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. I hope you’ve seen something over the last month that you want to catch up on, because nothing is opening wide this week. Nada. Continue reading In Theaters This Week 2016 Farewell
Hard as it is to believe, 2016 is halfway done. For moviegoers, 2016 has had its disappointments (Batman vs. Superman…really anything Warner Brothers made), but it’s also delivered flawless films, super hero awesomeness, animated classics, and some surprise gems. The story of the year so far, though, is Disney. The studio has manhandled the box office, winning nearly half the weeks in the year thus far. Yes, Alice: Through the Looking-Glass failed and The BFG isn’t looking like a winner, but the studio barely noticed because the films trampling those and still earning were OTHER Disney films. They’ve made my top three films of the year, to date, and four of the top seven. Disney is hitting it out of the park with all of its major weapons: Disney Animation (Zootopia), Live-Action Films (Jungle Book), Pixar (Finding Dory), and Marvel (Cap: Civil War). Not to mention that it still has another Marvel film in Dr. Strange this fall and that’s all before we get to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. They’re pretty much running a clinic on how to deliver quality and how that translates into monetary success. I’m looking forward to a lot of films in the year’s second half, and who knows what the final list will be, but here are my Top 5 Films of 2016 at halftime. Continue reading Top 5: Films of 2016 at the Midpoint
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. July 1st sees five films opening for the Independence Day (in the US) weekend. Finding Dory has been merrily swimming through animated film record after animated film record. Can it be slowed by giants, spies, maniacal purgers, Tarzan, or Bruce Willis? Continue reading In Theaters This Week (7/1/2016) – The BFG, Tarzan, Purge 3 and More!!!
Pixar’s transformation from immortally impeccable studio to mere animation firm has a lot of reasons, but the most pressing among them is the sequelization of their earlier hits. The Good Dinosaur managed to be awful on its own, but Monsters University was-at best-average and Cars 2 we shall not speak of. I SAID WE SHALL NOT SPEAK OF IT! These sequels were done, after Toy Story managed a perfect trilogy; two sequels that didn’t diminish Pixar’s first film and most iconic characters, but built on it, expanded their world and deepened the audience’s bond with Woody, Buzz & Co. (yes, I know they’re making Toy Story 4, but for the purposes of this introductory paragraph it harshes my rhetorical groove). So which would Finding Dory be? Thirteen years after Finding Nemo, would Dory make things better or worse for its corner of Pixardom? Happily, I can say that Finding Dory is a Pixar classic that pairs perfectly with its predecessor. Continue reading Movie Review: Finding Dory (2016) *What Would Dory Do?*
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 24th brings two new wide releases. Twenty years after the release of the original (pause to feel very, very old), the aliens are back to squish our landmarks in Independence Day: Resurgence. Also opening is Matthew McConaughey in a little-known story from the Civil War: The Free State of Jones. Can either take down the juggernaut that is Dory as it just keeps swimming through animated box office records? Continue reading In Theaters This Week (6/24/2016) – Independence Day: Resurgence & Free State of Jones