This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Kung Fu Panda 3, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Dr. Strangelove: Criterion Collection

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There isn’t a whole lot to get excited about this week in terms of DVD and Blu-ray releases, but at least there are a couple of Criterion releases that may be of interest. Kung Fu Panda 3 is the biggest new mainstream title, and beyond that we’ve got the middling Tina Fey war dramedy Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and the well-received but seemingly unremarkable drone thriller Eye in the Sky. On the small screen, we’ve got the first season of Kurt Sutter’s short-lived The Bastard Executioner (on DVD only) and a handful of docs including an ode to the bit players of Star Wars called Elstree 1976. Finally, Criterion is re-issuing Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove and bringing Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria to Blu-ray, while Arrow Video is preserving the early George Clooney cult classic Return of the Killer Tomatoes for future generations to come. Will you be picking up anything this week? Check out the full list of noteworthy releases after the jump.

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Bleed for This Trailer Starring Miles Teller

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Last year Miles Teller went from starring in the Oscar-nominated Whiplash to starring in the box office bomb Fantastic Four, but it doesn’t look like he’ll stay down for long. As a matter of fact, the upcoming boxing drama Bleed for This could put him right back in Oscar contention. Teller plays Vinny Pazienza aka The Pazmanian Devil, a five-time boxing champ who mounted a legendary comeback after breaking his neck in a car accident. Directed by Ben Younger (Boiler Room), it co-stars Aaron Eckhart as trainer Kevin Rooney and Katey Sagal and Ciaran Hind as Pazienza’s parents. On top of that, while that other upcoming boxing movie Hands of Stone may have Robert DeNiro in a supporting role, this movie has Martin Scorsese as an executive producer. Bleed for This hits select theatres on Nov. 4th and expands on Nov. 23rd; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down Trailer

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Although HBO’s Vinyl failed to find an audience earlier this year, Netflix is hoping that their own ’70-set musical TV series will have a different outcome. Created by Baz Luhrmann (The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge), the show is called The Get Down and it takes place in New York City in the late ’70s, focusing on how a broken down city gave birth to a musical revolution that included punk, disco and hip-hop. A previously released teaser trailer helped set the scene and establish the mood, but it didn’t feature any actual footage from the show. Now this week Netflix has released a short new trailer that gives us our first real look at the upcoming series. The Get Down stars Jaden Smith, Shameik Moore, Zabryna Guevara, Jimmy Smits and Giancarlo Esposito and the first six episodes will arrive on Netflix on August 12th. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Alexandre Aja’s The 9th Life of Louis Drax Trailer

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Although Alexandre Aja seems to be doing a little more producing than directing as of late, fans will be happy to hear that he has a new movie coming out later this year. The potentially disappointing news is that this doesn’t seem to be a pure horror movie, but more of a supernatural thriller which is something he has had less success with. The 9th Life of Louis Drax is based on the best-selling novel by Liz Jensen and it revolves around a young boy who has survived eight near-fatal accidents, only to fall into a coma after his ninth brush with death. Mysterious forces are at play and it falls to a neurologist (played by Jamie Dornan) to get the bottom of it all. The rest of the cast includes Aaron Paul, Sarah Gadon, Oliver Platt, Molly Parker and Barbara Hershey while the script was written by Max Minghella. There seem to be some intriguing visuals and ideas here although the movie does look a little bit budget in places. The 9th Life of Louis Drax hits select theatres on Sept. 2nd; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #571: Independence Day: Resurgence and The Shallows

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0:00 – Intro
22:30 – Review: Independence Day: Resurgence
51:00 – Review: The Shallows
1:14:30 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Knick, Black Orpheus, The Wave, Arabian Nights Vol. 1, Weiner
1:45:00 – Junk Mail: Jay’s Memory and Annabelle, What Kinds of Cars We Drive, Most Valuable DVD or Blu-ray, Actors That Were Miscast or a Poor Substitute for Someone Else, Film Junk Nightmares
2:07:10 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:11:15 – Outro

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The Neon Demon Review

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Written and Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn
Starring: Elle Fanning, Karl Glusman, Jena Malone, Bella Heathcote, Abbey Lee, Desmond Harrington, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves

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After riding the critical wave with Drive and then crashing down with Only God Forgives, Nicholas Winding Refn has returned with the erotically stylized The Neon Demon. What’s even stranger than the content in the film is the fact that this is playing in multiplexes, as it has become apparent Refn is not interested in making another Drive. That was the closest example of commercial filmmaking from Refn, whose art house sensibilities are in full force with The Neon Demon. Branded by many as style over substance, this criticism may or may not be warranted as style is the forefront of Refn’s intentions. The narrative is presented through purely visual lens with this viscerally kinky journey through Los Angeles’ fashion scene.

We are introduced to Jesse (Elle Fanning) who moves to L.A. aspiring to make a career out of modeling. Jesse carries an aura of innocence to her, without realization of how virulent the world she’s venturing into is. The supporting cast includes Jena Malone as makeup artist Ruby, Bella Heathcote and Abbey Lee as two models who instantly feel threatened by Jesse’s arrival, and very small appearances by Keanu Reeves and Christina Hendricks.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Finding Dory Schools Newcomers

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Finding Dory topped the box office again over the weekend with a stellar $73.2 million, one of the all-time best second weekend grosses. None of the other new releases really even came close with Independence Day: Resurgence opening in a distant second with $41.6 million. That’s less than the original made back in 1996 and it cost twice as much to make. That’s not good news for 20th Century Fox although the international box office will probably soften the blow somewhat. Elsewhere Central Intelligence fell to #3 while low budget thriller The Shallows had a solid debut in fourth place with $16.7 million. Free State of Jones starring Matthew McConaughey was a major misfire, opening in fifth with just $7.8 million. Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon was also a bit of a disappointment, unable to crack the top 10 despite playing on almost 800 screens.

1. Finding Dory — $73.2M
2. Independence Day: Resurgence — $41.6M
3. Central Intelligence — $18.4M
4. The Shallows — $16.7M
5. Free State of Jones — $7.8M
6. The Conjuring 2 — $7.7M
7. Now You See Me 2 — $5.7M
8. X-Men: Apocalypse — $2.5M
9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows — $2.4M
10. Alice Through the Looking Glass — $2.1M

This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Midnight Special, The Brothers Grimsby, Knight of Cups

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It’s mostly smaller films hitting DVD and Blu-ray this week, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some great stuff worth checking out. Jeff Nichols’ sci-fi film Midnight Special is hitting stores along with Terence Malick’s Knight of Cups starring Christian Bale, Norwegian disaster drama The Wave and Colombian epic Embrace Of The Serpent. We’ve also got a couple of poorly reviewed mainstream comedies in The Brothers Grimsby and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. TV releases include Togetherness: Season 2 and Workaholics: Season 6, and new to Blu-ray we’ve got Rene Laloux’s Fantastic Planet, The Crush starring Alicia Silverstone and the 1977 Sensurround thriller Rollercoaster. What will you be picking up this week? Check out the full list of new releases after the jump.

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Ouija: Origin of Evil Trailer: From the Director of Oculus and Hush

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People once mocked the idea of a movie based on the Ouija board, but Hasbro had the last laugh in 2014 when the movie earned over $100 million on a $5 million budget. Now they’re making a sequel and they’ve got a slightly more interesting director at the helm: Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Hush). The follow-up is called Ouija: Origin of Evil and it features an entirely new cast, moving the setting to 1965 Los Angeles where a widowed mother and her two daughters run afoul of the spirit world while running their scam seance business. At the very least, it looks to have some creepy imagery and a cast that includes Kate Siegel (Hush), Lin Shaye (Insidious) and Henry Thomas (E.T.). Ouija: Origin of Evil hits theatres on Oct. 21st; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Independence Day: Resurrection, Free State of Jones, The Shallows

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Pixar’s Finding Dory faces some light competition this weekend as Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day: Resurrection arrives in theatres, 20 years after the original. However, while the first film went on to become the highest-grossing movie of 1996, Resurgence is unlikely to be a match for Doryunless the ’90s nostalgia kicks in like it did for Jurassic World. Other major releases include the Civil War film Free State of Jones starring Matthew McConaughey and shark thriller The Shallows starring Blake Lively, the latter of which is getting the best reviews of the bunch. Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon is also opening on almost 800 screens. Meanwhile, in select theatres we also have a handful of interesting flicks including Taika Waititi’s comedic adventure Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Todd Solondz’s Wiener-Dog, and Swiss Army Man starring Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe. What will you be watching this weekend?

Mechanic: Resurrection Trailer Starring Jason Statham

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What a pleasant surprise. For some reason, I had just assumed that Mechanic: Resurrection would be a cheapo VOD sequel and that Jason Statham wouldn’t be returning, but now that the first trailer has arrived, it is clear that this is not the case. Not only is Statham back, but the trailer is almost attempting to sell this as a Mission: Impossible or Fast & Furious film. Obviously it will probably fall short of the mark there (especially once you get a look at the CG) but this still looks like a great way to end the summer (preferably at the drive-in). The movie co-stars Jessica Alba and Tommy Lee Jones (sporting some sweet facial hair) and it is directed by German filmmaker Dennis Gansel (The Wave, Before the Fall). Mechanic: Resurrection hits theatres on Aug. 26th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Hear the New Ghostbusters Theme Song by Fall Out Boy feat. Missy Elliott

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Well, you knew it was coming… a new Ghostbusters movie needs a brand new Ghostbusters theme song. And as with everything surrounding this upcoming movie, I’m sure it’s only going to provide even more fuel for the haters. Unfortunately, in this case, I think the haters have every right to hate. Fall Out Boy have collaborated with Missy Elliott on a song called “Ghostbusters (I’m Not Afraid)” and it makes the mistake of trying to rework the classic theme by Ray Parker Jr. instead of trying to just be its own thing. Now granted, we don’t know if the song will actually be used in the movie and I’m willing to bet the original song makes an appearance on its own anyway. But yeah, I think even if you remove the nostalgia factor, this one is a real stinker. The Ghostbusters soundtrack will be released on July 15th, the same day as the movie. Check out the new Ghostbusters theme after the jump and let us know what you think.

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