Film Junk Poll: What is the Best Sylvester Stallone Movie?


In honour of the release of Creed this weekend, I thought it might be good time to look back over Sylvester Stallone’s filmography and discuss the many highlights of his career. Obviously a huge chunk of his work comes courtesy of the Rocky, Rambo and Expendables franchises, but each series has its ups and downs and everyone seems to have a favourite. Also, despite his reputation as a muscle-bound action star, he has also proven that he can actually act on multiple occasions and he has written and directed many of his own films. Clearly there are plenty of factors to consider here. So what do you think is Sylvester Stallone’s ultimate masterpiece? Cast your vote in this week’s poll and then sound off in the comments below.

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Sight & Sound and Cahiers Du Cinema’s Top 10 Films of 2015


With December just a few days away, film critics are starting to prepare their Best of 2015 lists. Once again this year two very respected and long-running film journals are first out of the gates with their own Top 10 lists: France’s Cahiers du Cinema and the British Film Institute’s Sight & Sound magazine. Because they are based in Europe, they have included some movies that are not yet out in the U.S. and also some movies that came out here last year (such as P.T. Anderson’s Inherent Vice). However, both did also highlight Mad Max: Fury Road as well as Miguel Gomes’ three-part epic Arabian Nights. BFI’s list is actually a top 20 and features a few more mainstream titles such as Inside Out, It Follows and Amy. Do you agree with their choices? Check out both top 10 lists after the jump and see what you think.

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Tomb Raider Reboot Gets a New Writer and Director


Now that Rise of the Tomb Raider has been released for Xbox One and earned some solid reviews, Eidos and Crystal Dynamics are turning their attention back to a new Lara Croft movie. We heard a couple of months ago that Warner Brothers and MGM were looking at some big name female directors for their Tomb Raider reboot including Kathryn Bigelow, Catherine Hardwicke and Mimi Leder. While those choices seemed somewhat unlikely (especially Bigelow), it was at least reassuring to hear that they were pursuing some established talent. Last week, however, they did finally hire a director and as it turns out, it is not really a well-known filmmaker nor is it a woman. Perhaps to make up for that fact, they’ve hired a female screenwriter to do a rewrite of the script. Hit the jump for more details.

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies International Trailer #2


Here’s a new international trailer for the upcoming period drama / horror mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Based on the book by Seth Grahame-Smith (which is obviously based on the book by Jane Austen), this movie has a fun premise but its success will rely heavily on finding the right tone. Based on the trailers, it seems like they’re committed to basically playing it straight, which could be a smart choice or it could just be a bore. Either way, it does at least have a decent cast that includes Lily James, Lena Headey, Matt Smith, Jack Huston and Sam Riley. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is directed by Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down) and hits theatres on Feb. 5th; check out the latest trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Creed, The Good Dinosaur, Victor Frankenstein


Happy Thanksgiving to our American friends and readers! As a result of the U.S. holiday, this week’s new releases have already been in theatres for a couple of days with Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur likely to take down last week’s box office winner The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. However, if we’ve learned anything over the years it is that you can’t count out an underdog and the Rocky spin-off Creed should also do well, especially given the extremely positive reviews. The other major release in theatres is the tepid Frankenstein re-envisioning Victor Frakenstein starring James McAvoy and Danielle Radcliffe, and in select theatres we also have Tom Hooper’s latest Oscar contender, The Danish Girl starring Eddie Redmayne. What will you be watching this weekend?

The Big Short Trailer #2


Just in time for Thanksgiving, Paramount has released a new trailer for Adam McKay’s upcoming film The Big Short which features an impressive A-list cast that includes Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Marisa Tomei, Melissa Leo and Rafe Spall. While it remains to be seen if this is actually an awards contender per se, it is certainly an attempt by McKay to move beyond goofy comedies like Anchorman and Step Brothers. That being said, the movie does have a comedic tone and the trailer attempts to highlight the Aaron Sorkin-esque rapid fire dialogue in the vein of Moneyball (which was also based on a book by Michael Lewis). The Big Short hits select theatres on Dec. 11th; check out the new trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Lost in Space Reboot Coming to Netflix


Netflix may have a knack for reviving TV shows that ended too early, but so far they have yet to produce a fresh reboot of an older series (animated shows notwithstanding). It looks like that is about to change, however, as they are reportedly bringing a new version of the classic ’60s sci-fi series Lost in Space to their streaming service. The original show ran for three seasons on CBS and was a take on The Swiss Family Robinson, following the adventures of a family on a mission to colonize a distant planet who get knocked off course and into uncharted space by a saboteur. The new series is being produced by Legendary TV and looks to have a pretty interesting genre filmmaker attached to direct. Hit the jump for more details.

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A Monster Calls Trailer: A Dark Fairy Tale from the Director of The Orphanage


Despite some of the misgivings people had about J.A. Bayona’s tsunami drama The Impossible, the movie has since put him in contention for a lot of big blockbuster gigs. He is already attached to direct World War Z 2 and there are rumours he was also being courted to direct Jurassic World 2. But before either of those movies hit theatres, he has another movie coming out next year called A Monster Calls. Based on the children’s book by Patrick Ness, this looks to be another dark fairy tale in the vein of Pan’s Labyrinth. A Monster Calls stars Liam Neeson, Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver, Toby Kebbell and Lewis MacDougall and it hits theatres on Oct. 14th, 2016; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Barbershop: The Next Cut Trailer


Between the surprise hit Straight Outta Compton and the already successful Ride Along and 21 Jump Street franchises, Ice Cube is doing pretty well for himself these days. Now he’s about revive another successful comedy franchise with Barbershop: The Next Cut. This is the third installment in the series that started in the early 2000s and almost all of the original cast is back including Ice Cube, Anthony Anderson, Cedric the Entertainer, Keith David, Sean Patrick Thomas and Eve. Common and Nicki Minaj join the mix this time along with Regina Hall and J.B. Smoove, however, Michael Ealy is conspicuously absent, which seems to have upset some fans. Once again it looks to balance a somewhat serious story with plenty of kidding around within the barbershop itself. Barbershop: The Next Cut hits theatres on April 15th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Men in Black 4 to Feature a Female Lead


After all of the attention that Sony has received for their upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, apparently they are now also trying to apply the phrase “female-led” to just about every other project they have in active development. We’ve known for a while now that there is another Men in Black movie in the works (intended to be the start of a new trilogy), but up until now we didn’t know whether it would revolve around Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith’s characters, Agents K and J. Their involvement is said to be unlikely, but they could change their minds given the right script. Now this week we are hearing that the next movie will feature “a prominent woman in black.” Producer Laurie MacDonald had this to say about the project:

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: American Ultra, Shaun the Sheep Movie, Don’t Look Back: Criterion Collection


Lots of summer leftovers and a handful of decent catalogue titles occupy the majority week’s DVD and Blu-ray releases. The biggest releases are the stoner action-comedy American Ultra starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, stop motion animated gem Shaun the Sheep Movie and the mid-range thriller No Escape starring Owen Wilson and Lake Bell plus the musical drama Ricki and the Flash starring Meryl Streep. Meanwhile, comedy fans might want to pick up Inside Amy Schumer: Season 3 and on Blu-ray we’ve got the Bob Dylan documentary Don’t Look Back, Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru, Billy Crystal’s Mr. Saturday Night, ’90s Bill Murray comedy Larger Than Life and the 1961 Canadian 3D horror film The Mask. What will you be picking up this week? Check out the full list of new releases after the jump.

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2016 Independent Spirit Award Nominations


Although the Independent Spirit Awards are usually held the night before the Oscars, their nominations are announced a few months earlier and signal the start of awards season, more or less. This year’s list of nominees is led by Todd Haynes’ Carol which scored six nominations, followed by Spotlight and Beasts of No Nation with five apiece. Tangerine, the low budget film shot on an iPhone, is also being recognized with four nods, as is Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa. This may or may not have any bearing at all on the Oscars, but let the speculation begin! What do you think of this year’s nominees? Check out the full list after the jump.

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