New to Theatres This Weekend: The Magnificent Seven, Storks, The Age of Shadows

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Two more wide releases will challenge Sully for the box office title this weekend as Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington look to repeat the success of The Equalizer with their remake of The Magnificent Seven. Westerns are always tough to predict but this one has some star power and seems to be tracking well. Also hitting theatres we have the Warner Brothers animated film Storks, directed by Nicholas Stoller. In select theatres, we have Disney’s chess drama Queen of Katwe, along with Kim Jee-woon’s period spy thriller The Age of Shadows, Christophe Gans’ version of Beauty and the Beast starring Vincent Cassel and Lea Seydoux, and Andrew Neel’s fraternity hazing drama Goat. What will you be watching this weekend?

This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Neighbors 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Labyrinth: 30th Anniversary Edition

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Hitting DVD and Blu-ray this week we’ve got a couple of decent but underperforming summer sequels and a handful of Stephen King movies from the ’70s and ’80s, among other things. The high profile new releases include Neighbors 2 (now without the “Sorority Rising” subtitle, apparently), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and Free State of Jones starring Matthew McConaughey, but they will probably take a backseat to these major back catalogue titles: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary Edition and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: 30th Anniversary Edition. If that’s not enough, Criterion is re-issuing The Coen Brothers’ first film Blood Simple and Jacques Tourneur’s Cat People, while Warner Brothers is bringing a handful of Stephen King adaptations to Blu-ray for the first time including It, Salem’s Lot and Cat’s Eye. What will you be picking up this week? Check out the full list of noteworthy new releases after the jump.

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Fist Fight Trailer Starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day

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If you’ve ever wanted to see Charlie Day get his ass kicked, then perhaps this next movie is exactly what you’ve been waiting for. Fist Fight is an upcoming comedy that seems to revolve around a pretty simple premise: when one high school teacher (Charlie Day) costs another his job, that other teacher (Ice Cube) challenges him to a fight after school. The entire movie takes place over the school day, building up to the final showdown. And while that idea is pretty good, it’s kind of already been done before (and probably done better) by Jody Hill and Danny McBride’s recent HBO series Vice Principals. That being said, Tracy Morgan has a supporting role and it’s good to see him back on screen again. Fist Fight hits theatres on Feb. 17th; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Ghost in the Shell Teaser(s) Starring Scarlett Johansson

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Up until now, we haven’t heard much about Dreamworks’ live-action Ghost in the Shell adaptation aside from the controversy over casting a white actor in the lead role and the ugly rumours that VFX tests were performed to try and make Scarlett Johansson look Asian. Now this week our first glimpses of the film has arrived via a handful of short teasers, all of which premiered during last night’s Mr. Robot season finale. Directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman), the movie does look pretty visually striking, and based on these short clips it seems to have captured the strange dream-like atmosphere of the 1995 anime film. Of course, if you can’t get past the casting of Scarlett Johansson as Major Motoko Kusanagi, then perhaps none of this really matters anyway. Ghost in the Shell co-stars Michael Pitt, Juliette Binoche, Michael Wincott, Pilou Asbæk, Rila Fukushima and Takeshi Kitano and it hits theatres on March 31st. Check out all five teasers after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Giveaway: Win a Copy of 101 Horror / Sci-Fi Movies You Must See Before You Die

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It’s been a while since we’ve had any giveaways on the site, but thanks to the good folks at Quarto Publishing this month we’ve got some genre-related goodies to offer up to a couple of lucky readers. Steven Jay Schneider is a film critic and scholar who has written and edited quite a few movie-related books over the years including the epic tome 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. He also has written some smaller books that focus on specific genres and next month Quarto will be re-releasing his books 101 Sci-Fi Movies You Must See Before You Die and 101 Horror Movies You Must See Before You Die, both of which were previously out-of-print.

If that sounds like something you might be interested in, just send your name and mailing address to filmjunk@gmail.com with “101 Movies Giveaway” in the subject line. We’ll pick two random winners from all of the entries and notify them by Wed. Oct. 12th. The books will be in stores as of Oct. 1st.

Note: This contest is only open to residents of Canada and the U.S.

Good luck!

Film Junk Podcast Episode #582: Blair Witch and TIFF 2016

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0:00 – Intro
13:00 – Review: Blair Witch
34:00 – Other Stuff We Watched: Snowden, La La Land, Salt and Fire, Into the Inferno, Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey, My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea, Colossal, The Bad Batch, The Handmaiden, Loving, A Monster Calls, Arrival, Fire at Sea, Nocturama, The Girl with All the Gifts, Safari, The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography, Moonlight, Rats
2:50:50 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:56:50 – Outro

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Passengers Trailer Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt

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Looks like we’ve got yet another intriguing sci-fi movie heading our way before the end of 2016. Passengers has been floating around for almost a decade now with the script by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) landing on the Black List back in 2007. At one point Keanu Reeves and Reese Witherspoon were attached to star, but now instead we have Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt playing two passengers on a 5000-person starship who come out of hibernation prematurely, 90 years from their destination. As you can probably guess, their early wake-up call doesn’t seem to be an accident. The movie looks to combine elements of Sunshine, Moon, and Interstellar and it is directed by Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game, Headhunters). Passengers hits theatres on Dec. 21st; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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8-Bit Generation: The Commodore Wars Trailer

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We’ve already seen plenty of documentaries about Steve Jobs and Bill Gates’s contributions to the personal computer revolution over the years, but there are many other key players who to this day still do not get the credit they deserve. One of these key players was undoubtedly Jack Tramiel, the hard-nosed businessman behind Commodore International. The Commodore 64 still holds the record as the highest-selling computer of all time, and if you happened to grow up with one in your household (as I did), I’m sure you’ll agree that it was an amazing machine. 8-Bit Generation: The Commodore Wars is a long overdue documentary that finally tells Commodore’s side of story and offers a first-hand account of the cutthroat business tactics they used to beat Apple at their own game. You can pre-order the film over on VHX now, but if you happen to live in Toronto it is playing at The Revue this week on Sept. 20th and 21st. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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2016 Emmy Award Winners

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The 86th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were handed out last night in Los Angeles, and just in case you missed it we’ve got the full list of winners right here (okay it’s not 100% complete… have you seen how many categories there are??). FX’s series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story topped all other shows with five awards, but Game of Thrones won three, bringing the show’s all-time total number of Emmys to 38, which breaks the record previously held by Frasier. Some of the surprises included Rami Malek winning Lead Actor in a Drama for Mr. Robot and Tatiana Maslany winning Lead Actress for Orphan Black. Kate McKinnon also won an Outstanding Supporting Actress award for Saturday Night Live (which I didn’t even think was possible) and Louie Anderson won Outstanding Supporting Actor for Baskets. What did you think of this year’s Emmy awards? Check out the list of nominees and winners after the jump.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Sully Still in Control

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It was a strong repeat performance for Clint Eastwood’s Sully over the weekend as it dropped just 37% in its second weekend to stay at the top of the box office. That’s no small feat, although it didn’t hurt that audiences also failed to respond to all three of the new movies in wide release. Blair Witch was a distant second with just $9.7 million, considerably less than the much maligned Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 made back in 2000. Initial predictions had it over $20 million, although in retrospect, that was probably unrealistic considering how much time has passed. Bridget Jones’s Baby came in third with $8.2 million, which is also less than Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason made back in 2004 (and on 2500 less screens… ouch). In fourth place, Oliver Stone’s Snowden earned $8 million, which was mostly to be expected considering the mixed public opinion on the NSA whistleblower. Don’t Breathe rounded out the top 5 and has now made $107 million worldwide.

1. Sully — $22.0M
2. Blair Witch — $9.7M
3. Bridget Jones’s Baby — $8.2M
4. Snowden — $8.0M
5. Don’t Breathe — $5.6M
6. When the Bough Breaks — $5.5M
7. Suicide Squad — $4.7M
8 The Wild Life — $2.7M
9. Kubo and the Two Strings — $2.5M
10. Pete’s Dragon — $2.0M

New on Netflix: September 2016

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The first season of Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down, the second season of Narcos and the original time loop thriller ARQ are among the noteworthy new additions on Netflix over the past month. Other major titles recently added in the U.S. include Turkish horror film Baskin, London Has Fallen, Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise, Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made, and all four of the Jaws films, plus classics like Saving Private Ryan, Footloose, Top Gun and No Country for Old Men. Meanwhile in Canada, new arrivals include Alejandro Inarritu’s The Revenant, Michael Moore’s Where to Invade Next, Oscar winner Son of Saul, Will Ferrell / Mark Wahlberg comedy Daddy’s Home, Legend starring Tom Hardy, the original Tron, The Purge: Anarchy, Inception, Inglourious Basterds and, of course, the essential Mr. Nobody. Will you be adding anything to your watchlist? Check out the full list of recent highlights after the jump.

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Nocturnal Animals Trailer Starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal

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Amy Adams has two movies playing at TIFF this week that have people whispering about her award season chances. The first is Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival and the other is Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals. Ford directed the 2009 film A Single Man and now he is back with his sophomore effort, a noir-ish thriller about an art gallery owner (Adams) who is drawn into the world of a novel written by her ex-husband (Jake Gyllenhaal). Some reviews have dismissed this film as style over substance, but the haunting visuals definitely look like something that will stay with you afterward. Nocturnal Animals co-stars Armie Hammer, Michael Shannon, Isla Fisher, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Laura Linney and it hits select theatres on Nov. 18th; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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