen that printed hundreds of times now. I've seen people discussing it as if Disney had announced it. And I'm sure for many people, they absolutely believed it as fact.

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Take Two: Tarzan epic 'Greystoke' doesn't hold up as a legend
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Take Two: Tarzan epic 'Greystoke' doesn't hold up as a legend

Some great work is lost in a powerfully muddled execution

It is the responsibility of the working film critic not only to see and review as many new releases as possible, but also to constantly revisit films in order to challenge one’s own opinions. Moreover, it is important to review those films as you would any other film, no matter whether you once loved it or hated it. Considering how many movies are constantly available to audiences today, every film should be considered new to someone.

Critics should take it upon themselves to form new opinions of even the most revered movies, and to always remind themselves and their audiences that films do not belong on shelves. They must be seen and shared and constantly re-examined.

My kids have started asking me questions about Tarzan.

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From Amy Schumer to 'Raiders!': Our picks for what to expect from SXSW

From Amy Schumer to 'Raiders!': Our picks for what to expect from SXSW

Big-budget, regional, musical and doc discoveries co-exist at the rowdiest film fest of the year

Every film festival has its own identity, and one of the things I've learned over time is that you can't cover them all the same way. It helps that SXSW is in Austin, because if there's any city on Earth where I feel comfortable besides my home, it's Austin. I have a network of friends there, and when I drive there, I feel like I've got a handle on where I am at all times, something that could only happen when you've spent as much time as I have there.

Hollywood has really settled into SXSW, using it to premiere certain kinds of movies. Big comedies or movies that work well with big audiences like horror films tend to be the best films to bring here. Austin is a movie town, and the audiences are demonstrative, to say the least. Part of what makes a premiere at the Paramount special is the people who pack into that theater.

This year's line-up features big names and unknowns in equal measure, which is another part of SXSW's charm. After all, the festival was defined in many ways by the support it showed to microbudget films and regional voices. Guests like Judd Apatow, Melissa McCarthy, Amy Schumer, Will Ferrell, and Kevin Hart will be there with new films, while George Miller will be at the festival to screen his stone-cold classic "The Road Warrior." I'm hoping there will be plenty of discoveries there as well, because those moments are magic. I love that feeling when you're sitting in a theater and you realize you're watching a major new talent at work, like when I saw "Short Term 12."

Katie Hasty will be in Austin with me, and I think you can look forward to a wide array of reviews and interviews, with both of us already having to make hard choices about what we will or won't get to see. We put together a look at what you should look forward to, and I think it gives you a clear look at just how diverse the line-up is. These aren't the only films we'll see, of course, but it should give you some idea of what to expect.

Our SXSW coverage kicks off on Friday in a big way. See you there.

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Reports have 'Tron 3' set for a Vancouver shoot later this year
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Reports have 'Tron 3' set for a Vancouver shoot later this year

Who's asking for this one?

Joseph Kosinski has an elephant's memory when it comes to bad reviews.

To be fair, I saw "TRON: Legacy" twice before I reviewed it, and I had some nice things to say about the film in terms of design and how Kosinski re-created the world of TRON, but I also strongly disliked the screenplay. I referred to the film as a "Fleshlight" in my review, saying it looks like a real film, but there's nothing alive about it. I think it's a very pretty but completely empty film overall, and if anything, the sheer aesthetic drop-dead beauty of the whole thing only bugged me more. When it came time to do interviews for "Oblivion," Kosinski turned me down cold because of that "TRON" review. Oh, well.

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Tim Burton takes flight as director of new live-action 'Dumbo' remake
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Tim Burton takes flight as director of new live-action 'Dumbo' remake

Anybody want to wager on whether or not they include the crows this time?

Those of you who live in mortal fear that an original idea might actually get produced in Hollywood these days, I have good news for you.

I'll say this much for the idea: Tim Burton's version of a circus is probably something I should see once in my life. Other than that, though, I'm not sure about the idea of a live-action "Dumbo." I get it as a business decision, because Disney has realized that there is big money to be made from doing live-action versions of its classic animated films. I suspect "Cinderella" is going to make a small mountain of money for the studio, and I'll confess that I am personally very curious about what director Jon Favreau is up to with "The Jungle Book."

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Roar pull quote

Insane 'Roar' trailer features the best HitFix pull quote ever

I have never been happier to be quoted in a trailer.

"Roar" is a huge treat, and I love that Drafthouse Films is willing to pick up older films for distribution if they feel like there's something worth sharing. I would have loved to have been in the room with Tim League while he watched this movie for the first time. I'll bet he looked like a Tex Avery wolf cartoon, eyes popped out of his head, because I know that's how I looked while I was watching it.

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The 'Ghostbusters' world gets bigger with Channing Tatum version in development
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The 'Ghostbusters' world gets bigger with Channing Tatum version in development

Does anyone really believe Sony asked for an 'all-guy' version?

When discussing "Ghostbusters," I have to tread lightly in certain regards. I spent a good portion of 2014 conducting interviews with many of the people involved with the films, and one of the things that we discussed was the way the future of the franchise might unfold. Those interviews are the property of the book company I was working for, and you'll learn all sorts of amazing things when they release that book later this year.

I think it's safe to say, though, that Dan Aykroyd in particular seemed determined to open up the world of the Ghostbusters when we spoke, which should not be a surprise to anyone familiar with the development of the original film. When Aykroyd took his first shot at the script for the original film, it was a huge-canvass science-fiction movie with inter-dimensional travel and Ghostbusters offices open in cities around the world. In the 1984 film, there's a moment after they walk out of the bank where they just used Ray's grandmother's house as collateral for a loan, and Venkman tries to reassure him, saying, "The franchise rights alone will make us rich."

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