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MPAA celebrates 50 years of screwing up movie ratings

The Motion Picture Association of America, or MPAA, introduced a ratings system and censorship board in 1968 as a means for the industry to self-regulate the content in their movies. If you have any knowledge of the movie industry, you know...

 
 
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NYCC: The Boys teaser shows little but has promise

Garth Ennis is the best thing that ever came out of the terrible period of comics known as the 90's. There I said it. Yes, there are a few other merits from that decade but Ennis and his writing just embodies so much of the 90's while stil...

 
 
 
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Review: Jigsaw

What started out as a low budget, generic "torture porn" film has slowly morphed over the years into an endearingly goofy film franchise. If you've never seen a Saw film before, I'm sure its lasting success seems like a mystery from the out...

 
 
 
 
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Review: LA 92

It's been 25 years since the LA riots, and there are a number of films coming out that revisit this harrowing moment in the country's history. The most high-profile might be Let It Fall: LA from 1982-1992 from John Ridley, screenwriter of 1...

 
 
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Tribeca Capsule Review: Mr. Long

Juzo Itami's Tampopo was a quirky blend of western tropes and epicurean delight. SABU's Mr. Long is sort of like a nihilistic Tampopo. We follow a skilled assassin from Taiwan named Long (a brooding Chen Chang) who gets waylaid after a botc...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Review: Elle

Elle has been billed as a rape-comedy, but that's a misnomer. It's a comedy in the classical sense given the events of the story, but it's not necessarily funny (there are funny scenes, though). And yes, it's about rape. Elle has been laude...

 
 
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Review: Green Room

Over the last few years, A24 has quickly become my favorite production studio. They've overseen everything from huge award winners like Room, Amy, and Ex Machina, critical darlings such as Spring Breakers and The End of the Tour, and some o...

 
 
 
 
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Deadpool banned in China over graphic violence

Despite the numerous trailers, images, and impeding release date, I still can't believe Deadpool is a real film. It was talked about for years, Ryan Reynolds personally lobbied for it at every opportunity, and now it finally exists (Rated '...

 
 
 
 
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First Red Band trailer for Deadpool is glorious

We've been anticipating this first bit of footage for some time. After all of the talk, all of the images, all of those years stuck in development, and all of the advertising, Deadpool is actually film that exists. The trailer is well cut (...

 
 
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Here is everywhere Liam Neeson has killed people

Liam Neeson has killed a bunch of people throughout his career, but important questions remained like where and how many. Now those questions are answered thanks to this map the UK publicity company behind A Walk Among the Tombstones p...

 
 
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First red band trailer for The ABC's of Death 2

The ABCs of Death was a neat experiment in which twenty six different directors took a letter of the alphabet and crafted a horror short. With as frantic of a premise as that naturally some of the segments were more enjoyable than others, ...

 
 
 
 
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Study shows PG-13 films are more violent than R films

You know what? PG-13 rated flicks get away with quite a bit as long as they refrain from using "f**k" more than once and show less than 2 naked breasts. You may have noticed the increase in allowable body counts in say...G.I. Joe Retaliatio...

 
 
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New Oldboy trailer comes complete with images

We have another Oldboy remake trailer here and its not showing us too much new, but it's green band so it has way less blood. While Alec is most likely correct in thinking the film is almost totally pointless I can't help but want to ...

 
 
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Review: Machete Kills

It's a miracle Machete Kills even exists. It's a sequel to a film originally based on a joke trailer before Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's Grindhouse. With that in mind, it was easy to forgive potential flaws in the first Mac...

 
 
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Review: A Touch of Sin

It's remarkable what a little context can do. My initial impressions about A Touch of Sin were generally positive but also ambivalent. I wasn't sure of what to make of the four loosely connected vignettes, each a mix of righteous anger and ...

 
 
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Help complete the doc Ultimate Christian Wrestling

About a year ago I reviewed the documentary Ultimate Christian Wrestling and did an interview with directors Jae-Ho Chang and Tara Autovino. The film explored a group of people who merged independent wrestling and Christianity/worship. The ...

 
 
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Review: Only God Forgives

Anyone who goes into Only God Forgives expecting Drive 2: Bangkok Drift is going to be disappointed. Drive was the unlikely combination of Nicolas Winding Refn's aestheticized violence and the fuzzy feeling of John Hughes. Only God Forgives...

 
 
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International Trailer: Only God Forgives

As the Cannes Film Festival draws ever nearer, so too does the premiere of Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives. A seedy and sordid revenge tale set in Thailand, these two new international trailers offer a few more details than we've ...

 
 
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Trailer: Only God Forgives (Red Band)

We finally have an honest to goodness trailer for Nicolas Winding-Refn's Only God Forgives. It's the first U.S. trailer I've seen, and I am about as excited as I am capable of being for this film. That is to say, I want to see this right t...

 
 
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New Kick-Ass 2 pictures show off Hit-Girl, Jim Carrey

I loved the original Kick-Ass comic. It was classic Mark Millar, the John Romita, Junior art fit the content wonderfully, and it had a little girl that cut dudes to ribbons. The sequel was considerably darker, as it should be given the...

 
 
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Trailer: The Iceman

Here we have the second official trailer for The Iceman, starring Michael Shannon as the notorious contract killer. For over twenty years Richard Kuklinski, aka The Iceman, murdered one hundred people as his means of making a living, havin...

 
 
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Trailer: John Dies at the End (Red Band)

I had some former knowledge of the book John Dies at the End by David Wong, and I knew that it was essentially batsh*t insane, but this is the first trailer I've seen for the film adaptation, and woo boy is it ever wacky. I don't even...

 
 
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Trailer: American Mary

Though the movie already premiered at Frightfest, American Mary will be getting a limited theatrical release in the UK right before it's released to home video on January 21st. Empire has an exclusive trailer to share in the spirit of...

 
 
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Tom Cruise takes 5 guys at the same time in Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise is just around the corner, and there's a new clip out to show just how lethal he is. Watch has he takes on five guys at the same time without breaking a sweat. Even though Jack Reacher doesn't come out unti...

 
 
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New international poster for Park Chan-wook's Stoker

It looks like Park Chan-wook's Stoker is now set to show during next year's (January) Sundance Film Festival, and with so little time until it is ingested ravenously by festival goers' eyeballs I guess someone thought it was about time...

 
 
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Legend of Conan to embrace Schwarzenegger's 'rust'

When news broke of Schwarzenegger's return as Conan for The Legend of Conan in October, Chris Morgan gave us a few hints as to what to expect from the newer, yet older Conan. In speaking with Hero Complex recently, Morgan detailed a little ...

 
 




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Deepwater Horizon was really good! I would probably rate it as my favorite movie this

 
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Oh so theres already a narrative in the making that anyone who dislikes Spiderman Homecoming is merely Racist because of Black Does that mean I can call anyone who disliked Suicide Squad racist now?

 
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