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. This being Thanksgiving week, movies open on the Wednesday before the holiday for a five-day weekend. There are two new wide releases and one limited release all looking very promising. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (11/22/2017): Coco, Darkest Hour, The Man Who Saved Christmas→
Justice League has seemingly been on the way forever and has endured one of the more tortured roads to the screen of any blockbuster in recent memory. First it was two films; then it was one. Then backlash from Batman vs. Superman changed things; then success from Wonder Woman and input from the always meddlesome WB demanded reshoots. Then director Zack Snyder’s family tragedy caused him to drop off the picture. Then Joss Whedon (who was already on-board to do the reshoots) took over the picture and cut the running time by 50 minutes, and then the tone was changed to be more in line with the hopeful note set by Wonder Woman. Take a second to breathe. So after all of that, what is the dominant impression walking away from Justice League? There isn’t one. It’s a film that makes no impact, has no presence, or lasting punch. So many cooks have been in its kitchen that the final product is just an average, bland waste of an opportunity. Continue reading Movie Review: Justice League (2017) *Just Mediocre*→
The five Justice League trailers over the last 18 months have been wildly divergent in tone, reflecting the turmoil in making the film, but the last two have been really solid. This is a bit of a “greatest hits” of the trailers we’ve seen with new footage thrown in to whet out appetites. I’m really looking forward to this, and that is something I was not feeling at all a few months ago. I have a lot of questions about the future of the DCEU (not the least of which is we are going to get more Justice League films that lead to Darkseid, right?), but I think WB knows they have to nail this film to keep the momentum going from Wonder Woman (because there isn’t another DCEU film until Aquaman a year later, so the impression from this is going to last). Justice League will open November 10, 2017. For a full plot summary, read below. Continue reading Justice League Trailer #5 (2017) “Justice is Served”→
If the Fall 2017 movies poll is any indication, Hollywood is in for nearly as dark a fall as they’ve had all August. KT voters only seriously considered three fall offerings for “Most Anticipated”, and after the first two weeks: only one. Thor: Ragnarok is the most anticipated film of the fall, capitalizing on a series of amazing trailers showing Thor, Hulk, Doctor Strange, Valkyrie, and Loki battling Hela, goddess of death (Cate Blanchett). Fending off Blade Runner 2049, Justice League finished second, but those three films were the only films with any significant voter response. Murder on the Orient Express finished fourth with Goodbye Christopher Robin and mother! tying for fifth. There are a lot of interesting offerings coming in the next three months, but as far as anticipation goes at this point, it’s Blade Runner, Thor and Justice League.
September 1st marks the beginning of Emmy Month and Killing Time’s yearly “The Best Show on TV” poll. In the four years of previous winner, no show has repeated as winner, which does not bode well for last year’s champion: The Flash. Aside from the Best Film poll, this is the most important reader feedback poll of the year, so, yes, I will be incredibly annoying about reminding you to vote in it. INCREDIBLY. Look for that to go up Thursday, but for now, thank you to all who voted in this month’s poll. Thor: Ragnarok opens in theaters November 3, 2017.