NEW FOR TUESDAY APR 28: SCOOB!, GUNS AKIMBO, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG, AND FILM SCHOOL MOVIES

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Scoob!

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The infamous mystery solving gang is back in Scoob! In this animated adventure, Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Velma and Daphne are out to solve yet another spooky mystery: a plot to unleash a ghost dog on the world! But will they solve the case before it’s too late? Pre-order now and watch with the whole family on May 15th.

NEW TO RENT

Guns Akimbo

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Prepare to see Daniel Radcliffe like never before. In Guns Akimbo, Radcliffe’s shy guy character gets in a crazy situation where he has to fight an underground gang to save his girlfriend – with two guns nailed to his hands. This action-packed ride is just as bizarre as you’d think, and it’s here to take gamer culture to a whole new level.

Sonic the Hedgehog

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The wait is over. Sonic the Hedgehog is coming to your televisions, signature-red shoes and all. This little guy is bringing video game nostalgia, laughs, and some surprising lessons too. Make your next Family Movie Night electric with Sonic today.

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Arrival

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Arrival follows the story of a linguist named Louise, played by Amy Adams, who is hired to do the job of a lifetime – figure out how to communicate with aliens who’ve come to Earth. This Oscar-winning movie makes some interesting use of symbolism and light to portray its overarching themes in some really powerful ways.

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When we see the alien spaceship for the first time, its massive size on the empty landscape is jarring and peaks our curiosity about what’s inside. But what’s notable is that we’re first introduced to the element of fog. The fog adds to the mystery as the camera comes closer to reveal the whole scene. Fog has been used as a symbol to portray the unknown in art and films for decades, with movies like The Fog making it the source of the supernatural, and Silent Hill using it to create a sense of doom.

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Arrival takes fog in a different direction from the horror genre. When we meet the aliens, they too are enveloped in fog so we can’t clearly see them. And later we discover that their language also has an inky, foggy quality to it too. This ties back to the overarching themes of the movie that take a look at the way humanity wants a clear-cut and solidified rigid answer for why the aliens have come to Earth. And why they take the wrong approach to try to understand these beings in the first place. This continues through the use of light and darkness in the movie as well.

Before Louise first encounters the aliens, she spends a lot of time in dimly lit places like her bedroom and the classroom where she teaches. But once she makes it up the spaceship, the lighting from their environment is strikingly bright. It’s worth noting that the lighting in the military barracks below is also much dimmer. Lighting has been used as the symbol for enlightenment for decades, reminding us that the aliens have come down to Earth to show humans a better way to exist. But before that can happen, the determined humans in the barracks below have to be willing to step out of the dark and open up their eyes to see.

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Arrival is a thought-provoking sci-fi story with a rare humanistic touch for the genre, and that truly comes through in its use of symbolism and cinematography.

The Godfather

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The Godfather is one of the greatest movies of all time, and with good reason. This epic film tells the story of the head of the Corleone mafia family and the challenges his son faces in earning his bloody legacy.

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Like in other noteworthy films, the use of light in the Godfather is powerful and especially effective in the opening scene of the film. When we are first introduced to Don Corleone, his office is almost pitch black, everyone in the room is dimly lit. Don Corleone is in the center of the room with a light shining down upon him. The use of light here clearly portrays him as the all-powerful, all-knowing man, and we immediately understand exactly how important he is to the story. But we also get a sinister vibe about it as his eyes are in the shadows too, keeping a distance between us and his untouchable intensity, and hinting that dark times are coming ahead.

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The lighting keeps evolving throughout the movie. When Don Corleone comes home from the hospital, the lighting in the following scenes as his big family greets him are all significantly brighter and warmer toned than before. This makes us get a sense of hope that maybe things will turn out okay, though we later come to find out that’s far from the case.

The use of music and sound also add to the dramatic effect. During one of the film’s most iconic scenes, the head of a studio wakes up to find the severed head of his prized horse at the foot of his bed. While it takes him a little time to understand what’s happened, the music is softer, and the closer he gets to the horror, the louder the music gets as he screams bloody murder. This amplifies our own discomfort as we realize what has happened and how frightening the Corleone family actually is. During many dramatic scenes following, the background music gets louder and louder to amplify the tension and make us wonder what will happen next.

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Sound and lighting are some of the key elements to portray the true power of The Godfather, and they really help take us inside the story.

Rosemary’s Baby

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Rosemary’s Baby is a Roman Polanski classic very much worth re-visiting today, following the story of a woman who gets pregnant under very strange circumstances that deal with the occult.

The use of color is key in symbolizing the sinister in the film. Up until Rosemary gets pregnant, she mostly wears pastels and we don’t see any striking color on screen. Once we witness her strange dream-like state in the pivotal scene, she’s wearing uncharacteristic bright red. There is also a red hell-like fire in the room, and as her husband gets close, he transforms into a demonic creature with red eyes. Before this scene it hasn’t been clear what’s been going on with Rosemary’s strange neighbors and visions, and whether Rosemary is imagining that something is really wrong or not. But this is where we’re practically hit over the head with it and can no longer escape or deny it.

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The use of the music is also key in raising the tension in the movie, and it changes the closer Rosemary gets to the truth of what’s happening to her. At the beginning of the movie when Rosemary is full of hope and dreams of her new life, the music is much more pleasant and soft. But as she realizes what’s happening to her through the movie, the music gets louder and warped. By the time Rosemary is getting dragged back to her home after failing to escape the Satanic cult, the loud background music almost has a fun-house mirror quality that drives us to the brink of insanity, taking us right along the terrifying experience with Rosemary.

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Rosemary’s Baby is nothing short of bizarre, walking a line between the ridiculous and horror, and the classic use of symbolism and music really amplify it to take us along for the ride.

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NEW FOR TUES APRIL 7: BRAHMS: THE BOY II, TROLLS WORLD TOUR (4/10), AND MORE

Now is a better time to watch new movies at home than ever. With our Theater-At-Home releases, you can watch the latest titles that are still playing in theaters from the comfort of your own living room, with unlimited snacks to boot! These titles include the buzzed about The Invisible Man, the fun-filled Sonic the Hedgehog, action-packed Bloodshot and more! Check out all of the other in-theater titles we have going, and here are the latest movies you can own or rent today.

MOVIES STILL IN THEATERS, AVAILABLE AT HOME WITH EARLY PURCHASE ACCESS

Never Rarely Sometimes Always

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Never Rarely Sometimes Always tells the moving story of two best friends who have to travel to New York City for a life altering decision. Own Never Rarely Sometimes Always today.

Brahms: The Boy II

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Brahms: The Boy II tells the story of a boy who moves into a new home where he finds a strange porcelain doll. And it’s not long before things go from creepy to terrifying. Own Brahms: The Boy II today.

New to Rent

Trolls World Tour (Pre-order Rental)

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The trolls are coming to your living room in Trolls World Tour! See what happens when they discover all new troll worlds and musical genres in this rockin’ adventure.

Be sure to join us for our special virtual red carpet event and viewing party on Twitter this Saturday, April 10th at 5:30PM ET/2:30PM PT. Follow @Walmart and @VuduFans, and use the hashtag #WalmartWatchParty to join the conversation. And when you pre-order the Trolls World Tour rental today, you’ll get a nifty $5 Vudu code in your email inbox within 48 hours too. So pre-order your rental today!

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire centers on a woman tasked to paint the portrait of a lady before her wedding, and they grow closer than either of them expect. Own Portrait of a Lady on Fire today.

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Breaking Bad

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See the heart-pounding story behind the infamous chemistry-teacher-turned-drug-kingpin in the award-winning Breaking Bad. And why not check out Better Call Saul while you’re at it?

Community

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Class is in session for this hilarious group of misfits. See how they turn their community college experience into life-long friendships with tons of laughs in Community.

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The Different Faces of Jim Carrey in 5 Movies

The Internet has been buzzing about Sonic for months, and it’s not just because of the video game nostalgia. The Sonic character redesign caused a massive stir both online and in the film industry. And it taught us that if the Internet complains relentlessly enough about something, it will win. And now Sonic the Hedgehog is finally here! But it’s not just Sonic’s cute little face we’ve been waiting for. Jim Carrey stars as the evil, goggle-sporting, power-moustached villain, Dr. Robotnik in the film. And Sonic fans couldn’t wait to see these two characters wreak havoc on screen. After all, Jim Carrey is the king of wreaking comedic havoc, with decades of acting experience and more memorable roles than we can count.  

Jim Carrey is famous for his high energy slapstick comedy and animated facial expressions. But he is not a one-dimensional actor by any means. This talented guy has more depth to him than you might expect. Here are five Jim Carrey movies that show off how diverse his many sides are.

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

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Starring as Ace in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective has to be one of Jim Carrey’s most iconic roles. The bright Hawaiian shirts, the pink tutu, the hair – they’re all essential to the vision that is Ace. The story follows Ace’s search for the Miami Dolphin’s abducted dolphin mascot. And like some kind of bizarre Disney princess, Ace has lots of cute animals assisting him through the movie too. Funnily enough, Jim Carrey said that he based the character of Ace on the movement on birds. That makes total sense given his cockatoo-like hair and colorful shirts. This is Jim Carrey in typical over-the-top fashion: loud, expressive, and hilarious. Oh, and did we mention he gave us this famous sassy movie quote too?

The Truman Show

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The Truman Show was a big hit with critics and audiences alike when it came out in 1998. The comedy-drama follows Truman, an insurance salesman played by Carrey, who starts to realize that his seemingly perfect life is actually a mass reality TV show. This was Carrey’s first dramatic role, which finally allowed us to see more of his acting depth. At this point in his career Carrey was so famous that he was used to constantly being watched by paparazzi, which Carrey later said helped him relate to Truman’s character. Although Truman faces plenty of ridiculous situations as he questions his sanity, he must also make some serious decisions once he becomes aware of what’s happening. Does he follow his own free will, or does he do what the audience wants?  

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Me, Myself, and Irene

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Me, Myself & Irene is a dark comedy that shows us a multi-faceted Jim Carrey. He plays the part of a kind, timid police officer, and father named Charlie, who happens to have Split Personality Disorder. When he runs out of his medication, the alter-ego that surfaces is the total opposite of his normal personality: utterly aggressive, super rude and hilarious. While Charlie deals with this, he’s tasked to escort a woman named Irene, played by Renée Zellweger, to a different state. They’re put in plenty of outrageous situations along the way thanks to Charlie’s split personality, and Carrey switches back and forth between the two seamlessly. Combine that with his animated face and exaggerated expressions, and this is the perfect role for Carrey. He ad-libbed several scenes in the movie as well. In a scene where he and Zellweger push a car off the cliff, Carrey says “on nine” instead of the usual count to ten, and Zellweger looks clearly surprised. In typical Carrey fashion he always kept everyone on their toes.

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Man on the Moon

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Man on the Moon is the film that showed us the most serious side of Jim Carrey yet. The story is based on Andy Kaufman’s life, an eccentric, one-of-a-kind performer and comedian from the 70s and 80s. Kaufman was known for keeping audiences on their toes: he could make them laugh, sit in uncomfortable silence, and everything in between. Everything was a performance to Kaufman. Even his close friends couldn’t tell what was real and what wasn’t. The part of Andy completely made sense for Carrey, and he took it head-on, staying in character as Andy on and off set. He even refused to be called by his real name when the cameras weren’t rolling. He drove the production crazy with his shenanigans, but at least he won a Golden Globe to make up for it.

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Batman Forever

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Batman Forever is as star-studded as a superhero movie can get, featuring Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Nicole Kidman, Jim Carrey, and more. The story follows Batman as he falls in love and finally finds his legendary sidekick, Robin. And per typical Batman fashion, he must also fight off some villains to save Gotham City. The colorful villains here are Two-Face, played by Jones, and The Riddler, played by Carrey. Although this duo made quite an impact on screen, Jones and Carrey reportedly did not get along off-screen at all. Good thing these two are great actors so we couldn’t tell! In any case, here we finally see Jim Carrey play the part of a villain as The Riddler, and he does not disappoint. His bright red hair and bright green costume match his energy perfectly. He’s boisterous, loud and mysterious all at the same time. In fact, Carrey brought so much enthusiasm to the role that he reportedly broke about a dozen of his prop canes while learning how to twirl for the part. Worth it.  

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