New to Theatres This Weekend: The Curse of La Llorona, Penguins, Under the Silver Lake

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It looks like we’re in for a quiet Easter weekend at the multiplex as everyone gears up for the release of Avengers: Endgame next weekend. That being said, it’s the perfect scenario for a low budget horror movie to thrive and New Line’s The Curse of La Llorona looks poised to do just that. Other major releases include the latest Disneynature documentary Penguins and the faith-based drama Breakthrough. In select theatres, David Robert Mitchell’s long-delayed neo-noir Under the Silver Lake looks to be getting completely dumped by A24 while Penny Lane’s Satanic Temple doc Hail Satan? seems to be getting a decent amount of attention. What will you be watching this weekend?

Hobbs & Shaw Trailer #2

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The Fast & Furious franchise has obviously been moving away from the original street racing premise for a long time now, but somehow it feels like the ties have finally been fully severed with their upcoming spin-off Hobbs & Shaw. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham are teaming up in a buddy action-comedy movie that finds them facing off against a villainous Idris Elba, who is playing a cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist (aka “Black Superman”). Yeah, there’s a lot of ridiculous over-the-top action here, but I have to admit, the friendly rivalry at the centre of it all is a decent draw. That being said, there is one element of the Fast & Furious series that they are somehow still clinging to… it’s all about FAMILY! Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is directed by David Leitch (Deadpool 2) and hits theatres on Aug. 2nd; check out the new trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Mark Wahlberg’s The Six Billion Dollar Man Gets Bumblebee Director

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It’s been a few years since we first heard that Mark Wahlberg was attached to star in an adaptation of the ’70s TV series The Six Million Dollar Man with his buddy Pete Berg at the helm. Eventually Berg left the project and was replaced with Argentinian director Damian Szifron (Wild Tales) but after a few years of development (and a change in ownership from The Weinstein Company to Warner Brothers) things seemed to go silent. This week, however, we are hearing that the project is back on track with the hiring of a new director to replace Damian Szifron: Bumblebee helmer Travis Knight. Hit the jump for more info.

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Dark Phoenix Final Trailer

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This week 20th Century Fox has released one last trailer for their upcoming X-Men movie Dark Phoenix, which by all accounts is expected to be the final mainline X-Men film for this particular cast now that the Disney / Fox merger is complete. While it would be nice to see them go out on a high note, it does feel like they are fighting an uphill battle on this one. The good news is that this trailer does look a bit more exciting than the previous ones, mainly because we’re finally starting to see some action and special effects sequences. The bottom line is that the majority of this movie is resting on the shoulders of Sophie Turner, so here’s to hoping she can pull it off. Dark Phoenix hits theatres on June 7th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #703: Hellboy

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0:00 – Intro: The Deaner
16:30 – Review: Hellboy
39:30 – Headlines: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Trailer
51:25 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Kid Who Would Be King, The Lineup, Nightfall, The Burglar, Experiment in Terror, Guava Island, Game of Thrones
1:23:30 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
1:23:55 – Outro

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Playmobil: The Movie Trailer

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After the box office disappointment of The Lego Movie 2, it seems like Warner Brothers may have shot themselves in the foot by watering down the toy-based movie franchise with too many spin-offs too soon. But if the Lego movies are already starting to wane, that’s probably not good news for the upcoming Playmobil: The Movie, which looks like a generic low budget knockoff of the same idea (not unlike the toys, I suppose). The movie revolves around a human brother and sister who get pulled into a world populated by Playmobil characters from a multitude of genres and playsets. Featuring the voices Anya Taylor-Joy, Jim Gaffigan, Gabriel Bateman, Adam Lambert, Kenan Thompson, Meghan Trainor and Daniel Radcliffe, this looks to cover some very familiar territory but with a lot less style and panache. Playmobil: The Movie hits theatres on Aug. 9th in the U.K. and Aug. 16th in North America; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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The Perfection Trailer Starring Allison Williams

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Following up her performance in Jordan Peele’s Get Out, Allison Williams’ next film looks like another horror movie designed to push buttons. Directed by Richard Shepard (Dom Hemingway), who previously worked with her on Girls, The Perfection stars Williams as a troubled musical prodigy who becomes obsessed with a talented up and coming student (Logan Browning) at her former school. The trailer is definitely giving off a bit of a Black Swan / Suspiria vibe, and based on the early reviews coming out of Fantastic Fest last year, the movie does not hold back in terms of disturbing imagery and nail-biting suspense. The Perfection arrives on Netflix on May 24th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Shazam! Stays at #1, Hellboy and Missing Link Go Down in Flames

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WB’s Shazam! held its ground at the box office over the weekend, taking advantage of some relatively weak performances from newcomers to remain at #1. The movie added another $25.1 million domestically and has now earned $221 million worldwide, which is not bad although it only has one more week before Avengers: Endgame drops. The Regina Hall comedy Little opened with $15.5 million, showing up Hellboy and stealing second place. In third place, Neil Marshall’s Hellboy reboot debuted with a disappointing $12 million, significantly less than Guillermo Del Toro’s films earned back in 2004 and 2008. No doubt the scathing reviews played at least some part in that. Pet Sematary and Dumbo rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere, After opened in eighth place while Missing Link was left out in the cold with just $5.8 million, by far the lowest opening ever for a Laika film. You have to wonder how much longer the studio can continue to produce films that are critical darlings but commercial failures.

1. Shazam! — $25.1M
2. Little — $15.5M
3. Hellboy — $12M
4. Pet Sematary — $10M
5. Dumbo — $9.2M
6. Captain Marvel — $8.6M
7. Us — $6.9M
8. After — $6.2M
9. Missing Link — $5.8M
10. The Best of Enemies — $2M

Star Wars: Episode IX Teaser Trailer

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Here it is, fresh from the unveil at Star Wars Celebration: the very first teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker! This will mark the conclusion of the Skywalker Saga and, from what we have been hearing already, it will likely be the last Star Wars movie before they take a bit of a hiatus (famous last words). Plot details are still being kept under wraps but clearly Rey is heading for her final confrontation with Kylo Ren and the dark side. Billy Dee Williams is back as Lando and it would appear that Ian McDiarmid is also making his return as Emperor Palpatine. Star Wars: Episode IX is directed by J.J. Abrams and hits theatres on Dec. 20th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Disney+ Launch Date and Pricing Details Revealed

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With Star Wars Celebration set to kick off in Chicago today and expected to bring our first look at the upcoming Disney+ series The Mandalorian, Disney has also unveiled a lot of the major details surrounding their brand new streaming service. Unlike the recent Apple announcement, they actually set a release date and announced the pricing for Disney+, which perhaps unsurprisingly will undercut Netflix. They also hinted at some of the many original movies and TV series in the works. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Hellboy, Missing Link, Mary Magdalene

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Lionsgate’s R-rated Hellboy reboot leads this week’s crop of new releases hitting theatres, but considering that it is currently getting scorched by fans and critics alike it seems unlikely to pose much of a threat to reigning box office champ Shazam!. Other new releases include Laika’s latest stop-motion animated flick Missing Link, body swap comedy Little and the YA romance After. In select theatres, we also have the long-delayed biblical drama Mary Magdalene starring Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix plus a pair of musical dramas: Alex Ross Perry’s Her Smell starring Elisabeth Moss and Max Minghella’s Teen Spirit starring Elle Fanning. What will you be watching this weekend?

Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite Trailer

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After making a couple of relatively high profile English-language films with Snowpiercer and the Netflix-distributed Okja, director Bong Joon-Ho is returning to South Korea for his next movie, Parasite. Although the title might seem to hint at another genre piece, the first trailer and vague plot synopsis are keeping things relatively mysterious. Described as a “family tragicomedy”, the story revolves around an unemployed family with “unique characteristics” who take a peculiar interest in another family, which leads them to get “entangled in an unexpected incident.” That still doesn’t mean much to me, but at this point I’m on board for pretty much anything Bong Joon-Ho wants to do. With a cast that includes Song Kang-ho (The Host, Memories of Murder), Lee Sun-kyun (A Hard Day), So-dam Park (Bakugan: Battle Force) and Woo-sik Choi (Okja, Train to Busan), Parasite does not yet have a release date but is rumoured to premiere at Cannes this year. Check out the subtitled trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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