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The Night of the Hunter

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: The Night of the Hunter

Where You Can Stream It: Amazon Prime Video

The Pitch: When a preacher-turned-serial killer learns that his cellmate hid $10,000 on his property before he was arrested and executed, the killer decides to visit the man’s property, seduce his widow, and find the cash.

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Before he played the deranged Max Cady in Cape Fear, film noir veteran Robert Mitchum starred in one of the most enduring, quietly terrifying movies of his lengthy career. The Night of the Hunter is a gothic horror film tinged with Americana, an exquisitely crafted portrayal of the loss of childhood innocence and the twisted greed of a cunning lunatic. Read More »

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Major Orlando-area resorts are opening back up soon.
  • Disney CEO Bob Chapek shared scant details about enforcing new policies.
  • And more!

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Fewer trailers

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we try to stop progress, attempt to forge a fond with those who protect and serve, see how gender disparity plays out in Finland, and check-in with Gary Busey who is all about the animals.

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Birds of Prey Concept Art - Alternate Harley Quinn

Want see all the Batman cameos in Teen Titans Go!? Will there be more Marvel Cinematic Universe tie-ins for the final season of Agents of SHIELD? Are there serious discussions at HBO Max about David Ayer‘s cut of Suicide Squad? Did Hugh Jackman ever wear that yellow Wolverine suit? How do Iron Man and Captain America‘s characters arcs compare in the MCU? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

spelling the dream trailer

What’s more cinematic than a spelling bee?! Well, lots of things. But that doesn’t mean you should ignore Spelling the Dream, which chronicles the lives of four Indian-American students as they compete to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The documentary film by director Sam Rega is headed to Netflix next month, and you can check out the trailer below.

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netflix buys egyptian theatre

After more than a year of negotiations, Netflix has closed a deal to buy Hollywood’s historic Egyptian Theater, thereby marking a major milestone in the streaming giant’s plans to be taken seriously in the film industry and, ultimately, world domination.

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Gonjiam Haunted Asylum Remake

Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum, a very spooky found footage movie from South Korea, is getting an inevitable American remake. The original film follows a team of ghost hunters filming their overnight stay in a supposedly haunted asylum that turns out to be – you guessed it – really haunted. It’s not the most original of storylines, but it’s pretty damn effective.

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Movie Theaters Reopening Strategy

While we’re not sure if movie theaters will be opening their doors in time to get Christopher Nolan’s Tenet into theaters by the proposed July 17 release date (or if Warner Bros. will even release it), it’s very likely that they’ll at least be back in business by sometime in August. But how will movie theaters convince audiences to come back? They’ll be getting help in the form of a major marketing campaign with the support of all the major movie studios, some big name stars, and even their Hollywood agencies. Read More »

ted lasso

Holy crud! Lock the doors, hide the kids, turn off all the lights, because here comes Ted Lasso! The new Apple TV+ comedy series stars Jason Sudeikis as a college football coach from Kansas who is hired to coach a professional soccer team in England. Comedy ensues! Have I mentioned this cool cat’s name is Ted Lasso?! Far out! Apple revealed a Ted Lasso first look today, and you can see it below.

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

the wretched box office

IFC Films is winning at the box office. To be fair, there aren’t many other movies out there to compete with, but IFC’s indie horror flick The Wretched is cleaning up, remaining at the top of the charts for the fifth weekend in a row. This is an achievement that hasn’t happened since 2018’s Black Panther, and the fact that a small horror flick is following in the footsteps of a Marvel blockbuster is kind of a big deal.

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