cin·​e·​mat·​ic | \ ˌsi-nə-ˈma-tik How to pronounce cinematic (audio) \

Definition of cinematic

1 : of, relating to, suggestive of, or suitable for motion pictures or the filming of motion pictures cinematic principles and techniques cinematic special effects
2 : filmed and presented as a motion picture cinematic fantasies a cinematic adaptation of a novel

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cinematically \ ˌsi-​nə-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cinematically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of cinematic in a Sentence

a director who has produced some great cinematic moments

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None was able to do what the X-Men movies did: summon a living, expansive cinematic universe. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Goodbye X-Men—You Flawed, Frustrating Cinematic Revolution," 7 June 2019 Captain Marvel marks the first time a woman has scored a film for the Marvel cinematic universe, and the accomplishment is one Toprak holds closely. Kendra James, Glamour, "Meet the Incredible Women Behind Captain Marvel," 8 Mar. 2019 And according to The Hollywood Reporter, there's another hyped-up corner of film that the Academy hopes to tap: the ever-expanding Marvel cinematic universe. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Oscars Likely Won't Have a Host for the First Time Since 1989," 10 Jan. 2019 The movie isn’t currently connected to Sony’s Spider-Man and Venom superhero properties or cinematic universe (though Sony could certainly change this in the future). Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: the movie’s 2 post-credits scenes, explained," 15 Dec. 2018 Instead of drive-ins, New York, with its foot-traffic culture, offers cinematic sit-ins on rooftops and in parks, soccer fields, and other public spaces around town. The New Yorker, "Summertime Movie Screenings Around the City," 25 May 2018 Coogler’s contribution to the Marvel cinematic universe has brought in over $1 billion in revenue, making it the highest-grossing U.S. film ever directed by an African American. Valentina Zarya, Fortune, "'Black Panther' Director Ryan Coogler: Here's What CEOs Can Learn From the Film," 19 Apr. 2018 So why not honor Texas’s football legacy, and the cinematic triumph that was Varsity Blues, and call them the Coyotes? Conor Orr,, "Which Cities Would Deserve the Newest NFL Expansion Team?," 7 June 2019 For nearly 20 years, the Fast Franchise has entertained fans and created some of the biggest cinematic moments in history. Alexia Fernandez,, "John Cena Joins Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez in Fast & Furious 9: 'It’s an Incredible Honor'," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of cinematic

1912, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cinematic

see cinema

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The first known use of cinematic was in 1912

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English Language Learners Definition of cinematic

: of or relating to movies

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