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Pokemon 3: The Movie (Entei – Spell of the Unown)

Ash and Pikachu are off pursuing new Championship dreams in the distant land of Johto when Pokemon 3 brings them face-to-face with the Unown! How will the travelers fare against a lonely orphan girl who’s harnessed the power of psychic Pokemon, and kidnapped Ash’s mother Delia, in an attempt to rebuild her missing family? And will Ash’s retired fire-breather Charizard return to the fold, and save his former Trainer from a Legendary pocket monster named Entei? Catch Stuart’s, Justin’s, and Arnie’s evolving opinions on this franchise when you Listen Now!     

Pokemon: The Movie 2000 (The Power of One)

Pikachu, his trainer Ash Ketchum, and all the classic pocket monsters proved they were no fad of the 1990s when they stormed the new millennium with another hit animated film.  Pokemon 2000 sees them facing off with a heartless collector who stokes apocalyptic fears when he captures a flock of doomsday birds - including “Beast of the Sea” Lugia!  Will the Now Playing crew have as much fun with the film as they do trying to learn the Pokemon Trading Card game? Listen and find out!

Pokemon: The First Movie (Mewtwo Strikes Back)

Also includes reviews of "Pikachu's Vacation" and "Origin of Mewtwo"

 

Arnie, Justin, and Pika-Stu are strapping on the boxing gloves and going head-to-head with Pokemon - the second most popular video game franchise of all time. Can the hosts survive six rounds with these irrepressibly cute “pocket monsters”, starting with their blockbuster animated First Movie?  Legendary baddie MewTwo hopes to wipe them and every other living being off the face of the earth with an epic flood, making way for a new generation of genetically modified critters.  Catch all the laughs and excitement when you listen now!

Hitman: Agent 47

Agent 47 is back and balder than ever in a 2015 relaunch of the Hitman franchise.  Can Homeland actor Rupert Friend make a stronger impression than Timothy Olyphant as the legendary cloned assassin trades bullets with wannabe Wolverine Zachary Quinto? And can new agent Hannah Ware really be 43 times better than the boys if it takes her 43 years to locate sickly bioengineer Ciaran Hinds? Trust Justin, Stuart, and Arnie to protect listeners from head trauma as they navigate another treacherous video game adaptation. Listen now!

Hitman

Justin, Arnie, and Stuart use the 42nd installment of the Now Playing Arcade to celebrate being 47… that is, video game Hitman: Codename 47. Die Hard 4 villain Timothy Olyphant hoped to make a killing at the box office when he suited up to play this mysterious baldie with a barcode back in Thanksgiving 2007.  But can his follically-challenged assassin deliver enough carnage and believable romantic chemistry with beautiful Russian target Olga Kurylenko to satisfy audiences not holding a joystick?  Find out when you slip on some headphones and Listen Now.

Max Payne

Mark Wahlberg aimed to please fans of the popular shooter Max Payne, but his 2008 movie adaptation missed its target audience and clipped the wings of a potential franchise. Will this vigilante cop have better luck scoring points with Now Playing Arcade hosts Justin, Arnie, and Stuart?  And can they coherently link the man who murdered Max’s family to a wild conspiracy involving hallucinogenic street drugs and C-list celebrities Mila Kunis, Chris O’Donnell, and singer Nelly Furtado? Your best shot at finding answers is to Listen Now!       

Silent Hill: Revelation

It’s homecoming weekend in Silent Hill, as teenage runaway Sharon reunites with her darkside doppelganger Alessa for a 2012 sequel in 3-D!  Will the Revelation that cultists have kidnapped adoptive father Sean Bean provide a good reason for moviegoers to head back into the fog and solve new puzzles? And is Game of Thrones hunk Kit Harington much help in the fight against Pyramid Head, a lunatic Malcolm McDowell, and a staff of faceless demon nurses?  Find out when you take another merry-go-round ride on the Now Playing Arcade!

Silent Hill

The Now Playing Arcade finally has a reason to put down the flamethrower!  Hosts Arnie, Stuart, and Justin stumble through the falling ash of Uwe Boll films to arrive at Silent Hill - the rare video game movie to earn box office success. Will stranded mother Radha Mitchell find any Green Arrows while searching the West Virginian ghost town for her missing adoptive daughter Sharon?  And is that a pyramid, or a dunce cap, atop the head of the sword-wielding monster that follows close behind her? Quiet your questioning mind with another podcast review!

Postal

Notorious filmmaker Uwe Boll has gone Postal - firing back at his many critics with a raunchy adaptation of one of the most offensive video games ever made. Can one unlucky Dude with a shotgun (Zack Ward) stop a Taliban plot to spread bird flu, and earn the respect of his trailer park? Or will he simply kill his cheating wife, cult leader uncle (David Foley), a corrupt cop, that rude lady at the welfare office, and Uwe Boll himself playing the owner of a Nazi-themed amusement park? Find out if Now Playing can make peace with it all when you listen now!

House of the Dead II

Uwe Boll’s reviled adaptation of Sega’s House of the Dead video game won’t stay dead, lumbering back to life with a SyFy Channel sequel. AMS agents Nightingale (Saw 2 babe Emmanuelle Vaugier) and Ellis (Ed Quinn) lead a team of soldiers into a college campus overrun with “hyper-sapiens”.  Can they retrieve a blood sample from Patient Zero, and cure the zombie outbreak, before Dick Cheney decides to drop the bomb?  And do Justin, Arnie, and Stuart see the franchise evolving now that it’s in new directorial hands? Listen and find out!