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English, TV & Video, 1 season, 895 episodes, 5 days, 18 hours, 41 minutes
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A movie review podcast that traverses the stream of Hollywood sequels, reboots, and franchises by reviewing every installment in a series, start to finish.
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Twister

Funnel of Love Bill Paxton (Aliens) and Helen Hunt (TV’s Mad About You) rekindle their whirlwind romance as they tail tornadoes across Oklahoma in the 1996 blockbuster Twister. Will rival storm chaser Cary Elwes (Princess Bride) rain on their parade by being the first to test new technology that sees inside a cyclone?  And does this unlikely marriage between Speed director Jan de Bont, Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton, and producer Steven Spielberg still hold water 28 years later?  Find out if Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie consider this an F5 disaster when you Listen Now!
7/16/20241 hour, 22 minutes, 52 seconds
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Speed 2: Cruise Control

My Heart Will Go On (but my franchise won’t) Sandra Bullock does her best to keep a Caribbean vacation liner afloat after leech-covered psycho Willem Dafoe wires her boat to Speed 2 collision with an oil tanker in this infamous 1997 sequel. Does director Jan De Bont jump a shark trying to engage Cruise Control and sail this doomed voyage into familiar commercial waters?  And did the mega-expensive production hit the metaphorical ice
7/9/20241 hour, 26 minutes, 29 seconds
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Speed

Uneasy Riders Keanu Reeves has to keep the Speed of a Los Angeles city bus above 50 mph, or he’ll set off another bomb planted by madman Dennis Hopper in the surprise blockbuster of Summer 1994. Should passenger Sandra Bullock be trusted to take the wheel and avoid all the oncoming gridlock and freeway construction when she can’t keep her eyes off her hunky co-star?  And how did this modestly budgeted action flick become cinematographer Jan De Bont’s ticket to a big-time Hollywood directing career?  You pay no fare to hear the answers to this pop quiz now.
7/2/20241 hour, 36 minutes, 51 seconds
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Storm of the Century

The Cane Mutiny Stephen King turned ABC-TV into the Weather Channel with his three-night prime-time event: Storm of the Century. But record snowfall and gale-force winds are just a tempest in a teapot compared to the destruction caused by Colm Feore (Thor) upon arrival on a quaint Maine island. Can Tim Daly stop the future Frost Giant from terrorizing his community with more success than Wings co-star Steven Weber, who played Jack Torrence in the network’s previous King miniseries The Shining? Listen Now as Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart give you what you want!
6/25/20241 hour, 49 minutes, 39 seconds
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X - A Podcast Preview

Deep Throat Slashes Mia Goth has got that X factor that Now Playing Podcast likes in a Scream Queen, so our Summer 2024 Platinum Donation Drive features the horror trilogy she made with director Ti West (House of the Devil). What happens when our aspiring star tries to shoot an amateur porno at a Texas farm without the Bible-thumping landowners finding out? Is dotty old Pearl (also played by Goth) oblivious to the hanky panky going on in her barn, or just waiting for the right moment to step into the spotlight and make things juicy?  Donate Now to get the uncensored podcast today.
6/21/202415 minutes, 34 seconds
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Bag of Bones

A Tree Grows On Brosnan Pierce Brosnan retires from James Bond duties to write books for Stephen King in the 2011 cable miniseries Bag of Bones. But is the ghost haunting his New England cottage his recently killed wife (Haunting of Hill House’s Annabeth Gish), or a blues singer (Dreamgirls’ Anika Noni Rose) still cursing locals for wrongs received back in the 1930s? And does Mick Garris (The Stand) have anything in his bag of directing tricks to help this quiet story of grief and writer’s block take root as a TV ratings event? Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart spell it out for you now!
6/18/20241 hour, 15 minutes, 18 seconds
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Bad Boys: Ride or Die

He’s the DJ, I’m the Slapper Oscar viewers might’ve turned on Will Smith, but Martin Lawrence is still Ride Or Die for 2022’s Best Actor winner as the long-time co-stars head into a fourth Bad Boys adventure together. Can the Miami cops clear the name of dearly departed captain Joe Pantoliano (Matrix) after he’s linked to drug cartel money?  And is this duo ready for retirement now that eternal playboy Mike Lowery has found a wife and Marcus Burnett keeps having heart palpitations over his snack food diet?  Use the password SKITTLES89 to download this podcast and Find Out Now!
6/11/20241 hour, 43 minutes, 39 seconds
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Argylle

The Scribe Who Loved Me Henry Cavill may never get to be 007, but he’s tailor-made for a stylish 2024 Kingsman spin-off from Matthew Vaughn. Is his literary superspy Argylle a stunningly accurate predictor of real-life geo-political events, or merely the invention of lovelorn novelist Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World)?  And what happens when man-in-chair Sam Rockwell lets the cat out of the bag and exposes Sam Jackson, Bryan Cranston, and Catherine O’Hara to be part of a network of powerful secret agents? Find out if Manners Maketh the Manuscript when you Listen Now!
6/4/20241 hour, 32 minutes, 11 seconds
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Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

We Don’t Need Another Hardy Director George Miller crafts the fifth installment of his Mad Max Saga into an origin story for one-armed trucker Furiosa. Anya Taylor-Joy (Queen’s Gambit) takes the wheel from Charlize Theron to guide audiences from her green homeworld of Many Mothers to the sandy turf wars between Immortan Joe (Lachy Hulme) and new baddie Dementus (Chris Hemsworth). But is it wise for the 79-year-old creator to travel down his Fury Road without series icon Tom Hardy in the driver’s seat? Witness Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie make it epic with another podcast review.
5/28/20241 hour, 58 minutes, 49 seconds
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The Crow (1994) - A Podcast Preview

Bye Bye Birdie Brandon Lee returns from the grave through the power of The Crow to bring vengeance upon the Detroit punks who ruined his Halloween wedding. But can director Alex Proyas (Dark City) deliver a gritty comic book vision on par with Tim Burton’s Batman after an on-set tragedy prevented his star from completing this 1994 action flick? And how much help does the undead vigilante receive from ghostbuster Ernie Hudson, skater girl Rochelle Davis, and alt-rockers Stone Temple Pilots, Nine Inch Nails, and The Cure? Donate for Silver Level to find out now!
5/24/202411 minutes, 2 seconds
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Echo

Killers Of the Woodpecking Loon Alaqua Cox leaves New York City to reinvent herself as a Native American superhero, but that won’t stop her bad deeds in Hawkeye from coming back on her like an Echo. Can Maya Lopez restore honor to her Choctaw ancestors by baiting her abusive surrogate father, Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio), into a rematch on Oklahoma home soil?  And does the deaf character’s preference to let action speak louder than words translate into the bloodiest Disney+ effort yet?  Hear what Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart think about this 2024 MCU miniseries when you Listen Now
5/21/20241 hour, 28 minutes, 7 seconds
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Death Race: Beyond Anarchy

The End of the Road Danny Glover might be too old for Lethal Weapon, but he’s still hip enough to monetize Death Race 4, a new generation turning to the Dark Web for pay-per-view entertainment. But should gambler Danny Trejo bet on longshot action star Zach McGowan (Agents of SHIELD) to outmaneuver champion driver Frankenstein on this new prison roadway?  And does Beyond Anarchy go beyond the craziness of Roger Corman’s original movie by giving grotesques like Matilda the Hun and Nazi Bastard a shot at the crown? 100 points to the first to Listen Now!
5/14/20241 hour, 30 minutes, 27 seconds
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Death Race: Inferno

Ford Vs Kalahari Convict Luke Goss hits a speed bump on his road to freedom after Death Race 3 relocates the masked driver and his pit crew to a perilous African penitentiary. Can mechanic Danny Trejo pimp Frankenstein’s Mustang so that it withstands the sweltering Inferno of the desert, makes it through sandy terrain and hostile shantytowns, and beats ten other well-armed vehicles to the finish line?  And what are the odds that CEO Ving Rhames will steal back this ratings juggernaut from devious corporate raider Dougray Scott (Mission: Impossible II)? Listen and find out now!
5/7/20241 hour, 12 minutes, 19 seconds
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Death Race 2

The Gangrene Mile Long before Jason Statham strapped on a metal mask and drove a monstrous Mustang around a penitentiary track, bank robber Luke Goss (Hellboy 2) got fans of reality TV bloodsport revving their engines in the 2011 prequel Death Race 2. But do CEO Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction) and femme fatale producer Lauren Cohen (Walking Dead) have enough money in their streaming budget to turn shank fights in the prison yard into epic demolition derby carnage?  Find out if Danny Trejo and Sean Bean give this franchise a satisfying tune-up when you Listen Now!
4/30/20241 hour, 13 minutes, 45 seconds
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Book Review: Chapterhouse: Dune

It’s the end of the World as we know it…  … but host Stuart feels fine about wrapping up his six-podcast exploration of Frank Herbert’s epic science fiction saga with a look at the final novel, Chapterhouse Dune. Is the Bene Gesserit homeworld the perfect place to restart a worm farm after the wicked Honored Matres destroyed the original Arrakis deserts? Find out if the beef between the two most powerful Sisterhoods in the universe can be squashed when you Listen to the latest Now Playing Book Review.
4/29/202441 minutes, 39 seconds
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Death Race

The Ride of Frankenstein Jason Statham and Tyrese hone their Fast & Furious driving skills as director Paul WS Anderson (Resident Evil) reinstates Roger Corman’s campy bloodsport Death Race as a grim 2008 prison flick. Can a pit crew run by Ian McShane (Deadwood) help a wrongly convicted auto racer stay alive for all three days of the obstacle course, and get revenge on the villain actually responsible for killing Statham’s wife? And what did Oscar darling Joan Allen ever do to wind up in movie jail playing the evil warden? The race for answers starts now!
4/23/20241 hour, 26 minutes, 18 seconds
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Death Race 2050

Make America Race Again Roger Corman re-stages his cinematic Death Race a half-century after ruling the drive-ins of the 1970s. But can new Frankenstein Manu Bennett (The Hobbit) keep pace with his 2050 competition, which includes a pugilistic pop star, a religious zealot from Texas, a genetically altered himbo, and an AI-powered driverless car?  And does the fascism of Chairman Malcolm McDowell (Clockwork Orange) resemble the politics of anyone we know in 2017? Strap on your VR helmet and join fast-talking hosts Jakob, Stuart, and Brock to find out now!
4/16/20241 hour, 22 minutes, 56 seconds
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Death Race 2000

Road Kill Bill  David Carradine risks life and limb to become the most celebrated driver of Death Race 2000.  But does this automotive Frankenstein actually score more points with peace-loving rebels once he starts mowing down the folks responsible for this freeway carnage and avoids hitting women and children crossing the post-apocalyptic streets? And how much mileage do Sylvester Stallone (a year before Rocky) and Martin Kove (Karate Kid) add to their careers by taking Roger Corman’s armored go-karts into theaters four years before Mad Max? Find Out Now!
4/9/20241 hour, 26 minutes, 48 seconds
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Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire

How many licked Titans does it take to get to the center of Hollow Earth? Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3) and her Monarch scientists know it’s a bad idea to bring together Godzilla x Kong after their 2021 showdown. But somebody has got to stop a giant ape named Skar King and his captive ice dragon, Shimo, from creating a New Empire that freezes out humanity. Can Titan veterinarian Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), paranoid podcaster Brian Tyree Henry (Eternals), and Skull Island survivor Kaylee Hottle improve our odds?  Find out as Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart return to the MonsterVerse. Listen Now!
4/2/20241 hour, 23 minutes, 9 seconds
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Book Review: Heretics of Dune by Frank Herbert

The Comeback of the Original Spice Girls  Stuart is back airing his blasphemous opinions about Frank Herbert’s Dune-verse with a podcast review of fifth installment Heretics of Dune,  Things have gotten Scattered in the time since the wormy God Emperor left the throne. Find out how a new generation of Bene Gesserit and Atreides descendants are faring on the rebranded desert planet. Listen Now!
4/1/202447 minutes, 58 seconds
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Dune: Part Two

Call Me By Your Mouse Emperor Christopher Walken and Harkonnen hardasses Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Austin Butler (Elvis) are ready to turn the page on House Atreides as Part 2 of Denis Villeneuve’s Dune adaptation gets underway. Can vengeful Timothee Chalamet worm his way into the heart of cynical Zendaya, and convince the indigenous people of Arrakis to follow their messiah into an interplanetary war? And why does Josh Brolin always seem to have his hand on a weapon of mass destruction?  Find Out when you Listen Now to this epic podcast! 
3/26/20241 hour, 59 minutes, 14 seconds
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Popeye Doyle

NYPD Blue Balls  Eight months before starring as Al Bundy on Married… With Children, Ed O’Neill tried to keep pace with Gene Hackman in a TV spin-off of French Connection. Did NBC execs cancel this potential 1986 series because gruff narcotics detective Popeye Doyle was still murdering folks and violating civil liberties like it’s 1971?  Or is the bigger problem that a future sitcom shoe salesman would rather sit on his ass watching sex tapes of Audrey Landers (Dallas) than chase down crooks?  Find out if this failed pilot solves the Middle East crisis when you Listen Now!
3/19/20241 hour, 16 minutes, 28 seconds
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French Connection II

He’s strong til the finish, cause he eats his spinach (and stopped shooting heroin), he’s Popeye the Jailer Man! Gene Hackman crosses the pond to catch The Frog that avoided capture during a big time U.S. drug bust in the 1975 sequel French Connection II. But will it be any easier to find Fernando Rey on his home turf when the New York cop doesn’t speak the language and Marseilles police don’t condone his brutal investigative methods? And can fill-in director John Frankenheimer (Manchurian Candidate) replicate the adrenalized rush of the original car chases when so many characters are strung out on smack? You’ll know the score when you Listen Now!  
3/12/20241 hour, 26 minutes, 42 seconds
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The French Connection

Sadly, not the same Frog who hooked you up with a Rainbow Connection Director William Friedkin (The Exorcist) pioneers ‘70s buddy cop formula with his five-time Oscar-winning breakout film The French Connection. Has all that foot-picking in Poughkeepsie prepared crass New York City cops Gene Hackman (Superman) and Roy Scheider (Jaws) for the amount of legwork required to catch heroin smuggler Fernando Rey? And are the filmmakers the biggest criminals of all with their blatant disregard for bystander safety and traffic laws while shooting a legendary high-speed car chase? Listen and Find Out!
3/5/20241 hour, 39 minutes
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Book Review: God Emperor of Dune

The sleeper has awakened.     Stuart invites readers and sci-fi fans to follow him inside the wormhole once more as he renews his mission to cover Frank Herbert’s entire Dune literary saga. Find out what happens to Paul Atreides and his family after the movies stop, and son Leto II is proclaimed God Emperor of Dune in the pages of a mind-expanding fourth novel. Things get spicy when you Listen Now!
3/5/20241 hour, 11 minutes, 38 seconds
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Loki: Season 2

Closing Time Tom Hiddleston keeps on slippin’ slippin’ into the future (as well as 19th Century Chicago) in the concluding season of his Disney+ series Loki. Can Oscar winner Ke Huy Quon stop the Norse God from glitching everywhere all at once by making dramatic repairs to the space loom that weaves time together? And will Jonathan Majors remain an ongoing MCU presence after being convicted of offscreen villainy, or must Owen Wilson and the TVA Minutemen purge the actor from official Marvel canon?  Don’t waste a second looking for the answers. Just listen now!
2/28/20242 hours, 18 minutes, 15 seconds
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Madame Web

Insects & The City Dakota Johnson is clairvoyant EMT Madame Web, the only one who sees a future for marginal Spider-Man characters starring in their own Sony features. Can the fashionista paramedic protect a trio of teenage girls, including Sydney Sweeney (White Lotus), from toxic “ceiling guy” Tahar Rahim? And does the presence of Adam Scott (Severance) in this ambulance mean the actress is less than 50 Shades from Aunt May?  Find out if Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart will perform the compressions to bring this DOA superhero flick back to life when you Listen Now!
2/20/20242 hours, 9 minutes, 35 seconds
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Disturbia

The Kingdom of the Club Girl Skulls While under house arrest, Shia LaBeouf looks out Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window and finds more than meets the eye to David Morse (Green Mile) in the 2007 thriller Disturbia. But can the Transformers star find the physical proof that women are going missing next door if his ankle bracelet always rats out his location to Detective Viola Davis?  And is mom Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) or sexy new neighbor Sarah Roemer the next to vanish?  Find out what capital improvements have been made in the half-century since Hitch’s original. Listen Now!
2/13/20241 hour, 29 minutes, 50 seconds
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Body Double

DePalma Does Hollywood Director Brian DePalma (Carrie) reopens Rear Window 30 years later to give struggling actor Craig Wasson (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3) a peek at murder in the Hollywood Hills. Is the beautiful woman on the other end of his telescope the victim of a Peeping Tom killer wielding an oversized drill? Or is working girl Melanie Griffith playing a cruel prank on a man who likes to watch rather than take action? Find out if Alfred Hitchcock is spinning in his grave over the way his classy 1954 story of voyeurism has been turned into a sordid 1984 softcore flick when you Listen Now!
2/7/20241 hour, 34 minutes, 47 seconds
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Rear Window (1954)

The Dog Who Knew Too Much Photojournalist Jimmy Stewart breaks his leg in the line of duty and winds up stuck at the Rear Window of his Greenwich Village apartment, suspecting a neighbor of murder. But did his camera lens actually capture Perry Mason star Raymond Burr in the act of chopping up his wife? Or is the injured Peeping Tom merely projecting his marital anxieties about Grace Kelly onto another unhappy household? Join Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie as they stare deeply into Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 tale of voyeurism and trace its ongoing influence on cinema. Listen Now!
1/30/20241 hour, 29 minutes, 39 seconds
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Rear Window (1954)

The Dog Who Knew Too Much Photojournalist Jimmy Stewart breaks his leg in the line of duty and winds up stuck at the Rear Window of his Greenwich Village apartment, suspecting a neighbor of murder. But did his camera lens actually capture Perry Mason star Raymond Burr in the act of chopping up his wife? Or is the injured Peeping Tom merely projecting his marital anxieties about Grace Kelly onto another unhappy household? Join Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie as they stare deeply into Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 tale of voyeurism and trace its ongoing influence on cinema. Listen Now!
1/30/20241 hour, 29 minutes
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Ghost of Frankenstein

Trading Places Boris Karloff’s Universal Monster was thought dead but emerges from a scorching sulfuric bath looking like Lon Chaney Jr in the 1942 sequel Ghost of Frankenstein. Should this reanimated giant leave his besieged castle to hook up with a distantly related brain surgeon capable of ending his homicidal impulses?  And would the creature be better swapping his criminal brain with the cranium of the kindly doctor he killed, the little girl he kidnapped, or the abnormal bean of devious Bela Lugosi? Find out if this fourth Frankenstein chapter is a gas. Listen Now!
1/23/202454 minutes, 12 seconds
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Son of Frankenstein

Well, that’s one way to break a hung jury! Boris Karloff ends his run as a Universal Monster by getting the Son of Frankenstein to perfect the electrical waves powering his reanimated body. But can the operation be considered a success if the green guy continues to leave a trail of corpses in his wake? And has Bela Lugosi become the real monster of the franchise as new assistant Ygor, despite doing nothing more sinister than playing encouraging flute tunes for his oversized friend?  Listen Now as Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie debate whether this 1939 sequel restores honor to the Frankenstein name.
1/16/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Bride of Frankenstein

Wedding Crashers Elsa Lanchester dons the most famous beehive hairdo in movie history to walk down the aisle with Boris Karloff in The Bride of Frankenstein. Can director James Whale marry his campy sense of humor with the unused parts of Mary Shelley’s darkly philosophical novel and create an even more outrageous 1935 sequel?  And will the Monster finally give a piece of his mind to the madman who made him now that he’s gained the ability to talk?  Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob request your attendance as they discuss one of cinema’s most unholy unions. Listen Now!
1/9/202456 minutes, 15 seconds
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Frankenstein (1931)

The Original Champion Bodybuilder Lightning has struck Now Playing in 2024, prompting Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to have alive-ly debate about Frankenstein… starting with the Big Guy’s 1931 debut as a Universal Monster. Is Boris Karloff’s portrayal of an accidentally murderous reanimated corpse even more iconic than Bela Lugosi giving you the evil eye in his Dracula cape?  And how dramatically did director James Whale amputate Mary Shelley’s source novel to breathe new life into this fable about a scientist playing God? Listen to how this classic creation was stitched together right now!   
1/3/20241 hour, 12 minutes, 30 seconds
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Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

Spongebob No Chance Jason Mamoa does his best to salvage The Lost Kingdom of DC’s Justice League saga in this deep-sixed 2023 sequel to Aquaman. Is estranged brother Patrick Wilson better off in jail than helping crustaceans like Dolph Lundgren cockblock Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and his Black Trident? And how big a barnacle is Amber Heard after all her unflattering court appearances? Nicole Kidman may have “come to this place for magic,” but does the heartbreak of watching her career sink with the Snyderverse really feel good in a place like this!? Find out now!
12/27/20231 hour, 31 minutes, 22 seconds
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Watchmen (2019)

Squid Games Alan Moore’s Watchmen disbanded in 1985, but their legacy lives on in a 2019 HBO miniseries where a Rorschach-inspired militia and the offspring of Ozymandias (Jeremy Irons) try to harness the power of Dr. Manhattan. Can Regina King (Jerry Maguire) prove both Black and Blue lives matter as her masked crime fighter works with Tim Blake Nelson, Don Johnson, and former Silk Spectre Jean Smart to find a cop killer? And will showrunner Damon Lindelof (Lost) take more risks than Zack Snyder in bringing the DC superheroes to the screen?  Find out now!
12/19/20232 hours, 47 minutes
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Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Christmas with the Cranks The walls are coming down on civilization’s last city as Patricia Clarkson (Green Mile) and her wicked scientists race the clock to extract The Death Cure from Maze Runner test subjects. How much blood will Dylan O”Brien have to spill to stop his infected friends Rosa Salazar and Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Phineas & Ferb) from becoming rage virus zombies?  And is crank-y rebel leader Walton Goggins (Justified) any more of an ally than heavy Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones)? Listen Now as Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob help you find your way to the trilogy’s end.
12/12/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 56 seconds
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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Here Comes The Hot Steppers  Dylan O’Brien and his Maze Runner friends leave the labyrinth only to find themselves navigating a charred landscape full of rage virus zombies in second chapter The Scorch Trials. Can Giancarlo Esposito (Mandalorian), Lili Taylor (Conjuring), and Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan) offer these kids sanctuary from wicked scientists wanting to milk their brains? And would our hero do better to stop chasing Kaya Scodelario and date infected pistol-packer Rosa Salazar (Bird Box) instead? These burning questions get answered when you Listen Now!
12/5/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Maze Runner

Thinking Outside The Box  Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart survived the harrowing gladiator matches of The Hunger Games only to stumble into a labyrinth of dangers in the 2014 adventure The Maze Runner. Can Teen Wolf star Dylan O’Brien decode the secrets tucked within these giant granite walls, and find an escape path for a marooned tribe of teenage boys? Or will this flight to freedom be thwarted by an army of biomechanical spiders, bully Will Poulter (aka Adam Warlock), or the arrival of a girl (Kaya Scodelario)? Listen Now as the hosts guide you through another YA dystopia.
11/28/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 32 seconds
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Thanksgiving

The Town That Dreaded Markdowns Director Eli Roth (Hostel) has a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving now that a decades-long mission to expand his Grindhouse joke trailer has finally blessed the multiplex. Will holiday viewers be delighted to dine on a 17-year-old turkey overstuffed with gorey kills and T&A exploitation? Say a prayer for Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob as they gobble up this 2023 horror-comedy. 
11/21/20231 hour, 47 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Marvels

Charlie’s Bangles Brie Larson mixes it up for the sequel to her 2019 Captain Marvel debut by bringing estranged niece Teyonah Parris (WandaVision) and gushing fangirl Iman Vellani (Ms Marvel) into her 2023 Marvels adventure.  Can the trio stop trading places long enough to thwart a hammer-wielding Kree (Zawe Ashton) from disrupting the Skrull peace negotiations?  And have the years Sam Jackson spent assembling the Avengers prepared him for a mother-Flerken job herding cats in space? Listen to find out if Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob are annihilators of the MCU’s 33rd movie.
11/14/20231 hour, 52 minutes, 26 seconds
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Secret Invasion

It’s Not Easy Being Green  Sam Jackson returns from the far corners of the cosmos to help extra-terrestrial bud Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) stop a Secret Invasion of Earth by shape-shifting Skrulls. Are White House envoy Don Cheadle and MI-6 agent Olivia Colman smart to discount the aged Avenger after he broke his promise to find these radicalized aliens a new planet to inhabit? And is Nick Fury keeping other surprises about his personal life, and his time in space, tucked underneath that eye patch? Listen Now as Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart expose the truth about this 2023 Disney+ miniseries!
11/7/20232 hours, 11 minutes, 49 seconds
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Five Nights at Freddy's

Choke-E-Cheese and the Riflefire Explosion Security guard Josh Hutcherson (Hunger Games) spends Five Nights At Freddy’s looking for the reason why his younger brother went missing back in the 1980s. Could the animatronic mascots of this condemned pizzeria be at the center of a string of unsolved child abductions? And will his socially awkward little sister be the next victim after having a sleepover with these rock and roll robots, and sketching their dark secrets out in crayon?  Listen Now as Justin, Arnie, and Stuart suit up to spend Halloween inside the Now Playing Arcade.
10/31/20231 hour, 27 minutes, 28 seconds
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Killers of the Flower Moon

The Coyote of Wall Street Martin Scorsese is back with longtime acting muses Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DeNiro in the 2023 Oscar hopeful Killers of The Flower Moon. This time Leo is the taxi driver, chauffeuring Lily Gladstone around Oklahoma as uncle Bobby conspires with an entire town to fleece her Osage tribe out of oil profits. Can Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad) get the FBI to stop this wave of poisonings, bombings, and shootings before the white devils succeed in Native American genocide? Listen Now as the hosts speak truth about Leo and Marty’s sixth collaboration.
10/25/20231 hour, 35 minutes, 58 seconds
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Desperation

Can God be Love if He lets such awful things air on network television? Ron Perlman (Hellboy) is the Tak of the Town after his attempt to become the next Pennywise in the 2006 Stephen King effort Desperation. Will the possessed policeman ticket motorists Tom Skerritt (Dead Zone), Steven Weber (The Shining), Matt Frewer (The Stand), and Henry Thomas (Doctor Sleep) for driving past a cursed Arizona mine, or because he’s jealous they were in better King adaptations? And what darlings will director Mick Garris have to kill in order to turn the 700 page novel into a two hour TV movie? Find out when you Listen Now!
10/17/20231 hour, 33 minutes, 35 seconds
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Pet Sematary: Bloodlines

Sometimes dead is better than straight-to-streaming  Look what the cat dragged into Paramount Plus: a 2023 prequel to Stephen King’s beloved 1983 novel Pet Sematary.  Long before the infamous Indian burial site brought back dead pets and run over children as flesh-eating zombies, grieving father David Duchovny dug a hole to reanimate the son he lost in Vietnam. Can longtime resident Judson Crandall justify staying on these sour grounds after tracing his hometown carnage back through the Bloodlines of its founding fathers?  Walk this perilous road with Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out now!
10/10/20231 hour, 24 minutes, 14 seconds
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Saw X

See saw with a seesaw Saw is back, as is series star Tobin Bell as “Jigsaw” John Kramer. In this film, set mere weeks after the events in the original Saw, Kramer travels to Mexico seeking a cure for his brain tumor. Instead, what he finds is a scam that leads him back to his old “Jigsaw” ways with all new traps. Will this movie suck out your eyeballs with its violence and gore? Or do you need to put several ounces of gray matter in a jar to enjoy the tenth Saw release? Join our hosts Jakob, Arnie, and Marjorie now to find out!
10/3/20231 hour, 26 minutes, 57 seconds
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The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)

I Know What You Did Last Century The Phantom Killer returns to Texarkana nearly 70 years after first turning a quaint community into The Town That Dreaded Sundown.  But could the original culprit still be alive, uncaught, and wielding razor sharp band instruments in 2014? Or are these copycat slayings the handiwork of a disgruntled great-grandson, or demented fan of the 1976 Charles Pierce cult movie? And how much faith should be put in Anthony Anderson (Kangaroo Jack) and Gary Cole (Office Space) to crack the case?  Step back into the shadows with Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob and Listen Now!
9/26/20231 hour, 23 minutes, 57 seconds
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The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)

The Texas Trombone Massacre Texarkana becomes The Town That Dreaded Sundown after a psycho with a sack over his head starts terrorizing couples necking in secluded makeout spots. Can Oscar-winning Ranger Ben Johnson (Last Picture Show) expect to lead the largest manhunt in US history to this Phantom Killer if his klutzy driver can’t even keep the patrol car on the twisty gravel backroads?  And did Dawn Wells survive three seasons of Gilligan’s Island just to be shot dead in her kitchen? Listen and find out if this 1976 docudrama sheds new light on the unsolved 1946 true story.
9/19/20231 hour, 21 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Nun II

A Hard Habit to Break Valak continues to spread the evil of The Conjuring Universe throughout the churches of Europe in the 2023 sequel The Nun II. Can Sister Irene (Taissa Farmiga) return her nemesis to Hell with Father Burke out of the picture, and faithless bad girl Storm Reid (Euphoria) her only frIend? And will this demon in a wimple actually learn a thing or two about throwing shade from mortals after enrolling in a boarding school overpopulated with mean French girls?  Arnie, Marjorie, and Stuart are ready to perform the miracle of turning slaughter into whine when you Listen Now!
9/12/20231 hour, 28 minutes, 7 seconds
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She-Hulk: Attorney at Law

Law & Order: MCU Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) sees her dreams of headlining a fun lawyer show get contaminated after cousin Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) accidentally turns her into She-Hulk. Does being a giant green hothead help the Attorney At Law win high profile cases for celebrity clients like Megan Thee Stallion and Abomination (Tim Roth)?  Or will the super-prosecutor be convicted in the court of popular opinion after haters launch a nasty social media campaign against her? Learn how angry Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob get about the 2022 Disney+ series now!
9/5/20232 hours, 41 minutes, 10 seconds
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Gran Turismo

Now if someone would design a video game preparing the next generation for service work!  A college dropout’s devotion to a PlayStation racing simulator unexpectedly paves the way for his career as a professional sports car driver in the incredible true story Gran Turismo. Is Lord of the Rings star Orlando Bloom still living in a fantasy world by thinking this homebody gamer is Team Nissan’s best shot at winning the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans? And can coach David Harbour (Stranger Things) really help the lad transition from couch to car if they remain stuck on whether to turn the radio dial to Enya or Black Sabbath? Play our next podcast and find out!
8/29/20231 hour, 26 minutes, 40 seconds
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Blue Beetle

Livin’ La Vida Locust A recent college graduate (Cobra Kai’s Xolo Mariduena) goes looking for work that will keep a roof over his family’s heads, and scores a lifetime appointment as Blue Beetle. Can DC’s first Latino crimefighter satisfy audiences tired of fascists like Batman dominating the box office, and hungry for superhero flicks equipped with George Lopez jokes? And is Susan Sarandon totally buggin’ to think she can extract the alien scarab fused into the youth’s back, and market it as a one-man police force? Listen to imperialists Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart to find out now! {DC Comics Series} {Comic Book Movie Series} {DC Movie Universe} {Blue Beetle Series}
8/22/20231 hour, 48 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Last Voyage of the Demeter

As if vampires are the worst thing you’d encounter on a cruise ship. Dracula had to find dry land before he could start sucking London dry in Bram Stoker’s classic 1897 novel, which means sailing for a month on the doomed Last Voyage of The Demeter.  Will onboard medic Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton) go down with the ship before he solves the mystery of why so many crew members sport holes in their necks? And does Javier Botet (Conjuring 2) ride the same wave of success that carried Bela Lugosi, Frank Langella, Nick Cage, and all the other Universal nosferatu to infamy?  Listen and find out!
8/18/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 11 seconds
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

The 40 Year Old Terrapin Fanboy producer Seth Rogan brings Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Rafael back to big screens to frolic in the radioactive green ooze that first transformed them into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 40 years ago. Should the foursome heed the warnings of rodent mentor Splinter (Jackie Chan) to stay hidden from humans in the sewer? Or answer the call of cub reporter April O’Neil (Ayo Edebiri) to thwart villain Superfly (Ice Cube) before he vaporizes everyone in New York?  Find out if this Mutant Mayhem is more toxic than a Michael Bay creation. Listen Now!
8/15/20231 hour, 26 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ms. Marvel

Sisterhood of the Traveling Partition 16-year-old cosplayer Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) fulfills her ambition to be like idol Brie Larson after she straps on her great-grandmother’s magic bracelet, and becomes Ms. Marvel in a 2022 Disney+ miniseries. Can the fledgling superhero heal generational trauma dating back to Pakistan’s split from India by stopping supernatural family members from opening The Veil of Noor, and wiping out life on Earth?  And how will the self-described “brown girl from Jersey City” honor Muslim tradition while following her cosmic dreams?  Listen and find out.
8/8/20232 hours, 9 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Green Mile

The Shawshank Reinvention Prison guard Tom Hanks walks the condemned down The Green Mile to the electric chair for a living, but takes a different path after meeting magical healer Michael Clarke Duncan (Armageddon) behind bars. Was a jury in Depression Era Louisiana blinded by racial prejudice when they convicted the enormous black man of brutally murdering angelic white twins?  And does director Frank Darabont get the same mileage out of another Stephen King jailhouse melodrama as he did with Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins?  Listen and find out!
8/1/20231 hour, 51 minutes, 56 seconds
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Oppenheimer

…or How I Learned to Start Worrying And Make A Bomb Christopher Nolan offers an intimate look at the Father of the Atomic Age in his epic new biopic Oppenheimer. Is Cillian Murphy even scarier than his Batman Begins villain when he delivers the means of mankind’s destruction to military bigwig Matt Damon at the start of the Cold War?  Or should we feel sympathy for the bewildered scientist once Robert Downey Jr persecutes him and wife Emily Blunt for perceived Communist leanings? Find out if this director is paving a road to the Oscars, or turning summer movie season radioactive with his pretensions. Listen Now! 
7/25/20232 hours, 27 minutes, 30 seconds
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Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One

Because it’s a global crisis when Tom Cruise loses his keys Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart accept a seventh assignment to review a Mission: Impossible movie… make that half a movie… as Part 1 of Dead Reckoning explodes onto the big screen. Has artificial intelligence gotten so savvy that it can predict every move Ethan Hunt and his IMF regulars Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, and Rebecca Ferguson are going to make?  Or can Tom Cruise beat the computers by performing dangerous leaps off a mountain on his motorcycle without digital fakery?  Find out if this franchise is set to self-destruct when you Listen Now!  
7/18/20232 hours, 19 minutes, 24 seconds
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Insidious: The Red Door

Paint It Black Patrick Wilson steps away from the Conjuring universe and returns to his roots via The Red Door to direct the Lambert family through another Insidious ordeal. Does eldest son Dalton (Ty Simpkins) undo the hypnotic conditioning meant to protect him from demonic possession when he enrolls in a liberal arts college that heightens his artistic abilities? And does Lipstick Face Demon (Joseph Bishara) have more fun hazing frat bros than he would hiding from Elise, Specs, and Tucker? Look no Further for the answers. The podcast review is ready now!
7/12/20231 hour, 32 minutes, 20 seconds
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You can now get our bonus review podcasts individually in our Patreon Digital Store! Hear OVER FOUR HUNDRED bonus movie review podcasts. Alien! Child's Play! Planet of the Apes! Psycho! And, yes, the reviews of Evil Dead Rise and Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny are on there too. The store is at Patreon.com/NowPlayingPodcast Watch the video to find out all the details. And thank you for supporting Now Playing Podcast!
7/10/202311 minutes, 7 seconds
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U.S. Marshals

New Jack Hustler Tommy Lee Jones and his U.S. Marshals are on the hunt for a new outlaw in the 1998 sequel to The Fugitive. Is Wesley Snipes able to keep pace with Harrison Ford as he flees a plane crash and his bad reputation for killing government agents, selling secrets to the Chinese, and not paying income tax?  And is Robert Downey Jr a valuable addition to Sam Gerard’s team, or will his smarmy stances polarize in the same way Iron Man broke apart the Avengers?  Get righteous with this long-running franchise when you join Brock, Arnie, and Stuart now!
7/4/20231 hour, 26 minutes, 55 seconds
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The Fugitive

Presumed Guilty Harrison Ford goes on the lam after being wrongly sentenced to Death Row in The Fugitive, the 1993 blockbuster movie adaptation of the hit 1960s TV show.  Can the convicted surgeon use his medical cunning to track down the one-armed man actually responsible for murdering his wife?  And did running from all those boody-trapped boulders prepare the Indiana Jones star for navigating the mean streets of Chicago while evading capture from Oscar-winning pursuer Tommy Lee Jones (MIB)? Listen Now as Brock, Stuart, and Arnie chase down the answers.      
6/27/20231 hour, 29 minutes, 42 seconds
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The Flash (2023)

Bratman Returns Time is running out for the DCU unless The Flash (2023) can reverse the damage done by problematic star Ezra Miller, and deliver some meta-human box office. Does grabbing an extra can of crushed tomatoes from a supermarket shelf spare Barry Allen a lifetime of tragedy, or just turn all superhero continuity into a bowl of spaghetti? And can he clean up Ben Affleck’s “bat mess” by bringing audiences back to the glory days of Michael Keaton?  Get your quick fix of Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie when you catch their latest podcast review. Listen Now!
6/20/20232 hours, 9 minutes, 18 seconds
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Transformers: Rise of the Beasts

Bumble in the Jungle The planet-eating Unicron will devour all of Earth unless Optimus Prime and his Autobots help promote the Rise of the Beasts - the next phase of Transformers evolution. Do 30 foot tall mechanical gorillas, cheetahs, and falcons hold the key to mankind’s (and the franchise’s) future?  And can Broadway star Anthony Ramos (Hamilton) learn to work with the team, and trust a talking Porsche that sounds like SNL’s Pete Davidson? Buckle up and join Justin, Stuart, and Arnie for this next stretch of road in the long-running Hasbro series. Listen Now!
6/13/20231 hour, 57 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Boogeyman

Blame It On The Boogie Chris Messina (Birds of Prey) wonders if psychotic patient David Dastmalchian (Suicide Squad) might be innocent of killing his three children after The Boogeyman he described in session starts stalking the therapist and his two daughters. Will eldest kid Sophie Thatcher (Yellowjackets) find more than skeletons in the closet once she starts rummaging through her dead mother’s things? And does found footage director Rob Savage (Dashcam) expand this Stephen King short story with more skill than most Night Shift adaptations?  Listen Now!
6/9/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 49 seconds
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Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

The Spider And The Fly Girl Miles Morales swings Across The Spider-Verse to reconnect with best friend Gwen Stacey five years after collecting the Oscar for his first animated adventure. Has the superhero jeopardized the structural integrity of everything by refusing to be the self-sacrificing Spider-Man we’ve seen in so many previous comic books and movies? And do new friends Spider-Woman (Issa Rae), Spider-Punk (Daniel Kaluuya) and Spider-Man India (Karan Soni) widen this story’s appeal? Find out if the sequel hits The Spot for Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob when you Listen Now!  
6/6/20231 hour, 47 minutes, 18 seconds
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The Flash (1990)

Mercury In Retrograde Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart are Flash-ing back to 1990, an era of television when there was only one DC comic book character on prime time. Soap star John Wesley Shipp spent an entire season as Barry Allen in a bulky red suit, chasing down CBS audiences who were quickly turning the dial to The Cosby Show and other light-hearted fare. Was the Red Speedster simply ahead of the superhero trend, or stuck in a rush job rip-off of Tim Burton’s Batman? You don’t have to wait for answers about this pilot to the quickly-canceled TV show. Listen Now!
5/31/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 53 seconds
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Fast X

Infiniti War Jason Momoa starts a street fight that stretches from East LA to Antarctica in Fast X, and Vin Diesel is furious after his family gets framed for terrorism in Rome. Can Brie Larson help the Toretto car cult clear their name as police, mercenaries, and new Agency boss Alan Ritchson (Reacher) chase them across the global highways? And what side will hacker Cipher (Charlize Theron) choose after her dark web activity gets her stabbed in the back? Find out if the podcasters agree with grandma Rita Moreno that this franchise is built to last. Listen Now!
5/24/20232 hours, 18 minutes, 35 seconds
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Detention

What happens when you teach Critical Wraith Theory Arnie, Stuart, and Justin are done reviewing video game movies if they can make it through Detention, an award-winning 2019 ghost story that started life as an online 2-D side-scroller. Is a Taiwanese schoolgirl forever damned to relive lessons in torture after falling asleep in class, and waking up hunted by a towering, neck-snapping demon? Or is the real nightmare the historically accurate executions of teachers and students happening over banned books? Take this hall pass and join us for the final Now Playing Arcade installment.  Listen Now!
5/16/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 12 seconds
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

We Are Groot-ful You Came Back James Gunn gives his Guardians of the Galaxy an epic send-off before he abadons Marvel for a suicidal mission to save the DCU. Volume 3 has the lovable A-holes reuniting to save Rocket (Bradley Cooper) after he’s mortally injured by Adam Warlock (Will Poulter). Can Drax, Mantis, and Nebula stop bickering long enough to find answers at the biotech company that created the wise-cracking racoon? And will Star Lord Chris Pratt get a second chance at love with his green girl Gamora (Zoe Saldana)? Find out when you take the road to Knowhere with Now Playing.
5/10/20232 hours, 8 minutes, 58 seconds
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Werewolves Within

Oculus Riffs Park ranger Sam Richardson (Veep) wonders if there are Werewolves Within his chipper New England community after finding a trail of bodies in the snowy wilderness. Will a night of finger-pointing at the guests of the Beaverfield Inn get to the bottom of these canine attacks, or just lead to more murder and unneighborly behavior?  And will Ubisoft’s 2016 virtual reality game continue to play as a 2021 horror-comedy with a cast of almost famous jokesters? Arnie, Justin, and Stuart aren’t letting sleeping dogs lie. The truth comes out when you Listen Now!     
5/3/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 24 seconds
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Tetris

Having a good blockhead for business The walls close in on video game entrepreneur Taron Egerton (Kingsman) after he risks everything to travel behind the Iron Curtain and secure the rights to Tetris. Can the American dodge KGB agents and stay ahead of his corrupt competition to win the heart of a Soviet programmer who can’t even profit from sales of his game? And is there anything BASIC about the way the pieces of this Cold War true story come together beyond the computer coding? The answers are available on all platforms when you plug into the Now Playing Arcade. Listen Now!
4/25/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 42 seconds
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Renfield

How to Skin Friends and Influence People Count Dracula would like to believe the sun rises and sets around him in all his many screen adventures, but the spotlight finally falls on overshadowed servant Renfield in this 2023 sequel. Can Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies) find the confidence to escape a 90 year toxic relationship with narcissist Nicolas Cage before he’s gaslit into committing more murders for the vampire?  And shouldn’t New Orleans cop Awkwafina be able to do better for herself than a guy with more bugs than teeth in his mouth? Listen Now to find out if this familiar story still rises to full power.
4/19/20231 hour, 28 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023)

Now You’re Re-playing With Power Chris Pratt gives voice to Nintendo’s mascot in the splashy new Super Mario Bros Movie. But did the Brooklyn plumber level up from poorly rendered previous incarnations starring Captain Lou Albano and Bob Hoskins by letting Illumination Studios (Despicable Me) animate his 2023 adventure?  And do Princess Peach (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Donkey Kong (Seth Rogan) really need help stopping lizard Bowser (Jack Black) from invading their pixelated kingdoms? Listen and find out if Stuart, Justin, and Arnie are (raccoon) suited to review the latest Arcade entry.
4/11/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 48 seconds
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Children of the Corn (2023)

Look Who’s Stalk-ing The sole survivor of a police standoff at a rural daycare imposes her own brand of justice on the adult world by indoctrinating Children of the Corn farmers into a Nebraskan eco-death cult. But are these pint-sized zealots praying to a supernatural deity that prowls their endless fields, or hallucinating from the industrial chemicals unwisely sprayed on their dying crops?  Find out if monsters or Monsanto are the reason why in 2023 Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob are paying tribute to the eleventh installment of Stephen King’s most enduring franchise. Listen Now!
4/5/20231 hour, 27 minutes, 19 seconds
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John Wick: Chapter 4

John Wick is the stair-master It's been four years since John Wick's last Chapter, but in that time the appetite for the series has only grown. The super-assassin out-grossed super-heroes Black Adam and Shazam 2, bringing in over $70 million in the first weekend. But is the book of Wick starting to get too long (with this installment alone running 2 hours and 50 minutes)? And how much more can be done with gun-fu? Join our hosts for this new movie review to find out!
3/29/20231 hour, 51 minutes, 19 seconds
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Shazam! Fury of the Gods

Taste The Rainbow, Marvel Lovers Zachary Levi’s boyish superhero Shazam unleashes the Fury of the Gods onto Philadelphia after he accidentally frees the three Daughters of Atlas from a celestial prison. Is it beneath Oscar-winning Queen Helen Mirren to wrestle her birthright powers away from a bunch of foster kids? And can lovestruck West Side Story siren Rachel Zegler convince older sister Lucy Liu (Kill Bill) not to grow a garden of mythical monsters to wipe out humanity? Download Now Playing’s current show and find out if lightning strikes twice for DC’s most fun-loving character!
3/22/20231 hour, 39 minutes, 25 seconds
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Scream VI

Ghostface Takes Manhattan Jenna Ortega (Wednesday) might’ve left behind the slaughter of Woodsboro in Scream VI, but college in the Big Apple will continue to test her knowledge of scary movies and survival. Is the new killer one of the social media haters routinely slandering older sister Samantha (Melissa Barrera) for being Billy Loomis’ daughter? Or should closer tabs be kept on returning survivor Kirby Reed (Hayden Panettiere)?  And is this the final chapter for Friend-less reporter Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox)?  Listen Now as Arnie, Marjorie, and Stuart answer the sequel’s call.
3/14/20231 hour, 34 minutes, 34 seconds
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Creed III

Killmonger vs. Kang: Rumble in Wakanda Whenever his back was against the ropes Michael B. Jordan always had Sylvester Stallone and Black Panther director Ryan Coogler in his corner.  But Creed III finds Apollo’s son fighting in the arena alone - Jordan’s directorial debut is also the first movie in the Rocky series not to involve Sly. Can the Killmonger actor prove that he’s the real box office powerhouse while taking on his old frenemy Jonathan “Kang” Majors?  Find out if this franchise still packs a punch when you get into the ring with Arnie, Jakob, and Brock.  Listen Now!
3/7/20231 hour, 35 minutes, 12 seconds
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Dracula Untold

Bat Man Forever Think you know everything about Bram Stoker’s infamous vampire after a century of big screen adaptations? The 2014 prequel Dracula Untold promises to shed new light on the legend’s days as an undead Transylvanian swordsman. Can Fast and Furious heavy Luke Evans resist the urge to lap blood off the battlefield once he strikes a devilish bargain to defeat an invading Turkish sultan? And would the historical Vlad The Impaler really comply with Universal Studios’ unholy masterplan to rebrand their iconic movie monsters as superheroes? Listen and find out.
2/28/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

Catch Me If You Kang Marvel superheroes Ant-Man and the Wasp experience big problems after they, and immediate family members, get shrunk inside a trippy universe teeming with warfare and talking broccoli. Is grandma Michelle Pfeiffer experienced enough with jumpstarting spaceships (and jumping into bed with Bill Murray) to get her marooned clan safely home? And will troubles continue to multiply for Paul Rudd and daughter Cassie once modified nemesis Yellowjacket hunts them down? Listen Now to learn how many holes Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob find in Quantumania!
2/21/20231 hour, 51 minutes, 41 seconds
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Bram Stoker's Dracula

I never drink… wine (unless it comes from the Coppola vineyard) Gary Oldman turns his back on God and Bela Lugosi’s tailor to play Bram Stoker’s Dracula in curlers and a red kimono. But is prudish Winona Ryder the kind of woman a daywalker would hound for centuries? Should someone chain hammy Anthony Hopkins next to Renfield for his crazy ideas about stopping STDs with swords and stakes? And do we blame a trio of vampire brides for draining the life from Keanu Reeves’ performance, or his sticky English accent?  Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie make listeners an offer they can’t refuse with their latest podcast.
2/14/20231 hour, 35 minutes, 25 seconds
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Dracula (1979)

Stayin’ Alive Frank Langella might be 500 years old, but he still struts into 20th Century London ready to disco the night away in the 1979 incarnation of Dracula. Can Saturday Night Fever director John Badham make Bram Stoker’s ladykiller look attractive to liberated women when the dude doesn’t even have a car?  Or does Kate Nelligan date the bad boy vampire as a way of avoiding her stuffy boyfriend, controlling father Donald Pleasance, and foul duties at a madhouse? Listen Now as Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart continue their history of Universal Studios’ biggest monster.
2/7/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 57 seconds
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Son of Dracula

The Big Slurp Lon Chaney Jr. knew the pressures of living up to an iconic father’s legacy even before he agreed to be the Son of Dracula in 1943. Can the second generation horror star pioneer another classic Universal Monster without donning the extensive movie make-up that made him such a convincing Wolf Man? And did his Count Alucard overestimate the influence vampires have on women when he accepted the invitation of a scheming occultist to her New Orleans plantation? Find out how backwards this second Dracula sequel really is when you Listen Now.
1/31/202359 minutes, 13 seconds
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Dracula's Daughter

Daddy’s Little Ghoul Bela Lugosi is dead, but Countess Marya Zeleska is ready to don her father’s cape and step into the spotlight as the next Universal Monster, Dracula’s Daughter. Will her habit of leaving holes in the necks of women wandering alone in the London fog ring as familiar to incarcerated vampire hunter Professor Von Helsing?  And can an obsessed psychiatrist put this undead pariah through conversion therapy using a funky hypnosis machine before she puts him inside a Transylvanian casket.  Find out if this sequel has bite when you listen to the latest podcast.
1/25/202357 minutes, 36 seconds
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Dracula (1931)

The Original Pain in the Neck Dracula became the premier Universal Monster in 1931 when he leapt from the Broadway stage onto film screens for the first official adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel. Can star Bela Lugosi still mesmerize with that piercing stare of his? Or is hearing that thick Hungarian accent what gave the shivers to folks new to talking pictures? And did Carlos Villarias prove how bite-lingual this vampire can be in the concurrently shot Spanish version of the story? Learn if Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie send this ancient horror back to rest in the earth in which it was buried. Listen Now!
1/18/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 18 seconds
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Soylent Green - A Podcast Preview

Where’s the beef? Charlton Heston got his damned dirty paws on the 1966 sci-fi novel Make Room! Make Room! and turned it into Soylent Green, his third foray into cinematic dystopia.  Is it easier to swallow a future where New York City is overrun by talking monkeys or albino vampires rather than believe it could survive without a decent restaurant? How much more will rents go up when apartments come furnished with high class call girls?  And are old folks like Edward G Robinson buying the farm, or providing the livestock?  Find out when you sink your teeth into this Gold Level podcast.
1/13/202312 minutes, 15 seconds
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Nosferatu the Vampyre

Somehow I didn’t imagine the children of the night making such New Age music Director Werner Herzog revives the uniquely German take on the Dracula myth with his 1979 remake of Nosferatu The Vampyre. Klaus Kinski emerges from the shadow of Max Schreck’s silent era performance to put his own morose spin on the Transylvanian Count who longs to spend eternity with Isabelle Adjani.  Can Van Helsing stop a plague of rats from spreading madness throughout Central Europe? Or will romantic audiences actually root for the bloodsucker to beat out aloof husband Bruno Ganz for the heart of the girl?  Listen and find out!
1/10/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 34 seconds
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Nosferatu (1922)

The oldest movie we will ever review! (Probably) A decade before Universal Studios made Dracula the centerpiece of their stable of movie monsters, German visionary FW Murnau put his own spin on Bram Stoker’s literary creation with the 1922 silent classic Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror.  Is Max Schreck’s iconic portrayal of Count Orlock the vampire that all other cinematic incarnations aspire to be?  And is the plague being spread by this creature of the night really anti-seminism and Nazi fervor?  Find out if Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob stick their lovely throats out for this bootleg bloodsucker.  Listen Now!
1/3/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 10 seconds
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Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Daniel Craig is back as the famed Knives Out detective Benoit Blanc, crashing the private Greek isle of billionaire Edward Norton (Fight Club) to see which of his “disruptor” friends is planning to put him in a glass coffin.  Will the killer turn out to be canceled starlet Kate Hudson with the crossbow at the Infinity Pool?  Maybe Men’s Rights influencer Dave Bautista with the wrench on Twitch?  Or is ex-wife Janelle Monae out to shatter the illusion of a cordial uncoupling? Join Justin, Stuart, and Arnie as they put the pieces of this Glass Onion together.
12/28/20221 hour, 31 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special

'Tis the Season to experience your favorite Marvel a-holes clumsily learning that meaning of gift giving, and experiencing the fellowship of kidnapping, in the Disney+ event The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. Can Mantis and Drax cheer up Star-Lord Chris Pratt about his recent box office slump by decreasing his degrees of separation from a true movie star like Kevin Bacon? Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart cap a year of Phase Four entertainment with this stocking stuffer “thank you” to all their naughty and nice listenership. Cut loose and download the fun!
12/25/202254 minutes, 9 seconds
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Avatar: The Way of Water

James Cameron takes audiences back to Pandora by Way of Water with his long-anticipated sequel to Avatar. Are the domestic dreams of Na’vi couple Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana torpedoed now that nemesis Stephen Lang and his military outfit are brought back to life in new, blue bodies?  And can the Sully children adapt to an ocean teeming with aquatic dangers after their clan relocates to Kate Winslet’s coastal village? Don’t hold your breath waiting for these answers. Hear Arnie, Marjorie, and Stuart provide for their Now Playing family right now!
12/21/20221 hour, 43 minutes, 6 seconds
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Metropolis - A Podcast Preview

Crime!  Inflation!  Oppression!  Yes, today’s headlines look bad, but not as bleak as the Metropolis that director Fritz Lang envisioned all the way back in 1927.  Will the skyscrapers of the future fall like the Tower of Babel after a sexy fem-bot incites factory workers to tear down the machines that run their city?  And should a mama’s boy who defies his moneybags father just so he can court a virgin in the urban underbelly be called a savior, or the heart of the problem?  Start exploring 100 Years of Dystopia when you Donate for Gold Level now!
12/16/202220 minutes, 12 seconds
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Knives Out

Quantum of Malice Star Wars fanboys had their Knives Out for Rian Johnson in 2019, but the writer/director survives their harsh verdicts of The Last Jedi by following it up with a hit murder mystery. Daniel “007” Craig stars as a celebrated Cajun investigator summoned to the mansion of a dead crime novelist to determine if he was murdered. Could the culprit be Michael Myers survivor Jamie Lee Curtis, queasy maid Ana de Armas (No Time To Die), or Captain America himself Chris Evans?  Find out if Arnie, Justin, and Stuart have a Clue about this caper in their latest podcast.
12/13/20221 hour, 23 minutes, 4 seconds
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Confess, Fletch

Jon Hamm is urged to “Confess, Fletch” after a coed is found murdered in his Boston rental apartment.  But the real mystery is whether movie fans will accept someone new in the title role.  Is the Mad Men star too suave to wear the disguises, and make the jokes Chevy Chase did, as the intrepid reporter infiltrates a snooty yacht club to recover missing paintings?  And could any of the eccentric suspects - including germaphobe Kyle MacLachlan and horny countess Marcia Gay Harden - get away with stealing the spotlight?  The hosts are on the case.  Listen Now!
12/7/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 30 seconds
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Fletch Lives

Chevy Chase finds a dead woman in his bed, the Ku Klux Klan on his lawn, and televangelists on his TV praying for his inheritance, now that Fletch Lives in a bequeathed Louisiana plantation.  Will the investigative reporter clear his name of murder charges, or be forced to spend retirement concealing his identity in a series of extravagant disguises?  And is the smoking ooze being dumped on Fletch’s new property as toxic as his treatment of women? Listen now as Stuart, Justin, and Arnie debate freeing this unpopular sequel from movie jail. 
11/29/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 17 seconds
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Fletch

Beverly Hills Copycat Chevy Chase takes a vacation from Saturday Night Live and National Lampoon movies to star as investigative reporter Fletch in this beloved 1985 mystery.  Can the comedic chameleon unmask the real reasons why shady yuppie Tim Matheson (Animal House) hires a beach bum to break into his mansion and murder him?  And will the jocular journalist be laughed out of town if he runs the headline that Norm from Cheers fronts a massive drug trafficking operation out of a hot dog stand?  Get the full scoop when you download the latest Now Playing podcast.
11/22/20221 hour, 20 minutes, 6 seconds
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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Waiting To Impale Wakanda Forever mourns the loss of King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), but that doesn’t mean a worthy successor can’t slip into the cat suit and become the next Black Panther.  But can anyone stop the advanced African nation from being sunk by an underwater South American society also armed with an arsenal of Vibranium?  Or is new rival Namor too light on his feet to fight off fierce females Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Lupita N’yong’o, and Danai Gueria? Let favorite colonizers Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart dry your tears with their latest podcast. Listen Now!
11/15/20222 hours, 11 minutes, 52 seconds
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The Wicker Man (1973) - A Podcast Preview

Edward Woodward (TV’s original Equalizer) travels to a remote Scottish island in search of a missing schoolgirl and finds The Wicker Man instead. Does the original 1973 cult film live up to its legacy as one of the greatest British horror films of all time?  And what scares the hosts more: that Christopher “Dracula” Lee might have murdered this child in an occult harvest ritual, or that he celebrates the sacrifice by donning drag to lead nudist villagers in song-and-dance?  Enjoy the fruits of Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart’s labours when you Donate for Platinum this Fall.
11/12/20229 minutes, 5 seconds
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Collateral Damage

He’ll be back…. in inferior Terminator sequels and straight-to-streaming crap. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s movie star reputation took a big hit when Collateral Damage was released in the shadow of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Can today’s audiences better appreciate his tough guy approach to a South American cartel leader (Cliff Curtis) who inadvertently killed Ahnold’s wife and child in a Los Angeles consulate bombing? Or is the whole film really just propaganda for the Governator’s entry into California politics? Join Brock, Stuart, and Arnie as they say “hasta la vista” to the last action hero of the 20th Century. Listen Now!
11/8/20221 hour, 21 minutes, 52 seconds
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Werewolf by Night

Jack Russell: The Furred Avenger Gael Garcia Bernal (Coco) might look like a typical Marvel superhero in the daylight, but he becomes a Werewolf By Night in order to protect the other monsters of the MCU.  Can he outsmart six skilled hunters as they descend upon a labyrinth to slay a mythical beast and collect the powerful Bloodstone?  And can Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie really root for anyone willing to rescue Man-Thing from movie jail? Get the details on Disney’s 2022 Halloween Special in black and white when you download the latest Now Playing podcast. Listen Now!
10/31/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 45 seconds
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Black Adam

The S stands for Hurt Dwayne Johnson cooks up a different kind of Shazam for the DC Cinematic Universe as the homicidal metahuman Black Adam explodes onto the big screen. Is he the hero that an ancient Middle Eastern country needs after a tyrant seizes their crown and threatens Hell on Earth?  Or is Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), Hawkman (Aldis Hodge) and the Justice Society right to try and capture lightning in a bottle before someone gets killed?  Don’t wait an Eternium for the answers. Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob are ready to take you into the darkness. Listen Now!
10/26/20221 hour, 39 minutes, 45 seconds
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Halloween Ends

Out of Shape Jamie Lee Curtis tried to move on from the curse of Michael Myers, but another Haddonfield Halloween Ends in blood and screams after granddaughter Allyson goes trick-or-treating with  psycho babysitter Corey.  Can the franchise’s original boogeyman teach this wannabe anything about being an old school slasher icon, or is Michael wise to keep his face out of this latest installment?  Find out if director David Gordon Green has given Carpenter’s legacy a new beginning when you download the latest podcast from Brock, Stuart, and Arnie.  Listen now!
10/19/20221 hour, 59 minutes, 24 seconds
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Hellraiser (2022) - A Podcast Preview

Hulu tries to rescue the Hellraiser franchise from a purgatory of underwhelming sequels by re-configuring the original 1987 Clive Barker gorefest into an elevated 2022 reboot. Will a recovering drug addict become the pin-up girl for a Just Say No campaign against soul-tearing Cenobites after she gets high and accidentally opens their infamous puzzle box? Find out if Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob are ready to tear apart the vision of new director David Bruckner (The Night House) when you Donate at the Such Sights To Show You Level this October.
10/14/202222 minutes, 17 seconds
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The 6th Day

Total Remake Arnold Schwarzenegger sees double after corrupt CEO Tony Goldwyn (Scandal) and geneticist Robert Duvall (The Godfather) duplicate his DNA in The 6th Day. Can the aging action star stop a clone from co-opting his career and family? Or will goons Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Terry Crews (Expendables) terminate the Twins star before he can get to the choppah and expose their illegal practices?  Find out how original this sci-fi thriller from the year 2000 really is when you listen to your Sim-Pals Stuart, Brock, and Arnie.
10/12/20221 hour, 45 minutes, 49 seconds
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End of Days

It’s the End of Days for Schwarzenegger’s movie career unless he can update his 80s action hero image for the gritty new millennium. Will it take a miracle for the Now Playing hosts to accept the Austrian bodybuilder as faithless Jericho Cane, a mercenary who must put down the bottle and embrace the rocket launcher of God in order to stop Satan (Gabriel Byrne) from impregnating Robin Tunney? Does the movie fall to pieces the second a leering albino pops up to propose the booty call? Cut out our tongues and we’ll still speak the Gospel truth. Listen Now!
10/5/20221 hour, 16 minutes, 41 seconds
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Eraser

Arnold Schwarzenegger refuses to remove “action hero” from his identity as he suits up for summer 1996 blockbuster Eraser. Can he, James Caan, and the US Marshals help a comely whistleblower escape into Witness Protection before she’s hunted down by a cabal of high powered politicians?  And is the aging Terminator equipped to fight off a kamikaze airplane, a tank full of gators, and an experimental rifle that can pinpoint targets even through walls?  Pencil in time with Brock, Stuart, and Arnie as they look deeper into this film icon’s career. Listen Now!
9/28/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 49 seconds
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True Lies

Jamie Lee Curtis hides an affair from husband Arnold Schwarzenegger, oblivious that he too conceals a double life as a spy capable of terminating her boyfriend Bill Paxton in the deceptively comedic 1994 blockbuster True Lies. Is it possible to translate a modest French farce into a pumped up James Cameron spectacle?  And who the hell is Tom Arnold (aka Mr Roseanne Barr) to give marital advice to anyone?  Brock, Arnie, and Stuart are ready to share their honest impressions about this next entry on Ahnold’s action star resume. Listen now!
9/21/20221 hour, 32 minutes, 26 seconds
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Last Action Hero

Arnold Schwarzenegger might’ve been a kindergarten cop, but he has no authority over the 10-year-old boy jawing in his ear throughout his 1993 box office bomb The Last Action Hero. Was it a Big Mistake for the movie icon to partner with a know-it-all fan eager to point out every cliche of his cinematic character? Or did Die Hard director John McTiernan and Lethal Weapon scribe Shane Black elevate the action genre with clever self-awareness that wouldn’t be hip for another decade? Brock, Arnie, and Stuart provide the magic ticket when you Listen Now!
9/14/20221 hour, 45 minutes, 49 seconds
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Join Stuart, Arnie, and Brock for some Ooky, Spooky fun!

As the Fall season begins, so comes time for ooky, spooky fun with Now Playing! Our Fall/Winter 2022 Donation Drive is underway, kicking off with our Silver Level: The Addams Family! We're reviewing six Addams films, from the original TV cast to last year's animated road-trip adventure. Plus we have our Gold 100 Years of Dystopia series, our Platinum Wicker Man series, and new installments in Jeepers Creepers, M. Night Shymalan, and even Hellraiser!  Listen to this podcast preview for a sample of our Addams Family Values and information on how to get all the season's bonus podcast treats!
9/10/202212 minutes, 14 seconds
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Red Heat

Arnold Schwarzenegger peels back the Iron Curtain, steps naked from a Russian sauna, and  brings some Red Heat to the mean streets of Chicago in this 1988 buddy-cop action flick.  Can the Soviet strongman learn the American way of implementing justice from wiseass detective James Belushi (K-9), and bring down the international drug dealer that killed his partner? And does 48 HRS director Walter Hill make their screen chemistry crackle like he did with Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy? Find out when you get on the bus with Arnie, Brock and Stuart. Listen now!
9/7/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 36 seconds
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Raw Deal

Arnold Schwarzenegger made a Raw Deal with producer Dino DeLaurentiis when he opted to star in this 1986 flop instead of a third Conan film. Can the muscle bound lawman get back in the good graces of the FBI (and his nagging wife) by infiltrating the Chicago mob, and avenging the death of Darren McGavin’s son?  And does this unhappy onscreen marriage resemble any real life fireworks going on between Ahnold and new bride Maria Shriver?  Find out if Brock, Stuart, and Now Playing’s Arnie terminate this unsung entry on the Austrian he-man’s resume.
8/31/20221 hour, 57 seconds
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Commando

Twenty years before he was California’s governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger went Commando to assassinate the deposed President of a fake Latin American country in this 1985 shoot-’em-up. Did the Austrian bodybuilder pump up his Terminator image with superhuman tree lifts and gratuitous shopping mall showdowns? Or are the corny catch phrases and play dates with daughter Alyssa Milano dead tired in 2022?  Let off some steam with Brock, Stuart, and Arnie as they explore why Ahnold was the last action hero of the 20th Century. Listen Now!
8/24/20221 hour, 38 minutes, 10 seconds
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Prey

Lances With Wolves Centuries before targeting Arnold Schwarzenegger in the South American jungle, the Predator was making Native Americans their Prey in this prequel set in the year 1719. Can Comanche medicine woman Amber Midthunder silence the sexist naysayers by bringing down the cloaked alien that’s been picking off her tribe in the wilderness of the Great Plains?  And do grizzly bears and mountain lions pose just as much danger to the novice hunter as her outer space foe? Track the latest moves of this 36-year-old franchise when you listen to Brock, Stuart, and Arnie.
8/17/20221 hour, 20 minutes, 23 seconds
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DC League of Super-Pets

Superman and Batman have been taken prisoner, so it’s up to their dogs Krypto (Dwayne Johnson) and Ace (Kevin Hart) to lead the rescue team in the first big screen adventure for the DC League of Superpets.  Did deranged guinea pig Lulu (Kate McKinnon) learn enough about being a supervillain from Lex Luther (Marc Maron) to successfully engineer an orange kryptonite plot that expels the Justice League from the planet?  And will the Man of Steel have to pick Lois Lane over Man’s Best Friend in the end?  Listen Now as Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart sniff it out!
8/10/20221 hour, 25 minutes, 51 seconds
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Underdog

Before there was a League of DC Superpets, there was Underdog… the clumsy police beagle turned into a flying canine crime fighter by mad scientist Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones). But can Walt Disney turn a 1960s Saturday morning cartoon created by cereal makers into something that satisfies the tastes of a new generation of superhero fans weaned on Richard Donner’s Superman?  And what can K-9 star Jim Belushi teach his four-legged partner about making a funny family film?  Never fear, Now Playing is all you need to hear!  Listen Now!
8/3/20221 hour, 56 seconds
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Book Review: Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

Midnight Sun puts a new light on Stephanie Meyer’s first novel by retelling Twilight through the silver eyes of Edward the vampire.  Will fans still swoon over his love affair with Bella Swan knowing he was really fantasizing about committing violence against her body and soul?  And what do the rest of the Cullen clan think about a mortal girl from Arizona taking up so much space in their sibling’s head?  Join Stuart and Jakob as they put this book series to bed.
7/28/202226 minutes, 42 seconds
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Underworld: Blood Wars

After five years living in the shadows, Kate Beckinsale returns to the Underworld universe ready to kick Lycan ass and win the Blood Wars for the vampires. But can the single mother prevent enemies on both sides of the conflict from hunting down and drinking the hybrid blood of her runaway daughter Eve?  And will Selene find true friends or just new hairdos when she follows the Northern Lights to a frozen palace full of blonde bloodsuckers? Join Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie as they wrap up this franchise and send it off to the Sacred World of podcasting.  Listen Now!
7/27/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 13 seconds
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Book Review: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

Bella Swan grows up fast in Breaking Dawn - dealing with marriage, motherhood, and rigor mortis all in one giant Twilight conclusion. Will author Stephanie Meyer give her undead Heathcliff and Cathy the happy ending that’s so far eluded their teenage courtship?  And are things better or worse between Edward and Jacob now that the werewolf has given up on Bella and imprinted on her baby girl instead?  Jakob and Stuart are ready to break it all down now!
7/21/202234 minutes, 20 seconds
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Underworld: Awakening

Breaking bones, not Breaking Dawn Six years after putting Underworld on ice, Kate Beckinsale is slipping on a leather catsuit and Awakening to the joy of blasting more werewolves. But how will Selene adapt to a future where humans are now the Death Dealers, driving both Lycans and vampires into hiding?  And has eternal love Scott Speedman gone missing because he’s a captive of the evil Antigen Corporation… or because he’s ducking out on raising their homicidal offspring Eve?  Find out if this fourth installment transforms the hosts’ opinions about the franchise when you Listen Now!
7/20/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 46 seconds
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Thor: Love and Thunder

Double Rainbow Chris Hemsworth and ex-girlfriend Natalie Portman attempt to bury the hatchet after she lifts his hammer and becomes another Thor in the latest Marvel adventure Love & Thunder. Is the superhero couple falling into a parent trap by rescuing the children of New Asgard from disillusioned zealot Christian Bale? Or is this God Butcher right to target Zeus (Russell Crowe) and the other disappointing, debaucherous deities hiding inside Omnipotent City? Join Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart as they use their illusion to produce another mighty podcast.  Listen Now!
7/12/20221 hour, 46 minutes, 13 seconds
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Book Review: Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

The romance between sullen teen Bella and immortal vampire Edward gets overshadowed by the backstories of several supporting characters in Eclipse, Stephanie Meyer’s third Twilight novel.  Will battle scars and tales of war make readers think differently of Jasper Whitlock?  Does jealous Rosalie Hale become more sympathetic after hearing how she was turned undead? And what exactly happened to Bree Tanner in her Second Short Life?  Listen Now!
7/8/202236 minutes, 42 seconds
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Moon Knight

Egypt’s first superhero… or a Chicago gangsta stuck in da Nile? Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina) spends his days hawking trinkets at a museum gift shop, and his nights sleepwalking around the globe as a mummified mercenary named Moon Knight.  Should the scatterbrained crime fighter try to figure out his multiple personalities in a sanitarium run by Black Phone predator Ethan Hawke? Or is this white padded cell really a front for a doomsday cult bent on bringing a vengeful, crocodile-headed God down to Earth?  Listen Now as Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob balance the scales of Marvel’s latest Disney + series!
7/5/20221 hour, 50 minutes, 30 seconds
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Book Review: New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

‘I’m sorry I can’t be the right monster for you Bella” Bella Swan can’t wait to die so she can spend all future birthdays sucking face with vampire boyfriend Edward Cullen in the second Twilight novel. Will things end tragically between the odd couple once author Stephanie Meyer starts quoting Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet? And is Bella’s native friend feeling the pangs of puppy love, or the onset of a werewolf transformation? Find out what’s in the pages of New Moon when you join Team Jakob and Stuart!
6/30/202230 minutes, 24 seconds
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Lightyear

With all of the Toy Story seemingly told, Pixar rockets back into the past to give us a cinematic origin story for Buzz Lightyear voiced by Chris Evans. Can the cocky Space Ranger learn to work with a team of misfits after his arrogance maroons the mission on a planet crawling with deadly bugs, lethal vines, and killer robots?  And does Buzz have a friend in robotic cat Sox the same way he clicked with neurotic cowboy Woody?  Pull the string and hear podcasters Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart talk to infinity and beyond about this spin-off space opera.  Listen Now!
6/28/20221 hour, 24 minutes, 55 seconds
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Book Review: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

“Do I dazzle you?” Stephanie Meyer drove a stake into typical literary depictions of vampires when she published her 2005 bestseller Twilight.  What is it about Bella Swan that makes the chaste heroine so irresistible to every living and undead boy in Forks, Washington?  And was it a good look for suitor Edward Cullen to take off the Dracula cape and show off his sparkling personality?  Join Jakob and Stuart as they sink their teeth into this six-part blockbuster book series.  Listen Now!
6/23/202234 minutes, 52 seconds
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Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

Fellowship of the Wild Things Kate Beckinsale steps away from the Underworld franchise so that her real life ex Michael Sheen can get some time in the sun as star of prequel Rise of the Lycans.  Did Bill Nighy start an eternal war when he adopted a werewolf cub destined to lead human slaves and wilderness beasts in an uprising against vampire aristocracy?  And does Death Dealer Rhona Mitra look enough like Selene to wear her iconic leather catsuit and indulge in more forbidden interspecies romance? Listen Now to find out what the hosts are “Lycan” about this third entry in the saga!
6/21/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 52 seconds
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Jurassic World: Dominion - A Podcast Preview

Dinosaurs have escaped Jurassic World and claimed Dominion over all of the Earth in the sixth chapter of Steven Spielberg’s popular franchise. Is CEO Campbell Scott out to save humanity by bringing the big lizards to his Italian sanctuary, or just using their extinct DNA to conduct more unethical genetic experiments?  And how well are veterans Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neil, and Laura Dern spliced into the story as Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard attempt rescue of a kidnapped clone and velociraptor?  The Park is open when you Donate at the Amber Level.
6/17/202213 minutes, 58 seconds
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Underworld: Evolution

Scott Speedman may have morphed into the perfect halfbreed boyfriend for vampire Kate Beckinsale at the end of Underworld, but there has been no Evolution in her clan’s thinking when it comes to interspecies romance. Can the pair escape the nocturnal city and find a place for themselves within a primordial forest?  And what happens when winged Elder Marcus (Tony Curran) catches up with the Death Dealer, and learns where his Lycan brother is imprisoned?  The key to making sense of the sequel is listening to the latest Now Playing podcast.
6/14/202258 minutes, 44 seconds
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Underworld

Long before Bella had to choose between vampire and werewolf boyfriends, Kate Beckinsale was two-fisting pistols to save star-crossed Lycan lover Scott Speedman from her judgey undead family in Underworld. Is the director of Live Free Or Die Hard a wise man for placing the story of Romeo & Juliet inside The Matrix? Or is Len Wiseman just a letch inventing excuses for getting his future wife out of corsets and into tight leather?  Find out if Jakob, Stuart, or Arnie stake a claim for The 2000s’ other fangs and fur Gothic romance when you Listen Now.
6/7/20221 hour, 24 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Two Jakes

Turns out Jack Nicholson did not forget Chinatown as advised, but pulled double duty 16 years later as director and star of the sequel The Two Jakes. Did Harvey Keitel hire our heartbroken private eye because he needs help confronting a duplicitous wife, or because the sting will provide cover when he murders a business partner? And how did the long lost daughter of Faye Dunaway wind up owning an LA suburb built atop an explosive reservoir of oil and gas?  Join kitty cats Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie as they follow the money down the well.  Listen Now!
5/31/20221 hour, 26 minutes, 32 seconds
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Chinatown

Forget it, Jake. It’s Podcasting. Jack Nicholson goes sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong in the Oscar-winning 1974 noir Chinatown. Can the private eye connect the dots between the missing girlfriend of a city official and LA’s vanishing water supply? Is femme fatale Faye Dunaway really falling for the gumshoe, or just taking Jake to the bedroom to stop him from seeing who’s drowning her hubby in the pool?  And why does tycoon John Huston want to be an orange farmer so bad? Get the full picture in a podcast your sister, your daughter, and the entire family can enjoy.  Listen Now!
5/25/20221 hour, 36 minutes, 8 seconds
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Firestarter (2022)

Smokin’ In The Girls’ Room 11-year-old Charlie McGee might look like just another snowflake who can’t manage her emotions, but tell her she’s no Drew Barrymore and you’ve got a real Firestarter on your hands in 2022.  Is proud papa Zac Efron pushing his telekinetic daughter to make the right choices, and avoid being captured by Native American assassin Rainbird and The Shop?  Or will the next High School Musical end with a thermonuclear explosion?  Find out if Blumhouse has made a barbeque out of a classic novel when you listen to the latest Stephen King podcast.
5/18/20221 hour, 24 minutes, 4 seconds
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Dr. Strange In the Multiverse of Madness

The Imitation Game Dr. Strange presents the illusion that his latest Marvel movie is a routine affair, but In the Multiverse of Madness might actually be another zombie splatter comedy from Evil Dead director Sam Raimi. Can Benedict Cumberbatch’s callous sorcerer fix his relationship with Rachel McAdams, and save America (the country and the teenager) from the wrath of monster mom Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen)?  And is it possible there’s a reality where The Inhumans are cool?  Listen Now as Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob make their 28th incursion into the MCU.
5/10/20222 hours, 6 minutes, 34 seconds
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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production

“We cannot protect the young from harm.  Pain must and will come.” JK Rowling collaborates with a pair of theater veterans to tell her eighth Hogwarts adventure Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as a stage play.  And while Brock, Stuart, and Arnie couldn’t score tickets, they are ready to review the published script.  What happens when Harry’s son goes Slytherin, and travels back in time to change the outcome of the Triwizard Tournament? Listen to find out if fans throw the author into a Goblet of Fire for messing with a classic tale.
5/5/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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Hawkeye

No Rest Ye Merry Gentleman Jeremy Renner cuts his Yuletide New York vacation short after fangirl archer Hailee Steinfeld (Bumblebee) starts wearing his infamous Ronin suit to fight crime in the Disney Plus miniseries Hawkeye. Will the Marvel mercenary make it home for the holidays with only six days to defeat the Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio), new Black Widow Florence Pugh, a one-legged, deaf martial artist, and her entire Tracksuit Mafia?  And why does wife Linda Cardellini want her old Rolex wrapped up and under the tree so badly?  It’s Christmas in May when you Listen Now!
5/4/20222 hours, 6 minutes, 34 seconds
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The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

Leaving Los Angeles Is The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent driving Nicolas Cage into a booze-fueled early retirement (or did he just make too many embarrassing flops)? Now the Oscar winner has to accept a humiliating offer to host a lavish birthday party for fanboy cartel leader Pedro Pascal.  Will those “nouveau shamanic” acting techniques be of any help to Agent Tiffany Haddish when the CIA needs Cage to play spy and free a kidnapped politician’s daughter held at a Mallorca compound? Listen Now as Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie face off with Nic’s latest crazy comedy.
4/27/20221 hour, 28 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Rock

Listen Now and Get a Piece of The Rock Nic Cage first used his “massive talent” to become an action star in the 1996 Michael Bay extravaganza The Rock. Can his Beatles-loving biochemist teach the original James Bond Sean Connery anything about being cool, as they team up to expel Ed Harris and his terrorists from Alcatraz?  Or will Candyman Tony Todd steal the show by launching a fleet of missiles loaded up with delicious-looking green gumballs of flesh-eating virus?  Listen Now to find out if Stuart, Jakob, or Arnie are ready to cut Cage some friggin’ slack, and let him out of movie jail.
4/19/20221 hour, 20 minutes, 7 seconds
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Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Round Two with the Blue Sega’s speedy mascot races back to movie theaters to offer an encore helping of attitude in Sonic The Hedgehog 2. This time the video game icon not only battles Jim Carrey’s mechanical contraptions and manic comic timing, but the oversized fists of new nemesis Knuckles (voiced by Idris Elba).  Are James Marsden’s days of being a helicopter parent over now that flying fox Tails is ready to lift the hedgehog to the next level?  Find out if this sequel receives any Blue Justice from the podcast hosts when you listen to the latest Now Playing Arcade installment.
4/13/20221 hour, 33 minutes, 41 seconds
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Morbius

Intravenous with a Vampire Oscar-winning joker Jared Leto sinks his teeth into another comic book villain role as Morbius, a hematologist who turns into a “living vampire” after tinkering with bat DNA.  Can blood brother Matt Smith (Dr. Who) convince the superpowered physician to turn his back on humanity, and join him on a New York bender biting babes and breaking things?  Or will the good doctor accept Michael Keaton’s offer to take down Spider-Man in some future sequel instead? Find out how much the latest Marvel movie sucks for Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart when you Listen Now.
4/6/20221 hour, 36 minutes, 25 seconds
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Dead Trigger

Dolph Lungren trains young gamers to become masters of a zombie universe in Dead Trigger, the 2017 film adaptation of a popular first-person shooter made for smartphones.  Can a Disney star, an MMA fighter, and the no-longer-little rapper Lil’ Romeo blast their way to Terminal City, and rescue the scientist who can cure the outbreak? Or will Cyglobe CEO (and soap star) Tamara Braun whack them for posing a threat to her gun sales?  Help Justin, Arnie, and Stuart answer the call for another trying video game movie when you Listen Now!
3/30/20221 hour, 18 minutes, 22 seconds
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Assassin's Creed

Michael Fassbender learns the homicidal impulses that landed him on Death Row in 2016 can be traced back to the Assassin’s Creed he pledged to free-will-loving vigilantes in 1492. Can Oscar-winning scientist Marion Cotillard (Inception) cure the convict of his violent ways simply by plugging him into holographic re-enactments of his past life hit jobs?  Or does Jeremy Irons have nefarious reasons for footing this exorbitant 23AndMe bill?  Find out why gamers have such animus for this big-budget adaptation of the popular Ubisoft title when you Listen Now!
3/22/20221 hour, 23 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ace Attorney

How To Get Away With Murder… and get Jammin’ Ninja Super Cake Yakuza director Takashi Miike tries his hand at a different type of video game adaptation by bringing Ace Attorney Phoenix Wright to the big screen. Can the rookie lawyer find the guilty  parties in three interlocking murder trials simply by cross-examining  parrots and debunking photographic evidence of lake monsters?  And will  the fashion police level charges against all those gravity-defying  hairdos on display in the courtroom?  Find out if Justin, Stuart, and  Arnie offer objections to the latest entry in the Now Playing Arcade  when you Listen Today!
3/15/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Batman

They Still Call Me Bruce Robert Pattinson spent the last two years suiting up as The Batman so that he might score a hit movie for DC, and rescue a Gotham City drowning in drugs, violent crime, and political corruption. Will his plans for urban renewal be thwarted by unhinged assassin The Riddler (Paul Dano), or mob henchman Oz “The Penguin” Cobblepot (Colin Farrell)? Or will Zoe Kravitz steal the show as a limber cat burglar with a soft spot for strays?  Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie can help you crack the code on this dense new Caped Crusader adventure.  Listen Now!
3/9/20222 hours, 24 minutes, 50 seconds
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Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022)

When Harlow sunflowers bloom, hipsters are doomed Nearly 50 years after she left Leatherface dancing in the street, final girl Sally Hardesty returns to face another Texas Chainsaw Massacre in 2022.  Can she save a bus full of social media influencers who dared to unlawfully displace the serial killer from his retirement in small town Harlow?  And will Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade) use the survival skills she honed during a school shooting to fight back against the triggered madman once the power tools come out?  Brock, Stuart, and Arnie are abuzz with thoughts about this ninth franchise installment.  Listen Now!
3/1/20221 hour, 22 minutes, 56 seconds
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Uncharted

Who knew using the DaVinci Code shaved $2 billion off your next Papa John’s order? Tom Holland leaves Spider-Man and the MCU behind to head into the Uncharted waters of a popular Playstation video game.  Will his Nathan Drake solve a series of puzzles that lead to the legendary treasure of world explorer Ferdinand Magellan?  Or will he be conned out of the gold by greedy partner Mark Wahlberg, billionaire rival Antonio Banderas, or a host of femme fatales and modern day pirates?  All you have to do to unlock the opinions of host Arnie, Justin, and Stuart is download the latest Now Playing Arcade installment. Listen Now!
2/23/20221 hour, 37 minutes, 47 seconds
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Basic Instinct 2

If she likes taking unnecessary risks so much, she shoulda made a sequel to Sphere Sharon Stone could have screwed like a mink, raised rugrats, and lived happily ever after with Michael Douglas. Instead, her icy crime novelist chances implication in new murders and wardrobe malfunctions 14 years later in Basic Instinct 2.  Is pasty psychologist David Morrissey right to claim the femme fatale suffers from risk addiction, and will endanger all of London if she’s allowed to write a new book there?  Or is the real poison pen being wielded by a tabloid journalist and a dirty cop? You may never come again after you score the latest Now Playing fix.
2/16/20221 hour, 21 minutes, 53 seconds
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Books & Nachos' Review of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Now Playing's sister podcast Books & Nachos is back!  On this show you can hear Arnie, Stuart, and Brock review JK Rowling's smash first novel: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. It's a companion piece to tomorrow's bonus review of the first Harry Potter movie! You can hear a new Harry Potter BOOK review each week at BooksAndNachos.com
2/10/202244 minutes, 49 seconds
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Basic Instinct

Michael Douglas has survived many big screen fatal attractions with dangerous blondes, but the slick yuppie courts a date with the sharp end of an ice pick after he beds Sharon Stone in the steamy 1992 thriller Basic Instinct.  Does this femme fatale write novels as a way of planning the future murders of unsatisfying lovers? Or is there a psychotic reader turning bloody acts from her books into San Francisco crime scenes?  Untangle all the double crosses and crossed legs when you join Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart for this kinky podcast review.  Listen Now!
2/8/20222 hours, 6 minutes, 22 seconds
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My Bloody Valentine 3D

Roses are red, violets are blue, pickaxes are painful, and reboots are too With “horror holidays” like Halloween, April Fool’s Day, and Friday the 13th routinely being celebrated with 21st Century remakes, it makes sense that someone would dig up My Bloody Valentine in 2009,. Can the censors stop the carnage now that it’s flying into audiences’ faces via 3-D?  And what kills a small town faster - a homicidal maniac stuffing residents’ hearts into boxes of candy, or prodigal son Jensen Ackles (Supernatural) closing down the local coal mine? Find out if the hosts are sweet on this second helping of Harry Warden when you Listen Now!
2/2/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 15 seconds
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My Bloody Valentine (1981)

Twenty years after a cave-in turned a coal miner into a cannibal, legendary psychopath Harry Warden returns to paint his hometown red in the 1981 original My Bloody Valentine. So why don’t moviegoers associate headlamps and pickaxes with February 14th in the same way hockey masks and machetes signify Friday The 13th? And were the cruelest cuts made by the MPAA, who edited out literal showers of blood in order to give the film an R rating?  Find out if Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie fall in love with this subterranean slasher when you Listen Now.
1/25/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 23 seconds
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Scream (2022)

What do you mean you like TikTok more than scary movies?! Neve Campbell, David Arquette, and Courtney Cox are ready to Scream for the fifth and possibly final time as a serial killer in a Ghostface mask terrorizes a new generation of self-aware Woodsboro horror enthusists. Is the 25-year-old franchise still capable of pulling off big surprises like that initial, infamous phone call to Drew Barrymore?  And will the new directors enrage or bore Wes Craven purists by slipping some of that fancy pants “elevated horror” into the slasher formula?  Find out if this “re-quel” proves legendary when you Listen Now. {Scream Series}
1/19/20221 hour, 56 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Night Flier (Stephen King Series)

He brings the Mile High Club and the six feet under crowd together Tabloid journalist Miguel Ferrer (Robocop) is on the trail of The Night Flier, a serial killer who drains victims of blood during sunset stops at tiny East Coast airports. Is there any truth to the rumor that this phantom aviator is a vampire?  And if so, is his sleek black jet just a way of impressing those blue haired groupies waiting for him on the tarmac?  Find out if this latest installment in the Stephen King retrospective has more bite than other short story adaptations from the Nightmares & Dreamscapes anthology when you Listen Now. {Stephen King Series}
1/12/202255 minutes, 12 seconds
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The King’s Man

100 years before Eggsy joined Colin Firth as a member of the Kingsmen, Ralph Fiennes (Schindler’s List) and his servants founded the secret spy organization inside a Savile Row tailor’s shop in the prequel The King’s Man. Can director Matthew Vaughn retain his signature mix of balls-out action and irreverent humor while exploring the root causes of World War I?  And who is the mastermind of an imagined supergroup of historical villains including seductress Mata Hari and Russian monk Rasputin (Rhys Ifans)?  Mind your manners and Listen Now! {Kingsman Series}
1/4/20221 hour, 37 minutes
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Dolan’s Cadillac

Mobster Christian Slater has spent a lifetime outfitting his enemies with cement shoes, so it’s poetic justice that vengeful construction worker Wes Bentley (American Beauty) rigs a newly paved road so it swallows Dolan’s Cadillac and buries the human trafficker alive. Can a standout entry in Stephen King’s Nightmares & Dreamscapes short story collection be successfully stretched into feature length?  And how much will the potty-mouthed Heathers star owe the swear jar should he manage to escape this trap?  Get it in gear and find out now! {Stephen King Series}
12/29/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 6 seconds
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Spider-Man: No Way Home

Peter Parker fears there’s No Way Home to his happy life with MJ (Zendaya) after Dr. Strange casts a magic spell that brings all the previous Spider-Man heroes and villains into the MCU.  Is it Tom Holland’s responsibility to fix the messes made by Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), Dr. Octopus (Alfred Molina), Sandman (Thomas Haden Church), Lizard (Rhys Ifans), and Electro (Jamie Foxx)? And were the spoiler-phobic right to avoid all social media before watching?  Find out on another unforgettable Marvel podcast. {Avengers Series} {Marvel Series} {Comic Book Movie Series}   {Spider-Man Series} {Venom Series}
12/22/20212 hours, 29 minutes, 34 seconds
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Quicksilver Highway

Where we’re going, there are no roads... It can be a bumpy ride trying to follow Stephen King works on their journey from page to screen. What happens when the macabre Maine author has a head-on collision with British horror scribe Clive Barker (Hellraiser) in a two story pile-up called Quicksilver Highway?  Can carnival showman Christopher “Doc Brown'' Lloyd make sense of this roadside carnage, as hands willingly sever themselves from their bodies, and a pair of wind-up chattery teeth take a bite out of a hitchhiker?  Listen now as Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob rubberneck at another King adaptation. {Stephen King Series} {Nightmares and Dreamscapes Series}
12/14/20211 hour, 14 minutes, 51 seconds
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Nightmares & Dreamscapes

Award-winning acting talent (and Steven Weber) try to wake up the Stephen King retrospective with 8 tales of horror taken from the short story collection Nightmares & Dreamscapes. What happens when assassin William Hurt (A History of Violence) goes to war with a box full of toys, detective William H Macy (Fargo) meets his maker, author Tom Berenger (Platoon) runs from a phantom in a cursed painting, and snakebitten golfer Richard Thomas (It) is mistaken for dead?  Find out if Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie survive another King TV miniseries when you Listen Now. {Stephen King Series}  {Nightmares and Dreamscapes Series}
12/8/20212 hours, 49 seconds
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Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City

Take me down to the Raccoon City where the folks are green and the cops are pretty The Umbrella Corporation may have left town (and taken original star Milla Jovovich with them), but there’s still a horde of bloodthirsty zombies ready to welcome audiences back to Raccoon City in the seventh Resident Evil installment. Can estranged siblings Chris and Claire Redfield bring the foster father who poisoned their childhood to justice before he escapes with the infamous T-virus?  And can corporate espionage spy Albert Wesker really hack pharmaceutical secrets with only a Palm Pilot at his disposal?  Find out what’s up with a 90s throwback now. {Video Game Series}  {Resident Evil Series}
11/30/20211 hour, 27 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Martian

Astronaut Matt Damon proves he has the “right stuff” to survive an extended stay on the Red Planet in Ridley Scott’s acclaimed 2015 blockbuster The Martian.  Justin, Jakob, and Stuart continue their look at outer space exploration with an ultra-realistic trip to the nearest colonizable planet. How many scientists does it take to cypher out a solution to getting a marooned botanist back home safe?  And will audiences find the results easier to follow than Interstellar and Arrival?  Link up with the latest Now Playing transmission and find out. {Individual Movie Reviews}
11/24/20211 hour, 26 minutes, 20 seconds
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Paranormal Activity - A Podcast Preview

A San Diego couple buy a video camera to document the Paranormal Activity visiting their bedroom late at night, and end up making the most  profitable horror movie of all time.  How did raw footage of creaking  floorboards and slight door movements scare the bejesus out of audiences  steeped in the graphic imagery of torture porn?  And can Jakob, Stuart,  and Arnie find any clues revealing the identity of this demon  supposedly hiding in the dark? The lights come up on a highly requested  series when you Donate for Gold Level this Fall.
11/19/202114 minutes
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The Right Stuff

These days they’ll let any 90-year-old who ever pretended to fly a starship go up in a rocket. But you had to have The Right Stuff if you hoped to survive the first messy attempts to put a man in orbit back at the dawn of the Space Race.  Join Jakob, Justin, and Stuart as they witness the amazing early successes and blunders of NASA, as well as the career launch of some major acting talent -  including Ed Harris (The Abyss), Dennis Quaid (Innerspace), Scott Glenn (Backdraft), and playwright Sam Sheppard. Blast off into an 80s classic when you Listen Now! {Individual Movie Reviews}
11/16/20211 hour, 43 minutes, 43 seconds
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Eternals

Eons before the assembly of the Avengers, ten celestial caretakers known as Eternals came together to protect and guide human development on Earth. Did Oscar-winning director Chloe Zhao (Nomadland) deviate too much from the Marvel formula in telling the secret history of the planet’s first superheroes?  And should Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek get credit for bestowing culture on mankind with Hackers and Grown Ups 2 on their resumes? Find out if Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob share a Uni-Mind about the latest MCU installment. Listen Now.   {Avengers Series} {Marvel Series} {Comic Book Movie Series}
11/9/20212 hours, 37 minutes, 8 seconds
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Loki (Season 1)

Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob played a nasty trick on listeners when they pulled Loki from the Summer 2021 schedule at the last minute.  Now they make up for lost time by diving into the first six episodes of Tom Hiddleston’s quest to conquer all of existence (or at least Disney Plus). Can the Norse God dethrone the three space lizards who currently police the future and promote the popularity of his nemeses The Avengers? And are the podcasters fated to review a never-ending stream of Marvel now that they’ve said “yes” to a TV series?  Listen and Find Out! {Avengers Series} {Marvel Series} {Comic Book Movie Series}
11/3/20212 hours, 25 minutes, 34 seconds
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Dune (2021)

Timothee Chalamet may look scrawny to Jason “Aquaman” Mamoa, but prophecy foretells the Call Me By Your Name star to be the savior of Dune in 2021. Can director Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049) hope to pass the test of coherently adapting Frank Herbert’s complex novel of life on a desert planet, given that David Lynch and SyFy Channel already experienced great pain putting their hands in this box?  Join Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie as they worm their way through a saga of prophecy, ecology, and intergalactic politics in an epic podcast.  Listen Now! {Dune Series}
10/26/20211 hour, 53 minutes, 45 seconds
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Halloween Kills

It’s easy to blame Haddonfield’s high body count on local boogeyman Michael Myers, but many of the latest Halloween Kills are being committed by a violent mob of formerly decent citizens. Did babysitter Jamie Lee Curtis, terrified kids Anthony Michael Hall and Kyle Richards, and shaky cop Will Patton grow up to become the real monsters of the community?  And will Michael approve of the changes made to his sister’s bedroom when he catches up with the current owners of his redecorated house?  Listen Now as Arnie, Stuart, and Brock unmask this sequel! {Halloween Series}  {John Carpenter Series}
10/19/20212 hours, 4 minutes, 40 seconds
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No Time to Die

Diamonds may be forever, but Daniel Craig only has one more shot at bringing James Bond to life in No Time To Die. Will longtime nemesis Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) ruin the superspy’s chances at Happily Ever After by blowing up his Italian holiday with Lea Seydoux?  Or will Rami Mallick prove to be the bigger threat as he uses nanotechnology and a Zen Garden of Death to poison the world? Find out if Brock, Stuart, and Arnie are shaken or stirred by 007 replacement Lashana Lynch, or any of the other surprises in this epic conclusion, when you Listen Now! {James Bond Series}
10/12/20212 hours, 11 minutes, 39 seconds
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American Psycho II: All American Girl

That '70s girl takes after that '80s psycho Folks might think of Mila Kunis as a typical All American Girl, but the 70’s Show actress proves she can be an American Psycho II after homicidal yuppie Patrick Bateman attacks her babysitter. Is this coed so eager to land a job hunting serial killers with the FBI that she’s willing to murder everyone in her criminology class?  And how do the Now Playing hosts grade William Shatner, beaming down into this direct-to-video oddity to play a lecherous professor?  You’d have to be a sociopath not to be curious about this special Friday freebie show. Listen Now! {American Psycho}
10/9/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 21 seconds
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Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Tom Hardy was struggling to make room for Venom in his life even before natural born killer Woody Harrelson, his screaming mad girlfriend Naomi Harris (Skyfall), and a blood red baby symbiote crashed their picture. Does sequel Let There Be Carnage bring an end to the reporter’s unconventional marriage to the gooey, black alien parasite? And is Michelle Williams proof that things get better once you’re out of the “Eddie closet”?  Discover if Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart lose their heads over, or call the whole thing off, when you Listen Now! {Spider-Man Series} {Marvel Series} {Comic Book Movie Series} {Venom Series}
10/5/20211 hour, 34 minutes, 59 seconds
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American Psycho

Christian Bale might look like just another vapid investment banker, but behind his well-groomed features and aerobicized body lies the mind of an American Psycho. So how did predatory Patrick Bateman go from graphically torturing women in one of the most misogynist books of the 1990s, to having a female director turn him into the punchline of the 1980s in this millennial horror comedy?  And will Arnie really defend the "killer soundtrack" this yuppie cranks as he Wang Chungs on the all-star cast?  Listen Now, and find out what's inside a podcaster's head! {American Psycho}
9/29/20211 hour, 33 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Haunting of Hill House (2018)

Shirley Jackson’s novel The Haunting of Hill House stood as a horror classic for nearly 60 years before director Mike Flanagan (Hush) expanded its walls into a 10 episode miniseries for Netflix.  Nell, Luke, and Theo are now the children of house flippers, spending the summer of 1992 seeing ghosts in renovated basements and hallways. Should the Crain siblings blame spectres like Tall Man and Abigail, or their secretive father and crazy mother, for why their lives are so messed up in 2018?  Now Playing invites you to settle in for a forever podcast. Listen now! {The Haunting Series}
9/21/20212 hours, 55 minutes, 49 seconds
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The Haunting (1999)

Producer Steven Spielberg and director Jan DeBont (Speed) poured a lot of time and money into remodeling Shirley Jackson's classic ghost story into the much reviled 1999 remake of The Haunting.  Long before she played clapping games with Ed and Lorraine Warren, Lili Taylor was conjuring bad spirits during her stay at a mansion where hundreds of child laborers perished.  Do we need Liam Neeson’s science experiments to know there’s nothing scary going on?  Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart are here to clean house with a brand new podcast.  Listen Now! {The Haunting Series}
9/15/20211 hour, 24 minutes, 43 seconds
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Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Could the next Legend of the Marvel Cinematic Universe be an unassuming San Francisco parking valet who prefers late night karaoke to taking down his father's infamous Ten Rings terrorist cell?  Martial artist Shang Chi is ready to answer the call for a modern Asian American superhero. But do comedienne Awkwafina, Crouching Tiger star Michelle Yeoh, and the Man Who Would Be The Mandarin (aka Ben Kingsley) offer enough protection for a magical gated community besieged by soul-sucking serpents? Hop aboard the Now Playing bus to find out! {Avengers Series}  {Marvel Series}  {Comic Book Movie Series}
9/8/20212 hours, 16 minutes, 25 seconds
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Candyman (2021) - A Podcast Preview

Who can take a franchise, sprinkle it with dew, and get whole new generations buzzing about a gutted corpse or two?  Executive producer Jordan Peele can, because he mixes love for a 1992 Tony Todd slasher with the inflammatory racial politics of Get Out and Us.  Is it performance art or possession that drives a desperate Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman) to strap on the iconic hook and paint the gentrified Cabrini-Green neighborhood red in 2019?  You can summon the thoughts of the Now Playing hosts anytime you want when you Donate for Candyman today! Hear this preview now then head to NowPlayingPodcast.com/donate to get the full series! {Candyman Series}
9/4/202113 minutes, 57 seconds
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The Haunting (1963)

Paranormal investigators engineer a blind date between a homeless wallflower and the noisy poltergeists of Hill House in The Haunting - the original 1963 movie adaptation of Shirley Jackson's classic ghost story.  Director Robert Wise took a break between his Oscar-winning musicals West Side Story and The Sound of Music to craft one of the most beloved haunted house movies of all time!  But will modern audiences find the rooms too old-fashioned and musty to spend time in now? Join Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie as they unpack a classic. {The Haunting Series} {{everywhere}}
8/31/20211 hour, 32 minutes, 21 seconds
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Straw Dogs (2011)

40 years after nerdy Dustin Hoffman made his stand on foreign soil, preppy screenwriter James Marden borrows those iconic cracked spectacles so he can spar with some backwoods football jocks he calls Straw Dogs. Can new director Rod Lurie replicate the original film’s signature brand of cruelty in small town Mississippi? And will disgruntled wife Kate Bosworth stick with her Superman Returns co-star, or surrender to the redneck charms of Alexander Skarsgaard (True Blood)? Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie are locked, loaded, and ready for the 2011 reboot. Listen Now! {Straw Dogs}
8/25/20211 hour, 29 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Strangers -- A Podcast Preview

Lock the doors, bar the windows, and strap on a pair of headphones!  Now Playing is prepping a retrospective of recent Home Invasion Classics, starting with the original 2008 shocker The Strangers.  Why do three masked pranksters spend the night terrorizing a couple in a remote woodland cottage? And can Liv Tyler (Armageddon) and Scott Speedman (Underworld) appease their unwanted house guests before they become another crime statistic? Invite Stuart, Arnie, Jakob, and a whole lot of fun into your life when you donate for Fall's Silver Level Series. {The Strangers Series}
8/21/202118 minutes, 28 seconds
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Straw Dogs (1971)

Dustin Hoffman discovers that Jolly Old England is no refuge from the violence and social unrest of 1971 in the original Straw Dogs.  Writer/director Sam Peckinpah pioneered the home invasion horror movie with this story of an American mathematician channeling his inner savage to beat back an angry mob storming his wife’s modest farm.  Does the 50-year-old classic still have the power to shock modern audiences weaned on a steady diet of Purge sequels? Join Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie as they pry open the teeth of this vicious steel trap. Listen Now! {Straw Dogs}
8/18/20212 hours, 3 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Suicide Squad

Marvel might not always appreciate the irreverent humor of director James Gunn, but DC is happy to bring the Guardians of the Galaxy mastermind on board The Suicide Squad. Idris ‘Black Superman’ Elba leads a rebooted team of criminals - including old favorite Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and new hotshot Peacemaker (John Cena) - to a South American island coup that threatens the interests of Amanda Waller (Viola Davis).  Is Project Starfish just an excuse for the bad guys to show their buttholes? The hosts are dying to share the details. Listen Now! {DC Comics Series} {Comic Book Movie Series}  {Batman Series}  {DC Movie Universe}  {Birds of Prey Series}  {Joker Series}  {DC Teams Series}  {Suicide Squad Series}
8/11/20212 hours, 15 minutes, 38 seconds
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The Green Knight

Dev Patel sets out to prove he's more than a Slumdog Millionaire by pushing away from King Arthur's Round Table, and picking up a sword to do battle with The Green Knight.  Will Stuart, Jakob, and Justin lose their heads over this decidedly sinister spin on a classic 14th Century poem about chivalry?  And can indie director David Lowrey (A Ghost Story) dethrone Peter Jackson and become cinema's next giant of the fantasy genre?  The journey begins when you download the latest Now Playing adventure! {Individual Movie Reviews}
8/3/20211 hour, 36 minutes, 33 seconds
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Snake Eyes - G.I. Joe Origins

Having crapped out on two previous live-action G.I. Joe adaptations Hasbro is ready to roll the dice again, betting big on Snake Eyes. This mute ninja is arguably the most popular Joe, but is he just as cool when he takes off the mask and he's the romantic guy from Crazy Rich Asians? Our hosts won't be silent with their thoughts! Listen now to know if they recommend this film -- and knowing is half the battle. {GI Joe Series}
7/28/20212 hours, 2 minutes, 36 seconds
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Company of Heroes

WWII strategy video game Company of Heroes moves the battle lines from computer consoles to movie screens with a stealth 2013 cinematic adaptation.  But will Justin, Arnie, or Stuart decorate rising action star Chad Michael Collins, Vinnie Jones, or any of the other B-list actors in this platoon for their efforts in stopping Hitler from getting the nuke?  And who thought it was a good idea to put demoted Tom Sizemore in charge of the Christmas hams?  Find out if "the Good War" makes for a good entry in the Now Playing Arcade when you Listen Now. {Video Game Series}
7/20/202155 minutes, 55 seconds
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Black Widow

Scarlett Johansson breaks away from the Avengers after seven Marvel movies together so that her Russian secret agent Black Widow can finally headline her first solo adventure. Will Natasha Romanoff wipe the red from her ledger by hunting down the man who confined her childhood to war games in a Red Room?  And does super soldier father David Harbour, scientist mom Rachel Weisz, and tag along little sister Florence Pugh back the trained assassin the way Cap, Thor, and Hulk would?  Find out when you join the Now Playing family reunion and Listen Now! {Avengers Series}  {Marvel Series}  {Comic Book Movie Series}
7/13/20212 hours, 21 minutes, 57 seconds
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Yakuza: Like A Dragon

A Japanese gangster helps a little girl navigate a treacherous red light district in search of her missing mother in the sprawling adaptation of 2006 video game Yakuza (aka Like A Dragon).  Will the pair find their way through a dense plot involving a Korean assassin, klutzy bank robbers, desperate teenagers, bickering cops, and a flashy psycho who beats underlings and enemies alike with his baseball bat?  And are gamers in for some serious pain with sadistic director Takashi Miike (Audition) at the helm?  It all translates into one crazy night. Listen now! {Video Game Series}
7/7/20211 hour, 36 minutes, 10 seconds
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F9 - The Fast Saga

Is new father Dominic Toretto and his family of furious drivers slowing down 20 years into The Fast Saga?  Only when they rocket to space and race their souped-up vehicles in zero gravity!   This time Vin Diesel faces off against long lost brother John Cena, who’s hitched his wagon to sexy IT support Charlize Theron in a bid to hack the planet.  Will the Now Playing hosts be magnetized by all the stunts and globe-trotting spectacle?  Or has F9 thrown a wrench into the franchise with some NOS-huffing plot twists?  Find out when you buckle up and Listen Now! {Fast and Furious Series}
6/30/20212 hours, 37 minutes, 28 seconds
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Dead Rising: Endgame

Everyone in 2021 wants to blame Bill Gates for putting microchips in vaccination shots, but the practice was pioneered by Allstate pitchman Dennis Haysbert in the 2016 Dead Rising sequel Endgame.  Hallmark Channel hunk Jesse Metcalfe returns as the intrepid reporter hero, this time leading hackers and marksmen through a city overrun with zombies to rescue his missing camerawoman and avert genocide.  Find out if there’s an Afterlife for this undead video game franchise when you play the latest Now Playing Arcade installment. {Video Game Series}  {Dead Rising Series}
6/23/20211 hour, 14 minutes, 41 seconds
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Dead Rising: Watchtower

Why are the Dead Rising all over East Mission, Oregon if the government has a miracle drug that can prevent zombie outbreaks?  It’s all part of Operation Watchtower, a top secret plan to give the military unprecedented access to American lives.  But will anyone find out the truth if TV journalist Jesse Metcalfe insists on airing the story exclusively on middling streaming service Crackle?  And can this 2015 zom-com live up to the irreverence of the 2006 Capcom video game on which it’s based?  Find out on the latest Now Playing Arcade podcast! {Video Game Series}  {Dead Rising Series}
6/16/20211 hour, 19 minutes, 23 seconds
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The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

It’s not The Devil, but Now Playing’s loyal listeners, that made Arnie, Majorie, and Stuart do another Conjuring film after so many hellish experiences in the franchise.  This time the Warrens are heading to court in the 1980s to help a man beat a murder rap by insisting he was possessed by a demon escaped from his waterbed.  Does Ed have the heart to keep fabricating these “true stories”, or are all these cons damning the demonologist to an early grave?  And will Lorraine finally summon green arrows by trailing a series of witch totems?  Listen and find out! {Conjuring Series}
6/8/20211 hour, 30 minutes, 2 seconds
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Dolores Claiborne

Blood-soaked prom queen... tween pyromaniac... axe wielding book critic… just some of the scary women that have leaped from the pages of Stephen King’s horror fiction onto the big screen. Now hardened New England housekeeper Dolores Claiborne is ready for her day in court. Will Kathy Bates eclipse the Oscar-winning work she did in Misery as she stands accused of pushing her cruel employer down the stairs? And will daughter Jennifer Jason Leigh fight for mama’s freedom knowing she did in dad years before? Find out on the latest King-cast. {Stephen King Series}
6/2/20211 hour, 33 minutes, 45 seconds
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Army of the Dead

George Clooney and his Ocean’s co-stars made casino heists look easy, but they never had to crack a safe being guarded by an Army of the Dead. Can Dave Bautista and his colorful crew of mercenaries bypass reanimated Elvis impersonators and a zombie white tiger to lay claim to a Vegas jackpot before nukes are dropped?  And is writer-director Zack Snyder pushing his luck by returning to the horror genre 15 years after his Dawn of the Dead remake?  Your chances for a good time always improve when you join the Now Playing hosts at the tables.  Listen Now! {Army of the Dead Series}
5/25/20212 hours, 8 minutes, 34 seconds
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Spiral: From the Book of Saw

Ladies and gentlemen, I have one piece of advice for you. No matter what Jigsaw tells you, there's no escape from a Jigsaw trap. None! Oh, there's pain in a Jigsaw trap, but you don't want pain...you want an escape. And Chris Rock's new movie Spiral: From the Book of Saw shows there's no escape from a Jigsaw trap. So play the game, and our podcast review of Spiral, now. {Saw Series}
5/19/20211 hour, 27 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Anthony Mackie shields himself from the pressure of becoming the next Captain America by taking to the sky as The Falcon for Marvel’s second Disney+ miniseries, and it’s made Sebastian Stan angry enough to relapse back into The Winter Soldier.  Can these two set aside their differences long enough to save the world from a group of political extremists enhanced by super-soldier serum?  And do these six episodes go by in a Blip, or is the MCU better suited to the big screen?   Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart smash a lot more than flags when you Listen Now. {Avengers Series}  {Marvel Series}  {Comic Book Movie Series}  {Captain America Series}
5/12/20213 hours, 30 minutes, 12 seconds
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Without Remorse

Tom Clancy techno-thrillers typically feature desk-bound diplomats on the hunt for missing subs and rogue nukes, but the stakes are much more personal for Michael B Jordan (Creed) as he seeks vengeance against the hitman who murdered his family in Without Remorse.  Could the Navy Seal-turned-CIA operative start WWIII by breaking out of jail and heading to Russia in such a rage? And will Amazon Prime give this character's origin story the same hero's welcome that greeted old friend Jack Ryan? You'll be sad if you miss the latest Clancy-cast.  Listen Now! {Tom Clancy Series}
5/5/20211 hour, 25 minutes, 1 second
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Mortal Kombat (2021)

It’s been a hot minute since movie theaters hosted a Mortal Kombat tournament, but now the notoriously violent video game reboots itself on IMAX screens and HBO as an R-rated cinematic free-for-all.  Can Raiden and damned ninja Scorpion light a fire under a mediocre MMA fighter, a double amputee, a girl without a dragon tattoo, and a loudmouth Aussie, so they’re prepared for a flawless victory over Shang Tsung, Sub-Zero, and other Outworld challengers? And will this 2021 rematch receive the cold shoulder from Justin, Stuart, and Arnie?  Listen and find out. {Video Game Series}  {Mortal Kombat Series}
4/28/20211 hour, 52 minutes, 10 seconds
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Monster Hunter

Milla Jovovich and director Paul WS Anderson are hoping to recapture lightning in a bottle as they leave behind the zombie hordes of Resident Evil to chase bigger video game beasties in the 2020 blowout Monster Hunter.  Will a team of grizzled UN soldiers find their way home after a sandstorm sweeps them into an alternate reality where giant crabs, worms, and dragons sit atop the food chain?  And will martial artist Tony Jaa or Ron “Hellboy” Perlman help or hinder their chances of survival? Find out the final score in the latest Now Playing Arcade installment! {Video Game Series}
4/21/20211 hour, 15 minutes, 34 seconds
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Pixels

Adam Sandler tries his hand in the Now Playing Arcade with the 2015 video game farce Pixels.  Space invaders have brought classic coin-op characters to life, and now Pac-Man is gobbling up Manhattan, while Centipede conducts a pub crawl through London. Is it possible for a washed-up Atari addict to save a country that was stupid enough to elect Kevin James to be President?  And can Q*bert, con artist Peter Dinklage, and crackpot Josh Gad take this former Waterboy to the next level of comedy?  No quarters are necessary to find out.  Listen Now! {Video Game Series}
4/14/20211 hour, 51 minutes, 26 seconds
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Godzilla vs. Kong

Godzilla Vs. Kong is a rivalry as old as the Hollow Earth (or at least the Japanese showdown of 1963), and now their battle to be crowned King of the Monsters is 2021’s biggest movie event.  Will the Now Playing hosts cheer for the big ape as he breaks free of Project Monarch chains that have shackled him since Skull Island?  Or is the angry green lizard still our fav, despite being slandered as the bad guy by a biotech company angling to unleash a robot monster of its own?  Find out if this final round of the MonsterVerse is a winner when you Listen Now! {Godzilla Series}  {MonsterVerse Series}  {King Kong Series}
4/7/20211 hour, 41 minutes, 32 seconds
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Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Godzilla won the box office when he took down a MUTO (and most of San Francisco) in his 2014 Hollywood comeback. Now Mothra, Rodan, and all of the Big Lizard’s former co-stars burst forth from the Hollow Earth to challenge the throne. Have eco-terrorists made it possible for three-headed Ghidorah to be crowned 2019’s King of the Monsters?  And are these Titan battles stranger than the things Millie Bobby Brown witnesses on a daily basis with her bickering scientist parents?  Myth is our compass as Now Playing returns to the MonsterVerse. {Godzilla Series}  {MonsterVerse Series}  {King Kong Series}
3/31/20211 hour, 47 minutes, 12 seconds
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Zack Snyder's Justice League

It was a decisive victory for The Legion of Doom when Warner Bros. executives handed Zack Snyder’s unfinished superhero team-up Justice League to Avengers mastermind Joss Whedon. Internet trolls were not kind to this last-minute attempt to leave the Darkseid behind, and tell jokes at Superman’s wake.  Their aggressive social media campaign has paved the way for the original director to assemble a four-hour cut that promises to fix all the problems in the 2017 release. Find out if Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie have hope again for the DCU.  Listen now! {DC Teams Series}  {DC Comics Series}  {Comic Book Movie Series}  {DC Movie Universe}  {Superman Series}  {Batman Series}  {Wonder Woman Series}  {Flash Series}  {Aquaman Series}
3/24/20212 hours, 37 minutes, 9 seconds
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WandaVision

It wasn’t so long ago that Elizabeth Olsen was blowing up the big screen in epic films like Avengers: Endgame.  What curse has befallen her career that Scarlet Witch is now slumming it in a cheesy sitcom called WandaVision?  Is Marvel experiencing some Growing Pains while trying to raise the TV profile of their superheroes?  And is Paul Bettany merely a special guest star on the series, or has his cyborg Vision found a way to live on without an Infinity Stone?  Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart broadcast their thoughts on a massive podcast airing now! {Avengers Series}  {Marvel Series}  {Comic Book Movie Series}
3/17/20212 hours, 59 minutes, 52 seconds
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Coming 2 America

30 years after finding the perfect wife in New York City, Eddie Murphy’s King Akeem is once again Coming 2 America to meet the son he sired with one-night stand Leslie Jones.  Will Millennial prince Jermaine Fowler follow in his father’s footsteps, and marry for love?  Or will despot Wesley Snipes bring civil war down upon Zamunda if his daughter isn’t made the royal bride? And are these wedding hijinks more appetizing than a grass burger from McDowell’s?  Discover if the palace is big enough to house all the returning characters when you Listen Now! {Coming to America Series}  {Eddie Murphy Series}
3/10/20211 hour, 50 minutes, 53 seconds
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Coming To America

Eddie Murphy let his soul glow in a new romantic light for the 1988 fairy tale Coming To America, starring as an African royal looking for his bride in downtrodden Queens, New York. Will any woman see Prince Akeem’s true worth once he goes undercover as a poor exchange student working the janitorial crew of a fast-food restaurant?  And can audiences spot Murphy and buddy Arsenio Hall in all of their latex disguises courtesy of Oscar-winning make-up artist Rick Baker?  Explore the very fine line between love and nausea when you Listen Now! {Coming to America Series}  {Eddie Murphy Series}
3/3/20212 hours, 4 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Stand (2020)

Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie are not going to Stand for another crummy TV miniseries, so CBS better hope their nine-hour take on Stephen King’s beloved novel doesn’t choke like a Langolier downing ham Bronson Pinchot. Whoopi Goldberg leads an all-star cast of survivors rebuilding civilization in the aftermath of a deadly virus. Will they (or audiences) be tempted to shun the grind of a Colorado commune, and follow Dark Man Alexander Skarsgaard into debauchery? What happens in New Vegas gets said on an epic Now Playing podcast. Listen Now! {Stephen King Series} {Stand Series}
2/23/20212 hours, 58 minutes, 37 seconds
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Gerald's Game

Did Valentine’s Day lack that spark of danger you crave? Why not spice up your life by joining in a round of Gerald’s Game? Carla Gugino leaves her Spy Kids at home, and consents to some light bondage in a remote Maine cabin, in an effort to save her marriage to yuppie Bruce Greenwood.  What happens when she’s left shackled to the bedpost with no one but a feral dog and figments of an overactive imagination to hear her cries?  Find out if Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart are turned on by the kinky side of Stephen King when you Listen Now! {Stephen King Series}
2/17/20211 hour, 17 minutes, 38 seconds
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Sleepwalkers

Madchen Amick saw her fair share of weirdness living in Twin Peaks, but nothing could prepare her for a date in the pet cemetery with one of Stephen King’s Sleepwalkers.  Will the virginal high school student survive a makeout session with a feline vampire intent on stealing her breath?  And can the Now Playing hosts stop gasping over the dated computer effects, and numerous incestuous lovemaking scenes between mother and son?  The cat definitely doesn’t have the tongues of Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart, so find out what they say when you Listen Now! {Stephen King Series}
2/10/20211 hour, 41 minutes, 47 seconds
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Needful Things

Stephen King is hosting a fire sale in Castle Rock – the fictional Maine setting for some of his most iconic stories. Now everything… and everyone… must go, unless local sheriff Ed Harris can shut down the dirty dealings of sinister new shopkeep (and O.G. exorcist) Max Von Sydow!  Will these small town residents sell out their neighbors for the chance to own enchanted objects that corrupt their hearts and minds? And will podcasters Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie get all they wish for out of the 1993 adaptation of Needful Things?  Listen Now and find out! {Stephen King Series}
2/3/20211 hour, 35 minutes, 52 seconds
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Far Cry

Arnie, Justin, and Stuart have shed a lot of tears while suffering through the 11 previous Uwe Boll video game adaptations, but the divisive director/producer can’t hurt the podcasters anymore if they can survive Far Cry. Til Schweiger (Inglourious Basterds) stars as the mercenary boat skipper who takes on an island of mutants like in the original installment of the first-person shooter.  Can the aspiring action hero score any points with movie audiences ready to go Postal should Boll leave them Alone In The Dark one more time?  Listen Now! {Video Game Series}
1/27/20211 hour, 13 minutes, 12 seconds
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Bloodrayne: The Third Reich

Is Bloodrayne storming the Nazi death camps because she wants to take down The Third Reich and stop Hitler from becoming a vampire?  Or because the bisexual bloodsucker is kinky for more steam room threeways?  Director Uwe Boll wants to have it three ways too, as he reuses the sets and cast of this video game adaptation to simultaneously make a Bloodrayne “spoof” with obese asskicker Blubberella, and a Spielberg-trolling expose of Auschwitz gas chambers.  Don’t worry, the Now Playing firing squad is equipped to take ’em all out.  Listen Now! {Video Game Series}  {Bloodrayne Series}
1/20/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 30 seconds
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Bloodrayne: Deliverance

Almost everything has changed for Bloodrayne now that the daywalking vampire has left her European medieval castle, and traveled to the American frontier town of Deliverance, for a “high midnight” showdown with an undead Billy The Kid. Should gamers continue to feed their quarters into a series saddled with tax cheat Uwe Boll? Or does the much-maligned director prove to be better at shooting Spaghetti Westerns than Tolkien fantasies and zombie raves?  Find out if the Now Playing Arcade removes the bounty from Boll’s head when you Listen Now! {Video Game Series}  {Bloodrayne Series}
1/13/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 42 seconds
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Bloodrayne

Kristanna Loken trades her Terminatrix leathers for a sword and fangs to star as the half-human, half-vampire assassin Bloodrayne. Does the video game vixen score many points with PlayStation fans by beating up on fat rocker Meatloaf, or picking a fight with everyone’s favorite pacifist Sir Ben “Gandhi” Kingsley?  And can anyone win against an End Boss as bad as director Uwe Boll, whose track record in the Now Playing Arcade automatically has the hosts reaching for their bows and Red Arrows?  Find out how much this sucks when you Listen Now! {Video Game Series}  {Bloodrayne Series}
1/6/20211 hour, 28 minutes, 31 seconds
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Wonder Woman 1984

Before we leave behind a stressful year of coronavirus and social turmoil, Now Playing needs to travel back in time to 1984, and see if Wonder Woman can provide the big screen fireworks that quarantined audiences have been missing.  Will heartbroken Gal Godot really give up her tiara and Amazonian strength for the chance to be with Steve Trevor (Chris Pine)?  And was it always Kristin Wiig’s wish to get into shape wearing a grody to the HBOMax cheetah outfit?  Find out if Pedro Pascal can make our dreams for a super sequel come true. Listen Now! {DC Comics Series}  {Comic Book Movie Series}  {DC Movie Universe}  {Wonder Woman Series}
12/30/20202 hours, 13 minutes, 50 seconds
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Tenet

John David Washington had some trouble infiltrating hate groups as a BlacKkKlansman, but that’s child’s play compared to the lengths he goes to unlock the secrets of Tenet.  Christopher Nolan’s 11th big screen adventure is his most twisted look at time yet – an IMAX sized optical illusion that reflects back on James Bond flicks while simultaneously pushing audiences into the uncertain future of a new quantum Cold War.  Wishing you had that PhD in Physics while you watched?  Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie are here to help you feel it and understand it.  Listen Now! {Nolan Series}
12/23/20202 hours, 47 minutes, 35 seconds
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Golden Years

CBS attempted to change its image as “the old persons’ network” in 1991 when it greenlit Stephen King’s Golden Years, a series about a top secret lab experiment that rapidly de-ages an elderly janitor. Can the 8 episodes of this prematurely cancelled TV drama find new life edited down into a four hour movie? And why is Felicity Huffman footing the bill for this afflicted man’s flight from justice, particularly when he no longer qualifies for senior citizen discounts? Get nostalgic for King’s “novel for television” with Now Playing. Listen now! {Stephen King Series}
12/16/20201 hour, 51 minutes, 6 seconds
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Another 48 Hours

Eddie Murphy was the biggest comedy star of the 1980s when he decided to spend Another 48 Hrs razzing rednecks and dodging bullets back in San Francisco. Now Nick Nolte is the one who stands to go to jail, after false charges are brought against the cop while he chases phantom drug dealer The Iceman. Can director Walter Hill keep the boys competitive with the big action sequels of the era, or does the pair spend too much time repeating the first movie’s greatest hits to keep pace with Lethal Weapon 2 and Die Hard 2? Listen and find out! {48 Hours Series}  {Eddie Murphy Series}
12/9/20201 hour, 22 minutes, 25 seconds
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48 Hrs.

It’s detective Nick Nolte’s worst nightmare – spending 48 Hrs handcuffed to scene stealer Eddie Murphy in his movie debut. How much damage can the pair do in two days as they tear through San Francisco looking for Warriors James Remar and David Patrick Kelly, and a Porsche full of money? And should director Walter Hill get his dick bronzed for pioneering the action-comedy formula that paved the way for Lethal Weapon, Rush Hour, and all those future foul-mouthed buddy cop franchises? Spend a little time with the Now Playing team and find out! {48 Hours Series}  {Eddie Murphy Series}
12/2/20201 hour, 37 minutes, 51 seconds
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The Craft: Legacy

It’s taken almost 25 years for The Craft to conjure a sequel, but now the Legacy of the 1996 wicca hit continues with a new generation of female spellcasters joining the circle. Can four teen witches work together to defeat sinister stepfather David Duchovney, and some toxic high school boys? Or will Lily, the new Witch of the West, lose confidence in her powers after mother Michelle Monaghan, Mission Impossible 3, spills a dark family secret? Find out if Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob are in a bind about this next chapter of the coven when you Listen Now! {The Craft Series}
11/25/20201 hour, 27 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Craft

Blessed be! Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart are under the spell of The Craft, the first high school movie of the ’90s to stick up for the wiccans. Strange things start happening when naturally gifted magick user Robin Tunney blows into an LA Catholic school from the North, and joins a coven of weirdos led by Wicked Witch of the West Fairuza Balk. Is hunky football jock Skeet Ulrich the snake-in-the-grass that will undo all this supernatural Girl Power? Or were the foursome mistaken for ever putting their trust in deity Manon? Join the circle and Listen Now! {The Craft Series}
11/18/20201 hour, 36 minutes, 47 seconds
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The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

Most Americans remember the First Gulf War as a quick and decisive U.S. victory, but director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) sees it as the beginning of a White House corporate takeover in his 2004 version of Manchurian Candidate. Should shellshocked Denzel Washington get back on his meds, and stop accusing fellow soldier Liev Schrieber of being a sleeper agent? Or is this Vice Presidential hopeful really in the pocket of Big Pharma, or worse; his mother Meryl Streep!? Find out if this remake truly is a dream by Listening Now! {Manchurian Candidate Series}
11/11/20201 hour, 47 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Election got you stressed? Tune out today’s political noise and vote to reinstate the 1962 Manchurian Candidate instead. Can troubled soldier Frank Sinatra stop Deep State Communists from using a brainwashed Korean War vet to gain control of the White House? And would the country be any better off run by Angela Lansbury, who uses her windbag husband and the power of television to promote Red Scare fake news and Murder, She Wrote reruns? Find out if Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie endorse this paranoid classic. Listen Now! {Manchurian Candidate Series}
11/4/20201 hour, 38 minutes, 17 seconds
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Something Big is Coming.... Now Playing's CLOVERFIELD Retrospective!

Something big is crashing down on Now Playing in time for Halloween! Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart are here to declassify all three installments of JJ Abrams’ super secret Cloverfield monster franchise starting with the original 2008 found footage blockbuster! What happens when a goodbye party for a New York businessman headed to Japan turns into a ticker tape welcome parade for America’s first kaiju? Does funnyman TJ Miller have enough batteries in his camera to document all the action of this Manhattan rampage? Donate for Platinum Level and find out! {Cloverfield Series}
10/31/202014 minutes, 12 seconds
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Tremors: Shrieker Island

Aloha from Shrieker Island, a tropical paradise where Wall Street suits pay for the pleasure of blasting bio-engineered Graboids all weekend long! That is, until the big worms dig under the ocean and take over a neighboring wildlife preserve. Fortunately Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) has gone native, and left his Arizona compound to hunt his nemesis one last time! Are his odds improved by bringing along Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Jackie Cruz (Orange Is The New Black), and a badass chick with a bow and arrow? Feel the vibes of the latest Tremors now! {Tremors Series}
10/28/20201 hour, 34 minutes, 18 seconds
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Tremors Bonus: Michael Gross **SPOILER** Interview

Arnie talks to Burt Gummer himself: Michael Gross! {Tremors Series}
10/22/202049 minutes, 23 seconds
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Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell

It will be A Cold Day In Hell before Burt Gummer lets the IRS take away his Nevada land and business! Which is why he and faithful cameraman Jamie Kennedy have signed on for a seventh Tremors adventure. How are Graboids and Ass Blasters thriving in the snowy mountains of the Canadian Arctic? And can Burt be much help to the bug hunt once he’s diagnosed with worm poisoning, and needs to extract antibodies from his underground enemy in order to live? Find out if the podcasters warm up to the next installment when you Listen Now! {Tremors Series}
10/20/20201 hour, 13 minutes, 12 seconds
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Tremors 5: Bloodlines

Monster hunter Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) traces the Bloodlines of his subterranean nemesis all the way back to a slimy cave in Africa in the safari-minded sequel Tremors 5. How much bigger and badder has Graboid evolution become on the Dark Continent, with the introduction of nocturnal Ass Blasters and detachable snake tentacles? And what kind of relationship does the cranky survivalist hope to forge with flamboyant new cameraman Jamie Kennedy (Scream)? Go off the grid with Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart and find out now! {Tremors Series}
10/14/20201 hour, 25 minutes, 31 seconds
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Tremors 4: The Legend Begins

Audiences may have first learned about Graboids in Tremors, but The Legend Begins 100 years prior in a prequel where Burt Gummer’s great grandfather (also Michael Gross) finds his Nevada silver mine overrun with “dirt dragons”. Can a Mexican prospector, badass gunslinger, and community of rejected immigrants find the firepower to defeat these mythical snakes before their American Dream is swallowed whole? And do Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart cotton to this fourth film in the franchise devolving into a Western? Saddle up and find out now! {Tremors Series}
10/7/20201 hour, 24 minutes, 6 seconds
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Tremors 3: Back to Perfection

Michael Gross and most of the original cast head Back To Perfection, Nevada for more Graboid hunting in Tremors 3. Too bad the man-eating worms are now considered an endangered species, and Burt and the locals are mandated to capture the desert pests humanely or be evicted. Is a flashy tour guide able to steer the franchise in an eco-friendly new direction? And are the monsters still a blast once they mutate again, and take to the air with the power of their farts? Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart aren’t about to move from their lookout spot. Join them Now! {Tremors Series}
9/29/20201 hour, 8 minutes, 5 seconds
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Tremors II: Aftershocks

Those initial Tremors may be over, but Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart are now bracing for Aftershocks. Fred Ward takes the franchise south of the border for a cheap Mexican vacation without Kevin Bacon. What does it mean for the monster hunt when those wormy, underground Graboids take to the surface and metamorphosize into bipedal Shriekers? Has Earl done himself any favors by calling in the comedic firepower of guns enthusiast Michael Gross? Find out how much heat is coming off this straight-to-tape sequel when you Listen Now! {Tremors Series}
9/22/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 48 seconds
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Tremors (1990)

What’s shaking at Now Playing these days? Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie are moving to Perfection, Nevada to join the cult devoted to Tremors. The fun begins with a fresh look at the original 1990 creature feature, in which bickering handymen Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward contend with a stampede of supersized, subterranean worms gobbling up their town. Can the Footloose hunk make moves on a geologist while wriggling out of a tight spot? And are Michael Gross (Family Ties) and country singer Reba MacEntire comedic dynamite together? Listen and Find Out! {Tremors Series}
9/16/20201 hour, 24 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Last House on the Left (1972) - Trailer

A decade before his landmark slasher A Nightmare On Elm Street gave ’80s mallrats insomnia, writer/director Wes Craven invited hippies inside The Last House On The Left for a tour of extreme horror movie violence.  What happens when four escaped psychopaths accept hospitality from the parents of the 17-year-old girl they just murdered?  Does revenge taste even more delicious served up as a home cooked meal on turned tables? Find out if this 1972 grindhouse classic still kills by becoming a Now Playing Silver Level Donor this Fall. {Last House on the Left Series}  {Wes Craven Series}
9/11/20209 minutes, 51 seconds
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The New Mutants

After ghosting audiences for the last three years, The New Mutants are finally ready to shut the history books on a half century of Boomer adventures, and let today’s generation have their say about the X-Men. Will the five central Millennials prove to be superheroes or snowflakes once nightmare creatures pop the protective bubble surrounding their world? And is she-wolf Rahne (Maisie Williams) the next Hugh Jackman, or do expectations flame out like Berto (Henry Zaga) when these kids are compared to MCU icons?  The struggle is real so Listen Now! {X-Men Series}  {Marvel Series}  {Comic Book Movie Series}
9/9/20201 hour, 55 minutes, 54 seconds
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Bill and Ted Face The Music

Current events putting you in a heinous mood? Never fear fiftysomething metalheads Bill and Ted have seen the future, and return to the big screen ready to perform a song destined to heal an off-kilter universe. Have Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter grown up in the 29 years since their last cinematic adventure? And can daughters Billie and Thea traverse time and sign Jimi Hendrix, Mozart, and Death (William Sadler) to play in their dad’s defunct band Wyld Stallyns? It’s easier to Face The Music with friends Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart in your ear. Listen Now! {Bill & Ted Series}
9/1/20202 hours, 10 minutes
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Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey

Sequels are always in danger of repeating themselves, but the problem becomes twofold for Bill and Ted when evil lookalike automatons hijack their second movie, and send the layabouts on a Bogus Journey to Hell! Can the wannabe rockers beat Death (William Sadler) at his own game, and get back to San Dimas in time to play a historic Wyld Stallyns concert? And is it beneficial for the boys to quit playing air guitar, and physically climb that Stairway To Heaven to plead their case to God? Find out if the hosts are excellent to each other and this movie by listening now! {Bill & Ted Series}
8/26/20201 hour, 37 minutes, 7 seconds
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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Strange things are afoot at Now Playing! For the next three weeks Jakob, Stuart, and Arnaldo Carvalho, Esq. are catching up on the cinematic exploits of SoCal slackers Bill and Ted, starting with their 1989 Excellent Adventure. Can these clueless metalheads pass their history final by hopping in a time-traveling phone booth, and bringing legendary figures like Socrates and Napoleon Bonaparte to a 20th Century mall? And how accurate was this film’s prediction that Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter would change the future? Listen Now and Party On! {Bill & Ted Series}
8/19/20201 hour, 48 minutes, 31 seconds
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Secret Window

Johnny Depp has trouble telling fact from fiction after hayseed stalker John Turturro shows up on his porch, and accuses the New England writer of stealing his short story Secret Window.  But is Stephen King the real plagiarist by presenting another tale of a tortured author using plot points cribbed from The Dark Half?  And can Depp flip the script on his bitter divorce once bad things start happening to his cheating ex-wife (Maria Bello, not Amber Heard)? Find out if the seeds planted early in this narrative bear fruit or corn at the twist ending when you Listen Now! {Stephen King Series}
8/12/20201 hour, 19 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Langoliers

Cancelled TV stars Bronson Pinchot (Perfect Strangers), David Morse (St. Elsewhere), and Patricia Wettig (thirtysomething) fight becoming a thing of the past after traveling through a rip in time in The Langoliers. Is this 1995 ABC miniseries a ticket back to prime time relevance? Or are the has-beens fated to a future forever flying coach and going unnoticed in the Bangor airport? And is 80s icon Pac-Man also angling for a comeback as he photobombs the finale?  Feast on the next crazy Stephen King installment with Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie now! {Stephen King Series}
8/5/20201 hour, 33 minutes, 24 seconds
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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Chris Pine (Star Trek) may be the fourth actor to play Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, but he’s the first incarnation of the Tom Clancy character to challenge Jason Bournes spy movie supremacy in the 21st Century. Can the CIA analyst keep pace with the times as he hunts down a shady Russian businessman (Kenneth Branaugh) out to tank the U.S. economy? And how long can eye surgeon Keira Knightley be kept in the dark about her boyfriend’s covert activities? Find out as Now Playing unlocks the file on the iconic spy's most recent big screen adventure. {Tom Clancy Series}  {Jack Ryan Series}
7/29/20201 hour, 41 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Sum of All Fears

Ben Affleck goes from Chasing Amy/ and following J-Lo around the block, to pursuing neo-Nazis hoping to detonate a dirty bomb on American soil in The Sum of All Fears/. Was this fourth Jack Ryan adventure too timely, with a plot that predicted many aspects of the 9/11 terrorist attacks? Does Tom Clancys Cold War politics still apply to this new War On Terror? And will CIA director Morgan Freeman open a file on why Harrison Ford has gone missing from the franchise? Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie are ready to play ball with the hot button thriller. Listen Now! {Tom Clancy Series}  {Jack Ryan Series}
7/21/20201 hour, 38 minutes, 41 seconds
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Clear & Present Danger

Harrison Ford was in no Clear and Present Danger/ of being replaced by any other movie star in 1994, but CIA analyst Jack Ryan does solicit help from another popular Tom Clancy character for his third big screen adventure. Can world-weary mercenary Clark (Willem Dafoe) help the pencil pusher defeat a Columbian drug cartel, and reign in an overreaching U.S. President? And does this 1989 novel about Reagan’s War On Drugs still hit the right targets today? Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart have emerged from the jungle with the answers, so Listen Now and find out! {Tom Clancy Series}  {Jack Ryan Series}
7/15/20201 hour, 24 minutes, 10 seconds
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Patriot Games

Paramount was eager to adapt more Tom Clancy novels after Red October/ brought home a boatload of cash. But is it as much fun to play Patriot Games/ with so many important pieces missing from the sequel? Gone are the Cold War politics, sleek submarine technology, and Alec Baldwin as our nerdy CIA analyst hero. Will Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart remain loyal to the past, or go with Harrison Ford as an older Jack Ryan defending his family and seaside home from crazy Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings/) and a rogue IRA faction? Listen and find out. {Tom Clancy Series}  {Jack Ryan Series}
7/8/20201 hour, 31 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Hunt for Red October

Sean Connery has stolen a Soviet nuclear submarine, and now every Cold War naval vessel is on The Hunt For Red October. Tom Clancy’s 1984 bestseller was designed to torpedo Rambo shoot ’em ups, and take the action genre into a new decade of thinking man ‘techno-thrillers’. But did Alec Baldwin study enough about his co-star to turn his untested CIA analyst into the next James Bond? Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart are ready to track every move in Jack Ryan’s 30 year movie career, starting with this 1990 blockbuster. Listen Now! {Tom Clancy Series}  {Jack Ryan Series}
7/1/20201 hour, 23 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Breakfast Club -- Our *1,000th* movie review podcast!

Join all seven podcasters as they sit down for the first time to give a collective review of The Breakfast Club.  Does John Hughes’ seminal teen drama of the 1980s still have something important to say about cliques and class division 35 years later?  What were the hosts like in high school, and has recording one thousand shows together felt like punishment or a unique bonding experience? You won’t need to return to your locker for that bag of grass in order to spend the day giggling as Now Playing explains “who we are”.  Listen Now! {Individual Movie Reviews}
6/24/20202 hours, 24 minutes, 56 seconds
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Escape from L.A.

… except Snake Plissken, after President Cliff Robertson tasks him to recover a top secret weapon from revolutionaries hiding out at the former Happiest Place On Earth. But SoCal’s new prison island proves to be a decidedly sunnier and funnier place than the Big Apple penitentiary of 15 years ago. Can Kurt Russell’s one-eyed badass fend off deranged plastic surgeon Bruce Campbell, surf tsunamis with Peter Fonda, and hang with outlaw Pam Grier? And is Escape From LA a sequel to, or parody of, John Carpenter’s 1981 classic?  Listen and Find Out! {Escape From Series}  {John Carpenter Series}
6/17/20201 hour, 29 minutes, 59 seconds
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Escape from New York

How prophetic is John Carpenter’s 1981 vision of future Manhattan – so crime-ridden it’s become a maximum security prison?  And how easily can Kurt Russell shake off his Disney kid image to star as Snake Plissken, the one-eyed convict coerced by Lee Van Cleef to rescue the Commander-In-Chief from crime lord Isaac Hayes? Start spreadin’ the news, the podcast is ready to play.  Be a part of it and Listen Now! {Escape From Series}  {John Carpenter Series}
6/10/20201 hour, 22 minutes, 22 seconds
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The Dark Half

Novelist Timothy Hutton starts to go a little cuckoo when The Dark Half of his creative mind – the part responsible for writing all of his salacious bestsellers – takes physical form and strikes out at the family and friends that push the author to be more wholesome.  Is this latest Stephen King story just a thinly veiled tell-all of the horror writer’s struggles with alcohol and alter ego Richard Bachman? Or should we consider this more like a new chapter in director George Romero’s Living Dead saga?  See if Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie are on the same page when you Listen Now! {Stephen King Series}
6/3/20201 hour, 28 minutes, 55 seconds
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The Tommyknockers

Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart continue to dig into Stephen King’s extensive filmography, this week reaching the much-maligned adaptation of Tommyknockers. Marg Helgenberger (CSI) and Jimmy Smitts (LA Law) cause a meltdown in their little Maine town when they excavate a UFO in their backyard. Were fans too quick to bury this ABC-TV miniseries?  Why would anyone want E.T. to go home when the aliens make such ingenious modifications to lipstick, magic shows, and Coke machines? Answer that knockin’ at the door by downloading and listening now! {Stephen King Series}
5/27/20201 hour, 34 minutes, 18 seconds
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Contagion

Businesswoman Gwenyth Paltrow comes into contact with a novel virus. Now can an all-star cast stop her Contagion from spreading worldwide? And why does Matt Damon have a “Borne” immunity? Now Playing’s Viral Outbreak Retrospective reaches its dramatic conclusion with a podcast review of Steven Soderbergh’s sprawling, newly relevant 2011 medical thriller. Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob as they analyze the ways the fictional MEV-1 outbreak mirrors today’s COVID-19 pandemic. Listen Now! {Viral Outbreak Series}
5/20/20201 hour, 27 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Andromeda Strain (2008)

The Andromeda Strain has mutated again!  Michael Crichton’s landmark 1969 novel came back in 2008 as a two-night TV mini-series produced by Ridley and Tony Scott!  But is this cast of sitcom stars – including Eric McCormack (Will & Grace), Ricky Schroder (Silver Spoons), Christa Miller (Scrubs), and Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) – capable of selling the science to a cable television audience? Follow Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart into the wormhole as they continue contact tracing the history of viral outbreaks in movies with this latest podcast.  Listen Now! {Viral Outbreak Series}  {Andromeda Strain Series}
5/13/20201 hour, 24 minutes, 9 seconds
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Outbreak

The 1990s gets a whole lot grungier after an infected African monkey is smuggled into Northern California, and causes a deadly Outbreak.  Dustin Hoffman and Rene Russo star as divorcing virologists tasked with flattening the curve of a super-Ebola before nervous military brass Morgan Freeman and Donald Sutherland opt to level the hot zone and everyone inside with jetfire.  Find out if Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob think this 1995 medical thriller is nothing to sneeze at when you download the latest installment of their pandemic-themed podcast.  Listen now! {Viral Outbreak Series}
5/6/20201 hour, 32 minutes, 33 seconds
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Warning Sign

Gag me with a spoon! Those glow-in-the-dark boils under your eyes aren’t just an ‘80s fashion statement, but a Warning Sign that your local agro-research lab is cooking up more than genetically modified food. Before he kept Law & Order on television, sheriff Sam Waterston shot it out with enraged scientists infected with Borna disease in this fourth installment of the Now Playing Viral Outbreak Retrospective. Is this another brainless zombie movie? Or can Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart sink their teeth into some hard science too? Listen and find out! {Viral Outbreak Series}
4/29/20201 hour, 14 minutes, 1 second
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The Andromeda Strain (1971)

A whole new kind of sickness struck the 1970s with the release of The Andromeda Strain. Four scientists hunker down in a top secret lab to study the space plague inadvertently brought to Earth by a fallen satellite. Can they find a cure for the killer alien bug before politicians use nukes to inoculate the planet? And will this first film adaptation of Michael Crichton’s bestseller develop a fatal case of disco fever coming from the director of musicals West Side Story and The Sound of Music? Find out now! {Viral Outbreak Series}  {Andromeda Strain Series}
4/22/20201 hour, 31 minutes, 1 second
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Dr. Strangelove (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Support Podcasts) {Trailer}

(or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Support Podcasts Stanley Kubrick and Peter Sellers help folks see the lighter side of apocalypse with their 1964 Cold War classic Dr. Strangelove. What happens when a paranoid general (Sterling Hayden) decides to protect American bodily fluids by ordering fighter pilot Slim Pickens to drop 50 megaton bombs on unsuspecting Soviet targets? Can George C. Scott and a Nazi scientist convince the US President there’s an upside to starting World War III? Find out when you become a Now Playing Patron and join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob in the bunker this April. {Individual Movie Reviews}
4/17/202012 minutes, 40 seconds
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The Satan Bug

Pandemic movies infect the Swingin’ Sixties courtesy of The Satan Bug – a 1965 spy caper that becomes the second installment of Now Playing’s Viral Outbreak Retrospective. TV star George Maharis (Route 66) attempted to be an epidemiological James Bond when he slipped on an isolation suit, and hunted down the reclusive billionaire who broke into a top secret bioweapons lab to release a highly lethal virus.  Find out if Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart wash their hands of these dirty double crosses when you take two earbuds and call on Now Playing this morning! {Viral Outbreak Series}
4/15/20201 hour, 15 minutes, 54 seconds
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Panic in the Streets

Finding yourself indoors with plenty of time to catch up on movies?  Avoid the Panic in the Streets, and join Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob as they analyze Hollywood portrayals of pandemics through the ages with a topical Viral Outbreak Retrospective. The seven part series begins in 1950 with an Oscar-winning film noir classic directed by Elia Kazan (On The Waterfront).  Can public health official Richard Widmark quarantine city slicker Jack Palance before the mobster infects all of New Orleans with plague?  Your cure for boredom is here when you give it a shot! {Viral Outbreak Series}
4/8/20201 hour, 13 minutes, 39 seconds
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In the Name of the King 3: The Last Mission

No one was playing Dungeon Siege in 2014, much less joining Uwe Boll on his Last Mission to make a respectable fantasy film out of the role playing video game. Prison Break star Dominic Purcell discovers his tattoos can now open portals to ancient Bulgaria. Is the modern day assassin much help to two Ehb princesses out to overthrow a traitorous king and his fire-breathing dragon?  Or should he aim his pistol at the power-mad director instead? The hit job on this third In The Name Of The King chapter costs you nothing but time, so Listen Now! {Video Game Series} {Dungeon Siege Series}
3/31/20201 hour, 8 minutes, 10 seconds
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In the Name of the King 2: Two Worlds

Dolph!  Uwe! What happens when Two World Heavyweight movie punchlines unite for one epically bad sequel to fantasy flop In The Name of the King?  Lundgren stars as the unlikely son of Jason Statham, called from modern day Vancouver to wage war on a witch and her cannibal army in the medieval land of Ehb. Chosen Ones Justin, Stuart, and Arnie command you to fulfill the prophecy, take another drink from this never ending Boll of poison, and keep listening to the Now Playing Arcade until we’ve reached the Time Beyond!! {Video Game Series}  {Dungeon Siege Series}
3/25/20201 hour, 17 minutes, 43 seconds
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In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale

What In The Name of The King is Uwe Boll up to now?!  Someone gave the notoriously awful director $60 million to turn video game Dungeon Siege into a wannabe Lord of the Rings. He’s even convinced Jason Statham to star as a martial-arts wielding peasant caught between goodfella magician Ray Liotta and a royally miscast Burt Reynolds in the battle to be crowned Worst Supporting Actor. Will Arnie have to travel to the pits of Mordor to burn this DVD, or is this the epic to finally free Boll from movie jail? Find out when you join the Now Playing Arcade! {Video Game Series}  {Dungeon Siege Series}
3/18/20201 hour, 21 minutes, 3 seconds
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The King of Fighters

Justin, Stuart, and Arnie invite listeners to another dimension, where fighting games made for the high end Neo Geo 24 bit system become major movie events! Can The King of Fighters at least claim victory over those flop film adaptations of Street Fighter, Double Dragon, and Tekken? Ray Park (aka Darth Maul) has stolen three legendary artifacts that enable him to turn a friendly martial arts tournament into career suicide. Find out how Maggie Q (Nikita) and future Deadpool 2 director David Leitch survived when you join the Now Playing Arcade and Listen Now!
3/11/20201 hour, 29 minutes, 43 seconds
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Kong: Skull Island

Legendary Pictures was definitely chasing Avengers money when they hired Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), and Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) to coerce big ape Kong to join a MonsterVerse superteam. But they might have more luck winning the Vietnam War than lasting three days on Skull Island with bonkers POW John C Reilly and a nest of subterranean, flesh-eating lizards. Be glad you have Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie to keep you safe on this eighth wonderful installment of the King Kong podcast. Listen Now {King Kong Series}  {Godzilla Series}
3/4/20201 hour, 42 minutes, 5 seconds
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King Kong (2005)

Lord of the Rings mastermind Peter Jackson emerged from Middle Earth with enough box office clout and Oscar statues to get any movie made he wanted. So why reteam with Gollum (aka Andy Serkis), and send huckster Jack Black, loverboy Adrien Brody, and new blonde Naomi Watts on an expedition to resurrect King Kong in 2005? Find out if their trip to Skull Island needs to be the length of a Tolkien epic, or if the podcasters would prefer to tour Jurassic Park instead, when you download the latest installment of this legendary ape franchise. Listen Now! {King Kong Series}
2/26/20202 hours, 4 minutes, 45 seconds
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Sonic the Hedgehog

Sega has taken company mascot Sonic The Hedgehog to the next level with a brand new live-action feature. That means Arnie, Justin, and Stuart are racing back to the Now Playing Arcade to cover all the twists and loop-de-loops this video game icon has traveled on the road to this CGI makeover. Will the Blue Devil win over Red State America as he makes rural Montana his home?  And is he running rings around smartypants Dr. Robotnik, or has Jim Carrey simply forfeited the comedy game? Push play on the podcast and find out! {Video Game Series} {Sonic the Hedgehog}
2/19/20201 hour, 55 minutes, 31 seconds
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Birds of Prey

Time to find out who the real Harley Quinn is! Margot Robbie emancipates herself from that less-than-fantabulous group of metahumans known as Suicide Squad to fly with new crew Birds of Prey. Does a teen pickpocket, salty cop, ass-kicking lounge singer, and crossbow killer offer Harley the same level of protection as Jared Leto’s Joker? Or can Gotham villains like Black Mask (Ewan McGregor) separate this smart-mouthed clown from her face or breakfast sandwich without fear of retaliation? Chillax with some pizza and Cosmos, and take in our tell-all podcast! {DC Comics Series}  {Comic Book Movie Series}  {DC Movie Universe}  {Birds of Prey Series}  {DC Teams Series}  {Suicide Squad Series}
2/11/20202 hours, 5 minutes, 22 seconds
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King Kong Lives

Does the thought of a well-endowed female gorilla make your heart pump a little faster? One supersized simian is certainly warm to Lady Kong’s form - picking himself up from the broken pavement after his 1976 tumble from the World Trade Center, and continuing on in the 1986 sequel King Kong Lives. Is Linda Hamilton proud to oversee the birth of another miracle baby two years after delivering John Connor, or should she terminate her agent for casting her in this monkey business? The podcasters are off the chain and ready to battle, so Listen Now. {King Kong Series}
2/5/20201 hour, 24 minutes, 5 seconds
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King Kong (1976)

Long before she became a fixture on American Horror Story, Jessica Lange practiced her screaming skills as the aspiring actress abducted by King Kong in a colorful 1976 remake. Is the big ape willing to play second banana to Jeff Bridges, as a primate paleontologist also falling for the buxom blonde?  And can oil executive Charles Grodon strike it rich by putting Kong on tour, after Skull Island proves not to have the dinosaurs needed to produce a gasoline fortune?  Arnie, Jakob and Stuart answer the distress call of this disaster movie when you Listen Now. {King Kong Series}
1/29/20201 hour, 40 minutes, 40 seconds
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Bad Boys For Life

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence declare themselves Bad Boys For Life as they relaunch the irreverent action franchise that made them box office titans a quarter century ago. But did Miami detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett make a bargain with God, or sell their souls, when they retired director Michael Bay, and joined a SWAT team of squeaky clean Millennials who defer all the dangerous work to drones? And how will Mike clean up his brouhaha with a black magic witch running a Mexican cartel?  Lean back in your recliner and Listen Now to find out. {Bad Boys Series}
1/22/20202 hours, 3 minutes, 8 seconds
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King Kong Escapes

America wanted their big gorilla back for a popular Saturday morning cartoon, but King Kong Escapes for one last Japanese adventure. Villainous Dr. Who (no relation to the BBC Timelord) needs the legendary ape’s help in mining the North Pole of a rare mineral. Can a Bond babe and kidnapped nurse seduce Kong into dirtying his paws?  Or will the beast find it impossible to dig alongside a robotical replica of himself dubbed Mechani-Kong? Join all of Tokyo in getting the blow-by-blow of their beatdown when you download Now Playing’s latest podcast. {King Kong Series}
1/15/20201 hour, 4 minutes, 40 seconds
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King Kong vs. Godzilla

Don’t panic! King Kong has broken free of his American handlers and heads to Japan for fisticuffs with local lizard Godzilla.  Should Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob drop a nuke on these two iconic monsters to stop them from soiling their cinematic reputations?  Or did the big ape need this childish, man-in-rubber-suit cage match to make him relevant 30 years after his embarrassing tumble from the Empire State Building? Chill out with some cigarettes and soma berries, slip on the headphones, and find out when you Listen Now! {King Kong Series}  {Godzilla Series}
1/7/20201 hour, 17 minutes, 6 seconds
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Misery

Now Playing has one last podcast for 2019, dedicated to all those dirty birdies who love the oogy mind of Stephen King. Writer Paul Sheldon (James Caan) finds himself in Misery after he’s pulled from a car crash in snowy Colorado, and tortured by a demented fan who demands a new chapter for the romance novel heroine he retired. Did Kathy Bates deserve the Oscar for her tough love bedside manner?  And how many pages from the book did director Rob Reiner have to eat in order to bring this very literate story to the screen? Listen and find out! {Stephen King Series}
12/31/20191 hour, 49 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Rise of Skywalker

The Emperor Strikes Back!  Zombie Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) steps from the shadows with secrets that could force last Jedi Rey (Daisy Ridley) to turn to the Dark Side and bad boy Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). But General Leia (Carrie Fisher) is committed to using every last ounce of her Old War star power to squash this Final Order, and pave the way for The Rise of Skywalker. Find out how much resistance Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart put up for the ninth and final episode in the Star Wars saga in when you download this massive podcast. Listen Now! {Star Wars Series}
12/25/20192 hours, 46 minutes, 22 seconds
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Black Christmas (2019)

‘Twas the night of Black Christmas, and all through Blumhouse, strange creatures in hoodies, sought coeds to roust.  But the remake has armed all the women with care, in the hopes it’s the bros’ turn to finally be scared. Now Arnie!  Now Stuart! Now Brock to their boots, head off to the theater to watch Imogen Poots. Will this boys-vs-girls showdown get social media chatter?  Or will militant feminists not even find that it matters? The hosts will exclaim their thoughts and insights, when you download the podcast and listen tonight! {Black Christmas Series}
12/17/20191 hour, 29 minutes, 2 seconds
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Son of Kong

Life is tough for the Son of Kong. Everyone expects him to follow in his father’s massive footsteps, and scale the box office heights of the first film. But this quickie sequel has different monkey business in mind as it sends scandalized movie director Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) back to Skull Island for romantic hijinks with an orphaned circus performer.  Will they - or Now Playing hosts Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart - find any buried treasure while watching little albino Kong take on dinosaurs, cave bears, and a shady Norweigian sailor? Listen and find out! {King Kong Series}
12/11/201957 minutes, 25 seconds
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King Kong (1933)

Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart find themselves in an Empire State Of Mind as they begin a four month wrestling match with King Kong - the Eighth Wonder of the World!  This towering franchise has cast an 86-year-long shadow over film history, beginning with the big ape’s 1933 blockbuster debut!  Head back to Skull Island with Now Playing, and discover if this legendary movie star still has the strength to make audiences scream like Fay Wray, or beat down 50 foot tall lizard Godzilla for their 2020 theatrical showdown. Listen Now! {King Kong Series}
12/4/20191 hour, 53 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ratchet & Clank

Playstation heroes Ratchet and Clank starred in 12 video game adventures together before making the quantum leap to movie theaters for a fast-paced (and okay, financially unsuccessful) 2016 animated feature. Did Earthlings miss a memorable screen pairing?  And can this one-of-a-kind alien mechanic and his defective warbot bestie stop villains voiced by Paul Giamatti and Sylvester Stallone from reconfiguring the most beautiful planets in the solar system? No quarters needed to play the latest Now Playing Arcade installment.  Listen Now! {Video Game Series}  {Ratchet & Clank}
11/27/20191 hour, 16 minutes, 47 seconds
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Charlie's Angels (2019)

'70s TV execs discounted Aaron Spelling's idea for a Charlie's Angels show because there was no man to come and save them. Well, a lot has changed in the last 40 years and the women are just fine saving themselves...and even some men who get in trouble. Thus we have the Elizabeth Banks produced, directed, co-written, and co-starring 2019 Charlie's Angels. But in a post #TimesUp world is there still place for an Aaron Spelling-like jiggle fest? And if not, what does that leave for the Angels? Join us now to find out! {Charlie's Angels Series}
11/20/20191 hour, 56 minutes, 29 seconds
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Doctor Sleep

Little Danny barely escaped Jack Nicholson and the ghosts of the Overlook Hotel back in 1980. Now grown-up Dan Torrance (Ewan McGregor) - nicknamed Doctor Sleep - is fighting the demon of alcoholism, as well as a pack of vampiric gypsies hoping to eat the soul of a powerful child clairvoyant. Will this Shining sequel leave Kubrick fans steaming? Or can new director Mike Flanagan honor the classic movie while bringing the story back to Stephen King’s original intentions? Join the hosts as they pick up bats and axes and come to play forever and ever! {Stephen King Series}  {Shining Series}
11/13/20191 hour, 51 minutes, 24 seconds
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Terminator: Dark Fate

Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) thought she saved humanity from a SkyNet future of robot domination. So it’s ironic that new cybernetic menace Legion has come online in the year 2020, and it’s now Sarah’s Dark Fate to protect new target Dani (Natalia Reyes) from a new Terminator.  Will the arrival of augmented future soldier Grace (Mackenzie Davis) increase their chances of success? Or is it curtains for James Cameron’s flagship franchise (and if so, are they polka dot or butterfly drapes)? Find out when you listen now! {Terminator Series}
11/6/20191 hour, 55 minutes, 7 seconds
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3 From Hell

For nearly a decade Devil's Rejects stars Bill Moseley and Sid Haig, plus series creator Rob Zombie, said the series--like its main characters--was dead.  10 years and several flops later, the Firefly family is back from the dead! How does Zombie explain this away? And are these 3 From Hell as dangerous in 1988 as they were in the '70s?  Join our three podcast hosts from hell, Marjorie, Brock, and Arnie, to find out! {House of 1000 Corpses} {Rob Zombie Series}
10/30/20191 hour, 34 minutes, 16 seconds
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Trick or Treat! Put a donation in Now Playing's bag and get treated with our ZOMBIELAND 2 review!

Rule #1 when you’re producing a sequel: Bring back everyone that made the first film successful. It took a decade, and probably more than a few Twinkies, but director Ruben Fleischer has managed to "Double Tap" Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone for a second trip to Zombieland! Can the foursome teach Generation Z how to fight a ferocious new strain of undead? And is the Oval Office or Graceland a better place to wait out the apocalypse? Find out when you become a Now Playing Silver Level Donor! {Zombieland Series}
10/26/20197 minutes, 17 seconds
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Doom: Annihilation

Now Playing Arcade podcasters Justin, Arnie, and Stuart thought that first-person shooter Doom had already done a bang-up job destroying the video game’s appeal on the big screen with the Dwayne Johnson/Karl Urban 2005 movie. Second chapter Annihilation returns to finish the job with a squad of no-name Marines on a mission to mow down rubber suit demons and zombies in lab coats on a Martian moonbase. Have the hosts opened a portal to hell or the next level in camp comedy?  Strap on some protective armor and head into the fray. Listen Now! {Video Game Series}  {Doom Series}
10/23/20191 hour, 17 minutes, 24 seconds
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Now Playing's ZOMBIELAND Review -- Available now!

Rule #1: if you want to survive the 2009 horror-comedy Zombieland: Find a Friend in Now Playing!     Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart will be doing lots of cardio to keep pace with the last four humans in America, as they make their way to a California amusement park overrun with undead. Donate for Silver Level this fall and learn to enjoy the little things - Jesse Eisenberg trying to wallpaper the closet with Emma Stone; Woody Harrelson extolling the virtues of fresh Twinkies; and the shocking first impression Bill Murray makes on millennial Abigail Breslin. {Zombieland Series}
10/19/20197 minutes, 57 seconds
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Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle

Charlie's Angels returned in 2003...and so did Demi Moore. The superstar actress' Q-Score had fallen in the decade since her big hits Indecent Proposal and Ghost, but she was set to rise again as former Angel Madison Lee in this action sequel. Does she shine against then-box office champ Cameron Diaz? Does Moore even get enough screen time when squeezed into a cast with Bernie Mac, Crispin Glover, Justin Theroux, Robert Patrick, Shia LaBeouf, Luke Wilson, John Cleese, and Matt LeBlanc?  Get your Zass over here and listen now! {Charlie's Angels Series}
10/16/20191 hour, 32 minutes, 51 seconds
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Joker

It’s Arthur Fleck, better known as Joker!  Before becoming Batman’s #1 nemesis, the Clown Prince of Crime was just a struggling stand-up comic doing his best to make the public smile on the mean streets of Gotham. Can Joaquin Phoenix convince the Now Playing hosts that heartless millionaires like mayoral candidate (and father of Bruce) Thomas Wanye are the true enemies of the people?  And is Hangover director Todd Phillips making a Scorsese inspired tragedy, or Trumpian comedy, out of this atypical DC Comics origin story?  Listen and find out! {DC Comics Series}  {Comic Book Movie Series}  {Batman Series}  {Joker Movie Series}
10/9/20192 hours, 11 minutes, 42 seconds
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Charlie's Angels (2000)

"Girl Power!" The sentiment continues, but the look has changed dramatically since the era of Spice Girls and, this week's movie review, 2000's Charlie's Angels. Listen now as our hosts remember what feminism looked like--in an unzipped mechanic's jumpsuit--as Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu update the Angels for a new millennium! {Charlie's Angels Series}
10/2/20191 hour, 30 minutes, 57 seconds
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Rambo: Last Blood

It's been 11 years. The world has changed. John Rambo, however, has not--he's just tried to keep a lid on it. That lid blows when his "niece" is abducted by a Mexican cartel, and Rambo is out for Last Blood.  Should this be Rambo's final mission? Join Arnie, Brock, and Jakob for this review to find out! {Rambo Series}
9/25/20191 hour, 41 minutes, 34 seconds
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Charlie's Angels (1976)

Once upon a time, there were three little girls who went to the police academy...   With those words Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg created a television sensation:  Charlie's Angels. It was an instant television sensation. And in the 43 years since it premiered on TV it had two theatrical films, a 2011 reboot, plus an upcoming new film!  Join Arnie, Marjorie, and Jakob as they go back to where it all began--on the 480i TV screens in 1976. {Charlie's Angels Series}
9/18/20191 hour, 6 minutes, 23 seconds
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It: Chapter 2

It’s 2016, and The Losers Club is all grown up and ready for a rematch with It. Chapter II finds Pennywise waking from his 27 year nap hangry, homicidal, and hot to dance with old Derry foes Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader. Can arcade tokens, yearbook pages, a bunch of shower caps, and other artifacts from an ‘80s childhood be used to complete a Native American ritual that will ‘eighty-six’ this shape-shifting space clown for good? Listen and Find Out! {Stephen King Series}  {It Series}
9/11/20193 hours, 8 minutes, 4 seconds
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It (2017)

30 years after massacring trees and dominating bookshelf space everywhere, Stephen King’s monster novel It transformed into the biggest horror movie of all-time! Chapter One focuses on The Losers Club - a group of misfit kids investigating the stranger things occurring in their cursed small town. Will stuttering leader Bill (Jaeden Martell) find his missing brother alive in the city’s waterworks? Can new kid on the block Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor) woo crush Beverly (Sophia Lillis) while fighting off bullies with switchblades? Get down with the clown when you listen now! {Stephen King Series}  {It Series}
9/4/20191 hour, 59 minutes, 19 seconds
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It (1990)

Were executives at the ABC network Pennywise or pound foolish for thinking Stephen King’s gory, gigantic novel IT could float on 1990s prime time television alongside family-oriented hits Who’s The Boss and The Wonder Years? Tim Curry’s dancing clown did his best to lure the censors into the sewer as he terrorizes the children of Derry, Maine in a highly rated two-part miniseries. Make a pact to join podcasters Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob as they stare into the deadlights (and take shots at those special effects). Listen Now! {Stephen King Series}  {It Series}
8/28/20192 hours, 18 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Angry Birds Movie 2

Mortal enemies come together like bacon and eggs in The Angry Birds Movie 2, as cranky cardinal Red (Jason Sudeikis) and green pig Leonard (Bill Hader) team up to stop mysterious balls of ice from flattening their respective island homes. Is this sequel "poultry in motion" now that new writers, directors, and Saturday Night Live cast members Leslie Jones and Pete Davidson have joined the nest? Or is the cartoon an albatross around the podcasters’ necks as they try to soar through Now Playing’s video game retrospective? Listen and Find Out! {Video Game Series}  {Angry Birds Series}
8/20/20191 hour, 22 minutes, 1 second
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The Kitchen

DC Comics cooks up a new take on the gangster genre with the release of The Kitchen. Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss star as a trio of marginalized mob wives who must find a way to put food on the table when their Irish hood husbands are busted for armed robbery. Is 1970s midtown Manhattan better off under the protection of wisegals who know how to clean up a blood stain? And should this dish have been seasoned with more of these ladies’ trademark comedy?  Do it for the kids, and download the show now! {DC Teams Series}  {DC Comics Series}  {Comic Book Movie Series}
8/14/20191 hour, 35 minutes, 57 seconds
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Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

Someone opened a cold can of whoopass, and now "Mike Oxmall" and "Franz Grubar" - a crime fighting duo better known as Hobbs & Shaw - are storming the multiplex and hijacking the Fast and Furious franchise. Will Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jason Statham be at each other’s throats for their entire spin-off movie? Or can they find a way to work together to defeat "Black Superman" Idris Elba, and track down the carrier of a deadly virus (Vanessa Kirby)?  Trust your Now Playing Family to tell you the truth when you Listen Now! {Fast and Furious Series}
8/7/20191 hour, 40 minutes, 57 seconds
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The Angry Birds Movie

The Now Playing Arcade is making Justin, Stuart, and Arnie see Red… and all the other Angry Birds that appear in the blockbuster 2016 animated movie! Can this short-tempered cardinal stop a boatload of green pigs from stealing all the eggs from his island with nothing more than slingshots, trampolines, and friends from anger management class? And does the vocal talent of Saturday Night Live alumni Jason Sudeikis, Maya Rudoph, and Bill Hader brighten the mood for the adults watching? Hear the hosts squawk about it all when you Listen Now! {Video Game Series}  {Angry Birds Series}
7/31/20191 hour, 30 minutes, 45 seconds
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Mercy

Only witches can make a "weeping book", but Hollywood often wrings tears from Stephen King readers with their many poor adaptations. Will Blumhouse - the studio behind Paranormal Activity and Get Out - show Mercy in their telling of Skeleton Crew short story “Gramma”? Chandler Riggs (Walking Dead) stars as a mama’s boy out to determine if his nana (Shirley Knight) is a dying woman with dementia, or a black magic practitioner trying to possess his soul. Find out if this flick makes the podcasters want to put axes in their heads when you Listen Now! {Stephen King Series}
7/23/20191 hour, 20 minutes, 52 seconds
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The Mist

Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart get lost in The Mist as they find their way back to the Stephen King retrospective. It took Shawshank Redemption director Frank Darabont more than a decade to bring this standout entry in King’s Skeleton Crew short story collection to the big screen. Are the beasties that maroon Thomas Jane and his son in a grocery store as scary as the religious zealotry of fellow refugee Marcia Gay Harden? And what will the hosts make of that infamous downbeat ending?  Listen Now and clear the air on this controversial adaptation. {Stephen King Series}
7/16/20192 hours, 2 seconds
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Spider-Man: Far From Home Movie Review

Peter Parker leaves his friendly neighborhood Spider-Man alter ego behind for a journey Far From Home meant to alleviate the loss of mentor Tony Stark. But S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury won’t let the 16-year-old tourist shirk his Avenger duties while on European holiday, rebranding him “Night Monkey” so that Peter can fight elemental monsters alongside new superhero Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal). Can the web-slinger still make time to kiss Zendaya on the Eiffel Tower while keeping Venice afloat, or London Bridge from falling down? Listen and find out! {Spider-Man Series}  {Marvel Series}  {Comic Book Movie Series}  {Avengers Series}
7/10/20192 hours, 12 minutes, 6 seconds
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Annabelle Comes Home

While Ed and Lorraine Warren are off “conjuring” up their next big screen supernatural adventure, daughter Judy and her groovy babysitters are back Home trying to contend with Annabelle. It’s an apocalypse in the Artifacts Room when the devil doll escapes her glass case, and unleashes everything from a bloody bridal dress to a British werewolf in an effort to claim souls.  What else will Marjorie, Stuart, and Arnie discover when they reach inside this Feeley Meeley box and sort through the odds and ends? Download the podcast and Find Out! {Conjuring Series}
7/2/20191 hour, 15 minutes, 52 seconds
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Toy Story 4

Sheriff Woody (Tom Hanks) has come to a critical spork in the road.  Can the cowboy doll continue down his path of being Bonnie’s neglected plaything now that fate, and a raucous family road trip, has reunited him with long lost love Bo Peep (Annie Potts)? And how should he deal with broken doll Gabby Gabby (Christina Hendricks), who holds Bonnie’s homemade creation "Forky" hostage in the hopes of exchanging him for Woody’s pull string?  Listen to your inner voice - and Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart - when you to download the epic Toy Story 4 podcast! {Pixar Series}  {Toy Story Series}
6/30/20191 hour, 42 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Curse of La Llorona

The Conjuring cinematic universe has certainly given Marjorie, Arnie, and Stuart a lot to cry about over the years. Is it a blessing or a curse that a blubbering Spanish spectre named La Llorona has followed Annabelle priest Father Perez to the big screen for a sixth installment in the franchise?  Find out if the podcasters have a bawl watching this Weeping Woman use her long talons to snatch away two children from Hawkeye’s wife Linda Cardellini.  Listen now! {Conjuring Series}
6/25/20191 hour, 10 minutes, 18 seconds
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Toy Story 3

Woody, Buzz, and the rest of Pixar’s playthings are ready to toy with your emotions once again as they prepare to spend infinity and beyond in the attic. But will their friendship survive after Andy decides to take only one of his childhood favorites to college, leaving the rest to be donated to a frenetic daycare center where passive-aggressive teddy bear Lots O’Huggin (Ned Beatty) orchestrates their misery?  Find out if Toy Story 3 leaves Now Playing’s trio of podcasters in tears when you Listen Now! {Pixar Series}  {Toy Story Series}
6/18/20191 hour, 44 minutes
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Dark Phoenix

Before the Marvel Cinematic Universe overhauls the X-Men, those first movie mutants rise up from the ashes of the Fox franchise for a last stand with Dark Phoenix. What happens when a space mission leaves Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) surging with energy, and blowing her stack at Professor X (James McAvoy), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), and all mankind? Will she be attracted to the newfound zen of Magneto (Michael Fassbender)? And does space alien Jessica Chastain come in peace... or just want a piece of her glow? School’s in session when you Listen Now! {X-Men Series}  {Marvel Series}  {Comic Book Movie Series}
6/12/20192 hours, 27 minutes, 47 seconds
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Toy Story 2

Sheriff Woody (Tom Hanks) might have patched things up with arrogant astronaut Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), but who’s going to fix all the wear and tear that longtime play has had on his increasingly fragile doll body? Is this cowboy ready to be put out to pasture? Or will Hamm, Rex, Mr. Potato Head, and Buzz stop a thieving toy collector (Wayne Knight) from turning their friend into a collectible, and shipping him off to a museum in Japan? Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie reflect on the heartbreaking lessons of maturity offered in Toy Story 2 when you Listen Now! {Pixar Series}  {Toy Story Series}
6/4/20191 hour, 30 minutes, 15 seconds
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Toy Story

Every child imagines that their stuffed animals and action figures have a secret life, but the official Toy Story wasn't recorded until Pixar created the first computer animated feature film. Cowboy doll Woody (Tom Hanks) proves playthings can be just as petty as people when his 8-year-old owner Andy receives high-tech space man Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) for a birthday present. Is the fight to be Andy's favorite toy a zero sum game? Are the Now Playing hosts cynical enough to blow up this movie classic when they regress to childhood? Listen Now! {Pixar Series}  {Toy Story Series}
5/29/20191 hour, 39 minutes, 29 seconds
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John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum

Who can defeat The Avengers? Leave it to hitman extraordinaire John Wick! The sleeper hit series has, with its third "chapter", topped Avengers from their spot atop the box office charts. That success led to an instant announcement of Chapter 4 coming in 2021. But for all its success, can 54-year-old Keanu Reeves continue to kick ass on screen? Or does new partner Halle Berry "Jinx" the whole affair?  Arnie, Justin, and Jakob have served, and will serve, so join them with this review of Parabellum. {John Wick Series}
5/22/20191 hour, 55 minutes, 48 seconds
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Pokemon: Detective Pikachu

Did Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds feel it in his jellies when he signed on to be the voice of electric mouse Detective Pikachu in his first live-action adventure? Or is the sarcastic actor talking to the wrong crowd by partnering with millennial Justice Smith for a PG rated Pokemon movie? Join Stuart, Arnie, and Justin as they wrap up this legendary series, and follow the clues left at a mysterious car crash back to a deadly purple gas and notorious genetic mutation MewTwo.  Catch It Now! {Video Game Series}  {Pokemon Series}
5/15/20191 hour, 52 minutes, 15 seconds
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Pokemon Heroes (Latios and Latias)

Team Rocket is at it again! Spies Annie and Oakley have abducted the dragon protectors of a tranquil canal city. Good thing Pokemon Heroes Ash, Brock and Misty are here to ensure that Legendary Latios and Latias are rescued before a massive tidal wave destroys their town. Join hosts Justin, Arnie, and Stuart as they "sight share" their experience watching the last animated Pikachu movie to receive wide theatrical distribution in America, as well as their enjoyment of mobile game phenomenon Pokemon Go. You gotta catch the poke-cast now! {Video Game Series}  {Pokemon Series}
5/7/20191 hour, 34 minutes, 38 seconds
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Avengers: Endgame

It was inevitable that the Marvel Cinematic Universe would reach an Endgame after producing 21 blockbusters over the course of 11 years. Can Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye undo the devastation of Thanos’ Infinity War by implementing Ant-Man’s crazy "time heist" plot?  And are IMAX screens big enough to contain the hordes of superheroes fighting for the spotlight in the sprawling final battle? Hosts Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart aim for the heart and the head as they assemble once more for a gigantic, in-depth review. Hear it now!  {Spider-Man Series}  {Marvel Series}  {Comic Book Movie Series}  {Avengers Series}  {Iron Man Series}  {Hulk Series} {Captain America Series} {Thor Series} {Guardians of the Galaxy Series} {Ant-Man Series}
5/1/20193 hours, 17 minutes, 58 seconds
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Hellboy (2019)

The world’s greatest paranormal investigator is back on the big screen! Hellboy heads to England on a quest to wield Excalibur, and stop King Arthur’s witchy nemesis Milla Jovovich from unleashing a plague of monsters. Does Stranger Things’ David Harbour look as good in red as Ron Perlman?  And how much help does he get from a saucy medium (Sasha Lane), a suppressed wildcat Major (Lost’s Daniel Dae Kim), and a hard R rating? Hear if Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart have Giant problems with this reboot when you listen now! {Hellboy Series}  {Comic Book Movie Series}  {Dark Horse Comics}
4/24/20191 hour, 37 minutes, 7 seconds
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Pet Sematary (2019)

The ground has been pretty sour for Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie as they’ve trudged through some pretty rocky Stephen King film adaptations. Have their fortunes improved now that they’ve returned to Pet Sematary? One of the author’s most celebrated novels has found new life in a big budget “elevated horror” remake. Do the hosts hit the breaks on the dramatic plot twist that steers the Creed family down a different road?  And will they dig Jason Clarke and Oscar nominee John Lithgow in the iconic roles? Listen Now, and let Now Playing take you to Church! {Stephen King Series}  {Pet Semetary Series}
4/16/20191 hour, 30 minutes, 24 seconds
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Shazam!

All hands on deck! Detective Comics has added a new superhero to its cinematic family. SHAZAM! might not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but this week he’s pushed his way past Captain Marvel to top the box office. Can a 14-year-old foster kid use Zachary Levi as his Photo ID, and pass himself off as the next Superman? Or do podcasters Justin, Stuart, and Arnie have BIG problems with a man-child in spandex? Your phone is charged with lots of laughs and great conversation when you download the show, and Listen Now! {DC Teams Series}  {DC Comics Series}  {Comic Book Movie Series}  {DC Movie Universe}  {Shazam Series}
4/10/20191 hour, 44 minutes, 50 seconds
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Pokemon 4Ever

It may feel like Stuart, Arnie, and Justin have talked about Pokemon 4Ever, but Ash and Pikachu still have a long road to travel before they complete their cinematic journey. Perhaps they can speed up the process when they encounter Celebi - a legendary Pokemon with the power of time-travel.  The hosts rewind the clock too when they pull out some classic Pokemon board games, and return to the era of dice rolls and moving tokens along fold-out maps. Listen Now and find out the true identity of the masked marauder! {Video Game Series}  {Pokemon Series}
4/2/20191 hour, 41 minutes, 15 seconds
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Pokemon 3: The Movie (Entei – Spell of the Unown)

Ash and Pikachu are off pursuing new Championship dreams in the distant land of Johto when Pokemon 3 brings them face-to-face with the Unown! How will the travelers fare against a lonely orphan girl who’s harnessed the power of psychic Pokemon, and kidnapped Ash’s mother Delia, in an attempt to rebuild her missing family? And will Ash’s retired fire-breather Charizard return to the fold, and save his former Trainer from a Legendary pocket monster named Entei? Catch Stuart’s, Justin’s, and Arnie’s evolving opinions on this franchise when you Listen Now! {Video Game Series}  {Pokemon Series}
3/26/20191 hour, 45 minutes
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Pokemon: The Movie 2000 (The Power of One)

Pikachu, his trainer Ash Ketchum, and all the classic pocket monsters proved they were no fad of the 1990s when they stormed the new millennium with another hit animated film.  Pokemon 2000 sees them facing off with a heartless collector who stokes apocalyptic fears when he captures a flock of doomsday birds - including “Beast of the Sea” Lugia!  Will the Now Playing crew have as much fun with the film as they do trying to learn the Pokemon Trading Card game? Listen and find out! {Video Game Series}  {Pokemon Series}
3/19/20191 hour, 23 minutes, 22 seconds
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Captain Marvel

Before they reach their End Game, Marvel Studios takes audiences back to where it all began for S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Nick Fury (Samuel “Mother-Flerken” Jackson) - a 1995 close encounter with Captain Marvel. Can Brie Larson’s space invader rectify where her loyalties lie when warring factions of Kree and Skrulls descend upon Earth to claim Annette Bening’s lightspeed technology? And when will the femalien be ready to use her flaming fist power?  Find out if Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob had a Mar-Velous time revisiting the Grunge Era when you Listen Now!     {Marvel Series}  {Avengers Series}  {Comic Book Movies Series}  {Captain Marvel Series}
3/13/20192 hours, 21 minutes, 25 seconds
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Pokemon: The First Movie (Mewtwo Strikes Back)

Also includes reviews of "Pikachu's Vacation" and "Origin of Mewtwo"   Arnie, Justin, and Pika-Stu are strapping on the boxing gloves and going head-to-head with Pokemon - the second most popular video game franchise of all time. Can the hosts survive six rounds with these irrepressibly cute “pocket monsters”, starting with their blockbuster animated First Movie?  Legendary baddie MewTwo hopes to wipe them and every other living being off the face of the earth with an epic flood, making way for a new generation of genetically modified critters.  Catch all the laughs and excitement when you listen now! {Video Game Series}  {Pokemon Series}
3/5/20191 hour, 50 minutes, 23 seconds
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Thinner

Now Playing is adding more Stephen King to their movie diet - starting with an adaptation of the horror scribe’s best-selling weight loss plan Thinner. Magic man Tadzu Lempke can help you melt away excess pounds without exercise or fasting, thanks to one of his custom gypsy curses. Can an obese lawyer eat a slice of humble pie, atone for running over Tadzu’s mother, and get his hex lifted before he wastes away to a skeleton? And is this production plagued by the same bad taste that’s caused so many other King works to belly flop on screen? Listen and find out! {Stephen King Series}
2/27/20191 hour, 13 minutes, 31 seconds
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Happy Death Day 2 U

Happy Death Day blew out the candles and got its wish--major profit for Blumhouse, but what will happen when the movie itself loops and begins a sequel? And how much did the trailers lie about the movie's plot? These questions and many more are answered in this episode of Now Playing Podcast! {Happy Death Day Series}
2/20/20191 hour, 12 minutes, 59 seconds
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Happy Death Day

Happy Death Day is a lighthearted whodunit slasher film, equal parts Groundhog Day, Friday the 13th, and Sixteen Candles. We follow college student Tree (Jessica Rothe) as she relives the same day again and again, always ending the same way--her murder. Is this a movie worth watching over and over again, or should it be tossed off like a bad hangover? Join the Now Playing hosts now to find out! {Happy Death Day Series}
2/12/20191 hour, 24 minutes, 17 seconds
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Groundhog Day

Harold Ramis and Bill Murray collaborated often in the ‘80s, producing beloved films like Caddyshack and Ghostbusters. Their final team-up was in 1993’s Groundhog Day. The high concept premise of a man forced to relive the same day again and again surpassed its comedic roots, and the film has become a modern-day classic. Did Ramis and Murray save the best for last? Well, rise-and-shine campers, it’s time to listen to Now Playing’s review of Groundhog Day! {Individual Movie Reviews}
2/5/20191 hour, 28 minutes, 22 seconds
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Leprechaun Returns - Behind the Scenes Interviews

The Leprechaun is back, and he's on the attack! Leprechaun Returns is a new film rebooting franchise continuity and picking up after the events of the original 1993 Leprechaun. Intrigued? Our review comes out next month, but you can join Arnie now as he goes behind the scenes of Leprechaun Returns. Listen to these exclusive interviews with star Taylor Spreitler, new Leprechaun Linden Porco, and Leprechaun Returns' director Steven Kostanski. Hear this interview, then head to NowPlayingPodcast.com/Donate to get all our Leprechaun movie reviews! {Leprechaun Series}
2/2/201936 minutes, 6 seconds
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Locke

Tom Hardy didn’t have to drive like Mad Max to get moviegoers’ attention in 2014. Watch the method actor slip behind the wheel of indie Locke and get taken on a harrowing ride through one man’s midlife crisis. Why does a successful builder of skyscrapers throw away his career and marriage on an impromptu road trip to London? And will Arnie, Jakob, or Stuart get carsick spending all 84 minutes of the film locked in a BMW? Fasten your seat belts, crack open a cider, and become a backseat driver for this lively discussion of a one man show. Listen Now! {Individual Movie Reviews}
1/29/20191 hour, 15 minutes, 2 seconds
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Face/Off

Now Playing is about to unleash a Biblical plague better known as Face/Off - one of the 1990’s wildest action flicks! Hong Kong export John Woo created the ultimate body swap movie when he directed lawman John Travolta to surgically remove his face, and infiltrate a maximum security prison wearing the mug of terrorist Nicolas Cage. Meanwhile the bad guy uses his captor’s discarded flesh to masquerade at work and home as the dedicated cop. Find out if this head trip is a turn/on, or a slap in the face, for Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart when you Listen Now! {Individual Movie Reviews}
1/23/20191 hour, 53 minutes, 51 seconds
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Hitman: Agent 47

Agent 47 is back and balder than ever in a 2015 relaunch of the Hitman franchise.  Can Homeland actor Rupert Friend make a stronger impression than Timothy Olyphant as the legendary cloned assassin trades bullets with wannabe Wolverine Zachary Quinto? And can new agent Hannah Ware really be 43 times better than the boys if it takes her 43 years to locate sickly bioengineer Ciaran Hinds? Trust Justin, Stuart, and Arnie to protect listeners from head trauma as they navigate another treacherous video game adaptation. Listen now! {Video Game Series}  {Hitman Series}
1/16/20191 hour, 23 minutes, 34 seconds
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Hitman

Justin, Arnie, and Stuart use the 42nd installment of the Now Playing Arcade to celebrate being 47… that is, video game Hitman: Codename 47. Die Hard 4 villain Timothy Olyphant hoped to make a killing at the box office when he suited up to play this mysterious baldie with a barcode back in Thanksgiving 2007.  But can his follically-challenged assassin deliver enough carnage and believable romantic chemistry with beautiful Russian target Olga Kurylenko to satisfy audiences not holding a joystick?  Find out when you slip on some headphones and Listen Now. {Video Game Series}  {Hitman Series}
1/9/20191 hour, 35 minutes, 3 seconds
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Bumblebee

The Last Knight left many Transformers fans feeling stung, but Hasbro hopes to reawaken nostalgia for the 1980s toy line with their retro-minded solo film Bumblebee. Can the lovable VW bug connect with a grieving gearhead teenager (Hailee Steinfeld) using only a car radio to speak? And will Sector 7 jarhead John Cena, or Decepticons Shatter (Angela Bassett) and Dropkick (Justin Theroux), undermine the Autobot plot to relocate to Earth? Don’t take this high dive back into dicey waters alone.  Roll out with Jerry, Arnie, and Stuart. Listen Now! {Transformers Series}
1/2/20191 hour, 47 minutes, 1 second
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Aquaman

DC Comics invites audiences to dive under the sea and get chummy with Aquaman - a character who got a lot of sand kicked in his face back in the days of Superfriends.  Now tough guy Jason Momoa is on the hook to win the bastard Atlantean some cinematic justice. Will he stop half-brother King Orm (Patrick Wilson) from becoming Oceanmaster, and uniting the seven seas against the surface world?  More importantly, can "Fishboy" talk crabby podcasters Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart out of torpedoing his first stand-alone feature? Listen and find out. {DC Teams Series}  {DC Comics Series}  {Comic Book Movie Series}  {DC Movie Universe}  {Aquaman Series}
12/25/20181 hour, 52 minutes, 51 seconds
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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Thanos may have turned Tom Holland and half the Marvel Universe into ash last summer, but you can still find a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man on the big screen when you enter Into The Spider-Verse. Sony Pictures Animation brings together no less than nine different incarnations of the comic book webslinger - including Miles Morales, Peni Parker, and porcine punchline Spider-Ham - for an amazing mixed media showdown with Kingpin. Does this inter-dimensional crossover get the Spidey Senses tingling for Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart?  Listen and find out! {Spider-Man Series}  {Marvel Series}  {Comic Book Movie Series}
12/18/20182 hours, 45 seconds
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Max Payne

Mark Wahlberg aimed to please fans of the popular shooter Max Payne, but his 2008 movie adaptation missed its target audience and clipped the wings of a potential franchise. Will this vigilante cop have better luck scoring points with Now Playing Arcade hosts Justin, Arnie, and Stuart?  And can they coherently link the man who murdered Max’s family to a wild conspiracy involving hallucinogenic street drugs and C-list celebrities Mila Kunis, Chris O’Donnell, and singer Nelly Furtado? Your best shot at finding answers is to Listen Now! {Video Game Series}
12/11/20181 hour, 14 minutes, 45 seconds
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Creed II

The Rocky series continues to go the distance with its eighth installment: Creed II. But is this really Adonis Creed’s story, or is it Rocky’s, as old nemesis Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) brings his son Viktor to the US for a fight? Will history repeat itself? And can Creed II still pack a punch when Creed writer/director Ryan Coogler is replaced with his buddy Steven Caple Jr? Go for it! Listen to Now Playing’s new movie review to find out! {Rocky Series}
12/5/20181 hour, 39 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ralph Breaks the Internet

Wreck-It Ralph not only Breaks The Internet with his second movie, he shatters Thanksgiving box office records. But never fear… it’s Tech Support Tuesday, and hosts Justin, Arnie, and Stuart have the antivirus to all the holiday weekend hype. Will entering a violent racing game help glitchy Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) connect with her inner Disney Princess, and save her Sugar Rush friends? Or will John C Reilly’s 8-bit oaf bring down the franchise with a series of humiliating viral videos? CLICK HERE to get your next Now Playing Arcade fix! {Wreck-It Ralph Series}
11/28/20181 hour, 33 minutes, 53 seconds
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Wreck-It Ralph

Good video games typically "go Turbo" and become crummy movies, but Walt Disney animators try to "Fix-It" with Wreck-It Ralph - a love letter to classic coin-ops. Can an 8-bit villain voiced by John C. Reilly step into a first person shooter and rebrand himself a hero? And do Arnie, Justin, and Stuart get a sugar rush seeing so much pixelated nostalgia from their childhood, like Q*bert and Sonic the Hedgehog? Or will they inevitably find something to glitch about? Save your quarters, because the answers are free when you press play and Listen Now! {Wreck-It Ralph Series}
11/21/20181 hour, 24 minutes, 32 seconds
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Silent Hill: Revelation

It’s homecoming weekend in Silent Hill, as teenage runaway Sharon reunites with her darkside doppelganger Alessa for a 2012 sequel in 3-D!  Will the Revelation that cultists have kidnapped adoptive father Sean Bean provide a good reason for moviegoers to head back into the fog and solve new puzzles? And is Game of Thrones hunk Kit Harington much help in the fight against Pyramid Head, a lunatic Malcolm McDowell, and a staff of faceless demon nurses?  Find out when you take another merry-go-round ride on the Now Playing Arcade! {Video Game Series}  {Silent Hill Series}
11/13/20181 hour, 5 minutes, 13 seconds
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Silent Hill

The Now Playing Arcade finally has a reason to put down the flamethrower!  Hosts Arnie, Stuart, and Justin stumble through the falling ash of Uwe Boll films to arrive at Silent Hill - the rare video game movie to earn box office success. Will stranded mother Radha Mitchell find any Green Arrows while searching the West Virginian ghost town for her missing adoptive daughter Sharon?  And is that a pyramid, or a dunce cap, atop the head of the sword-wielding monster that follows close behind her? Quiet your questioning mind with another podcast review! {Video Game Series}  {Silent Hill Series}
11/6/20181 hour, 31 minutes, 42 seconds
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Hereditary

Because we consider you family, Now Playing is releasing a bonus podcast review of Hereditary for your Halloween enjoyment.  Will Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob lose their heads over what’s become the most hyped horror flick of 2018?  Or is the sight of Toni Collette’s model household going insane more likely to induce headaches than heart palpitations?  You don’t need to worship King Paimon to acquire these answers. This show is free for everyone, and available now, as our way of saying Happy, Happy Halloween! {Individual Movie Reviews}
11/1/20181 hour, 35 minutes, 56 seconds
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Children of the Corn: Runaway

Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie tried to Runaway from their Stephen King duties in 2018, but the tenth installment of Children of the Corn has found its way onto the Now Playing calendar in time for Halloween!  Join these podcasters as they catch up with Ruth - a fugitive of the Gatlin corn cult who is forced to fight He Who Walks Behind The Rows for custody of her teenage son. Will Feast director John Gulager find a kernel of a good idea in a franchise that’s yielded a steady crop of Red Arrows?  The only way to know if the hosts survive this harvest is to Listen Now!     Watch our exclusive interviews with Courtney Gains John Franklin at the Now Playing YouTube Channel. {Stephen King Series}  {Children of the Corn Series}
10/30/20181 hour, 5 minutes, 48 seconds
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Halloween (2018)

Return to Haddonfield with Brock, Arnie, and Stuart as they celebrate the 40th anniversary of Halloween with a podcast review of the blockbuster 2018 requel (rebooted sequel)! Former babysitter Laurie Strode is the one stalking Michael Myers this time, as the captured killer is transferred to a new sanitarium. Can Jamie Lee Curtis’s pistol-packin’ grandma hit the bull’s eye without original director John Carpenter? And will her therapist daughter Karen (Judy Greer), or rebellious grandkid Allyson (Andi Madichak), inherit her Scream Queen title?  Listen Now and find out! {Halloween Series}
10/24/20181 hour, 47 minutes, 56 seconds
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Postal

Notorious filmmaker Uwe Boll has gone Postal - firing back at his many critics with a raunchy adaptation of one of the most offensive video games ever made. Can one unlucky Dude with a shotgun (Zack Ward) stop a Taliban plot to spread bird flu, and earn the respect of his trailer park? Or will he simply kill his cheating wife, cult leader uncle (David Foley), a corrupt cop, that rude lady at the welfare office, and Uwe Boll himself playing the owner of a Nazi-themed amusement park? Find out if Now Playing can make peace with it all when you listen now! {Video Game Series}
10/17/20181 hour, 39 minutes, 19 seconds
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Venom

WE are Now Playing, and this week WE are watching Venom - the gooey space alien who tries to survive a new movie without Spider-Man as his host.  WE will see if reporter Tom Hardy and his black-and-white parasite can bring down unethical tech guru Riz Ahmed, repair a broken relationship with lawyer/fiancee Michelle Williams, and stop a second symbiote named Riot from eating the heads of everyone in San Francisco. (But WE will be the ones spitting venom if this character hasn’t received an upgrade from his Spider-Man 3 debut). WE will Listen Now! {Spider-Man Series}  {Marvel Series}  {Comic Book Movie Series}   {Venom Series}
10/10/20181 hour, 47 minutes, 37 seconds
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House of the Dead II

Uwe Boll’s reviled adaptation of Sega’s House of the Dead video game won’t stay dead, lumbering back to life with a SyFy Channel sequel. AMS agents Nightingale (Saw 2 babe Emmanuelle Vaugier) and Ellis (Ed Quinn) lead a team of soldiers into a college campus overrun with “hyper-sapiens”.  Can they retrieve a blood sample from Patient Zero, and cure the zombie outbreak, before Dick Cheney decides to drop the bomb?  And do Justin, Arnie, and Stuart see the franchise evolving now that it’s in new directorial hands? Listen and find out! {Video Game Series}  {House of the Dead Series}
10/2/20181 hour, 16 minutes, 17 seconds
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House of the Dead

The 1996 shooter House of the Dead invited gamers to pick up light guns and mow down scores of charging zombies.  But the 2003 movie adaptation has podcasters Justin, Arnie, and Stuart taking aim once again at immortal writer/director Uwe Boll.  Should bad movie lovers take that boat ride with Clint Howard, and attend a Sega-sponsored rave on Seattle’s Island of the Dead? Or will the hangover live forever in viewers’ minds?  You’ll find out if the Now Playing Arcade escapes this overturned porta-potty when you listen now! {Video Game Series}  {House of the Dead Series}
9/25/20181 hour, 52 minutes, 38 seconds
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The Predator

30 years after his foul-mouthed mercenary Hawkins was slaughtered in a South American jungle, actor Shane Black returns to write and direct the fourth installment in The Predator franchise. Will audiences be missing Arnold when sniper Boyd Holbrook (Narcos), his autistic son Jacob Tremblay (Wonder), and a busload of looney war vets tangle with the space hunter?  And can centerfold-ready scientist Olivia Munn help Sterling K. Brown determine if these new predators got milk, or some other juice, enlarging their bones? “Stick around” and find out! {Predator Series}
9/18/20181 hour, 54 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Nun

Are podcasters Arnie, Marjorie, and Stuart ready to put their faith in The Nun after spitting on most of The Conjuring universe?  The latest installment in the franchise traces the origins of demon-in-a-wimple Valak to a war-torn monastery in Romania.  Can a free-spirited novitiate (Vera’s little sis Taissa Farmiga), and a guilt-ridden exorcist (Oscar nominee Demian Bichir), find the strength… and that misplaced vial of Christ blood… to combat this unholy sister act?  Our vow of silence ends when you click play. Listen Now! {Conjuring Series}
9/11/20181 hour, 14 minutes, 5 seconds
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D.O.A. - Dead Or Alive

D.O.A. brought a healthy dose of T&A to fighting games in 1996, and the same holds true for the campy 2006 movie adaptation.  Everything jiggles when a trashy American wrestler (Jamie Presley), shinobi ninja princess (Devon Aoki), and slinky British cat burglar (Holly Valance) compete in the lucrative Dead Or Alive competition. Will the vixens put aside their differences and unite against Eric Roberts as he uses nanotechnology to extract and sell off their combat skills? Hear the Now Playing Arcade hosts receive another ass whuppin’ when you Listen Now! {Video Game Series}  {Dead or Alive Series}
9/4/20181 hour, 31 minutes, 47 seconds
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Tekken 2: Kazuya's Revenge

Because the first Tekken movie didn’t prove fatal, podcasters Arnie, Justin, and Stuart must now survive Kazuya’s Revenge!  But could the emotionless amnesiac drifting through this low budget prequel be the same Kazuya who so rashly seized control of the Iron Fist Tournament last time?  And what good could possibly come from partnering with future champ Bryan Fury (Gary Daniels) to take down the assassin school that trained them?  Things are gonna get messy, even with a crazed janitor mopping up the arena. Assume a defensive position and Listen Now! {Video Game Series}  {Tekken Series}
8/29/201856 minutes, 55 seconds
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Tekken

Arnie, Justin, and Stuart climb into yet another arcade arena for a round with Tekken - the classic 1996 fighting game that inspired a not-so-classic 2010 science fiction flick. Can lowly thief Jin Kazama (John Foo) hold his own in a "kill or be killed" cage match with eight corporately-sponsored gladiators? Or will he take the fight to the evil organizers of the Iron Fist Tournament, and expose reigning champ Bryan Fury (Gary Daniels) to be a cyborg? Find out if the most damaging blows to the head are delivered to the audience when you Listen Now! {Video Game Series}  {Tekken Series}
8/22/20181 hour, 31 minutes, 11 seconds
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Warcraft

The 1994 strategy video game Warcraft expanded into the worlds of novels, trading cards, and online multiplayer spin-offs before finally reaching movie screens in 2016. The long awaited battle between orcs, elves, and humans was a massive hit with international audiences, but bombed big time in the States.  Will Yank podcasters Arnie, Justin, and Stuart have more success than their fellow countrymen making sense of the cross-dimensional storyline? Grow some tusks and join them as they bite into this Tolkien-sized fantasy. {Video Game Series}  {Warcraft Series}
8/14/20181 hour, 27 minutes, 26 seconds
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Teen Titans GO! To the Movies

Robin is tired of being Batman’s sidekick, so he and the other Teen Titans are taking their hit Cartoon Network show To The Movies.  Trouble is, Hollywood still doesn’t consider the Boy Wonder, Cyborg, Starfire, Raven, or Beast Boy to be big screen stars.  Does picking a fight with Slade, a "Deadpool rip-off" voiced by Will Arnett, help their box office? And will listeners catch Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart singing along with these goofsters as they crack an egg on the DC Universe?  The answers aren’t on the usual Bat Channel. Go! to Now Playing to find out! {DC Comics Series}  {Teen Titans}  {Comic Book Movie Series}
8/7/20181 hour, 20 minutes, 51 seconds
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Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Tom Cruise recovers from the Fallout of recent flops, and a shattered ankle, by leaping back to the top of the box office with his tried and true Mission: Impossible franchise.  The daredevil actor saves the world for the sixth time by once again teaming with techie Benji (Simon Pegg), hacker Luther (Ving Rhames), and markswoman Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson) to stop plutonium-wielding terrorists. Listen now to find out if a tagalong CIA superman (Henry Cavill) and captive criminal mastermind (Sean Harris) compromise their mission to entertain. {Mission Impossible Series}
8/1/20181 hour, 56 minutes, 33 seconds
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Need For Speed

Electronic Arts was eager to get racing game Need For Speed into multiplexes after watching Vin Diesel's family of car thieves make bank.  But can Aaron Paul break box office records with rapper Kid Cudi, Mr. Robot, and hottie Imogen Poots in his pit crew?  They'll all burn rubber crossing the country in a bid to land a spot in Michael Keaton's exclusive street race, thereby getting the chance to show up rival driver Dominic Cooper.  Find out if this shift in gears in the Now Playing Arcade works for Justin, Stuart, and Arnie when you Listen Now! {Video Game Series}  {Need for Speed Series}
7/24/20181 hour, 22 minutes, 58 seconds
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It Came From the Desert (Movie Review)

Cinemaware turned to 1950s monster movies for inspiration when developing a 1989 computer game about giant ants attacking small town America. Now It Came From The Desert comes full circle as a 2018 feature film!  An arrogant motocross racer and his shy mechanic must stop genetically modified insects from feasting on friends attending their victory kegger.  But have these fanboys seen too many B-flicks to make an original mark on the genre? Listen now to find out if Arnie, Justin, and Stuart must burn down another freak game-adaptation-gone-wrong. {Video Game Series}
7/17/20181 hour, 29 minutes
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Ant-Man and The Wasp

The box office for 2015’s Ant-Man might be considered small in comparison to other Avengers films, but Marvel banks that the second Paul Rudd adventure will make a bigger impact on the big screen thanks to The Wasp.  Are the two pint-sized superheroes simply chasing a Ghost when they shrink to a subatomic level and hunt for long lost scientist Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer)?  Podcasters Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob don’t need truth serum to tell listeners what they really think of the 20th installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Listen now! {Avengers Series}  {Ant-Man Series}  {Marvel Series}  {Comic Book Movie Series}
7/11/20181 hour, 47 minutes, 51 seconds
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Alone in the Dark II (Movie Review)

Podcasters Justin, Arnie, and Stuart are still shooting daggers at notorious filmmaker Uwe Boll, this time for making them watch a sequel to reviled video game movie Alone in the Dark. Christian Slater dodged a bullet when he passed off the role of paranormal investigator Edward Carnby to Die Another Day villain Rick Yune. Can the new star muster the strength to leave his sick bed and track down the witch that had him stabbed in a Central Park urinal?  And what tricks will occultist veterinarian Lance Henriksen pull from his medicine bag? Listen and find out! {Video Game Series}  {Alone in the Dark Series}
7/3/20181 hour, 14 minutes, 26 seconds
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Alone in the Dark

Uwe Boll is easily the most prolific creator of video game movies, but does he also deserve his reputation as Worst Filmmaker Ever?  The Now Playing Arcade takes up the question with a review of Alone In The Dark, a beloved 1992 supernatural PC game that became a 2005 tax write-off for the hack director. Christian Slater stars as a PI who goes looking for lost 30-year-old orphans, and finds Tara Reid logging Native American artifacts in a museum overrun with monsters. Learn if this box office flop is so bad it's good, or just bad, when you listen now! {Video Game Series}  {Alone in the Dark Series}
6/26/20181 hour, 26 minutes, 6 seconds
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Incredibles 2

It took 14 years for Pixar and director Brad Bird to create a sequel for popular superhero family The Parrs. Now mother Helen (Holly Hunter) steps back into the role of Elastigirl to lead a global PR campaign championing superpowers. But how easily can she change minds on the supers ban when new villain Screenslaver uses television to hypnotize and control the masses?  And how well does stay-at-home dad Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) do raising Violet, Dash, and baby Jack Jack without her? Listen now as Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart dig into Incredibles 2! {Pixar Series}  {Incredibles Series}
6/20/20181 hour, 29 minutes, 26 seconds
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Ocean's 8

George Clooney and his crew are sitting out the latest caper so that little sister Debra (Sandra Bullock) and seven criminally-minded gal pals have a chance to steal the spotlight. Ocean’s 8 finds the girl gang attempting to lift a $150 million diamond necklace, worn to a glitzy red carpet gala by annoying Hollywood starlet Anne Hathaway. But can Debra pull off the sting while also getting revenge on the art dealer ex-boyfriend who put her to jail (Richard Armitage)?  And who in the octet walks away with the hearts of hosts Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob?  Listen and find out. {Ocean's 11 Series}
6/14/20181 hour, 27 minutes, 19 seconds
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Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

It sure looked like Liu Kang (Robin Shou) won the Mortal Kombat tournament last film, but that’s not stopping his demonic foes from continuing their assault on Earth. Now the only way our heroes can stop mankind’s Annihilation is to challenge Outworld emperor Shao Kahn (Brian Thompson) to a rematch. Is new director John Leonetti up for this fight? And could someone please move the Eiffel Tower and Golden Gate Bridge out of the arena?  Things are bound to get messy as Justin, Stuart, and Arnie play referee for this contentious sequel. Listen now! {Video Game Series}  {Mortal Kombat Series}
6/12/20181 hour, 19 minutes, 37 seconds
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Mortal Kombat

Video games finally broke through at the box office in 1995 with the release of Mortal Kombat - director Paul WS Anderson’s cinematic take on the popular Midway fighting game. Earth will fall under the control of demons unless Thunder god Raiden (Christopher Lambert) can assemble a team of human martial artists that rivals end bosses Goro, Kano, Sub Zero, Scorpion, and Sheng Tsung.  Is this next entry in the Now Playing Arcade a winner, or will Justin, Stuart, and Arnie receive another hard blow to the head? Find out when you listen now! {Video Game Series}  {Mortal Kombat Series}
6/6/20181 hour, 25 minutes, 30 seconds
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Solo: A Star Wars Story

One of the most popular characters in the Star Wars universe has gone Solo.  Harrison Ford earned fame and fortune playing an irascible space bandit in four sci-fi blockbusters. Now rising star Alden Ehrenreich inherits the iconic role in a prequel that dramatizes Han Solo’s first mission in the Millennium Falcon. He joins Chewie, Lando, and a band of criminals for a hyperfuel heist on planet Kessel, but will longtime fans be the ones feeling ripped off?  Assume Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart won’t betray you and you won’t be disappointed in their latest podcast! {Star Wars Series}
5/30/20182 hours, 25 minutes, 41 seconds
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Deadpool 2

This show description is guest written by Deadpool.   You know who's big? I am! Not in that way, get your mind out of the gutter! (Okay, I'm big in that way too.) But my first movie was more popular than Jesus! So take that John Lennon! But even with my healing factor I'm not immune to...performance anxiety. The dreaded sophomore slump can happen to anyone. I've got a second movie out and I pulled out the big guns. (Literally. Cable has a ginormous rifle. How does he hold that with those tiny hands?) But even with Cable and X-Force I'm worried-- will Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart think it's as good as the first one?  I'm scared...why don't you listen now and let me know? {X-Men Series}  {Deadpool Series}  {Marvel Series}  {Comic Book Movie Series}
5/23/20182 hours, 9 minutes, 14 seconds
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Wing Commander

Game developer Chris Roberts was on course to deliver the first major science fiction film of 1999 when he personally piloted his massively popular flight simulator Wing CommanderPhantom Menace and The Matrix. Do fighter pilots Freddie Prinze Jr. and Matthew Lillard offer a new hope for genre fans as they clean the cat box of feline space invaders The Kilrathi?  Or should Arnie, Justin, and Stuart quickly eject from this next entry in the Now Playing Arcade?  Listen and find out! {Video Game Series}  {Wing Commander Series}
5/15/20181 hour, 27 minutes
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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

20 years after computer programmer Jordan Mechner released Prince of Persia for the Apple IIe, the Disney Company paid the kingly sum of $200 million to launch his video game swashbuckler Dastan on the big screen. A Middle Eastern Jake Gyllenhaal looks for a way to turn back time after he’s framed for the murder of his adoptive royal father. Does the Now Playing Arcade take a gravity-defying leap forward with the acrobatic hero? Or would Stuart, Arnie, and Justin be more entertained by an ostrich race? Place your bets and Listen Now! {Video Game Series}  {Prince of Persia Series}
5/8/20181 hour, 18 minutes, 2 seconds
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Goodfellas - A Patron Podcast Preview

The Godfather enjoyed the reputation of being the greatest gangster film ever made for nearly 20 years before director Martin Scorsese ordered actors Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci to dig a hole and bury Pacino’s dark tragedy. 1990 mob epic Goodfellas looks at Family life from the purview of low level hoods who will never get to be “made men” like Michael Corleone.Hear this preview, then find out if hosts Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie bust these wiseguys’ balls for their outrageous scams and gratuitous f-bombs when you become a Now Playing Patron. {Individual Movie Reviews}
5/6/201810 minutes, 3 seconds
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Avengers: Infinity War

Ten years ago Marvel Comics gambled their entire existence, using all their remaining IP as collateral, on the idea that they could make superhero films better than anyone else. 18 movies later, Marvel Studios makes their biggest bet yet - a billion dollars that audiences will love “the most ambitious crossover event in history” and one gaudy gold glove!  Is more the merrier when it comes to superheroes on screen, or are Earth’s Mightiest Heroes set up for an epic fail?  Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob now as they review Avengers: Infinity War! {Spider-Man Series} {Marvel Series} {Comic Book Movie Series} {Avengers Series} {Iron Man Series} {Hulk Series} {Captain America Series} {Guardians of the Galaxy Series} {Doctor Strange Series} {Thor Series} {Black Panther Series}
5/2/20182 hours, 40 minutes, 3 seconds
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Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

No one was better suited to convert the role playing mechanics of the best-selling Final Fantasy series into stirring cinema than game creator Hironobu Sakaguchi.  But dreams of writing and directing the world’s most photorealistic animated movie crashed to earth like a meteor when The Spirits Within landed in theaters in summer 2001. Gaia only knows what podcasters Justin, Arnie, and Stuart will find inside the wreckage of this poetic tale of parasitic alien invasion!  So let down your defense shields and listen now. {Video Game Series}  {Final Fantasy Series}
4/24/20181 hour, 30 minutes, 58 seconds
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Rampage

32 years after making its debut as a city-leveling coin-op video game, Rampage bursts onto the big screen as a brand new movie. So why are Dwayne Johnson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Joe Manganiello so eager to shut down the Chicago block party being thrown by giant gorilla George, mutant crocodile Lizzie, and massive wolf Ralph?  Join podcasters Arnie, Justin, and Stuart as they try to figure out why New Line Pictures plunked so many quarters into this arcade classic. {Video Game Series}  {Rampage Series}
4/18/20181 hour, 29 minutes, 6 seconds
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Doom (2005)

Long before he took on a Rampage of giant gorillas, wolves and lizards, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson led a squadron of Doom-ed Marines to Mars for another blowout with video game baddies. The 1993 first-person shooter Doom changed the way millions looked at their PCs. So why wasn’t the 2005 movie adaptation a similar success? Join Justin, Arnie, and Stuart as they analyze the DNA of this box office bomb to determine if its the handiwork of angels or demons. {Video Game Series}  {Doom Series}
4/10/20181 hour, 22 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ready Player One

Get ready to “clan up” with Arnie, Justin, and Stuart for a podcast review of Ready Player One. Steven Spielberg’s latest sci-fi adventure imagines the future of entertainment to be pop culture icons of the past populating a massive cyber playground.  Should viewers cough up the coins it takes to slip on a pair of 3D glasses and join gamer Wade Watts (Ty Sheridan) - along with Freddy Krueger, Hello Kitty, Iron Giant, and countless other superstars of the 1980s and 90s - for a virtual reality scavenger hunt? Listen and find out. {Steven Spielberg Series}  {Ready Player One Series}
4/5/20182 hours, 18 minutes, 53 seconds
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Pacific Rim: Uprising

These days Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro focuses more on The Shape of Water than plugging breaches in ocean floors, but that doesn’t mean his Pan-Pacific Defense Corps has disbanded. Our Precursor enemies have now staged an Uprising, and hijacked the giant robots once used to defend our coastal cities. Can John Boyega and Scott Eastwood inspire a team of teenage pilots to take back their tech and make the kaiju bleed blue?  Podcasters Jerry, Arnie, and Stuart meld minds to make sense of this sequel. Catch their drift when you listen now! {Pacific Rim Series}
3/28/20181 hour, 32 minutes, 40 seconds
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Tomb Raider

It’s been 15 years since Lara Croft last raided movie theaters, but now a new Oscar-winning actress is picking up the controls and racing into action. Tomb Raider 2018 - an origin story for the scrappy video game heroine - finds Danish Girl Alicia Vikander tracking her missing father Lord Richard Croft (Dominic West) to a mythical Japanese island crawling with mercenaries and booby traps.  Listen now to find out if survivors Stuart, Arnie, and Justin have reached higher ground in the Now Playing Arcade. {Video Game Series}  {Tomb Raider Series}
3/20/20181 hour, 36 minutes, 10 seconds
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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life

Angelina Jolie reprised her role as England’s most scantily clad excavator for her second and final Tomb Raider adventure. Cradle of Life finds Lady Croft diving into sunken ruins with Greek sailors, motorcycling across the Great Wall of China with Gerard Butler, and ascending African peaks with Djimon Hounsou.  All in the hopes of beating blackhearted bio-engineer Ciaran Hinds to Pandora’s Box. Listen and find out if this 2003 sequel is plagued by the same problems that made Arnie, Justin, and Stuart deathly ill watching previous video game adaptations. {Video Game Series}  {Tomb Raider Series}
3/13/20181 hour, 12 minutes, 25 seconds
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Death Wish (2018)

Movies with action heroes from the 1980s die pretty hard at the box office these days, but Bruce Willis aims to change all that with a 2018 reboot of Death Wish. The aging tough guy stars as a Chicago surgeon who goes from saving lives in the ER to taking lives on crime-ridden streets, after burglars violate his home and family.  Can Bruno take out the bad hombres and make America great again one bullet at a time? Or do hosts Arnie, Jakob and Stuart wish this vigilante died with Bronson? Listen and find out... {Death Wish Series}
3/6/20181 hour, 30 minutes, 36 seconds
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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Five years after busty British archaeologist Lara Croft stole the hearts of PlayStation owners, the planets aligned to bring the video game vixen to the big screen in the skin of Oscar-winning bad girl Angelina Jolie. The 2001 Tomb Raider movie finds Lara racing against the clock to reach an ancient time machine before its claimed by future James Bond Daniel Craig and The Illuminati.  But will she avoid the pitfalls of other arcade-to-movie flops and flip the arrows green for fellow treasure hunters Justin, Arnie, and Stuart? Listen and find out! {Video Game Series}  {Tomb Raider Series}
2/28/20181 hour, 36 minutes, 40 seconds
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Black Panther

Chadwick Boseman bounds to the screen as Black Panther - the latest Marvel superhero to leap from comic pages into his own blockbuster movie. Will the newly crowned African Avenger continue to hide his technologically-advanced kingdom from the exploitative Western world? Or will Oakland militant Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) usurp the vibranium throne and use Wakandan firepower to finally Kill Whitey?  The revolution will not be televised… but colonizers Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart will certainly podcast about it all on this epic show.  Listen now! {Avengers Series}  {Marvel Series}  {Comic Book Movie Series}  {Black Panther Series}
2/20/20182 hours, 11 minutes
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Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

It took 15 years for filmmakers to hit the reset button on Street Fighter, with a second movie ditching JCVD’s paramilitary squad in favor of an origin story for kung fu pianist Chun-Li.  Does Smallville star Kristin Kreuk prove legendary in the title role? Is Oscar-nominated giant Michael Clarke Duncan slumming for work by teaming up with unconscionable real estate developer Bison (Neal McDonough)?  Is embarrassment the reason Black Eyed Peas rapper Taboo won’t remove that mask?  I gotta feeling confused video game players will have a good good night when they listen now. {Video Game Series}  {Street Fighter Series}
2/13/20181 hour, 35 minutes, 24 seconds
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Street Fighter

Podcasters Justin, Stuart, and Arnie have been taken hostage by Street Fighter, the infamous 1994 movie adaptation of the popular arcade fighting game. How much Van Damme-age can the boys withstand when the "Muscles From Brussels" goes American in a blue beret to beat down villainous megalomaniac Bison (the last movie role for terminal song-and dance man Raul Julia). And does this Shadaloo showdown improve when con artists Ryu and Ken, yellow-skinned mutant Blanka, fake news crew Chun-Li, Honda, and Balrog, and even Aussie pop star Kylie Minogue join the fray? Listen now and find out. {Video Game Series}  {Street Fighter Series}
2/7/20181 hour, 43 minutes, 27 seconds
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Double Dragon

The fly-kicking Lee Brothers were quick to mimic Mario’s leap from coin-ops and cartoons to a live-action feature film… and just as quick to fail. The 1994 action flick Double Dragon finds video game heroes Billy Lee (Party of Five heartthrob Scott Wolf) and Jimmy Lee (martial artist Mark Dacascos) scouring post-apocalyptic LA for the second half of a magic medallion.  Will Justin, Arnie, and Stuart find their battle with Robert "T-1000" Patrick less tortuous than a repeated knee to the face? Listen now and find out. {Video Game Series}
1/31/20181 hour, 33 minutes, 30 seconds
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Super Mario Bros.

Pixelated plumbers Mario and Luigi spent a decade warping through various video games, cartoons, and comic books before finally arriving on the big screen as Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo in the 1993 live action adventure Super Mario Bros. Hosts Justin, Stuart, and Arnie dredge up this moldy oldie to assess whether Hollywood’s first attempt at adapting an arcade hit deserved to Bob-omb so badly. Devolve your lizard brain and listen to this super show now. {Video Game Series}  {Mario Series}
1/23/20181 hour, 58 minutes, 47 seconds
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The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

The Now Playing Arcade is now open!  Justin, Stuart, and Arnie are reviewing every movie based on a video game in a new retrospective that kicks off with The King Of Kong. Is this 2006 documentary about the heyday of coin-op machines (and the geeks who never stopped playing them) worth your quarters? Listen now and find out! {Video Game Series}