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What to watch on IFC tonight: Batman, Batman and more Batman

Spend the night arguing about whether Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer or George Clooney was the best Batman when we show back-to-back- Batman movies. We’re kicking things off with George Clooney suiting up to play Gotham’s Dark Knight in Joel Shumacher’s take on “Batman & Robin” at 5:15 p.m. ET/4:15 p.m. CT. Batman faces off against […]

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The Batman is coming to IFC

Tonight at 7:15 p.m. ET we are lighting up the sky over Gotham with the Bat Signal, because the Dark Knight is coming to IFC. Tim Burton’s 1989 “Batman” is the big-screen response to the serious (and seriously violent) revisionist comic book tales of the ’80s. The film reimagines Gotham as a foreboding industrial metropolis […]

The Revenge of the Nerds: How the 80’s movie foretold the rise of Geek Culture (photo)

The Revenge of the Nerds: How the 80’s movie foretold the rise of Geek Culture

“Revenge of the Nerds,” that significant 80s cultural artifact, was a genuinely prophetic film. At the time of its release in 1984 it was morning in America and a muscular foreign policy against the then-Soviet Union nudged popular culture to valorize brawn and social ease and raw good looks. Introspection and lusting in one’s heart […]

Call-In Commentary: Watch the “Trespass” trailer with director Joel Schumacher (photo)

Call-In Commentary: Watch the “Trespass” trailer with director Joel Schumacher

As famed director Joel Schumacher puts it, his new film “Trespass” is ostensibly about the “haves” versus the “have nots,” but only on its face. In the movie, Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman live a wealthy existence in an exclusive gated community. Everything is seemingly perfect: Cage is wrapped up in his business and Kidman […]

Joel Schumacher on his “Dark Knight” movie that never happened, and Hollywood’s best Bruce Wayne (photo)

Joel Schumacher on his “Dark Knight” movie that never happened, and Hollywood’s best Bruce Wayne

Earlier this week, we heard from “Trespass” director Joel Schumacher about Christopher Nolan’s record-breaking run with Batman — a character near and dear to his heart after he made not one but two films featuring the DC Comics icon. While Schumacher’s first adventure with Batman was a box-office success — 1995’s “Batman Forever” — his […]

Joel Schumacher explains why he isn’t surprised by Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” success (photo)

Joel Schumacher explains why he isn’t surprised by Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” success

When “The Dark Knight Rises” hits theaters next year, it will present the final chapter in Christopher Nolan’s record-breaking Batman trilogy that relaunched, redefined, and reinvigorated DC’s iconic superhero. And while there’s been no shortage of reboots on the big and small screens lately, few have been as successful as the “Inception” filmmaker’s take on […]

Hey Laaaadies: Colin Farrell in ‘Phone Booth’ (photo)

Hey Laaaadies: Colin Farrell in ‘Phone Booth’

While Conan and Peewee and Simon Pegg have graced the couches of the IFC Crossroads House in Austin we are making sure the viewers at home get some eye candy of their own. To that end, we are showing “Phone Booth” tonight at 5:45 p.m. ET. You’re welcome. Colin Farrell plays the smoldering hot Stu, […]

“Twelve,” Reviewed (photo)

“Twelve,” Reviewed

The most common complaint about movies adapted from novels is that they’re not faithful enough to their source material. Joel Schumacher’s “Twelve” is so weirdly and destructively faithful that it seems like it an experimental film designed to show people why excessively dutiful adaptations are a bad idea. Schumacher took author Nick McDonell’s heavily stylized […]

Sundance Spin for 1/29: “Delicious” Isn’t Tasty, “Blue” Is Bought (photo)

Sundance Spin for 1/29: “Delicious” Isn’t Tasty, “Blue” Is Bought

We’re calling it a day in Sundance, but keep looking at our Sundance home page and Cheat Sheet for continuing coverage from this year’s fest. Since returning from Park City, we’ve already posted new photo galleries from the “Get Low” and “Winter’s Bone” premieres, and more is on the way. In the meantime, check out […]

Sundance Spin for 1/27: “Twelve” is a Zero. (photo)

Sundance Spin for 1/27: “Twelve” is a Zero.

While our Sundance home page is the place for all our coverage from Park City, here is a brief rundown of what’s been going on during the last 24 hours, including Matt Singer’s interview with “The Freebie” writer/director Katie Aselton and co-star Dax Shepard and reviews of the Chace Crawford drama “Twelve,” the Banksy doc […]