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Look but don’t touch the saucy ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trailer

Have that fainting couch at the ready! The scandalous trailer for e-book sensation Fifty Shades of Grey has arrived online. Dakota Johnson plays sexually inexperienced uni student Anastasia Steele in the flick, ultimately seduced by BDSM-loving billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). The teaser – tease being the key phrase here – for Sam Taylor-Johnson’s adaptation is […]

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‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2′ trailer full of ‘Back to the Future 2′-style shenanigans

The sequel to Hot Tub Time Machine you didn’t realise you had asked for hits cinemas next January. For those who are eagerly waiting for it – okay, I’m one of them – this new Red Band trailer should suffice. The picture sees Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry and Clark Duke reeling from the events of […]

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‘The Amazing Spider-Man 3′ delayed until 2018

Following the disappointing box office returns for The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro, Sony has delayed the release of its sequel from 2016 to 2018. The Amazing Spider-Man 3 does not have a specific date in 2018, suggesting that perhaps the studio is waiting to see how their still-slated villain team-up flick Sinister Six fares […]

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‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ poster indicates this thing might actually come out someday

Despite being in production for approximately, oh, seventy years, Mad Max: Fury Road might actually be nearing release. That is, if its newly debuted teaser poster isn’t outright lying to us. Though it boasts 2015 as its release date, I’ll only believe this thing exists when I’m sitting down to watch it. Plagued with delays, […]

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Robert Downey Jr. might be up for ‘Iron Man 4′ after all

Robert Downey Jr. may not hang up the Iron Man outfit so quickly, says the man who makes close to $50 million a pop for playing Iron Man. Speaking to EW from the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Downey Jr. indicated he wasn’t entirely opposed to a fourth Iron Man film (he’s only contractually […]

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Here’s what SpongeBob Squarepants looks like in real life, kinda

A new SpongeBob Squarepants movie is in the works and OH GOD WHAT IS GOING ON? In the first official image, released at ComicCon, we see SpongeBob and his pals in live-action, kinda, not really. The movie, subtitled Sponge Out of Water, will see the characters interact in both live-action and animated environments. So much […]

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Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook loop-de-loop in time-skipping ‘Predestination’ trailer

The Spierig Brothers – those rascally twins responsible for Aussie genre fare Undead and Daybreakers – are set to debut their new film Predestination at the 2014 Melbourne International Film Festival’s Opening Night Gala. But why wait until then when you can, at least, watch the trailer right now? Starring Ethan Hawke as a “temporal […]

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Benedict Cumberbatch plays the Oscar game in trailer for ‘The Imitation Game’

Benedict Cumberbatch will likely find himself in the Oscar game thanks to his starring role in The Imitation Game, if the newly released trailer is any indication. Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing – the brilliant, difficult scientist who helped crack the German Engima Code for the Allies – in this Morten Tyldum-directed flick. The trailer seems […]

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First look at Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow’s ‘Trainwreck’

The first image from Judd Apatow’s latest directorial effort has been shared by the New York Times, in a profile on its writer and star, Amy Schumer. Of course, that’s not an image from within their movie, titled Trainwreck, unless Apatow has cast himself as Schumer and Bill Hader’s buddy, and they are at some […]

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Angelina Jolie to star opposite and direct Brad Pitt in ‘By the Sea’

Auteur Angelina Jolie will slum it on-screen with actor Brad Pitt in upcoming film By the Sea. Oh, and apparently they are an item, too. Jolie and Pitt will reunite for the first time since Mr. and Mrs. Smith in what Universal called in their press release an “intimate, character-driven drama.” Jolie will direct the flick, […]

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Matthew McConaughey might be The Company Man

Matthew McConaughey would seem to have his pick of the litter when it comes to selecting a new project, regardless of whether or not he’d be appropriate for the part. Coming off his Dallas Buyers Club Oscar-win, True Detective Emmy nomination, and upcoming starring role in eventual blockbuster Interstellar, if he wanted to play Shirley Temple, […]

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Amy Ryan the latest amazing person to join Tom Hanks/Steven Spielberg/Coen brothers collaboration

Amy Ryan, an Oscar nominee for Gone Baby Gone and essential supporting player in most everything else, is set to star opposite Tom Hanks in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming, untitled Cold War thriller. As if the flick didn’t already have an impressive pedigree, Matt Charman’s screenplay was recently retooled by the freaking Coen brothers. Based on […]

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Talk Hard – Eric Bana, Deliver Us From Evil

What an excellent day for an exorcism! This week we chat with returning guest Eric Bana all about his first venture into horror cinema, Deliver Us From Evil, in Australian cinemas July 24, and New Zealand July 31. A review from Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo follows.   Show Notes: Thanks for tuning in! Please tell your friends […]

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Devil may care – Deliver Us From Evil review

By Simon Miraudo July 21, 2014 Deliver Us From Evil is this year’s exorcism movie. (Hollywood is considerate in few ways, but at least it knows to spread these things out every twelve months.) To spare us from boredom, writer-director Scott Derrickson adds the crinkle of it also being a police-on-the-beat movie, with Eric Bana […]

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Talk Hard – Greg Sestero, The Room, All is Lost

Oh, hi listener. Wondering what it’s like to star in maybe the worst movie ever made? In this episode, Greg Sestero, aka Mark from The Room, reveals all to Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo. A review of All is Lost, available now in NZ and next week in AU, follows.   Show Notes: Thanks for listening! Please tell […]

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Ape expectations – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes review

By Simon Miraudo July 9, 2014 If we should take anything away from the terse title characters of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, it’s the power of brevity. So, here’s my review: Apes together strong. Sequel merely solid. (The rest is for the human readers, sticklers for protraction.) This laboriously-titled follow up to […]

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Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton go to war in ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ trailer

Bible movies are so hot right now, and Ridley Scott’s Exodus (newly renamed with the subtitle Gods and Kings) hopes to be the hottest. Following in the wake of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, Exodus stars Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Ramses, and documents Moses’ attempt to free 600,000 slaves from his adoptive brother, the Pharaoh. Unglimpsed in the trailer: […]

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J.K. Rowling debuts new ‘Harry Potter’ short story

A new Harry Potter short story by J.K. Rowling has reinvigorated speculation about further adventures featuring the boy wizard, and though we’re talking about the world of literature here, whenever Harry is concerned, a film can’t be far behind. The new story, published on Pottermore, takes the shape of a Daily Prophet column by the barb-tongued Rita Skeeter. (Spoilers for the […]

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The makers of ‘Transformers’ and ‘Tron: Legacy’ get to work on a live-action ‘Dumbo’

Ehren Kruger, the screenwriter responsible for most of the Transformers movies, is taking the next logical step in his career: penning a live-action Dumbo remake. According to THR, Disney have tapped Kruger and Tron: Legacy producer Justin Springer to adapt their 1941 flying-elephant classic into, presumably, an explosive sci-fi extravaganza. (That last bit we’re just supposing.) Seeing as the original Dumbo is only 64 minutes […]

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Public frenemies – Lawrence and Holloman review

By Simon Miraudo July 9, 2014 More anti-human than Antichrist, Matthew Kowalchuck‘s beyond-black comedy Lawrence & Holloman asks us to revel in the largely-unsuccessful emotional torture of a jerk by a sociopath. And they said cinema had run out of heroes. Based on the stage play by Canadian Morris Panych – a fan of Neil […]

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Smile! David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’ gets a proper trailer

A feature trailer for David Fincher’s Gone Girl has arrived online. Though it’s not quite as ambiguous and unsettling as the ‘She’-scored teaser, it skilfully navigates around the source novel’s major twists, highlighting the impressive supporting cast. It also further makes the case that Ben Affleck might be perfectly cast as the widely-despised, suspicious husband of a missing woman (Rosamund Pike), […]

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‘The Conjuring’ spin-off, ‘Annabelle’, set to hit cinemas later this year

Horror movies are usually reliable money-spinners, but even The Conjuring astounded when it grossed more than $300 million worldwide off a $20 million budget in 2013. So, it comes as no surprise to hear that Warner Bros. has set for release a spin-off titled Annabelle later this year, ahead of next year’s official Conjuring sequel. Annabelle, based on the very creepy doll […]

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‘Clerks 3′ faces a Weinstein-sized roadblock

Kevin Smith has been trumpeting Clerks 3 for some time, but it may have faced an insurmountable obstacle: the Weinsteins. Smith revealed to Screen Daily (recounted by IndieWire) his $6 million budget for the sequel was deemed too high by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, who were planning to make and distribute the film. “I went in with a […]

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Girl, incubated – Wetlands review

By Simon Miraudo July 7, 2014 Wetlands takes a gross thing, teenagerdom, and makes it grosser, which is like setting out to make an especially revolting movie about your last bout of conjunctivitis: any memory of the experience is probably potent enough. Still, credit to director David Wnendt, adapting Charlotte Roche’s controversial, conservative-enraging novel, for […]

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Say yes to the undressed – Under the Skin review

By Simon Miraudo July 4, 2014 Sensory experiences such as Under the Skin defy mere words, which is going to make enthusiastically recommending it a tricky task indeed. The picture stars Scarlett Johansson as an extra-terrestrial who seduces Glaswegian men as a means of harvesting their organic material, for some alien mission we’re never made […]

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Photo sensitivity – Finding Vivian Maier review

By Simon Miraudo July 4, 2014 Separating the art from the artist – or the sandwich art from the sandwich artist – is sticky stuff. Maybe impossible. Inappropriate, even. But what if the art has separated itself from the artist; is lost and only found after the artist has abandoned their creative pursuits, and appreciated […]

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‘Sherlock’ to return for Christmas special in 2015; Season 4 follows in 2016

Yes, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will play another. BBC One’s Twitter account has made flesh the dreams of Tumblr’s collective hivemind: more episodes of Sherlock. Creator Steven Moffat added in an official statement that Sherlock and Watson would first return with a Christmas special in December of 2015, to be followed by a fourth season, […]

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Channing Tatum and Steve Carell go for Oscar gold in ‘Foxcatcher’ teaser

The long-awaited Foxcatcher – a film I prematurely added to my Most Anticipated of 2012 list – is finally hitting cinemas this December. To tide over our ravenous anticipation, here’s another teaser trailer. Steve Carell stars as schizophrenic billionaire John du Pont, a chemical heir who tried to train wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) ahead of […]

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Tina Fey to star in ‘Untitled Witch Comedy’ for Disney

If your Nostalgia Sensor started flashing this morning, it was likely due to the internet becoming abuzz with news of Tina Fey developing a sequel to Hocus Pocus. Her reps have since shot down that claim, but a source has clarified to The Wrap that the 30 Rock star is indeed working on a similar-sounding Disney movie, being developed under the name Untitled […]

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Bill Murray stars in ‘St. Vincent’ trailer, sadly, not about the singer

If only Bill Murray could have babysat us all. In the trailer for Theodore Melfi’s St. Vincent, Murray stars as a grouchy, down-on-his-luck gentleman who takes a job babysitting his neighbour’s son. Now, Melfi had us at “Murray stars,” but the additional promise of having him play opposite Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd and Naomi Watts is pretty […]

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