WhatCulture delivers an intriguing list: Top 10 Awful Movies With Awesome Openings. I have to slap a GRAPHIC VIOLENCE warning on this one, as-shockingly-a lot of these disappointing films happen to be horror movies. Shocking indeed. This is a great idea for a list as moviegoers have all experienced films that start out surprisingly well for what they believed they were getting into only to have the film then do a graceful swan dive right into the ground so viscerally that you can actually hear the studio laughing in your head that they got your money. I’ve seen most of the films on this list and have no problems with any inclusions other than Super Troopers, which I think is uneven after it’s superb opening rather than an awful film. The rest: yes, undoubtedly.
What movies started off well for you and then exploded in front of your eyes?
Will Smith is undeniably a wildly talented actor and musician. From his days on TV as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, he was launched into a movie career that skyrocketed so high so quickly, that there was a period of time in the late 1990s that summer didn’t seem complete without a Will Smith blockbuster. Unfortunately, when that run of hits ended, Smith has never quite regained his career equilibrium. Not merely a blockbuster or comedy actor, Smith has extremely powerful dramatic acting muscles as he’s shown in films like The Pursuit of Happyness, Ali, and Concussion. He also has an affinity for science fiction from the hits that made him: Independence Day and Men in Black (not the awful two sequels) to the underrated I, Robot and I Am Legend (which, yes, I do in fact think is a really good film). His project choice, though, is spotty, and the days when he was a bankable box office draw seem to be slipping away. Knowing his upcoming schedule, I’m not sure that’s going to change soon, but given his unlimited charisma and potential, it does have the potential to change given the right projects down the line.
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Netflix continues to forge ahead with their plans to take on the big boys in movies as well as TV, despite the critical bomb that was Brad Pitt’s War Machine. The next big effort will come in December with Will Smith and Bright. You can’t say it’s not ambitious. I really didn’t think you could come up with a more diverse, racially-divided LA, but…hats off to David Ayer for bringing elves into the mix. It looks like it could be great or awful with absolutely no middle ground.
The movie was directed by Max Landis and it also stars Noomi Rapace, Edgar Ramírez, Ike Barinholtz, and Brad William Henke. Bright will be available to stream on Netflix starting on December 22, 2017
Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves, and fairies have been co-existing since the beginning of time. Bright is genre-bending action movie that follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward (Smith) and Jakoby (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine patrol night and encounter a darkness that will ultimately alter the future and their world as they know it.
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. December 16th….are you serious? THIS IS STAR WARS WEEKEND! Christmas hath descended early to the geeks! Continue reading In Theaters This Week (12/16/2016) – Rogue One, Collateral Beauty, Solace
Collateral Beauty stars Will Smith as a man in the aftermath of an unspeakable tragedy. His way of coping of it is by writing letters. Not to the deceased. They tell you to do that in grief counseling and sometimes it helps. Smith is writing letters to Death, Love, and Time. And mailing them. This has his friends understandably concerned, but not as concerned as Smith when Death (Helen Mirren) shows up with one of his letters in hand. The film also stars Kate Winslet, Michael Pena, Edward Norton, Keira Knightley, and Naomie Harris, and has the daunting task of opening against the next Star Wars film when it debuts December 16, 2016.