Film Junk Poll: What Was the Best 2016 Summer Movie?

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With the summer movie season officially behind us, it’s time to take a look back and convince ourselves that maybe some of these movies weren’t a complete waste of a time after all. There are usually a lot more misses than hits when it comes to summer blockbusters, but quite a few people seem to agree that this summer has been a particular bad one. That being said, there were at least a handful of studio films that received strong reviews and the art house theatres tended to have some decent options if you could get to one. So what do you think, was there one great movie that stood above all the rest over the past few months? Was there at least a serviceable popcorn flick that left you feeling satisfied, if not completely blown away? We want to hear about your favourite movie of the summer. Cast your vote in this week’s poll and then sound off in the comments below.

What Was the Best 2016 Summer Movie?

 
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Team Thor: Taika Waititi’s Mockumentary Explains Thor’s Absence from Civil War

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Although Marvel decided to keep most of their Comic-Con panel offline and exclusive to attendees this year, they have finally made public one of the videos that we heard so much about last month. Team Thor is a short mockumentary directed by Taika Waititi (who is also helming the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok) done in the style of his recent vampire comedy What We Do in the Shadows. The video claims to reveal what Thor was up to while the rest of The Avengers were taking sides during Captain America: Civil War (it will also be included as an extra on the Captain America: Civil War Blu-ray). Although there are certainly some things in here that bring Thor’s IQ level into question, I can’t help but wonder what an entire Marvel movie in this style might be like and whether this is at all any indication of what to expect from Thor: Ragnarok. Captain America: Civil War hits DVD and Blu-ray on Sept. 13th; check out the video after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Gene Wilder 1933-2016

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Let the “2016 sucks” memes continue. Gene Wilder, the comedic writer, actor and director best known for his roles in such classics as Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory has reportedly passed away. His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman confirmed that he died earlier today at his home in Stamford, Connecticut due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83 years old. His nephew released the following statement:

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HBO’s Westworld Trailer #2

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With the premiere of HBO’s Westworld now just over a month away, the network has released a new trailer for the upcoming sci-fi series, which is based on the Michael Crichton film of the same name and executive produced by Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams. The new trailer makes it clear that Evan Rachel Wood’s character Dolores is pivotal to the show and that her relationship with Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) is not a pleasant one. That being said, for a trailer that is labelled “Mature” and a show that was reported to have some controversial sex scenes, they still seem to be hiding most of the darkness just beneath the surface. Either way, Ed Harris looks like an inspired choice to fill the shoes of Yul Brynner as the Gunslinger. Westworld premieres on Oct. 2nd at 9 pm ET/PT; check out the new trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Deathstroke Will Be the Main Villain in Ben Affleck’s Batman Solo Movie

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Ben Affleck took to Twitter earlier today to drop a mysterious video revealing a new villain set to enter the DC Cinematic Universe. To comic book fans it seemed pretty clear that the character in the video was Deathstroke, a mercenary and assassin who is a well-known enemy of both Batman and Green Arrow. In fact, the character has already appeared on the Arrow TV series, but when fans asked about the possibility of seeing him return, they were told that he was being reserved for a future DC project. Now we know that they were saving him for a DC movie, but which movie could it be? Hit the jump for more details.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Don’t Breathe Suffocates the Competition

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Another horror movie closed out the summer by opening above expectations as Don’t Breathe topped the box office with $26.1 million on a thrifty $10 million budget. That put an end to Suicide Squad‘s three week run as it fell to second place with $12.1 million, while Kubo and the Two Strings had a great second weekend and actually climbed up to third place with $7.9 million. Sausage Party dropped to fourth while Mechanic: Resurrection had a mediocre debut, rounding out the top 5 with $7.5 million. Elsewhere, both Southside with You and Hands of Stone opened outside the top 10 with $3 million and $1.7 million respectively. The latter is expected to expand this Wednesday.

1. Don’t Breathe — $26.1M
2. Suicide Squad — $12.1M
3. Kubo and the Two Strings — $7.9M
4. Sausage Party — $7.7M
5. Mechanic: Resurrection — $7.5M
6. Pete’s Dragon — $7.3M
7. War Dogs — $7.3M
8. Bad Moms — $5.8M
9. Jason Bourne — $5.2M
10. Ben-Hur — $4.5M

New to Theatres This Weekend: Mechanic: Resurrection, Don’t Breathe, Hands of Stone

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The final weekend of the summer is here and as per usual we’ve got a couple of relatively cheap genre movies looking to capitalize on the lack of competition. Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe should be the movie to beat this time around although Jason Statham’s Mechanic: Resurrection could also be a fun way to close out the summer. Also playing nationwide we have the boxing drama Hands of Stone starring Edgar Ramirez and Robert DeNiro and Southside with You, the indie drama about Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date. In select theatres, keep an eye out for Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees and John Krasinski’s The Hollars. What will you be watching this weekend?

The Disappointments Room Trailer Starring Kate Beckinsale

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It’s generally not a good sign when the first trailer for a movie comes just a couple of weeks before it is set to hit theatres, but in the case of The Disappointments Room, there were extenuating circumstances. The movie was held up by Relativity’s bankruptcy last year and just recently received a new release date. Directed by D.J. Caruso (Disturbia, Eagle Eye), it stars Kate Beckinsale as a woman who moves into a new house with her 5-year-old son only to discover a secret room in the attic that is not on the floor plan. Overall it seems like a fairly standard psychological thriller / haunted house tale that claims to be loosely based on a true story, but it has a script by Wentworth Miller (Stoker) which could be a good sign. The Disappointments Room hits select theatres and VOD on Sept. 9th; check out the full trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Doug Liman to Direct Justice League Dark Movie

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Warner Brothers may already have their primary line-up of DC comic book movies mapped out until 2020, but we’ve known for a while now that there are a handful of other movies in development that could be added to the schedule at any time. In particular, Ben Affleck is working on a Batman solo movie and a Lobo movie continues to be in the mix as well. Perhaps the most intriguing project of all, however, has been the Dark Universe movie based on the supernatural team known as Justice League Dark. Guillermo del Toro was once attached to the project until he was forced to drop out due to other commitments. Now this week we are hearing that they have found a new director for the movie: Doug Liman. Hit the jump for more details.

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Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By the Sea Trailer

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Kenneth Lonergan’s last film Margaret had a pretty rough journey to the big screen, spending five years in post-production only to wind up with an extremely limited release, but when the extended cut hit DVD and Blu-ray a year later it finally had people talking. His next film will have no such trouble, however, after debuting at Sundance earlier this year to rave reviews where it was acquired by Amazon for $10 million (they later partnered with Roadside Attractions to distribute). Manchester By the Sea stars Casey Affleck as a Boston janitor who is forced to move back to his hometown to look after his teenage nephew after his brother passes away. Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges and Gretchen Mol also co-star in this family drama that is already earning Oscar buzz. Manchester By the Sea hits select theatres on Nov. 18th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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The BBC Picks the 21st Century’s 100 Greatest Films

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Every now and then, the folks over at BBC Culture like to put together lists for movie fans to argue over. Last year they released a list of the top 100 American films of all time and now this year they have decided to meet the “death of cinema” debate head on by compiling the top 100 films released since the year 2000. Although it is a British publication, they have polled 177 film critics from around the world and in the end they concluded that David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive is the greatest film of the past 16 years. As expected, the list is pretty light on genre films and comedies (The Grand Budapest Hotel being the only one that kinda qualifies for the latter). Still, there is no denying that there are some truly fantastic films on this list. Do you agree with their picks? Check out the full list after the jump and see what you think.

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Rings Trailer: The Ring Franchise Gets a Reboot

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After a number of delays, it appears that the long-awaited reboot of The Ring franchise is finally on track to hit theatres this October. Originally announced as a 3D feature and then rumoured to be a prequel, it will now apparently be neither of those things, instead taking place 13 years after the original. The video is no longer just on a VHS tape and has apparently made the jump to digital, but there is also a mysterious “movie within the movie” that no one has noticed before. It will be interesting to see if there is still an audience for this series over a decade after The Ring Two hit theatres… personally I think I’m more interested in the upcoming Japanese crossover with the Ju-On franchise, Sadako vs. Kayako. Rings is directed by F. Javier Gutierrez (Before the Fall) and hits theatres on Oct. 28th; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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