Before tabloid journalism became a fixture on television, the National Enquirer was a power player in the media market. The celebrity scandals and coverage, which blurred the lines of fact and fiction, have always been suspect, but the shocking headlines and salacious stories have been enough to keep the establishment open for over 60 years.
Scandalous, a documentary directed by Mark Landsman (Thunder Soul), spotlights the ups and downs of the publication, as viewers will be witness to the National Enquirer’s coverage of Elvis’ passing, the O.J. Simpson murder trial, and the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Featuring rare archival footage as well as interviews from folks in the know, Scandalous aims to cover “the untold story of the National Enquirer.”
Are you fan of the National Enquirer and did you pick up a copy or two while waiting in line at your local grocery store? Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Angel of Mine, a thriller headlined by Noomi Rapace, hits Blu-ray, DVD and Digital October 22 via Lionsgate.
Directed by Kim Farrant, the feature centers on a woman named Lizzie (Rapace) who believes her neighbor’s (Yvonne Strahovski) daughter is actually her own.
The catch is Lizzie’s daughter perished in a tragic accident years ago! Luke Evans co-stars as Lizzie’s ex-husband, who believes his wife’s instability is causing harm to their son.
Filled with its share of twists, Angel of Mine is another memorable effort from Farrant, whose previous film (the Nicole Kidman headlined Strangerland) was severely underrated. Rapace is excellent in the film, and hopefully her performance gets a bit more attention with its home video release.
Special features include cast and crew interviews and a “Making of Angel of Mine” featurette.
Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock explored the unhealthy aspects of solely eating McDonald’s for one month in Super Size Me, and with Super Size Me 2: Holy Chickenhe continues his exploration of the fast food industry.
This time out Spurlock takes on the seemingly impenetrable business of “Big Chicken.” In the documentary we witness Spurlock attempt to open his own fast food restaurant (named Holy Chicken) as well as grow his own chickens in the process. The plight of the chicken farmers (the subjects interviewed are heavily in debt) as well as the manipulative ways corporations promote their fried chicken sandwich are among the subjects tackled buy Spurlock. If you’re a fan of Spurlock’s filmmaking, then Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken should definitely be up your ally.
“I think a lot of people are shocked when they learn about the chicken farmers and I think a lot of people are also shocked when they learn about the chicken industry in general,” said Spurlock, whose other directing credits include Freakonomics and Mansome. “When they start to see the labeling practices of Big Chicken. When they start to understand how misleading things like all natural or hormone free, or free range actually is to them, people get angry. People get taken aback. They want to go out and do something. I think that type of motivation is what you hope comes out of a film like this. You hope people come out of the movie instead of feeling meh or nonchalant, you hope that they are motivated in some way to activate some change.”
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Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken is available On Demand.
Directed by Brad Anderson (Session 9, Stoneheart Asylum), Fractured feels like a thriller that could hit the proverbial target.
The narrative centers on Ray (Sam Worthington), a father who brings his daughter Peri (Lucy Capri) to the emergency after she sustained injuries during an accident. Ray’s wife Joanne (Lily Rabe) accompanies their daughter to surgery, and they are last seen in an elevator.
When there is no record of his wife or daughter ever entering the hospital, Ray embarks on a desperate quest to find his loved ones and prove that they actually exist. Alan McElroy (The Marine, Tekken) penned the screenplay.
The feature, which feels like an elongated episode of The Twilight Zone, has an eerie and atmospheric feel that is featured in some of Anderson’s best work (for proof, check out The Machinist). Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
If you’re interested in seeing Laurence Fishburne and Nicolas Cage tempt their respective fate on the side of a cliff, then Running with the Devil is definitely recommended.
The plot centers on The Cook (Cage), a man who owns a Seattle restaurant but makes most of his money being the right hand of a drug lord named The Boss (Barry Pepper). Fishburne plays The Man, a drug trafficker who unfortunately is way too high on his supply and Leslie Bibb is the DEA agent determined to track them down.
Written and directed by Jason Cabell, Running with the Devil follows a drug shipment from Colombia all the way through the Canadian border, and the feature is reminiscent in tone to such films as Traffic and No Country for Old Men. It’s a solid effort by Cabell, and the story is filled with enough action and double crosses to make it a worthwhile watch.
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In The Shadow Of The Moon is a crime thriller with a sci-fi twist. Boyd Holbrook (Logan) is a Philadelphia detective who witnessed a serial killer (Cleopatra Coleman) meet her demise at a subway station. Nine years later, she reappears to commit more killings, but maybe she’s not who she appears to be!
One huge reason why In The Shadow Of The Moon could be something special is that it’s directed by Jim Mickle, the filmmaker behind the stylized noir thriller Cold In July. Bokeem Woodbine and Michael C. Hall, who was the lead in Cold In July, co-stars in the feature. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
In The Shadow Of The Moon hits Netflix on September 27.