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‘Conor McGregor: Notorious’ Review: Dir. Gavin Fitzgerald (2017)

Conor McGregor Notorious review: This tight, 90-minute documentary focuses on the rise to fame of perhaps one of the greatest mixed martial arts stars of his generation.

Conor McGregor Notorious review by Paul Heath.

Conor McGregor Notorious review

Released in a year when its subject matter took part in perhaps the greatest, and indeed most controversial, boxing event of the decade, Conor McGregor: Notorious is a feature-length documentary arriving briefly in cinemas before hitting the home formats before the big Christmas rush.

This warts-and-all doc. with unprecedented access to the Mma (mixed martial arts) star Conor McGregor, kicks off in the glamorous location of Las Vegas in the not too distant past, McGregor seen leaving a huge mansion, the glowing lights of the strip in the background, apparently on his way to an extremely important fight. It’s not too long though until we flip back in time five years or so,
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Here’s Everything That’s Coming and Leaving Netflix in November

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Here’s Everything That’s Coming and Leaving Netflix in November
After Halloween, it’s easy to get caught up in the early Christmas rush. But don’t count out Thanksgiving, which is arguably the best holiday for binge-watching, seeing as you’re stuffed with turkey and tired of small talk with your weird uncle. Your post-food coma watch list covered, with new titles hitting Netflix in November, and everything you need to catch before it leaves. The next installment of Marvel’s “street hero” series, “The Punisher,” comes out Nov. 17, which follows Frank Castle (John Bernthal) as he exacts revenge on those who murdered his family. On Nov. 22, you can stream the Western.
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“Don’t let anyone bite you”: Close-Up on David Cronenberg's "Rabid"

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Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. David Cronenberg's Rabid (1977) is playing October 6 - November 5, 2017 in the United States as part of the series Prelude to Halloween.David Cronenberg is not my favorite director, but he is my favorite Canadian. Google him discussing Ferraris. Google him appearing on hokey chat shows in his twenties, his name embossed onscreen in Saved by the Bell shades of neon. Google him talking, period. His voice, a learned, Torontonian drawl, is as soothing and understated as his early films are not. Leonard Cohen was Canada’s collective father. Cronenberg is our cool uncle. No body of work is so clinical and so salacious, or so Canadian. David Lynch is the obvious Cronenberg counterpart. Both men have remarkable heads of hair and are named David, both luxuriate in texture, both concern themselves with the underbelly, although the underbellies Cronenberg explores
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Christmas 2016: our DVD and Blu-ray gift guide

Rob Leane Nov 15, 2016

Which films are coming to disc this festive season? What on Earth do I buy for [insert friend’s name here]? We’ve got the answers...

Christmas comes this time each year, and, purely by coincidence, a lot of DVDs and Blu-rays just so happen to be released at the same sort of time. They fit rather well in stockings, don’t they? How convenient!

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If, like me, you’ve a tendency to give and/or receive a few discs each yuletide, read on for our run-through of all the new goodies coming to home release formats this winter...

Out now Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders

One of the surprise treats of this year, Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders
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Nintendo Nx: 9 Predictions For The Console’s Biggest Secret Feature

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The wait is almost over. Nintendo will officially unveil the eagerly-anticipated Nx console in June, though we’re going to be seeing some teasers for the concept as early as March this year.

It’s a near certainty that the console will launch in time for the Christmas rush in 2016, but between now and then there’s going to be an incredible amount of information for gamers to dive into. You only need to pick up a Mario game once to realise that Nintendo do things differently to the other big boys of the industry, Sony and Microsoft.

That has provided some of Nintendo’s finest and most disappointing work, but which category will the Nx fall into? Details are extremely scarce surrounding the new console which will take up the reins following the underwhelming Wii U as Nintendo seek a return to the sort of form that saw
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The Bridge; The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson; The Shop Around the Corner and more

If the week’s major releases aren’t very Christmassy, then here are a few suggestions to get you in the festive mood

DVD distributors have largely exhausted themselves of new titles to release before the Christmas rush. The third series of excellent Scandi detective saga The Bridge (Arrow, 15) and Julien Temple’s unexpectedly exuberant The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson (Cadiz, E) are clear standouts in this week’s pack, though tangled Malmö murder investigations and documentaries about cancer-stricken rock guitarists, however vibrantly executed, aren’t everyone’s idea of yuletide viewing. Further assuming that the prospect of watching Hitman: Agent 47 doesn’t fill you with festive cheer, I’m giving this week’s column over to a few more holiday-minded films – some obvious, some more laterally Christmassy – available to stream and download.

The importance of holiday companionship has never been more sweetly stressed

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The Bridge; The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson; The Shop Around the Corner and more

If the week’s major releases aren’t very Christmassy, then here are a few suggestions to get you in the festive mood

DVD distributors have largely exhausted themselves of new titles to release before the Christmas rush. The third series of excellent Scandi detective saga The Bridge (Arrow, 15) and Julien Temple’s unexpectedly exuberant The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson (Cadiz, E) are clear standouts in this week’s pack, though tangled Malmö murder investigations and documentaries about cancer-stricken rock guitarists, however vibrantly executed, aren’t everyone’s idea of yuletide viewing. Further assuming that the prospect of watching Hitman: Agent 47 doesn’t fill you with festive cheer, I’m giving this week’s column over to a few more holiday-minded films – some obvious, some more laterally Christmassy – available to stream and download.

The importance of holiday companionship has never been more sweetly stressed

Continue reading...
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'The Hateful Eight,' 'Where to Invade Next?' Get Rejiggered Releases (Video)

'The Hateful Eight,' 'Where to Invade Next?' Get Rejiggered Releases (Video)
The Weinstein Co., which is always willing to opportunistically shift release plans, is taking Quentin Tarantino's bloody western “The Hateful Eight” into wide stateside release a week earlier than previously scheduled. The digital multiplex opening is now moved up to New Year’s Day, in order to take advantage of lucrative holiday playing time. This means a jam-packed release corridor just got more crowded, although many theaters welcome fresh blood after the height of the Christmas rush. TWC wants to maximize the theatrical returns on the movie starring Tarantino veterans Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern, plus newcomers Jennifer Jason Leigh and Demián Bichir. The multiplex digital version of the movie is slightly trimmed, without the opening overture and the 12-minute intermission, producer Stacey Sher told me, and it's as "lovingly hand-crafted as the 70 mm roadshow. Removing the...
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Carol review - Cate Blanchett captivates in woozily obsessive lesbian romance

Patricia Highsmith’s The Price of Salt has become an entrancing Cannes premiere directed by Todd Haynes, beautifully made and outstandingly intelligent

Todd Haynes’s Carol is an amour fou which plays out with sanity and generosity: it is a superbly realised companion piece to his 50s Sirkian drama Far From Heaven and an overt homage to Lean’s Brief Encounter. The film is based on Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel The Price of Salt, about the love affair between a virginal shopgirl and the beautiful older married woman that she serves in the pre-Christmas rush in a Manhattan department-store: they are played here by Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett. Just occasionally, along with the classic echoes, Carol has the obsessive frisson of Nic Roeg’s Bad Timing and – with the flourishing of a revolver – Haynes conjures a fraught kind of Nabokovian despair and futile melodrama.

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Weekend Report: 'Hobbit' Emerges Victorious in Final Box Office 'Battle'

Weekend Report: 'Hobbit' Emerges Victorious in Final Box Office 'Battle'
Moviegoers stormed theaters this weekend to spend "one last time" in Middle Earth.Including Wednesday and Thursday ticket sales, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has already earned $89.1 million, which puts it on track to ultimately surpass its predecessor (The Desolation of Smaug).Meanwhile, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Annie (2014) opened at essentially the same level; that's quite good for the moderately-budgeted musical, but not-so-great for the big-budget fantasy sequel.Over the three-day weekend, the final chapter in the Hobbit trilogy dominated with $54.7 million. That's the lowest opening weekend in the franchise so far, though it's also the first and only movie to open on a Wednesday.A better comparison can be drawn to the Lord of the Rings movies, all of which opened on a Wednesday. The movie's $89.1 million five-day total is 13 percent lower than The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
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Weekend Report (cont.): Final 'Night at the Museum' Narrowly Tops 'Annie'

Weekend Report (cont.): Final 'Night at the Museum' Narrowly Tops 'Annie'
<< Continued from "Weekend Report: 'Hobbit' Emerges Victorious in Final Box Office 'Battle'"Playing at 3,785 locations, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb opened to $17.1 million this weekend. That's a fraction of the last movie's $54.2 million debut, though that did open over Memorial Day weekend (when the opening frame is much more significant). A better comparison is the first Night at the Museum, which earned $30.4 million on the same weekend back in 2006.More recent comparisons are Fox three-quels The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, which opened to $24 million and $23.2 million, respectively. If the final Night at the Museum follows the same pattern as those movies, it will wind up with less than $100 million total.The second Night at the Museum movie earned 29 percent less than the first, which suggested that the novelty of the original movie had quickly worn off.
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Around-the-World Roundup: 'Hobbit' Finale Adds $109 Million Overseas

Around-the-World Roundup: 'Hobbit' Finale Adds $109 Million Overseas
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies had another mighty weekend at the international box office.The final chapter in Peter Jackson's Middle Earth prequel trilogy grossed $109 million, which brings its 12-day total to a stunning $269 million. Its biggest market was Germany, where it added $12.4 million for a total of $37.7 million.The Hobbit also opened in South Korea ($10.4 million), Spain ($6.3 million) and Italy ($5.6 million). In South Korea, its opening was well above the previous two installments, and in Spain it was the biggest debut of the year.The movie expands in to Australia on Friday, then reaches China in January. It's likely that this eventually reaches $700 million overseas; combine that with a likely $280-million-plus total in the U.S., and $1 billion is very much in play here.Penguins of Madagascar added $16.5 million overseas this weekend. That includes a $4.85 million first place debut in Mexico, along with a very good $4.24 million start in France.
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Director Shawn Levy Exits Warner Bros. Minecraft Adaptation

Back in October, we brought you the news that Night At The Museum director Shawn Levy had signed on to adapt the ridiculously popular videogame, Minecraft. At the time, the idea of a filmmaker whose resume is dotted with dramedies and family-friendly fare seemed an unusual choice to helm the pic. Alas, our earlier doubts have now been proven correct, as Variety reports that Levy has vacated the director’s chair.

According to sources, the simple reason why Levy – and writers Kieran and Michelle Mulroney – left is down to creative differences. The premise of the open-world game involves players crafting their own avatar before they set about constructing entire worlds from building blocks to assist them on their missions. It’s a slow-burning concept that lends itself to countless interpretations, which is thought to be the reason Levy and co. have abandoned ship.

Per Variety, the trio brought their initial
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15 Best Months To Be A Gamer (Since 2000)

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There’s an old cliché about waiting ages for a bus in London before two arrive at the same time – you’d be forgiven for thinking the same thing about video games. The summer tends to be a big drought for gaming as developers ready titles for the pre-Christmas rush. However, as a result several big titles will be released in quick succession in the colder months of the year, leaving us with plenty to look forward to all at once.

In fact, it’s interesting to look back across the history of video gaming and see just how often this occurs. Several huge titles were released on the exact same day, let alone the same week or month. It might surprise you to find out just how close together certain titles launched.

So, to highlight these exciting gaming launch windows, we looked back at every month from
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WWE Studios working on Jingle All The Way 2 with Larry The Cable Guy

Put that cookie down! Jingle All The Way 2 is incoming...

WWE Studios and 20th Century Fox are teaming up for a belated sequel to the 1996 Christmas classic Jingle All The Way. There will be no Arnold Schwarzenegger this time round who instead will be replaced by Larry the Cable Guy (Cars, Cars 2).

Jingle All The Way has become somewhat of a 'joke' Christmas movie to be enjoyed ironically and has been torn to pieces by websites and podcasts over the years including The Nostalgia Critic and How Did This Get Made?.

The film featured Schwarzenegger as a father who was trying to buy his son a Turbo Man doll during the Christmas rush. It was supposed to be a satire of Christmas fads like Cabbage Path Dolls, Power Rangers and Buzz Lightyear and became a hotly contested court battle between 20th Century Fox and Brian Webster/Murray Hill
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Time to catch up on the worthy Oscars films – but give me Keanu any day

There's just time to see all those weighty Oscar-nominated films you never quite got around to seeing earlier. So how come watching so many of them feels like having to do homework?

This is the time of year when everyone is frantically trying to catch up with the Oscar nominees they never quite managed to see: Nebraska; Inside Llewyn Davis; 12 Years a Slave; August: Osage County. You know what I'm talking about. Films of import. Films of substance. Films that demonstrate beyond a shadow of a doubt that Hollywood has a conscience. Films that star Meryl Streep.

This is no fun. This is homework. Take in more than one of these films in a 48-hour period and your nervous system starts to shut down. The same thing happened with last year's crop: Lincoln; The Master; Zero Dark Thirty. These were all films of import. Films of substance. Films that mattered.
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Weekend Report: Burgundy Beaten by Bilbo

Weekend Report: Burgundy Beaten by Bilbo
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues had a solid debut this weekend, though it wasn't strong enough to take first place away from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Among the other new releases, American Hustle got off to a great start, while Saving Mr. Banks and Walking with Dinosaurs disappointed.Overall, it was a very good weekend at the box office*the Top 12 earned $137.3 million, which is up a whopping 37 percent from the same weekend last year. Unless all five Christmas Day releases bomb, the 2013 box office is now guaranteed to top last year's $10.84 billion record.In its second weekend in theaters, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug added an estimated $31.4 million. That's off 57 percent from last weekend, which is identical to the first Hobbit's drop at the same point. Smaug has so far earned $127.5 million, which is off 15 percent from the first movie's pace.Playing at 3,507 locations, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
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Dixons hails black Friday as the new Easter for electrical retailers

Currys owner also says home baking revival has fuelled strong sales of kitchen gadgets in runup to Christmas

Black Friday could next year overtake Easter to become UK electricals retailers' third most important sales day after Christmas and Boxing Day, according to the Dixons boss, Seb James.

James said the Us-inspired discount day, which falls on the first weekend in December, had been Dixons' fourth most successful trading day of the year, and would kick off the Christmas rush in future. "I think it is really going to become part of the UK retail market for everyone," he said.

He said the idea was good for a large retailer such as Dixons, as it could plan with manufacturers to offer big deals on items such as TVs by placing special large orders that preserved profit margins.

"It definitely pulls forward and then pushes back sales, but you can make money,
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Roundup: January 31 is the new 'Labor Day'

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Roundup: January 31 is the new  'Labor Day'
With Jason Reitman's "Labor Day" effectively out of the awards conversation -- with good reason, in my opinion, though it has its admirers -- Paramount evidently thought it wasn't worth subjecting the film to the commercial pressures of the Christmas rush. The Kate Winslet-John Brolin drama hasn't shifted out of the race entirely: it'll have a one-week qualifying run, beginning December 27. But regular Us audiences will only be able to see it from January 31, when it goes wide -- one week before George Clooney's "The Monuments Men." Makes sense for a film that might connect more with adult (particularly...
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Weekend Report: 'Hobbit' Plummets, Holds Off Slew of Newcomers

Five new nationwide releases hit theaters this pre-Christmas weekend, though none came close to taking first place from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Even though it did hold on to the top spot, though, The Hobbit's performance was underwhelming. The Peter Jackson-directed Lord of the Rings prequel plummeted 57 percent to an estimated $36.7 million for a new total of $149.9 million. That 10-day gross is noticeably lower than that of The Return of the King ($190.8 million) and The Two Towers ($168.1 million), which is disappointing when considering ticket price inflation and 3D/IMAX premiums.That steep 57 percent drop also suggests The Hobbit is going to be more front-loaded than most movies at this time of year. I Am Legend had an identical decline on the same Dec. 21-23 weekend in 2007, and if The Hobbit continues to perform similarly it will wind up with just $280 million at the domestic box office (lower than
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