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Body Heat - Patron Exclusive Bonus Show

Kathleen Turner and William Hurt burned up the screen playing adulterers plotting to blow up husband Richard Crenna in the steamy 1981 thriller Body Heat. Does writer-director Lawrence Kasdan recapture the feel of classic 1940s mysteries with the same success his Raiders of the Lost Ark screenplay duplicated the thrill of old-fashioned movie serials? Or does Cheers star Ted Danson turn the whole affair into a lavish musical with his breakout turn as a hot-stepping lawyer? You’ll find out when you do what’s necessary, and become a Now Playing Patron.

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Groundhog Day

Harold Ramis and Bill Murray collaborated often in the ‘80s, producing beloved films like Caddyshack and Ghostbusters. Their final team-up was in 1993’s Groundhog Day. The high concept premise of a man forced to relive the same day again and again surpassed its comedic roots, and the film has become a modern-day classic. Did Ramis and Murray save the best for last? Well, rise-and-shine campers, it’s time to listen to Now Playing’s review of Groundhog Day!

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Locke

Tom Hardy didn’t have to drive like Mad Max to get moviegoers’ attention in 2014. Watch the method actor slip behind the wheel of indie Locke and get taken on a harrowing ride through one man’s midlife crisis. Why does a successful builder of skyscrapers throw away his career and marriage on an impromptu road trip to London? And will Arnie, Jakob, or Stuart get carsick spending all 84 minutes of the film locked in a BMW? Fasten your seat belts, crack open a cider, and become a backseat driver for this lively discussion of a one man show. Listen Now!

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Enter the Dragon - Patron Exclusive Review

Kung Fu films have a storied history, but Americans would likely be unaware of it were it not for one man--Bruce Lee. The martial arts virtuoso and actor brought this Hong Kong style to the United States with his breakout film Enter the Dragon. Sadly, Lee would not live to see his biggest film released, but his legacy lives on to this day. So enter the ring by becoming a Now Playing Patron and spar with the Now Playing hosts as they reflect on this kung fu classic.

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Serpico - Donation Bonus

Al Pacino is best known for playing gangsters, but this summer Now Playing Platinum Level donors will discover how explosively the actor administers justice in five major cop roles. The fun starts with the 1973 biopic Serpico. Al stars as a real life New York City police officer who got a bullet in the face instead of a promotion when he blew the whistle on widespread department corruption. Will Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart condemn the system for passing over Pacino for a Best Actor Oscar yet again?  It all comes out in the wash when you Donate Today.

Wing Commander

Game developer Chris Roberts was on course to deliver the first major science fiction film of 1999 when he personally piloted his massively popular flight simulator Wing CommanderPhantom Menace and The Matrix. Do fighter pilots Freddie Prinze Jr. and Matthew Lillard offer a new hope for genre fans as they clean the cat box of feline space invaders The Kilrathi?  Or should Arnie, Justin, and Stuart quickly eject from this next entry in the Now Playing Arcade?  Listen and find out!

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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

20 years after computer programmer Jordan Mechner released Prince of Persia for the Apple IIe, the Disney Company paid the kingly sum of $200 million to launch his video game swashbuckler Dastan on the big screen. A Middle Eastern Jake Gyllenhaal looks for a way to turn back time after he’s framed for the murder of his adoptive royal father. Does the Now Playing Arcade take a gravity-defying leap forward with the acrobatic hero? Or would Stuart, Arnie, and Justin be more entertained by an ostrich race? Place your bets and Listen Now!  

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Goodfellas - Patron Exclusive Review

The Godfather enjoyed the reputation of being the greatest gangster film ever made for nearly 20 years before director Martin Scorsese ordered actors Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci to dig a hole and bury Pacino’s dark tragedy. 1990 mob epic Goodfellas looks at Family life from the purview of low level hoods who will never get to be “made men” like Michael Corleone.  Find out if hosts Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie bust these wiseguys’ balls for their outrageous scams and gratuitous f-bombs when you become a Now Playing Patron.   
 
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Avengers: Infinity War

Ten years ago Marvel Comics gambled their entire existence, using all their remaining IP as collateral, on the idea that they could make superhero films better than anyone else. 18 movies later, Marvel Studios makes their biggest bet yet - a billion dollars that audiences will love “the most ambitious crossover event in history” and one gaudy gold glove!  Is more the merrier when it comes to superheroes on screen, or are Earth’s Mightiest Heroes set up for an epic fail?  Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob now as they review Avengers: Infinity War!

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Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

No one was better suited to convert the role playing mechanics of the best-selling Final Fantasy series into stirring cinema than game creator Hironobu Sakaguchi.  But dreams of writing and directing the world’s most photorealistic animated movie crashed to earth like a meteor when The Spirits Within landed in theaters in summer 2001. Gaia only knows what podcasters Justin, Arnie, and Stuart will find inside the wreckage of this poetic tale of parasitic alien invasion!  So let down your defense shields and listen now.

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