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From the opening moments of First Man, it’s clear that director Damien Chazelle has set out to depict space travel in a way heretofore unseen on the big screen, eschewing an omniscient perspective in favor of placing the audience inside the cramped cockpit of an X-15 alongside its pilot, a young Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling). As the vehicle breaks through the clouds and slips above the atmosphere, we see exactly what Armstrong sees, a sliver of beauty and wonder that we can barely appreciate before the craft begins spinning out of control.

The DC Universe streaming service gets a huge boost of adrenaline this week with the release of its flagship live action original series Titans. The series brings to the life the titular superhero team probably best known for a pair of kid-friendly animated series, but Titans is 100% for mature audiences only.

Arguably Spider-Man’s most popular foe, Venom did not have such a good start last time he was on the big screen with his debut in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. Longtime fans were heartbroken by the poor portrayal of the black living suit monster and even worse, it created a stigma with non-comic fans that the character sucked.

The opening moments of Assassination Nation, director Sam Levinson’s no-holds-barred indictment of the toxicity that permeates so much of our modern culture, warns viewers precisely what they’re in for. “This is the story of how my town, Salem, lost its motherfucking mind,” narrates one member of the film’s quarter of heroines, before supplying a helpful “trigger warning” of the content audiences are about to experience, running the gamut from drug use to nationalism to sexuality, homophobia, and transphobia, among plenty of other choices.

The story of Lizzie Borden, the 32-year-old woman who allegedly butchered her family with an axe in the late 1800s, has been told countless times in film and on television, and the Fall River, Massachusetts woman has become a mainstay of urban legend, even inspiring a grisly nursery rhyme. But Craig William Macneill offers a fresh take on the Borden killings in Lizzie, positing the accused murderess (Chloe Sevigny) as a headstrong woman and closeted lesbian so fed up with the patriarchy that she… well, you probably know the answer.

Best known for female-driven, laugh-out-loud comedies like Bridesmaids and The Heat, director Paul Feig brings his signature brand of humor – albeit noticeably muted – to the Gone Girl crowd with a sleek, stylish and altogether satisfying adaptation of Darcey Bell’s 2017 novel, A Simple Favor. Gross-out gags and slapstick antics are nowhere to be found here, but Feig’s wryness is a perfect match for American Horror Story: Coven writer Jessica Sharzer’s wickedly funny script, brought to life by a pair of knockout performances from its leading ladies. Anna Kendrick portrays Stephanie, a widowed mommy vlogger whose boundless energy and…

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided us with free copies of the Blu-Ray we are giving away in this post. The universe itself is in danger as CW’s longest-running scripted series sees The Winchesters continue their journey as Supernatural: The Complete Thirteenth Season debuts on Blu-ray™ Sept 4th – and your pals at The Nerd Repository and The Drinks and Discourse Podcast are giving THREE lucky readers a chance to take home free copies on Blu-ray.

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