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Phoenix readers: Win a pair of flex passes to the 2018 Phoenix Film Festival next month

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The 18th annual Phoenix Film Festival will return to Arizona on April 5-15 at Harkins Scottsdale 101 and we’re giving one of our very lucky Phoenix-based readers the chance to win flex passes to the festival! With a flex pass, you and a guest will be able to choose four screenings to attend at the festival, except for the opening and closing night films.

Among the 150-plus movies screening at this year’s Phoenix Film Festival are: Lean on Pete, Tully, Beirut, A Prayer Before Dawn, Hot Summer Nights, On Chesil Beach, Eighth Grade, A Kid Like Jake, The Last Movie Star, First Reformed, and Won’t You Be My Neighbor. Click here to check out the complete lineup of films for this year’s Phoenix Film Festival.

Enter here for your chance to win: http://bit.ly/2FkFcAU

Entries for this contest will close on March 30.

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‘A Quiet Place’ reclaims the No. 1 spot at the box office ahead of massive ‘Infinity War’ debut

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Despite the irony of its title, A Quiet Place sure is making a lot of noise at the domestic box office. The horror-thriller, which marks the directorial debut of John Krasinski, who co-stars in the film opposite Emily Blunt, earned $22 million from 3,808 over the weekend, moving it back up to the No. 1 spot at the box office.

Meanwhile, the latest Dwayne Johnson-vehicle, Rampage, inspired by the old video game series of the same name, wasn’t too far off with $21 million from 4,115 theaters, bringing its domestic total to $66.6 million. Although it was able to top the box office chart last weekend, the arrival of Avengers: Infinity War this weekend will prevent it from being able to do so again this weekend.

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Surprisingly enough, I Feel Pretty, the Amy Schumer-led comedy which also stars Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski, Aidy Bryant, Rory Scovel, and Busy Phillips, picked up a decent $16.2 million despite receiving some not-so-pretty reviews from critics and a 34% approval rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

So far this year, Black Panther and A Quiet Place are the two biggest movies in terms of domestic grosses with $681 million and $132 million respectively, and it should be interesting to see whether or not Infinity War will be strong enough to push Black Panther aside to claim the No. 1 spot as the highest-grossing movie of the year.

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‘Deadpool 2’ final trailer further introduces the members of the X-Force, pokes fun at the DCEU

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With a little less than a month to go until Deadpool 2 opens in theaters next month, 20th Century Fox has released the final trailer for the upcoming sequel starring Ryan Reynolds as the Merc with a Mouth and it reveals a bunch of new footage of the X-Force in action.

While the previously trailer only very briefly introduced us to the members of the X-Force team, our latest look at Deadpool 2 gives us a much closer look at the supporting cast, which includes Zazie Beetz’s Domino and Terry Crews’ Bedlam. We also see a pretty brutal interaction between Deadpool and Cable (Josh Brolin) that manages to squeeze in a line poking fun at the DC Extended Universe.

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I still can’t say I’m 100% sold on Deadpool 2 as I’m still a bit turned off by the previous trailers we’ve gotten in recent months, but I will say that I’m staying cautiously optimistic for the sequel. The final trailer is definitely a pretty big improvement over the others.

For Deadpool 2, John Wick co-director David Leitch is behind the camera directing from a script written by returning screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The film also stars T.J. Miller, Morena Baccarin, Brianna Hildebrand, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni, Stefan Kapicic, and will hit theaters on May 18.

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First official poster for ‘Halloween’ teases Michael Myers’ long-awaited return to Haddonfield

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Last night, Halloween star Nick Castle, who played Michael Myers in John Carpenter’s 1978 original and briefly reprised his role for David Gordon Green’s upcoming sequel, tweeted that new info about the film would be dropping today. While some fans were hoping that this was an indication that a teaser trailer was on the way, that didn’t seem too likely given the fact the sequel only began production just a couple of months ago.

We did get something, though! The official Halloween movie Twitter page and Jamie Lee Curtis shared the first official one-sheet for the upcoming sequel, which is set to arrive in theaters on October 19 this year. “In exactly six months, after exactly 40 years, Michael Myers returns to Haddonfield but Laurie Strode has been waiting for him,” Curtis tweeted.

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Indeed, the latest installment in the Halloween franchise will serve as a direct sequel to Halloween II and will ignore all of the other films in the series like Halloween H20: 20 Years Later and Halloween: Resurrection. Gordon Green directed the sequel from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride, while Carpenter is executive producing and serving as a creative consultant.

Halloween also stars Will Patton, Judy Greer, Haluk Bilginer, Andi Matichak, and James Jude Courtney, who plays Michael Myers in much of the film. You can check out the first official poster for the sequel in the embedded tweet below.

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