Sleight Trailer: A Sci-Fi Thriller That Blends Super Powers and Street Magic

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One of the big acquisitions from Sundance last year was a movie called Sleight, which was picked up jointly by Blumhouse and WWE Studios and now they are finally bringing it to theatres this spring. Described as “Chronicle meets Iron Man“, the movie revolves around a young street magician living in Los Angeles who starts selling drugs in order to make ends meet. Eventually he finds himself in over his head and his sister is kidnapped, forcing him to use more than just his sleight of hand skills in order to save her. Helmed by music video director J.D. Dillard, this certainly looks like it has the potential to be a breakout hit. Sleight hits theatres on April 7th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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William Peter Blatty 1928-2017

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It would appear that 2017 has just claimed one of its first major celebrity deaths from the world of cinema. According to William Friedkin (via Twitter), writer / director William Peter Blatty, the man who wrote The Exorcist passed away yesterday. Details surrounding his death were not immediately available, but he had just celebrated his 89th birthday a few days ago. The Exorcist wasn’t the only work he was known for. Blatty also directed a couple of well-regarded films himself in addition to contributing to the screenplays for several other significant films throughout the course of his career. Hit the jump for details.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Live By Night, Patriots Day, Monster Trucks

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Between the expansion of several awards hopefuls and the arrival of some predictably questionable January titles, there are quite a few movies hitting theatres this weekend. Ben Affleck’s gangster drama Live By Night is finally in wide release (although the negative reviews seem to explain why it was held back), meanwhile Peter Berg’s Patriots Day is also expanding along with Martin Scorsese’s Silence, which is now playing on over 700 screens. Other major releases include the ridiculous family adventure comedy Monster Trucks starring Lucas Till, horror flick The Bye Bye Man, and action-thriller Sleepless starring Jamie Foxx. If that’s not enough, The Comedian starring Robert DeNiro is also debuting in select theatres. What will you be watching this weekend?

Film Junk’s Best and Worst Movies of 2016

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We revealed our individual top 10 lists on the latest Film Junk Podcast earlier this week, but if you’re looking for a quick breakdown of our favourite and least favourite movies of 2016 for future reference, well, here they are. There were three movies that made all of our lists, which I believe is one less than last year, although overall it did feel like there was a lot more variety between us. At the very least, we hope that these lists will provide you with some decent recommendations for future viewing. For a more in-depth discussion of our choices, you’ll have to go and listen to the podcast. What are your favourite movies of 2016?

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A24 Releases Mysterious Sci-Fi Teaser Trailer

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With Bad Robot’s God Particle now seemingly confirmed as a new Cloverfield movie, we’re all in need of a new mystery to mull over and indie distributor A24 seems willing to oblige. Yesterday they got people talking by releasing a new teaser trailer for a currently unknown movie without providing any additional information. The video is untitled, although it was reportedly uploaded with the initial title “TOR TSR WITNESS”, and the description reads simply, “In our near future.” It certainly seems to be a science-fiction film, and considering that A24 brought us such films as Ex Machina and Under the Skin, that’s more than enough to get me excited. The only upcoming A24 film that might fit the description is Woodshock, the directorial debut of Rodarte fashion designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy (the plot synopsis: “A woman falls deeper into paranoia after taking a deadly drug.”) What do you think this movie might be about? Check out the mysterious trailer after the jump.

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CHiPs Trailer Starring Michael Pena and Dax Shepard

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Buddy cop movies are back! Between 21 Jump Street, The Nice Guys, Central Intelligence, The Heat and Ride Along, we’ve seen a bit of a resurgence of the genre as of late, and it looks like that’s going to continue into 2017. Michael Pena actually has another buddy cop movie getting a U.S. release this year (War on Everyone), but here he is co-starring with Dax Shepard in CHiPs, based loosely on the late ’70s / early ’80s TV show starring Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox. This one is clearly following the 21 Jump Street formula and leans heavily toward the comedy side of things, playing up the bromance and homoerotic undertones between two California Highway Patrol partners. The movie is written and directed by Shepard, who previously did the 2012 action comedy Hit and Run, and it co-stars Vincent D’Onofrio, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Bell, Adam Brody and Justin Chatwin. CHiPs hits theatres on March 24th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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XX Trailer: A Horror Anthology Directed by Four Women

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We’ve seen quite a few horror anthology movies released over the past few years to varying levels of success, from the V/H/S and The ABCs of Death films to smaller releases like Tales of Halloween and Holidays. Now this year XYZ Films is assembling a new anthology flick called XX that offers up a female perspective on the genre. The movie was originally announced back in 2013 and at the time it was set to feature segments by The Soska Sisters, Karyn Kusama, Jennifer Lynch, Mary Harron and Jovanka Vuckovic. Only Kusama (The Invitation) and Vuckovic (The Captured Bird) ended up contributing to the final film with Roxanne Benjamin (Southbound) and Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) also directing chapters as well. The cast includes Natalie Brown, Melanie Lynskey, Breeda Wool and Christina Kirk and the film will be premiering at Sundance later this month. XX hits select theatres and VOD on Feb. 17th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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The Coen Brothers Make the Jump to TV with The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

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It looks like Joel and Ethan Coen are the latest filmmakers getting ready to embrace episodic entertainment on the small screen, although in an interesting twist, we are hearing that their next project may not completely bypass theatres either. Annapurna Television is reportedly partnering with them on a new mini-series called The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, which will mark their first time writing and directing for TV. The Coens are listed as executive producers on FX’s Fargo series, but their creative involvement has been fairly limited. They had previously stated that they didn’t have much interest in TV because they only think in terms of two hour stories, but apparently this time they’ve got something bigger up their sleeves. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here Trailer: A New Drama Set in the World of ’70s Stand-up Comedy

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In addition to the Twin Peaks revival (which was just recently announced for a May premiere), Showtime has a handful of new shows debuting this year including I’m Dying Up Here, a drama set in the 1970s Los Angeles stand-up comedy scene. We’ve been hearing about this one for a while now, but the first trailer has finally arrived online. Based on the non-fiction book by William Knoedelseder and executive produced by Jim Carrey, the show features fictional characters loosely based on real comedians that were coming up at that time. Melissa Leo anchors the series as a club owner named Goldie while Ronald Cyler II, Ari Graynor, Clark Duke, Michael Angarano and Jake Lacy also co-star. I’m Dying Up Here premieres on Showtime on June 4th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Cars 3 Trailer #2

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After a surprisingly dark initial teaser trailer for Cars 3, Disney and Pixar have released a new extended trailer this week that continues to build on that relatively serious tone by revealing a bit more of the story. It would appear that the main thrust of the film revolves around Lightning McQueen’s potential retirement and his desire to choose how and when he races his final lap. The movie also introduces a new rookie sensation named Jackson Storm (voiced by Armie Hammer), who appears to be Lightning’s nemesis this time around. Mater and all of the other residents of Radiator Springs remain conspicuously absent, at least for the time being. Is this Pixar’s attempt to redeem the Cars franchise after Cars 2, and if so, is such a thing even possible? Cars 3 hits theatres on June 16th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #595: Silence and Best of 2016

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0:00 – Intro
9:40 – Review: Silence
44:00 – Feature: Top 10 Movies of 2016
2:00:00 – Feature: 3rd Annual Junkies
2:50:00 – Outro

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Zoolander 2 Leads 2017 Razzie Shortlist

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Update: This is just the shortlist apparently, which is why there are more than 5 nominees in each category.

In addition to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, there was another major awards body preparing to “honour” some movies over the weekend. That’s right, the 2017 Razzie nominations were announced yesterday and this time around, they’ve decided to spread out the razzing by allowing a seemingly arbitrary number of nominees in each category. Because hey, why not? Zoolander 2 leads the way with 9 nominations although everyone is reporting that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has the most nods (I guess that makes for a better headline). BvS: DoJ has 8 while Dirty Grandpa has 7. Sadly, they’ve done away with the Razzie Redeemer Award this year… I guess there was simply no redemption to be found. What do you think of this year’s nominees? Check out the full list of 2017 Razzie nominations after the jump.

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