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.
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. MARCH MOVIE MADNESS ends after five weeks of major releases with two anticipated adaptations and the Alec Baldwin baby film. Yep. That one. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (3/31/2017): Ghost in the Shell, The Zookeeper’s Wife, Boss Baby
Emma Thompson, over a career of 35 years of excellence in movies and television has proven herself one of the most reliably outstanding actresses of the last half-century. She’s had two boom periods in her film career: when she burst onto the scene after several years in BBC series, she was a mainstay at awards shows in the early-mid 1990’s with Howard’s End, Sense and Sensibility (which she both wrote and starred in), In the Name of the Father, and a number of other projects. She’s in the midst of a career renaissance now as part of the juggernaut that is the live action Beauty & the Beast remake, was the worst Divination professor in Wizarding World history in the Harry Potter films, and starred as the creator of Mary Poppins in Saving Mr. Banks.
My two favorite performances of Thompson’s; however, showcase her darker, cynical sense of humor. Stranger Than Fiction has to be one of the most criminally overlooked films of the 21st Century, and if you have a day to recover from it, watching her wickedly funny and devastating adaptation of the stage play Wit for HBO will leave you in awe of Thompson’s talent. Continue reading Emma Thompson’s 10 Best Movies