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New Home Movie Received Mixed Reviews From Major Critics

18 hours ago | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation released their new animation/comedy film, "Home," into theaters this weekend, and all the reviews are in from the major,top movie critics. It turns out that it got some pretty mixed treatment with an overall 55 score out of a possible 100 across 30 critic reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna and Jim Parsons. We've supplied blurbs from a few of the critics,below. Dana Rose Falcone from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a very nice 91 grade, saying: "The combination of Home’s layered message, fun score, and clever comedy make it a colorful choice for moviegoers of any age." Tom Russo from the Boston Globe, gave it a 75 score, stating: "Jim Parsons brings his own irrepressible energy to DreamWorks’ 3-D animated Home, segueing from almost-alien misfit Sheldon Cooper on “The Big Bang Theory” to alien misfit, period." Michael »

- Andre Braddox

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Box Office: ‘Home’ Blasts Off for Massive $59 Million Weekend

23 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The animated comedy “Home” is headed for a box office home run.

DreamWorks Animation’s family film defied expectations, to say the least, opening to $15.6 million on Friday, which set it on course for just under $59 million this weekend. This is one of the best debuts in recent years for a DreamWorks Animation original title. However, the studio has a more modest estimate of $55.5 million.

Meanwhile, Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart’s R-rated buddy comedy “Get Hard” is headed for $35.5 million.

This is a stellar start for “Home” as only 15% of K-12 schools are on spring break. Recent forecasts had pegged “Home” in the $30 million to $35 million range.

Now, the musical comedy is more than likely to finish far above Fox’s “Rio 2,” which debuted to $39.3 million around this time last year.

The pic, which cost $130 million to produce, also stands to outperform other recent DreamWorks releases handled by Fox, »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Box Office: ‘Home’ Heading Over Forecasts for $44 Million Opening; ‘Get Hard’ Looking at $38 Million

27 March 2015 12:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

DreamWorks/Fox’s animated comedy “Home” is heading for a better-than-forecasted $44 million opening weekend while the Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart buddy comedy “Get Hard” is looking at $38 million.

Early projections showed “Home” notching a $12 million opening day on Friday, including $650,000 at Thursday night  shows — a promising start with 15% of K-12 schools out for spring break. It looks likely to finish above Fox-Blue Sky’s “Rio 2,″ which opened last April when 9% of K-12 schools were out and wound up the weekend with $39.3 million.

Recent forecasts pegged “Home” as finishing in the $30 million to $35 million range. Although reviews have been mixed and the movie has a 41% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, “Home” has a well-recognized voice talent cast with Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez and Steve Martin in a tale of a young girl meeting an alien.

With an opening of well over $40 million, “Home” looks likely to outperform recent DreamWorks releases handled by Fox, »

- Dave McNary

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Weekly Movie Reviews: "Home" Vs "Get Hard"

27 March 2015 12:07 PM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Two big movies for you, we have the animated film .Home. from DreamWorks Animation and .Get Hard. from Warner Bros. Pictures. .Home. is based on The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex and the voice cast includes Jim Parsons (Oh), Rihanna (Tip), Jennifer Lopez (Lucy), and Steve Martin (Captain Smek). This one.s from director Tim Johnson who gave us 1998.s .Antz..

In .Get Hard,. Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart teamed up for the comedy for first-time director Etan Cohen (writer of .Tropic Thunder.). How is the chemistry between Ferrell and Hart? Is the movie funny or just brutally offensive? Take a look at my reviews of both .Home. and .Get Hard..

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- Manny

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Film Review: ‘Home’ Continues Trend of So-So Animated Films

27 March 2015 7:43 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – What was once an “event” – even the the most medium level animated film was a rare movie occasion – has now become commonplace in the film market. Once that tipping point was reached, suddenly the event became just another weekend, with just another film like “Home.”

Rating: 2.5/5.0

To be fair, “Home” is aimed toward the younger set, who likes bathroom jokes and gags using nacho cheese (in 3D!), but on the adult level, these films have become a bit cynical, more marketing vehicles than notable works. Like last year’s “The Nut Job” and “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return,” the formula seems to be get some familiar stars to do voice work, create a extreme concept or easy-to-follow story, and market, market, market to the kiddies. Who suffers for these economic model sins? The parents paying the 3D premium – the price level of which is up to a decent »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, March 27; What Will You See?

27 March 2015 6:25 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, March 27. (Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.) Wide Get Hard Director: Etan Cohen Cast: Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Gary Owen, Alison Brie, T.I. Synopsis: "The prison-bound manager of a hedge fund asks a black businessman -- who has never been to jail -- to prepare him for life behind bars." Criticwire Grade Average: C- (11 reviews) Home Director: Tim Johnson Cast: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Steve Martin Synopsis: "When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human, and together they »

- Steve Greene

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Review: What new animated Dreamworks comedy 'Home' has to teach George Lucas

27 March 2015 1:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Once again, Dreamworks is undone by trailers that managed not to convey the actual experience of the film they're selling. They have this weird habit of making their films look worse than they actually are, almost like they're trying to tank them. By now, I shouldn't be surprised when they make something that's good, but they keep cutting these trailers that promise crap. "Home," based on the book "The True Meaning Of Smekday" by Adam Rex, serves as an interesting example of someone doing the right version of something that someone else has bungled. In this case, "Home" is an example of someone setting out to create a character like Jar Jar Binks… and pulling it off. Because no matter what you think of "The Phantom Menace," there's a specific character type that they're doing, The Fool, the bumbler who somehow becomes a hero by virtue of being decent but stupid. »

- Drew McWeeny

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Believe It or Not, Rihanna Does Find One Thing Challenging

27 March 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Rihanna, Jim Parsons, and Steve Martin are the unlikely trio at the center of the new animated film Home, which hits theaters today. The film tells the story of an outer-space species called the Boov, who invade earth and displace all the humans, including Rihanna's character Tip. Home actually marks the first time Rihanna's ever voiced a role for film or television, and at a recent press day in New York City with Jim and Steve, she confessed to what was the biggest challenge in making the movie. »

- Allie-Merriam

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Believe It or Not, Rihanna Does Find One Thing Challenging

27 March 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Rihanna, Jim Parsons, and Steve Martin are the unlikely trio at the center of the new animated film Home, which hits theaters today. The film tells the story of an outer-space species called the Boov, who invade earth and displace all the humans, including Rihanna's character Tip. Home actually marks the first time Rihanna's ever voiced a role for film or television, and at a recent press day in New York City with Jim and Steve, she confessed to what was the biggest challenge in making the movie. »

- Allie-Merriam

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Home – The Review

26 March 2015 9:50 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Hop aboard the cinema saucer, ’cause it’s time for another animated alien adventure. Let’s see, the last big cartoon with a human and space creature teamed-up to find home may have been Lilo & Stitch (or, perhaps it was the first big feature with that theme), so we’re probably due for another spin around the galaxy. And the whole “Earthers are odd”, gags have become a comedy staple, mostly on TV with Uncle Martin, Mork, Alf, and the “3rd Rock” gang. And there’s the whole Starman/Et movie legacy. Yes, this is a mix of comedy and a dash of drama, but the real drama may be behind the scenes with this film’s producer, DreamWorks Animation. After a couple of sequels and a TV adaptation, this is their first original feature work in two years (though it is based on a children’s’ book, “The True Meaning of Smekday »

- Jim Batts

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Forecast (cont.): 'Home' Sets Course for $30 Million, 'It Follows' Expands Wide

26 March 2015 3:55 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

<< Continued from "Forecast: 'Get Hard,' 'Home' Could Be in Tight Race This Weekend"Playing at 3,708 locations, Home is the 31st feature-length movie from DreamWorks Animation, and their sixth under their distribution deal with 20th Century Fox. Their first title together was The Croods, which was a hit with $187.2 million. Since then, though, the track record at the domestic box office has been spotty at best. Turbo was a flop with $83 million, while Mr. Peabody & Sherman disappointed with $111.5 million. Last Summer, the second How to Train Your Dragon wound up earning 19 percent less than its predecessor. That drop paled in comparison to Penguins of Madagascar, which was off a whopping 62 percent from the previous movie in that franchise. After that miss, DreamWorks opted to reshape their upcoming lineup: they dropped from three to two movies per year, and are only releasing a single movie (Home) in 2015. Will Home return »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Take Two: Revisiting "Stir Crazy"

26 March 2015 3:29 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Our weekly series in which writers revisit for the first time in ages their youthful passions and reconsider how well they hold up with the passage of time. The late 1970’s were a glorious time to be first discovering movies. For a boy in his adolescence, there were of course the complete life-altering revelations of seeing “Jaws,” “Star Wars,” “Close Encounters” and eventually “Raiders” on opening day, surrounded by hundreds of other kids struck absolutely dumb at the spectacle before them. It was impossible to be young in those days and not become obsessed with the movies. But best of all were the comedies. It was an era when the genre was of re-inventing itself; moving out of the code restrictions that had hemmed comedy in since the dawn of Hollywood, the movies suddenly found itself let loose with acres of previously untouchable terrain to roam, and very few rules to guide them. »

- Richard Rushfield

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It Follows to expand Us release this Friday, VOD release delayed until later in the year

25 March 2015 8:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Widely regarded as one of the best films of 2015 so far, horror sensation It Follows has wowed audiences in the Us so much in its first two weeks of limited release that distributors RADiUS an Dimension Films have altered their release strategy in wake of the huge success.

David Robert Mitchell’s film is being rewarded for its run thus far, and will now gain a wider release this Friday, expanding to around 1,200 screens Stateside. The film was originally only going to be released in limited cinemas, with a VOD release scheduled for this weekend to coincide with the theatrical run. It is now set to open wide this weekend against animated film Home, starring the voices of Jim Parsons, Rihanna and Steve Martin, and Get Hard, the new comedy with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart.

Thus far, It Follows has grossed over $600k since its March 13th opening, with »

- Scott J. Davis

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Watch 4 out-of-this-world clips from Home

25 March 2015 2:27 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Get ready for an out-of-this-world family adventure as Home heads into theatres this Friday!

Featuring the voices of Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, and Jennifer Lopez, Home is an outer space adventure starring Oh, a misfit alien on the run from his own people.  After landing on Earth, Oh meets an adventurous and spirited young girl nicknamed Tip (Rihanna) and her cat Pig, who are on a mission of their own.  Together, Oh and Tip learn that being different and making mistakes is all a part of growing up and being human, no matter where you call home.

The movie comes to us from director Tim Johnson who previously helmed the animated hit Antz and is based on the book The True Meanign of Smekday by Adam Rex.

Join Tip, Oh, and Pig on their adventure and watch four clips from Home now.  Check it out! »

- Rachel West

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Rihanna Brings a Piece of 'Home' to the Purple Carpet

23 March 2015 4:53 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

The stars of DreamWorks' animated film Home turned the purple carpet into a family affair, and none were cuter than Rihanna and her nine-month-old niece Majesty.

News: How Rihanna's Fame Added Pressure for Her to Perform in DreamWorks' Home

Rihanna, 27, paused from posing for photos to push little Majesty in a toy car at event on Sunday, and both ladies went with designer dresses.

"She's sitting in my lap for sure," Rihanna told Et of the seating arrangement for the screening. "She's in Versace too, honey. Watch out now!"

The "We Found Love" singer went with a demure Dior number in pink. Earlier this month, she was introduced as the first black woman to front a campaign for the brand.

News: Rihanna Is the New Face of Dior

In the movie, Rihanna voices the character of Tip, an adventurous girl who forms a friendship with a lovable extraterrestrial name Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons) after he lands »

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Review: Home

22 March 2015 6:17 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Plot: Oh is an impossibly dopey alien who finds himself on the run from his own race. When he discovers a teenage girl searching for her mother - one of the many humans that Oh.s people transplanted to Australia - the two must work together to find a place they both belong. Review: In the new film from DreamWorks Animation, an alien race has taken over the planet Earth, and made it their own. Yet this odd race of cowards - with the ultimate cowardly leader Captain Smek (Steve Martin) - »

- JimmyO

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Exclusive Interview: Rihanna, Steve Martin and Jim Parsons talk Home!

22 March 2015 6:16 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Rihanna, Steve Martin and Jim Parsons, all together in the same room. I don't think I could've ever conceived of such an odd coupling, but as luck - and Dreamworks - would have it, I encountered all three at the same time just last week. Being a fan of each, I couldn't have asked for a more fortuitous circumstance. The group was together for Home, the cute new animated feature about the friendship between a goofy alien (Parsons) and a street-smart human (Rihanna) after the former's species »

- Eric Walkuski

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The Good, The Bad and The Badass: Steve Martin

22 March 2015 4:16 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Last week, we took a look at the career of the luminous Naomi Watts, one of the best actresses of her generation. This week's subject is an all-out legend, often typecast in vanilla comedy parts, but capable of so much more... Steve Martin Steve Martin's big-screen career has been going strong for thirty-six years now, and ironically – he only made his film debut after spending several years as one of America's hottest comic talents, with his »

- Chris Bumbray

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Pairs of Passes to ‘Home’ With Jim Parsons, Rihanna

22 March 2015 1:17 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new animated comedy “Home” starring Jim Parsons and Rihanna!

“Home,” which opens on March 27, 2015 and is rated “PG,” also stars Jennifer Lopez, Steve Martin, Matt Jones, Derek Blankenship, Brian Stepanek, Nigel W. Tierney and April Winchell from director Tim Johnson and writers Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember.

To win your free “Home” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!

Preferably, use your computer to enter rather than your smartphone.

If you must enter on your smartphone, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Home Review

21 March 2015 2:30 PM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Toilets are useless according to the Boov, a race of aliens just after invading earth, and they proceed to remove all toilets from the planet. Yet seconds later one of them is drinking piss out of toilet. So much for continuty then, in Dreamworks Animation's latest offering. So much for everything else too. Following Tip, her cat "pig" and an outcast alien named Oh, they unlikely pair team up and try to save the world. Serving as nothing more but a 90 minute commercial for Rihanna, Home is devoid of any laughs and entertainment for audiences of any age. Every 10 minutes sees some montage or bland set piece acting as visual fodder for Another Rihanna song. Not content with 10 albums worth of material stuffed into the movie, Rihanna also voices the human lead, Tip. Alongside Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez and Jim Parsons, they lend their vocal talents to a bunch »

- noreply@blogger.com (Vic Barry)

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