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Jean-Luc Godard, and more specifically his 1965 film Pierrot le Fou, literally changed my life, and set me on a path toward intense and everlasting cinephilia. Since the first time I saw that film, it has remained my favorite movie of all time and Godard my favorite director. So when I finally had the chance to see Film socialisme in 2010, his first feature film in six years, I had high hopes that the old master was going to yet again bring something new to the table. Those hopes were assuredly met. I considered the film the best of that year and still believe it is an astonishing movie, rife with so much of what defines Godard in this is fourth(?), fifth(?), in any case, current, phase of his career.
The first words of Film socialisme, at least according to the “Navajo English” subtitles, are “money – public – water.” Literally, this refers to »
- Jeremy Carr
The paranormal thriller "Ouija" wasn't playing games at the box office on Friday, as the film scared up $8.3 million, topping fellow newcomer "John Wick" and the holdover "Fury." The Michael Bay-produced film reportedly cost just $5 million to produce, and will likely earn around $20 million for the weekend. It stars Daren Kagasoff, Douglas Smith and Olivia Cooke. In second place, "Wick," starring Keanu Reeves, made off with $5.4 million in its opening night. Spurred by largely positive reviews, it is on track to shoot its way to $15 million or so in its debut weekend, a sum considerably higher than initial tracking indicated. "Wick" should also be a timely victory for Reeves, who has had box office trouble over the last few years, culminating in last Christmas' mega-flop "47 Ronin." Meanwhile, Brad Pitt's WWII drama "Fury" rolled into third place with $4.1 million. Directed by David Ayer ("End of Watch"), "Fury" has earned »
- Dave Lewis
Universal’s séance pic scared up $8.3 million in the U.S. on Friday and has a weekend win in its future as it heads toward a $20 million opening. “John Wick” isn’t too far behind with $15 million, while Bill Murray’s comedy “St. Vincent” climbed into the top five as it expanded nationwide.
Directed by Stiles White and starring a crop of newcomers, including Daren Kagasoff and Olivia Cooke, “Ouija” centers on a group of teens who accidentally summon dark powers when attempting to make contact with a recently deceased friend.
It’s no surprise that the “Ouija” topped the box office, considering that Halloween is only a week away and that the film carries a PG-13 rating that broadens its appeal to its target audience of teens.
“Ouija” was produced for less »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Directed by Stiles White.
A group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board.
What else can be said about the current state of mainstream that hasn’t already been said? You can probably copy and paste the majority of my review for Annabelle into this one for Ouija and my work would be done. The only thing setting Ouija apart from other horror films is the fact that it is based on the board game made popular by Hasbro; and I don’t know about you, but personally I find it depressing that Hollywood is now turning them into movies. Battleship was a piece of garbage, but hey, it made money, so who gives a s***. Sadly, Ouija will probably be »
- Robert Kojder
When Laine (Olivia Cooke) and Debbie (Shelley Hennig) reunite and dig out the dusty board game, the game becomes more sinister than they remember. Before long, the dormant powers of the board are awoken and their deepest darkest fears are laid bare and exposed in this Michael Bay-produced horror film directed by Stiles White.
Critics are not impressed with Ouija, detailing the many ways in which it fails to capitalize on the concept's possibilities. In the end, the movie provides little more than the all-to-familiar cliché’s of horror films, particularly ones in which spirits are meant to induce the flick’s big frights. A few kinder reviewers enjoyed the absurdity of the movie and found it no worse that its simpler scary movie predecessors.
“If nothing else, »
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- Michael Stevens
Chicago – Out of respect for the filmmakers and actors, I don’t walk out on films. I hold true to that even when I know in the first 10 minutes the film’s not for me. Perhaps the second act could surprise me. Maybe the whole film is a flop but it redeems itself with shock and awe in the last 5 minutes.
But let’s be honest: As much as you can tell yourself you’ll walk into “Ouija” with an open mind, it’s impossible to have high hopes about this latest “horror” film in a tiresome string of formulaic attempts. You’re not expecting Oscar-caliber performances and that’s why these kinds of films can get away with casting no one you’ve ever heard of.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
With Halloween a week away, it isn’t too much of a surprise that Universal’s seance thriller “Ouija” should make contact with some decent ticket numbers at this weekend’s box office: Early estimates have it at $18 million or more, putting it ahead of the $15 million expected for the Keanu Reeves actioner “John Wick” from Lionsgate.
“Ouija,” which is produced by Jason Blum and Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes, is the latest in the trend of low-budget horror and thriller projects, as it cost less than $5 million to make and cast still lesser-known names like Daren Kagasoff and Olivia Cooke. It also has a PG-13 rating, making it easier to market to teens looking for scary date-night fare. The strategy of opening before next weekend’s Halloween party blitz (and therefore, predicted empty movie theaters) also ensures more of a profit.
The weekend’s movies also offer choices for adults, »
- Whitney Friedlander
Ewan McGregor had no small task in taking over for Alec Guinness when he was cast as a younger Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menance. Regardless of his work in the film, the return of the franchise was met by rather tough criticism that continues long after the movie premiered. Well, McGregor has a response to those "fans"—though he calls them by another name. In an interview with Details, McGregor opened up about his limited interaction with Star Wars fans. The actor claims, in fact, that he doesn't have any experience with actual fans of the franchise, »
- Jonathon Dornbush
This is what I thought I knew about The Terminator—released 30 years ago this weekend—before I watched it for the first time a few nights ago: - The title character is played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. - He's a robot who's been sent back in time to do... something. - He's a bad guy. Except they keep making movies about him, so maybe he's a good guy. Or he starts as one, then becomes the other? Regardless, he is definitely either good or bad. Yep. That much I know. - Linda Hamilton plays Sarah Connor, a badass with great arms »
- Hillary Busis
There's an odd correlation between cineplex screens and toy-store shelves these days. The movies-being-turned-into-toys-being-turned-into-movies cycle is hardly a 2014 revelation. But, with Michael Bay's most recent Transformers movie scraping the well in search for content, it finally felt like that synergistic cycle was a foregone conclusion. Entertainment and, God forbid, story were afterthoughts to the dollars and cents the film ultimately pulled in. I use Transformers as the example, because Bay's horror-movie production company, Platinum Dunes, has a product in which they'd like you to invest. It's called Ouija, and it's awful. Saying it's "awful" is even putting it to mildly and strikes at the movie itself when it's really just part of a bigger problem. Put bluntly, Ouija is a manifestation of just about everything wrong with the way a lot of movies are made these days. Movies aren't even made nowadays. In 2014 properties are purchased and branded for the consumer, »
- Jeremy Kirk
Universal’s horror-thriller “Ouija” scared up a respectable $911,000 in Thursday night screenings at 2,061 locations in the U.S.
“Ouija,” starring Daren Kagasoff and Olivia Cooke, has been expected to top a relatively quiet weekend at the box office at about $20 million. The film, budgeted at less than $5 million and carrying a PG-13 rating, centers on a group of teens attempting to contact a deceased friend with an Ouija board, resulting in the summoning of an evil spirit instead.
The Thursday night “Ouija” number compared favorably with Universal’s “Mama,” also rated PG-13, which took in $450,358 and went on to a $28.4 million opening weekend in January 2013.
- Dave McNary
Universal's pre-Halloween entry Ouija won the Friday box office race with $8.3 million for a projected $20 million weekend, summoning up another victory for Blumhouse Pictures, Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes and Universal following the microbudgeted Purge franchise. Stiles White directed Ouija, based on the classic Hasbro board game and costing under $5 million to make. Rated PG-13, the female-fueled, teen-friendly title is playing in 2,858 locations and was produced in tandem with Hasbro. It's not a surprise Ouija received a C CinemaScore; horror films often do. See more 15 Horror Movies That Offered the
- Pamela McClintock
Directed by David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, John Wick begins with the death of John’s dog, one of the last things left that remind him of his late wife. When John finds out that his dog was killed by a group of thugs – ones connected to his former employer – he decides to come out of retirement to exact revenge. The flick also stars Ian McShane, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willen Dafoe, John Leguizamo and Bridget Moynahan.
'John Wicks' Reviewed
Across the board, critics have praised John Wick as a refreshing take on the assassin and revenge subgenres among action films. It’s stylish, short on filler dialogue and builds up slowly to unleash the chaos. For Reeves, John Wick is said to provide a return to form. »
Friday Am Update: From shows beginning at 8 p.m., Ouija opened to an estimated $911,000 from 2,061 theaters last night. That's on par with 2012's Sinister ($930,000), which went on to earn $18 million on opening weekend. John Wick wasn't far behind with an estimated $870,000 on Thursday night. That number essentially guarantees that the movie earns over $10 million this weekend, and points to a likely finish north of $15 million.Forecast: After a few busy weeks at the box office, look for things to quiet down a bit this weekend.Horror movie Ouija*based off the "game"*should open in first place with around $20 million. Meanwhile, John Wick will likely open behind holdovers Fury (2014) and Gone Girl.At 2,858 theaters, Ouija is poised to do solid business with teen moviegoers this weekend. The movie revolves around a group of teens who try to connect with their deceased friend via a Ouija board, and inadvertently summon an evil spirit instead. »
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It was originally envisioned as a blockbuster in the vein of “Pirates of the Carribean,” but by the time “Ouija” hits theaters Friday, it will look very different. When Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes came on board to produce the film for Universal Pictures based on the “Ouija” board game we all played as a child, it was going to involve a $100 million plus budget. It also had a plot revolving around armies of undead rising around the world, featuring at least four major international locations. “It was a big, big movie,” producer Brad Fuller told TheWrap. “Really big.” See photos: 10 of Hollywood's. »
- Linda Ge
After spending the past seven years launching film franchises based on its toys and games like Transformers and G.I. Joe, and setting up other movies like “Monopoly,” “Candy Land” and “Risk,” Hasbro Studios is poised to take the next logical step: financing its own features.
The toymaker has launched Allspark Pictures — a clever nod to “Transformers” — through which it will fully fund and co-finance a slate of films. The projects that will inaugurate the banner are an animated “My Little Pony” movie, the first planned to play theatrically in 2017, and a live-action adaptation of animated series “Jem and the Holograms,” which will sing into theaters on Oct. 23, 2015. Universal will split “Jem’s” budget with Hasbro.
“We have a long history in film, and it’s become a very important part of our content strategy,” says Stephen Davis, president of Burbank-based Hasbro Studios. “We want to use great stories to activate our brands, »
- Marc Graser
Ouija, another micro-budget pic from Blumhouse Prods., is likely to take the weekend, despite Universal keeping this one away from the critics (Danger, Will Robinson!). It opens tonight at 8 Pm in over 2,000 theaters before its Friday run of 2,857. Universal is thinking it could do high-teens, but the horror crowd comes out in force the first weekend and this one is appealing to teen girls and the Hispanic and African American sectors which tend to come out in groups to see films. Good news for this one, so if that happens, figure it could do anywhere from $20M-$24M. The audiences for horror films always seem to come out in force and then the drop-off comes the second weekend. But this second weekend will be Halloween.
Based on the Hasbro toy of the same name, Ouija had been in development for some time and back in 2008, it was originally envisioned as »
- Anita Busch
The trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron was reportedly leaked on the internet, in poor quality, resulting in Marvel Studios releasing the official version early. It was originally scheduled to debut with Marvel's Agents of Shield, which would have been obvious brand synergy, as well as casting a spotlight on the awesomeness of that show. (Bad Rising Tide! Pop culture reference, sorry.)
But the official trailer is here now, and it's stunning in its melancholy beauty. This is somewhat atypical for a superhero blockbuster, though increasingly common in recent years (c.f. Iron Man 3, The Dark Knight trilogy). With the trailer for The Avengers, director Joss Whedon seemed to be taking after the epitome of blockbuster bombast, Michael Bay (Transformers); whereas with the trailer for the follow-up, Avengers: Age of Ultron, he seems to be taking after the master of visual and emotional film-making poetry, Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers »
It’s the rare Hasbro/Michael Bay production that may actually dissuade audiences from buying the product it’s selling, but aside from that rather charming distinction, “Ouija” is fairly routine stuff. A tale of two teenage sisters, their very expendable friends and the creepy board game that just won’t leave them alone, this silly but straight-faced supernatural thriller manages to elicit an occasional shudder in between cheap jolts and false scares, emerging as a feat of competent direction (by debuting helmer Stiles White) over derivative scripting (by White and writing partner Juliet Snowden). Friendly box office spirits are already smiling upon Universal’s Oct. 24 release, and should continue to hover at least through Halloween weekend.
“Calm down, it’s only a game,” whispers young Debbie (Claire Beale) as she introduces her terrified friend, Laine (Afra Tully), to the mysteries of Ouija, using a heart-shaped planchette and an ornate »
- Justin Chang
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