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The Raw, Stunning Film the Marine Corps Doesnt Want You to See

The new Combat Obscura doesn't introduce itself, explain itself, or end in a satisfying way. It's weird, funny, disturbing, brutal, and heartbreakingand one of the best documentaries in years. Combat Obscura is directed by Miles Lagoze, a former Afghanistan with a battalion of the 6th Marine Regiment based in North Carolina. After getting out of the Marine Corps and spending a little time processing his experiences, Lagoze, now 29, enrolled in film school at

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Adorable ‘Toy Story 4’ trailer reunites Woody, Buzz, and pals

The original Toy Story is 24 years old at this point, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at these guys. Buzz and Woody don’t look a day over, um, whatever age they were in that one. Which isn’t to say nothing has changed. Bo Peep’s got a new look, for one. And there are lots of new characters to meet, like Ducky and Bunny (Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele), and Forky the spork (Tony Hale).  These toys may not be young anymore, but clearly, they’ve got a lot of…

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ has a terrifying new trailer, so good luck avoiding nightmares tonight

Were you planning on sleeping tonight? You were? Well, too bad, because a new Us trailer is here to ruin your night. Jordan Peele’s latest horror movie stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke as parents of a totally adorable family whose vacation takes a very dark turn when some unexpected visitors show up. As Peele explained, the film is all about how we are our own worst enemies. So go ahead. Give in to your dark impulses. Hit “play” again. Even if you know you’re not going to be able…

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‘Bird Box’s mysterious monster is inspiring lots of online discussions

Netflix's 'Bird Box' stars Sandra Bullock and mysterious monsters.Image: Saeed Adyani / Netflix Spoiler alert: this post contains some spoilers for the movie Bird Box. Netflix’s new horror movie Bird Box has been receiving some decent critical reception since its release on Friday, but despite some of its faults, viewers can’t stop talking about the movie. Specifically, people are enamored with the monster of Bird Box, if you can even call it a monster. While many horror movies explain what it is that’s haunting the protagonists, Bird Box keeps its…

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‘Artemis Fowl’ comes to life in Disney’s teaser trailer

Disney is making the 2001 novel Artemis Fowl into a movie and honestly it’s surprising that it took this long considering Hollywood’s rapacious appetite for adapting popular books into films. Artemis Fowl‘s first teaser trailer gives us quick glimpses at the fantastical world, including the titular criminal boy himself, the fairy he kidnaps for ransom money, and some of the expansive underground dwellings that are hidden away from most of the human race. To add to the somber vibe of the movie, we’ve got some nice Radiohead music to go…

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‘Deadpool 2’ PG-13 edit gets a twisted, family-friendly trailer

What’s better than a Deadpoolsequel? Two sequels, with different ratings, out in the same year! Once Upon A Deadpool will revisit Deadpool 2 “filtered through the prism of childlike innocence” – a.k.a. edited to fit a PG-13 rating. Once Upon A Deadpool frames the previously explicit movie as a bedtime story Deadpool reads to Fred Savage – you know, like The Princess Bride. However, as Savage is quick to note, he’s an adult man now, and the gimmick doesn’t have the same heartwarming, family-friendly feeling (Deadpool has him tied up).…

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‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ is a sweet and surprisingly savvy take on the web

Ralph and Vanellope meet Yesss in Ralph Breaks the Internet.Image: Disney “The internet is nothing to laugh at. It’s new and different and we should fear it.” It’s an odd line to hear in 2018, when everyone from your 4-year-old nephew to your 95-year-old grandmother knows their way around a Facebook page.  In Ralph Breaks the Internet, though, it’s being said to what might be the last demographic to never have heard of the internet: fictional characters whose video games have never been connected to wifi. And if the version…

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If these nerdy shoes designs were ever brought to life, we’d be broke

Image: bob al-greene/mashable Whether you’re drawn to the blockbuster movies, to Netflix, to old-school cartoons or to the comics that started it all, you know by now that it’s Marvel’s world and we’re only living in it. It’s tough, sometimes, to know that you’re a teeny, tiny cog in a massive corporate entertainment empire, that no matter how much you tweet about Black Widow’s character assassination you know you’re still buying tickets for Avengers 4 in 2019. We see you, and we hear you, emotionally exhausted Marvel fans. It’s okay…

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‘First Man’ composer Justin Hurwitz on setting Neil Armstrong’s otherworldly journey to music

How can a movie capture an experience that everyone in the world has heard about, but only an extremely privileged few will ever get to have firsthand?  Well, for starters, it’s got to have the right music. That’s the task composer Justin Hurwitz faced when he signed up for First Man, director Damien Chazelle’s telling of Neil Armstrong’s journey to the moon. But while reading Josh Singer’s script, Hurwitz was most struck by how alienating the trip must have been for Armstrong. “I really responded to this idea in the…

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We Need to Talk About Crazy Rich Asians

A big thing happened this weekend. Crazy Rich Asians hit theaters and brought in an impressive $34 million over its five-day weekend. (It technically opened Wednesday night.) That may not qualify as "crazy rich" in the era of $100 million-plus Star Wars opening weekends, but for context, it's the best-performing comedy since last year’s Girls Trip—which went on to earn over $115 million domestically. Crazy Rich Asians has the power, and buzz, to do even better based on this weekend’s turnout. But beyond being a big hit, it’s also a…

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ star Dave Bautista responds to Disney firing James Gunn

Dave Bautista and Chris Pratt in 'Avengers: Infinity War.'Image: marvel/disney Guardians of the Galaxy actors have responded to Disney’s decision to fire series director James Gunn on Friday. The firing came after conservative personalities online resurfaced old tweets in which Gunn joked about pedophilia and molestation. Gunn himself apologized Thursday night in a series of tweets, and again Friday with an official statement after the firing went public. SEE ALSO: At Comic-Con, mixed feelings on James Gunn’s firing from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ Of the core cast, only…

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James Gunn fired as ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’ director following resurfaced old tweets

Image: Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock Updated 5:12 p.m. EST with Gunn’s statement. Guardians of the Galaxy franchise director James Gunn has been fired in light of tweets from his past, THR reported Friday afternoon.  “The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him,” said Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.  Though the statement does not specify the contents of Gunn’s tweets, other users have screenshots that may point…

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In ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’, Hope has hair worthy of a hero

Hope van Dyne/The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly)Image: marvel studios In Ant-Man and the Wasp, Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) does something decidedly unusual for a female superhero: She wears her hair up while fighting. And not in a fancy sci-fi updo or anything, either. Just a plain old messy ponytail, the likes of which you’ve seen on every long-haired woman at the gym.  SEE ALSO: Why superhero movies need to be more like ‘Ant-Man’ It may not sound like a big deal. But that one detail speaks volumes about who Hope…

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Radical As Ever, Boots Riley Takes On the Tech Boom

When I meet Boots Riley at an art studio in Downtown Oakland, he’s wearing a little bit of everything. On top, a checkered blazer over a cardigan and a white dress shirt open to the fourth button; below, salmon pants and bright white sneakers. His outfit is accented by a pocket square, and by his unruly signature mutton chops and mustache. Trying too hard is frowned upon in Oakland, and Riley was brought up in The Town, so while the first-time filmmaker may be making Hollywood inroads, his mismatched mise-en-scene…

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