Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar Trailer Starring Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo

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After writing Bridesmaids together a decade ago, Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo are once again reteaming for a new comedy and this time Mumolo is co-starring in it as well. Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar finds the duo playing two best friends who live together and decide to leave their small Midwestern town for the first time ever in pursuit of a vacation. The result is “the adventure of a lifetime.” For some reason, the trailer makes a joke out of not showing their faces and just generally sets a quirky, colourful vibe. Directed by Josh Greenbaum (Too Funny to Fail: The Life & Death of The Dana Carvey Show), the movie also co-stars Jamie Dornan and Damon Wayans, Jr. Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar arrives on VOD just in time for Valentine’s Day on Feb. 12th; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Michael Apted 1941-2021

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Michael Apted, the British director behind The Up Series and such films as Coal Miner’s Daughter and The World is Not Enough has passed away. He reportedly died on Thursday night in Los Angeles although the cause of death was not made public. Apted had a long and varied career that included big budget blockbusters and acclaimed art house films and he was equally comfortable working with both fiction and non-fiction stories. He also acted as the President of the Directors Guild of America from 2003 to 2009. Apted was 79 years old.

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Game Junk Prototype Episode #43: Has Sony Been Neglecting Indie Games?

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We answer a lot of your junk mail questions including a discussion about why Sony might be losing the indie market to Nintendo and Microsoft and games we’d like to see remastered plus we also talk Nioh 2, X-Men Destiny and Marvel’s The Avengers.

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Malcolm & Marie Trailer Starring Zendaya and John David Washington

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Looks like Netflix has one more potential awards season candidate coming in under the wire this year as they have just released the first trailer for the upcoming drama Malcolm & Marie, which has been completely off the radar up until now. The movie stars John David Washington and Zendaya as a filmmaker and his girlfriend who find their relationship tested after he arrives home following his latest movie premiere. Much like Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, this looks like another tense and emotional experience, but it appears to be even more stripped down as it is presented in black-and-white and takes place in a single location (it was shot last year under COVID-19 safety protocols). Directed by Sam Levinson (Euphoria, Assassination Nation), Malcolm & Marie will premiere in select theatres this month before hitting Netflix on Feb. 5th. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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New to Streaming and VOD This Week: Pieces of a Woman, Pretend It’s a City, Tiger

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This week’s digital and VOD releases include a new film directed by Spielberg’s long-time cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (American Dream), a WWI drama that is also Latvia’s entry to the 2021 Oscars (The Rifleman) as well as a long lost ’80s horror sequel that is only now seeing the light of day (Grizzly II: The Revenge). Netflix has also has a handful of new releases including awards season contender Pieces of a Woman and the Martin Scorsese-directed documentary series Pretend It’s a City, but the thing that everyone will actually be watching is History of Swear Words starring Nicolas Cage. HBO also has part 1 of their Tiger Woods documentary Tiger and the Spanish horror series 30 Coins while Apple TV+ has the second season of Dickinson starring Hailee Steinfeld. What will you be watching this weekend?

Neil Marshall’s The Reckoning Trailer

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After spending most of the last decade directing episodes of such TV shows as Game of Thrones, Black Sails and Lost in Space, Neil Marshall returned to the big screen with Hellboy back in 2019. Although that movie wasn’t particularly well received, he is now more returning to his horror roots directly with a movie called The Reckoning. Set in England during the Great Plague, the plot revolves around a recently widowed woman who finds herself in the custody of the country’s most ruthless witch-hunter after she is accused of practicing witchcraft. Co-written by and starring Charlotte Kirk, the movie also stars Sean Pertwee, Joe Anderson and Steven Waddington. The Reckoning arrives in select theatres and on VOD on Feb. 5th; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #781: Another Round

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0:00 – Intro
5:35 – Review: Another Round
29:10 – Hot Topic: Should All Rewatches Be Logged on Letterboxd?
54:50 – CheapCharts Bits
1:03:00 – Other Stuff We Watched: Wolfwalkers, Long Way Up, Soul, Boys State, Extra Ordinary, Primal Fear, Ted Lasso, Time to Hunt, Baby God, Cobra Kai, Saint Frances, We Can Be Heroes, Possessor, Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father, Scary Tales (1993)
1:55:55 – This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD
2:01:40 – Outro

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Lapsis Trailer: A Sci-Fi Satire About the Gig Economy

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Last year’s SXSW film festival didn’t happen as originally intended and only a handful of movies ended up screening online, leaving a lot of indie films without a way to build buzz. Among them was the sci-fi film Lapsis which earned some strong early reviews from critics who were able to see it and is now finally coming to VOD and virtual cinema next month. The movie takes place in an alternate version of the present where quantum computing is a reality and workers are being hired to run cables between strange magnetic cubes across dangerous terrain. These workers are unprotected and forced to compete against robots in an absurd yet all too familiar scenario where corporations rule and employees gets screwed. Director Noah Hutton also had the intriguing neuroscience documentary In Silico premiere virtually last year but hopefully both films will find their way out to a wider audience in the very near future. Lapsis hits VOD on Feb. 12th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Locked Down Trailer: Doug Liman’s Quarantine Heist Movie

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It remains to be seen if Doug Liman’s upcoming movie Chaos Walking will still be released in theatres this March, but in the meantime he’s got a new movie premiering on HBO Max that was shot quickly last year under COVID-19 safety protocols. The movie is called Locked Down and it stars Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor as a couple at their wits’ end quarantining together who hatch a plan to pull off a diamond heist. Written by Steven Knight (Locke, Serenity), it features a supporting cast that includes Ben Kingsley, Ben Stiller, Lucy Boynton, Mindy Kaling and Stephen Merchant although many of them appear via Zoom calls (within the context of the movie, of course). Locked Down arrives on HBO Max on Jan. 14th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Michael Keaton May Be Taking Over as Batman in the DCEU

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We’ve been hearing a lot of rumours over the past year about the big screen multiverses being constructed by both Warner Brothers and Marvel with some of their upcoming comic book movies. Marvel has been developing Sony’s next Spider-Man movie as a key crossover event that will apparently bring back heroes and villains from previous non-MCU Spider-Man movies. On the DC side, their upcoming Flash movie will be based on the Flashpoint storyline and both Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck are said to be reprising their roles as different versions of Batman in the movie. Now this week we’ve got an interesting little detail to add to that as it appears that Michael Keaton may step up to become the primary Batman in the DC Extended Universe moving forward. Hit the jump for more details.

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2020 Junkers’ Choice Award Winners

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With 2020 officially behind us, it’s time to find out how our loyal readers and listeners felt about this overwhelmingly strange year for cinema. As you can probably guess, there were a lot less votes cast this time around than in previous years. Some categories definitely suffered from a lack of options (ahem… comic book movies), but I was surprised that almost all of the categories still had a decent number of votes scattered among all of the choices. Perhaps that is a reflection of a level playing field for distribution since everyone had essentially the same VOD options at their disposable. I think it was also the first year that the movie with the most votes for Best Film also had the most votes for Biggest Disappointment (I suspect another movie might have taken over the latter if it had been given a bit more time). Our own Best of 2020 podcast will be coming next week, but in the meantime, check out the results of the 2020 Junkers’ Choice Awards below and let us know what you think.

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Game Junk Prototype Episode #42: KFConsole Cluckbait

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We debate whether the KFConsole is actually worth talking about, recommend some sports games for non-sports fans and discuss all the games we played over the holidays including Immortals Fenyx Rising, NHL 21, Children of Morta, Super Meat Boy Forever, Yes Your Grace, Murder By Numbers, Call of the Sea.

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