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New to Streaming: ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Phoenix,’ ‘Wormwood,’ ‘The Unknown Girl,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Dunkirk (Christopher Nolan)

In the hours since viewing Dunkirk – the newest film from surprisingly divisive blockbuster director Christopher Nolan – one sensory recollection has stuck out above all others. Every time that British spitfire pilot Farrier (Tom Hardy) accelerates or banks his plane, the soundtrack fills with the noise of metallic rattling, an uncomfortable chorus of knocks and pings that lets you know exactly how much stress and force are
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Allison Abbate, Chris Leahy Promoted at Warner Animation Group

Allison Abbate, Chris Leahy Promoted at Warner Animation Group
Warner Animation Group, the animated film division of Warner Bros. Pictures, has named two senior-level creative executives to lead the animation studio, Allison Abbate and Chris Leahy.

Abbate, a longtime producer with the animation studio, is now executive vice president for Warner Animation Group, and Chris Leahy has been appointed senior vice president.

“Allison and Chris are well-known and well-respected in the animation community and will be key to expanding our operations at Warner Animation Group,” Toby Emmerich, president and chief content officer for Warners, said in a statement. “We have ambitious plans for Wag and will rely on Allison and Chris to attract world-class animation talent to help us develop and deliver a robust slate of both animated and live-action/hybrid titles.”

Over a 20-year career in the film business, Abbate has produced several animated pictures, including “The Iron Giant,” which earned her a BAFTA Award in 2000. Her credits also include “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “Tim Burton’s [link
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Redbox Launches Digital Movie and TV Service, Without Disney Titles

Redbox is finally opening a bridge to an online digital-entertainment future, years after the streaming-video revolution took off.

The company, known for its nationwide network of DVD-rental kiosks, publicly launched Redbox On Demand on Wednesday, a service stocked with more than 6,000 movie and TV show titles available for VOD rental or electronic sell-through.

Redbox has inked deals for the service with Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures.

Disney is the notable exception. The Mouse House hasn’t had a direct deal with Redbox for DVDs since 2012, and it is now suing Redbox, seeking to stop it from selling digital codes (extracted from DVD combo packs) for downloading or streaming Disney movies. Redbox has said in response that it’s “confident in our pro-consumer position.” Meanwhile, Disney operates a digital-locker service, Movies Anywhere, for storing and accessing content purchased from different retailers and has buy-in from other studios — but which Redbox
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Disney Led the Charge in November as 2017 Looks to Close Strong

Disney Led the Charge in November as 2017 Looks to Close Strong
The year saw a lift from November box office grosses as this past month was only the third time ever November receipts totaled more than $1 billion, led by Disney and Marvel's release of Thor: Ragnarok, which delivered nearly 28% of the month's total. Heading into the November, 2017 was trailing 2016 by 5.3%, but coming out of it this year was 4.4% behind 2016 thanks to what was the third largest November ever and a 5.1% improvement over November last year. Disney led the month — after not having released a film since Cars 3 in mid-June — with two new wide releases in Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok and Pixar's Coco, both of which have been overwhelmingly successful. Ragnarok was the month's highest grossing title with $281.7 million and Coco delivered the fourth largest three- and five-day Thanksgiving weekend opening ever and generated over $82 million in its first nine days in release. Coco's total has since climbed over $135 million domestically and over $400 million globally,
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new and ongoing dvd & vod releases, Us/Can, from Dec 12

A simple listing, duplicated from the dvd + vod Us and Canada page, of new releases and other stuff currently available, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails (sign up here).

new dvd+vod Dunkirk Ma’ Rosa School Life The Unknown Girl Spaceship Flatliners I’m planning to watch… The Ballad of Lefty Brown The Lego Ninjago Movie Love & Saucers

2017’s films, ranked by maryann

all reviews, 1997–today

recent releases Aquarius Birthright: A War Story Brigsby Bear Bushwick California Typewriter A Date for Mad Mary Detroit 11/8/16 (aka November 8th) The Glass Castle Good Time I Do… Until I Don’t Ingrid Goes West The Limehouse Golem Lost in Paris (Paris pieds nus) Maya Dardel Motherland Mudbound Patti Cake$ Personal Shopper Person to Person Polina Strad Style Stronger The Tribes of Palos Verdes Viceroy’s House Victoria & Abdul Wind River The Women
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‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Director Chris McKay Talks “Punk Rock” Take On The Batman Universe

‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Director Chris McKay Talks “Punk Rock” Take On The Batman Universe
With his first theatrically-released feature, director Chris McKay got to enter the studio sandbox and play with one of his all-time favorite characters: Batman. Having worked with Phil Lord and Christopher Lord on The Lego Movie—a mega-hit for Warner Bros. grossing nearly $470 million worldwide—McKay was a natural fit to helm The Lego Batman Movie (the first of two follow-up features, the other being The Lego Ninjago Movie), given his passion for the character, which…
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Pedro Pascal joins Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk

Deadline is reporting that Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Game of Thrones star Pedro Pascal has becom the latest addition to the cast of If Beale Street Could Talk, the next project from writer-director Barry Jenkins.

Based on James Baldwin’s novel, the film stars KiKi Layne as Tish, “a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their first-born child. It is a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple, their families and their lives, trying to bring about justice through love, for love and the promise of the American dream.”

Also set to feature in the cast of the film are Stephan James (Race), Colman Domingo (The Birth of a Nation), Brian Tyree Henry (This Is Us), Regina King (The Leftovers), Dave Franco (The Lego Ninjago Movie) and Ed Skrein (Deadpool).

The post Pedro Pascal
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Is Pixar's Coco the Box Office Savior Hollywood Has Been Hoping For?

Is Pixar's Coco the Box Office Savior Hollywood Has Been Hoping For?
The first weekend in December is often one that falls through the cracks, and last weekend's winner, Disney Pixar's Coco, looks to take full advantage of that. This frame is often forgotten, since it falls between the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and either the prestige Oscar candidates or the final big-budget blockbusters that arrive over the holiday season, and this year is no different, with no movies opening in wide release, although there are a slew of movies arriving in limited release, such as Parade Deck Films' Another WolfCop, Epic Pictures' Badsville, Well Go USA's Brotherhood of Blades 2, Hannover House's Daisy Winters, A24 Films' The Disaster Artist, Cinedigm Entertainment's Gangster Land, Zorya Films' Inoperable, the independent Kepler's Dream, Fox Searchlight's The Shape of Water, Vertical Entertainment's Slumber, Well Go USA's The Swindlers, IFC's Tribes of Palos Verdes and Amazon Studios' Wonder Wheel. With no wide release contenders, Coco
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‘Stronger’s’ Jeff Bauman: It Took a ‘Long Time to Really Realize the Power of My Story’

Jeff Bauman was enjoying a self-professed “ordinary” life in Boston, until the day in 2013 when a bomb exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, where he was waiting for his then-girlfriend. Bauman lost his legs that day but gained a new path — one which led him to write his story in the 2014 memoir “Stronger.” It has now been turned into a feature film, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Bauman. “The bombing was only 15 seconds of my life,” Bauman says. “What’s important is the people around me.”

When did you realize the importance of sharing your story?

It took me a long time to really realize the power of my story. I was fighting a lot of battles that were in my own head and just taking direction from the people around me that were looking out for me. I met [author] Bret Witter about four months after I had gotten blown up, and I was really
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October 2017 Box Office Returned to the Year's Downward Trend

October 2017 Box Office Returned to the Year's Downward Trend
After September delivered record numbers, the month of October saw the 2017 box office return to its downward trend, delivering calendar grosses down 15.6% compared to last year, falling below $600 million for the first time in ten years. Perhaps most startling is that with 287 films in release, the average per film was just $1.9 million, making it the first time that average has ever fallen below $2.1 million for any individual month based on BoxOfficeMojo's records going back to 1982. That being said, the Fall movie season has since come to an end and overall the season showed a ~6% improvement compared to last year thanks in large part to the record setting release of WB's It back in September, which became the first Fall release to ever gross over $300 million domestically. In fact, Warner Bros. had a strong Fall season overall, leading the charge in August, September and again in October despite the fact the
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The Lego Movie Franchise: The Marriage of Movies and Merchandising

Sarah Myles on The Lego Movie franchise and the marriage of movie merchandising…

Forty years ago, there was a seismic shift in the film industry, when Bernard Loomis of Kenner Toys decided that Star Wars was ‘toyetic.’ That shift, all those years ago, has led us on a journey of courtship between movies and merchandising, that has brought us to The Lego Movie franchise. There have been many diversions along way – perhaps, most notably, Hasbro and the Transformers film franchise – but Lego… well, Lego is different. Lego – with all its flexibility and trans-generational appeal – has created the ultimate marriage between movies and merchandise.

The rise of movie merchandising

Bernard Loomis was a toy development executive who had worked for Mattel during the introduction of its Hot Wheels line of toy cars in the late 1960s, and proposed the animated television show that subsequently went along with it. Such an endeavour proved problematic,
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26 films in the running for the Best Animated Feature Oscar at the Academy Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that 26 films are in contention for the Best Animated Feature Oscar at next year’s 90th Academy Awards. Here’s the full list…

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children

The Boss Baby

The Breadwinner

Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie

Cars 3

Cinderella the Cat

Coco

Despicable Me 3

The Emoji Movie

Ethel & Ernest

Ferdinand

The Girl without Hands

In This Corner of the World

The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Ninjago Movie

Loving Vincent

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

Moomins and the Winter Wonderland

My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea

Napping Princess

A Silent Voice

Smurfs: The Lost Village

The Star

Sword Art Online: The Movie – Ordinal Scale

Window Horses The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming

Academy members will vote on the above list, with the nominations set to be
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Despicable Me 3, Coco, The Lego Ninjago Movie Among 26 Animated Films Considered for 90th Oscars

Twenty-six features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 90th Academy Awards®.

The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children

The Boss Baby

“The Breadwinner”

“Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie

Cars 3

“Cinderella the Cat

“Coco”

Despicable Me 3

The Emoji Movie

“Ethel & Ernest”

“Ferdinand”

The Girl without Hands

In This Corner of the World

The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Ninjago Movie

Loving Vincent

“Mary and the Witch’s Flower”

“Moomins and the Winter Wonderland”

My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea

Napping Princess

A Silent Voice

Smurfs: The Lost Village

“The Star”

Sword Art Online: The Movie – Ordinal Scale”

“Window Horses The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming”

Ferdinand. Tm and © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

Several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying run.
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Pixar’s ‘Coco,’ 2 Lego Movies Top List of 26 Oscars Animation Contenders

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Pixar’s ‘Coco,’ 2 Lego Movies Top List of 26 Oscars Animation Contenders
Twenty-six films have been entered in the Oscars race for Best Animated Feature, more than enough to give the category a full slate of five nominees. The films include Pixar’s “Coco,” which must be considered the closest thing to a front runner at this point; two Lego movies, “The Lego Batman Movie” and “The Lego Ninjago Movie;” DreamWorks Animation’s “The Boss Baby” and “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie;” the sequels “Despicable Me 3,” “Cars 3” and “Smurfs: The Lost Village;” and a large number of indie productions, including “The Breadwinner,” “In This Corner of the World,” “Loving Vincent” and.
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Oscars 2017: 26 Films Could Vie for Best Animated Feature

Oscars 2017: 26 Films Could Vie for Best Animated Feature
There won’t be any problem this year getting five nominees for Best Animated Feature. Twenty-six features were submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 90th Academy Awards. Frontrunners include Disney/Pixar’s Day of the Dead feature “Coco” and the Animation is Film Festival winner “The Breadwinner,” a GKids release backed by Angelina Jolie.

The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children

The Boss Baby

The Breadwinner

“Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie

Cars 3

“Cinderella the Cat

“Coco”

Despicable Me 3

The Emoji Movie

“Ethel & Ernest”

“Ferdinand”

The Girl without Hands

In This Corner of the World

The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Ninjago Movie

Loving Vincent

“Mary and the Witch’s Flower”

“Moomins and the Winter Wonderland”

My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea

Napping Princess

A Silent Voice

Smurfs: The Lost Village
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Oscars 2017: 26 Films Could Vie for Best Animated Feature

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Oscars 2017: 26 Films Could Vie for Best Animated Feature
There won’t be any problem this year getting five nominees for Best Animated Feature. Twenty-six features were submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 90th Academy Awards. Frontrunners include Disney/Pixar’s Day of the Dead feature “Coco” and the Animation is Film Festival winner “The Breadwinner,” a GKids release backed by Angelina Jolie.

The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children

The Boss Baby

The Breadwinner

“Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie

Cars 3

Cinderella the Cat

“Coco”

Despicable Me 3

The Emoji Movie

“Ethel & Ernest”

“Ferdinand”

The Girl without Hands

In This Corner of the World

The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Ninjago Movie

Loving Vincent

“Mary and the Witch’s Flower”

“Moomins and the Winter Wonderland”

My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea

Napping Princess

A Silent Voice

Smurfs: The Lost Village
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Oscars: 26 Animated Features Submitted for Academy Consideration

Oscars: 26 Animated Features Submitted for Academy Consideration
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that 26 film have submitted for consideration in this year’s animated feature category.

The submissions are:

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children

The Boss Baby

“The Breadwinner”

“Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie

Cars 3

“Cinderella the Cat

“Coco”

Despicable Me 3

The Emoji Movie

(more)“Ethel & Ernest”

“Ferdinand”

The Girl without Hands

In This Corner of the World

The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Ninjago Movie

Loving Vincent

“Mary and the Witch’s Flower”

“Moomins and the Winter Wonderland”

My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea

Napping Princess

A Silent Voice

Smurfs: The Lost Village

“The Star”

Sword Art Online: The Movie – Ordinal Scale”

“Window Horses The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming”

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‘The Lego Ninjago Movie’ Blu-ray, 4K, DVD and Digital Release Date and Details

Warner Home Video has announced release dates and comprehensive extras for all home video versions of The Lego Ninjago Movie.

Your first chance to catch Master Wu and his secret ninja force on the small screen comes on December 12th with the Digital HD release. The Lego Ninjago Movie 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD editions are slated to arrive on December 19th.

Jackie Chan headlines the ensemble cast that also includes Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña and Zach Woods. Though The Lego Ninjago Movie didn't live up to ticket sale expectations at the box office, it should prove quite popular on home video and introduce more potential new young fans to the franchise.

Pre-order The Lego Ninjago Movie on Blu-ray combo for a discounted price at Amazon.

The previous two Lego movie home video releases were stacked with extras
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Find Your Inner Piece This December When The Lego Ninjago Movie Arrives on Blu-Ray

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The second Lego movie to launch this year (following on from the successful debut of The Lego Batman Movie) will be coming into your home next month when it hits 4K/Blu-ray with a slew of bonus features.

Warner Bros. has announced that the latest Lego movie, Lego Ninjago, will launch on blu-ray later next month on December 19th. If you can't wait that long, you can snag it a little bit early, digitally, on December 12th. It might be a late month release, but it Is just in time for that last minute Christmas gift for your kiddos. Plus, it comes with a plethora of bonus features:

Laugh it up when “The Lego® Ninjago® Movie” arrives onto 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. “The Lego Ninjago Movie” stars Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson,
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Dave Franco, Ed Skrein and more join Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk

Back in July it was announced that Moonlight director Barry Jenkins has found his next feature with an adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel If Beale Street Could Talk, and now we have some casting news on the project.

As per Deadline, Dave Franco (The Lego Ninjago Movie) and Ed Skrein (Deadpool) have signed on to the film, along with Stephan James (Race), Colman Domingo (The Birth of a Nation), Brian Tyree Henry (This Is Us), Regina King (The Leftovers) and newcomer KiKi Lane.

If Beale Street Could Talk follows “Tish (Lane), a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their first-born child. It is a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple, their families and their lives, trying to bring about justice through love, for love and the promise of the American dream.”

In addition to directing,
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