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Author: Stefan Pape
Much like with Toy Story, Cars is yet another Pixar franchise to be entering in to its third movie – and we had the pleasure of sitting down with the trilogy’s leading star Owen Wilson – who voices Lightning McQueen.
We discussed with Wilson what he believes it is about this series, and these characters, which keeps drawing audiences back in, and whether there was a challenge in ensuring this latest production not only appealed to established fans, but newcomers too.
He goes on to speak about his closeness to this character of Lightning, and how much of his own input he was allowed during the making of the feature. On the same topic we ask which character he’d most like to revisit again on screen, while also – and following on from a theme in the movie – we ask about getting older, and whether he resents it, »
- Stefan Pape
Ever since returning from the Cannes Film Festival I have been dutifully trying to catch up to screenings and openings of June releases I missed along the way. In this one particular case I want to single out a Friday opening, Megan Leavey, which I finally caught up with Saturday. As I say in my video review above, I am a sucker for boy, girl, or anybody and their dog movies. From Old Yeller to My Dog Skip to Marley And Me to anything starring Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, Benji… »
This week, three new wide releases will take advantage of a projected lull in the schedule — “A Dog’s Purpose” (Universal), “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” (Sony) and “Gold” (Weinstein). They compete against the second weekend for “Split” (Universal), along with possible Oscar-nomination surges for “Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox) and “La La Land” (Lionsgate). Of course, that lull is there for a reason: This late January weekend, just before the Super Bowl, is usually among the very worst of the year.
The title to beat is “Split,” the M. Night Shyamalan hit produced by Jason Blum that became the first non-franchise, live-action release to open to over $40 million since the fall 2015. If it performs like most horror films, which tend to be frontloaded, it could fall only 50 percent for a $20 million total.
That might be enough to repeat at no. 1. It’s not unheard of for a genre title »
- Tom Brueggemann
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
This Past Weekend:
As per my Thursday update, M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller Split ended up winning the weekend but with way more than anyone, including myself, predicted, with more than $40 million for its opening weekend. That’s pretty impressive, and his first movie to open at that level since 2010’s The Last Airbender. Meanwhile, Vin Diesel’s sequel xXx: The Return of Xander Cage ended up making around where I predicted, taking second place with $20.1 million, not a great sign for the continuation of that franchise. Michael Keaton’s The Founder ended up right around where I predicted with $3.4 million, ending up just outside the Top 10. Hidden Figures, La La Land and Sing continued to do well with minimal drop-offs.
- Edward Douglas
A Nicholas Sparks movie crossed with a Blue Buffalo dog food commercial, “A Dog’s Purpose” was perhaps best described by Griffin McElroy on the “My Brother, My Brother and Me” podcast, based solely on the trailer: “What’s everybody’s favorite part of ‘Marley and Me’? The end of it. So what if we just made a movie that was the end of ‘Marley and Me,’ over and over, forever?” Did I shed some tears over the doggy demises in this movie? Admittedly, yes. Does that reaction make the movie any less shameless for relying upon death to create poignancy? »
- Alonso Duralde
5 items from 2017
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