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Matt Singer is the managing editor and film critic of the website ScreenCrush.com. For five years, he was the on-air host of IFC News on the Independent Film Channel, hosting coverage of film festivals and red carpets around the world. He’s been a frequent contributor to the television shows CBS This Morning Saturday and Ebert Presents At the Movies, and his writing has also appeared in print and online at The Village Voice, The Dissolve, and Indiewire.
Finding Dory
Pixar

‘Finding Dory’ Review: Pixar’s Fishy Franchise Just Keeps Swimming

Like every other Pixar release, Finding Dory opens with a short film. This one is called “Piper”; it’s about a little bird learning to hunt for food among the scary ocean waves. It’s a terrific showcase for Pixar’s latest advancements in computer animation, which in recent years has taken on the qualities of great nature photography. The sunlight sparkles against the water, which ripples and flows with uncanny accuracy, and when the little bird kicks a pile of sand in a crab’s face you can practically count the individual grains.

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‘O.J.: Made in America’ Is Essential Viewing

I’m a freshman in high school. After months of legal proceedings, the jury finally reaches a verdict in the O.J. Simpson case. For the only time in my four years of secondary education, everything stops. Several classes worth of kids pile into the only room on the hall with a cable television. The room is packed. Kids are literally sitting on each other's laps because there’s nowhere else for them to go. It gets quiet.

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Sony / Empire

Fall Out Boy and Missy Elliott Will Reboot the Ray Parker Jr. Theme For Paul Feig’s ‘Ghostbusters’

My daughter is five months old, and at this point her experience of popular culture is mostly limited to board books. (She’s a big fan of DC’s My First Book of Girl Power.) She’s too young to watch movies or television, despite my repeated insistence that Gymkata is an important work of art that must be considered and appreciated.

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Columbia

Here’s Why There Are Suddenly Mini-Trailers Before the Movie Trailers on YouTube

If you watch a lot of trailers on YouTube, you’ve probably noticed a trend that’s suddenly become very prevalent: You click to play a trailer, but before the actual clip begins, you get a five-second flash of the thing you’re about to watch, complete with its own title card. Then the MPAA warning shows up and the full trailer plays. You can see an example above, in the teaser for Ron Howard’s Inferno.

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Paramount/NBC

The ‘Baywatch’ Movie Will Feature Pamela Anderson

If you are going to make a Baywatch movie — even one that’s a tongue-in-cheek satire of the original — there’s a few things you’ve got to have. You need men and women in red bathing suits. You need people running on the beach in slow motion. You need that magnificent theme song. You need at least one reference to Baywatch Nights. And you need David Hasslehoff and Pamela Anderson.

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Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg Will Reunite for a ‘Daddy’s Home’ Sequel

With everyone obsessed with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, very few people noticed the other huge hit of December: the Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg comedy Daddy’s Home. Very quietly, this film about the rivalry between a square stepdad (Ferrell) and a supercool biological father (Wahlberg) grossed more than $150 million in the U.S. and $240 million worldwide. The movie made $70 million more than The Other Guys, the first film that paired Ferrell and Wahlberg together as mismatched buddies, and it was Ferrell’s biggest comedy since Elf back in 2003. Daddy’s Home was a bigger success than the first Anchorman or Talladega Nights (or any Adam McKay / Will Ferrell movie, for that matter).

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Alamy

AMC Now Says It Won’t Allow Texting in Its Theaters

Just days after confessing, in an interview with Variety, that he was open to the idea of allowing texting in some of his movie theaters, AMC CEO Adam Aron has reversed course. Non-texters, you can continue to patronize AMC; in a statement, Aron announced that “there will be NO TEXTING ALLOWED in any of the auditoriums at AMC Theatres. Not today, not tomorrow and not in the forseeable future.” And he was the one that put “NO TEXTING ALLOWED” in all caps so you know he means business.

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Alamy

AMC Theatres’ CEO Says He’s Open to Texting in Theaters, Which Is Still a Terrible Idea

Last month, I tried out the new 4DX theater at the Regal Cinemas in Manhattan’s Union Square. Seating in the theater is assigned and it was a packed house; by the time I bought my ticket, my only choice was in a solo seat wedged between two other parties. To my left, was a couple in their 30s. To my right, was a guy who looked to be in his early 20s. When the movie started, he took out his cell phone and began taking pictures of the screen. He snapped a photo of the title card; of Superman’s first appearance; of the debut of the new Batmobile.

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