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Movie Review: Jason Bourne
29 July 2016 2:00 AM, PDT
“You Know His Name” claim the posters for the latest Jason Bourne adventure, Jason Bourne. If you have seen any of the previous Bourne films (check out our retrospective on all the films), not only do you know his name, but you know this movie as well. Taking the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach to extreme lengths, star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass return to the hit spy franchise after sitting out the mediocre The Bourne Legacy. It has been nine years since the two gave us the truly remarkable The Bourne Ultimatum, and even though the two of them have said that they felt they needed to come back for another installment, Jason Bourne never proves why. With the closure Ultimatum gave audiences, Jason Bourne feels like an encore fans wanted, but Greengrass and Damon had nothing left to play so they played another hit song. »
- Scott Davis
Movie Review: Bad Moms
28 July 2016 9:07 PM, PDT
Yes, this movie about moms (and for moms, really) was written by two dudes. Yes, this movie for moms was directed by these same two dudes, known for depicting the dudiest of all dudes on the big screen. But thankfully, mercifully, yes: there are still shreds of maternal truth to this ridiculously superficial (albeit hilarious) flick. Bad Moms comprises an all-star cast of females highly capable of and willing to portray the frustrations they, themselves, feel as working mothers – on the big screen. And, boy oh boy, do these gals knock it out of the park!
Brought to us by writers and directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (most notably of The Hangover trilogy and 21 & Over), Bad Moms is a story about three swamped, undervalued mothers who, while not inherently “bad,” make the brazen decision to be bad – at least for a while. I would argue that, at its heart, »
- Mandi Ruffner
Win Passes to See Sausage Party
27 July 2016 12:00 PM, PDT
Enter here for your chance to win passes to an advance screening of the new film Sausage Party, starring Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Edward Norton, and Salma Hayek.
For your chance to receive two (2) complimentary passes to see the new film Sausage Party at the Mjr Troy Grand Digital Cinema 16 in Troy, Michigan on Wednesday, August 10th at 7:00Pm, just look for the “Enter the Contest” box further down on this page. But hurry because there are a limited number of passes available and when they’re gone, they’re gone!
About The Film
Sausage Party: The first R-rated CG animated movie, is about one sausage leading a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery store. »
Revisiting the Jason Bourne Franchise
27 July 2016 8:00 AM, PDT
Jason Bourne is returning to action in the appropriately titled Jason Bourne. This will be the fourth time Matt Damon plays the highly trained assassin with a memory problem, but it’s the first time since 2007 he’s headlined a Bourne flick.
If you have amnesia when it comes to the Bourne series, don’t worry, we are here to help. Here are mission briefs (with some spoilers) on the previous installments of the Jason Bourne franchise to get you ready for Friday’s release of Jason Bourne.
Year of Mission: 2002
Mission Cost: $60 million
Recouped Budget (Box office): $214 million worldwide
Mission Recap: In Jason Bourne’s first big screen adventure, Bourne is found in middle of the Mediterranean Sea with no memory of who is. After learning about a safe deposit box in Germany, he finds numerous passports, a large amount of money, and a gun. »
- Scott Davis
The Preview Reel: Does Bourne Have the Nerve?
27 July 2016 2:00 AM, PDT
Welcome to another “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide release movies. The theme of the summer seems to be bringing back old franchises with a new, big budget installment. We had Independence Day: Resurgence, The Legend of Tarzan, Star Trek Beyond, and even Finding Dory. That trend continues this week as Matt Damon returns as Jason Bourne in Jason Bourne. There are also two other releases hitting the screen as the Emma Roberts/Dave Franco thriller Nerve, and the female ensemble comedy Bad Moms, both debut. Let’s break them down to see if any of them are worth the price of admission.
What we are excited about:
- Scott Davis
Win The Boss Blu-ray Disc
26 July 2016 10:14 AM, PDT
For your chance to win one of our discs, just look for the “Enter the Contest” box further down on this page. There you’ll be directed to a simple form to fill out. That’s it! That’s all you have to do to enter. No purchase is necessary. We’ll contact you to let you know if you’ve won. But hurry, because the contest ends at 12:00Am on Monday, August 1st!
About The Film
The Boss: Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, The Heat) stars as Michelle Darnell, a titan of industry who is sent to prison for insider trading. After doing her time, Michelle emerges, ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, but not everyone she steamrolled is so quick to forgive and forget. »
Box Office Weekend: Star Trek Goes Above and Beyond
25 July 2016 7:24 AM, PDT
While it has a lot of ground here and abroad to cover for its $185 million budgetary costs, Star Trek Beyond still took the weekend with an estimated $59.6 million, and with critical praise it appears to have enough positive buzz to keep afloat for long enough to turn a profit. It dethroned two-time first-place finisher The Secret Life of Pets, which ended the weekend with an estimated $29.3 million and $260.7 million in domestic gross for three weeks…remarkable performance for a film that cost $75 million, though a comparatively lackluster performance from the studio who has made billions so far with its Despicable Me franchise. Despite critical praise, the beleaguered $144 million production of Ghostbusters is suffering worldwide, potentially from both a campaign against the film since the release of its first trailer and a lack of release in China…in any case, the estimated $21.6 million has added to a worldwide total of $122.9 million, »
- Seth Paul