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The film amassed 14,617 comments across social media, news, forums and blogs over the last seven days, with 1,602 of those registering an intent to view.
Further down the chart, Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By The Sea, J.A. Bayona’s A Monster Calls, and Justin Kurzel’s Assassin’s Creed all garnered decent buzz but were unable to make a significant dent into La La Land’s total.
Titles on the near horizon include XXX: Return Of Xander Cage, Lion, Split and Jackie.
For an explanation of the Way to Blue chart and its methodology, which tracks ‘overall buzz’ and important ‘intent to view’ buzz, click here. »
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J.A. Bayona‘s latest film packs a heavy punch. Bayona’s adaptation of author and screenwriter Patrick Ness‘ novel is a pure tearjerker, a movie that mixes the grand with the intimate. The film follows a young boy (Lewis MacDougall) struggling with his mother’s terminal illness. In need of help, he calls upon a monster (Liam Neeson), a […]
- Jack Giroux
Most box office prognosticators presumed that Disney and LucasFilm's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story would have no trouble winning the last few weeks of 2016, along with the first few weeks of 2016. So far, that prediction has come true, with the Star Wars spin-off winning the last three weeks of 2016, and now the first weekend of 2017, but just barely. Rogue One came out on top with $21.9 million, just barely beating Hidden Figures which expanded nationwide to earn $21.8 million. Since these movies are so close together, they may switch places when the actual figures are released tomorrow, but we'll have to want and see.
Box Office Mojo reports that the only new movie opening in wide release, Underworld 5, starring Kate Beckinsale as Selene, opened in 3,070 theaters, which is much higher than the estimated 2,300 theaters it was expected to open in, with Hidden Figures expanding into 2,471 theaters, an increase of 2,446 theaters. Another movie expanding nationwide, »
Domestic weekend estimates are in, but the full story won't be told until actuals arrive Monday afternoon as the top two films are within a mere fraction of one another as severe winter weather had a clear effect on this weekend's grosses. For the time being Rogue One: A Star Wars Story holds the top spot over Fox's expanded release of Hidden Figures by less than $200,000. The weekend's lone new wide release, Screen Gems's Underworld: Blood Wars, scored a fourth place finish while Focus's expansion of A Monster Calls failed to generate much interest despite strong reviews and audience response, ultimately finishing outside the top ten. Currently holding the #1 spot for the weekend is Disney's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which dropped 55.7% and finished with an estimated $21.97 million as its domestic cume climbs to $477.2 million, placing it just $9 million behind Finding Dory as it is soon to become »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
A Monster Calls, 2016.
Directed by J.A Bayona.
A boy seeks the help of a Tree monster to help his mother with her terminal illness.
Here is a swift foolproof process on how to determine whether or not someone has a soul: Show them A Monster Calls, and if they are deeply moved, then all is right. If they feel nothing, smack that person across the face. Or just politely ask “what the f***is wrong with you”.
Based on the novel of the same name by Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls sees director J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage) covering heavy material and themes he is no stranger to, this time with a giant humanoid Lian Neeson voiced yew tree monster. The titular Monster visits young Conor (Lewis MacDougall) every night at 12:07 Am sharp with »
- Robert Kojder
This entire article may be read at CrookedScoreboard.
The young people would tell me I had all the feels in 2016. Actually, way too many my age would say the same. I know I brought plenty of emotional baggage to the theater in 2016, and in return, this past year of cinema made me tear up, quiver, tremble, and blubber like a baby. I blame Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, J.A. Bayona, Alex R. Hibbert, and Sunny Pawar, among others. I’ll even hand out awards at the end (because we need more movie awards).
Part of me doesn’t even want to write this because it means I’ll probably be reaching for a tissue or two. But we must sacrifice for our art, or in this case, an internet article.
In general, I cry more in the theater than in real life. But it’s not like I bawl my eyes out, »
- Jeff Bayer
Director J.A. Bayona is currently gearing up to take over the reins of the Jurassic Park franchise, with production on the sequel to Jurassic World set to get underway next month, but he’s taken the time for a Reddit Q&A to promote the release of his new film A Monster Calls, during which he revealed his dream project – a Superman movie.
“The first movie I saw in my life was Superman,” said Bayona. “I was three years old. The first memory I had was Christopher Reeve flying in the suit. Directing a Superman film would be great. I always wanted to be Superman. That’s the film that made me want to become a director.”
Would Bayona be a good choice for Man of Steel 2? If not, »
- Gary Collinson
It’s not too controversial to say that Henry Cavill’s take on Superman hasn’t exactly been a huge success. While the actor’s not necessarily at fault, the way that director Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. have chosen to portray the iconic hero hasn’t sat well with most fans, with a lot of people actually preferring Tyler Hoechlin’s take on the character over on The CW’s Supergirl. But Cavill isn’t going anywhere, and as such, the only hope we have for a brighter, more cheerful Supes is getting some new blood behind the camera.
Currently, there aren’t any plans for the Man of Steel beyond Justice League (a rumored Shazam! appearance aside), but when we do eventually get another solo outing for the Big Blue Boy Scout, many believe that Snyder won’t be in charge of it. In fact, several filmmakers have »
- Mark Cassidy
By the time we actually see another standalone Superman movie in the DC Extended Universe, it will have probably been at least six years since Man of Steel, which came out in 2013. Warner Bros. is going to make it happen at some point and Man of Steel 2 is in the development process. One of the next steps will be getting a director attached to help get the movie in shape and it looks like Jurassic World 2 director J.A. Bayona would possibly be interested in the job, should Warner Bros. come knocking.
The director recently did an Ama on Reddit in order to promote his latest movie A Monster Calls, which is currently getting some serious awards season buzz. During the course of the Ama, J.A. Bayona revealed that the 1978 Richard Donner Superman was the first movie he ever saw and that helped him decided he wanted to be a filmmaker. »
A Monster Calls, 2016.
Directed by J.A. Bayona.
A young boy struggling to come to terms with his mother’s terminal illness is visited by a talking yew tree that tells him stories.
With his first two films (The Orphanage and The Impossible) director J.A. Bayona proved himself adept at tackling emotional material that didn’t shy away from harsh realities and dark situations, and his third feature continues that trend. Conor (Lewis MacDougall) is a young boy with a young mum (Felicity Jones) who is battling terminal cancer and running out of treatment options, a situation not made easier by an overbearing grandmother (Sigourney Weaver) and a group of boys who are bullying him at school. Then one night he is visited in a dream by a walking, talking yew tree that says he will tell Conor three stories, »
- Amie Cranswick
Okay you “horror-hounds”, just put the brakes on. Despite the “M” word in this film’s title, this is not a “creature-centric” rehash of the 70’s stalker classic When A Stranger Calls. This is actually a sensitive look at one young lad’s difficult pre-teen years. And he’s not just dealing with skin problems or vocal changes, but a major family tragedy. Why the title monster? Perhaps he’s an allegory, a towering stand-in for the boy’s, nearly insurmountable future. Or this “beastie” may be his “bestie”, a friend he desperately needs. In Hollywood’s golden age it was thought that children would be repulsed and horrified by Frankenstein’s monster and his ilk, but when their stories became TV staples in the late 1950’s , the lil’ ones embraced them. They weren’t villains, but heroes (or anti-heroes) to youngsters (giving birth to the “monster kid” phenom). Just as with the superheroes, »
- Jim Batts
Spanish director J.A. Bayona was rather unlucky when it came to his big push into American theaters, The Impossible, because it wasn’t a story that actually fit his abilities. It’s serviceable direction, if an ultimately unengaging story, but it screams of something like Wes Anderson trying to direct Sully.
A Monster Calls is a fairy tale, and one that is provocative and depressing while trying to deconstruct difficult hideaways of the human mind, and that’s something Bayona knows how to work with. He constructs wild imaginings, whether special effects are in play at the moment or not, without going too far or not far enough, which is more difficult than it might seem.
Most importantly Bayona weaves the narrative together here with a complex mix of familiar and outlandish notes that struggle against themselves, adding to the ability to relate to our hero’s circumstance.
Based on the novel by Patrick Ness, »
- Marc Eastman
New year, new box office. After the past two years pushed past the $11 billion mark in domestic box office, 2017 has tough acts to follow. Still, let’s be optimistic: With a range of offerings that appeal to multiple audiences, it’s a good early sign.
Four films, maybe five, will likely gross over $15 million this weekend; two or three of those have a shot of crossing $20 million. A fourth weekend at the top for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (Disney) isn’t certain, but neither is what would replace it. Fellow holdover “Sing” (Universal) is nipping at its heels, “Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox) is expanding and “Underworld: Blood Wars” (Sony) opens. And with Lionsgate’s hot “La La Land” doubling its screens, it could also end up in the mix.
“Sing” has been edging closer to the daily totals for “Rogue One” (in recent days, it’s been »
- Tom Brueggemann
Felicity Jones and the cast of A Monster Calls talk their heart-warming children's storyFelicity Jones and the cast of A Monster Calls talk their heart-warming children's storyAdriana Floridia1/5/2017 10:05:00 Am
The film stars Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver, Liam Neeson and newcomer Lewis MacDougall. Directed by J.A. Bayona, who is best known for the disaster film The Impossible, A Monster Calls is a metaphorical vision of grieving, but also of the many different ways we can cope with a difficult situation, and the hope that pulls us through.
- Adriana Floridia
BAFTA has announced this morning that Laia Costa, Lucas Hedges, Tom Holland, Ruth Negga and Anya Taylor-Joy have been nominated for the Ee Rising Star Award at this year’s British Academy Film Awards.
The Rising Star Award is designed to honour actors and actresses who have shown truly outstanding talent on the big screen in the past year and captured the attention of both the public and the film industry and is the only award to be decided by a public vote.
Laia Costa starred in Sebastian Schipper’s critically-acclaimed Victoria, a film which was almost entirely improvised by the actors and shot in one single take – in turn landing her a series of awards wins. Prior to this, she played the lead role of Lucià in the Russian film Fort Ross, directed by Russian director Yuriy Moroz, and also starred in Palm Trees in the Snow. Costa has »
- Gary Collinson
Author: David Sztypuljak
Every year, Ee sponsor the BAFTA Rising Star Award at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards here in London town. The award is always a fascinating one since it’s voted for by the public.
The nominations have just been announced from BAFTA HQ are in the running for the 2017 spot are all listed below. It’s going to be very interesting to see who takes the win this year with the likes of Tom Holland as Spider-Man being so mainstream and Anya Taylor-Joy appearing in the likes of The Witch.
Previous winners of the award include James McAvoy, Eva Green, Shia Labeouf, Noel Clarke, Tom Hardy, Juno Temple, Will Poulter, Jack O’Connell and last year the award was taken by Star Wars star John Boyega.
This year the nominations are as strong as every with Laia Costa, »
- David Sztypuljak
Welcome back to the first Weekend Warrior of 2017, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out (when applicable).
We’ll bypass the past couple holiday weekends cause that was so 2016, and we’ll instead get right into the new movies opening on Friday including two that opened in select cities and are expanding nationwide.
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Plot: The vampire death dealer Selene (Kate Beckinsale) finds herself facing both Lycans and vampires, both of them trying to use the blood of her daughter to create new hybrids, so she and David (Theo James »
- Edward Douglas
Grief is something that we all have to deal with at some point in our lives. Like a number of recent films that use fantasy conventions to process themes of mortality and emotional upheaval, A Monster Calls makes its thunderous impact feel real. The earth shakes, heavy breathing is heard, pencils roll off on their own and the rage and sadness of a little boy is made monstrous.
J.A. Bayona's third feature is adapted from the acclaimed novel by Patrick Ness, Jim Kay and the late Siobhan Dowd, and tells the story of Conor O'Malley (Lewis MacDougall), a 12-year-old boy coming to terms with his mother's long-term illness. Lizzie (Felicity Jones) has always understood him and been there for him, while his absent father (Toby Kebbell) and distant grandmother (Sigourney Weaver) have not. »
The winter holidays may be over, but Hollywood is still hoping to capture a little bit more of their residual glow as it heads into January.
Fox’s “Hidden Figures,” Sony’s “Underworld: Blood Wars,” and Focus Features’ “A Monster Calls” will all try to lure moviegoers to the multiplexes this weekend. Despite the influx of new blood, some familiar films are likely to top box office charts. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “Sing” will be in a tight race for first place. Both films could end their weekend with $25 million in receipts. “Rogue One” recently crossed the $800 million mark globally and its domestic total stands at $439.7 million. It will debut in China over the weekend, the only major market where it has yet to screen. Most analysts expect it will eventually cross $1 billion worldwide — becoming the fourth Disney release from 2016 to hit that number.
It’s not »
- Brent Lang
MaryAnn’s quick take… A fairy tale of the Grimm sort: no happy ending, no heroes or villains, just hard truths about life and human nature. Important, beautiful, heartbreaking. I’m “biast” (pro): big fantasy fan
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
This is my big worry re A Monster Calls: people who don’t read reviews will hear only that this is a fantasy movie based on a young-adult novel and presume that it is a kiddie movie. And then they will freak out when they discover how dark and angry and bitter and oh-so un-fairy-tale it is, how it gave the little ones scary dreams and why didn’t someone tell them? And a movie that is important and beautiful and heartbreaking will be unfairly maligned.
So be warned: This is not The Bfg. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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