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25 Essential Martial Arts Films, Ranked

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The martial arts movie is an art unto itself, and whether it’s gloriously cheesy 1970s Hong Kong late-night cult favorites or big-budget post-millennial epics, there’s an enduring appeal to watching an apparently hopelessly overmatched hero use his or her crazy skills to hand a horde of villains’ asses to them. They’re also the home to some of the most remarkable direction and choreography that cinema has to offer — and, of course, they’re generally a heap of fun. Here are 25 of our favorites, ranked (subjectively, of course) in order of ascending… Read More

Pam Grier

The Enduring Appeal (and Unfortunate Novelty) of Pam Grier, Our Favorite Movie Badass

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We interrupt our regularly scheduled weekly home media new release column for a special bulletin: today, three of Pam Grier’s most iconic 1970s vehicles make their Blu-ray debut, which is indeed a cause for celebration. But revisiting these low-budget treats as a group serves as a sharp reminder that Grier wasn’t just a sexy mama in campy exploitation movies (though she was, and they were); she was a singular talent and a force of nature, the likes of which we haven’t seen since. As such, she remains an icon, an untouchable, lionized and idolized by equal proportions (and multiple generations) of brothers, sisters, hustlers, and movie nerds. What was it that made Pam Grier so special — and has made her endure for so long?
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The Immigrant / A Most Violent Year

The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘A Most Violent Year,’ ‘The Immigrant’

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There aren’t any giant, ubiquitous hits among this week’s new streaming and disc releases; instead, it’s our favorite kind of week, full of great picks for viewers who are willing to take a risk. We’ve got an intelligent and prickly crime thriller, a period melodrama full of life and force, a horror/comedy that’s simultaneously terrifying and charming, a rehabilitated ‘80s flick, and a terrific female buddy comedy.
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Reese Witherspoon in "Wild"

10 Great Road Movies About Women

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Wild, director Jean-Marc Vallée’s film version of Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir, hits DVD and Blu-ray this week, and is well worth your time — both on its own merits and as part of the fascinating and ongoing history of the female road movie. While tales of the open road often focus on male buddies (Easy Rider) or lovers on the run (Badlands, True Romance, Natural Born Killers), some of our favorite road movies track the physical and psychological journeys of women. Here are a few… Read More

Steve Buscemi in "Boardwalk Empire"

Working With Tarantino and Getting Whacked by David Chase: 10 Things We Learned From Steve Buscemi’s Reddit AMA

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As anyone who’s followed his career and his history of philanthropic work knows, Steve Buscemi is a stand-up guy. Yesterday, the star of Boardwalk Empire, Fargo, Reservoir Dogs, The Big Lebowski, Armageddon, and Ghost World hopped on Reddit, where he’s a bit of a novice (“I don’t feel very comfortable doing these things,” he admitted), to promote the Indiegogo campaign for a documentary he’s producing called Check It, about an LGBT gang in Washington, DC. Over the course of his Ask Me Anything, he talked about Lebowski, Ghost World, Tarantino, and his stint on The Sopranos, among other topics; here are some of the highlights.
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Judd Apatow, Amy Schumer, and Bill Hader on the set of "Trainwreck"

Flavorwire’s 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015

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A new year is upon us, and a peek ahead at 2015’s cinematic offerings is… well, kinda depressing. As you peruse the many 2015 preview pieces on movie sites, there’s a noticeable sameness — namely because they’re chock full of sequels. And some of those sequels (The Avengers, Mad Max, The Hunger Games, Pitch Perfect, Magic Mike, Mission: Impossible, and, yes, Star Wars) might be great! But their domination of said lists speaks to the weakness of said lists; we’re banking anticipation almost exclusively on known quantities, from earlier films and filmmakers. And with Sundance and the rest of the spring festivals still on the horizon, we can’t yet guess at the smaller sleepers. BUT, nonetheless, we present this look at a few slightly off-the-grid and out-of-the-box movies that might be worth talking about this… Read More