New to Theatres This Weekend: Terminator Genisys, Magic Mike XXL, Cartel Land

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This should be the weekend that Jurassic World finally meets its match, although it’s not entirely clear which movie will do the honours. Terminator Genisys may seem to be poised for an easy win here, but the buzz is not great and some are predicting this will do worse than Terminator Salvation. On the other hand, Magic Mike XXL already supposedly beat Terminator Genisys on opening night and seems to be delivering more of what the ladies want. Also in wide release is the Christian drama Faith of Our Fathers and in select theatres we have the Amy Winehouse doc Amy, the Kathryn Bigelow-produced Cartel Land and Ken Loach’s latest film Jimmy’s Hall. What will you be watching this weekend?

Weekly Poll Results: Best Movie of 2015 So Far

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I don’t think anyone will be too surprised to learn that Mad Max: Fury Road topped last week’s poll as the best movie of 2015 so far. Let’s be honest, it wasn’t even close as George Miller’s relentless action flick commanded over 50% of the votes. Second place was a little more unexpected as The Avengers: Age of Ultron also received a pretty significant amount of support, proving that even a lesser Marvel movie can still be a crowdpleaser. Alex Garland’s Ex Machina came in third, which is impressive considering that it was a relatively smaller release. Elsewhere Jurassic World finished in fourth while It Follows and Kingsman: The Secret Service tied for fifth. On the other end of the spectrum, Dope and Spy pulled up the rear. Do you agree with these results?

1. Mad Max: Fury Road — 52%
2. The Avengers: Age of Ultron — 20%
3. Ex Machina — 5%
4. Jurassic World — 4%
5. It Follows — 4%
5. Kingsman: The Secret Service — 4%
7. Inside Out — 3%
8. What We Do in the Shadows — 2%
9. Furious 7 — 1%
9. Kumiko the Treasure Hunter — 1%
11. Chappie — 1%
12. Selma — 1%
13. Spring — 1%
13. White God — 1%
13. Love & Mercy — 1%
16. Maggie — 0%
16. Mommy — 0%
16. Blackhat — 0%
19. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl — 0%
19. ’71 — 0%
19. Predestination — 0%
19. Slow West — 0%
19. While We’re Young — 0%
24. Dope — 0%
24. Spy — 0%

Steve Jobs Trailer #2

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Although the initial teaser trailer was composed primarily of sound bites, this week Universal Pictures has released the first full trailer for their upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, entitled simply Steve Jobs. Overall, it’s a pretty solid trailer that clearly showcases Danny Boyle’s usual energy and Aaron Sorkin’s snappy dialogue. However, I am still a little unsure how Michael Fassbender will work in the lead role considering that he looks nothing like the man. When he wears the black turtleneck and glasses he seems to disappear into the role, but in other scenes you could almost forget who he is supposed to be playing. Steve Jobs co-stars Seth Rogen, Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels, Katherine Waterston and Michael Stuhlbarg and it hits theatres on Oct. 9th. Check out the new trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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P.T. Anderson to Write and Possibly Direct Pinocchio Starring Robert Downey Jr.

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For many people, P.T. Anderson is one of the few big name American directors who can still be called a true artist as he continues to write and direct all of his own movies with little regard for commercial potential. None of his movies have been particularly huge hits but his last two films definitely lost money, which may or may not explain why he is suddenly turning to a family-friendly adaptation of a popular fairy tale for his next project. Anderson will reportedly be teaming up with Robert Downey Jr. for a new take on Carlo Collodi’s The Adventures of Pinocchio. The project is one of three competing Pinocchio movies currently in development in Hollywood. Hit the jump for more details.

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London Has Fallen Teaser Trailer

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Olympus Has Fallen was a minor box office hit back in 2013, stealing the thunder from Roland Emmerich’s own “Die Hard at the White House” movie, White House Down. Now the movie is getting a sequel and we’ve got the first teaser trailer to prove it. As you can probably guess, London Has Fallen moves the setting across the pond where the President of the United States (Aaron Eckhart) and his head of Secret Service (Gerard Butler) are attending a funeral for the British Prime Minister. That’s when terrorists attack and London landmarks get blown up real good. Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett and Melissa Leo are also returning, although director Antoine Fuqua has been replaced by Swedish helmer Babak Najafi (Easy Money II: Hard to Kill). London Has Fallen hits theatres on Jan. 22nd, 2016; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Get Hard, While We’re Young, Kumiko the Treasure Hunter

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Well it’s another slow week for DVD and Blu-ray releases in terms of quantity, but there are still a handful of quality titles worth checking out. Noteworthy new arrivals including the Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard, Noah Baumbach’s latest film While We’re Young and the indie drama Kumiko the Treasure Hunter (which is loosely based on the true story of a Japanese woman who went in search of the buried suitcase from Fargo). On Blu-ray, we’ve got a couple of Criterion releases (Five Easy Pieces and Valerie and Her Week of Wonders), Cameron Crowe’s Vanilla Sky, Penelope Spheeris’ landmark punk documentary The Decline Of Western Civilization, and a trilogy of post-apocalyptic films from Italian director Enzo G. Castellari. What will you be picking up this week? Check out the full list of new releases after the jump.

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Creed Trailer Starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone

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Here’s the first trailer for the upcoming Rocky spin-off Creed, which focuses on the estranged son of Rocky Balboa’s former nemesis Apollo Creed. Although most people are going to assume that this is just Sylvester Stallone trying to milk more money out of the Rocky franchise, the truth is this project wasn’t even his idea. Director Ryan Coogler pitched it to Warner Brothers as a vehicle for his Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan and Stallone ended up digging the idea. I’m not sure how long-time Rocky fans feel about this film, but it looks like it could be pretty great (and of course, a natural starting point for a whole new series of films). For now, let’s just hope the first one lives up to its potential. Creed hits theatres on Nov. 25th; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #521: Burying the Ex

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0:00 – Intro
8:51 – Review: Burying the Ex
33:41 – Headlines: R.I.P. James Horner
44:18 – Score Bits
1:10:32 – Other Stuff We Watched: True Detective, Chappie, It Follows, Silicon Valley
1:27:02 – Top 5: Best Movies of 2015 So Far
1:30:47 – Junk Mail: Focus Groups and the Almighty Dollar, A.I. Driven / Computer Generated Movies, Selling DVDs from Combo Packs, Changing Letterboxd Ratings Mid-Film, Degree of Difficulty Scale For Movies, “Tales For All” Series
1:56:25 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray

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New Ghostbusters Suits Revealed, Channing Tatum Ghostbusters Spin-Off May Be Dead

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With the new Ghostbusters movie now in production in New York City, director Paul Feig has been doling out occasional glimpses of the film via Twitter. This week he has unveiled a couple of key components to the overall visual design of the new movie: the Ghostbusters uniforms and proton packs. The new jump suits seem to be keeping in line with the original movies, although they have added some stripes that look to be reflective material. As for the proton packs, they actually have little hearts on them if you look closely. Pretty ballsy move if you ask me!

On a somewhat related note, there have also been some recent updates on the other Ghostbusters spin-off that was previously rumoured to be in development with Channing Tatum. It seems that the project may be losing steam, although the dream of an Avengers-style universe of interconnected Ghostbusters films is supposedly still being pursued. Hit the jump for more details and also to check out the new photos.

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Oliver Stone’s Snowden Teaser Trailer Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is already appearing in one biopic this fall with Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk, but here’s a quick reminder that he also has another one coming out by the end of the year: Oliver Stone’s Snowden. The first teaser trailer has arrived online this week and although it doesn’t show any actual footage from the film, it makes it clear that this will also explore Snowden’s life leading up to his decision to leak classified documents from the NSA. That should at least be enough to set it apart from Laura Poitras’ great documentary Citizenfour, which took place completely in the moment. The movie also stars Shailene Woodley, Scott Eastwood, Melissa Leo, Timothy Olyphant, Zachary Quinto, Nicolas Cage and Tom Wilkinson. Snowden hits theatres on Dec. 25th; check out the first teaser trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Film Junk Premium Podcast #40: Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One

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Now that Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is wrapping up this summer with Ant-Man, we thought it would be a good time to go back and revisit the entire first wave of Marvel’s superhero films, starting with Iron Man all the way through to The Avengers. It was only seven years ago that Marvel decided to step out on their own and completely change the blockbuster landscape, although there were definitely some growing pains along the way. We attempt to go through the series with a fine-tooth comb, examining such hard-hitting topics as casting and costume design, Intellicrops and integers, penile implants and post-credit scenes. So is the concept of a connected universe a boon or a burden? Is The Avengers still one of the best comic book movies ever made? Do the plots of these movies even make any sense? Grab this month’s premium podcast below… it’s a bargain, you mewling quim!

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I Am Chris Farley Trailer

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The history of SNL was already explored earlier this year with Bao Nguyen’s documentary Live From New York!, but now we are getting a closer look at one of the show’s most beloved and tragic figures. I Am Chris Farley looks back on the life and work of Chris Farley some 18 years after his death and features interviews with many of his closest friends and collaborators including David Spade, Adam Sandler, Molly Shannon, Bob Saget, Christina Applegate, Bob Odenkirk, and Lorne Michaels. Directed by Brent Hodge (A Brony Tale) and Derik Murray (I Am Evel Knievel), the film doesn’t seem particularly deep but it could still be an enjoyable (and possibly emotional) walk down memory lane. I Am Chris Farley hits select theatres on July 31st before hitting DVD and VOD on Aug. 11th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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