The found footage horror subgenre has gone kind of quiet over the last few years, particularly with franchises like Paranormal Activity taking a hiatus, but here’s an interesting little film that applies the aesthetic to a sketch comedy concept not unlike UHF. Directed by Jack Henry Robbins (the son of Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, who also appear in the movie), VHYes is a movie actually shot entirely on VHS and tells the story of a young kid who gets a camcorder for Christmas in 1987 and starts recording his own home-made movies over top of his parents’ wedding video. Along the way, he also learns to record from TV, adding ’80s commercials and late night TV clips into the mix while in the background his parents’ marriage starts to break down. Clearly this seems inspired by things like Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and Too Many Cooks, but the added layer of a story threaded through the madness is somewhat unique. VHYes arrives in select theatres on Jan. 17th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.
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After the success of his smash hit Broadway musical Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda has been making his presence felt in Hollywood over the past few years with appearances in Mary Poppins Returns and His Dark Materials plus original music written for Moana and the upcoming The Little Mermaid remake. Now his first Broadway musical is also coming to the big screen courtesy of Warner Brothers and director Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians, Step Up 3D) after being stuck in development hell for a while (Harvey Weinstein was previously attached to produce). In the Heights explores the lives of several characters in Washington Heights, New York City over the course of three days and features a mixture of hip-hop, salsa, merengue and soul music. The movie stars Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, Olga Merediz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Gregory Diaz IV, Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polanco and Jimmy Smits and it hits theatres on June 26th. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.
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The flurry of holiday releases starts this weekend with three new movies in wide release led by Jumanji: The Next Level, which should finally dethrone Frozen II. The last Jumanji movie made $962 million worldwide and this one could go even higher considering it is opening a week before Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (although reviews haven’t been quite as positive). Other major releases include Blumhouse’s Black Christmas remake and Clint Eastwood’s Richard Jewell, both of which are also getting somewhat mixed reviews. In select theatres, we have the arrival of a few more awards season hopefuls including The Safdie Brothers’ crime thriller Uncut Gems, Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life and Jay Roach’s Fox News scandal drama Bombshell. What will you be watching this weekend?
The initial line-up for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival was unveiled last week but you probably wouldn’t need to double check it to guess that Promising Young Woman is among the entries. The movie is the directorial debut of Killing Eve showrunner Emerald Fennell and it is precisely the kind of edgy, topical and star-studded thriller that is sure to get people talking. Carey Mulligan plays Cassie, a woman with a traumatic event in her past who now prowls nightclubs, seeking revenge on men who prey on intoxicated women. With a supporting cast that includes Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Connie Britton, Adam Brody, Jennifer Coolidge and Molly Shannon, Promising Young Woman is already slated to hit theatres on April 17th. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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Hollywood is continuing to move full steam ahead with the Stephen King revival even if the novelty feels like it is starting to wear off after some of this year’s entries. It: Chapter 2, in particular, was not as well-received as its predecessor and the second season of Castle Rock also seems to be earning some mixed reviews. The list of King adaptations currently in the works includes Salem’s Lot, Firestarter, The Long Walk, The Tommyknockers, The Boogeyman and From a Buick 8 not to mention a series adaptation of The Stand. Now, as of this week, we can also add a new adaptation of The Dark Half to that list, although the good news is they have a pretty interesting filmmaker lined up to direct. Hit the jump for more details.
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The universal appeal and staying power of holiday classic Home Alone continues to amaze and once again this year it has been a topic of conversation thanks in part to an episode of Netflix’s The Movies That Made Us. There have been several sequels over the years but only one of them stars Macaulay Culkin; the others are primarily made-for-TV fodder. Now that Disney has acquired the rights to this franchise, however, they are looking to revive it once again for their Disney+ streaming service. A new Home Alone movie is in the works and they have recently started the casting process with several recognizable stars signing on for the reboot. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
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11:50 – Review: Marriage Story
39:05 – Trailer Trash: Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Wonder Woman 1984, No Time to Die, Black Widow, Free Guy
59:35 – Other Stuff We Watched: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Honey Boy, Kramer vs. Kramer, Silicon Valley, Dark of the Sun, Frozen II, Hold That Ghost, One Child Nation
1:35:10 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
1:38:20 – Outro
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These days it’s essentially common knowledge that when a movie is released in January (awards season expansions notwithstanding), there is a pretty good chance that it is not very good. A lot of horror movies tend to get released during this window, but up until now we haven’t seen very many comedies. So when it comes to the R-rated comedy Like a Boss, you have to wonder what is going on behind the scenes… especially when it has some big name stars like Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne and Salma Hayek. Originally scheduled to be released back in June, the movie revolves around two friends who run their own make-up company and decide to take on an investor. When that investor starts stealing from them, however, things start to get (ahem) ugly. The NSFW trailer is definitely trying to push the envelope a little bit, but overall it doesn’t seem any better or worse than a lot of the other comedies that came out this year. Like a Boss is directed by Miguel Arteta (Beatriz at Dinner, Youth in Revolt) and hits theatres on Jan. 10th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.
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After the disappointing box office performance of Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters in 2016, Sony is taking another shot at a Ghostbusters reboot with a new movie that continues the story of the original Ghostbusters a couple of generations later. Jason Reitman is taking over the family business, so to speak, with a story that revolves around a single mother (Carrie Coon) and her two children (Mckenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard) who move to an old farm house and discover the truth about their grandfather. Supernatural things are afoot and Paul Rudd is also in the middle of it all. This seems very different in tone from the previous films; the shift away from New York City to a small town is one thing, but there is also a distinct lack of humour here so far. Is this the fresh new approach that the franchise needs? Ghostbusters: Afterlife hits theatres on July 10th, 2020; check out the trailer below and see what you think.
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Every year people debate whether the Golden Globes are a reliable indicator of what will win Oscars, but last year the two awards groups were a lot more in sync than usual. So you can bet people are looking very closely at this morning’s Golden Globe nominations as awards season kicks into high gear. Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story led the way with six nominations just a few days after arriving on Netflix, followed by Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman with five. One of the bigger surprises was Joker getting four nominations including a nod for Best Motion Picture – Drama. And after all the talk of it being a live-action adaptation, Disney’s The Lion King has finally been recognized as one of the year’s best animated films. What do you think of the 2020 Golden Globe nominations? Check out the full list after the jump.
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After a notable absence at the San Diego Comic-Con earlier this past summer, Warner Brothers finally kicked off the marketing campaign for Wonder Woman 1984 over the weekend, releasing the first trailer for the sequel at Brazil’s CCXP. The trailer embraces the ’80s time period with some bright colours and fashion choices not to mention a remix of New Order’s “Blue Monday”, but all anyone wants to talk about is Wonder Woman using her lasso to literally swing from lightning. We also get our first look at Kristen Wiig as classic Wonder Woman villain Cheetah and, although this surprise was spoiled a long time ago, Chris Pine returns as Steve Trevor. We still don’t know exactly how he is back, but it may have something to do with the movie’s other villain: Pedro Pascal as sleazy businessman Max Lord. Wonder Woman 1984 is once again directed by Patty Jenkins and it hits theatres on June 5th, 2020. Check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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It was business as usual at the box office over the weekend as Frozen II stayed on top for the third weekend in a row, adding another $34.7 million domestically and passing $900 million worldwide. It should pass $1 billion in the near future while Disney is about to hit $10 billion globally as a studio this year. The rest of the top 5 also remained exactly the same with Knives Out maintaining a decent hold in its second weekend and Ford v Ferrari beating Queen & Slim by just a few thousand dollars. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood rounded out the top 5. Dark Waters jumped up to #6 after a nationwide expansion, pulling in $4.1 million. Elsewhere, Playmobil: The Movie became the off brand bomb everyone predicted, opening with a pitiful $660,000, the third worst opening ever for a movie opening in 2,000+ theatres. Distributor STX supposedly experimented with variable pricing for the movie, although it’s hard to say if that helped or hurt the movie in any way.
1. Frozen II — $34.7M
2. Knives Out — $14.2M
3. Ford v Ferrari — $6.5M
4. Queen & Slim — $6.5M
5. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood — $5.2M
6. Dark Waters — $4.1M
7. 21 Bridges — $2.9M
8. Playing with Fire — $2M
9. Midway — $1.9M
10. Joker — $1M