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January 17, 2017

On an all-new edition of The Weekly Podioplex, it was a holiday weekend, but if you were a new release, it was a bad one. Hidden Figures defeated everyone, the Rebellion broke the half-billion mark, and Hollywood is hoping beyond hope that the return of Xander Cage in a fifteen year revival of xXx can put a stop to all of it. It's January, so we shall see.

In home entertainment, audiences are treated to a variety of films including Roger Corman's newest: Death Race 2050. Jack Reacher goes back (even though the title warned him not to) on digital, Rizzoli & Isles says farewell on TV, and the classics take Two For the Road. Denise shakes things up with a discussion of remakes that you never knew you wanted but are getting anyway, drawing this new edition of The Weekly Podioplex to a close on The Chronic Rift Network.

Weekly Podioplex Notes for January 17th, 2017


Opening Clip: xXx: The Return of Xander Cage

Box Office Report

Top Ten

#1 – Hidden Figures – [Second Week] #2 – La La Land – [+3] #3 – Sing – [Even] #4 – The Bye Bye Man – [New Release] #5 – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – [-3] #6 – Patriots Day – [Nationwide Expansion: +24]

#7 – Monster Trucks – [New Release] #8 – Sleepless – [New Release] #9 – Underworld: Blood Wars – [-5] #10 – Passengers – [-4]

Tops From the Past

2012 – Underworld: Awakening 2007 – Stomp the Yard 1997 – Beverly Hills Ninja 1987 – Critical Condition 1977 – The Enforcer

Box Office Premieres for the week of January 20th, 2017


xXx: The Return of Xander Cage – [PG-13]

Split – [PG-13]

The Founder – [PG-13]

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone – [PG]


Staying Vertical – [UR] The Sunshine Makers – [NR] The Red Turtle – [PG] Kedi – [UR] Detour – [R]

Home Entertainment for the week of January 17th, 2017

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray

The Girl on the Train – [R]

Ouija: Origin of Evil – [R]

Keeping Up With the Joneses – [PG-13]

Death Race 2050 – [R]

New Releases on Digital Video

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back – [PG-13]

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

Rizzoli & Isles: Season Seven (2016) Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Series (2010-2016) 12 Monkeys: Season Two (2016)

Blu-Rays From the Past

Two For the Road (1967) – [NR]

Podcast Promos

Dead Kitchen Radio: The Keith R. A. DeCandido Podcast

Author, editor, percussionist, voice talent, and Rift regular Keith R.A. DeCandido presents a little slice of his life twice a month in his podcast, Dead Kitchen Radio. Each episode Keith offers readings from his latest works, anecdotes on the writing and editing process, and music from his days with the Don't Quit Your Day Job Players and the Boogie Knights.

Quick Flicks

Hollywood and remakes The Chronicles of Narnia Dungeons and Dragons Highlander The Phantom Tollbooth The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Masters of the Universe Red Sonja The Sword in the Stone Drop Dead Fred The Never-Ending Story Heavy Metal Time Bandits Van Helsing Wicked Jumanji

Woody Harrelson meets Star Wars The Defenders


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