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Despicable Me 3, Captain Underpants, and more in our October Family Favourites!

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Despicable Me 3, Captain Underpants, and more in our October Family Favourites!Despicable Me 3, Captain Underpants, and more in our October Family Favourites!Jenny Bullough10/5/2017 10:04:00 Am

October is here and that means scarves, sweaters, and pumpkin spice everything! And what better way to spend a chilly Saturday morning than with a family movie together? Every Saturday at 11am, select Cineplex theatres show classic and recent favourite family films for only 2.99 per person. Click here for more info, and check out our lineup for October!

October 7 – Firehouse Dog

Rex, Hollywood's top-grossing canine, is known for his athletic abilities and diva-like demeanor. While shooting a commercial a stunt goes awry, leading Rex's handlers to presume he's dead. But Rex is merely lost—alone, filthy and unrecognizable in an unfamiliar city. Chased by animal control, he’s taken in by Shane Fahey (Josh Hutcherson), a bright but rebellious 12-year-old whose
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R.I.P. Bill Nunn (1953 – 2016)

American actor Bill Nunn – best known for his role as Radio Raheem in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing and as Daily Bugle editor Robbie Robertson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy – has passed away aged 62 in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Nunn made his acting debut in 1988’s School Daze, and would reunit with director Spike Lee for Do the Right Thing, Mo’ Better Blues and He Got Game. His other screen credits included New Jack City, Regarding Henry, Sister Act, Kiss the Girls, Runaway Jury and Firehouse Dog.

Spike Lee has led the tributes to Nunn with the following posts on Instagram…
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'Max' (2015) Movie Review

If you've seen one dog movie, you've probably seen them all, and Boaz Yakin's (Remember the Titans) red-blooded, family-friendly military feature Max isn't going to give you much of anything you haven't seen before. There are dog antics, petty kids coming into their own through their new animal friends, family drama and an obvious villain who just can't have a dog mucking up their plans. It's repetitive, it's lazy, it's narratively tired and plain-faced, but, most of all, it's just plain boring. But it's also entirely inoffensive -- save for some cringe-worthy Mexican stereotypes -- and it's hard to necessarily get mad at a film as vanilla as this. It's tacky, but it's almost like kicking a dog. Literally. As overlong and overplayed as Yakin's movie is, it wears its purebred, red, white and blue intentions on its sleeve, and causing an uproar won't do anyone any good. Good or bad,
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Where There's Smoke, There Are Superheroes (and We Don't Mean Spider-Man)

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The world loves superheroes. No matter how many superhero films hit the theaters, moviegoers show up in droves. We love superheroes because they demonstrate bravery, quick thinking, intelligence, master skills, and have awesome tools and vehicles. My three-year-old, Tate, who has yet to see a live-action Avengers, X-Men or Spider-Man movie, is fascinated with them all and loves to dress up in their costumes, sling webs and use mind control to stop imaginary bad guys. But with all this love for superheroes, it seems Hollywood temporarily forgot about our real-life superheroes: firefighters. We haven’t had a fireman movie for kids since 2007’s Firehouse Dog. Disney Animation remedies this situation, though, with this weekend’s Planes: Fire and Rescue. By following...

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Machete Killed at the Box Office

It just figures. Up front... most of us here at Dread Central were not fans of the original Machete. Yet, its sequel, Machete Kills, made huge strides in getting things right, and of course nobody went to see it. In fact, it had an historically bad opening.

According to Box Office Mojo, Machete Kills opened to $3.8M, which is the 8th worst opening in history for a movie in over 2,500 theaters. It joins flicks like Firehouse Dog and Rainn Wilson's The Rocker on the list of shame. Aye carumba! Machete don't draw. This poor showing without question puts the future of the franchise in trouble unless it heads direct to video with little to no star power.

Read our Machete Kills review!

Machete Kills is directed by Robert Rodriguez (Machete, Sin City, Spy Kids franchise) from a screenplay by Kyle Ward based on a story by Marcel Rodriguez and Robert Rodriguez.
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Finally, A Web Series About Vibrators

Hollywood screenwriter Claire-Dee Lim, author of family-friendly film Firehouse Dog, is releasing an original comedy web series about three best girlfriends in San Francisco who stumble upon a magic vibrator that turns their loser lives upside down. The Power Object, which is scheduled to premiere June 6, is an adaptation from Lim's R-Rated comedy screenplay, co-story by writer-producers Mike Werb (The Mask, Face/Off, Tomb Raider, Curious George) and Michael Colleary (Face/Off). A cross between Sex and the City and Team America, The Power Object features a cast of customized doll puppets and toys (read: Barbies + arts & crafts). The original screenplay for The Power Object garnered Lim a lot of attention—which actually resulted in an offer to co-write Firehouse Dog—though no studio wanted to touch it. So Lim turned to YouTube. "I wanted to tell a wacky wish fulfillment story and the only way I could make that
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Watch the First Two Episodes of Web Series The Resolve

The web series craze hasn't seemed to catch on with the general public, but as far as the horror genre goes, we have an abundance to choose from. And today we got word of another that looks to be worth at least a few minutes of your time to check out: director and lead actor Russ Cootey's "The Resolve".

The premise is as follows:

"The Resolve" centers around Mike Patterson (Russ Cootey), a beleaguered man, gripped by O.C.D. issues with humanity, unleashed by fiery clashes on others. He explains to his therapist Sean Miller (Alex Ballar - War Wolves) how he has found a way to deal with his compulsion, which is to kill those who he believes are responsible for the misalignment in humanity.

Also starring are Ellen Dubin (The Collector, Lexx, Highlander), Kristina Hughes (Old School, Green River), Anthony Ray Parker (The Matrix, Xena), Holt Boggs (The Prodigy,
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'Blades' vanquishes 'Grindhouse' at boxoffice

Moviegoers stuck with the familiar during the Easter holiday weekend: Blades of Glory and Meet the Robinsons, the previous weekend's top two, once more rose to the top at the North American boxoffice, while Ice Cube's comedy sequel Are We Done Yet? received the warmest reception of the weekend's newcomers.

The R-rated Grindhouse, with a running time of more than three hours, provided the biggest surprise of the weekend. The exercise in low-rent, '70s nostalgia from directors Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino had been expected by many to dominate the frame, but the Weinstein Co.'s Dimension Films release opened at a tepid No. 4, attracting just $11.6 million. Rounding out the new releases, the horror pic The Reaping took fifth place with $10.1 million, while 20th Century Fox's family movie Firehouse Dog snuck into 10th place with just $4 million.

"It was one of those great weekends for incumbents," Buena Vista Pictures Distribution president Chuck Viane observed.

Buoyed by strong holdovers, overall business for the top 10 films was up nearly 9% over the comparable weekend last year, when 20th Century Fox's Ice Age: The Meltdown, in its second weekend, dominated the charts with $33.8 million, while Sony Pictures' The Benchwarmers and New Line Cinema's Take the Lead were the top two new releases.

The PG-13 Blades, Paramount Pictures' release of the DreamWorks/MTV Films comedy starring Will Ferrell and Jon Heder, demonstrated definite stamina, falling just 30%. Its weekend take of an estimated $23 million, following strong daily showings during the week, brought its collective purse to $68.4 million.

"It's always great to have the No. 1 film two weeks in a row," DreamWorks spokesman Marvin Levy said, "but it only happens if you have a film that the audience is really enjoying." In its second weekend, the movie expanded to the over-25 audience, DreamWorks reported. "And we're in good shape to keep gliding along on our skates," Levy said of the comedy, produced by Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films and directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck.

Playing to the family audience, Buena Vista's G-rated animated Robinsons, directed by Stephen J. Anderson, hung in strongly as well, falling just 32%. Its estimated weekend take amounted to $17 million in 3,435 theaters, bringing its cume to $52.2 million.

Like Blades, Robinsons took advantage of spring vacations and built during the week.

Turner bites for Regency's 'Dog'

Turner bites for Regency's 'Dog'
Bree Turner (The Wedding Planner) has signed on to join Firehouse Dog for Regency Enterprises. The story follows Rexxx, Hollywood's most in-demand canine star. After getting lost, the divalike dog is adopted by a down-on-its-luck firehouse. Turner will play Liz Knowles, a commercial producer who works with Rexxx before he goes missing. Josh Hutcherson already boarded the project, which is being directed by Todd Holland from a Claire-Dee Lim screenplay. Bruce Greenwood, Dash Mihok and Steven Culp round out the cast.

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