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Deadpool Is the Silly, Sexy, Sticky, and Sweet Superhero Adventure You’ve Been Waiting For

6 February 2016 10:46 PM, PST

One of the hallmarks of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been their adherence to McDonald’s stance on keeping things similar — it doesn’t matter which of the Marvel films you settle in for, it’s going to feel familiar. That’s not a knock either as heroes as disparate as the Hulk and Thor manage to be unique while still feeling as if they can and do exist in the same world with the same tone. It’s a fun world with action, humor, and personality, but you’d be hard-pressed to argue against the idea that it’s maybe just a bit sanitized too. Deadpool, by contrast, is a 20th Century Fox property and therefore not part of the McU, but it still exists in a fun world with action, humor, and personality… and f-bombs, bloody gore, nudity, and graphic violence. And all of it comes courtesy of Marvel’s newest — and most entertaining, bad-ass »

- Rob Hunter

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Junkfood Cinema Podcast: Death Race v. Death Race

5 February 2016 12:57 PM, PST

Rev up your engines, Junkies, because this week’s episode covers not one, but two flicks! We pitting Roger Corman’s Death Race 2000 against Paul Ws Anderson’s 2008 remake Death Race to see how one keeps pace with the other. As it turns out, these two very different versions of the same idea remain neck and neck (for very different reasons) as we reach the final laps of the show! It’s the living version of Wacky Racers v. a ripoff of The Running Man…this is Death Race v. Death Race! You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #78 Directly On This Week’s Show: On Our Marks [0:00 – 1:57] We’re Set [1:58 – 46:00] Now Go [1:04:33 – 1:08:47] Films Discussed: Get In Touch With Us: Email Junkfood Cinema Follow the Show: Subscribe on iTunes Follow Us on Twitter Subscribe on Stitcher »

- Brian Salisbury

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Maybe a Few Other Things

5 February 2016 6:05 AM, PST

Zombie films are second only to slashers when it comes to the sheer volume of horror titles released each year, but as popular as they are very few of them seem to make it into theaters. The handful that avoid the direct-to-dvd fate typically feature something extra in the form of a big star (World War Z), a genre lean towards comedy (Zombieland), or an existing franchise (Resident Evil: Retribution). Pride and Prejudice and Zombies checks off one of those boxes — possibly even two if you consider the literary works of Jane Austen to be something of a highbrow franchise. Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James, Downton Abbey) and her four sisters are proper young Victorian ladies trained in both the fine arts and the martial arts — the better to charm the living and decapitate the living dead — and while their father (Charles Dance) is focused on teaching them survival skills their mom’s (Sally Phillips) primary concern is »

- Rob Hunter

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How Supergirl‘s Feminism Misses the Point

4 February 2016 8:30 AM, PST

What I’m about to write pains me deeply to admit to you and took me quite some time to even admit to myself: I, a staunch, card carrying member of Team Feminism, am officially off the Supergirl bandwagon. I’m sure that statement alone has already earned me the ire of a reader who is cracking his or her knuckles as we speak, preparing to tell me off in the comments. So be it. I just…can’t anymore. I tried. I really did. But it’s just not working for me. I knew it to be a fact this morning when it was officially confirmed that there will be a Supergirl/The Flash crossover in March, with Grant Gustin reprising his role as Barry Allen/The Flash on Supergirl. Instead of getting excited at the idea of the first live action teamup of two such iconic DC characters, my »

- Alisha Grauso

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SXSW 2016 Unveils Its Feature Film Lineup Including New John Michael McDonagh, Ti West, and Melanie Lynskey!

3 February 2016 5:58 PM, PST

Sundance has only just wrapped up, and already we’re thinking abut the next big film festival on our horizon. SXSW 2016 runs March 11th through the 19th in Austin, TX, and while there are still a few more titles to come — including my personal favorite section, the Midnighters — the bulk of the titles playing this year’s fest have just been announced. My own most-anticipated of the festival is John Michael McDonagh’s War on Everyone (pictured above) as his last film, Calvary, was my favorite of 2014. Other highlights include Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think Twice, Ti West’s In a Valley of Violence, and Jeff NicholsMidnight Special.   Narrative Feature Competition Ten world premieres; ten unique ways to celebrate the art of storytelling. Selected from 1,442 narrative feature submissions in 2016. The Arbalest Director/Screenwriter: Adam Pinney The inventor of the world’s greatest toy reflects on his decade-long obsession with a woman who hates him. Cast: »

- Rob Hunter

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Do Not Watch This Thrilling, Terrifying, Stress-Inducing Red-Band Trailer for Green Room

3 February 2016 12:14 PM, PST

The first teaser for Jeremy Saulnier‘s nerve-wracking, fist-clenching exercise in escalating terror and tension — aka Green Room — was released last month, and it’s really all you need to see before being subjected to the heart-racing and grisly beauty of the film itself. That’s not how movie marketing works though, so now we have the first full trailer for the film from the fine folks at A24. If you’re already planning to see the film, and honestly you should be, then I suggest you just skip this trailer. To be clear, it’s not an issue of spoilers really as the trailer does well to avoid things of that nature, but I still think it threatens to rob you some of the experience you’ll get seeing the film with fresh eyes. The movie follows a young punk band on tour who add a remote Pacific Northwest lodge to their schedule. It »

- Rob Hunter

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32 Things We Learned from Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak Commentary

3 February 2016 9:08 AM, PST

I may not be the biggest fan of Guillermo del Toro‘s most recent film, Crimson Peak, but there’s still a lot that I love and respect about it. First and foremost is the absolutely gorgeous production design and visual style. There isn’t a dull frame to be found here, and that’s more than most films can claim. The cast is committed, the effects are stellar, and the violence is brutally effective. Universal releases Crimson Peak to Blu-ray/DVD next week, and along with several featurettes and a handful of deleted scenes the disc also includes a commentary track with del Toro. Keep reading to see what I heard on the Crimson Peak commentary. Crimson Peak (2015) Commentator: Guillermo del Toro (director/co-writer) 1. He believes this is not only the most beautiful movie he’s yet directed but also one of the three best. “Of course I’m not objective, and »

- Rob Hunter

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11 Good Movies to Watch on Hulu in February 2016

2 February 2016 5:21 PM, PST

That’s right. Hulu. I’m here to tell you that there’s a cinematic streaming goldmine available on Hulu that includes recent hits, older classics, domestic releases, and foreign imports. It’s even home to hundreds of Criterion titles. Sure there’s plenty of filler and seemingly thousands of titles I’ve never heard of before, but I’m not here to talk about possible gems like The Ouija Resurrection: Ouija Experiment 2… I’m here to recommend some good movies to watch this month on Hulu. Pick of the Month: Blood Simple (1984) Not that you need an excuse, but since Joel and Ethan Coen’s 17th feature film, Hail, Caesar!, opens this Friday it’s as good a time as any to revisit the brothers’ feature debut. It’s a terrific Texas noir featuring a quartet of characters whose motivations and allegiances aren’t always crystal clear. They’re brought to life through strong performances too »

- Rob Hunter

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27 New Releases to Watch at Home This Week on Blu-ray/DVD

1 February 2016 9:20 PM, PST

Welcome back to This Week In Discs where we check out tomorrow’s new releases today! He Never Died Jack (Henry Rollins) is something of a loner. He eats at the same diner every day, he plays Bingo at the same church every week, and he meets the same immoral hospital intern every few days to buy… something. He has little need for anyone else but that begins to change when two women come into his life. Cara is a waitress at the diner, and while Jack is a man of few words he’s still managed to hit it off with her to some small degree. Andrea’s face is brand new to him, but an angry phone call from an old fling he hasn’t heard from in roughly nineteen years informs him that the girl at his door is his daughter. His life suddenly grows busier and far more complicated, and »

- Rob Hunter

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Sundance 2016: Yoga Hosers Might Just Constitute Child Abuse

1 February 2016 6:15 AM, PST

Follow all of our Sundance 2016 coverage. Some of you may not believe this, but most film critics would prefer not to write negative reviews. We’re film fans first and foremost, and that means we’d love nothing more than for every movie we see to be good or, better yet, great. It’s true that critical slams are often easier to write, but I don’t ever walk into a screening hoping the film sucks for any reason — let alone to make my job a little bit easier. I’m equally certain that, until now at least, Kevin Smith has never made a film where the end goal was anything less then doing the best job that he could at the time. Sure Cop Out is loaded with compromise, and Red State is a misstep into a genre he doesn’t fully understand, and even Tusk — a misfire by any standard — is a well-made bad film »

- Rob Hunter

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