In Theaters This Week (6/30/2017): Despicable Me 3, Baby Driver, The Big Sick, The House

Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell in The House

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.  June 30th has four new options for movie goers (three if you don’t have kids).  Minions, Will Ferrell, Edgar Wright, and a unique romcom await you at the multiplex. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (6/30/2017): Despicable Me 3, Baby Driver, The Big Sick, The House

5 Fascinating Facts About 1986’s Transformers: The Movie

Optimus Prime

With the release of the latest disappointing Michael Bay Transformers film, children of the 1980s are dusting off their copy of the only movie to ever truly capture the majesty of the Autobots and Decepticons: 1986’s Transformers: The Movie. By now, running back to the pinnacle of the cartoon series that started a billion dollar empire for Hasbro, is becoming a yearly rite of reassurance for Transformer fans. The film holds up amazingly well 31 years after its release, but while you might know every line of the ultimate Prime vs. Megatron showdown and all the lyrics to Stan Bush’s classic stadium anthem “The Touch”, there are some wild things about Transformers: The Movie that you just might not know.

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Stronger Trailer #1 (2017) “Strength Defines Us”

Following on the heels of last year’s outstanding Patriots Day is another film telling the stories of inspiration that spun out of the horror that was the Boston Marathon Bombing.  Based on the book by the same name, Stronger tells the story of one of the victims of that 2013 attack.  Jake Gyllenhaal plays a victim of the bombing who aided the police in the capture of the bombers and inspired the city of Boston in their darkest hour.  I’m so glad that Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany is now getting some major film roles after the series has wrapped, and more people will get to see her astounding talent.  Directed by David Gordon Green, Stronger opens in theaters September 27, 2017.

Tatiana Maslany and Jake Gyllenhaal in Stronger

The Greatest Show on Earth Trailer #1 (2017) “No One Ever Made a Difference by Being Like Everyone Else”

Hugh Jackman’s first film of his post-Wolverine career will be a routine to his roots: musicals.  An unknown song and dance man before becoming a household name thanks to his iconic portrayal of Wolverine in the X-Men films, Jackman will be headlining the big holiday musical of 2017.  With the songwriters of La La Land, will The Greatest Showman, starring Jackman as circus legend P.T. Barnum be able to duplicate that film’s success?  Jackman’s only Oscar nomination was for leading the cast of the big screen adaptation of Les Miserables, so this is familiar territory, the only question is can a first-time director deliver?  The first trailer looks very promising.  Co-starring Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya, The Greatest Showman will open Christmas Day.  Read more below from Coming Soon.

Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman in The Greatest Showman

Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

The Greatest Showman is directed by exciting new filmmaker, Michael Gracey, with songs by Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land). Hugh Jackman produced The Greatest Showman alongside Laurence Mark and Chernin Entertainment. Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Jenny Bicks (Rio 2, Sex and the City) and Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Beauty and the Beast) wrote the screenplay.

The Greatest Showman

10 Sequels Better Than the Original

Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight
We live in the Age of the Sequel. Studios want franchises with multiple sequels, and increasingly, shared movie universes copied on the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While sequel fatigue may be creeping into many movie goers minds, the fact is that sequels are here to stay. Sequels do have advantages over original films. They have a built-in audience connection, the opportunity for deep character exploration and the chance to build large and challenging plot lines that wouldn’t be possible in a single installment. When filmmakers take advantage of these unique tools, the sequel can even eclipse the film that inspired it. The best sequels build on and expand great films. Here are 10 films where the sequel managed to top (even by the slimmest of margins) the original.

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