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‘War Machine’ Review (Netflix Original)

16 hours ago

Stars: Brad Pitt, Scoot McNairy, Tilda Swinton, Ben Kingsley, Anthony Hayes, Keith StanfieldAnthony Michael HallTopher Grace, Meg Tilly | Written and Directed by David Michôd

The year is 2010. General Glen McMahon (Brad Pitt) is tasked by a committee of civilian leaders with fixing the mess in Afghanistan. What this actually entails is open to debate. Does it mean winning the hearts and minds of the local populous? Or winning the war against the Taliban? McMahon reckons they’re the same thing.

He and his ego-stroking team take a tour of the country, to see the meagre and underfunded efforts being made by the allies to make good on their promise of roads, schools, democracy, and all that good stuff. McMahon finds a desert of broken dreams.

He requests forty thousand extra troops, so that he might exorcise Helmand Province of its elusive evil. In return he gets minimal reinforcements, »

- Rupert Harvey

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‘Baywatch’ Review

17 hours ago

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra, Kelly Rohrbach, Ilfenesh HaderaAlexandra Daddario, Jon Bass, Rob Huebel | Written by Damian Shannon, Mark Swift | Directed by Seth Gordon

It’s hard to believe this is the same guy who made King of Kong – although entirely believable that it comes from the director of Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief. Seth Gordon’s retro reboot of the ‘90s sandy soap opera strives for look-at-how-dumb-things-were irony but just comes off as mean-spirited and juvenile. It’s more Carry On than 21 Jump Street.

The basic plot is straight out of a Baywatch episode, albeit stretched graphene-thin across two punishing hours. Led by Mitch (Dwayne Johnson) and his righthand woman, Stephanie (Ilfenesh Hadera), the Baywatch team are conducting trials at Emerald Bay. Three lucky contenders will get to join the squad and be trained as hero lifeguards.

Those in contention include the plucky Summer Quinn (Alexandra Daddario »

- Rupert Harvey

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‘Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2′ – Full trailer and cover art

26 May 2017 2:01 PM, PDT

Check out the full first trailer for Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2, along with our first look at the games cover art!

Go head-to-head with the time-traveling Kang the Conqueror in an epic battle across Chronopolis, from Ancient Egypt and The Old West to Sakaar and New York City in 2099. Along the way, gamers will be able to take control of a host of iconic characters, from Cowboy Captain America from the past to Spider-Man 2099 from the future along with Thor, Hulk, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Green Goblin, and dozens of other Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains.

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- Phil Wheat

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Competition: Win ‘The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead’ on DVD

26 May 2017 1:01 PM, PDT

To celebrate the release of The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead – available on Digital Download 22nd May and Blu-ray/DVD 29th May – we are giving away a DVD courtesy of Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment.

A rip-roaring, hellraising account of one of the first and greatest punk bands, The Damned, who ripped up the 70s music scene, fell apart in chaos, reformed and are still touring today 40 years strong! This joins Lemmy, The Filth and the Fury and Anvil as a gleefully riotous, must watch rock-doc!

From the co-director of Lemmy, featuring Chrissie Hynde, Mick Jones, Lemmy, and members of Pink Floyd, Black Flag, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Sex Pistols, Fugazi, Blondie, The Buzzcocks and many more!

Pre-order today: po.st/DocBeDamned

To win The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead on DVD, just answer the following question:

How many studio albums have The Damned released »

- Phil Wheat

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‘X-o Manowar #3′ Review

26 May 2017 12:01 PM, PDT

Written by Matt Kindt | Art by Tomas Giorello, David Mack | Published by Valiant

X-o Manowar continues the be one of the best new comics of 2017, and one of the most fun series period. As we are on the precipice of summer movie season you may not find better blockbuster action than what exists on the pages of of X-o Manowar. Considering that Aric of Dacia has barely been in his infamous armor suit that is saying a great deal. What this series has been able to demonstrate is the strong warrior spirit that has made Aric the flagship hero of the Valiant universe is certainty not suit deep.

What writer Matt Kindt is currently doing is by no means revolutionary. Taking away the key element people most commonly associate with an iconic hero has been quite the common trend as of late. Most recently with Marvel we have seen Thor »

- Dan Clark

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‘American Exorcism’ VOD Review

26 May 2017 10:01 AM, PDT

Stars: Michael Filipowich, Kate Tumanova, William McKinney, Jessica Morris, Jennifer Lee Wiggins, Braxton Davis, Sicily Fontaine, John Paul Sales, Luke Wright | Written and Directed by Tripp Weathers

Retired demon wrangler Damon Richter is pulled back into the game when his estranged daughter is possessed by the spirit responsible for destroying his life and family. Together with his ex-priest pal, the bearded, tattooed beach bum sets about putting his own supernatural abilities to good use. That is, of course, when he isn’t busy posing moodily and glowering from beneath his impressive beard, like an over-filtered Instagram celebrity.

Of all the horror subgenres, few lend themselves to low budget quite like the exorcism movie. Sure, there’s room for all the fancy special effects, pea soup and levitating demons that money can buy, but all you really need to make it work is a bed, some chains and a profanity-laced script. »

- Joel Harley

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‘Taking Earth’ Review

26 May 2017 8:01 AM, PDT

Stars: Ronan Quarmby, Brad Richards, Barbara Harrison, Marco Torlage, Richard Sorensen | Written by Grant Humphreys, Michael Harrison | Directed by Grant Humphreys

There is definitely a lot to be said about the independent movie market right now (its bloody exciting). Every now and then you will come across an absolute gem of a movie and other times you will come across an absolute turdfest. I have been pretty lucky as of late that most of my picks are falling into the former. Now, this could be my ex Video Store clerk elitist personality shining through or maybe that clover my daughter shoved in my face, along with a handful of grass, really did have four leafs.

However Taking Earth has left me wondering (dumbfounded even). I’m really not sure which bracket to put this flick in because it has all the hallmarks and some of the effects of a big »

- Kevin Haldon

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‘Disgaea 5 Complete’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

26 May 2017 6:01 AM, PDT

Beginning with Disgaea 2, I have a long history of acquiring Disgaea games early in the lifecycle of Sony consoles, and unfortunately I’ve never really been able to find a killer hook to keep me interested. You might ask why I keep buying them then, and the honest answer is that that they should appeal to me in every meaningful way. They are good looking, story driven tactical RPG’s with complex systems and hundreds of hours of potential gameplay, and as a result, they are loved by many.

Because of my indifference, when Disgaea 5 released on the PS4 in 2015, it was easy for me to skip straight past it. With the PS4 well established, I wasn’t looking for anything to fill my time, and to be honest I don’t even think I noticed Nippon Ichi’s critically acclaimed game sneaking onto shelves. With the benefit of hindsight, »

- Matthew Smail

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‘Mulholland Drive’ Blu-ray Review

26 May 2017 4:01 AM, PDT

Stars: Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux, Ann Miller | Written and Directed by David Lynch

Re-released to coincide with the new Twin Peaks series, it’s apt that Mulholland Drive was originally conceived as a TV pilot. Perhaps it’s for the best it ended up in (relatively) short form. The film, weighing in at 2.5 hours, is an epic mind-bender on its own terms, and there’s barely a wasted frame.

It begins with a car accident on Mulholland Drive. A woman, who will become known as Rita (Laura Harring), survives with a knock to the head. She stumbles away and hides in an empty house. The house belongs to Aunt Ruth, whose niece Betty (Naomi Watts) arrives the next day. She’s come to L.A. with the dream of an acting career. Rita and Betty become friends. But Rita can’t remember anything – not even her real name »

- Rupert Harvey

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The History of Bad Ideas – Episode 177: Quasimodo; Friend Zone!

26 May 2017 2:01 AM, PDT

Emanating from their studio in Cincinnati, Ohio, The History of Bad Ideas sees hosts Jason, Jeff and Blake talk about all things geeky on their podcast. Whether it’s rumours of the latest comic book movies, debating who really is the worst villain of all time, discussing the latest comic issues or just wondering about life in general, you are sure to have a fun time with them! In theory.

If you haven’t listened to the show before – why not? – you can check out previous episodes of The History of Bad Ideas podcast on iTunes and look out for new episodes here on Nerdly each and every week…

Episode 177: Quasimodo; Friend Zone!

The Hobi Gang is going old school with a two man booth and talking changes to the Justice League film, Jughead’s helmet, and the latest lackluster news on Dark Universe! The guys talk to writer »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Anno Dracula 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem #3′ Review

25 May 2017 10:01 AM, PDT

Written by Kim Newman | Art by Paul McCaffrey | Published by Titan Comics

This has been great fun so far, a nice blend of interesting story, familiar though slightly different literary characters, and a whole load of alternate universe world building. Hugely entertaining stuff. This series pretty much had me at Queen Victoria marrying Count Dracula. What’s not to love? I have been waiting though for the Council of the Seven Days, and specifically our heroine Kate Reed, to really develop into living, breathing characters. Up to now they have seemed more like ploy devices at times, albeit very enjoyable plot devices.

So where were we? Well, The Council was attacked by Count Dracula’s Grey Men. Most escaped, with the help of Fah Lo Suee and the criminal Limehouse Ring, though Monday and Thursday were captured. The Limehouse Ring want Kate to use her old friend Penelope Churchward to »

- Dean Fuller

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Watch Now: Teaser trailer for Netflix’s ‘Castlevania’

25 May 2017 9:01 AM, PDT

Inspired by the classic video game series, Netflix’s new Castlevania animated series is written by best-selling author and comic book icon Warren Ellis and executive produced by Ellis, Kevin Kolde, Fred Seibert, and Adi Shankar.

A dark medieval fantasy following the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepe himself, season one of Castlevania will premiere on July 7th.

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- Phil Wheat

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Competition: Win comedy ‘Short Poppies’ on DVD

25 May 2017 8:01 AM, PDT

To celebrate the release of Short Poppies – on DVD & Digital Download 29th May – we are giving away a copy courtesy of Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment.

Flight of the Conchords star Rhys Darby plays a host of hilarious characters in a laugh out loud look at small town life in New Zealand, featuring cameo appearances from Stephen Merchant, Karl Urban, Sam Neill and Bear Grylls, in this side-splitting cross between The Office and Parks and Recreation.

Pre-order today: http://po.st/ShortPoppies-dvd

To win Short Poppies on DVD, just answer the following question:

Short Poppies star Rhys Darby also appeared in which comedy show? Was it:

a) Corner Gas

b) Northern Exposure

c) How to Be a Gentleman

Email your answer to NerdlyComps@gmail.com, making sure to include your name and address. You can also leave your answer on our Facebook page, just make sure to like us first or your entry will be invalid. »

- Phil Wheat

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Final trailer for ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’

25 May 2017 7:01 AM, PDT

EuropaCorp have released what they are calling the “final trailer” for forthcoming sci-fi flick Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – the latest film from writer/director Luc Besson, which stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne, along with Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock and Kris Wu.

Besson based his screenplay on the French science fiction comic series “Valerian and Laureline” created by artist Jean-Claude Mézières and writer Pierre Christin, which tells the story of Valerian and Laureline, special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe.

Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner- blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values, »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Pitching Tents’ Review

25 May 2017 6:01 AM, PDT

Stars: Booboo Stewart, Jonathan Lipnicki, Richard Riehle, Jim Norton, Michael Grant, Eric Allan Kramer | Written by Rob A. Fox, Jayme Petrille | Directed by Jacob Cooney

If you have ever taken the time to listen to our podcast you will have figured out that I am a big fan of Kevin Smith, John Hughes, Cameron Crowe-style, dialogue heavy story driven movies. Throw one of those coming of age end of summer type movies and I’ll eat them up like a bowl of Shreddies (other cereals are available I just happen to be eating a bowl as I write this).

Pitching Tents is exactly this type of movie. Its 1984 its the end of the school year and Danny (Micheal Grant) has very little clue what he is going to do with his life past high school. Before he has to really worry about any of that he is having one »

- Kevin Haldon

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Zombies are weapons in new shooter ‘Dead Alliance’

25 May 2017 5:01 AM, PDT

Publisher Maximum Games have announced new zombie shooter Dead Alliance, an inventive take on zombie games and team-based first-person shooters expected to launch August 29th on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.

Set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where military bases are humanity’s last city-states, Dead Alliance pits warring teams of players against each other for survival in a world ravaged by the zombie plague. It features a variety of single-player and 4v4 multiplayer modes, including Team Deathmatch, Free for All, King of the Hill, and Capture and Hold, as well as the Moba-inspired Attrition mode and Solo Survival mode.

Zombies in Dead Alliance are not just the enemy; they are weapons that can be strategically used to distract and destroy unsuspecting human foes in combat. Seize the dead – or find yourself counted among them.

Dead Alliance lets players customise and upgrade their loadouts with an arsenal of high-powered, »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #3.3′ Review

25 May 2017 4:01 AM, PDT

Written by George Mann | Art by Mariano Laclaustra | Published by Titan Comics

Normal service is resumed as, after last issue’s very good stand alone story , we return back to part 2 of George Mann’s ‘Beneath the Waves’ arc. It is always a little jarring when an ongoing storyline, such as this, is interrupted in mid-flow by a fill-in as the story loses some of its momentum, and you forget what came before. Sounds like recap time to me.

The Doctor has renewed acquaintances with Hattie, described as a ‘punk space-bassist rock star’, and taken her to, of all places, Seaton Bay in 1979 for, of all reasons, the best fish and chips anywhere in the galaxy. Supposedly a relaxing getaway for Hattie, going through a little personal crisis of her own, it soon became anything but. The Doctor went on the hunt for mysterious sea creatures that had been recently sighted, »

- Dean Fuller

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‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ featurette introduces new characters

25 May 2017 3:02 AM, PDT

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge hits UK cinemas today, and in anticipation of the films debut, Disney have released a new featurette that takes a look at the new characters making their first appearance in the franchise in this, the fifth film in the series.

Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites »

- Phil Wheat

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Back This! Special – Daniel Farrand’s ‘Untold #2′

25 May 2017 2:01 AM, PDT

Editors Note: We haven’t done one of these columns in a while, but 365Flicks’ co-host Kev is a big fan of the first [kickstarted] comic, so I’ve let him have the Back This! reigns to tell you about the Kickstarter campaign for Daniel Farrand’s Untold #2

Hey Guys, something a little bit different from me today… I want to tell you all about this awesome Kickstarter campaign, ask you to take a couple of minutes to look over the project and should it take your fancy, Give a little to support this exciting independent comic.

A little while back on 365Flicks Podcast I had the pleasure of reviewing an indie horror comic called The Untold, a book I purchased at Film and Comic Con Newcastle and was instantly smitten with. Daniel Farrand has created a dark and twisted, beautiful, original, horror comic – unlike any I have ever read before. »

- Kevin Haldon

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Titan and Bethesda team for ‘Quake Champions’ comics

25 May 2017 1:01 AM, PDT

Titan Comics and Bethesda Softworks have announced that Quake Champions comics are coming to stores and digital devices this August; based on the hugely popular video game series.

The Quake franchise broke new ground for multiplayer competition in its initial release 20 years ago. Quake’s fast, frenetic and skill-based multiplayer arena combat charted a new frontier for graphics and gameplay. 2017 marks the hotly anticipated release of the Quake Champions video game, and in August – this same grisly action comes to comics!

Titan Comics’ new Quake Champions comic book series will delve into the bloody backgrounds of the Champions of Quake – Ranger, Visor, Nyx, and more; with sensational art by Alan Quah (Dark Souls) – get ready for the grisliest inter-dimensional frag-fest you’ve ever laid eyes on!

The Quake Champions series launches in comic stores in August 2017.

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- Phil Wheat

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