After sitting out Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Colin Trevorrow will be back in the director’s chair for the upcoming Jurassic World 3 and to help warm up for that next installment he decided to direct a short film that takes place after Fallen Kingdom. Battle at Big Rock is an eight-minute short film that takes us into a world where dinosaurs have escaped captivity and are now living in the wild. It premiered on FX last night and is now available to watch for free on YouTube. Featuring a cast that includes André Holland and Natalie Martinez, it certainly showcases more destruction and special effects than you might expect for something this small. The short is co-written by Emily Carmichael (Pacific Rim: Uprising) who is also co-writing the next movie, although it is unclear is any of these characters will return. Check out Battle at Big Rock right now after the jump and let us know what you think.
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Back in the ’90s, before superheroes completely took over Hollywood, there were a lot of strange comic book adaptations being produced… things like the oddball post-apocalyptic action movie Tank Girl. The movie was a box office bomb at the time and is possibly best remembered for Bjork’s music video for “Army of Me”, but over the years it has developed a bit of a cult following. The Tank Girl comics also recently experienced a revival with original writer Alan Martin returning to launch the first ever ongoing series for the character. Now it looks like a feature film reboot is also happening and Margot Robbie might star. Hit the jump for more details.
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Michael Apted’s Up series is a landmark work of non-fiction filmmaking that continues this year with its ninth installment, 63 Up. For the uninitiated, this is a documentary series that has followed the lives of fourteen British children since 1964 at the age of 7, checking in with them at seven year intervals (like a real-life Boyhood). The latest chapter was released earlier this year as a three-part TV series on ITV in the UK but Britbox is now bringing it to North American theatres (and later, I assume, their streaming service). This one finds the subjects in their 60s, grappling with Brexit, happiness and their mortality (among other things). 63 Up hits select theatres on Nov. 27th; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.
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There was a time when Roland Emmerich was one of the biggest directors working in Hollywood, but these days it feels like he is struggling a bit to remain relevant. His Independence Day sequel was a huge disappointment critically and commercially and he hasn’t really had a hit since 2012 (released in 2009). Now this year he is back with a big budget WWII movie about the battle of Midway and it feels like the same kind of patriotic action movie that has worked well for him in the past, although it is unclear if audiences are still into it. The movie stars Ed Skrein (Alita: Battle Angel, The Transporter Refueled) in the lead role with a supporting cast that includes Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Aaron Eckhart, Nick Jonas, Mandy Moore, Woody Harrelson and Dennis Quaid. Midway hits theatres on Nov. 8th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.
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Following up on last weekend’s solid $91 million opening, It Chapter Two dropped 55% in its second weekend to top the box office for the second week in a row with $40.7 million. The horror sequel has now earned $323 million worldwide and although it is trailing behind the first film, the two movies together have now crossed $1 billion combined. In second place, Hustlers had a very strong debut with $33.2 million, the biggest opening in STXfilm’s four-year history. Angel Has Fallen fell to third followed by Good Boys and The Lion King. Elsewhere, The Goldfinch was a huge bomb for Warner Brothers, making just $2.6 million despite playing in over 2500 theatres. That is one of the worst openings ever for a wide release of this size and the largely negative reviews coming out of TIFF probably did not do the movie any favours.
1. It Chapter Two — $40.7M
2. Hustlers — $33.2M
3. Angel Has Fallen — $4.4M
4. Good Boys — $4.3M
5. The Lion King — $3.6M
6. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw — $2.8M
7. Overcomer — $2.7M
8. The Goldfinch — $2.6M
9. The Peanut Butter Falcon — $1.9M
10. Dora and the Lost City of Gold — $1.9M
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1:44:00 – Spoiler Discussion: It Chapter Two
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If you’re at all aware of Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington’s faux-movie review show On Cinema at the Cinema, you’ll know that it has given birth to a long and complicated fictional storyline that takes place partially outside of the show. A couple of years ago, there was an entire season dedicated to Heidecker being put on trial for selling faulty e-cigarettes at a music festival that resulted in the death of 20 people. After beating the charge, he decided to run for District Attorney in San Bernardino County in real life (sort of?) and now that whole process has been documented in Mister America, the first feature film spawned from the On Cinema universe. Obviously this is poking fun at political documentaries and politics in general, although whether the joke will play with general audiences remains to be seen. That being said, I’m sure Heidecker and Turkington would be just as delighted if it didn’t. Mister America hits select theatres on Oct. 9th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.
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It’s looking like It: Chapter Two or bust if you’re heading to the multiplex this weekend as no other major releases had the guts to go up against the sequel to the biggest horror film of all time. That’s not a surprise considering that the original made an incredible $123 million back in 2017 although this movie is expected to open a bit lower (possibly around $90 million). The only new alternatives are coming in the form of some small movies in limited release including the Bollywood coming-of-age dramedy Chhichhore, the Henry Cavill / Alexandra Daddario thriller Night Hunter, and the Linda Ronstadt documentary Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice. Also getting a re-release this weekend in New York City is Joseph Losey’s 1976 French film Mr. Klein. What will you be watching this weekend?
If you’re a fan of Bob Clark’s 1974 slasher Black Christmas, you might be more than a little apprehensive about the prospect of another remake. Fortunately Blumhouse has built up enough genre cred to make people believe that this new version can succeed where the 2006 version did not. Directed by Sophia Takal (who also directed the New Year’s installment of Blumhouse’s Into the Dark), this new version looks to put a different spin on things with sorority girls being stalked by what appears to be a cult. Also, this time around, the girls are prepared to fight back. Black Christmas stars Imogen Poots, Brittany O’Grady, Aleyse Shannon, Lily Donaghue and Cary Elwes and it hits theatres on Dec. 13th. Check out the trailer below and see what you think.
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After helping to catapult Brie Larson to stardom with the acclaimed indie drama Short Term 12, writer-director Destin Daniel Cretton eventually landed a major gig directing Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings for Marvel. Before that happens, however, he also has a star-studded legal drama coming out this fall that just might have some awards season potential. Just Mercy is based on a true story and stars Michael B. Jordan as Bryan Stevenson, a civil rights defense lawyer who took on the case of Walter McMillian, an African-American man who found himself on death row in Alabama for murder. The supporting cast includes Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Rafe Spall and Tim Blake Nelson and the movie will make its world premiere at TIFF this weekend. Just Mercy hits select theatres on Dec. 25th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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MGM’s Tomb Raider reboot was seen as a bit of a disappointment last year, earning just $274 million worldwide on a $96 million budget. Ironically, that is almost exactly the same amount that Angelina Jolie’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider made back in 2001, which was one of the biggest hits of that year. It’s funny how far the goal posts have moved in the past two decades. That being said, MGM is still pushing forward with a sequel and they have recruited a very interesting and unexpected director to make it happen: Ben Wheatley, the man behind such blood-soaked genre entries as Kill List and Free Fire. Hit the jump for more details.
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