Warcraft is a film that a lot of people are looking at as a potential bust in a crowded summer. I’ve loved what I’ve seen of the fantasy epic thus far, and director Duncan Jones (The Source Code, Moon) has never steered me wrong before. World of Warcraft has a global fan base that will certainly respond to a movie that does justice to the MMORPG, but can Warcraft break the video game movie adaptation curse that’s dogged attempts to translate the interactive medium to the big screen? We’ll find out when Warcraft opens wide on June 10, 2016.
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. April 1st has a number of small pictures opening, as this week was pretty much ceded by the studios to Batman vs. Superman’s continuing run (though if something big opened against it, I wonder how it would do given the blowback the super hero epic has received). Continue reading In Theaters This Week (4/1/2016) – God’s Not Dead 2, The Witch and More!!!
Let’s get this out of the way in case you haven’t seen the film: IT. IS. NOT. GOOD. We’re also going to talk about spoilers after the jump because I don’t respect this film enough to wait any longer to do so. All on the same page? Excellent, here’s the nutshell review. Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice is an incoherent series of what should be cool events were they bound together by any narrative whatsoever.
It’s poorly directed, bafflingly edited, disappointingly scored (thanks, Hans Zimmer, for phoning in your HALF of the score, you being so busy polishing the masterpiece that was your work in Kung Fu Panda 3) and marred by a performance so bad that it should end that Oscar-nominated actor’s career (looking at you, Eisenberg). However, it is NOT Batman & Robin, Elektra or Fantastic Four. This is not one of the worst movies in the history of cinema. It only feels like it because buried in all of this is something that should have given fans a film for the ages. It’s the dichotomy between what should have been and what ended up (sorta) happening that makes this so bad. Spoiler-free portion over, kiddies, jump out of the boat or continue down the chocolate river! Continue reading Movie Review: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) *So THAT Just Happened…..* MAJOR SPOILER WARNING
You may have noted that I haven’t posted a review of Batman vs. Superman yet. That would be because I’m so dreading having to go see it at this point that I am trying to find an angle that motivates me to go to a theater to see a movie I’ve heard nothing positive about from anyone I trust.
What I am still looking forward to is DCCU Film #3: David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. New international trailer today with a ton of new footage set to the film’s unofficial theme: Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. I promise I’ll make myself walk the long dark journey of BvS sometime this week. I know it knocked it out of the park opening weekend. What I’m going to be very interested to see is the second week’s gross and if the film really is review-proof.
It feels good to be bad…Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?
The movie hits theaters on August 5, 2016.
It’s great to have Disney Animation back as a reliable source of excellence. Over the last five years, the studio has passed Pixar in terms of the consistency of the quality of their releases, and the House of the Mouse is looking to have a fantastic year. Zootopia won the last 3 weeks of the box office, The Jungle Book looks to dominate April, May brings Captain America: Civil War, June Pixar’s Finding Dory, November Dr. Strange and December Star Wars: Rogue One. Disney is going to have a very VERY good year, and if all those films are as good as Zootopia, so are we.
Continue reading Movie Review: Zootopia (2016) *Disney Animation Keeps Making the Magic*