New Blu-ray Releases Red Sparrow

(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to new Blu-ray releases and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)

It’s time again to round-up the best Blu-rays available right now, and in the immediate future. This week, we have the Jennifer Lawrence spy-thriller Red Sparrow, the very funny Game Night, the surprisingly good horror-sequel Strangers: Prey At Night, and the so-dumb-it’s-fun action flick The Hurricane Heist.

Here are the new Blu-ray releases and their special features you should check out this week, and beyond.

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Disobedience review

It’s easy to remember Rachel McAdams’ most iconic performance, Regina George in Mean Girls, as little more than the ruthlessly hilarious one-liners and cutting GIF-worthy glances on the surface. But there’s so much more bubbling underneath in her performance that makes it iconic. McAdams is a master of presenting a confident, assured front while meaning or feeling something entirely different. The gulf between what she says and what she wants gets played for laughs in Mean Girls, but in her latest film, Sebastian Lelio’s Disobedience, it’s played for tension and tragedy.

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Disobedience Trailer

Rachel McAdams once put aside her love for Ryan Gosling in the sappy romance The Notebook for fear of upsetting her parents. Rachel Weisz also once partook in a secret relationship with Colin Farrell in The Lobster. Now, the two actresses face another forbidden love, but this time the relationship is condemned by the religion they were raised with.

Disobedience follows Rachel Weisz as Ronit, the black sheep of an Orthodox Jewish family living in London. She’s been spending her years in New York as a photographer, in stark contrast to the life she was meant to lead with her family. After her father (a revered rabbi in the community) dies, she returns home only to find her past waiting for her in a way that will stir up controversy in her family all over again. Read More »

Game Night Trailer

The last time Rachel McAdams got caught up in R-rated comedy shenanigans, it was in Wedding Crashers back in 2005. Now, she’s teamed up with Jason Bateman for what promises to be a deadly hilarious couples’ night.

Game Night follows Jason Bateman and McAdams as a married couple who were expecting to enjoy a weekly game night with their friends played by Kyle Chandler (Super 8), Billy Magnussen (Bridge of Spies), Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe), Lamorne Morris (New Girl), and Kylie Bunbury (Under the Dome). But when the game turns into an all-too-real kidnapping mystery, the night takes some strange and dangerous turns. Read More »

Tomb Raider TV spot

Movies, now more than ever! Here’s a round-up of some recent TV spots for some big movies coming your way very, very soon. There are two spots for the new Tomb Raider, a spot for the Jennifer Lawrence spy-thrilled Red Sparrow, and a spot for the comedy Game Night.

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Rachel McAdams in True Detective

Rachel McAdams (Doctor Strange) is close to signing up to star in the ensemble comedy Game Night, which Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (Vacation remake) are directing. Actor and co-producer Jason Bateman‘s involvement in the project began almost four years ago, and he remains attached to star. The dark, ensemble comedy is about a game night gone horribly wrong.

Below, learn more about the Jason Batman comedy.

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Lock It Up: ‘Wedding Crashers 2’ Is in the Works

Wedding Crashers 2

It’s been 11 years since Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn took matrimony by storm as John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey, two expert wedding crashers who snuck into weddings and charmed the pants off any girl they could find in the aptly named R-rated comedy Wedding Crashers. And according to the recent rules of Hollywood, that means it’s time to bring them back for a sequel.

In a recent interview, Wedding Crashers co-star Isla Fisher (who had her breakout role in the comedy) said that Wedding Crashers 2 is currently in the works. Find out what the actress had to say after the jump. Read More »

Benedict Cumberbatch Doctor Strange

Benedict Cumberbatch gives a very charismatic performance in Scott Derrickson‘s Doctor Strange. Based on the response to the film and its opening weekend at the box-office, which exceeded projections, it’s fair to say audiences have taken quite a liking to Cumberbatch’s performance as surgeon-turned-sorcerer Stephen Strange. The titular character, however, isn’t the only role he plays in Marvel’s latest.

Below, learn more about the other Benedict Cumberbatch Doctor Strange role. (Warning: SPOILERS for Doctor Strange ahead.)

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Jon Spaihts interview

2016 is a good year for screenwriter Jon Spaihts. After years of development, Spaihts’ first hot spec script, Passengers, finally got made and is coming to theaters before the year ends. On top of that, he co-wrote Marvel’s latest, Doctor Strange, with director Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill.

The origin story shows Stephen Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) transformation from an arrogant, selfish surgeon to a powerful, compassionate sorcerer. Spaihts worked on the Doctor Strange script before Derrickson and Cargill conducted rewrites, but he was the first writer to board the project to help Derrickson and MarvelKevin Feige figure out how to best tell Stephen Strange’s trippy tale.

We recently spoke with Spaihts to discuss the challenges of writing an origin story, comic book conventions, his writing process, and more. Below, read our Jon Spaihts interview.

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Doctor Strange Upside Down TV Spot

Next week, you’ll get to see how Marvel and director Scott Derrickson pulled off Doctor Strange. The character is a very different flavor of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The origin story shares obvious similarities to their past films, but in tone and execution, Doctor Strange is a slightly different, trippier, and sometimes more dramatic comic book movie. The wild visuals alone help separate Scott Derrickson’s film from the herd a little, and a new upside down TV spot uses some of the film’s grander, action-heavier shots to sell audiences on Marvel’s latest and weirdest.

Below, watch the upside down Doctor Strange upside down TV spot.

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