The final weekend of the summer is here and as per usual we’ve got a couple of relatively cheap genre movies looking to capitalize on the lack of competition. Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe should be the movie to beat this time around although Jason Statham’s Mechanic: Resurrection could also be a fun way to close out the summer. Also playing nationwide we have the boxing drama Hands of Stone starring Edgar Ramirez and Robert DeNiro and Southside with You, the indie drama about Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date. In select theatres, keep an eye out for Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees and John Krasinski’s The Hollars. What will you be watching this weekend?
It’s generally not a good sign when the first trailer for a movie comes just a couple of weeks before it is set to hit theatres, but in the case of The Disappointments Room, there were extenuating circumstances. The movie was held up by Relativity’s bankruptcy last year and just recently received a new release date. Directed by D.J. Caruso (Disturbia, Eagle Eye), it stars Kate Beckinsale as a woman who moves into a new house with her 5-year-old son only to discover a secret room in the attic that is not on the floor plan. Overall it seems like a fairly standard psychological thriller / haunted house tale that claims to be loosely based on a true story, but it has a script by Wentworth Miller (Stoker) which could be a good sign. The Disappointments Room hits select theatres and VOD on Sept. 9th; check out the full trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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Warner Brothers may already have their primary line-up of DC comic book movies mapped out until 2020, but we’ve known for a while now that there are a handful of other movies in development that could be added to the schedule at any time. In particular, Ben Affleck is working on a Batman solo movie and a Lobo movie continues to be in the mix as well. Perhaps the most intriguing project of all, however, has been the Dark Universe movie based on the supernatural team known as Justice League Dark. Guillermo del Toro was once attached to the project until he was forced to drop out due to other commitments. Now this week we are hearing that they have found a new director for the movie: Doug Liman. Hit the jump for more details.
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Kenneth Lonergan’s last film Margaret had a pretty rough journey to the big screen, spending five years in post-production only to wind up with an extremely limited release, but when the extended cut hit DVD and Blu-ray a year later it finally had people talking. His next film will have no such trouble, however, after debuting at Sundance earlier this year to rave reviews where it was acquired by Amazon for $10 million. Manchester By the Sea stars Casey Affleck as a Boston janitor who is forced to move back to his hometown to look after his teenage nephew after his brother passes away. Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges and Gretchen Mol also co-star in this family drama that is already earning Oscar buzz. Manchester By the Sea hits select theatres on Nov. 18th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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Every now and then, the folks over at BBC Culture like to put together lists for movie fans to argue over. Last year they released a list of the top 100 American films of all time and now this year they have decided to meet the “death of cinema” debate head on by compiling the top 100 films released since the year 2000. Although it is a British publication, they have polled 177 film critics from around the world and in the end they concluded that David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive is the greatest film of the past 16 years. As expected, the list is pretty light on genre films and comedies (The Grand Budapest Hotel being the only one that kinda qualifies for the latter). Still, there is no denying that there are some truly fantastic films on this list. Do you agree with their picks? Check out the full list after the jump and see what you think.
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After a number of delays, it appears that the long-awaited reboot of The Ring franchise is finally on track to hit theatres this October. Originally announced as a 3D feature and then rumoured to be a prequel, it will now apparently be neither of those things, instead taking place 13 years after the original. The video is no longer just on a VHS tape and has apparently made the jump to digital, but there is also a mysterious “movie within the movie” that no one has noticed before. It will be interesting to see if there is still an audience for this series over a decade after The Ring Two hit theatres… personally I think I’m more interested in the upcoming Japanese crossover with the Ju-On franchise, Sadako vs. Kayako. Rings is directed by F. Javier Gutierrez (Before the Fall) and hits theatres on Oct. 28th; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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Way back in January, NBC announced the official line-up for the new season of Celebrity Apprentice featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger presiding over the board room. Unfortunately, it looks like we’ll end up waiting a full year before we actually get to see the new season because it doesn’t premiere until Jan. 2nd, 2017. In the meantime, NBC has released a short teaser for The New Celebrity Apprentice, which at the very least demonstrates Arnold’s willingness to fully embrace the ridiculousness of the show. Of course, it doesn’t show any actual footage from the new season, but it seems safe to say that NBC is sparing no expense this time around. Are you convinced that Arnold Schwarzenegger is a great replacement for Donald Trump? Check out the first promo after the jump and let us know what you think.
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0:00 – Intro: Frank’s Cringeworthy Comments Revisited
23:55 – Review: War Dogs
44:15 – Headlines: Arrival Trailer, COPS Movie in the Works
52:10 – Other Stuff We Watched: Dial M for Murder, The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun, The Tick
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Another week, another comic book movie casting controversy. Ever since it was first announced that Disney Channel star Zendaya had landed the female lead in Spider-Man: Homecoming, there has been a lot of speculation about who she might be playing. At the time, the official word was that her character name was Michelle, but no one would confirm if she was playing a love interest or another role entirely. Now this week the cat appears to be out of the bag, although Marvel has not made any official statement and seems intent on keeping her identity as a reveal within the film. Because of this, the rumour could be considered a spoiler and you may want to steer clear if you are sensitive to such things. Hit the jump for the full scoop.
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With a third Bad Boys movie now officially on the way, apparently someone out there thought it might be a good idea to go back and make a movie based on the TV series that loosely inspired the movie title. That’s right, Fox’s long-running reality show COPS (ie. the show that popularized Inner Circle’s “Bad Boys” as its theme song) is actually heading to the big screen. While we’re still not quite sure what a COPS movie might look like, the surprising thing is that they have a somewhat interesting filmmaker currently attached to the project: Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer. Hit the jump to find out what else we know.
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The second last weekend of the summer was an unremarkable one at the box office as Suicide Squad coasted to its third victory in a row with $20.7 million. The movie has now grossed $572.68 million worldwide, making it the eighth biggest movie of the year so far. Sausage Party dropped 55% but stayed in second place with $15.3 million while War Dogs was the biggest new release of the week with $14.3 million. Kubo and the Two Strings opened in fourth with $12.6 million, the lowest debut for any Laika film to date despite strong reviews. Meanwhile Ben-Hur opened in fifth with just $11.4 million, which is a big problem considering its $100 million price tag. Time will tell if the international box office saves it, but currently it is on track to be one of the biggest flops of the summer.
1. Suicide Squad — $20.7M
2. Sausage Party — $15.3M
3. War Dogs — $14.3M
4. Kubo and the Two Strings — $12.6M
5. Ben-Hur — $11.4M
6. Pete’s Dragon — $11.3M
7. Bad Moms — $8.1M
8. Jason Bourne — $8.0M
9. The Secret Life of Pets — $5.8M
10. Florence Foster Jenkins — $4.3M
Although he is currently keeping pretty busy with his role as Bruce Wayne / Batman in just about every current DC Universe movie, Ben Affleck is still eager to continue his career as a filmmaker whenever he can find the time. He recently completed work on his next movie, the Dennis Lehane adaptation Live By Night, and continues to develop a standalone Batman movie for Warner Brothers that he will both direct and star in. On top of that, he has just signed on to direct and star in a new version of a Billy Wilder classic: the 1957 courtroom thriller Witness for the Prosecution. Will this hit theatres before his solo Batman flick? Hit the jump to find out what we know.
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