New to Streaming and VOD: Coming 2 America, Boss Level, Raya and the Last Dragon

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A couple of big streaming premieres headline this weekend’s line-up of new releases as the long-awaited Eddie Murphy sequel Coming 2 America arrives on Amazon Prime and Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon debuts via Disney+ (with Premier Access, of course). Other new movies available for premium purchase or rental include Vanguard starring Jackie Chan, The Mauritanian starring Jodie Foster and The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run (the latter of which is also on Paramount+). Meanwhile Netflix has Amy Poehler’s coming-of-age comedy Moxie, Hulu has Joe Carnahan’s time loop thriller Boss Level and Crackle has the Nintendo documentary series Playing with Power. What will you be watching this weekend?

Game Junk Prototype Episode #51: Top 5 Controllers + Microsoft Mesh

We count down our all-time favourite game controllers and discuss Nintendo Switch Pro rumours as well as the new Microsoft Mesh reveal plus we also talk Maquette and Ultimate Chicken Horse.

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Thunder Force Trailer Starring Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer

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It was recently revealed that Melissa McCarthy will have a small upcoming role in Thor: Love and Thunder, but before that movie hits theatres she will be starring in a superhero movie of her own called Thunder Force. Directed by her husband and frequent collaborator Ben Falcone (The Boss, Superintelligence), the movie finds her playing a woman who reconnects with an old childhood friend (Octavia Spencer) who is now a scientist working on a way to give ordinary people superpowers. After she accidentally injects herself, the duo decide to form an unlikely superhero team and face off against villains like The King (Bobby Cannavale) and The Crab (Jason Bateman). Thunder Force arrives on Netflix on April 9th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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F9 Delayed by One Month, A Quiet Place Part II Moves Up to Memorial Day

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With the recent announcement that all adults in the U.S. are expected to receive the Covid vaccine by the end of May, it is unclear if movie studios should bank on that milestone as the catalyst for a major return to theatres. The next installment in the Fast & Furious series, F9, was originally scheduled to hit theatres right at the end of May but Universal has decided to delay it by a month to give people a little more time to warm up to the idea. Given the fact that it is such a global franchise, it is probably not just U.S. theatres that they are looking at. Meanwhile, Paramount decided to pounce on the change and slot their own upcoming movie A Quiet Place Part II into that vacated release date. Hit the jump for more details.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #788: Minari + Pump Up the Volume

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0:00 – Intro
8:35 – Review: Minari
30:25 – Retro Review: Pump Up the Volume
1:00:45 – Hot Topic: Stuff We’re Into Lately
1:14:40 – Other Stuff We Watched: Tom and Jerry, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Sister Act, Three Men and a Baby, An Unmarried Woman, The Investigation, Allen v. Farrow
1:43:05 – This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD
1:46:35 – Outro
1:49:12 – Spoiler Discussion: Minari

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Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse Trailer Starring Michael B. Jordan

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With Paramount’s Coming 2 America set to debut this weekend on Prime, Amazon is also dropping the first trailer for another big Paramount acquisition as well. Without Remorse is a new thriller set within Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan universe that focuses on John Kelly aka John Clark, a U.S. Navy SEAL who seeks revenge on the Russian soldiers who killed his pregnant wife and inadvertently stumbles on an international conspiracy. Based on the 1993 novel of the same name, it stars Michael B. Jordan in the lead role in what is hoped to be a new franchise for Paramount (their last attempt at a Jack Ryan reboot didn’t really pan out although the Amazon series seems to be doing well). The movie also reunites the Sicario: Day of the Soldado team of director Stefano Sollima and writer Taylor Sheridan. Without Remorse arrives on Amazon Prime on April 30th; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Bad Trip Trailer: The Eric Andre Comedy Comes to Netflix This Month

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Originally scheduled for release last April, Eric Andre’s hidden camera comedy Bad Trip was acquired by Netflix a few months into COVID lockdown but it has taken almost a year for them to release it. Whether that is because they were waiting for the perfect date (April Fool’s I guess?) or because they just have so much content in the pipe that they couldn’t find a spot in their schedule remains to be seen. The movie finds Eric Andre and Lil Rel Howery playing two best friends who embark on a road trip from Florida to New York City after stealing a car from the latter’s criminal sister (Tiffany Haddish), who gives chase along the way. All of their misadventures are performed in public in front of real people, who unwittingly take part in the story in the vein of Borat or Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. Bad Trip arrives on Netflix on March 26th; check out the new trailer below and see what you think.

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Operation Varsity Blues Trailer

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American Movie director Chris Smith is one of several acclaimed documentary filmmakers who seems to have developed a comfortable working relationship with Netflix as of late. After previously bringing Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, Fyre and the true crime series The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann to the streaming service, his latest doc is set to arrive later this month. Operation Varsity Blues tells the story of the U.S. college admissions scandal that made headlines back in 2019 and found charges laid against dozens of wealthy business leaders and celebrities including Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman. The movie will feature interviews as well as reenactments of FBI wiretapped conversations with Matthew Modine playing scheme mastermind Rick Singer. Operation Varsity Blues arrives on Netflix on March 17th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Superman Reboot in the Works with J.J. Abrams and Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Just a few days after the premiere of the new Superman & Lois series on The CW, news has emerged that Warner Brothers and DC are developing a brand new Superman feature film. Last year we heard that Henry Cavill was in talks to reprise the role in an upcoming DC movie although it was only expected to be a small cameo. Now it appears that they are looking to reboot the character on the big screen with a new actor, although no one is currently attached to star. We do, however, know that J.J. Abrams is involved as a producer and acclaimed author Ta-Nehisi Coates is on board to pen the script. Coates had this to say about the announcement:

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Ball Junk Podcast Episode #45: The Mighty Ducks

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What’s up, Cake Eaters? A brand new episode of the Ball Junk Podcast is here for you. On the show we look back at the Super Bowl and go over Frankie’s “Likely or Unlikely” results from before the season. We chat some NBA and welcome Sean from Film Junk onto the pod to take a look back and review “The Mighty Ducks” as well as the first two episodes of “Young Rock”. They both play a game of “Real or Fake”, answer your Sack Time questions and as always Frankie gets the ol’ Gas Pedal. It’s Episode 45 of the Ball Junk Podcast! Balls!

0:00:00 – Intro: NFL/NBA Discussion
0:34:40 – Review: The Mighty Ducks
1:03:05 – Discussion: Young Rock
1:12:50 – Real or Fake: Minor League Baseball Teams
1:20:50 – Sack Time
1:26:10 – Gas Pedal / Outro

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2021 Golden Globe Winners

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The 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards took place last night from both Beverly Hills and New York City with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting together from separate coasts and the winners accepting awards from the comfort of their homes. Although the Hollywood Foreign Press Association took a lot of flack for the lack of diversity among their members, there did end up being a bit of diversity among the winners. Chloe Zhao became only the second female to win Best Director at the Globes and Nomadland won Best Motion Picture — Drama, remaining a heavy Oscar favourite. Chadwick Boseman won Best Actor for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom while Andra Day won Best Actress for The United States vs. Billie Holiday, which was a bit of a surprise. Jodie Foster and Daniel Kaluuya won in the Supporting Actor categories. Elsewhere, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm and Soul also won a couple of awards and in the TV categories The Crown, Schitt’s Creek and The Queen’s Gambit came out on top. What did you think of this year’s Golden Globes? Check out the full list of nominees and winners below.

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New to VOD and Streaming: Minari, Wrong Turn, Tom & Jerry

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With the Golden Globes happening this weekend and Oscar nominations just a couple of weeks away, Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari is looking to leverage awards season buzz with a timely VOD release. In addition to the acclaimed drama, Neon is putting another awards contender Night of the Kings in virtual theatres while Saban Films is releasing a reboot of the long-running horror franchise Wrong Turn. This weekend WB is also releasing their live-action / animated hybrid Tom & Jerry on HBO Max while Hulu has The United States vs Billie Holiday, Shudder has Bryan Bertino’s latest horror film The Dark and the Wicked and Apple TV+ has the documentary Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry. What will you be watching this weekend?