Although Ben Affleck and Gavin O’Connor are still talking about a sequel to 2016’s The Accountant, before that happens they are reteaming for a seemingly straightforward sports drama called The Way Back. Affleck plays a former high school basketball star who is offered a coaching job at his alma mater despite struggling with alcoholism. It looks like pretty standard stuff as far as underdog sports dramas go, although you have to wonder if Affleck’s own struggles with addiction will help elevate the performance. Will this be the best on-screen portrayal of alcoholism since Denzel in Flight? The Way Back is co-written by Brad Ingelsby (Out of the Furnace, Run All Night) and hits theatres on March 6th. Check out the first trailer below and let us know what you think.
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With Charlie’s Angels hitting theatres this weekend, Amazon has just released a trailer for another upcoming Kristen Stewart film that will arrive before the end of the year. Seberg finds Stewart playing French New Wave star Jean Seberg, who rose to fame in the ’60s and eventually became a target of FBI surveillance and harassment due to her vocal support of the Black Panther Party and the civil rights movement. It looks to be another ambitious role for Stewart and she is surrounded by a solid supporting cast that includes Anthony Mackie, Zazie Beetz, Margaret Qualley, Jack O’Connell, Vince Vaughn, Stephen Root, Yvan Attal and Colm Meaney. That being said, the movie did not receive great reviews coming out of TIFF so take that for what it’s worth. Seberg is directed by Benedict Andrews (Una) and hits select theatres on Dec. 14th. Check out the trailer below and see what you think.
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After spending over a decade in development hell, it is starting to feel like Sony’s Uncharted movie may finally have a real shot at getting made very soon. The project gained a new director a couple of months ago in the form of Travis Knight (Bumblebee), marking the sixth filmmaker to officially come on board. Tom Holland signed on to play Nathan Drake a couple of years ago after they decided to go with a younger version of the character, but up until now there had been very little talk about who might play his mentor and best friend, Sully. Now this week we are hearing that Sully may end up being played by someone who was once up for the role of Nathan Drake. Hit the jump for more details.
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One of the standard criticisms of the DC extended universe over the past decade has been that it is overly dark and gritty, and although not all DC properties fall into that category, the DC Universe streaming service has mostly doubled down on that reputation. Their latest show is Harley Quinn, an upcoming animated series aimed at mature audiences and this week they have released a full trailer that is chock full of f-bombs and severed heads. Although the irreverent humour is clearly in line with the character, something about the forced edginess does feel a bit tiresome. The voice cast includes Kaley Cuoco as Harley Quinn, Lake Bell as Poison Ivy, Alan Tudyk as the Joker and Tony Hale as Doctor Psycho. Harley Quinn premieres on Nov. 29th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.
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Paul Thomas Anderson is finally preparing to start work on his follow up to 2017’s Phantom Thread and, unlike that London-set period piece, it sounds like his latest movie will find him working closer to home. The as of yet untitled movie is said to be set in the San Fernando Valley in the 1970s, a familiar time and place that will take him back to his Boogie Nights roots. Plot details are still fairly slim but the project surfaced on a list of 13 upcoming films approved to receive tax credits from the California Film Commission next year. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
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0:00 – Intro
10:30 – Review: Jojo Rabbit
45:20 – Hot Topic: Using CG Recreations to Bring Back Dead Actors
1:02:15 – Other Stuff We Watched: Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, Star Trek: The Next Generation,
Dolemite Is My Name, Living With Myself, Watchmen (2019), Tell Me Who I Am
1:44:50 – Outro
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After the fan uproar surrounding the initial design of Paramount’s upcoming CG animated Sonic the Hedgehog, the studio went back to the drawing board to come up with a slightly less creepy version of the beloved video game icon. This week we are getting our first official look at the redesign in a brand new trailer and it definitely looks less “realistic”, more cartoony and generally more in line with the Sonic we’ve come to know over the years. Of course, that doesn’t mean the movie itself looks any better, but at least it won’t be giving people nightmares which is probably a good thing. Directed by Jeff Fowler, the movie stars Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic himself. Sonic the Hedgehog hits theatres on Feb. 14th; check out the new trailer below and let us know what you think.
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If you haven’t been keeping up with some of the best non-fiction films to be released this year, this might be a good place to start. The Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards were handed out over the weekend, highlighting some of the noteworthy documentaries that may or may not have a shot at Academy Award nominations next year. (Won’t You Be My Neighbor? won last year and got completely snubbed by the Oscars so who knows.) The big winner this year was Todd Douglas Miller’s Apollo 11, which took home five awards including Best Documentary Feature, Best Editing and Best Score. Peter Jackson won Best Director for his WWI doc They Shall Not Grow Old in a tie with Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, the duo behind American Factory. Meanwhile Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov won Best First Documentary Feature for their acclaimed film Honeyland. Have you seen any of these films? Do you agree with the results? Check out the full list of nominees and winners after the jump.
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After all the success that Blumhouse has had with their original properties, they are now being courted by studios to dust off some pre-existing properties and reinvent them in interesting new ways. Last week we saw the first trailer for Blumhouse’s new version of The Invisible Man directed by Leigh Whannell and now this week we have the first trailer for Blumhouse’s big screen adaptation of the late ’70s / early ’80s TV series Fantasy Island. Michael Pena takes on the role of Mr. Roarke, the owner of a tropical island where people pay to live out their wildest fantasies, only to find that their fantasies aren’t quite what they expected. With a cast that also includes Maggie Q, Portia Doubleday, Kim Coates, Lucy Hale, Michael Rooker and Jimmy O. Yang, the movie seems to have a much darker, horror-oriented tone than the TV series did (which I guess shouldn’t be a surprise, coming from Blumhouse). Fantasy Island is directed by Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2, Truth or Dare) and it hits theatres on Valentine’s Day; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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After a pair of live-action / CG hybrid Scooby Doo movies in the early 2000s, Mystery Inc. took a long hiatus from the big screen over the next decade and a half although there have been a couple of live-action direct-to-video movies (and, of course, a steady stream of DTV animated features as well). But next year, Scooby Doo is getting his first theatrically released animated feature (I think?) and, in keeping with the times, Warner Brothers decided to go with 3D animation as opposed to 2D. The first trailer largely focuses on the gang as kids, laying out a somewhat controversial origin story (Scooby was named after Scooby Snacks??) but I believe the majority of the movie will have them as teenagers. As you would expect, there is a star-studded voice cast that includes Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Gina Rodriguez and Will Forte as Fred, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy respectively, although veteran voice actor Frank Welker does return as Scooby. Perhaps the most worrisome thing about this movie is that it supposedly sets up a Hanna-Barbera Cinematic Universe, if that is in fact still going to be a thing. Scoob! is directed by Tony Cervone (Scooby-Doo! And Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery) and it hits theatres on May 15th; check out the first trailer below and let us know what you think.
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It was a surprise victory for Roland Emmerich’s Midway at the box office over the weekend as the war movie earned $17.5 million, propelling it past Mike Flanagan’s Doctor Sleep to take the #1 spot. Going into the weekend, it was expected that Doctor Sleep would win without too much trouble but Veteran’s Day audiences gave Midway a bit of a boost while Doctor Sleep did not become the must-see event that WB was hoping for. The Stephen King movie earned just $14 million, which is about $10 million off expectations and also $10 million less than what Pet Sematary earned earlier this year. It is possible that the ties to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining in the marketing campaign actually worked against it, scaring away younger audiences who were not familiar with the iconic 1980 film. In third place, Playing with Fire also surprised with $12.8 million, proving John Cena’s drawing power, while Last Christmas opened in fourth with $11.6 million. Elsewhere Terminator: Dark Fate fell from first to fifth, dropping 63% from its disappointing debut. Joker fell out of the top 5 for the first time since its release but is expected to cross $1 billion in the next week or so.
1. Midway — $17.5M
2. Doctor Sleep — $14.1M
3. Playing with Fire — $12.8M
4. Last Christmas — $11.6M
5. Terminator: Dark Fate — $10.8M
6. Joker — $9.2M
7. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil — $8.0M
8. Harriet — $7.2M
9. Zombieland: Double Tap — $4.3M
10. The Addams Family — $4.2M
After bursting onto the scene with 2012’s Beasts of the Southern Wild (which was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director), Benh Zeitlin kind of disappeared for the past few years, leaving many to speculate if he was just a one-hit wonder. We will find out early next year when he finally returns with his long-awaited follow-up, Wendy, a loose adaptation of Peter Pan seemingly told in the same real world fairytale style as Beasts. The movie focuses on a ragtag group of kids who get lost on “a mysterious island where aging and time have come unglued.” Wendy stars Devin France, Tommie Lynn Milazzo and Shay Walker and it hits select theatres on Feb. 28th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.
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