31. 01. 2016
Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander), Illya Kuryakin (Armie Teller), and Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill, from left to right) ponder how to stop the evil Vinciguerras.

Double Agents: Guy Ritchie Reveals The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Pop culture has always been captivated by the Cold War. Back in the day, its backdrop spawned the longest-tenured blockbuster movie franchise ever, the James Bond series. This fascination with spies from the...

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29. 12. 2015
The Fanboys eagerly await the opening of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

Attack of the Nerds: Fanboys Makes a Joyride out of Looking Forward to Star Wars

Remember when, back in 1999, the Star Wars hype was almost as huge, if not even bigger, than this year? After an absence of more than a decade and a half, the saga...

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25. 12. 2015
Finn (John Boyega), Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), and Han Solo (Harrison Ford, from left to right) are in the hands of the Stormtroopers once again.

A New Chapter: J.J. Abrams Introduces the Next Generation to Star Wars: The Force Awakens

‘Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away…’ Every part of the Star Wars franchise begins with that fairy tale opening and John Williams’s trademark fanfare, and each time, the diehard...

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30. 11. 2015
James Bond (Daniel Craig) pursues almost invisible enemies.

Ghost in the Machine: Daniel Craig’s James Bond Hunts Sam Mendes’s Spectre

‘James Bond will return…’ Barring a short period in the early 1990s, when the future of the series was up in the air thanks to legal issues, this statement has been as sure...

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06. 10. 2015
There are dark secrets hidden in the German woods.

Lost in Darkness: The Cruel Post-war Germany of Finsterworld

Finsterworld by Frauke Finsterwalder is a movie that tells a lot about Germany to foreigners as well as to the homegrown. Scripted by the director’s husband, the renowned Swiss author Christian Kracht, Finsterworld...

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30. 09. 2015
Rick (Christian Bale, right) with his ex-wife Nancy (Cate Blanchett, left)

In the Cards: Christian Bale is Terrence Malick’s Knight Of Cups

Terrence Malick remains an enigma. First, the reclusive director vanished from the filmmaking landscape for two solid decades between his sophomore effort Days Of Heaven and the acclaimed The Thin Red Line. Then,...

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26. 08. 2015
John Nada (Roddy Piper) has finally seen the truth behind the lies.

Cheap Sunglasses: Roddy Piper Fights the Aliens in John Carpenter’s They Live

‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper was arguably one of wrestling’s first true major superstars in the late 1980s. When the Canadian fought Hulk Hogan at the then-WWF’s initial Wrestlemania, his popularity almost rivaled that of...

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16. 08. 2015
Leonardo DiCaprio

H.H. Holmes to be portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the upcoming Scorsese Film The Devil in the White City

Years ago, Erik Larson, a non-fiction writer who tends to bring often obscure, yet interesting stories to light with a novelistic feel, authored a critically acclaimed book The Devil in the White City....

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30. 06. 2015
Dr. Scott (Alan Napier), Roderick Fitzgerald (Ray Milland), Stella Meredith (Gail Russell), and Pamela Fitzgerald (Ruth Hussey, from left to right) try to find out what the supernatural events in the haunted house are all about.

Home by the Sea: Ray Milland Welcomes The Uninvited

Horror films were popular in the United States in the 1940s, in spite of the Second World War and the feel-good stories Hollywood brought to the silver screen to distract the people. Russian-born...

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31. 05. 2015
Riggan Thompson (Michael Keaton, front) is always haunted by Birdman.

Broadway The Hard Way: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, or the Psyche of an Actor

Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu had already been a known commodity in Hollywood circles for a while. His debut feature, Amores Perros, became a fan favorite, while his U.S. projects 21 Grams, Babel,...

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30. 04. 2015
A broken Kolya (Aleksei Serebryanov) reflects on his life.

The Monster Is Loose: Andrei Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan as a Parable of Putin’s Russia?

Russian cinema has always commanded international respect, even when things were frosty between the Soviet Union and the ‘West.’ The same still holds true for the modern arthouse movies from the country. Since...

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31. 03. 2015
Harry Hart (Colin Firth, center) introduces 'Eggsy' Unwin (Taron Egerton, left) to Internet billionaire Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson, right).

Spybreak: Matthew Vaughn Introduces Us to Kingsman: The Secret Service

Parodies of spy pictures – and the James Bond variation in particular – are a dime a dozen, with a fairly mixed bag of results. The cream of the crop may be the...

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29. 03. 2015
The midget Hans (Harry Earles, left) is ridiculed by the trapeze artist Cleopatra (Olga Baclanova, right).

The Midget’s Lament: Tod Browning’s Freaks, or the Birth of Cinema from the Spirit of the Fair

Every once in while movies give a new direction to pop culture by starting a new epoch. Take A Clockwork Orange (1971), which influenced the punk movement by providing a new dress and...

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31. 01. 2015
Carl Casper (Jon Favreau, back, to the left), his son Percy (Emjay Anthony, front, to the left), and their friend Martin (John Leguizamo, front, to the right) enjoy a good Texas BBQ.

Food, Glorious Food: Chef Jon Favreau Goes Back to the Roots

In Hollywood, Jon Favreau has become a household name as the man at the helm of the Iron Man trilogy. While he admittedly did a commendable job as the director of the first...

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18. 01. 2015
Jean-Dominique Baudy (Mathieu Amalric, right) and his wife (Emmanuelle Seigner).

The Doors of Perception: Nietzsche Revisited in The Diving Bell & The Butterfly

Le scaphandre et le papillon by the American artist and director Julian Schnabel is a good example of what cinema is able to accomplish. Based on a novel by Jean-Dominique Bauby, the former...

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