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Movie Review – Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

1 hour ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Alice Through the Looking Glass, 2016.

Directed by James Bobin.

Starring Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Rhys Ifans, Matt Lucas, Richard Armitage, Andrew Scott, Lindsay Duncan, and Sacha Baron Cohen.

Synopsis:

Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter.

In an age where Hollywood cannot go more than two years tops without cashing in on a sequel to a smashing box office success, it is absolutely flabbergasting from a business perspective that Alice Through the Looking Glass is just now being released a little over six years after Tim Burton rebooted the iconic characters and story with Alice in Wonderland. That movie made over $1 billion too, begging the question, why was there no immediate follow-up?

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Alice Through the Looking Glass review – Hg Wells meets Hogwarts

5 hours ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

James Bobin’s effects-heavy adaptation has little in common with the source material

It’s hard to think of a movie franchise that is less in tune with the spirit of the source material than Disney’s effects-bludgeoning, action onslaught adaptations of Lewis Carroll’s whimsical Alice stories. This sequel to Tim Burton’s megabucks first film has a new director – James Bobin takes over and Burton produces – but it refers more to Alice’s first big screen outing than it does to anything in Carroll’s books. Despite the fact that Alice (Mia Wasikowska) is now a sea captain who can escape pirate pursuers by stunt piloting a three-masted sailing ship over a sand bank, the forces of patriarchy in Victorian England are still out to oppress her.

As with the last film, Alice escapes to “Underland”, where she finds the Hatter (Johnny Depp, looking as though he fell »

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‘X-Men’ Dominating Johnny Depp’s ‘Alice’ with $80 Million

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

X-Men: Apocalypse” is showing superhero power at the U.S. box office with a formidable $80 million over the four day of the Memorial Day holiday — doubling “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” Saturday estimates showed.

U.S. audiences responded enthusiastically to Fox’s latest iteration of its sturdy “X-Men” franchise, which is performing in line with recent expectations. In a rare battle of tentpole franchise films opening against each other, Friday’s first day for “Apocalypse” generated about $26.4 million  at 4,150 locations while Johnny Depp’s “Alice” sequel finished under $10 million at 3,763 sites, projecting to a four-day total of around $40 million that’s well below earlier forecasts.

X-Men: Apocalypse,” the fourth “X-Men” movie directed by Bryan Singer, is continuing an impressive legacy on the Memorial Day holiday. Singer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” opened to $110.6 million two years ago; in 2006, Brett Ratner’s “X-Men: The Last Stand” opened with $122.9 million.

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- Dave McNary

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'Alice Through the Looking Glass': Critics Lament, "All Frosting, No Cake"

27 May 2016 2:59 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Alice Through the Looking Glass brings back Mia Wasikowska's Alice, Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter and the rest of Wonderland in the sequel to the 2010 Tim Burton film.  The sequel, which also stars Anne Hathaway, Matt Lucas, Rhys Ifans, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen and Alan Rickman, opens May 27 with director James Bobin taking up Burton's mantle.  As of Friday, Alice Through the Looking Glass had a low score of 34 on Metacritic and 29 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, leaving critics unimpressed with the screen adaptation of Lewis Carroll's work (one reviewer put it bluntly: "All frosting, no

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- Jennifer Konerman

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‘X-Men’ Hammering ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ at Friday Box Office

27 May 2016 2:32 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

X-Men: Apocalypse” is ruling the Memorial Day holiday weekend with a brawny $92 million over the four days — more than double “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” early estimates showed Friday.

Fox’s ninth “X-Men” movie was performing at the top end of  expectations of $80 million-plus with an opening day of $30 million, which included $8.2 million in Thursday night previews.

Disney’s “Alice” sequel was coming in well below recent forecasts — which had been as high as $60 million —  with a $10 million opening day Friday. That projects to a four-day total of around $40 million.

X-Men: Apocalypse,” the fourth “X-Men” movie directed by Bryan Singer, was poised to continue the  impressive legacy on the Memorial Day holiday. Singer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” opened to $110.6 million two years ago; in 2006, Brett Ratner’s “X-Men: The Last Stand” opened with $122.9 million on its way to a $234.4 million total — both bests for the durable franchise

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A Less Hostile View of ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’

27 May 2016 11:27 AM, PDT | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

Having just seen Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass on opening night, with a paying audience at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, I am late in filing my review. I had a mixed reaction to the film, but I am somewhat surprised by the hostility expressed by my fellow critics. I took it as a given that this sequel to the 2010 Disney mega-hit would have little to do with Lewis Carroll. I also knew that screenwriter Linda Woolverton would call on the same female-empowerment theme that marked the previous Alice, directed by Tim Burton. And I knew that this modern interpretation of Alice would be perfectly personified by Mia Wasikowska, who seems incapable of striking a false note...

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- Leonard Maltin

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Alice Through The Looking Glass Review

27 May 2016 11:06 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Despite receiving mixed reviews, 2010’s Alice in Wonderland remake went onto to be a huge box office draw, banking over a billion dollars worldwide. You would have thought a sequel wouldn’t have taken six years to come our way, but here we are, with The Muppets director James Bobin taking the reins from Tim Burton, telling an original story involving Lewis Carroll’s beloved characters, one which inexplicably involves time travel, giving us the chance to glimpse the origins of  the Mad Hatter, the Red Queen, and the rest of the crazy lot. After years of following in her father’s footsteps and sailing the high seas, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to Underland to find the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) is not himself, adamant his family he thought were dead are still very much alive and growing ever more darker whenever anyone doesn’t believe. Apparently the only way »

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Alice Through the Looking Glass Review Roundup: Did Critics Like Disney's Sequel?

27 May 2016 8:48 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Welcome back to Underland, Alice. In Disney's new film Alice Through the Looking Glass, the sequel to the studio's 2010 hit live-action adaptation of Alice in WonderlandMia Wasikowska reprises her part as the British heroine, while Johnny Depp returns as the Mad Hatter, whose mental health is even more unstable in the wake of an attack on his family. Alice aims to go back in time to save them. During that time, she also learns about the pasts of the White Queen and Red Queen, played again by Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter. Alan Rickman provides the voice of Absolem the Caterpillar again, marking the final role for the actor, who died at »

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Box Office: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Powers to $8.2 Million on Thursday Night

27 May 2016 7:49 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

X-Men: Apocalypse” earned a stellar $8.2 million on Thursday, dominating “Alice Through the Looking Glass.”

The preview figure — from 3,565 U.S. locations — is a near match to “X-Men: Days of Future Past’s” Thursday night debut of $8.1 million in 2014.

Fox’s “X-Men: Apocalypse” hauled five times more than the Thursday night total of Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” which opened with $1.5 million. “Alice’s” audience was 51% female, with the 26 to 34 demo leading the way with 31%, followed by the 17 to 25 group with 22% and the 35 to 49 segment with 19%.

The ninth entry in the “X-Men” superhero franchise is expected to win the Memorial Day weekend with early forecasts showing an $80 million-plus launch at 4,148 locations at the U.S. box office. Recent estimates indicate that “Alice Through the Looking Glass” will open with as much as $60 million over the four days.

X-Men: Apocalypse,” the fourth “X-Men” movie directed by Bryan Singer, has an »

- Dave McNary

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X-Men: Apocalypse tops @TannerZee's what-to-watch list

27 May 2016 7:09 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

The Mad Hatter, a crew of Mutants, and Kate Beckinsale are headed to the theatre this weekend.

Alice Through the Looking Glass

If you’re looking for a psychedelic adventure, Alice Through The Looking Glass is the one for you. Alice Through The Looking Glass has Alice reunited with some old friends, from the Mad Hatter to the Cheshire Cat. This means all of the big names return, like Johnny DeppAnne HathawayHelena Bonham Carter, and of course, Alice herself Mia Wasikowska. Now, it wouldn't be much of a sequel without a few new characters including the villain Time, played by Sacha Baron Cohen. Another important thing to note is that, once again, Alan Rickman lends his voice to the Blue Caterpillar, making this his last big-screen project. If you loved Alice in Wonderland, and are wanting a little escape for the imagination, then check this out. Tim Burton »

- Tanner Zipchen

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Alice Through The Looking Glass – Review

27 May 2016 4:02 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Alice Through The Looking Glass hits theaters today, but it’s not quite the Through The Looking-Glass tale that you grew up with.

In the sequel to Alice In Wonderland, we find Alice (Mia Wasikowska) being summoned back to Underland to travel back in time and save the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) and his family. As the Hatter begins to change, Alice realizes that she must steal the Chronosphere from Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen). By her side is the Mirana (Anne Hathaway), as well as some of her other Underland friends. Of course, things aren’t always what they seem in Underland, and Alice discovers some new secrets about Mirana and her sister Iracebeth (Helena Bonham Carter) that changes things a bit…

Alice Through The Looking Glass has very little to do with the Lewis Carroll story of a similar name, other than Alice travels back to Underland through a mirror. »

- Melissa Howland

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Review: Alice Through the Looking Glass

26 May 2016 10:13 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Plot: Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to Wonderland only to discover that her friend, The Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), is ailing. In order to save him, Alice must travel back-in-time to rescue his presumed dead family, but she’s pursued by a vengeful Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) and Time-itself (Sacha Baron Cohen) throughout her dangerous quest. Review: Was anyone really clamoring for a sequel to... Read More »

- Chris Bumbray

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Alice Through the Looking Glass review – large as life and twice as phoney

26 May 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Helena Bonham Carter has fun as the Red Queen, but this ignores Lewis Carroll in favour of machine-tooled CGI fantasy fare with a tiresome Johnny Depp

A boisterous turn from Helena Bonham Carter as the pugnacious Red Queen saves this Alice sequel from flatlining utterly. Using only the title and some characters from Lewis Carroll’s own 1871 sequel – in fact called Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There – this new movie is just machine-tooled CGI fantasy fare. We start in the real world, where Alice (Mia Wasikowska) is a daring sea captain who is threatened with betrayal by the corporate landlubbers who own her ship. So she escapes through a mirror in the proprietor’s mansion and finds herself slap bang in Wonderland again.

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Sacha Baron Cohen Signs With CAA

26 May 2016 1:09 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

CAA just announced internally that Sacha Baron Cohen has signed with CAA. The news comes just as he hits the big screen this Memorial Day weekend frame with Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass opposite Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Mia Wasikowska. Baron Cohen of course created the characters of Ali G, Borat and Brüno and is pretty much the best awards-show presenter going today. His recent film credits include The Brothers Grimsby, which he also produced and… »

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Sacha Baron Cohen Signs With CAA

26 May 2016 1:09 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

CAA just announced internally that Sacha Baron Cohen has signed with CAA. The news comes just as he hits the big screen this Memorial Day weekend frame with Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass opposite Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Mia Wasikowska. Baron Cohen of course created the characters of Ali G, Borat and Brüno and is pretty much the best awards-show presenter going today. His recent film credits include The Brothers Grimsby, which he also produced and… »

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'Alice Through the Looking Glass' Family Review: 5 Things Every Parent Should Know

26 May 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

"Alice Through the Looking Glass" is the sequel to Tim Burton's 2010 "Alice in Wonderland," starring several of the same stars (Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, and Helena Bonham Carter) reprising their roles -- but without Burton at the helm. Joining the fantasy world of "Underland" is Sacha Baron Cohen as the personification of Time, and, in the new story, Alice is fleeing not an ill-fated engagement and the loss of her independence as a sea captain traveling the world.

Here are five issues to consider before taking your kids to see Disney's "Alice Through the Looking Glass."

1. How comfortable are they with live-action fantasy?

Although there were a startling number of pre-schoolers and toddlers at a recent promotional screening of "Alice Through the Looking Glass," this James Bobin-directed sequel isn't an ideal first live-action movie or even an appropriate fantasy adventure for kids that young. The story »

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Alice Through the Looking Glass Review: No Need to Step Back in Time for This Lackluster Sequel

26 May 2016 12:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Here's a question that no studio executive bothered to answer: Why should audiences return to Wonderland when it wasn't such a wonder the last time they were there? Bloated and boring, Alice Through the Looking Glass is the sequel no one asked for, and worse, one that can't even justify its own existence. In the follow-up to 2010's Alice in Wonderland, Mia Wasikowska returns as Alice, still full of pluck. She's a sea captain now, piloting her father's ship in rough waters only to find that the sailing at home is even more treacherous. Thanks to an unscrupulous businessman, she »

- Alynda Wheat, @AlyndaWheat

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'Alice' Through the Years: 16 Actresses Who Played the Iconic Character

26 May 2016 12:22 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Dozens of actresses have gladly gone down the rabbit hole in order to play Alice, the young girl immortalized in British author Lewis Carroll's 1865 novel, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, a sequel, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, published in 1871. There have been countless stage plays, films and television movies adapting Carroll's classic adventure tale about a world populated with strange and quirky creatures, such as the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat. Mia Wasikowska is the latest thespian to star as Alice, first in the 2010 blockbuster Alice in Wonderland and now in the sequel,

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Alice Through the Looking Glass Review: This Is One Boring Trip

26 May 2016 12:15 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass is a forgettable sequel with little of the original's charm. The time traversing plot is poorly written with a jumble of tedious new characters. The film drags like a rake through the sand. Even with the onslaught of candy-colored visual effects, it strained to keep my attention.

The story picks up with Alice (Mia Wasikowska) as a ship's captain returning to London after a year at sea. She's shocked to learn a rejected suitor (Leo Bill) has the rights to her father's ship. Dejected at a highbrow party to win his favor, she's lured through the looking glass by a butterfly. Alice's reunion with her friends in Underland is soured by the illness of the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp). Alice embarks on a quest through time to save the Hatter, while Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen) chases her.

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‘Alice Through The Looking Glass’ is One of 2016’s ‘Great Movie Disasters’ and 7 More Fatal Reviews

26 May 2016 11:50 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Movie sequels tend to be hit or miss — and “Alice Through The Looking Glass” appears to have qualified under the latter, at least with critics. Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp return as Alice and the Mad Hatter respectively, but one major detail from the first film is missing: Tim Burton. Registering at a woeful 28 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, the film’s critical flop is being attributed to the change in the director’s chair. “Poor James Bobin, who’s powerless to fight back. Woe to the people who agree to direct the sequel to a Tim Burton movie, painted into »

- Rasha Ali

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