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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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‘Shrek’ screenwriters (happy) working on ‘Enchanted 2′ for Disney

Disney, finally listening to your Vision Boards, have set screenwriters to work on a sequel to Enchanted. According to Deadline, Shrek 2 scribes J. David Stem and David N. Weiss have begun penning the script for Enchanted 2. The first Enchanted, released a long, long time ago (2007, specifically), saw Amy Adams play Giselle, a Disney princess who accidentally wandered into New […]

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Jennifer Aniston seduces Jason Bateman, grossly, in Horrible Bosses 2 trailer

If you ever wanted to see Jennifer Aniston offer to be Jason Bateman’s waste receptacle, well, here is your chance! The trailer for Horrible Bosses 2 sees would-be criminals Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day seeking advice from their former (failed) assassination targets (Aniston, Kevin Spacey) as well as murder consultant “Motherf***er” Jones (Jamie Foxx) for a brand new sting. […]

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Hicker than your average – Joe review

By Simon Miraudo July 2, 2014 Nicolas Cage is as if the question “Turn down for what?” took human form and then starred in a bunch of direct-to-DVD thrillers. For him, there is no such thing as a ‘phoned-in’ performance. Performances should be delivered with gusto, peppered with screaming fits. It’s become harder and harder […]

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Talk Hard – The Lego Movie, Jersey Boys

Everything is awesome! Well, almost everything. In this episode, Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo reviews The Lego Movie (on DVD and Blu-ray in Australia) as well as Jersey Boys (in cinemas July 3).   Show Notes: Thanks for listening! Please tell your friends to subscribe to us on iTunes and feel free to leave a review. Or, follow […]

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That thing they did – Jersey Boys review

By Simon Miraudo July 1, 2014 Here’s what’s interesting about Jersey Boys (and pay attention now because little else is): the Broadway sensation and now Clint Eastwood movie, based upon the career of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, is the rare music biopic to have zero interest in the quest for artistic perfection. It […]

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James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain tell their side of the story in ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby’

The trailer for Ned Benson’s audacious tri-movie project The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby has arrived online. The picture(s) tell of the relationship between Connor (James McAvoy) and Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) in New York. At the Sydney Film Festival, individual versions of the story told from each character’s perspective played under the titles Him and Her. […]

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Jason Bateman to direct and star in ‘Untitled FBI Wedding Comedy’

But what Jason Bateman really wants to do is direct. The comedy star debuted his first directorial effort, Bad Words, at Sundance earlier this year, and has already lined up two further projects at which he’ll sit at the helm. We previously discussed The Family Fang, which will begin production next month with Nicole Kidman […]

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‘Audition’ remake in the works

Australian director Richard Gray (Blinder, Summer Coda) is set to shoot an English-language adaptation of Ryu Murakami’s novel Audition. The news was first broken via Gray’s Twitter account, with details added by Deadline. Audition is perhaps most famous for Takashi Miike’s 1999 cinematic retelling, considered still one of the most notorious Japanese horror movies ever […]

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‘Pacific Rim 2′ officially set for 2017

It’s official: Legendary Pictures will make a sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim. Universal Pictures will release the flick in 2017. Details were dropped by del Toro in a short video clip, who also added that an animated series would precede the sequel. Original screenwriter Travis Beachem will continue with franchise development, but actual […]

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Frank Darabont might direct ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ sequel; Kristen Stewart not expected to return

As was rumoured shortly after the release of Snow White and the Huntsman, The Wrap reports Kristen Stewart will not return for the film’s sequel. The follow-up will instead center entirely on Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman character. The first movie was embroiled in controversy when Stewart and director Rupert Sanders revealed they had been having an affair behind […]

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Fox still wants Bryan Singer to direct ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

Fox is still planning on bringing back Brian Singer to direct X-Men: Apocalypse, despite all of the … unpleasantness. In an interview with THR, the studio’s president of production, Emma Watts, attributed much of X-Men: Days of Future Past‘s box office success to Singer’s return to the franchise. When asked if they’ll keep Singer on […]

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Legendary character actor Eli Wallach dies at 98

Eli Wallach, one of the most enduring character actors in cinema history, has died. He was 98 years old. Wallach’s death was confirmed by his daughter Katherine, though no other details were made available. His career began on the stage, where he won a Tony Award for Tennessee Williams’ The Rose Tattoo in 1951. Wallach’s […]

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Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes join the Coens’ ‘Hail Caesar’

The Coens’ increasingly incredible-sounding Hail Caesar now has Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes linked to star alongside the previously announced George Clooney and Josh Brolin. We’re not worthy! Variety first revealed the news of Tatum’s involvement – though it’s still being negotiated – while THR jumped on the bandwagon with news of Swinton and Fiennes. It was […]

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Shane Black to direct ‘Predator’ reboot

Shane Black has just been hired to direct a modern reboot of Predator, meaning that Fox, the studio that once gifted him with a role in the 1987 original in the hopes of getting him to rewrite the script (which he did not do), has finally tied down the infamous filmmaker. Way to play a long game, Fox! […]

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The Best Films of 2014 (So Far)

By Simon Miraudo June 25, 2014 The inexorable march of time continues ever forward, a crushing reminder our too brief, finite existence. Or, to be less of a ‘von Trier’ about it: Can you believe it’s almost July? The first six months of 2014 are behind us, and what do we have to show for […]

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50 first deaths – Edge of Tomorrow review

By Simon Miraudo June 24, 2014 Edge of Tomorrow is an ingenious action-comedy about how frequently movie heroes would actually die if they attempted that much crazy s***, and no movie hero is more notorious for doing crazy s*** than Tom Cruise. Though Cruise long ago lost his reputation as a reliable truth teller – […]

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North Korea denounces Seth Rogen and James Franco’s ‘The Interview’

North Korea is none too happy with Seth Rogen and James Franco’s upcoming movie, and not because the famed movie-loving Kim family thought This is the End had a messy third act. The Interview, directed by Rogen and Evan Goldberg, stars Franco as a television host who scores an interview opportunity with Kim Jong-un, and […]

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Jerry Bruckheimer believes fifth ‘Pirates’ will shoot in 2015

That elusive, inevitable fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie will likely shoot in early 2015. That is, if Jerry Bruckheimer has any say. The beleaguered blockbuster producer may no longer have a deal with Disney, but all parties still seem pretty keen to make the next instalment in the Pirates saga. Bruckheimer dropped the date […]

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Aaron Sorkin adapting Michael Lewis’ Wall Street take-down ‘Flash Boys’

Oscar-winning Social Network screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, unsatisfied by his mere Oscar nomination for Moneyball, is adapting another Michael Lewis book for the big screen. According to THR, Sorkin is in negotiations to adapt Lewis’ Wall Street take-down Flash Boys for Sony. Lewis’ book specifically focuses on the tricks employed on Wall Street to rig the […]

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Matthew McConaughey too big for ‘Magic Mike XXL’?

Magic Mike was instrumental in salvaging the wreckage of Matthew McConaughey’s career, but now that he’s got his Oscar (and soon, probably an Emmy, thanks to True Detective), will he take his victory lap and reprise the role of singing stripper Dallas in the sequel? The comedian who played DJ Tobias in the first Steven Soderbergh flick, […]

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