Friday, February 23, 2018

Game Night - Review

Studio comedies over the past few years just haven’t been cutting it. Whether unoriginal retreads or unfunny messes, true comedies haven’t been too successful (critically or commercially). But the key to any comedy from the onset is an interesting premise, and thankfully Game Night has that and a pretty solid cast to boot, all the markings of potential at least.

Annihilation - Review

Not far removed from his exceptional Ex Machina, director Alex Garland steps behind the camera again for another Sci-Fi venture. This time the weirdness is elevated to ridiculous levels, creating a world that’s as equally mesmerizing as it is terrifying. Throw in an excellent cast full of talented women and the recipe is set for a successful film.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Box Office Predictions - Weekend of February 23rd

Will the reign of Black Panther continue into its second weekend? Or will a handful of well-reviewed films be able to dethrone it? The answer is fairly obvious to anyone who pays attention to the box office even casually, but the rest of the films this week should do alright in the shadow of the Wakandan takeover.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Box Office Report - Weekend of February 16th

Never have I been happier to be wrong about something than in this moment as Black Panther exceeded not only my predictions but even the most optimistic expectations for its box office ceiling. Breaking records left and right meant leaving the other films with pennies, relatively speaking of course, and insured Marvel another critical and financial smash.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Early Man - Review

As a studio, the often forgotten Aardman Animations releases very few feature length films. Since 2000, the studios first venture into the feature film game with Chicken Run, Aardman has only released seven feature films. To various degrees of reception, of course, but all relatively successful. And following a rather weak 2017 in terms of animation, getting an Aardman release just two months in is a good sign for 2018.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Box Office Preview - Weekend of February 16th

Long Live the King. The theme of the upcoming four-day weekend is all about the King of Wakanda, Black Panther. With projections seemingly updated by the hour, the newest superhero flick is undoubtedly another smash success for Marvel Studios. The other films will be searching for scraps from hopes of counter-programming visits.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Black Panther - Review

As if Marvel Studios needed any assistance to garner attention and praise for their cinematic universe, now 18 films deep, they go out and put together their best cast and crew to date. Starting with a solid leading man with Chadwick Boseman, and introducing him in Captain America: Civil War, was a great start, but placing the sheer immeasurable talent around him almost insured that Black Panther was going to be successful.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Box Office Report - Weekend of February 9th

As the release of Black Panther and the incredible box office boom its sure to bring loom on the horizon, the new releases this week look to snag any and every dime they can before they’re unceremoniously slaughtered. The numbers overall are definitely up from last week with three new films in cinemas (however bad they may be) and it’s only a sign of things to come as the releases only get bigger from here.

Friday, February 9, 2018

The 15:17 to Paris - Review

As Clint Eastwood appears to be ever increasingly pulled towards telling stories of real life heroes, his newest film takes it a step further by including the actual individuals who lived the event. Undoubtedly an interesting and harrowing tale of heroism amidst a potentially monumental tragedy, The 15:17 to Paris takes a brief yet tension thick event and attempts to translate it into a feature length, ninety-minute affair.

Fifty Shades Freed - Review

On the bright side, at least Fifty Shades Freed isn’t split into two parts. The finale of the most unlikely franchise comes around to grace us with its presence one last time. The optimistic angle means hoping and praying that the threequel can be just a bit better than the predecessors, even if that doesn’t mean much in the long run.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Box Office Preview - Weekend of February 9th

In what promises to be a far bigger weekend than last, three new films look to take over the top spots. And with only one week left until Black Panther takes over cinemas nationwide, these three films better get what they can while they can at the box office.  

Monday, February 5, 2018

Box Office Report - Weekend of February 2nd

In a weekend that was never going to be a huge win for any film (due a certain Super Bowl being on Sunday), a few films managed some minor victories. My predictions were almost spot-on as far as placement is concerned but the monetary totals just came in under the wire. In what is likely the last weekend for a while with only one new film, expect the box office to pick back up moving forward.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Winchester - Review

In a weird coincidence, the first two horror films of 2018 feature women over the age of 70 as the lead. Insidious: The Last Key featured Lin Shaye (74) and Winchester features Helen Mirren (72). While Shaye has been a part of the Insidious franchise for a while now, this is Mirren’s first go at schlocky early year horror and let’s just say the yearly January atrocity came just a week too late.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Box Office Preview - Weekend of February 2nd

With only one new film opening this week (Winchester) the Top Five at the box office will likely remain unchanged, with just a bit of shuffling. But along with the lack of new releases, the Super Bowl being on Sunday will likely make that entire day a wash, meaning the box office will be incredibly low for everything.