The total failure of Winter's Tale is a symptom of our magical malaise

We've seen a lot of terrible fantasy movies, including some awful fairy tales, in recent years. But Winter's Tale, out today, feels like a low-water mark. Worse, it feels like a symptom of a bigger problem: we can't imagine magic and wonder without shellacking on extra layers of heroic destiny and epic good-vs-evil… » 2/14/14 9:10am 2/14/14 9:10am

After Earth: The Spoiler FAQ

A Will Smith movie that bombs at the box office? An M. Night Shaymalan movie that people say could actually be worse? After Earth is just confusing as hell, and thus we’ve decided to answer your Frequently Asked Questions regarding the movie. » 6/04/13 11:00am 6/04/13 11:00am

Shyamalan's new film is a huge disappointment (because it's not awful)

Admit it: You were secretly hoping for After Earth to be a trainwreck. It's M. Night Shyamalan's first movie since the oh-god-my-eyes Last Airbender. It's Will Smith trying to jumpstart his son Jaden's career. It has a ridiculous backstory. All signs pointed to another MST3K-worthy outing. Except After Earth is...… » 5/31/13 9:00am 5/31/13 9:00am

Will and Jaden Smith Give Fucking Insane Interview About Patterns

While promoting their upcoming blockbuster After Earth, Will Smith and Will Smith: Nano (Jaden Smith) gave a very bonkers interview to New York magazine in which they espoused wondrous theories of high level imagimathematics previously published only on the wrinkled insides of fast food takeout bags in a frantic,… » 5/29/13 3:46pm 5/29/13 3:46pm

The Alien Backstory You Didn't See in the After Earth Trailers!

Think After Earth is just about Will Smith reconnecting with his son on a dangerous future Earth? WRONG. There's a whole baffling alien backstory, that you don't even know about. It's just not in the trailers. Journey with us as we attempt to untangle M Night Shyamalan's ridiculously complicated movie. And meet the… » 5/23/13 4:24pm 5/23/13 4:24pm

These monkeys don't think much of Shyamalan's After Earth either

A new clip from M. Night Shayamalan's After Earth titled "Monkey Discovery" has been released. In it, young Jaden Smith does indeed discover a monkey, who is extremely upset at being forced to star in an M. Night Shyamalan film. Justly so, I think. » 5/15/13 1:40pm 5/15/13 1:40pm

Men in Black screenwriter joining Will Smith's Colossus: The Forbin…

It's been a while since we last heard news of the Will Smith-starring remake of the 1970 evil computer film Colossus: The Forbin Project, but we're excited to hear about the latest talent brought onboard. Ed Solomon, the screenwriter who co-wrote the Bill & Ted movies (and the TV series) and penned Men in Black, will be … » 3/16/13 3:00pm 3/16/13 3:00pm

Your First Glimpse of the Magical Gangs of New York in the Winter’s…

The long-awaited movie adaptation of Mark Helprin's flying horse novel Winter's Tale is up and shooting again, after Hurricane Sandy halted the production. Which is news to us, because we had no idea the movie was even shooting in New York! The 1983 novel is a cornerstone of magical realism in literature, and we have… » 2/05/13 1:46pm 2/05/13 1:46pm

How did humans colonize space in Will Smith's After Earth? An Exclusive …

So now you've seen the first trailer for After Earth, Will Smith's new movie set in a future after the human race has abandoned our original home planet. But what kind of post-apocalyptic, space-faring future are we looking at here? And what kind of challenges do our descendants face, in M. Night Shyamalan's space… » 12/11/12 11:30am 12/11/12 11:30am

M. Night Shyamalan's new sci-fi flick After Earth doesn't look…

Look, if you don't want to give M. Night Shyamalan another chance after The Happening and The Last Airbender, I wouldn't - I couldn't - blame you. But darned if this new trailer for After Earth doesn't make Shyamalan's next movie seem potentially... not totally awful. As we know from SDCC, the movie is set in the… » 12/10/12 12:30pm 12/10/12 12:30pm

The Incredibly Complicated Mythology of Will Smith and M. Night…

M. Night Shyamalan is back, with a new post-apocalyptic film called After Earth, starring Will Smith and Jaden Smith. And it sounds like Shyamalan and Smith have joined forces to concoct their most fiendishly complicated mythos yet — judging from the tidbits of worldbuilding we gleaned from the film's Comic Con panel. » 7/15/12 7:00am 7/15/12 7:00am

Watch how MIB3 threw Will Smith off the Chrysler Building

Men in Black 3 dethroned Avengers this past weekend, hitting number one at the box office. But before we marvel at Will Smith's ticket selling power, let's take a minute to dissect some of the more spectacular VFX shots and alien beasties created to make the third Men In Black movie look so cool. First up, check out… » 5/29/12 12:30pm 5/29/12 12:30pm

Men in Black 3 will erase all meaning in your life

Will Smith has starred in lots of formulaic movies. And he knows better than anyone that there's something comforting as well as exhilarating about a movie that plays out according to a set of steps. Which is what makes Men in Black 3 so weird: it's a movie where the blockbuster formula is the opposite of comforting. » 5/25/12 9:08am 5/25/12 9:08am