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 15th is really the start of the summer blockbuster season as Disney’s The Jungle Book should be a huge hit. The much-loved Barbershop franchise is also back with its….fourth? installment. There is also a Kevin Costner movie. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (4/15/2016) – Disney’s The Jungle Book & Barbershop Returns
So let’s talk about race. You can’t talk about Straight Outta Compton without talking about race, because that’s the issue that drove the music that drove the controversy that is still driving a dialogue today. Spike Lee isn’t organizing a boycott of the Oscars because Will Smith didn’t get nominated for Concussion. It’s happening because Straight Outta Compton, one of the best-reviewed films of the year, was all but ignored when handing out nominations. Should it have been nominated for Best Picture? The Academy had two slots it could have used, but didn’t. It’s one of the strongest years for film in a decade, so is there a real snub in F. Gary Gray’s biopic of the rap group, NWA, not being a bigger part of the Oscars? After seeing it, I have to say, yes. This is a better film, a more compelling film, than at least two of the films the Academy chose to nominate for Best Picture. I could also list several others that are better than both those films and this, but I can see the reason for the anger. It’s a mirror of the anger that the film chronicles. Continue reading Movie Review: Straight Outta Compton (2015) *Incendiary Music Biopic*
22 Jump Street was just as surprisingly as much fun as 21 Jump Street and 23 Jump Street is going forward (announced just today). How that jives with the end of the film, which flashes through every possible Jump Street scenario possible, who knows? As long as Phil Lord and Chris Miller are involved, the stupid awesomeness will continue. 22 Jump Street hits stores on DVD and Blu Ray on November 18, 2014. Full details on special features below: Continue reading 22 Jump Street Blu Ray/DVD Date and Details
20th Century Fox has released the second trailer for The Book of Life, opening in theaters on October 17 and voiced by Diego Luna, Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Ice Cube, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate, Kate del Castillo, Cheech Marin, Placido Domingo, Hector Elizondo, Ana de la Reguera, Eugenio Derbez, Gabriel Iglesias, Ricardo “El Mandril” Sanchez and Danny Trejo. The animated comedy is produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by Jorge Gutierrez.
The Book of Life is the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Rich with a fresh take on pop music favorites, The Book of Life encourages us to celebrate the past while looking forward to the future.
It blows my mind that the same two guys who brought us The LEGO Movie are responsible for 21 and now 22 Jump Street. Phil Lord and Christopher MIller have my attention forever. If you think that making a sequel to 21 Jump Street is a horrible idea, the movie agrees with you and steamrolls over most of your objections in a way that nearly breaks the fourth wall but just skirts the edge. Think Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum look WAY too old to be undercover at a college? SO DO THE STUDENTS! They make relentlessly hilarious jokes at Tatum and Hill’s expense the entire film.
Tatum and Hill have a fantastic comedic chemistry and here’s the deal: if you liked 21 Jump Street, you’ll like 22 Jump Street. It makes not a bit of effort to deviate from the formula that made the first movie work. If anything, it’s sillier and looser in plot because they’re all just clearly having such a blast being around each other. While there’s nothing that can top Depp’s cameo from the first film, seeing what Jump Streets XXIII – LXVII would have been is nearly as good. Chris Miller and Phil Lord made me laugh again and are responsible for two of the five best movies of 2014 so far.