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A final win for Furious 7

The early box office estimates are out and there really aren’t any big surprises, as we begin to countdown to the arrival of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Here’s what went down:

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Furious 7 held on to the top spot for the fourth and final week in a row, bringing in another $16.3 million to bring its current North American total to a simply amazing $318 million, the biggest gross in franchise history. It’s worldwide total is over $1 billion at this point. No wonder Furious 8 has been greenlit for 2017.  Read the rest of this entry

Blue on Black: Summer of Blood (2014)

I hate vampire movies. Can’t stand ’em. I was going to say I’m just sick of them after the complete societal overload of Twilight and all that other b.s., but truthfully vampire have just never been my thing. The guys are always kind of girly, the women are all redheads and the story is just always the same: Some blood-sucker falls in love with an innocent mortal, and oh no, what ever are they going to do now? Boring. When Summer of Blood was brought to my attention and presented as a vampire movie, I was not interested whatsoever – until I saw the trailer and not only laughed out loud but also wanted to punch this guy right in his face right through my screen, which is the kind of hatred I sometimes appreciate feeling when watching a film.

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Can The Age of Adaline make an impact?

We are t-minus seven days away from the arrival of Avengers: Age of Ultron in cinemas, which means this weekend’s new releases have the briefest of windows to make an impact. The question is, will they? Here are our predictions:

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The Age of Adaline
is a romantic drama staring Blake Lively that’s been getting solid notices for its fashionable star. Though she’s not yet a box office draw, this film is definitely going to raise Lively’s profile, and should be a good choice for audiences looking for a date movie. Look for a second place showing with $14 million.

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Hot Docs 2015: The Wolfpack

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The Wolfpack, the 2015 Sundance documentary winner, is about the six Angulo brothers who have been locked away in an apartment for their whole lives and still love each other’s company. They make home movies together with fancy handmade props. They reenact classic film dialogue and draw the poster art. They also play music with showmanship and cook meals together. With their long black ponytails and wiry bodies, they look like distinct characters made for the cinema. Though they range in age across their adolescent and teenage years, it is difficult to tell some of the older siblings apart.

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Courage Above All Things: Interview with Toa Fraser and The Dead Lands’ Warrior Saga

Savage and beautiful, Toa Fraser’s The Dead Lands (2014) is a gripping warrior’s tale. A tribal chief’s young son finds himself the only survivor of a massacre, and vows vengeance. But to have any hope of repaying the grim blood debt, he must enlist the help of a mad warrior, feared by all. So begins a remarkable Maori action epic, featuring the little known art of mau rakau, a Maori martial art based in part on the brutal wielding of a serrated paddle called a patu. Kind of like a nasty ping pong paddle, properly wielded it can slit your throat or bash your brains right the fuck out. I was fortunate to be able to interview director Fraser, from a safe distance. Let’s leap into the fray, after the jump.

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Furious 7 continues to roll while Paul Blart shows up in second

The early weekend box office estimates are out, with few surprises and very little in the way of big numbers. Here’s what went down:

imageFurious 7 held on to the top spot at the box office for the third weekend in a row, bringing in an estimayed $25.5 million and raising it’s total to an outstanding $290 million. The film should cross the $300 million mark within the next five days or so. Look for one more weekend of rule before Avengers: Age of Ultron knocks the film off.  Read the rest of this entry

Will you be hanging out with Paul Blart: Mall Cop this weekend?

Three new movies are hitting theaters this weekend, and while none of them have a chance at hitting the top spot, they could make an impact. Here are our predictions:

Paul BlartNobody asked for it, but Paul Blart; Mall Cop 2 is here. The original managed to make close to $150 million in North America, which is certainly surprising, and I suppose grounds for a sequel. However, there’s no buzz for the film and the reviews have been atrocious. Look for a second place showing with a frontloaded $24 million.

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Celebrate Star Wars live with Biff Bam Pop! UPDATED with NEW TRAILER

Star_Wars__The_For_3120503bThe Star Wars Celebration is happening in Anaheim, and there’s no question that the big deal is a panel about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, featuring J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy and probably a few surprises as well. The event is being livestreamed, and you can watch it below, starting at 1:00 pm ET.

UPDATE: The new trailer just debut and we’ve got it!

Livin’ in the 80s: Videodrome

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Body-Horror: (aka biological horror, organic horror or venereal horror) is horror fiction in which the horror is principally derived from the graphic destruction or degeneration of the body. Such works may deal with disease, decay, parasitism, mutilation, or mutation. 

Body Horror’s tricky. There are a lot of films that get lumped into that classification, for a lot of different reasons, so navigating the waters of this particular stream can be challenging. While the 80s were a fertile breeding ground for all forms of bodily mutation and transformation, it was unarguably one director who was responsible for the subgenre’s strongest work: David Cronenberg, hometown boy and godfather of modern-day bio-organic terror.

Human biology and sexuality, and their innate need to rebel against us, have been focal themes of his work since his film school days. In the 1970s, his trifecta of films – RABID, SHIVERS and THE BROOD – all dealt with various forms of malignant physical and sexual mutation, brought on by our own medical meddling. But it was his 1982 mind-f**k masterpiece, VIDEODROME, that threw the net even wider and brought technology to the forefront, making it this outing’s catalyst of catastrophic change.

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Trailer Time: Ant-Man

The new Ant-Man trailer just dropped, and I like what I’m seeing. It has the Marvel vibe, as it should, with what seems like a smart mix of drama, action, and comedy. This one is flying a little under the radar at the moment, with all eyes focused on Avengers: Age of Ultron, which could actually pay off well for Ant-Man in the end. Take a look and let us know what you think.

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