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Men in Black: International - Donation Bonus

Suit up with Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart as they go deep inside Men In Black: International in search of a traitor. Find out if Chris Hemsworth wields a neuralizer as confidently as Thor’s hammer, as he and fellow Ragnarok star Tessa Thompson take on threats from outer space and inside their London office.  Does their game improve when a wisecracking chess piece nicknamed Pawny (Kumail Nanjiani) insists on joining their quest to outgun the star power of M.I.A. agents Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones? Donate and Find Out!

 

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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!      

Akira (1988) - Patron Exclusive Podcast

Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie are headed to Neo-Tokyo this June for a much-anticipated review of Akira. Japan’s answer to the X-Men pits telekinetic mutants against a fascist Colonel, and pill-popping bikers, in a post-apocalyptic city scarred by nuclear war. Will tyrant Tetsuo succeed in locating the mythical title character beneath an Olympic stadium? Or will phantom limb pain, and friction with former best friend Kaneda, undo his dreams of earning a gold medal in evil? Absorb everything about cinema’s most celebrated anime by becoming a Now Playing Patron.

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!

Lethal Weapon 4 - Donation Bonus

Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are finally too old for this shtick!  But before their popular franchise retires, expectant father Riggs and grandpa Murtaugh take on human traffickers and Triad gangsters relocating to LA’s Chinatown. Can new addition Chris Rock land as many jokes as martial arts superstar Jet Li lands punches? And what does Joe Pesci catch when he goes fishing with his new gun? This plot is crazier than an Ebony Clark romance novel, but Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob break down Lethal Weapon 4 when you Donate at the Platinum Level.

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!

Lethal Weapon 3 - Donation Bonus

Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, and even Joe Pesci are back with director Richard Donner for more stunts and comedic hijinks in the 1992 encore Lethal Weapon 3. Can the unlikely trio stop bickering long enough to nail a corrupt carpenter before he floods inner-city Los Angeles with high-powered guns and cop-killing bullets? And will Rene Russo’s brassy Internal Affairs agent be the first of Riggs’ girlfriends to live long enough to see end credits? Cut the red wire and have a blast with Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob this summer when you Donate for Platinum Level!  

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!

Lethal Weapon 2 - Donation Bonus

Murtaugh and Riggs survived the first film, but their bickering chemistry didn’t blow up the box office until the release of Lethal Weapon 2 in the Summer of 1989. Will the multi-racial cops end apartheid in South Africa by taking down a consulate full of Afrikaner drug dealers? Is money launderer Joe Pesci any help in giving Danny Glover the financial advice he needs to retire early? And does semi-crazy Mel Gibson prefer the kiss of new girl Patsy Kensit to putting a Beretta in his mouth? Platinum Level gives you the diplomatic immunity to listen and find out!

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.