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The Best Movies New to Every Major Streaming Platform in August 2019

Netflix may get most of the attention, but it’s hardly a one-stop shop for cinephiles who are looking to stream essential classic and contemporary films. Each of the prominent streaming platforms — and there are more of them all the time — caters to its own niche of film obsessives.

From chilling horror fare on Shudder, to the boundless wonders of the Criterion Channel, and esoteric (but unmissable) festival hits on Film Movement Plus and Ovid.tv, IndieWire’s monthly guide will highlight the best of what’s coming to every major streaming site, with an eye towards exclusive titles that may help readers decide which of these services is right for them.

Here’s the best of the best for August 2019.

Amazon Prime

There are some big new movies coming to Amazon Prime this month, but most of these recent Hollywood titles will also be available to stream on Hulu and/or Netflix.
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New Titans Season 2 Set Pic Shows Deathstroke In Action

I still feel bad about how negative I was towards Titans. In my defence, everything about it prior to release looked terrible. The costumes seemed cheap, the special effects were laughable and the trailers were way too try-hard. Then the show arrived and it was actually really great.

This version of the DC Universe quickly got its hooks into me, and since Titans I eagerly hoovered up Doom Patrol and Swamp Thing. So, I’m very much looking forward to season 2 of Titans, which is currently being shot and will be on the streaming service this fall.

In fact, based on this new set picture seen down below, one of the Titans might also currently be being shot. The sniper’s Esai MoralesDeathstroke, who seems to be deploying a gigantic anti-material rifle in a car park. Presumably, he’s on a mission to take out the Titans by any means necessary.
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Top 10 Highest-Grossing Monster Movies, From ‘Godzilla’ to ‘King Kong’ (Photos)

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This weekend, Paramount is releasing “Crawl,” a creature feature about a flooded town besieged by hordes of alligators. It’s the latest addition to the collection of creature features that have come out over the decades, the most successful of which have featured kaijus, giant apes, and dinosaurs.

Note: All figures are from Comscore and Box Office Mojo, and are not adjusted for inflation.

10.) Godzilla (1998) $136M Domestic

Roland Emmerich’s overhaul of Toho’s most famous kaiju was panned by critics, including Siskel and Ebert, whom Emmerich mocked with characters meant to be thinly veiled parodies of the two critics. Siskel and Ebert were not impressed, saying they if they were going to be mocked in a Godzilla movie, they should have been “squished like a bug.”

9.) Gremlins (1984) $148M

The magnum opus of Joe Dante, one of the most famous creature feature directors ever. Dante was known for his macabre,
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Exploring 40 Years of ‘Star Wars’ Tech With ‘Galactic Innovations’ at the Academy

Exploring 40 Years of ‘Star Wars’ Tech With ‘Galactic Innovations’ at the Academy
The “Star Wars” franchise has always been about balancing the past with the future, bolstered by the cutting edge tech at Industrial Light & Magic under the leadership of George Lucas and beyond. To celebrate 40 years of “Star Wars” VFX wizardry, and in anticipation of J.J. Abrams’ climactic Episode 9, “The Rise of Skywalker” (December 20), and the launch of Jon Favreau’s “The Mandalorian” series on Disney+ (November 12), franchise luminaries gathered Thursday night at the Academy to discuss the analog to digital transformation.

The presenters assembled for “Galactic Innovations: ‘Stars Wars’ and ‘Rogue One'” included VFX supervisors John Dykstra, visual effects director/cameraperson Richard Edlund, Ilm chief creative officer John Knoll, former Ilm creative director Dennis Muren, sound designer/mixer Ben Burtt, matte artist Harrison Ellenshaw, editor Marcia Lucas, compositor Bruce Nicholson, and R&d supervisor Rachel Rose.

“Galactic Innovations” kicked off with the “Star Wars” breakthroughs at Ilm’s initial warehouse facility in Van Nuys.
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Deathstroke Likely To Be Recast, Standalone Film Not Happening

The build up and subsequent decline of Joe Manganiello’s solo Deathstroke movie has rivaled that of a Shakespearen tragedy.

Long before Justice League hit theaters nearly two years ago, the True Blood actor found himself attached to play the DC villain – whose real name is Slade Wilson – in a standalone Batman flick, which at the time was set to be directed by and star Ben Affleck. Fan reaction to the casting was through the roof, and it wasn’t long before Godzilla director Gareth Edwards was brought on to flesh out a Deathstroke standalone film.

Then Justice League happened. While Manganiello’s take on the character officially debuted in its post-credits scene, the movie was nothing short of disastrous. WB reconsidered its entire approach to the DC Extended Universe, leading Ben Affleck to step away from directing The Batman before eventually hanging up the cowl on the character for good.
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‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Review: Let Us Pray for the Extinction of This Franchise

There is such a clear disdain for the human element in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, one wonders if there wasn’t a way to make this sequel with monsters alone. Co-written (with Zach Shields) and directed by Michael Dougherty, this film picks up five years after the wreckage of the first. The loss of life was devastating for many, the Russell family included. After the death of their son, Mark (Kyle Chandler) fell into a bottle and ran away while Emma (Vera Farmiga) fell into her work for Monarch, the agency devoted to discovering and protecting/destroying these mammoth creatures, which they call titans. While Mark and Emma’s daughter (Millie Bobbie Brown) tries to keep the relative peace between her parents, Emma perfects a device that allows humans to communicate and pseudo-control these beasts.

Since Mark was one of the initial creators of this device, he’s forced back into the fold.
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‘Godzilla’ Needs Help: How the MonsterVerse Can Survive After ‘King of the Monsters’ Fizzles Out

‘Godzilla’ Needs Help: How the MonsterVerse Can Survive After ‘King of the Monsters’ Fizzles Out
The monster battles may be more epic than ever before, but with less-than-thrilling box office returns for the third feature in the MonsterVerse, Michael Dougherty’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” speaks to the moviegoing public’s dwindling affection for classic beasts wrecking havoc in a modern setting.

Just five years after Gareth Edwards’ franchise starter “Godzilla” opened to over $93 million in domestic returns, Dougherty’s film earned roughly half that, making just over $49 million during its domestic debut. Two years ago, Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ “Kong: Skull Island” — the second film in a franchise dedicated to bringing classic Toho monsters back to the big screen for American audiences — opened to over $61 million in domestic dollars.

Internationally speaking, the MonsterVerse still packs a big appeal: even with a lackluster U.S. box office, “King of the Monsters” has already made $130 million in those all-important foreign markets. But critics are losing patience. While
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‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters’ Review #2

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Stars: Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Ken Watanabe, Zhang Ziyi, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, Aisha Hinds, O’Shea Jackson Jr, David Strathairn, Cch Pounder, Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah | Written by Michael Dougherty, Zach Shields | Directed by Michael Dougherty

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is the long-awaited sequel to Gareth Edwards 2014 Godzilla. This time around Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat) takes the directing reigns of a film that now stands as the third film in an announced universe of monsters after Jordan-Vogt Roberts’ Kong: Skull Island and Adam Wingard’s sequel to both films in Godzilla vs Kong (Yes this is all really happening) releasing in 2020.

The famous Toho property has had somewhat of a strained relationship with fans on the western hemisphere. Roland Emmerich’s ill-fated attempt in the 1998 Godzilla failed to reinvigorate audiences love for such a character with an incredibly poorly designed monster,
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'Aladdin' fends off 'Godzilla: King Of The Monsters', 'Secret Life Of Pets 2' at UK box office

Aladdin only drops 15%, while Godzilla sequel posts underwhelming £2.3m opening weekend.

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Full screen RankFilm (Distributor)Three-day gross (May 31-June 2)Total gross to date Week 1 Aladdin (Disney) £4.9m £19.8m 2 2 The Secret Life Of Pets 2 (Universal) £2.9m £11.9m 2 3 Rocketman (Paramount) £2.5m £12m 2 4 Godzilla: King Of The Monsters (Warner Bros) £2.3m £3.5m 1 5 Pokemon: Detective Pikachu (Warner Bros) £660,000 £12.5m 4 Disney

Following its £5.7m opening weekend, Aladdin impressed again this time out, dropping a slender 15% with £4.9m, a result that belied the good weather in the UK. That figure was enough to see it hold onto the
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'Aladdin' fends off 'Godzilla: King Of Monsters', 'Secret Life Of Pets 2' at UK box office

Aladdin only drops 15%, while Godzilla sequel posts underwhelming £2.3m opening weekend.

Disney

Following its £5.7m opening weekend, Aladdin impressed again this time out, dropping a slender 15% with £4.9m, a result that belied the good weather in the UK. That figure was enough to see it hold onto the number one spot despite challenges from Universal’s The Secret Life Of Pets 2 and Warner BrosGodzilla: King Of The Monsters.

Aladdin is now up to £19.8m in the UK to date. It should comfortably surpass fellow Disney title Dumbo in the coming weeks, which is on £24.9m so far, and
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‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Is No. 1 at the Box Office, But the Lizard Fails to Impress

‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Is No. 1 at the Box Office, But the Lizard Fails to Impress
Although “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” made for a disappointing no. 1, this weekend was an excellent one for the box office. And for that, the credit goes to “Aladdin,” “Rocketman,” and “Ma.”

The combined heft of three credible openers led to about a 50% increase over June’s first weekend last year. That means 2019 has reduced its year-over-year debit to less than 8%, or about $400 million. That comes despite a major shortfall from “Godzilla,” and with better-than-expected showings for both “Rocketman” and “Ma” — a performance that suggests franchises don’t always rule the day.

The best hopes for 2019 still lie in titles like “Toy Story 4,” the newest “Spider-Man,” and “The Lion King.” However, secondary weekends like these are essential to fulfill hopes for a rebound and for the sustained health of the industry.

The latest Godzilla, entry, five years after the most recent reboot, sold half as many tickets as its
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The Human Myths and Tragedies Behind 'Godzilla'

The Human Myths and Tragedies Behind 'Godzilla'
[This story contains spoilers for Godzilla: The King of the Monsters]

“Sometimes the only way to heal our wounds is to make peace with the demons who created them,” Dr. Ishiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) says in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The latest American addition to the long-running Godzilla saga provides kaiju battles aplenty, while evoking the big-hearted spirt of a 1990s summer blockbuster. But Michael Dougherty’s film, like Gareth Edwards’ before him, is more than CG creature spectacle and destruction porn. Godzilla within the Monsterverse has taken on environmental and religious significance in a way that highlights the contemporary ...
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How 'Godzilla: King of the Monsters' Sets Up a 'Kong' Showdown

How 'Godzilla: King of the Monsters' Sets Up a 'Kong' Showdown
[This story contains spoilers for Godzilla: King of the Monsters]

In 2014, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures introduced us to the Monsterverse, a cinematic universe starring some of Toho’s greatest kaiju in a battle for dominance. Gareth Edwards reintroduced the giant lizard to western audiences with Godzilla (2014), which brought a sense of quiet majesty the character and a haunting look at the smallness of humans within the grand scheme of Earth’s designs. Jordan Vogt-Roberts added America’s iconic primate monster to the mix in Kong: Skull Island, a Jules Verne-Joseph Conrad mashup that wears its pulp adventure magazine influence proudly. These ...
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Review: Dougherty's 'Godzilla: King of the Monsters' Vies for Supremacy

In the aftermath of World War II, Japan's Toho Co., Ltd. assembled a team of filmmakers – co-writer and director Ishirō Honda, producer Tomoyuki Tanaka, co-writer Takeo Murata, and special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya – to create a new kind of movie monster. Originally conceived as a walking metaphor for nuclear annihilation, Godzilla roared onto screens in Honda's genre-defining 1954 masterpiece, Gojira. The film captured the imagination – and embodied the fears – of an entire nation. Now 65 years later, the Godzilla series is fully recognized by Guinness World Records as the longest running film franchise in history with a whopping 35 films starring the titular beast. The latest entry, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, is the next chapter in Warner Bros Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' cinematic "MonsterVerse", following in the massive footsteps of Gareth Edwards' Godzilla (2014) and Jordan Vogt-Roberts' Kong: Skull Island (2017). Co-written and directed by Mike Dougherty (of the
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Godzilla 2014 Five Years Later: Is It Worth a Second Look?

Godzilla 2014 Five Years Later: Is It Worth a Second Look?
It may be hard to believe, yet that doesn't make it any less true; Godzilla came out five years ago and we're just now finally about to get a sequel to director Gareth Edwards' divisive 2014 blockbuster. That sequel is Michael Dougherty's much-anticipated Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which seems to, in many ways, be trying to correct any perceived issues certain audience members had with the previous movie. However, I've never been one that had many issues with Edwards' take on the classic monster. Quite the opposite, in fact. So, I'm here to argue that Godzilla is worth a second look, for those who maybe felt underwhelmed by it initially.

Before digging in and getting on my soapbox, I must admit, it's difficult for me to exercise objectivity here. I've loved Godzilla my whole life and there are few movies I ever had this much anticipation built up for.
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UK box office preview: 'Godzilla: King Of The Monsters' set to battle with 'Booksmart', 'Ma'

UK box office preview: 'Godzilla: King Of The Monsters' set to battle with 'Booksmart', 'Ma'
Trio of new openers take on Aladdin, Rocketman and The Secret Life Of Pets 2.

There are three high-profile new openers at the UK box office this weekend, all of which will battle with strong holdovers to land in the top five on the chart.

Last week saw Disney’s Aladdin, Paramount’s Rocketman and Universal’s The Secret Life Of Pets 2 all post impressive debuts, and midweek takings will have likely been boosted by the schools holiday in the UK this week.

Warner Bros will be hoping its big-budget monster movie Godzilla: King Of The Monsters will smash through the competition.
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‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Review

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Stars: Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Ken Watanabe, Zhang Ziyi, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, Aisha Hinds, O’Shea Jackson Jr, David Strathairn, Cch Pounder, Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah | Written by Michael Dougherty, Zach Shields | Directed by Michael Dougherty

Let’s get ready to rumble! Everybody’s favourite giant green monster is back for the third instalment of Warner Bros’ and Legendary Entertainment’s ongoing MonsterVerse series, following Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island, with Godzilla vs Kong due out next year. As such, Godzilla: King of the Monsters has its fair share of flaws, but it delivers what you want from a Godzilla movie, namely spectacular monster battle sequences and city-levelling on an epic scale.

Picking up roughly where Gareth Edwards’ 2014 Godzilla left off, the new film centres on crypto-zoological agency Monarch, who have been secretly keeping giant monsters – known as titans – in super-sized containment facilities around the globe.
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‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Director Michael Dougherty on Creating New Monsters and the Status of ‘Trick ‘r Treat 2’ [Interview]

After the success of 2014’s American Godzilla from Legendary Pictures, director Gareth Edwards and co-writer Max Borenstein began working on a sequel. They ultimately left the project and Michael Dougherty created his sequel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Dougherty spoke with /Film at the film’s Los Angeles press junket about the development of Godzilla: King […]

The post ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Director Michael Dougherty on Creating New Monsters and the Status of ‘Trick ‘r Treat 2’ [Interview] appeared first on /Film.
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Godzilla: King Of The Monsters Review

“Let them fight.” A pivotal line of dialogue uttered by Ken Watanabe, as Dr. Ishiro Serizawa, in Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla foretells the fate of Michael Dougherty’s Godzilla: King Of The Monsters. When Kaiju “Titans” engage in city-smasher “take the throne” brawls, energy blasts radiate luminescent divinity while humanity crumbles under monstrous hoofs. Dougherty’s sequel is called “King Of The Monsters” after all, servicing a promise of primitive combat between awakened giants resembling fire-breathing dragons, gargantuan glowing insects and lumbering wooly mammoths. Godzilla’s larger-than-life royal rumble rewards crowds who are hungry for “creature feature” beatdowns, but at 120+ plotted minutes, downtime will have theatergoers repeating Watanabe’s meme-famous line to themselves.

“Let them fight.” For the love of God(zilla), let them fight.

After Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island, crypto-zoological agency Monarch finds themselves under government scrutiny for attempting to keep “Titans” alive. Decorated generals want to nuke away these overpowering “threats to mankind,
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‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Review: In Godzilla We Trust; Humans Not So Much

Gareth Edwards’ 2014 Godzilla was divisive, but I liked that it made strong choices. Yes, the characters and plotting were secondary to Godzilla, but the film was very focused on holding the tension and making the payoff worth the wait. But some audiences weren’t too crazy about the whole waiting thing, and you can see how Kong: Skull Island, the next movie in Legendary’s “monsterverse”, is a bit of a course correction as it doesn’t shy away from showing the monsters and piling on the mayhem. Michael Dougherty’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters, tries to split …
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