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Chicago – From Rin-Tin-Tin to Lassie to Benji, American movie goers have loved the heroic dog. As the film “Max” throws its leash into the ring, the expectation was a dull family drama just about Max the dog himself. What a surprise to learn it was also a poignant meditation on people.
And those people had to heal. What begins in a middle class Texas town, where a young man from there is serving in Afghanistan, ends with his family coming to terms with that war, and what is left behind. Max the dog is the catalyst for all this, and does an appropriate heroic turn, but what really becomes important in the story is what he symbolizes for a family, and how his presence will create a new presence in their own lives. This is a perfect example of how to take one part of a story situation – a »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Critics across the country are absolutely rabid about their dislike for Warner Bros. dog tale “Max.” The movie follows a boy (Josh Wiggins) who adopts dog that his dead brother (Robbie Amell) trained for the military. It currently has a 41 percent rating on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes. The movie also stars Thomas Haden Church, Lauren Graham and Jay Hernandez. It is being taken to task by reviewers for being hokey and overly sentimental, while also trying to shoehorn in a subplot about gun running that doesn’t seem to fit in with the kid-friendly fare. Also Read: First Look at Stephen Amell as. »
- Joe Otterson
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, June 26. [Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.] Wide Max Director: Boaz Yakin Cast: Lauren Graham, Robbie Amell, Thomas Haden Church, Luke Kleintank, Jay Hernandez, Joseph Julian Soria, Josh Wiggins, Owen Harn, Kelly Borgnis, Zeeko Zaki, Edgar Arreola, Chris Matheny, Pete Burris, Mark Anthony Little, Marlo Scheitler Synopsis: "A dog that helped soldiers in Afghanistan returns to the U.S. and is adopted by his handler's family after suffering a traumatic experience." Ted 2 Director: Seth MacFarlane Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Patrick Warburton Synopsis: "Newlywed couple Ted and Tami-Lynn want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he's a person in a court of law." Limited 3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets Director: Marc Silver Synopsis: "Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving »
- Steve Greene
Max is an Afghanistan War-set battlefield adventure and a look at the unbreakable bond between a Marine and his military working dog ……. for about the first ten minutes! What’s left for another long hour and a half, despite some moments of bravura and lazy tugs at the heart-strings, is a poorly-written, Texas-set melodrama that I can’t recommend. The end credits for Max play over vintage photos of dogs in combat, from the Civil War to Wwi and WWII to Iraq. Dogs have been trained by the military as scouts, sentries and trackers for centuries and I wish that was the story that the producers of Max had tackled. A kind of canine War Horse might have made for a stirring adventure. On the surface, Max is an old fashioned throwback to more innocent family fare which may seem like a good antidote to the violent and defeatist thrillers »
- Tom Stockman
If you've seen one dog movie, you've probably seen them all, and Boaz Yakin's (Remember the Titans) red-blooded, family-friendly military feature Max isn't going to give you much of anything you haven't seen before. There are dog antics, petty kids coming into their own through their new animal friends, family drama and an obvious villain who just can't have a dog mucking up their plans. It's repetitive, it's lazy, it's narratively tired and plain-faced, but, most of all, it's just plain boring. But it's also entirely inoffensive -- save for some cringe-worthy Mexican stereotypes -- and it's hard to necessarily get mad at a film as vanilla as this. It's tacky, but it's almost like kicking a dog. Literally. As overlong and overplayed as Yakin's movie is, it wears its purebred, red, white and blue intentions on its sleeve, and causing an uproar won't do anyone any good. Good or bad, »
- Will Ashton
Songs On Screen: All week HitFix will be featuring tributes by writers to their favorite musical moments from TV and film. Check out all the entries in the series here. When we talk about underrated directors, it's hard not to mention Walter Hill. Hill is an underrated director, the way Michael Ritchie and Peter Yates were underrated directors, the way Roger Donaldson, Joe Dante, and Fred Schepisi are underrated directors. They’re all underrated because it’s only when you look at their filmographies that the numbers start to total up and you realize, boy, he directed a lot of really good movies. In Hill’s case, that list includes "The Warriors," "48 Hours," "The Long Riders," "Southern Comfort,: "Hard Times," "Trespass," and "Wild Bill." Some great. Some solid. (My personal favorite of those is Hard Times, a pulpy film about bare-knuckle boxers in the Great Depression.) There were clunkers »
- Michael Oates Palmer
As far as canine hero stories go, “Max” is a strangely mixed breed. A hodgepodge of corny coming-of-ager, inspirational boy-and-his-pup pablum, modern-day military tale and surprisingly violent PG-rated action thriller, it’s an all-around odd choice to release up against the big dogs of summer. Even if Warner Bros. hopes some of that “American Sniper” B.O. magic rubs off on a film ostensibly about a pooch overcoming Ptsd (“American Sniffer”?), woe be to the family-targeted movie competing with the likes of “Inside Out” and “Jurassic World.” Expect a bigger bite in ancillary.
Given the appeal of the Belgian Malinois (or, technically, six Belgian Malinois) playing the titular character, it’s almost a shame the film has to rely on generic bipeds to drive the action. That begins with Texan teen Justin Wincott (Josh Wiggins), who becomes Max’s de facto master after his older brother Kyle (Robbie Amell) is killed on an Afghanistan battlefield. »
- Geoff Berkshire
Max Warner Bros Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B Director: Boaz Yakin Screenwriter: Boaz Yakin, Sheldon Lettich Cast: Josh Wiggins, Robbie Amell, Lauren Graham, Thomas Haden Church Screened at: Warner, NYC, 6/16/15 Opens: June 26, 2015 In much the way movies that would be rated “R” forty years ago are now given MPAA judgments of “PG-13,” what was considered “PG-13” then is now simply “PG.” This phenomenon is brought out by Boaz Yakin’s “Max,” about a boy and a dog, but not the Disney-esque sentimental pap in which nothing really sad occurs. Instead it’s full of explosions, gunplay, violent death, and assorted scares. Kids [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Chicago – Thomas Haden Church has the recognizable name, and a long career of character roles in comedy and drama. His laid-back persona gets a bit more intense as a conflicted father in the new film “Max,” about a military dog who comes home to an uncertain future with a grieving family.
What may look like a standard family film is actually an exploration of the mourning and the healing process, and the waste of war. Church is Ray Wincott, an early 1990s “Desert Storm” veteran, who sees his son Kyle (Robbie Arnell) follow in his Marine Corp footsteps to the Afghanistan conflict. One of the Kyle’s duties is to care for Max, a German Shepard who sniffs out bombs in the region. When Kyle is killed in action, Max is sent back to the Wincott family to get over his companion’s demise, but will only respond to Ray’s other son, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
We humans have been sharing the silver screen with all manner of beasts for as long as movies have existed. But no animal quite manages to capture our hearts and our cameras as much as the good old-fashioned pet dog. Dogs have played major and minor characters in practically every genre, their loyalty and selflessness making them ideal sidekicks and heroes.
This month sees the release of another canine-centric movie with Max. The film follows the titular dog Max as he returns from active duty in Afghanistan after a traumatic incident, and becomes part of his handler’s family. Starring Thomas Haden Church, Josh Wiggins, Lauren Graham and Robbie Amell, Max looks like a promising entry to the world of the dog adventure film.
There are far too many movie dogs to include in this list, so we respectfully acknowledge and admire all those that didn’t quite make the cut. »
- Amanda Wood
Max stars Lauren Graham, Thomas Haden Church, Josh Wiggins and director Boaz Yakin are taking us behind the making of the movie, and what it was like working with not just one Belgian Malinois, but eight of the canines who each specialized in a certain task. The cast and filmmakers are also giving us a lesson in the use of these specialized dogs in the military dating back to World War 1.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Super User)
Between the heady empathy of Pixar’s latest, the ripped from the feel-good-headlines documentary Batkid Begins, and the Marine mutt melodrama Max, June has provided an oasis of fresh squeezed tears amidst the usual dry heat of summer blockbuster season. Batkid has heartwarming facts in his pint-sized utility belt, and Inside Out has Pixar. Against that competition, even an adorable animal vehicle like Max might seem grossly overmatched. But there’s a surprising spryness to this old chestnut of a family picture that makes Max more than just a delivery system for cute and patriotic imagery, roughly in equal measure.
The film stars the e-paw-nymous Max (Carlos), a Belgian Shepard and Usmc service animal. It’s his doggy duty to run point for his handler, Kyle Wincott (Robbie Ammell), a fellow Marine stationed in Kandahar. Thanks to his heightened senses and rigorous training, Max, like other service animals, gives American »
- Sam Woolf
Daddy’s Home trailer: New comedy reunites The Other Guys stars in a war of the dads, due this December.
When a mild-mannered man (Will Ferrell) becomes stepfather to his new wife’s children, he can’t believe his luck. The kids have some reservations but he’s sure they’ll come around and he’s always wanted to be a dad. Unfortunately for him, bad-boy daddy Dusty Mayron (Wahlberg) suddenly returns to their lives, threatening his new role in the family and leading to a battle for the kids affections involving new pets, motorbikes, treehouses and what looks like a drunken attempt at Basketball.
With some decent gags on display, the Ferrell–Wahlberg double-act is again looking like a »
- Mike McCarthy
Daddy’s Home Trailer. Sean Anders and John Morris‘s Daddy’s Home (2015) movie trailer stars Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Linda Cardellini, and Paul Scheer. Daddy’s Home‘s plot synopsis: “When a divorced guy’s ex-wife re-marries someone way more uptight, he re-enters her life and wreaks havoc.”
Mark Wahlberg has solidified himself as a viable comedic asset ever since Ted blew up the box-office. He was hysterical at various points in Boogie Nights, but that was a far more successful showcase for his dramatic chops than anything else. Bit parts in things like Date Night helped ramp up his official entry to comedy, and Ted just cemented that ability to transition in and out of it. This is now the second time Wahlberg joins Ferrell in a comedy – the two were in The Other Guys together in 2010.
Daddy’s Home reminds strongly of Step Brothers, though this time, »
- Marco Margaritoff
A monster North American session saw Universal-Legendary’s smash produce the second biggest second weekend ever to reach $398.2m, while Inside Out scored the biggest opening for an original property on $91.1m.
Jurassic World added $102m to come within spitting distance of $400m after two weekends, narrowly missing out on a new second weekend record as it fell just shy of the $103.1m set by The Avengers in 2012.
However, given the volley of opening weekend records that Universal announced last Monday when it issued confirmed results, it would come as little surprise if the studio announces tomorrow that it has usurped this high-water mark, too.
The action smash also bears the distinction of being the fastest North American release to cross $100m and every $50m staging post thereafter all the way up to $350m. Given the $398.2m perch, it will surely cross $400m on Monday, its 11th day in release, to beat the »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
A monster North American session saw Universal-Legendary’s smash come within spitting distance of $400m while Inside Out scored the second highest debut for Pixar on an estimated $91.1m.
Jurassic World added $102m to reach $398.2m after two weekends and narrowly missed out on $103.1m set by The Avengers in 2012 to set a new second weekend record.
Given the volley of opening weekend records that Universal announced last Monday when it issued confirmed results, it would come as little surprise if the studio announces tomorrow that it has usurped this high-water mark, too.
The film also bears the distinction of being the fastest to cross $100m and every $50m point after that up to $350m. Given the $398.2m perch, it will surely cross $400m on Monday, its 11th day in release, to beat the record of 14 days set by The Avengers.
Meanwhile Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out scored a record debut for a film based on an original »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 100 advance-screening movie seats up for grabs to the new family adventure “Max” about a veteran military service dog!
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“Max,” which opens on June 26, 2015 and is rated “PG,” stars Josh Wiggins, Lauren Graham, Thomas Haden Church, Robbie Amell, Luke Kleintank, Mia Xitlali, Dejon Laquake, Jay Hernandez and Owen Harn from writer and director Boaz Yakin (“Remember the Titans”), writer Sheldon Lettich and a producer of “Marley & Me”.
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- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
After their onscreen partnership in the Adam McKay comedy The Other Guys, Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell are back together and are battling it out for dad of the year in the first trailer for Daddy’s Home. Sean Anders and John Morris (who wrote Horrible Bosses 2 and Dumb and Dumber To) are the directors, and the film is written by Brian Burns (who worked in the writers’ room of Entourage and Blue Bloods). Here’s the synopsis:
When a divorced guy’s ex-wife re-marries someone way more uptight, he re-enters her life and wreaks havoc.
Mark Wahlberg is the ‘divorced guy’ making things very difficult for Will Ferrell’s character, who just wants to be a good dad to his step-children. While their chemistry worked in The Other Guys, it’ll be interesting to see how they work together as rivals. But from what the trailer gives us, »
Directed by Sean Anders, Daddy’S Home follows a mild-mannered radio executive (Ferrell) who strives to become the best stepdad to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father (Wahlberg) arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids.
Will Ferrell (who also produces) on the movie’s tone: “In terms of the movies that we’ve produced, we don’t have any problem doing heightened movies that get crazy. But this one is kind of in the zone of Meet the Parents in that it’s pretty relatable in terms of the scenarios and relationships in it. »
- Michelle McCue
The film follows a mild-mannered radio executive (Will Ferrell) who strives to become the best stepdad to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father (Mark Wahlberg) arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids.
- Gary Collinson
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