Ray’s Reel Review digs into early in-theater experiences for our roving reporter. Jack Reacher is finally getting cast appropriately and coming to TV. Who asked for the Robocop prequel, though? The pandemic movies are coming — Liman to helm pandemic-based heist movie. McG has a harder cut of Terminator Salvation if anyone is interested. New Alien film confirmed by Ridley Scott… if it makes you happy, Ridley. Plus, a discussion on the Academy’s new rules on diversity and inclusion in the best picture category.

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Over the past month, we’ve begun to see some new releases open in limited theater capacities while others continue to be held back because of a world that can’t currently create a literal “blockbuster.” Different titles are popping up in different places and different ways and this month we decided to tackle a new release on Netflix, Charlie Kaufman’s “I’m Thinking of Ending Things.” As with most Kaufman works, it weaves an impressionistic puzzle that benefits from deep conversation and multiple viewings. Multiple other shows from The Next Reel’s family of podcasts have taken swipes at spoiling Kaufman, but this is the first turn for The Film Board.

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Quibi Corner! Quibi goes drive-in for ‘The Stranger’ in Los Angeles. Plus, Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson are all in for a Quibi Cartoon! ‘The New Mutants’ is both the set-up and punchline as Disney forces reviewers to see it in theaters, and the reviewers strike back. John Belushi biopic teases Adam Pally in title role. The Colors of Motion shows dominant colors of film as art prints. Plus a three great trailers and a list of films showcasing saturated (as in color) production design!

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This past weekend Netflix released “Project Power” for subscribers and aspects of it infer the makings of a major theatrical release. It stars Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon Levitt and is a story about pills being circulated in New Orleans and other cities giving people short periods of great powers. The Film Board gathers to spoil the project for you and give you a full disclosure of the documented effects of these drugs so you can decide for yourself if its something you want to ingest.

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Pixar’s got a new thing with ‘Luca’. ‘Mulan’ drops to D+ next month. Wait, didn’t they say they weren’t going to make more Star Wars films? Oh, right. Netflix does Walmart. Plus, the gang recasts ‘Clue’, trailers, and a list of movies about Christmas crime!

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Quibi attachment rates are out. Splash Mountain’s going to have the Song of the South elements removed, instead adding the Princess & the Frog! Will Smith’s Slavery Movie ‘Emancipation’ Sells to Apple for $120 Million. Tom Hanksibodies. ABC to reboot The Wonder Years, this time with a black family. We should probably talk about the Halloween Kills teaser.

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We’ve all been seeking something to look forward to this summer and Disney+ provided a glimmer last week by releasing a film version of “Hamilton” captured live from Broadway in 2016. Entertainment is on the cusp of revolution and sets a stage for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking musical to further demonstrate the importance and power of deals with titans in the ongoing battles for content on their proprietary streaming services. Join The Film Board for this landmark release in the middle of our summer malaise.

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Edgar Wright to direct THE CHAIN. Oscars So Delayed…oh, and also they still haven’t figured out race. The boys do a healthy bit of chat about the latest movie activity at home while we continue to dream of theaters, plus a list of movies celebrating the everyman spy!

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The Corona Virus is still a major threat in the world and even though some businesses are reopening, the film industry continues its holding pattern. Because of that, new releases in the “Theater at Home” paradigm are getting all different kinds of creative digital structures. This past weekend, Netflix released “Da 5 Bloods,” a Spike Lee Joint that quickly jumped to #3 in for selections on the service. Click into this episode as Spike helps us open up and process the wounds of both the past and the present.

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