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Saturday, July 23, 2016

BLAIR WITCH is hiding in 'THE WOODS'

Watch the new trailer.

BLAIR WITCH is HIDING IN ‘THE WOODS’

IN THEATERS SEPTEMBER 16.

#BlairWitch ​

View the trailer: http://lions.gt/BWTrailer
Download the one-sheet and new image http://lions.gt/BWSDCCPoster


​​A group of college students venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of James’ sister who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. At first the group is hopeful, especially when a pair of locals offer to act as guides through the dark and winding woods, but as the endless night wears on, the group is visited by a menacing presence. Slowly, they begin to realize the legend is all too real and more sinister than they could have imagined.
​​Lionsgate presents, a Lionsgate production, a Vertigo Entertainment / Room 101 / Snoot Entertainment production.​
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Legion Official Trailer #1

See the new trailer from FX and Marvel.

Legion follows David Haller, a troubled young man who may be more than human. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he’s confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and visions might be real. Legion debuts in early 2017 and is produced by FX Productions and Marvel Television.

The series stars Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Jean Smart, Katie Aselton, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder - with Bill Irwin and Aubrey Plaza.

Noah Hawley serves as an Executive Producer along with Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb, Jim Chory, and John Cameron.

Legion will debut on FX in early 2017 and is produced by FX Productions and Marvel Television.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

#StarWarsSmugglersBounty Review: July 2016

July's usually-reliable Star Wars/Funko Smuggler's Bounty sub box is a JABBA'S PALACE-sized disappointment.

Review by Matt Cummings

With our cancellation of Geek Fuel and Loot Crate, we're now committed to the every-other-month sub box model. For the most part, we've felt like we made a good decision, with boxes from Marvel Collector Corps and DC Legion kicking large amount of superhero ass. Unfortunately, the July submission for Smuggler's Bounty (JABBA's PALACE) provides the first disappointment in the oft-month model, and cements growing evidence of malaise and even outright cheapness with this particular line.

Before diving in, let's review the details:
  • The cost for a Month to Month is $25 (plus S/H), or $150 (plus S/H) for a one-year subscription.
  • You get one box every other month, with SB promising $50 in value and no fluff.
  • If you choose the Smuggler membership (yearly), you are promised an additional gift on your anniversary. Guess which one we chose.

  • Again, this month's theme is JABBA'S PALACE, highlighting the various races that graced the gangster's palace on Tatooine from 1983's Return of the Jedi. Check out our unboxing below and we'll meet you on the back end to share some thoughts:

    Winners
    Clearly, the best items here begin with the pin/patch set of Boushh and the Gamorrean Guard. They're both high quality, and continue to represent a strong opening for every box since the box's inception in 2015. The real saving grace to July's box is the exclusive Pop! fig of Jabba Skiff R2-D2. You might remember that R2 was outfitted as a drink server while on Jabba's skiff, complete with a rack and table for the drinks. Of course, he was also secretly holding Luke Skywalker's lightsaber, which this toy does not seem to incude. But overall, these exclusive Pops are always well-crafted: notice the attention to detail in the drink stand, which really makes the figure pop (no pun intended). It's already selling for a good price on the secondary market, and we could easily secure our money back for this month if we decided to sell it.

    Losers
    Unfortunately, that's where the good news ends. A few months ago I lamented about receiving a crappy Funko C3PO mug (which was not easy to drink from) and was converted into a pen case at work. Apparently, Funko thought it would be nice to provide us with yet another terrible mug, this time of Jabba the Hut himself. The issues present in C3PO are the same with Jabba, but there's also very little detail to this mug as you can see. It's a real disappointment, but sadly not the only one. The hat is interesting, but not really my thing; in fact, I don't know of any geek who wears a hat that isn't a helmet of their favorite character. It's not a bad hat (as you can see from the Star Wars labeling under the brim), but it's just not something I'll wear. What's perhaps most disappointing is the fact that I can think of any number of Jabba-themed t-shirts that would have made a bigger impact. Considering the homerun with May's BOUNTY HUNTERS shirt, the hat comes off as a real disappointment. Granted, the idea of a 'wearable' does include hats, but again one could imagine a dozen different t-shirt designs that would have kicked ass. The plush is another yawner, an item seemingly thrown in as part of a Hot Topic raid. There's nothing 'exclusive' about it, and I'll be packaging it up with the hat and mug on eBay.

    An Unwelcome Change
    This outing of Smuggler's Bounty delivers the first disappointment in what's been a usually solid series of boxes. From the lame hat and plush to another undrinkable mug, it's clear that SB needs to take a moment to understand why lesser boxes like Geek Fuel and Loot Crate are no longer in my lineup. This is a matter of QUALITY and TIMING, two factors which now have given me pause about the course which Smuggler's Bounty has laid out. This more-mature sub box requires higher-quality items than a hat and mug, and with a merely decent May, July now establishes a trend towards cheap. I sincerely hope that SB realizes that our expectations are higher for an every-other-month box and will work to correct their course. If not, I could be adding Smuggler's Bounty to a long line of high-quality boxes that couldn't keep up with their own success.

    Want to read our other sub box reviews? We've got them all listed below:
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    May
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    SMUGGLER'S BOUNTY
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    Movie Review: #StarTrekBeyond

    Star Trek Beyond deftly warps us to the final frontier.

    Review by Matt Cummings

    Just over one year ago, the Star Trek film franchise was in big trouble. Having endured deserved criticism for 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness, fans learned that significant changes were happening behind the camera, as Robert Orci was unceremoniously dropped from the upcoming sequel. Fans worried that the 50th Anniversary of the franchise could be marred in mediocrity (see James Bond's SPECTRE), as word soon arrived that Paramount desired to make something "less Star Trek-y." Fortunately, Star Trek Beyond should alleviate most people's worries, as it deftly packages many classic Trek themes into an agreeable space adventure.

    Three-plus years into their five-year mission, the crew of the USS Enterprise boldly explores the final frontier, while their Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) secretly harbors personal doubt. His approaching birthday will see him live longer than his father (who died aboard the USS Kelvin in the 2009 reboot), and thus Kirk is entertaining a promotion and desk job at the Yorktown space station. His science officer Spock (Zachary Quinto) is also wondering if his future lies in helping to repopulate New Vulcan. But when The Enterprise is viciously destroyed by the powerful new enemy Krall (Idris Elba), the crew is scattered on a distant planet and must band together with the alien Jaylah (Sofia Boutella) to defeat a threat greater than any they've faced before.

    Star Trek Beyond skips the mistakes made by Into Darkness by focusing on what's made the franchise so memorable. Themes of friendship, loyalty, and unity still pervade the script by Simon Pegg (Chief Engineering Montgomery Scott) and Doug Jung, but without the ho-hum fake-outs that plagued Into Darkness. Director Justin Lin also seems to get these characters, pitting them against the universe by blowing up the world around them to see how they react. He also keeps the story moving, again a credit to Pegg and Jung. Lin also grants us some beautifully-shot moments of The Enterprise, from a 'Warp Wave' seen in the trailers to incredible CGI of the ship's destruction and the spherical starbase Yorktown.

    But it's also the performances of the core cast that are so rewarding: from Pine's troubled Kirk to Quinto's and Karl Urban's (Dr. Leonard McCoy) absolute command of their characters, we immediately reap rewards from the moment this one begins. There, Kirk is merely going through the paces, so set on being his father without really knowing who James Kirk is. As he and Bones exchange a great moment over liquor, we definitely feel them tapping into the heart of what's become known as The Original Series. It's not overly dramatic, but a real moment of reflection that might seem very familiar to two old friends. It's gold each time Spock and Bones open their mouths, from genuinely emotional exchanges about death to McCoy's quips as Spock tries to understand the human condition. But when the shooting starts, things move into high gear, as Quinto and Urban spend large sequences stranded together, attempting to make their way to Kirk.

    A lot of Star Trek Beyond features these sorts of pair-offs, with Uhura (Zoe Saldana) 'educating' Krall about the Federation's peaceful motives, and Kirk and Chekov (Anton Yelchin) learning about Jayla's secret base. Even Sulu (John Cho) has a very important moment here that powers him throughout the film by announcing his sexual preference. Given that the original Sulu (George Takei) is also gay, the moment feels entirely right and completely classy, proving that the Federation is truly inclusive, a realization that all human beings in our current time must understand. Boutella breathes new life into this universe as Jaylah, giving her and Scotty funny and poignant moments as she plots her revenge against Krall. I wasn't impressed with her depiction in the trailers, but in the film as a whole her performance is very soild.

    If there's any issue to Beyond, it's that of its villain. Elba is quite good, but his reveal which no one saw coming in our test audience feels a tad manufactured. Because he's looking for an ancient bio-weapon that's sure to bring death to the Federation, Krall will stop at nothing to find it, which just happens to fall into his lap when he attacks the Enterprise. Sure, the way he traps the crew is interesting but the reason why he imprisons the crew isn't completely thought out. Elba is certainly not a hindrance here, but it's hard to award him a winner's badge beyond his sinister stance and voice-aided Darth Vader-ness. One more gripe: I really dislike how the Enterprise has become a punching bag throughout the JJ Abrams universe. In literally every film, the ship is smashed, pummeled, and eventually destroyed in some form, as if doing so makes its death each time all the more powerful. When the ship was first destroyed back in 1983's Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, it nearly made national headlines. Keep doing that, and audiences will fail to appreciate its importance to Trek lore.

    Overall, those issues are minor (perhaps another viewing will shore up my concerns), because Lin and the writing team treat this 50th Anniversary like a fine Romulan Ale. There's a touching moment as New Spock learns of Spock Prime's death, later pouring through his personal effects. Here, the two worlds of Star Trek intersect once again, making me wonder when Paramount will green-light a time travel sequel to right the wrongs committed by Nero in the 2009 reboot. Luckily, Yelchin's scenes were completed before his untimely death, but Lin certainly pays him tribute as the credits roll. Composer Michael Giacchino's score doesn't do much here, and is actually bereft of his amazing new theme for the franchise. In fact, there's no opening credits here at all.

    While 1982's Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan remains the undisputed powerhouse of the films, Star Trek Beyond makes a strong entry into my list. It's filled with the most levity and the most action of (perhaps) the entire series, but it balances that with excellent storytelling, interesting new characters, and a sense that our beloved crew is maturing right in front of us. If Star Trek prides itself on humans exploring the final frontier (and the world within ourselves), then count Beyond as a success at warp speed.

    Star Trek Beyond is rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence and has a runtime of 122 minutes.

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    Thursday, July 21, 2016

    Soundtrack Review: #TheMusicofDCComicsV2

    The Music of DC Comics, V2 is an odd outpouring of superhero love.

    Review by Matt Cummings

    In the 100+ year history of film, the recent rise and popularity of superhero movies and television shows has represented a relatively small blip on the radar. And yet, the music behind them have in some cases been around since the advent of television. In 2010, that history was celebrated in the exceptional The Music of DC Comics: 75th Anniversary Collection. A greatest hits collection, the disc mined themes from both animated and live-action television, as well as film. And while publisher WaterTower Music is hoping for the same success with this month's release of Volume 2, it's more confusing and not-that-impressive than a must-buy collection.

    Composers from across the genre are represented here, from John Williams and Hans Zimmer to Arthur Kobb and Blake Neely. Among my favorites are the unearthing of The Justice League of America by Hoyt Curtain - a take-off to his theme for Battle of The Planets - as well as Danny Elfman's terrific theme for Batman: The Animated Series. But there's also a serious amount of terrible music here: Korb's The Ballad of Batman John Williams' Flying Sequence, Korb's The Theme of The Justice League of America, and at least a dozen others. I'm not kidding that some of these themes should have been left in dusty corners of DC's vaults, because they really are terrible.

    Take a track like Robin's Theme by Sun Ra and the Blues Project. While I love me some freeform jazz any day of the week, its inclusion here as some sort of historical retrospective just doesn't work. Fans of these types of collections want their favorite themes in one place so they can video- or board-game, assemble their figures collection, or engage in other sorts of nerd-dom. This collection isn't going to achieve that, unless you've been unable to find a couple of rare gems that have been lovingly preserved here. One of them is definitely not The Adventures of Superpup

    But just when you think the album is a total loss, Track 23 - DC's Legends of Tomorrow Theme by Blake Neely - arrives to save the day. It's short (only 50 seconds) but apparently it was created specifically for this album. Let's hope Neely will get the chance to release that series' exceptional music at some point. For now, we are treated to several of his themes including Supergirl and a couple of battle pieces from Arrow. But then it's back to the blahse, including Track 24, 1966's Metamorpho and Get Your Cape On from Supergirl. No wonder it was moved from CBS to CW. It's just bad. Granted, 11 of these tracks have been unreleased up to this point, but they're really only good for historical purposes.

    WaterTower's The Music of DC Comics, V2 is really only for the biggest of superhero fans who want to learn about the diversity of themes that have permeated the timeline. This is certainly not as good as the 75th Anniversary Collection, but there are a few great pieces here that might be worth single downloads. I'm not sure I can recommend this collection, even though we're treated to a few rare gems and several of the recent themes from CW's properties. We've been gifted so many great soundtracks in 2016 that you're advised to purchase one of those and limit your spending here to single tracks.

    The 29 track Music of DC Comics: Volume 2 is now available on CD and digitally. A double-vinyl version of the album is coming soon.

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    Official Trailer: #HANDSOFSTONE

    On behalf of The Weinstein Company, we are excited to share a BRAND NEW TRAILER from their upcoming film, HANDS OF STONE! HANDS OF STONE is written and directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz, and stars Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez, Usher Raymond, Ana de Armas, Ellen Barkin and John Turturro.

    HANDS OF STONE hits theaters on August 26th, 2016!

    Watch the NEW TRAILER HERE:


    Download the TRAILER HERE
    Release: April 26th, 2016
    Director: Jonathan Jakubowicz
    Written By: Jonathan Jakubowicz
    Starring: Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez, Usher Raymond, Ana de Armas, Ellen Barkin, John Turturro
    Synopsis: HANDS OF STONE follows the life of Roberto Duran (Edgar Ramirez), the Panamanian fighter who made his professional debut in 1968 as a 16 year-old and retired in 2002 at the age of 50. In June 1980, he defeated Sugar Ray Leonard (Usher Raymond) to capture the WBC welterweight title, but shocked the boxing world by returning to his corner in their November rematch, famously saying the words "no mas" (no more.)

    HANDS OF STONE Official Socials:
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    #TheKillingJoke Giveaway in Mansfield

    Learn how to win tickets to this event!
    Fathom Events, Warner Bros. and DC Comics invite you to a special event, BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE! For your chance to win a pair of Cinemark Mansfield Theatre tickets valid July 25, enter here.

    Based on the acclaimed DC Comics graphic novel, take a journey into the dark psyche of the Clown Prince of Crime. To purchase tickets, please visit www.fathomevents.com/event/batman-the-killing-joke/buy or participating theater box offices.
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    Tuesday, July 19, 2016

    #GeekFuel Review: July 2016

    Our final Geek Fuel box offers more of the same: a perplexing array of geeky sundries.

    Review by Matt Cummings

    NOTE: This review has been updated to include our cancellation of the Geek Fuel subscription box.

    With 2016 half way completed, Geek Fuel is not exactly weathering the subscription box storm. With our interest in monthly boxes finally at an end, it's time to bid GF a fond farewell. July's box makes a strong case for cancellation, featuring yet another hodge-podge of seemingly random items.

    Before diving in to the misery, let's review the details:
  • The cost for a Month to Month is $17.90, $16.90/month for a 3-month subscription, $15.90/month for a 6-month tour and just $13.90/month for a one-year subscription.
  • Shipping $6.00 to the US, Canada, and at least a few other countries.

  • We use QUALITY and TIMING to base our reviews, so let's see how this box stands up. As always, we'll end our review with some additional thoughts after the unboxing:

    First Thoughts
    Depending on whether you are a fan of Ghostbusters, Alien, and Doctor Who, Geek Fuel's box is either a passable or a perplexing disaster. In our opinion, we bend towards the latter, not because we aren't fans of these genres, but because the quality is so definitely diminished. Sure, the appearance of fan favorite Slimer is nice to see on the t-shirt, but the quality of the material already feels scratchy, and the artwork on the shirt is also cheaply conceived. I'm also concerned about the lack of a theme to this box, which used to serve as an anchor for these monthlies. Not anymore: what we've gotten the last few months is a collection of unrelated items, perhaps what GF could secure from vendors in the short amount of time they have, hoping their customers would appreciate yet another example of a raid on a Hot Topic store.

    Take the Boo-Busters button: it's obvious that GF couldn't secure the licensing for a real Ghostbusters button, and its inclusion here feels very 99 Cent Store. Just because you slap an 'exclusive' label on something, doesn't mean that item is of real quality. And then you get to the Alien playing cards, which look interesting but just feel out of place here. There's nothing happening on the Aliens front (the celebration happened back in April), so why include it? Using our standards of QUALITY and TIMING, I have to say that this month's box misses both benchmarks by a wide margin.

    The Bottom Line
    July's Geek Fuel once again delivers a disappointing collection of geek sundries. From a scratchy t-shirt to a general lack of cohesion to this box, it's clear that a monthly plan might be better suited for someone with lower standards. Like 12 year olds. It's time to say goodbye to the monthly model, as the adult in us just won't allow this kind of uneven performance. Not even GF's promise of Avengers, Batman, Star Trek, and Back to the Future in near-future boxes was enough for us to keep our subscription, nor was that one-year gift for our commitment worth it in our opinion. Perhaps the monthly model still works in some other line; but with Loot Crate a distant memory over the same issues, Geek Fuel never delivered a consistently good box.

    Want to read our other sub box reviews? We've got them all listed below: MARVEL COLLECTOR CORPS
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    GEEK FUEL REVIEWS
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