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The UnPopular Opinion: It

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The Unpopular Opinion is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer Hated, but that the majority of film fans Loved, or that the writer Loved, but that most others Loathed. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy! ****Some Spoilers Ensue**** Last month, I wrote up a defense for The Dark Tower and why it was a worthy... Read More...
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new and ongoing dvd & vod releases, Us/Can, from Nov 14

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 Aquarius Birthright: A War Story Brigsby Bear I Do… Until I Don’t Maya Dardel Mudbound Logan Lucky Unlocked Blade of the Immortal I’m planning to watch… Crown Heights Pottersville Tulip Fever

2017’s films, ranked by maryann

all reviews, 1997–today

recent releases The Beguiled Bushwick City of Ghosts A Date for Mad Mary 11/8/16 (aka November 8th) The Glass Castle Good Time Ingrid Goes West Lady Macbeth Landline The Limehouse Golem Maudie The Midwife (Sage femme) Motherland Patti Cake$ Personal Shopper Person to Person Pilgrimage Polina Queen of the Desert Spider-Man: Homecoming Step Strad Style The Survivalist 13 Minutes (aka Elser) War for the Planet of the Apes
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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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‘Dark Tower’ Debuts at No. 1 on DVD, Blu-ray Disc Sales Charts

‘Dark Tower’ Debuts at No. 1 on DVD, Blu-ray Disc Sales Charts
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment scored the No. 1 spot on both national home video sales charts the week ended Nov. 4 with “The Dark Tower,” a science-fiction Western based on the Stephen King novellas that earned a disappointing $50.7 million in U.S. theaters.

Despite its poor box office performance and generally negative reviews, the film debuted at No. 1 on both Npd VideoScan’s overall disc chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

The film knocked 20th Century Fox’s “War for the Planet of the Apes,” the third installment in the science-fiction reboot film series, to No. 2, a week after its debut at No. 1. “War” still sold nearly 85% as many units its second week in stores as “Dark Tower” did in its first week of availability.

Another Sony Pictures film, “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” slipped to No. 3 on both sales charts, down from No. 2 the prior week and No. 1 its first week
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Theater Chain AMC Entertainment Slides to $42.7 Million Loss, Blames Box Office

Theater Chain AMC Entertainment Slides to $42.7 Million Loss, Blames Box Office
Citing lousy box office performance, AMC Entertainment Holdings has reported a third-quarter loss of $42.7 million, compared with earnings of $30.4 million for the 2016 quarter.

AMC made the announcement after the stock market closed Monday afternoon. Shares fell 9% in afterhours trading on the New York Stock Exchange to $11.10, down $1.10.

“We have been predicting weakness in the third quarter industry box office, due to the quantity and subject matter of the films that were scheduled to be released,” said Adam Aron, president and CEO. “Not surprisingly, our foreshadow was accurate.”

The third quarter was one of the roughest in recent years for the domestic box office with Sony’s “The Dark Tower” and STXfilms’ “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” falling short of expectations. August box office was the lowest in a decade.

“In a high fixed-cost, low variable-cost business, this has led to lower Ebitda generation for AMC in the third quarter of 2017,” Aron added.

Total adjusted
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Five reasons to watch The Dark Tower (again)

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Five reasons to watch The Dark Tower (again)Five reasons to watch The Dark Tower (again)Amanda Wood11/1/2017 10:35:00 Am

The first Stephen King adaptation of this past summer (we also loved the very creepy It, of course) The Dark Tower is officially in the Cineplex Store, and we definitely recommend it if you’re a fan of adventure, fantasy, Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, or any of the above.

We’ve put together a list of five reasons why you should head to the Cineplex Store to check out The Dark Tower, and see for yourself why it’s one of our favourites from this summer!

The Dark Tower is available to rent and buy in the Cineplex Store now, click here for more information.

Matthew McConaughey as a villain

Matthew McConaughey admittedly isn’t the first person we would imagine as an ultra-villain in an epic Stephen King adaptation,
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'Wind River' and 'The Nut Job 2' Come Home, Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical Kidnap (action-thriller; Halle Berry, Sage Correa, Chris McGinn, Lew Temple; rated R) The Dark Tower (action-fantasy-Western; Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Eva Kaminsky, Nicholas Hamilton; rated PG-13) 24 Hours to Live (drama-thriller; Ethan Hawke, Rutger Hauer; pretheatrical release available 11/3; rated R) Columbus (family drama; John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson; available 11/3; not rated) On Wings of Eagles (drama; Joseph Fiennes, Richard Sanderson; available 11/3 on cable Mod and in...

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Stephen King's 'Pet Sematary' Taps 'Starry Eyes' Directors for Remake

Stephen King's 'Pet Sematary' Taps 'Starry Eyes' Directors for Remake
The latest Stephen King classic to get an on-screen revival will be Pet Sematary, it was announced Tuesday.

Starry Eyes directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer will helm a remake of the 1989 flick, with Jeff Buhler and David Kajganich penning the script.

Based on a 1983 King novel of the same name, Pet Semetary tells the story of a pet cemetery built on a Native American burial ground in Maine, and the family who moves into the new home next to it. Spooky, supernatural occurrences abound.

The original, which starred Dale Midriff,
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Pet Sematary remake has found its new directors

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Stephen King is all the rage at the movies and on TV again, with It raking in Marvel money; Gerald’S Game and 1922 wooing everyone on Netflix and; Hulu’s Castle Rock series is on the way. The hits are out-weighing the misses (*cough The Dark Tower cough*) at this point, and now Paramount is getting in the game by announcing the long-gestating remake of Pet Sematary is moving forward... Read More...
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October 31st Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Dawn Of The Dead (2004) and Land Of The Dead Collector’s Editions, Slaughter High

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Happy (almost) Halloween readers! With October 31st falling on the weekly home entertainment release day, that means we have extra reasons to get excited this Tuesday. Scream Factory has put together two absolutely incredible collector’s edition Blu-rays for George A. Romero’s underrated modern classic Land of the Dead as well as Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake, which fans are going to want to add to their own personal collections.

For those of you who may have missed it in theaters, The Dark Tower comes home on Halloween, and Lionsgate has given the cult classic Slaughter High the Vestron Video treatment for their brand new Blu. Blue Underground is also keeping busy this week with a pair of Collector’s Edition sets, too—The Lift and Down—and the complete series of Orphan Black makes its home release bow on Halloween, too.

Other notable Halloween
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Stephen King Reveals He Wrote ‘The Dark Tower’ to Entertain Himself [Exclusive]

Stephen King Reveals He Wrote ‘The Dark Tower’ to Entertain Himself [Exclusive]
Idris Elba (Prometheus) and Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey (Best Actor, Dallas Buyers Club, 2013) star in The Dark Tower, the adventure based on the Stephen King book series, debuting on digital October 17 and on 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD October 31 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The Dark Tower Blu-ray is loaded with bonus material, including deleted scenes, a blooper […]
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‘Jigsaw’ to Slash Up $15 Million Opening While ‘Suburbicon’ Sinks at Box Office

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‘Jigsaw’ to Slash Up $15 Million Opening While ‘Suburbicon’ Sinks at Box Office
October is going out with a whimper at the box office, as Lionsgate’s “Jigsaw” will take the top spot this weekend with just an estimated $15 million from 2,941 screens against a $10 million budget. While that total is just below the high-teens opening projected by pre-weekend trackers, it is a lower opening than every other installment in the “Saw” franchise except for “Saw VI,” which made $14.1 million in 2009. If this total holds, “Jigsaw” will have the lowest opening for a No. 1 film this year, lower than the $19.1 million opening made by “The Dark Tower” back...
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Stephen King Fan Theory Connects It and The Shining

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Stephen King Fan Theory Connects It and The Shining
Fans of Stephen King's work know that he loves to connect the dots between his various novels. So it's only natural to think some of those connections could exist in the movie universe as well. The Dark Tower tried to do that this year, but that movie didn't really live up to expectations, so whatever attempt was made sort of fell flat. However, It is a massive success and now, fans are looking for ways to connect the movie to other King works. A new fan theory manages to connect It to The Shining and, quite frankly, it's pretty amazing.

The theory comes to us from The Film Theorists and, basically, it centers on those who have the ability to Shine, like Danny Torrence in The Shining. Essentially, the theory presents quite a bit of evidence that suggests the members of The Losers Club have this ability, which explains
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Isla Fisher to Co-Star With Matthew McConaughey in ‘Beach Bum’ (Exclusive)

Isla Fisher to Co-Star With Matthew McConaughey in ‘Beach Bum’ (Exclusive)
Isla Fisher is set to star opposite Matthew McConaughey in Harmony Korine’s next movie, “Beach Bum,” sources tell Variety.

The film will be a co-production between Neon and Vice with Neon, which bought the rights for the film at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, handling distribution. CAA will be negotiating the domestic sales while Rocket Science handled international sales.

“Beach Bum” is a comedy that follows the misadventures of Moondog (McConaughey), a rebellious and lovable rogue who lives life large. Fisher will play Moondog’s wife.

The film will be written and directed by Korine, whose unique filmmaking style gained recognition with “Spring Breakers,” which starred James Franco and brought in $31 million at the worldwide box office.

Le Grisbi Productions’ John Lesher, Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin, Iconoclast’s Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Mourad Belkeddar, and Nicolas Lhermitte will produce. The film is executive produced by Tom Quinn and Tim League for Neon and Shane Smith, [link
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Idris Elba still wants to make a Dark Tower sequel

The future of Sony and Mrc’s planned Dark Tower franchise seems to be up in the air at the moment following the box office failure of this year’s Stephen King adaptation.

A potential TV series remains in development – which according to King will be a reboot – but in an interview with The Radio Times, actor Idris Elba has revealed that he’s hoping for a second big screen outing as the Gunslinger:

“I think any TV series that is an offshoot from the film can have more time to explore some themes. I’d personally prefer to do another Dark Tower film, exploring some more of the gunslinger – as a film. I don’t know much about where they are with the TV show – but I think there’s definitely talks to try and do another one.”

Given that The Dark Tower managed to gross just $111.8 million worldwide following its release in August,
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Showtime developing fantasy saga The Kingkiller Chronicle

Don Kaye Oct 27, 2017

Has Showtime found its own fantasy hit with The Kingkiller Chronicle?

Showtime is developing a TV series based on the best selling fantasy books known as The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss, according to Deadline. Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame is attached to the project as an executive producer and will also compose music for the drama.

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The cable network is partnering with Lionsgate on the project, and one of the unusual things about it is that a feature film and interactive games are all being developed at the same time as the series. (Because we all know, er, how well that's worked out for The Dark Tower so far.)

The two books so far, which have sold 10 million copies around the world, follow a pair of wandering performers
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It’s Possible that a “Dark Tower” Sequel Could Still Happen

Idris Elba has rapidly risen to the top ranks of actors in Hollywood. Despite being British, he has mastered the Western accent, which expands his horizon in films. In addition to Idris’ exceptional acting skills, he also has achieved a massive sex-appeal with women across culture and ethnicity. So, when you couple Idris with the like of Matthew McConaughey, you are expecting a great box-office performance. Unfortunately, in a year in which another Stephen King adaption reloaded, “It” earn the title of being the highest grossing horror film in history, The Dark Tower, also adapted from a Stephen King novel,

It’s Possible that a “Dark Tower” Sequel Could Still Happen
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Spend a Week of Halloween Featuring Some Horror Selections on Movies Anywhere

In case you’ve been hiding under a bed, Movies Anywhere is a place that organizes film purchases you have made through iTunes, Amazon Video, Vudu and Google Play (from certain studios). While I am more of a physical media fan, it is super nice to have a digital copy if I’m away from home and now with the convenience of the Movies Anywhere app through my Roku or mobile phone, I don’t have to remember where the heck I bought a movie from. I can now go to one place and find most of my digital collection.

From today until Halloween, head over to Movies Anywhere where you can find specific collections of some great horror films that you can purchase (if you haven’t already) to help along with any of your 30 Days of Halloween challenges or to help get in the mood of the holiday.
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The connections between It and The Shining could tell us what even Pennywise fears

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With the release of It and The Dark Tower (and, hell, even Gerald’s Game), more and more casual Stephen King fans are hearing tell of the “dark universe” that connects so many of his books. Pennywise and the Losers’ Club, for example, not only appear in It, but are also either referenced or seen in King books like The…

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The Dark Tower 2 In The Works, TV Series Will Be A Complete Reboot

It’s no secret that The Dark Tower is held up as Stephen King’s greatest achievement.

Spanning multiple genres and fantastical worlds, the classic is an eight-part saga that began life in 1982 with The Gunslinger, and after years of false starts and scrapped plans, Sony’s big-budget adaptation finally arrived in theatres back in August. Though the film’s long, meandering journey to the silver screen was public knowledge, many still held out hope that somehow, everything would turn out alright for the trouble production. How wrong they were.

As we now know, The Dark Tower was a complete dud, both financially and critically, failing to impress just about everyone and halting the studio’s plans for a full-blown franchise. Or did it? While it’s widely assumed that we won’t be seeing anymore from this world on the big screen, Idris Elba isn’t so sure about that.
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