Film Junk » New Releases Blog and Podcast Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:59:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New to Theatres This Weekend: Tomb Raider, 7 Days in Entebbe, Love, Simon Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:42:43 +0000 moviestombraider

It’s looking like another lacklustre weekend for new movies with the biggest release of the week being Tomb Raider, the latest video game adaptation to apparently continue the long streak of big screen disappointments. Also in wide release we have the gay teen love story Love, Simon, as well as José Padilha’s real-life hijacking thriller 7 Days in Entebbe and the faith-based drama I Can Only Imagine. Even in limited release it is pretty slim pickings, the most noteworthy titles being Max Winkler’s Flower starring Zoey Deutch, Furlough starring Tessa Thompson and Anna Paquin, and the British war drama Journey’s End starring Paul Bettany and Sam Claflin. What will you be watching this weekend?

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New to Theatres This Weekend: A Wrinkle in Time, The Hurricane Heist, The Strangers: Prey at Night Fri, 09 Mar 2018 16:09:45 +0000 movieswrinkleintime

Theoretically, it is a pretty busy weekend in theatres with four new movies in wide release, but in reality only one of those is expected to give Black Panther much of a fight. Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time is the second diverse Disney blockbuster to be released in the span of a month, but its far out concept may prevent it from getting the same reception as a more mainstream Marvel movie. Will it still find an audience or will it have the unfortunate distinction of being the next big Disney flop? Other major releases hitting theatres include the horror sequel The Strangers: Prey at Night, b-movie action-thriller The Hurricane Heist and comedic crime flick Gringo starring David Oyelowo and Charlize Theron. In select theatres, we also have Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin and the dark indie comedy Thoroughbreds featuring the final performance of Anton Yelchin. What will you be watching this weekend?

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Death Wish, Red Sparrow, Foxtrot Fri, 02 Mar 2018 15:58:33 +0000 moviesdeathwish

As we head into Oscar weekend, we’ve got a couple of new releases hitting theatres but nothing that will likely threaten Black Panther‘s hold on the box office. The spy thriller Red Sparrow starring Jennifer Lawrence seems to be getting lacklustre reviews but it should still do some decent business while Eli Roth’s Death Wish is a bigger question mark. Can the star power of Bruce Willis overcome the controversy and inevitable backlash of such a decidedly un-PC vigilante flick? In select theatres, we also have the Israeli film Foxtrot, the French film Souvenir starring Isabelle Huppert, and Submission starring Stanley Tucci. What will you be watching this weekend?

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Annihilation, Game Night, Every Day Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:28:34 +0000 moviesannihilation

Black Panther will continue its reign atop the box office this weekend while a handful of new releases will try their best to avoid getting lost in the shuffle. The R-rated Jason Bateman / Rachel McAdams comedy Game Night is the biggest of the bunch; on the other hand, Alex Garland’s sci-fi thriller Annihilation seems to be generating strong reviews and positive buzz even though it is expected to challenge and confound mainstream viewers. Also in wide release we have the romantic drama Every Day which seems unlikely to make much of an impact despite being based on a best-selling book. In select theatres, look for the indie zombie flick The Cured starring Ellen Page, Hannah starring Charlotte Rampling and crime thriller Beast of Burden starring Daniel Radcliffe. What will you be watching this weekend?

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Black Panther, Early Man, Samson Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:04:23 +0000 moviesblackpanther

After several weeks of mostly subpar releases, Marvel’s Black Panther is ready to tear up the box office over the President’s Day weekend. The movie is likely to top Deadpool‘s February opening weekend record and could very well end up being one of Marvel’s biggest openings to date. The weekend’s other two major releases are sure to get left in the dust with Aardman’s latest film Early Man hoping to bounce back from the disappointing performance of Shaun the Sheep and the Biblical epic Samson trying to pull in more devout viewers. In select theatres, we also have the Oscar-nominated Russian film Loveless, the Alex Ross Perry-scripted drama Nostalgia, Korean blockbuster Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead and Chinese buddy cop sequel Detective Chinatown 2. What will you be watching this weekend?

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New to Theatres This Weekend: The 15:17 to Paris, Fifty Shades Freed, Peter Rabbit Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:01:42 +0000 movies1517toparis

The quality of new releases in theatres isn’t necessarily improving this weekend, but at least there are a few more options out there with Valentine’s Day just around the corner. Fifty Shades Freed is the biggest release of the week, bringing the erotic thriller trilogy to a close and going out with both a whimper and a bang if you know what I mean. We’ve also got Clint Eastwood’s latest tribute to American heroism, The 15:17 to Paris, along with the family-friendly live-action / CG hybrid Peter Rabbit. If you’re looking for something a little more off the beaten path, in select theatres we also have Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s sci-fi film Before We Vanish, Alex Ross Perry’s Golden Exits and the Spanish language romantic comedy La Boda de Valentina. Also, all of the Oscar-nominated short films are getting a small theatrical release as well. What will you be watching this weekend?

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Winchester, A Fantastic Woman, Scorched Earth Fri, 02 Feb 2018 15:48:41 +0000 movieswinchester

It’s another predictably barren weekend for movies with Super Bowl LII happening on Sunday as Maze Runner: The Death Cure is expected to remain at the top of the box office without too much trouble. The only new movie in wide release is the Spierig Brothers horror movie Winchester starring Helen Mirren, which seems to be getting pretty dismal reviews. Other than that, in select theatres we have the Oscar-nominated Chilean film A Fantastic Woman, the Gina Carano post-apocalyptic action movie Scorched Earth, and the documentary The Cage Fighter. Also, the ’90s classic Groundhog Day is also getting a small theatrical re-release for one night only. What will you be watching this weekend?

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Hostiles, Kickboxer: Retaliation Fri, 26 Jan 2018 15:17:29 +0000 moviesmazerunner3

It’s another dull and dreary January weekend at the movies with the YA franchise finale The Maze Runner: The Death Cure being really the only major title hitting theatres. Fortunately, the Christian Bale western Hostiles is also finally going wide after an extremely limited release in December. If you’re in the mood for some martial arts action, there is also Kickboxer: Retaliation, the sequel to the 2016 Kickboxer reboot, arriving in select theatres and on VOD. And if you want to dig a little deeper we also have the Dakota Fanning dramedy Please Stand By and the Chinese animated neo-noir Have a Nice Day playing on a few screens too. What will you be watching this weekend?

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New to Theatres This Weekend: 12 Strong, Den of Thieves, Forever My Girl Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:26:55 +0000 movies12strong

It’s a pretty quintessential January weekend at the multiplex with a lot of junk hitting theatres, most of it being stuff you probably haven’t even heard of. The Jerry Bruckheimer war movie 12 Strong starring Chris Hemsworth is the biggest of the bunch, but unimpressive reviews and lack of marketing leave it unlikely to make much of an impact. Other new movies in wide release include Den of Thieves, a crime movie starring Gerard Butler and 50 Cent, and the country music romantic drama Forever My Girl. In select theatres we also have the Russian dash cam video compilation The Road Movie and the Obama doc The Final Year plus the anime film Mary and the Witch’s Flower, produced by several former Studio Ghibli animators. Fortunately, Phantom Thread and Call Me By Your Name are finally getting significant expansions as well. What will you be watching this weekend?

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New to Theatres This Weekend: The Commuter, The Post, Paddington 2 Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:07:22 +0000 moviesthecommuter

Last weekend Insidious: The Last Key kicked off 2018 as the first wide release of the year, but now this weekend things are getting a little more crowded as we have a pretty solid mix of new additions and expansions. Liam Neeson is back again with The Commuter, his fourth collaboration with director Jaume Collet-Serra, while Paddington 2 finally offers family audiences an alternative to Ferdinand. The modern blaxploitation flick Proud Mary starring Taraji P. Henson is also in wide release while Steven Spielberg’s awards contender The Post starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep is also expanding to almost 3000 screens. In limited release, we also have select screenings of Tommy Wiseau’s The Room and the Lebanese film The Insult. What will you be watching this weekend?

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Pitch Perfect 3, Downsizing Fri, 22 Dec 2017 14:53:17 +0000 moviesjumanji

Christmas is just a few short days away and the annual flurry of holiday releases has officially arrived in theatres. This year’s assortment of films seems a bit lacklustre in terms of quality, but there are are at least some interesting things in limited release and a couple of blockbusters that are poised to make a ton of money. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Pitch Perfect 3 will most likely be battling for second place behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi, while The Greatest Showman starring Hugh Jackman could surprise as it tries to overcome mixed reviews. The other major releases are a couple of comedies as Alexander Payne’s Downsizing aims for the high brow crowd while the R-rated Father Figures aims a bit lower. In select theatres we also have Steven Spielberg’s The Post, Michael Haneke’s Happy End and Hostiles starring Christian Bale. On Christmas Day, Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World also makes its debut while P.T. Anderson’s Phantom Thread and Aaron Sorkin’s Molly’s Game start in limited release. What will you be watching over the holidays?

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Ferdinand, Beyond Skyline Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:07:47 +0000 moviesswthelastjedi

At long last, the next chapter in the Skywalker Saga is upon us as Star Wars: The Last Jedi roars into theatres. The highly anticipated sequel is looking to become the fourth movie ever to open with $200+ million, but can it top Star Wars: The Force Awakens? That might be a tall order. There is one other movie in wide release this week as Fox offers up some family-friendly counterprogramming with the animated film Ferdinand. In select theatres and on VOD, we also have another, slightly less anticipated sci-fi sequel in Beyond Skyline as well as the Patricia Arquette / Rainn Wilson comedy Permanent. I think I know what everyone is watching this weekend. So what did you think of Star Wars: The Last Jedi?

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