After becoming one of the biggest A-list stars of the late ’90s and 2000s, Edward Norton kind of stepped back from the spotlight over the past decade or so. Whether that is by choice or not remains to be seen, but this year he is staging a comeback with only his second film as a director. Motherless Brooklyn is an adaptation of a Jonathan Lethem novel and it finds Norton playing a private investigator with Tourette syndrome trying to solve a murder. Although the book took place in 1999, the movie transplants the story to 1950s New York and early reviews coming out of Telluride are praising the cast while questioning the film’s length and confusing plot. Motherless Brooklyn co-stars Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bobby Cannavale, Cherry Jones, Alec Baldwin, Willem Dafoe, Michael K. Williams, Leslie Mann and Ethan Suplee and it hits theatres on Nov. 1st. Check out the trailer below and see what you make of it.
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Most people know that Disney+ and Apple TV+ are set to launch this year, but wait there is yet another streaming service getting into the original content business as well! Up until now, Walmart’s Vudu service has been known primarily as a digital locker service and VOD outlet, but they started offering a rotating selection of free titles with limited commercials back in 2016. Now this year they will premiere their first original series: Mr. Mom, a TV remake of the 1983 Michael Keaton comedy. The show stars Hayes MacArthur (Angie Tribeca) and Andrea Anders (Better Off Ted, Joey) and just in case you thought this was an extremely dated premise, they have updated it with a stay-at-home dad who is also trying to launch a startup and a mom who has to navigate a workplace dominated by millennials. Mr. Mom launches for free on Vudu on Sept. 12th; check out the trailer below.
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No surprises here, but it was a very slow Labor Day weekend at the box office as Angel Has Fallen managed to remain at the top of the heap with just $11.8 million ($14.5 million over four days). In fact, the top 12 movies combined earned a measly $69.5 million, making for the second slowest weekend of the year. Good Boys remained in second place with $9.5 million while The Lion King jumped back up to #3 with $6.8 million. Hobbs & Shaw held steady at #4 and Ready or Not rounded out the top 5. None of the week’s new releases really even came close to the top 10 as Blumhouse’s Don’t Let Go opened at #14 with $2.4 million (to be fair, it opened in less than 1000 theatres). Next weekend things should pick up again with the release of It: Chapter Two.
1. Angel Has Fallen — $11.8M
2. Good Boys — $9.5M
3. The Lion King — $6.8M
4. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw — $6.4M
5. Ready or Not — $5.9M
6. Overcomer — $5.7M
7. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark — $5.0M
8. Spider-Man: Far from Home — $4.3M
9. The Angry Birds Movie 2 — $4.2M
10. Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood — $4.1M
If you thought the timeline from the Terminator franchise had become a little too convoluted after five movies, Paramount and James Cameron are hoping they can win you over by going back and making a direct sequel to T2: Judgment Day. But of course, there are some new twists here as well and it is potentially the start of another trilogy with a convoluted timeline of its own. Terminator: Dark Fate finds Linda Hamilton returning as Sarah Connor and discovering that although she helped stop Skynet, humanity is still in danger. Terminator: Salvation already had a Terminator who thinks he is human, so this time around Mackenzie Davis plays a human who is an enhanced cyborg. Meanwhile the villain, played by Gabriel Luna, is an advanced Terminator who can apparently split in two. Natalia Reyes is the mysterious new girl who must be protected while Arnold Schwarzenegger is back along with Edward Furlong (or so we’ve been told). Terminator: Dark Fate hits theatres on Nov. 1st; check out the new trailer and let us know what you think.
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In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Ridley Scott’s Alien, the movie is heading back to theatres for select screenings this fall. Coinciding with that, there is also a brand new documentary about the making of this sci-fi horror classic coming to theatres and VOD. Memory: The Origins of Alien is directed by Alexandre O. Philippe, who also did 78/52, the documentary about the Psycho shower scene. Featuring interviews with Veronica Cartwright, Tom Skerritt, Ronald Shusett, Roger Corman and Roger Christian (among others), the movie also delves into the personal archives of Dan O’Bannon and H.R. Giger and reconsiders the movie in the context of when it was made. Whether the movie is aimed at casual viewers or more hardcore fans, however, remains to be seen. Memory: The Origins of Aliens hits select theatres and VOD on Oct. 4th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.
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Make no mistake, it is the last weekend of August and the new releases in theatres are about as lacklustre as you’d expect for this time of year. The biggest release is Blumhouse’s time travel thriller Don’t Let Go but it’s not even getting a full wide release, hitting approximately 900 theatres (and reviews are not looking great). The only other major releases are the Indian action-thriller Saaho and Bennett’s War, an inspirational drama about a U.S. soldier who is part of the Army Motorcycle Unit. In select theatres, we have Gavin Hood’s political drama Official Secrets starring Keira Knightley, spy thriller Spider in the Web starring Ben Kingsley, and, yes, even Fred Durst’s latest film The Fanatic starring John Travolta. What will you be watching this weekend?
Shinichiro Ueda’s meta zombie comedy One Cut of the Dead has already become a smash hit in Japan and has been earning rave reviews on the festival circuit. Back in January, it seemed like it had also arrived on Amazon Prime in the U.S. and UK, but that turned out to be a bootleg version of the movie that had somehow made it onto the streaming service illegally. Now almost a year after it started playing festivals, the movie is finally getting a U.S. theatrical release followed by an authorized streaming release on Shudder. They have dropped a trailer for the film as well, although it comes with a suggestion that the best way to see the movie is without any prior knowledge at all. One Cut of the Dead hits theatres in New York and L.A. on Sept. 13th and will have more one night only screenings across the U.S. on Sept. 17th. The Shudder release date is still TBA. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.
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Over the past year or two, there has been a lot of push back against motion smoothing and other settings on modern smart TVs that taint the cinematic experience at home. Last year Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie posted a short PSA on YouTube to try and raise awareness while several high profile filmmakers including Christopher Nolan approached the UHD Alliance to push for a new setting on TVs to preserve their vision. Now these efforts have paid off and resulted in something called “Filmmaker Mode” with manufacturers like LG, Panasonic and Vizio committing to add this new viewing mode to their future TVs as early as 2020. Nolan had this to say about the announcement:
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Netflix is continuing to bolster their awards season chances with the acquisition of Steven Soderbergh’s next film The Laundromat which will arrive on the streaming service this fall. The movie revolves around The Panama Papers (documents that were leaked in 2016 revealing offshore accounts used by many powerful corporations for the purposes of fraud and tax evasion), and although it was thought to be a political thriller of sorts, the trailer reveals that it is more of a dark comedy in the vein of The Informant!. With a high profile cast that includes Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, Sharon Stone and Jeffrey Wright, it may seem a bit surprising that this is not getting a full blown theatrical release but alas this seems to be the reality of prestige dramas in 2019. The Laundromat hits select theatres on Sept. 27th before arriving on Netflix on Oct. 18th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.
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Less than a week before its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival (followed by a North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival), Warner Brothers have released one final trailer for their upcoming movie Joker. Directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover) and set in 1981 Gotham City, this is a standalone origin story for Batman’s most well-known and arguably most dangerous villain. Although many fans have questioned the wisdom of making a Joker movie without Batman, Joaquin Phoenix’s performance looks to make this an unpredictable and uncomfortable watch. Either way, it certainly looks very different from most other recent comic book movies we’ve seen and it could prove to be a rare critical success for DC even if it is technically outside of the DC Extended Universe. Joker hits theatres on Oct. 4th; check out the latest trailer below and let us know what you think.
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Although David Michod’s last film, War Machine, failed to make much of an impression on anyone, Netflix is hoping that his next movie will make a much bigger splash as we head into awards season. The King is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2 and Henry V and it stars Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) in the title role. With an ensemble cast that includes Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Robert Pattinson, Sean Harris, Lily-Rose Depp and Thomasin McKenzie, the epic historical drama revolves around Henry V’s reluctant inheritance of the throne following the death of his father. The King will premiere at the Venice Film Festival next week before arriving on Netflix sometime this fall; check out the first trailer below and let us know what you think.
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“This is the job. Don’t wait for it to happen. Don’t even want it to happen. Just watch what does happen.” For this month’s premium podcast we finally sat down to examine the filmography of one of the most accomplished yet divisive filmmakers of his generation: Brian De Palma. We chose to highlight six of his key movies from the ’70s through to the ’90s including Phantom of the Paradise, Carrie, Blow Out, Dressed to Kill, The Untouchables and Snake Eyes. The lively discussion covers such topics as split screen vs. split diopter, the mutual influence of his Movie Brat pals, how to blow the lid off a conspiracy and the full extent of his Hitchcock obsession. So is Brian De Palma a master mash-up artist or just a straight up thief? Is Blow Out his ultimate masterpiece? Why didn’t Phantom of the Paradise catch on? More importantly, what is Frank’s beef with Beef? Have a good scream and download this month’s premium podcast below.
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