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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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The new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of February 28, 2017 include Marvel's "Doctor Strange" movie, the World War II spy drama "Allied" starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, the Oscar-winning drama "Moonlight", and Warren Beatty's latest directorial effort "Rules Don't Apply". New Blu-ray collections include "The Raid" films and Richard Linklater's "The Before Trilogy".

Check out all the new movies and TV shows released on DVD and Blu-ray after the jump.


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Video Game Description: Torment tells a new story in a radically different setting: the Ninth World, the setting of Monte Cook's tabletop RPG Numenera. It's a science fantasy setting-not strictly fantasy, because it takes place in a future Earth built on technology that could conceivably exist (though certainly not with our current capabilities), but not strictly science fiction either, because the technology maintains a strong sense of weirdness and mystery akin to magic. This is especially true in Torment, where we prefer to emphasize the fantasy feel over sci-fi. Ninth Worlders don't talk about androids, DNA, nanites, or computers, but rather constructs, nano-spirits, and ancient intelligences. There might be a biomechanical alien that uses nanotechnology to phase through quantum dimensions, but even the Aeon Priests--the most educated of Ninth Worlders--wouldn't use any of those words. An Aeon Priest might call it a trans dimensional visitant that uses the numenera to exist partially out of phase, while everyone else would just call it a demon.

Find out more about this video game after the jump.

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The new NBC action series "Taken" is a TV reboot of Luc Besson's franchise of the same name that starred Liam Neeson. The show serves as a prequel to the films and it stars Clive Standen ("Vikings") as Bryan Mills, the man with the particular set of skills. The cast also includes Jennifer Beals, Gaius Charles, Monique Gabriela Curnen, James Landry Hébert, Simu Liu, Brooklyn Sudano and Michael Irby. "Homeland" producer Alexander Cary will serve as showrunner.

"Taken" premiered on February 27th and the next episode will air on March 6th.

Check out the trailers, featurette, clip, images and posters after the jump.

Composer:
Michael Abels

Total Time:
60:11

Label:
Back Lot Music

Purchasing Links:
MP3, iTunes

Release Date
February 24, 2017

Find more about the soundtrack (previews, track list) after the jump.

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Warner Bros. has released the final trailer for their upcoming blockbuster "Kong: Skull Island". You can also check out all 14 posters released for the film, so far. The reboot is directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts ("The Kings of Summer") and it stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, John Goodman, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Toby Kebbell and Shea Whigham.

"Kong: Skull Island" opens in theaters on March 10th.

Check out the trailer and posters after the jump.

Monday, February 27, 2017

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Well, that was one crazy Oscars show. Everything seemed to move along at the expected pace of the average Academy Awards ceremony, with people singing and dancing, a dull Jimmy Kimmel cracking tired jokes, and the usual speeches about politics and the magic of cinema. And then it happened. Right at the end, when "Bonnie and Clyde" co-stars Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced the Best Picture winner, all hell broke loose.

"La La Land" won Best Picture. Everyone involved in the musical's production rushed on stage and started making their speeches. Lovely speeches about dreams and dreamers. Then, a couple of minutes later, it was evident that something was wrong. It had just been revealed that "Moonlight" was the real winner and that there was some kind of snafu regarding the envelopes containing the names of the winners. After a moment of confusion, director Barry Jenkins and the "Moonlight" team hopped on stage to claim their trophies from the humiliated "La La Land" crew. It was a historically bleak moment for the Oscars, one that managed to sour the win for Jenkins' film, which was supposed to be a moment of celebration among Hollywood artists eager to applaud diversity in filmmaking. Check out a detailed coverage of what happened on stage and backstage from USA TODAY.

Other than that, the Academy made sure everybody got something. "La La Land" may have walked away humiliated from the Best Picture race, but it topped the night with six other wins, including Best Director (Damien Chazelle) and Leading Actress (Emma Stone"). "Moonlight" also won Best Adapted Screenplay and Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali). Viola Davis took the Oscar for Supporting Actress, becoming the 23rd person to complete the triple crown of acting by winning at the Oscars, Emmys and Tonys.

Other winners included "Manchester by the Sea" for Best Leading Actor (Casey Affleck) and Original Screenplay (Kenneth Lonergan), and Mel Gibson's "Hacksaw Ridge" scored some surprise wins for Sound Mixing and Film Editing, two awards that seemed destined for "La La Land". Even "Arrival" nabbed a trophy for Sound Editing.

The Academy provided another gaffe in the In Memoriam section, when the photo used for Australian costume designer Janet Patterson, who passed away in October 2016, was actually that of Australian producer Jan Chapman, who is very much alive. So much for the well-oiled machine.

As for the ceremony itself prior to the big awkward fiasco, it was as mechanically empty as in previous years. Jimmy Kimmel was an okay host, I suppose, but wasn't particularly exciting, or even outrageously funny. The only genuinely hilarious moments were those in which he engaged in his feud with Matt Damon. But they were far too few for a 3-hour show that primarily engaged in political rants and boasted about Hollywood's hypocritical diversity.

You can check out the video of the incredibly embarrasing Best Picture moment after the jump, along with the complete list of Oscar winners.

Read the complete list of 2017 Oscar winners after the jump.

Composer:
Jeff Russo

Total Time:
1:14:53

Label:
Lakeshore Records

Purchasing Links:
CD, MP3, iTunes

Release Date
February 24, 2017

Find more about the soundtrack (previews, track list) after the jump.

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This post contains all the news, trailers, movie clips, DVD/Blu-Ray releases and many more, that you may have missed in the last seven days, arranged in an accessible manner. Just browse and click the article titles you want to read. Read the full article to check out the weekly summary.

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The Oscars weekend was pretty light on major new releases, which allowed Blumhouse's new horror film "Get Out" to explode and dominate the box-office, while fellow new arrivals "Rock Dog" and "Collide" failed to make the Top 10.

Find out more about the weekend box office after the jump.

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The surprise small-budget hit "Moonlight" won top honors at the 2017 Independent Spirit Awards. The film took the awards for Best Feature, Director (Barry Jenkins), Screenplay, Cinematography and the Robert Altman Award for Best Ensemble. Casey Affleck won Best Male Lead for his work on "Manchester by the Sea", while Female Lead went to Isabelle Huppert for "Elle". Other winners include "Toni Edrmann" for Best International Film, and the horror film "The Witch" for Best First Feature and First Screenplay.

Read the complete list of 2017 Independent Spirit Awards winners.

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The big winner at the 2017 César Awards was Paul Verhoeven's psychological drama "Elle". The film won Best Film and Best Actress for Isabelle Huppert's amazing performance, which also earned her and Academy Award nomination. Unfortunately, "Elle" did not make the Foreign Language Oscar shortlist.

Other major awards were split between Xavier Dolan's "It's Only the End of the World", which scored Best Actor (Gaspard Ulliel), Director and Editing (both for Dolan), and Houda Benyamina's "Divines" won Best Debut Feature, Supporting Actress (Deborah Lukumuena) and Best Female Newcomer (Oulaya Amamra).

Read the complete list of 2017 Cesar awards winners.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

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Director: Denis Villeneuve
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma, Mark O'Brien
Runtime: 116 min
Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language
Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Read the review after the jump.

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"Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party" and "Batman V Superman" were the big winners of the 37th Razzie Awards. The films were tied with four wins each, but the really big ones were scored by the infamous Hillary Clinton documentary. Its director, Dinesh D'Souza won two Golden Raspberries, for Worst Director and Worst Actor, as the film's narrator. The Razzies have never really been known for their fairness, and now they can add political pandering to their list of sins.

The comic book movie won for Worst Supporting Actor (Jesse Eisenberg), Worst Screen Combo (Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill), Worst Screenplay and Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel.

This year's Razzie Redeemer Award went to Mel Gibson, who managed to rise above his past transgressions with the Oscar-nominated war film "Hacksaw Ridge".

Check out the complete list of Razzie nominations after the jump.

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Video Game Description: Four Last Things is a point-and-click adventure game made from Renaissance-era paintings and public domain recordings of classical music. It is about sin, and the Four Last Things – Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell – and strives to be intelligent and ridiculous in equal measures. It's kind of like if Monkey Island had been made in 16th century Flanders, by a time-travelling Monty Python fanboy...

Find out more about this video game after the jump.

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The horror film "Get Out" is Jordan Peele's directorial debut. Peele also wrote the script, and the film is produced by Jason Blum ("Insidious", "The Purge").

Daniel Kaluuya stars as a young African-American who visits his girlfriend's (Allison Williams) mysterious family in rural upstate New York. Although initially fearful of her family's reaction to their interracial relationship, the parents (Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener) seem overly accommodating. However, a series of disturbing events lead him to a horrifying discvoery.

The cast also includes Marcus Henderson, Caleb Landry Jones, Lakeith Stanfield, Stephen Root, LilRel Howery and Betty Gabriel.

"Get Out" opened in theaters on February 24, 2017 to universally positive reviews. The film grossed $10.8 million on Friday and is expected to finish its opening weekend with $20-25 million.

Check out the trailer, featurette, clips, images and posters after the jump.

Composer:
Various Artists

Total Time:
53:35

Label:
Republic Records

Purchasing Links:
MP3, iTunes

Release Date
February 24, 2017

Find more about the soundtrack (previews, track list) after the jump.

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STX Entertainment has released a new trailer for the thriller "The Circle". Written and directed by James Ponsoldt ("The Spectacular Now") and based on the novel of the same name by Dave Eggers, the film tells the story of a young woman (Emma Watson), who lands a job at the world's largest and most powerful tech and social media company. What seems like an opportunity soon takes a dark turn as her involvement in a groundbreaking experiment initiated by the company's founder (Tom Hanks) begins to affect the lives and future of her friends, family and that of humanity.

The film also stars John Boyega, Ellar Coltrane, Bill Paxton, Patton Oswalt and Karen Gillan.

"The Circle" is set to open in theaters on April 28, 2017.

Check out the trailer and images after the jump.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

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Video Game Description: College dropout Mae Borowski returns home to the crumbling former mining town of Possum Springs seeking to resume her aimless former life and reconnect with the friends she left behind. But things aren't the same. Home seems different now and her friends have grown and changed. Leaves are falling and the wind is growing colder. Strange things are happening as the light fades. And there's something in the woods.

Find out more about this video game after the jump.

Composer:
Justin Hurwitz

Total Time:
93:17

Label:
Interscope Records

Purchasing Links:
MP3, iTunes

Release Date
February 24, 2017

Find more about the soundtrack (previews, track list) after the jump.

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"I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore" is an indie thriller from first-time director Macon Blair ("Green Room", "Blue Ruin") that won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

The film stars Melanie Lynskey as a a nursing assistant going through an existential crisis, who joins forces with her obnoxious neighbor (Elijah Wood) to track down a pack of criminals who burglarized her home. David Yow, Jane Levy, Devon Graye, Christine Woods, Robert Longstreet, Lee Eddy and Gary Anthony Williams co-star.

"I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore" is now streaming on Netflix.

Check out the trailer, clips, images and poster after the jump.

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The week of February 24, 2017 features new music album releases from Rhiannon Giddens, Little Big Town, Oddisee, John Mayer, Sarah Bethe Nelson, Prince Royce, Thundercat and Born of Osiris.

Find out more about all the new music album releases after the jump.

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Director: Garth Davis
Genre: Drama
Starring: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Sunny Pawar, Priyanka Bose
Runtime: 118 min
Rating: PG-13 for thematic material and some sensuality
Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Read the review after the jump.

Friday, February 24, 2017

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This week in theaters we have Jordan Peele's directorial debut, the horror film "Get Out", the action film "Collide" starring Nicholas Hoult and Felicity Jones, and the animated feature "Rock Dog". In limited release, you absolutely have to check out the awesome British zombie flick "The Girl With All the Gifts".

Synopses, details, critical reception, trailers, clips and more after the jump.

Charlize Theron to star in the comedy Flarsky
Seth Rogen to star in the comedy Flarksy
Seth Rogen and Charlie Theron will join forces for an upcoming original comedy titled "Flarsky". The film tells the story of an unemployed journalist (Rogen) who is going down a self-destructive path due to a series of misfortunes. He endeavors to pursue Theron's character, his childhood crush and babysitter who happens to be one of the most powerful and unattainable women on earth.

Jonathan Levine ("50/50", "The Night Before") will direct the project from a screenplay written by Dan Sterling ("The Interview"). Theron and Rogen will also act as producers. Filming is set to begin in August.

Theron can also be seen in "Fate of the Furious", the new installment in the "Fast & Furious" franchise, and the spy thriller "Atomic Blonde". Rogen's upcoming new releases are the dramedies "Zeroville" and "The Disaster Artist", both directed by James Franco.




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Video Game Description: Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin™ is an all-new Virtual Reality adventure that takes players back into the mysterious and paranormal world of the Psychonauts for the first time in over ten years!

Once again players will assume the role of Raz, an intrepid young psychic and now fully fledged member of the Psychonauts — an elite group of international psychic secret agents!

The story picks up exactly where it left off at the end of Psychonauts (2005)—with Raz, Lili, Sasha, Milla, and Coach Oleander flying off to rescue Truman Zannotto, the Grand Head of the Psychonauts. Their mission takes them straight into the heart of the Rhombus of Ruin—a mysterious part of the ocean as deadly as two Bermuda Triangles back to back!

When the rescue party itself is kidnapped and held prisoner in the Rhombus, Raz is immobilized and must use only his psychic powers to reunite his friends, reveal the identity of the kidnapper, and free Truman before the madness of the Rhombus consumes all their minds.

Find out more about this video game after the jump.


The new comedy drama series "Patriots" is now streaming its complete ten-episode first season on Amazon.

Created by Steve Conrad ("The Pursuit of Happyness"), the series stars Michael Dorman as an intelligence officer who takes an undercover job at Milwaukee's McMillan Industrial Piping in order to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

The cast also includes Kathleen Munroe, Terry O'Quinn, Kurtwood Smith, Michael Chernus, Gil Bellows, Aliette Opheim and Hana Mae Lee.

Check out the trailer, images and poster after the jump.

Composer:
For King & Country
I Was the Lion

Total Time:
27:21

Label:
Fervent Records

Purchasing Links:
MP3, iTunes

Release Date
February 14, 2017

Find more about the soundtrack (previews, track list) after the jump.

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STX Films has released the first trailer and poster for the World War II romantic dramedy "Their Finest". The film is directed by Lone Scherfig ("An Education") based on the novel of the same name written by Lissa Evans.

Gemma Arterton stars as a scriptwriter hired by the British Ministry of Information to work on morale-boosting propaganda films. She gets noticed by a dashing movie producer (Sam Claflin), and together they start work on a film that will inspire a nation, while also developing some deeper feelings for each other.

The cast also includes Bill Nighy, Jack Huston, Richard E. Grant, Jeremy Irons, Eddie Marsan, Helen McCrory and Paul Ritter.

"Their Finest" opens in theaters on April 7th.

Check out the trailer and poster after the jump.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

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Director: Denzel Washington
Genre: Drama
Starring: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson
Runtime: 139 min
Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, language and some suggestive references
Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Read the review after the jump.

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The horror "XX" is a new anthology film featuring an all-female roster of helmers. The film consists of four dark stories: "The Birthday Party" written and directed by Annie Clark (St. Vincent), "Her Only Living Son" by Karyn Kusama, "Don't Fall" by Roxanne Benjamin, and "The Box" by Jovanka Vuckovic.

"XX" received a limited release in theaters on February 17, 2017.

Check out the trailer, clips, featurette, images and poster after the jump.

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Forma.8 Game Logo
Video Game Description: forma.8 is a unique take on the proven Metroidvania action-adventure formula, with a striking visual style and a huge world to explore.

As the small exploration probe forma.8 you're stranded alone on the surface of an alien planet. Separated from your companions by accident you have a life or death mission to accomplish: find and recover a lost, powerful energy source before it's too late. Ancient civilisations, great perils and dystopian visions await you. And not everything is what it seems...

Find out more about this video game after the jump.

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"The Blacklist: Redemption" is a spinoff of the popular drama series "The Blacklist". The new show will focus on Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold), who joined up with a covert mercenary organization run by Susan "Scottie" Hargrave (Famke Janssen) in a May episode of the main series. Their mission is handling all the sensitive situations that the governments can't.

The cast also includes Edi Gathegi, Tawny Cypress and Adrian Martinez. Terry O'Quinn ("Lost") will have a recurring role.

"The Blacklist: Redemption" premieres on ABC tonight at 10p.

Check out the trailer, clip, featurette, images and posters after the jump.

Composer:
Gary Lionelli

Total Time:
70:09

Label:
Lakeshore Records

Purchasing Links:
MP3, iTunes

Release Date
February 17, 2017

Find more about the soundtrack (previews, track list) after the jump.

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20th Century Fox has released a new video for Ridley Scott's "Alien: Covenant". The 5-minute clip is an extended prologue that will not be included in the film and it introduces us to the film's new ensemble cast, the crew of the colony ship "Covenant" as they enjoy some time together before entering cryosleep (and all hell breaks loose).

The film stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Benjamin Rigby and James Franco.

"Alien: Covenant" opens in theaters on May 19th.

Watch the video after the jump.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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Director: Kenneth Lonergan
Genre: Drama
Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges, C.J. Wilson, Gretchen Mol, Matthew Broderick, Tate Donovan
Runtime: 137 min
Rating: R for language throughout and some sexual content
Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Read the review after the jump.

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Video Game Description: Earth is Ours No More. Horizon Zero Dawn is an exhilarating new open-world action role playing game exclusively for the PlayStation 4 System, developed by the award winning Guerrilla Games, creators of PlayStation’s venerated Killzone franchise. Take on the role of skilled hunter Aloy as you explore a vibrant and lush world inhabited by mysterious mechanized creatures. Embark on a compelling, emotional journey and unravel mysteries of tribal societies, ancient artifacts and advanced technologies that will determine the fate of this planet, and of life itself.

Find out more about this video game after the jump.

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Showtime's drama series "Billions" has returned for a second season that finds Bobby 'Axe' Axelrod (Damian Lewis) using his considerable resources to exact revenge on U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti). The show also stars Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman, Toby Leonard Moore and David Costabile.

"Billions" Season 2 has premiered on February 19th, and the second episode titled "Dead Cat Bounce" will air on February 26th.

Check out the trailers, images and poster after the jump.

Composer:
Gordy Haab
Brian Trifon
Brian Lee White

Total Time:
2:00:10

Label:
Sumthing Else Music Works

Purchasing Links:
CD, MP3, iTunes

Release Date
February 17, 2017

Find more about the soundtrack (previews, track list) after the jump.

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Netflix has released a new trailer and poster for their sci-fi drama "The Discovery". Co-written and directed by Charlie McDowell ("The One I Love"), the film is set in a world in which the afterlife has been scientifically proven to exist. In this context, a man and woman fall in love while coming to terms with their own tragic pasts and the true nature of the afterlife.

The cast features Jason Segel, Rooney Mara, Riley Keough, Robert Redford, Mary Steenburgen and Jesse Plemons.

"The Discovery" will be available on Netflix starting March 31st.

Check out the trailer and poster after the jump.