New to Theatres This Weekend: The Boxtrolls, The Equalizer, The Two Faces of January

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Denzel Washington kickstarts a brand new movie franchise this weekend as he stars in the loose remake of the ’80s TV series The Equalizer, which is obviously being geared more to fans of Denzel than fans of the TV show. His only major competition is the animated film The Boxtrolls from the same studio that did Coraline and ParaNorman, but lately it seems that family audiences tend to shy away from stop-motion movies. In limited release, we also have the Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is by My Side, the crime thriller The Two Faces of January starring Viggo Mortensen, and a remake of the 1975 Mexican horror film Más negro que la noche. What will you be watching this weekend?

New on Netflix: The Double, Hoop Dreams, Print the Legend

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Not a particularly exciting week for new additions on Netflix Instant, but it’s usually a little dead right before the end of the month. The biggest new title in the U.S. this week is Richard Ayoade’s The Double starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska. Some worthwhile older films that have also been added include The Firm starring Tom Cruise, Steve James’ classic documentary Hoop Dreams, and Suddenly, a 1954 film noir starring Frank Sinatra as a man plotting to kill the president. In Canada, there isn’t a whole lot to talk about aside from a handful of animated flicks: Kung Fu Panda 2, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and Ernest & Celestine. Fortunately, both regions will also be getting the 3D printing documentary Print the Legend as of tomorrow. See anything worth checking out? Scope out the full list of new additions after the jump.

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Rachel McAdams Takes Female Lead in True Detective: Season 2

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Earlier this week we received confirmation that two of the lead roles in the upcoming second season of HBO’s True Detective had been cast. Colin Farrell will play Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective who is caught between the whims of a corrupt police force and a brutal mobster, while Vince Vaughn has signed on to play Frank Semyon, a long-time criminal attempting to go legit when his business partner is murdered. A couple of other prominent roles in the new season still had yet to be cast, including the female lead. The shortlist of names under consideration had been growing by the day with Elisabeth Moss, Malin Akerman, Jamie Alexander, Oona Chaplin, Rosario Dawson, Kelly Reilly, Jessica Biel and Brit Marling all supposedly up for the part. Now it appears that they have instead settled on one of the very first actresses first mentioned as a possibility: Rachel McAdams.

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Prometheus 2 Won’t Have Any Xenomorphs In It

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With Ridley Scott starting to do press for his upcoming film Exodus: Gods and Kings, it’s pretty clear that he’s going to be faced with plenty of questions about the many other projects he has in development as well. In particular, fans are desperate for more details on the proposed Blade Runner and Prometheus sequels, even though it looks like his next movie will actually be The Martian. Recently, Scott revealed that he had met with Harrison Ford about Blade Runner 2 the night before his accident on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII. He also let slip some even more juicy info about Prometheus 2, although it’s unclear what exactly it might mean for the film. Apparently the sequel is going to distance itself further from the Alien series in a very literal way, because there won’t actually be any aliens in it. Here’s what he had to say:

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Michael Mann’s Blackhat Trailer Starring Chris Hemsworth

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If you miss the ’90s like I do, you’ll be excited to see the very first trailer for Michael Mann’s upcoming thriller Blackhat (previously titled Cyber) has infiltrated the web. Chris Hemsworth trades in his hammer for a laptop to become the hunkiest hacker around, sprung from prison to help track down a group of global cyberterrorists. There don’t appear to be any real hints of sci-fi here, but I’m down for a grounded, yet action-packed exploration of privacy and security in the digital age. I just wish they had stuck with that ridiculous original title. Blackhat hits theatres on Jan. 16th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Genndy Tartakovsky’s Popeye CG Animation Test

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As we continue to see traditional 2D animation slowly phased out and replaced by 3D animation, one of the challenges facing a lot of CG animators today is replicating the expressive, hyper exaggerated style of the classic hand-drawn stuff on a computer instead. We’ve seen Warner Brothers find some success with their new Looney Tunes 3D animated shorts and obviously Pixar has been exploring this for years, but now Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack, Hotel Transylvania) is pushing the boundaries with his updated version of Popeye for Sony Pictures Animation. The studio recently released a short test scene from the film to showcase the animation style they are aiming for, and while in some ways it is impressive, it is also bound to make some people nostalgic for the original Fleischer cartoons instead. Popeye is expected to hit theatres sometime in 2016; check out the test footage after the jump and see what you think.

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Weekly Poll Results: Best Kevin Smith Movie

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Last week we asked Film Junk readers to pick Kevin Smith’s best movie, and putting aside all of the cheeky requests for a “none of the above” option, it was his very first feature that came out on top. 20 years later, Clerks is still regarded as his finest work, and it is arguably his most honest and least self-aware film. It is, however, a bit surprising that Dogma came in second, the fantastical (and initially quite controversial) religious-themed comedy starring Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Chasing Amy placed third, while Mallrats and Clerks II rounded out the top 5. Red State was in sixth (I thought it might end up a little higher) while Jersey Girl was predictably dead last. Either way, it seems that his early work is far more respected than his most recent stuff. Do you agree with these results?

1. Clerks — 30%
2. Dogma — 22%
3. Chasing Amy — 18%
4. Mallrats — 9%
5. Clerks II — 6%
6. Red State — 4%
6. Zack and Miri Make a Porno — 4%
8. Cop Out — 3%
9. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back — 2%
10. Jersey Girl — 2%

Peaky Blinders Trailer: A British Gangster Series Starring Cillian Murphy and Sam Neill

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If you’re sad that Boardwalk Empire is now entering its final season on HBO, don’t worry… Netflix has you covered. This week they’ve announced that they will be bringing the first two seasons of the BBC Two period gangster drama Peaky Blinders to the U.S. in the near future. Set in Birmingham, England in 1919, the show follows a real-life gang known for sewing razor blades into the peaks of their caps before headbutting their victims. Created by Steven Knight (Locke, Eastern Promises), the show stars Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory, Annabelle Wallis, Tom Hardy, Noah Taylor and Charlotte Riley. The first season of Peaky Blinders arrives on Netflix on Sept. 30th while the second season hits in November; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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CBS Picks Up Supergirl TV Series

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With Gotham debuting on Fox earlier this week to 8 million viewers and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pulling in 5.6 million for its season premiere, it’s pretty clear that television shows based on comic books are a big deal for network TV right now. We also have the third season of Arrow premiering next month along with the new spin-off series The Flash, not to mention a Constantine series as well. Obviously it’s no surprise to hear that there are even more superheroes making their way to the small screen, especially characters who don’t have a place in the DC or Marvel Cinematic Universe right now. This month it was announced that CBS has picked up a Supergirl TV series from producer Greg Berlanti (Arrow). Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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The Better Angels Trailer: An Abraham Lincoln Biopic From Producer Terrence Malick

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As we sit and patiently wait for Terrence Malick to put the finishing touches on a handful of his upcoming projects including Knight of Cups starring Christian Bale and his epic Voyage of Time documentary, there is at least one new movie hitting theatres this year that will have Malick’s fingerprints on it. The Better Angels is the directorial debut of A.J. Edwards, a Malick protege who served as editor on To the Wonder, and it is a loose biopic of the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. The movie takes place in the wilderness of Indiana circa 1817 and features plenty of Malickian imagery shot in gorgeous black-and-white cinematography, along with a cast that includes Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling and Wes Bentley. The Better Angels hits select theatres on Nov. 7th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Xavier Dolan’s Mommy Trailer

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Coming out of TIFF this year, one of the movies I kept hearing about is Mommy, the fifth feature film from acclaimed Québécois filmmaker Xavier Dolan (Heartbeats, Laurence Anyways). Last week it was announced that the film would be representing Canada in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars and now this week Roadside Attractions have released the first U.S. trailer. The plot revolves around a mother who takes her troubled teenage son out of a government institution to care for him, eventually getting help from their mysterious neighbour. What’s most surprising about the trailer, however, is the fact that the majority of the movie is shot in an unconventional 1:1 square aspect ratio. Mommy hits theatres in January 2015; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Neighbors, The Rover, Halloween: The Complete Collection

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It’s a blutiful day to be a horror fan as Anchor Bay and Scream Factory’s long-awaited Halloween: The Complete Collection hits stores along with The Exorcist: The Complete Anthology and a Criterion release of the 1961 gothic horror classic The Innocents. Other big titles hitting both DVD and Blu-ray this week include the frat comedy Neighbors starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, David Michod’s post-apocalyptic thriller The Rover, indie sci-fi flick The Signal and Lukas Moodysson’s We Are The Best!. On the small screen, we also have the first season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and another arrival on Blu-ray is the 25th Anniversary Edition of the cult anime hit Ghost in the Shell. What will you be picking up this week? Check out the full list of new releases after the jump.

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