New to Theaters This Weekend: Halloween, Mid90s, Wildlife

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There is just one new movie in wide release this weekend and it’s a pretty big one. Michael Myers makes his long-awaited return after a nine year absence in David Gordon Green’s Halloween, which is on track to have the biggest opening weekend for the franchise and one of the biggest for horror movies in general. With no other R-rated horror movies around except for The Nun, some people are saying it could be looking at $70+ million. If slashers aren’t your thing, there are some alternatives in select theatres including Jonah Hill’s directorial debut Mid90s, Paul Dano’s directorial debut Wildlife, and the Melissa McCarthy drama Can You Ever Forgive Me?. Acclaimed crime thriller The Hate U Give is also expanding to over 2000 screens. What will you be watching this weekend?

Destroyer Trailer Starring Nicole Kidman

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Nicole Kidman has taken on some pretty transformative roles throughout her career and Destroyer is the latest in a long line of impressive performances. This time around she is playing a broken, washed up LAPD detective who is on the trail of the gang that ruined her life. Karyn Kusama (The Invitation, Jennifer’s Body) directs this gritty neo-noir which uses flashbacks to slowly reveal her tragic past and two very different Nicole Kidmans. With a supporting cast that includes Bradley Whitford, Tatiana Maslany, Sebastian Stan, Toby Kebbell, and Scoot McNairy, the movie might be too dark for the Oscars but Annapurna is still clearly timing its release with awards season in mind. Destroyer hits select theatres on Dec. 25th and expands further in January; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Joe Cornish’s The Kid Who Would Be King Trailer

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We’ve been waiting seven long years for Joe Cornish’s directorial follow-up to Attack the Block and in that time he helped Edgar Wright pen Ant-Man and developed a few ill-fated projects including an adaptation of Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash (which now seems to be turning into a TV series). But next year he is bringing us a new take on the King Arthur mythology aimed at a younger audience called The Kid Who Would Be King. Believe it or not, this is an original script from Cornish himself and not based on a YA novel of any sort and the story revolves around a kid who stumbles across the fabled sword Excalibur and is tasked with assembling a new roundtable of young knights. Patrick Stewart plays Merlin and Rebecca Ferguson plays the evil Morgana, need I say more? Truth be told, the first trailer feels a bit generic, but it’s just nice to see a new live-action adventure film for kids as they seem to be pretty rare these days. The Kid Who Would Be King hits theatres on March 1st, 2019; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Miss Bala Trailer Starring Gina Rodriguez

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After turning in a pretty badass performance in Annihilation earlier this year, it looks like a new career path is opening up for Gina Rodriguez. She is taking on another fairly action-heavy role in the upcoming remake of Miss Bala, which finds her playing a woman kidnapped by a drug cartel and forced to smuggle drug money. This certainly looks a lot glossier than the original 2011 film by Gerardo Naranjo, and on top of that her character does not appear to be a beauty pageant contestant, which sort of calls into question the actual title of the movie. But since when did U.S. remakes ever concern themselves with being accurate to the source material? Miss Bala is directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Lords of Dogtown, Twilight) and it hits theatres on Feb. 1st. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #680: First Man + 22 July

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0:00 – Intro
13:05 – Review: First Man
46:45 – Review: 22 July
1:05:15 – Other Stuff We Watched: Badlands, Body Melt, Chopping Mall, Countdown, Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot, From the Earth to the Moon, Toy Polloi
1:38:10 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
1:40:30 – Outro

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Ryan Coogler Confirmed for Black Panther 2

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No big surprises here, but some eight months after Black Panther hit theatres we can finally say that Ryan Coogler will be returning to the director’s chair for the sequel. Some might have assumed that he was shying away from making sequels in general after he opted not to direct Creed II. According to Coogler, however, his absence from that film was more due to scheduling issues than anything else. He did, however, take his time making a deal for Black Panther 2 but now Marvel has locked him in, which is probably a smart move considering that the first film could be in the running for Best Picture at the Oscars very soon. Hit the jump for more details.

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High Life Trailer Starring Robert Pattinson

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Claire Denis’ latest film definitely had people talking after its world premiere at TIFF last month, and although the movie seemed to shock and frustrate some viewers, it had plenty of vocal supporters as well. High Life is her first English language film and also her first science-fiction film, obviously skewing closer to something like Solaris or Sunshine than a big budget blockbuster. The plot centers on a group of death row inmates who are sent on a suicide mission in space to harvest energy from a black hole. Meanwhile, the ship’s doctor is also conducting experiments of her own related to reproduction in space. Robert Pattinson continues his recent string of collaborations with visionary filmmakers here and the supporting cast also includes Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin and Mia Goth. High Life won’t hit theatres in the U.S. until next year but it arrives in France on Nov. 7th; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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The Night Comes For Us Trailer Starring Iko Uwais

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If Gareth Evans’ latest film Apostle wasn’t quite The Raid follow-up you were hoping for, Netflix has still got you covered. They acquired Timo Tjahjanto’s latest film The Night Comes for Us, which premiered at Fantastic Fest last month and is, by all accounts, an insanely brutal and bloody Indonesian action epic featuring The Raid: Redemption stars Iko Uwais and Joe Taslim. The story revolves around a former triad enforcer who tries to turn his life around to protect a young girl, setting off a massive gang war in the process. Timo Tjahjanto previously directed Headshot starring Uwais and also co-wrote and co-directed the “Safe Haven” segment from V/H/S 2 with Gareth Evans. If you’re an action movie junkie, it sounds like you’ll want to put this at the top of your watchlist. The Night Comes For Us arrives on Netflix this Friday, Oct. 19th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Venom Continues to Surprise

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After a massive $80 million opening, the general feeling was that Venom would experience a significant drop in its second week due to the mixed reviews. But once again the Spider-Man spin-off exceeded expectations, dipping just 55% to earn another $35.7 million domestically. The movie now sits at $378 million worldwide and seems to be performing similar to Logan, which ultimately earned $619 million all in. In second place, A Star is Born also beat out all newcomers, adding another $28 million. Elsewhere, First Man opened in third with $16.5 million, followed closely by Goosebumps 2 with an estimated $16.2 million. Smallfoot rounded out the top 5. The other new movie in wide release, Bad Times at the El Royale, did not fare so well, opening a distant seventh place with just $7.2 million.

1. Venom — $35.7M
2. A Star Is Born — $28M
3. First Man — $16.5M
4. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween — $16.2M
5. Smallfoot — $9.3M
6. Night School — $8M
7. Bad Times at the El Royale — $7.2M
8. The House with a Clock in Its Walls — $4M
9. The Hate U Give — $1.8M
10. A Simple Favor — $1.4M

Game Junk Podcast Episode #37: Guacamelee! 2 + Spider-Man

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0:00 – Intro
5:40 – Headlines: Telltale Games Lays Off Majority of Staff
13:20 – Hot Button: Game Dev Unions
34:50 – Review: Guacamelee! 2
1:00:30 – Review: Marvel’s Spider-Man
1:30:10 – Other Stuff We Played: Detroit: Become Human, Octopath Traveler, Donut County, Overcooked 2, Hollow Knight, Dead Cells, Dandara, We Happy Few, Valkyria Chronicles 4, Madden 19, NHL 19 Demo, Mario Tennis Aces, Minit, WarioWare Gold, Phantasy Star IV
2:01:40 – Junk Mail: Game Streaming Future, Battle Royale Fad, Best Reasons to Buy a Switch, Atari VCS, Hideo Kojima = David Lynch?, Best Video Game Scores, Things That Impress Us or Annoy Us in Games, Gaming PCs, The Impact of God of War, Hyrule Warriors, Dumbest Things We’ve Done to Get a Game, DRM and Crossplay, Choosing the Right Difficulty Level, Dynamic Horse Bollocks, Playing Multiple Games at Once, Wii-U Games Ported to Switch, Board Game Recommendations, Microtransactions + Red Dead 2, Best Stories in Games
3:07:15 – Outro

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Glass Trailer #2

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This week Universal has released a new trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass, the upcoming sequel to Unbreakable and Split, which continues to communicate the movie’s set up while also promising that there is much more to come. It seems clear that Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson) and The Beast (James McAvoy) cross paths with David Dunn (Bruce Willis) in a mental institution of some sort where Sarah Paulson is their therapist. The duo then team up to orchestrate an escape and David Dunn ends up in pursuit. The new trailer continues to maintain a slow, suspenseful tone but also hints at a bit more action than either of the previous films contained. In a current cinematic landscape overflowing with superheroes and comic book movies, can M. Night Shyamalan still find a way to surprise us? Glass hits theatres on Jan. 18th; check out the new trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Disney’s Aladdin Teaser Trailer

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Believe it or not, Disney has a total of three live-action adaptations of animated classics coming out next year: Tim Burton’s Dumbo, Jon Favreau’s The Lion King and Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin. The first teaser for the latter debuted during Thursday night football last night and although it does not reveal any footage of Will Smith as the Genie, it does offer a first look at the Cave of Wonders and Mena Massoud (Jack Ryan) as Aladdin himself. The movie also stars Naomi Smith (Power Rangers) as Jasmine and Marwan Kenzari (Murder on the Orient Express) as Jafar with new music being provided by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (The Greatest Showman, La La Land). Does this look like a worthy re-envisioning of a classic? Aladdin hits theatres on May 24, 2019; check out the teaser trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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