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Saturday, January 21, 2017

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Directed by D.J. Caruso ("Disturbia"), "xXx: Return of Xander Cage" is the third installment in franchise that started with "xXx" in 2002 and starred Vin Diesel as an extreme sports athlete who is recruited by the government for a top-secret mission. The second installment, "xXx: State of the Union", was released in 2005 and introduced a new agent, Darius Stone, played by Ice Cube. Cube will also make an appearance in "Return of Xander Cage".

Diesel returns as Xander Cage, who is forced out of his self-imposed exile and embarks on a mission to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora's Box. This time he joins forces with a group of like-minded thrill-seekers. Samuel L. Jackson, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Ruby Rose, Nina Dobrev, Kris Wu, Tony Jaa, Rory McCann, Michael Bisping and Toni Collette co-star.

"xXx: Return of Xander Cage" opened in theaters on January 20, 2017 in 2D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D. It wasn't well received by critics (42% on Rotten Tomatoes), but moviegoers seemed to like it as CinemaScore gave it an "A-". The film is expected to gross $16–20 million in its opening weekend, although M. Night Shyamalan's "Split" has taken charge at the Friday box-office and looks finish with a $34 million debut, leaving Diesel's action sequel well behind.

Check out the clips, featurettes, images and posters after the jump.

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The Lifetime movie "Beaches" is a remake of the 1988 film of the same name that starred Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey. Directed by Allison Anders ("Four Rooms"), the remake stars Idina Menzel and Nia Long as lifelong best friends, and it also features the classic songs "Wind Beneath My Wings" and "The Glory of Love" as well as new songs written specifically for the movie. The soundtrack is available via Amazon.

"Beaches" premieres on Lifetime on January 21st.

Check out the trailers and images after the jump.

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"Strafe" is an old-school PC first-person shooter from Devolver Digital and Pixel Titans that serves as a nostalgia trip to the days of the early 1990s shooters. The game is set in outer space in 1996 and features a revolutionary engine called Uber-Gore Tech V2.0, which the developers claim will change the way you look at gore in video games. The action will take place in four unique zones and the shooting will involve over 30 weapons to be used on over 20 different types of enemies. It's also compatible with Oculus Rift.

"Strafe" will be released on March 28th.

Check out the trailer and images after the jump.

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Saban Entertainment and Lionsgate have released a new trailer and poster for the upcoming "Power Rangers" movie. Directed by Dean Israelite ("Project Almanac"), the film is set to reboot the "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" franchise that started in 1993 and consists of 23 series and two movies. The film stars Naomi Scott, Becky G., Dacre Montgomery, Ludi Lin and RJ Cyler as the titular Rangers, and they are joined by Elizabeth Banks, Bill Hader and Bryan Cranston.

"Power Rangers" opens in theaters on March 24th.

Check out the trailer and poster after the jump.

Friday, January 20, 2017

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This week in theaters we have a new Vin Diesel sequel, the very silly and over-the-top "XXX: Return of Xander Cage", the biopic "The Founder", which tells the story of a business cut-throat who also happens to be the man behind the McDonald's brand, and the new M. Night Shyamalan flick "Split" starring an insane James McAvoy. Also out in limited release is the crime drama "Trespass Against Us" starring Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson.

Synopses, details, critical reception, trailers, clips and more after the jump.

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Jason Momoa stars in the new Canadian series "Frontier" that is set in the brutal world of the North American fur trade of the late 18th century.

Momoa stars as Declan Harp, a part-Irish, part-native American outlaw who runs the Black Wolf Company and seeks to destroy a rival company run by Lord Benton (Alun Armstrong). To this end he enlists the help of a young man (Landon Liboiron) to spy on Lord Benton. Zoe Boyle, Evan Jonigkeit, Lyla Porter-Follows, Diana Bentley, Allan Hawco, Breanne Hill, Christian Mckay and Michael Patric co-star.

The series is created by Brad Peyton, Rob Blackie and Peter Blackie and is co-produced by Discovery Channel and Netflix. This is the first original scripted series for Discovery. It has already been renewed for a second season.

All six episodes of "Frontier" Season 1 are now available via Netflix everywhere, except Canada, where the series will be available on the streaming service in 2018, as per an exclusivity agreement.

Check out the trailer, featurette and images after the jump.

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20th Century Fox has released the final trailer and a poster for James Mangold's "Logan", the new Wolverine solo film. Hugh Jackman reprises the role of the clawed mutant one last time. Set in the year 2029, the film follows Logan (Jackman) and an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) as they hide out on the Mexican border. When they encounter a mysterious young mutant (Dafne Keen), Logan decides to protect her against the dark forces that are hunting her. The film will be rated R. Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant and Elizabeth Rodriguez co-star.

"Logan" opens in theaters on March 3rd.

Check out the trailer and poster after the jump.

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The new video games released on the week of 16-22 January, 2017 include the racing game "Moto Racer 4", the action games "Yakuza 0", "Gravity Rush 2" and "Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star", the strategy game "Warhammer 40,000: Sanctus Reach", and the adventure games "2064: Read Only Memories" and "The Flames in the Flood: Complete Edition".

Find out more about all the new video game releases after the jump.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

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"Elle" is a new psychological thriller from Dutch master Paul Verhoeven. In his Hollywood days, the director was responsable for ultra-violent masterpieces such as "RoboCop", "Total Recall" and "Starship Troopers", as well as the erotic thriller "Basic Instinct". After the not-so-great "Hollow Man" in 2000, Verhoeven left Hollywood and his next film, the BAFTA-nominated "Zwartboek", came after a six-year hiatus. Now, after another 10 dry years, the director returns with a very different, but equally provocative film. It's also his first French language film.

Isabelle Huppert stars as the successful head of a video game company, who is ruthless both in business and her love life. When she is raped in her own home by a masked assailant, her life spirals out of control as she plots revenge and enters a dangerous game with her suspected attacker. Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Christian Berkel, Jonas Bloquet, Virginie Efira and Charles Berling co-star.

The film has been generously rewarded with numerous awards, including two Golden Globes for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actress (Drama), and the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Last year, Verhoeven was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. It missed out on the BAFTA awards this year, because the film was not yet released in the U.K., so it will probably receive its due recognition next year.

The biggest snub, however came from the Academy Awards. The film was selected as the French entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards, but it didn't make the shortlist. It is now known as "one of the greatest Oscar Foreign Language Film Snubs of all-time."

"Elle" opened in limited release on November 11, 2016 in the U.S. and will be released in the U.K. on March 10th.

Check out the trailers, clips, images and posters after the jump.

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The second season of the FX comedy series "Baskets" premieres today, so here are the official trailer, images and poster for the new season.

Zach Galifianakis ("The Hangover") returns as Chip Baskets, the man who wanted to be a clown, as he tries to escape Bakersfield after losing his job and Penelope. He arrives in Kettleman City where he finds work in a local elementary school, while also keeping his clown dream alive.

Created by Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel, the show also stars Martha Kelly, Louie Anderson, Tobias Jelinek and Mary Wiseman.

Check out the trailer, images and poster after the jump.