Wait... how many more 'Mad Max' films does George Miller want to make?
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Wait... how many more 'Mad Max' films does George Miller want to make?

One more reason to exercise and eat healthy so we're alive to see these films

George Miller struck a pretty tremendous blow against the idea of ageism with his vibrant, dynamic work on "Mad Max: Fury Road," and since that film came out, his name's been bouncing around, with several different possible projects rumored as his next priority.

He's said several times now that the rumor about him directing "Man Of Steel 2" is simply untrue, but he has yet to offer up the title of what he's doing instead. Talking to Top Gear, he gave a pretty clear picture of what's on his mind right now. "I want to do a small film without special effects… just do it quickly," he said, and it's easy to imagine why he'd want that. "Fury Road" was a monumental shoot, and when you look at the final film, it's pretty clear why it took so long. That kind of remarkable, precision-based mayhem is demanding, and Miller's the kind of guy who has to do it right, or not at all. "We shot 'Fury Road' for eight months… that's a lot. Every day in the heat and the dust, doing these stunts, it's very wearing."

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Final 'SPECTRE' trailer puts Daniel Craig face to face with Christoph Waltz
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Final 'SPECTRE' trailer puts Daniel Craig face to face with Christoph Waltz

Big stunts and a throwback attitude are featured in the new trailer

We are in the home stretch now, with only a month to go before the new James Bond film arrives in theaters, and Sony has just issued the final trailer for the film.

I've been somewhat ambivalent about "SPECTRE" since it went into production. I want to be excited, but I've been given plenty of reasons to be hesitant. That feels especially strange considering how much I've enjoyed the series since "Casino Royale." I thought "Skyfall" was a strong entry in the series for a variety of reasons. You can read my insanely lengthy review of the film if you want. I came out of that movie hyped for them to get started on the next film immediately, and when word came that they had finally won the rights back to use Blofeld and SPECTRE, I thought it was a good omen for the series overall.

The new trailer is surprisingly short, but it's also very effective in a very short period of time. The one big exchange between Bond, once again played by Daniel Craig, and Oberhoffer, the Christoph Waltz character, feels like vintage Bond, and Mendes has already demonstrated that he has a knack for this, and I love the particular flavor of slick that cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema brings to the table.

Every time a new Bond film comes out, I find myself wading back into the history of the series to watch some of the old films, and this time's no different. We've still got some ground to cover in our "James Bond Declassified" series, and it feels like as good a moment as any to get back to that. The last film we covered was "Moonraker," and I'll just admit it now… that one broke me. I was shocked by how much I didn't care for it, and it made it hard for me to want to watch another Bond film for a while after that. Right now, though, I'd like to be full of Bond optimism, and the final trailer for "SPECTRE" is making that easy.

"SPECTRE" arrives in US theaters on November 6, 2015.

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What clues to the Marvel Cinematic Universe were hidden in the SHIELD premiere?
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What clues to the Marvel Cinematic Universe were hidden in the SHIELD premiere?

We're curious how much of this week's episode laid groundwork for the bigger picture

One of the things the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been careful about so far is tying events in the movies too closely to events in real life. Even though part of the draw of the original Marvel comics was that its characters lived and worked in the world we recognized, in New York and Chicago and all over the Earth, it was still a world with some big fantasy elements mixed in, heightened.

As a result, they've been careful not to use real world leaders in the films, instead creating their own characters. President Ellis (William Sandler) showed up in "Iron Man 3," where he came into direct contact with Tony Stark, and last night, he resurfaced on "Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD," announcing the formation of the Advanced Threat Containment Unit.

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Is the most timely movie of 2015 a Blu-ray release of a movie from 1982?
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Is the most timely movie of 2015 a Blu-ray release of a movie from 1982?

This amazing adaptation of John Irving's novel features one of the best Robin Williams performances ever

Based on a novel published in 1978, "The World According To Garp" was released in 1982, and yet watching the film on the recently-released Blu-ray from Warner Archive, I was struck by how timely and even urgent the material felt, and how much more adult and daring it is than most of the movies released by studios today. Not only do they not make them like this anymore, but I'd offer the opinion that they never really did.

How can a film from 1978 have a better handle on the times we're living in right now than most of the films coming out this year? After all, much of John Irving's novel is a direct reaction to the late '70s and what Irving thought of the social landscape at that particular moment. How relevant could it be today, since we've obviously progressed so much since then?

You'd be surprised.

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Move over, Tommy Wiseau... Drafthouse Films is bringing John Rad to theaters
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Move over, Tommy Wiseau... Drafthouse Films is bringing John Rad to theaters

This 2005 curio may be one of the strangest things the company has ever bought

What is "Dangerous Men," and when can you have its sickness in your head?

This afternoon, in Austin, TX, the madmen (and madwomen) who put on Fantastic Fest each year held one of their secret screenings. The first secret screening, held a few days ago, was for Guillermo Del Toro's "Crimson Peak." I would imagine many people walked into the second secret screening hoping for some big-budget movie, like "Cloud Atlas" from a few years ago or some intriguing arthouse title from another country, like "Goodnight Mommy" at last year's fest.

Nope. Instead, what Tim League and his accomplices did was premiere their latest acquisition title, a film they've been chasing since the day they started the company. This is along the lines of "Miami Connection" or "The Visitor" or this spring's remarkable "Roar!", films that were released once before but that never got the right kind of support from a company that genuinely understood their appeal. In this particular case, there is no company on Earth better qualified to unleash this on an unsuspecting public than Drafthouse Films.

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Leonardo Di Caprio and Tom Hardy clash in surreal new trailer for 'The Revenant'
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Leonardo Di Caprio and Tom Hardy clash in surreal new trailer for 'The Revenant'

Oh, god, that bear attack looks insane

It should be a surprise to no one that the new film from Alejandro G. Inarritu looks absolutely beautiful, even though it deals with dark and upsetting subject matter. At this point, Innaritu has become one of our most reliably interesting directors for grown-ups, and this time, he's got a hell of a piece of material to wrangle to life.

If you've never listened to "The Dollop," a podcast by Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds, it's a different story from history each week, with Anthony doing the research and telling the stories to Reynolds without him knowing what's coming. Early in the podcast's life, they told the story of Hugh Glass, and that was the moment I decided to subscribe to that podcast permanently.

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Matt Damon's having a moment, and it doesn't seem like it's a good one
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Matt Damon's having a moment, and it doesn't seem like it's a good one

Yes, that's right: we're going to mansplain how he screwed up his mansplaining

Matt Damon's having a moment, and it doesn't seem like it's a good one.

Whenever an actor has a new project coming out, they're automatically in the hot seat, and you'd better believe there is a small army hard at work trying to make sure that nothing happens during that press tour that might impact the overall success of the film.

Add in a new TV show that's rolling out the same time as the movie is being released, and you have so many more opportunities for the actor to hang themselves, particularly in the atmosphere of constantly-simmering outrage that exists right now.

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Review: 'The Walk' may be the best use ever of Zemeckis and his VFX wizardry
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Review: 'The Walk' may be the best use ever of Zemeckis and his VFX wizardry

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the year's best FX set-piece makes this worth your time

I knew how it ended before I walked into the theater. After all, I've seen "Man On Wire," and it ended up on my ten best list for 2008, and I know how the story ends. Beyond that, I knew that I was looking at the state-of-the-art of what visual effects could accomplish in the year 2015 and not actual footage of an event in the '70s. Even so, the new Robert Zemeckis film "The Walk" made my hands sweat and my stomach ache for a solid 45 minutes, and I suspect it's going to be a big-screen sensation thanks to people going back to witness it several times.

One of the truths of the new age of theatrical distribution is that you have to give an audience a reason to go to a theater and not just wait for a more convenient time and place to see a film. If you have ever taken my opinion to be worth anything to you, then believe me when I say that "The Walk" should be seen in 3D IMAX if at all possible, IMAX if no 3D option exists, and short of that, the biggest goddamn screen you have access to, because this is a remarkable theatrical experience.

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Review: Heads explode a-plenty in charmingly absurd midnight movie 'Mind's Eye'
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Review: Heads explode a-plenty in charmingly absurd midnight movie 'Mind's Eye'

One of the reasons I try to see the Toronto midnight movies at the actual midnight screenings is because those audiences are positively bloodthirsty. They are there because they want red meat. They want to scream and groan and cheer, but not every night is programmed that way. Colin Geddes, the madman behind Midnight Madness, designs that schedule so there are some ups and downs and a mix of different energies. One of the movies that played most aggressively with the audience, satisfying exactly what they wanted, was "The Mind's Eye," the newest film from the same team who brought "Almost Human" to the festival a few years ago.

Joe Begos and Josh Ethier and Zak Zeman are the ultimate expression of those kids who remade "Raiders Of The Lost Ark" or that dude who remade "Rambo" in one room, pastiche artists who make greatest hits versions of the films they love. Their production company is called Channel 83, and their logo is blown-out perfection. I would watch Channel 83 obsessively if it existed. Everything would be a little bit familiar, but absolutely run through their particular filter, and the one thing you could count on would be that the films would be made with absolute love and affection.

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Review: 'Lizzie Velasquez' documentary tells a true story of bold heroism
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Review: 'Lizzie Velasquez' documentary tells a true story of bold heroism

Available on every digital platform, this is a film people should actively share with young viewers

One of the things I am keenly aware of as I share movies and other media with my sons is that they take the things we watch together very seriously, and in many cases, they are piecing together their knowledge of the world and the way it works from not only the films and the media, but from my reaction to them as well.

WIth that in mind, one of the words I want to be careful with is "hero," because I do think there's a tendency with media to program our perception of heroism as being defined by action and violence. There are two films about heroism this year that take a different approach, both of them important, both of them enormously emotional. "Batkid Begins" is about the heroism of community, of the way people were inspired to these remarkable lengths by something as simple as the illness of a child. It's a film that is dizzying in its optimism, moving because of all the hope and promise that it conveys. The other great film about heroism this year deals with the way someone defines themselves and the very real courage it requires to refuse to be defined by bullying or by societal restrictions, and I'm going to make sure that by the end of this year, my kids know both the name and story of Lizzie Velasquez.

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