It’s hard to believe, but 2017 is halfway over, and what a strange year it has been so far at the movies. Defying the traditional movie calendar, February and March provided blockbusters and surprises, while May and June (were it not for Guardians Vol. 2
and Wonder Woman
) would have been a bleak cinematic wasteland. More than ever, the international box office has supplanted the U.S. as the measure of a film’s success. For an example you need look no farther than The Fate of the Furious
. The eighth installment in the Fast and the Furious franchise made a respectable $225.4 million at home, but a whopping $1.013 billion overseas. Whatever a film’s gross, its long-term legacy lies in its quality, and we’ve already had some fantastic movies. Here are my top five:
Continue reading Top 5 Films of 2017 at the Midpoint
Beauty and the Beast was a polarizing film (that still managed to end up being #8 on the all-time U.S. box office chart). Some felt it bettered the 1991 animated classic, some felt that film could never be touched, and some-like me-feel that both can be spectacular. I don’t think the live-action film surpasses its original the way 2016’s The Jungle Book did, but I loved Beauty and the Beast (you can read my review here), despite some flaws, and a huge reason why is Dan Stevens and his musical number: “Evermore”. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Beauty and the Beast (2017) “Evermore”
No formal “In Theaters” column this week due to extreme laziness as well as a lack of desire to write any more about how much money Beauty and the Beast and F8 are raking in (it’s a lot, ok, it’s a lot). Nothing this week, especially since the Tom Hanks/Emma Watson vehicle: The Circle, is bombing with critics, is going to touch the reign of The Fate of the Furious. We correctly picked them to repeat and they’ll threepeat this weekend. The normal column will return next week as we hail the return of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
NOTE: Tom Hanks’ 10 Best Films has been updated to reflect his next project (The Pentagon Papers movie with Meryl Streep directed by Steven Spielberg) as will each existing profile when their newest project needs updating….yes, I am aware this will eventually drive me mad if I keep writing a new one each week….which I will.
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. The reign of terror by the animated middle management baby genre will come to an end this weekend as a box office juggernaut, a highly-acclaimed adaptation of a nonfiction classic, and another horrifyingly bad animated film hit the screens. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (4/14/2017): Fate of the Furious, The Lost City of Z, Spark
I’m on the road this week, so no formal “In Theaters” column, but a quick check in. Could all of my readers who took their urchins to The Boss Baby last week and made it $50 million dollars please raise their right hands? Ok, I just used telekinetic powers to slice off those hands which I feel is proportional punishment for inflicting us with a puppy hating, suit wearing, ankle biter who is now-as we speak-getting a sequel put into development. NO I AM NOT BITTER YOU RUINED MY WINNING STREAK! Yes, I am bitter. And I think the stupid thing will edge out Beauty and the Beast over this weekend again (though the latter will probably pass the $1 billion mark globally later this week). The new releases this weekend: The Case for Christ, Smurfs 3….5….18…frankly I lost track, and Going in Style won’t challenge either of them. So smug baby Jack Donaghy will win again. Evil triumphs. Hope fades. Never have I been so happy that a Fast and the Furious movie was on the horizon.