This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Mad Max: Fury Road, Good Kill, Backcountry

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It’s a lovely day for DVD and Blu-ray releases as the sci-fi action masterpiece Mad Max: Fury Road rolls onto store shelves this week along with the brand new Mad Max Anthology. Other major releases include the Andrew Niccol drone thriller Good Kill starring Ethan Hawke, dark comedy The D Train starring Jack Black and James Marsden, and Boulevard starring Robin Williams. Some additional movies that may be of interest to genre fans include the survival thriller Backcountry, the new John McNaughton horror flick The Harvest starring Michael Shannon and Samantha Morton, and the documentary Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World. On the small screen, we also have the first season of the new animated series Star Wars Rebels, but when it comes back catalogue titles, there is absolutely nothing. What will you be picking up this week? Check out the full list of new releases after the jump.

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The Danish Girl Trailer Starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander

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Following up an Oscar win for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, Eddie Redmayne is about to deliver another transformative performance in The Danish Girl. Directed by Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Miserables), the movie is based on the true story of Danish artists Lili Elbe (nee Einar Wegener) and Gerda Wegener, the former of which became one of the first people to undergo sex reassignment surgery back in 1930. Redmayne plays Einar / Lili while Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) is capping off a big year of her own by playing Gerda. Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead), Amber Heard and Ben Whishaw also co-star. The Danish Girl hits select theatres on Nov. 27th; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #529: Cop Car

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0:00 – Intro
3:50 – Review: Cop Car
26:25 – Headlines: R.I.P. Wes Craven, George Miller to Direct Man of Steel Sequel?
35:00 – Other Stuff We Watched: Matinee, No Escape, Explorers, Small Soldiers, Documentary Now!, Narcos
59:05 – Junk Mail: Is Silence of the Lambs a Sequel?, Best Drunken Performances, Guilty Pleasures / Bad Movies That We Love, David O. Russell vs. Alexander Payne, More Letterboxd Statistics, Jay’s Faith of the Heart Cover
1:29:15 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray / Outro

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Eli Roth’s Knock Knock Trailer #2

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After a year long delay resulting from a dispute with its original distributor, Eli Roth’s cannibal movie The Green Inferno is finally getting a release on September 25th. As it turns out, that is just two weeks before Roth’s next film Knock Knock will also hit theatres, and now we’re starting to see the marketing gear up for both. Knock Knock stars Keanu Reeves as a happily married man who is home alone one night when two young women knock on his door looking for help. Little does he know, letting them in will lead to “a dangerous seduction and a deadly game of cat and mouse.” Knock Knock hits select theatres and VOD on Oct. 9th; check out the new trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Pay the Ghost Trailer Starring Nicolas Cage

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Aside from the occasional theatrical release like the Left Behind remake and the Dreamworks animated film The Croods, Nicolas Cage has been on amazing run of low budget VOD thrillers over the past few years. His next film, Pay the Ghost, (which, let’s be honest, should be retitled “Pay the Bills”) finds Cage playing a professor whose son mysteriously goes missing at a carnival on Halloween. While it starts off looking like the set-up for yet another Taken clone, the trailer eventually hints at some supernatural elements as well. Directed by Uli Edel (The Baader Meinhof Complex), the movie also co-stars Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead). Pay the Ghost hits select theatres and VOD on Sept. 23rd; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Concussion Trailer: Will Smith Takes on the NFL’s Head Injury Problem

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Before we get to see Will Smith suit up as part of the Suicide Squad next year, he will be making a run for some potential awards in December with the upcoming drama Concussion. Directed by Peter Landesman (Parkland) and executive produced by Ridley Scott, the movie is based on the true story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a neuropathologist who tried to raise awareness about the risk of brain trauma in pro football… something the NFL did not want to acknowledge. The subject was previously explored in Steve James’ documentary Head Games, but this looks like a compelling David vs. Goliath story in the vein of The Insider or Erin Brockovich. Concussion hits theatres on Dec. 25th; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Straight Outta Compton Becomes the Biggest Musical Biopic Ever

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The last weekend in August proved to be even slower than usual, allowing Straight Outta Compton to hold on to the #1 spot for the third straight week. The N.W.A. biopic also managed to surpass Walk the Line as the highest grossing musical biopic of all time with a domestic total of $134 million. Straight Outta Compton did have a bit of a challenge from the faith-based drama War Room, however, which came in second with a surprising $11 million — more than Fireproof and Courageous made in their first weekend. Meanwhile Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation was neck in neck with newcomer No Escape for third place while Sinister 2 rounded out the top 5. As for the Zac Efron movie We Are Your Friends, it completely tanked, opening at #12 with just $1.8 million.

1. Straight Outta Compton — $13.24M
2. War Room — $11M
3. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation — $8.3M
4. No Escape — $8.29M
5. Sinister 2 — $4.65M
6. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. — $4.41M
7. Hitman: Agent 47 — $3.85M
8. The Gift — $3.13M
9. Jurassic World — $3.12M
10. Ant-Man — $3.05M

Wes Craven 1939-2015

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We caught this unfortunate news last night as we were recording this week’s podcast and it definitely came as a shock. One of the most influential and successful names in horror over the past few decades, writer / director / producer Wes Craven passed away on Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. He died as a result of a battle with brain cancer, a diagnosis that had not been made public up until now. From Freddy Krueger to Ghostface, he had been responsible for some of the most well-known horror icons in recent memory and most definitely left his mark on cinema and popular culture. He was 76 years old.

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Film Junk Poll: What Was the Biggest Disappointment of the 2015 Summer Movie Season?

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Now that the summer movie season is coming to an end, it’s time to take a look back and assess the damage. Every summer seems to follow a familiar pattern where we start off filled with naive excitement and by the end we are feeling either duped and/or burnt out. This year there were certainly a handful of big budget crowdpleasers including Mad Max: Fury Road, Inside Out, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Straight Outta Compton, but almost everything else ranged from mediocre to appalling. Whether the overall quality was any worse than previous years remains to be seen, but let’s talk about some of those misfires. What was your biggest disappointment of the summer? Cast your vote in this week’s poll and then sound off in the comments below.

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Stephen Daldry’s Trash Trailer Starring Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen

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Stephen Daldry’s last couple of films may have skewed a little too far into the realm of Oscar bait (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Reader) but his latest film is being billed as a return to the joyful energy of his directorial debut, Billy Elliot. It also kind of looks like a cross between two Danny Boyle films: Slumdog Millionaire and Millions. The story revolves around three Brazilian kids who discover a wallet in a garbage dump and soon find themselves being pursued by the police. The three leads are newcomers, but the supporting cast includes Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen and Wagner Moura (Elite Squad). Trash hits select theatres on Oct. 9th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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He Named Me Malala Trailer

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Although there have already been several highly acclaimed documentaries released this year including Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, The Wolfpack, The Look of Silence, Cartel Land and Amy, something tells me that He Named Me Malala is going to be the one to beat at the Oscars next year. That’s not to say that it will be the best doc to come out this year, but rather the one that seems the most likely to win over Academy voters for better or worse.

Directed by Academy Award winner Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth), the movie follows Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for her belief that women have a right to education. Miraculously, she survived and went on to become a human rights advocate and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. While her story is undoubtedly important, it will be interesting to see if the doc tells us anything we didn’t already know. He Named Me Malala hits select theatres on Oct. 2nd; check out a couple of trailers after the jump and see what you think.

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Borderlands Movie in the Works

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When the first trailers for Mad Max: Fury Road arrived online and in theatres last year, it was a little confusing for a whole generation of moviegoers who had never seen the original trilogy. Many of them were familiar with post-apocalyptic imagery through video games instead and some assumed that Mad Max was actually a rip-off of Fallout or Borderlands. Now that Fury Road has proven to be a hit, it seems to have re-opened the door for big budget films in a similar setting and studios are turning to video games for inspiration. First up: a Borderlands feature film. Hit the jump for more details.

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