New on DVD/Blu-ray: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Gets Political, ‘Borgman’ Gets Weird, and More

Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Disney – Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD
Director: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo
Cast: Chris Evans, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson. Full cast + crew

I am in the severe minority in preferring Captain America: The First Avenger to Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And that’s not a knock on the latter, which is a fantastic, rip-roaring espionage thriller with a superhero paint coat, I just love the period nature and greatest-generation vibe that runs through First Avenger.

But we’re here to talk about Winter Soldier, which is one of the finest stand-alone Marvel movies to date. Chris Evans once again proves he’s one of the most entertaining actors…
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How Kevin Smith’s ‘Tusk’ Is Marketing Itself with Marijuana

Kevin Smith’s Red State didn’t receive the warmest reception from critics, but the film plunked the director in the middle of the horror genre — a move his comedy and comic book-loving fans didn’t necessarily see coming. He hasn’t made a movie since 2011, but Tusk promises to be a wild return to the form, having just received the approval of a weirded-out crowd at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Tusk stars Justin Long as a podcast guru who is drawn to weird tales and even weirder people. He interviews a former mariner played by Michael Parks. The old man seems innocent enough — until Long’s character realizes he’s been targeted as the bait in a very strange Cronenbergian/Human Centipede-esque…
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Jennifer Lawrence Is on Fire in This New ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ Poster

Talk about a girl on fire…

A new trailer is coming in five days, but for now get a gander of Jennifer Lawrence in full rebel gear below. In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, we’ll follow Katniss on her journey as she rallies Panem to rise up against the Capitol and learns who she can — and can’t — trust.

The movie, directed by Francis Lawrence, will come to theaters November 21. Click the image for a larger version.

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Fantastic Fest Announces Its Final Surprises for Its 10-Year Anniversary

Even though we already knew this was the 10th anniversary of Fantastic Fest and that meant one of our favorite film festivals in the world would be pulling out all the stops, not even our deepest optimist could have predicted how great the lineup would end up being. Not only is the fest delivering many U.S. premieres of what will surely be some of the finest genre films of the year, but the people behind it are also promising some fantastic, one-of-a-kind events.

Want to see House of the Devil director (and MMA superfan) Ti West fight Alamo Drafthouse owner Tim League? What about Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn hosting the world premiere of the horror movie The Hive? Want to be the first people ever to see Salma Hayek fight off wave after wave of assassins…
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Watch: A Version of ‘Godzilla’ That Features Only the ‘Godzilla’ Scenes in the Movie

One of the biggest complaints leveled against this summer’s Godzilla was that Gareth Edwards didn’t give his star nearly enough screen time. For a movie about a giant rampaging monster stomping on civilization, there’s a real dearth of monster action in the film, as Edwards chooses to focus primarily on the human drama of the story.

This is not an unheard-of technique. Spielberg’s masterful Jaws doesn’t show its titular behemoth until well into the film, and the shark doesn’t get an abundance of screen time even after his first appearance. However, in Jaws’ case, this was more out of necessity than an artistic choice. The mechanical shark didn’t work very well, so Spielberg had to work around his temperamental star.

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‘Rambo 5′ Rumored Title is ‘Rambo: Last Blood’; Filming This Fall?

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Sylvester Stallone was the “winner” of the Falling Star title in our 2014 Summer Movie Awards – and not without fair reason, either. Fact of the matter is, Sly’s last four movies – Bullet to the Head, Escape Plan, Grudge Match, and The Expendables 3 – have all performed well below expectations at the U.S. box office. Even the third Expendables and its action star-packed cast have only been able to muster $37 million in ticket sales here in the States so far (and no, as our Rob Keyes pointed out, piracy was not the reason).

Now we’re hearing talk that Rambo 5 will become a reality sooner than later, from no less …

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Toronto Film Festival: Reese Witherspoon and Cast Celebrate ‘Wild’

Riding in on the positive reception from the Telluride Film Festival, the cast and creators of Fox Searchlight’s “Wild” landed at the Shangri-La Hotel Garden Terrace Sept. 8, for a convivial two-hour soiree preceding the film’s international premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. “Wild” star Reese Witherspoon, who plays a self-destructive woman who takes a… »

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Toronto: John Travolta’s ‘The Forger’ Bought for U.S. Distribution

Saban Films has acquired U.S. rights to John Travolta’s art-heist drama “The Forger” three days before its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. It’s the second major acquisition for the five-month-old distributor, which bought Robert Duvall’s “The Homesman” at Cannes. The film has been screening for buyers this week in Toronto. SEE ALSO: Philip… »

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Toronto Film Festival: Too Many Gems, No Sole Standout

SCOTT FOUNDAS: As this year’s Toronto Film Festival hits its midpoint, the headlines are that sales have been slow and that Oscar prognosticators are still looking for The One — that mythical, anointed cinematic being that will appear before them (like Neo in “The Matrix” or the giant mechanical claw in “Toy Story”) and reveal… »

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Internet ‘Slowdown’ Helps Drive New FCC Record for Comments

As Netflix, Kickstarter, Tumblr and a host of other websites on Wednesday urged users to chime in on the need for robust net neutrality rules, the FCC said that total public comments on the issue reached a record 1,477,301. That figure is greater than the previous record, the 1.4 million comments that flooded into the… »

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