After making his first studio film last year with a remake of Pete’s Dragon for Disney, director David Lowery immediately decided to reteam with the primary cast of his previous indie hit, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, for something a little more off the beaten path. A Ghost Story premiered at Sundance earlier this year to rave reviews and now this week A24 has released the first trailer online. Although the title would seem to imply that this is a horror film, it is becoming clear that this is actually something much more mysterious and experimental in nature. Described as an “exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence,” it clearly asks some big questions and personally I look forward to pulling back the sheet. A Ghost Story hits select theatres on July 7th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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After the dull and uninspired Jason Bourne, it feels like it might be time for Paul Greengrass to finally branch out and try something new. He’s been doing intense and gritty thrillers for the better part of two decades now, but over the past few years he has flirted with some different kinds of projects including remakes of Fantastic Voyage, Treasure Island, and 1984 (among others). While none of those seem to have panned out (at least not yet) he is now in the process of setting up what could actually be his first comic book movie. It’s not a superhero flick though, and in keeping with his previous work, it is based on a true story. Hit the jump for more details.
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Following up on the recent Justice League trailer, Sony has unveiled a new trailer of their own for Spider-Man: Homecoming. Once again Robert Downey Jr. is present as a reminder that Spidey is now a part of the Marvel universe and but it also seems clear that Tony Stark’s involvement is more than just a cameo. We also get a much better look at Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes aka The Vulture and our first glimpse of Bokeem Woodbine as The Shocker as well. There are still some other new villains yet to be revealed and some new Spider-Man tech as well, but will it be enough to set this Spider-Man apart from previous takes on the character? Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theatres on July 7th; check out the new trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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0:00 – Intro
10:30 – Review: Power Rangers
1:00:20 – Headlines: Justice League Trailer, Robert Rodriguez to Direct Escape from New York Remake
1:26:10 – Other Stuff We Watched: Moana, Jewel of the Nile, Live PD, Get Out, Edge of Seventeen, Murder Party, Love: Season 2, Baskets: Season 2, Morgan, Rats
1:51:00 – Junk Mail: Dwane Responds to Reed, Calculating Box Office Profits, Son of Kong NRA Logo, Unmemorable Movie Titles, Are Concert Films Documentaries?, Watching Movies with Graphic Sex with Other People, Best John Carpenter Remake
2:23:40 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray / Outro
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It was another big weekend for Disney as their live-action version of Beauty and the Beast continued to deliver, bringing in the fourth largest second weekend ever with $88.3 million. The movie has already made an astonishing $690 million worldwide and does not appear to be slowing down. In second place, the big screen Power Rangers reboot did pretty well for Lionsgate, debuting in second place with $40.5 million. Granted, it also cost $100 million to make so they will be looking for some help overseas to make their money back. Elsewhere Kong: Skull Island fell to third, while the sci-fi thriller Life did just okay, opening in fourth with $12.6 million. Logan rounded out the top 5. The weekend’s other new release, CHiPs, failed to measure up to other recent R-rated comedies, opening to a disappointing $7.6 million.
1. Beauty and the Beast — $88.3M
2. Power Rangers — $40.5M
3. Kong: Skull Island — $14.4M
4. Life — $12.6M
5. Logan — $10.1M
6. Get Out — $8.7M
7. CHiPs — $7.6M
8. The Shack — $3.8M
9. The LEGO Batman Movie — $1.97M
10. The Belko Experiment — $1.8M
After hyping it up over the past couple of days with some character-specific teasers, Warner Brothers finally unveiled the first full trailer for Zack Snyder’s Justice League today. For all the build up, it feels a bit underwhelming, partially because we’ve seen some of this footage before and partially because it’s just a lot of disconnected CG-heavy clips. That being said, we do get to see more of The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg than we’ve seen previously… and Aquaman rides on top of the Batmobile for some reason. For the moment, Superman remains conspicuously absent as we await potential news of his fate following Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Justice League hits theatres on Nov. 17th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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It’s been over a decade now since we first started hearing about the possibility of a remake of John Carpenter’s Escape From New York. From the very start, fans have been pretty vocal about their disapproval of the idea but it has slowly become clear that this thing is still going to happen one way or another. Previous directors that were once attached include Len Wiseman, Brett Ratner and Breck Eisner, but they all dropped out long ago, before the project changed hands to 20th Century Fox. Now this week it appears that they are finally about to nail down a new director although depending on how you feel about his recent output it may not be an improvement. Hit the jump for more info.
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With the continued popularity of true crime documentaries like Making a Murderer and The Jinx, it’s no surprise that we’ve already seen a handful of docs tackle the unsolved murder of child beauty pageant queen JonBenet Ramsey. Unfortunately, up until now most of these documentaries have been trashy made-for-TV specials, but next month Netflix will release a new film that puts a slightly different spin on the subject. Directed by Kitty Green (Ukraine Is Not a Brothel), Casting JonBenet seems to take cues from both The Act of Killing and My Scientology Movie, attempting to get to some deeper truth by casting actors in a reenactment of the murder instead. Will this one be more successful than its predecessors? Casting JonBenet arrives on Netflix on April 28th; check out the trailer after the jump.
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Last week we learned that Sony was officially moving forward with a Venom standalone movie that was not expected to feature Spider-Man himself. Now this week they are adding a second film to their expanding Spider-Man universe that will focus on two more anti-heroes. The untitled movie will revolve around two female characters that have worked both alongside and against Spider-Man at various points in time: Silver Sable and Black Cat. Once again, it sounds like Spidey himself will be absent from the movie. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
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Beauty and the Beast should continue to dominate the box office again this weekend despite the fact that there are three new movies in wide release. The biggest of these releases, Power Rangers, also seems to be on track for a strong debut thanks to the irresistible pull of ’90s nostalgia. Other major releases include the sci-fi horror flick Life starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds and the R-rated cop comedy CHiPs starring Dax Shepard and Michael Pena. In select theatres, we also have the Daniel Clowes adaptation Wilson starring Woody Harrelson and the horror-comedy Prevenge starring Alice Lowe, who previously starred in and co-wrote Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers. What will you be watching this weekend?
John Michael McDonagh’s War on Everyone hit North American shores earlier this year, but now his brother Martin is preparing to release his latest film as well. The younger McDonagh is best known for his dark crime comedies In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths and his latest film sort of seems to fall into that category as well. However, rather than emulating the energy of Quentin Tarantino or Guy Ritchie, this one has a bit more of a Coen Brothers vibe (not least because it stars Frances McDormand). The story revolves around a woman who is fed up with the local police force after they fail to find the perpetrator of her daughter’s murder. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri also stars Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes, Peter Dinklage, Caleb Landry Jones and Abbie Cornish and it hits theatres sometime in 2017. Check out the red band trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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We’ve got a pair of competing Winston Churchill biopics coming this year and it looks like the first one to hit theatres will be simply titled Churchill. Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky (The Railway Man), it stars Brian Cox as the iconic British prime minister in the difficult days leading up to D-day. Miranda Richardson, John Slattery and James Purefoy also co-star. Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour is coming in November and looks to be a slightly higher profile affair with Gary Oldman in the lead role. In the meantime, Churchill hits theatres on June 2nd in North America and June 16th in the U.K.; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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