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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!

When Harry Met Sally… - Donation Bonus

Movie audiences everywhere were falling in love with Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan in the Summer of 1989 with the release of When Harry Met Sally... Director Rob Reiner and screenwriter Nora Ephron follow the decade-long courtship of two New York singles in the hopes of answering an age-old question about whether men and women can get past the sexual tension and forge deep, platonic friendships. Find out if Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart swoon over this landmark romantic comedy when you Donate at the Gold Level.  

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!

Boogie Nights

Now Playing Patrons get lucky this August, as the zipper comes down on a super-sized review of Boogie Nights! Writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson hit the big time with this unconventional portrait of pornographers living and working in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, as seen through the eyes of well-endowed adult film star Mark Wahlberg. Is something wonderful waiting to burst forth from this ensemble of Hollywood wannabes? Or do the good vibes of the 1970s disappear with the arrival of the coke-fueled ‘80s? Be a Patron and Find Out!

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!

Once Upon a Time,,, in Hollywood - For Annual Subscribers

Manson… martial arts… Musso & Frank’s… they’re all part of the mythology of 1969 Los Angeles that Quentin Tarantino presents in his ninth muthaf*kin movie!  Once Upon A Time In Hollywood takes audiences on a lost weekend with a washed up cowboy actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), his affable and possibly lethal stunt man (Brad Pitt), and beautiful next door neighbor Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie)... building to the night of her notorious murder.  I double dog dare you not to Donate for this epic breakdown of the trippiest movie of the summer!

 

 

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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!

Once Upon a Time in America - Donation Bonus

They thought they were making Sergio Leone an offer he couldn’t refuse by asking him to direct The Godfather. Was he a wiseguy for sticking to his guns, and developing his own gangster drama Once Upon A Time In America instead? Can Robert DeNiro stop smoking opium long enough to figure out who stole the million dollars that he and lifelong business partner James Woods made during Prohibition? And how many times did Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart check their pocket watches during the epic run time? Donate at the Silver Level and Find Out!

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! 

Once Upon a Time in the West - Donation Bonus

Make a Silver Level Donation and cowboy up with Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie this summer as they ride the Sergio Leone Express! This week the train pulls into the Italian director’s acclaimed 1969 epic Once Upon a Time in the West, in which Charles Bronson’s harmonica-playing Man With No Name squares off with an uncharacteristically evil Henry Fonda, and lovable bandito Jason Robards.  Will any of them help a widow (Claudia Cardinale) in hot water with a greedy railroad baron (Gabriele Ferzetti) out to take her land? It only takes a fistful of dollars to find out!