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Instantly forgettable but inoffensive fluff… you know, for kids. And “inoffensive” is better than can be said for many movies aimed at children. I’m “biast” (pro): didn’t hate two of the three previous installments…
I’m “biast” (con): …but the most recent one was awful
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
After a detour into terribleness with their third outing, Chipwrecked, the CGI singing rodents Alvin and the Chipmunks return to form with their fourth film, Road Chip. Yes, I have seen all entries in the cinematic oeuvre of the Chipmunks — it’s not all fun and games in this film-criticism racket — so I know that there is a “usual” to them: instantly forgettable but inoffensive fluff… you know, for kids. And since “inoffensive” is better than can be said for many movies aimed at children, the Chipmunks yet again eke out a pass. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Remember back when Sonic was the cool, edgy version of Mario? Back when his games were good and Sega could do no wrong? Well, the blue blur has seen better days since then. His games are selling less and less with each release, and even worse, the quality seems only to diminish even more with each iteration.
But you're not here to hear about my gripes with old-school video game mascot characters, are you? Well, word has it that Sonic may be hitting the big screen soon. In a recent interview with The World Folio, Sega Sammy Holdings Inc. President and CEO Hajime Satomi said the company was working on a film featuring the world-famous character.
"Sega Sammy Group is currently planning with Sony Pictures to create a live-action and animation hybrid Sonic The Hedgehog movie scheduled for release in 2018. Like with this CG animation production, we would like to »
- Joseph Medina
Right now, it seems that the movie industry is almost entirely made up of sequels and prequels, and reboots and revamps. Some of them are very welcome – like the new Star Wars films – while others are at least intriguing – the new female-led Ghostbusters, for example.
However, it has to be said that many of the sequels that Hollywood currently has in the works are entirely unnecessary. Many franchises are being stretched well beyond their natural life span just because they continue to make the studio money, as audiences flock to see films with a familiar brand name. Yes, I am saying that it’s your fault we’ve got Alvin and The Chipmunks 3: Road Chip.
In the following pages are just a small selection of the movie sequels coming in the next few years that we really don’t need. Please don’t go and see them. We beg you. »
- Christian Bone
To celebrate the release of Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip out in cinemas this Friday, we’re giving five lucky readers the chance to win a bundle of Chipmunks goodies, including car stickers, picture Frame, cowboy hat, cuddly toy, lunch bag, microphone toy, T-shirt and headphones! Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and
The post Win Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip goodies appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
comScore released the official box-office results for this past with the number one film worldwide going to 20th Century Fox and Dreamworks Animation's "Kung Fu Panda 3" for a second weekend in a row with $44.0 million. The film stars Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, J.K. Simmons, Kate Hudson, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu and David Cross.
20th Century Fox's Oscar-frontrunner "The Revenant" starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy took second place worldwide with $31.1 million. Shoebox's "A Violent Prosecutor" rounded out the top three films worldwide with $19.5 million.
"Kung Fu Panda" scored the number one spot at the Us box-office as well with $21.0 million. Universal Pictures' "Hail, Caesar!" starring George Clooney and Josh Brolin debuted at second place with $11.4 million. The ensemble comedy, directed by Joel and Ethan Cohen, also stars Ralph Fiennes, Scarlet Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Francis McDormand, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Elden Ehrenreich. »
- J.B. Casas
It’d be reasonable to say that writer and director Kevin Smith has had a more vocal and sometimes uneasy relationship with film critics than most filmmakers over the past five or ten years.
Infamously, he voiced his discontent with critics after the less than stellar response to his studio comedy, Cop Out. Back in 2010, he wrote on his Twitter feed that "from now on, any flick I'm ever involved with, I conduct screenings thusly: you wanna see it early to review it? Fine: pay like you would if you saw it next week".
There were interesting points in this (many of which were lost in the internet mass of noise that followed), and in an indirect way, it all seemed to build towards Smith's impressive horror Red State, »
“Kung Fu Panda 3” opened Friday in China and instantly dominated theater-going activity in its home territory.
The film earned $52.2 million in its first three days to Sunday, setting a new opening weekend record for a Chinese-made animation. Including previews from the weekend before, it finished Sunday with a cumulative total of $58.2 million.
The score was achieved from 9.38 million ticket sales at 278,000 screenings. It showed on 272 IMAX screens and set an opening weekend record for an animated film in the format in China, with $3.8 million. (The previous record was held by “How To Train Your Dragon 2” with $2.87 million. 12 of the top 20 cinemas in China were IMAX locations.
“Panda” utterly dominated the weekend, winning Friday (by $15.6 million ahead of second placed “Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip” on $890,000), Saturday ($19.1 million ahead of “Lost in The Pacific” with $1.12 million) and Sunday ($16.1 million ahead of “Lost” on $1.18 million.)
The film is »
- Patrick Frater
These days most animated films are sophisticated enough to be enjoyed as much by adults as they are kids. The little ones can go see Frozen and come away with magic and music branded onto their brains, while adults can appreciate it as not just a great musical, but a clever twist on classic Disney princess stories. A four-year-old may want to see The Good Dinosaur for its adorable dino, while a forty-year-old may be more drawn to its stunning animation. Striking that all ages balance isn't easy, but it's certainly worth it. All that said, the first teaser trailer for Trolls has us suspecting this may be one strictly for the kiddos (and those who like twerking animated creatures). Coming from a number of minds that collectively gave us Alvin and the Chipmunks: The...
- Peter Hall
Kung Fu Panda 3 enters a marketplace where the largest January opening for an animated feature is currently 2014's The Nut Job with $19.4 million. You can count on Po the Panda squashing that number with ease. Additional new releases looking to find a place on the chart this weekend include the 1950s-set disaster thriller The Finest Hours, the R-rated spoof feature Fifty Shades of Black and Jane Got a Gun. Question is, while Po and the Furious Five are taking the top spot will these other new releases be able to top last weekend's top two films? Last weekend's box office took a hit thanks to the East Coast snowstorm and films such as The Revenant and Star Wars may be looking to make up some ground. Starting with number one, and working in the favor of Kung Fu Panda 3 is the fact the last really strong animated release was »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Paris – These are halcyon days for Paris-based On Entertainment, already one of the top two-or-three animation companies in Europe.
On Friday night, a moved Aton Soumache, On president, took to the stage with partner Dimitri Rassam to accept UniFrance’s French Cinema Award, reminding audiences the award has been 19 years in the making, in a reference to his founding Method Animation, now part of On, in September 1997.
On’s first big animated movie, “The Little Prince,” helmed by “Kung Fu Panda” director Mark Osborne, has just punched $100 million mark worldwide, and counting, ranking as the highest-grossing French animated movie in international markets in the last 20 years. On Dec. 6, Nickelodeon bowed Stateside “Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir,” where it rubs shoulders with “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “SpongeBob SquarePants.” “Ladybug” is already a No. 1 animation show for broadcaster TF1 in France.
France hosts Europe’s biggest animation industry, producing »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
Showing on 223 screens, the bloody revenge story dropped only nine percent in its second week for a weekend gross of $3,598,781, bringing its total to $9,581,362.
The Force Awakens is now entering its 6th week, and looks certain to fall well short of Avatar's record domestic haul of $115 million plus.
Star Wars made $2.9 million over the weekend, a forty percent drop, to bring its cume to just over $85 million..
Coming in third was Roadshow's adaptation of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps. Opening on 273 screens, the Jack Black-starrer pulled in $2.8 million in its first week, neck and neck with J.J. Abrams' space opera over the weekend..
Sony's The 5th Wave came in fourth in its first week. »
- Harry Windsor
We’re seeing big cinema releases almost every weekend now. But is this a good thing?
Do you remember during 2014, where lots of fans stubbornly declared Captain America: The Winter Soldier the best film of that summer despite its opening in March/April? It was joined by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in trying to steal a march on the competition, but clearly when you think big blockbusters, they’re associated with a certain time of year. And given how for the studios, summer season occupies a full third of the year from May to August, and Christmas the sweet period from November all the way through to New Year, that should be plenty of room for the Avengers, Star Wars and Jurassic Parks of the world, right?
Except that there are plenty more 'tentpoles' (big releases to prop up the studio’s bottom line) being made and »
Just in time to coincide with the release of Ride Along 2, a new trailer for The Secret Life of Pets focuses on a character voiced by Kevin Hart. In the upcoming animated feature, the comedian speaks the part of a white rabbit named Snowball. And as seems to be a growing trend in family-film humor (see the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise), he accidentally poops when he's excited. The Secret Life of Pets is from the studio that made the Despicable...
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Just in time to coincide with the release of Ride Along 2, a new trailer for The Secret Life of Pets focuses on a character voiced by Kevin Hart. In the upcoming animated feature, the comedian speaks the part of a white rabbit named Snowball. And as seems to be a growing trend in family film humor (see the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise), he accidentally poops when he's excited. The Secret Life of Pets is from the studio that made the Despicable Me movies, which you'll be reminded of both in the appearance of Minions gallivanting around their logo and in the mention in the trailer that it's "from the humans" who gave us that hit franchise. As with Despicable Me, this movie seems to have fun blurring the lines of...
- Christopher Campbell
Following the Golden Globes and ahead of the Oscar nominations, the annual Razzies have released their nominations this year for the ‘worst of the worst’ of cinema.
This year, unsurprisingly, Fantastic Four, Pixels, Jupiter Ascending and Fifty Shades of Grey lead the charge with several nominations each in several categories. Other heavily-nominated films include Mortdecai, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Alvin and the Chipmunks 4: Road Chip.
See Also: 10 Golden Globe Best Musical or Comedy nominations that aren’t musicals or comedies
Here’s the full list of nominations:
Paul Blart Mall Cop 2
Adam Sandler (The Cobbler and Pixels)
- Luke Owen
Here's your estimated 3-day box office returns (new releases bolded): 1. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens - $41.0 million ($812.0 million total) 2. The Revenant - $38.0 million ($39.5 million total) 3. Daddy's Home - $15.0 million ($116.3 million total) 4. The Forest - $13.0 million ($13.0 million total) 5. Sisters - $7.1 million ($74.8 million total) 6. The Hateful Eight - $6.35 million ($41.4 million total) 7. The Big Short - $6.3 million ($42.8 million total) 8. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip - $5.5 million ($75.6 million total) 9. Joy - $4.5 million ($46.5 million total) 10. Concussion - $3.0 million ($30.9 million total) The Big Stories After three strong weekends at the top a challenger has come-a-calling to Star Wars. His name...
- Erik Childress
Daisy Ridley and John Boyega in Star Wars: The Force Awakens . Star Wars: The Force Awakens might have beaten Avatar for the all-time Bo crown at the North American box office after only 20 days in release, but the J.J. Abrams-directed blockbuster still has a long way to go in Australia. . On 323 screens and in its fourth week of release, Star Wars is about to crack $80 million, with takings of $79,878,824 by the end of Sunday.. . Avatar had taken $115,600,481 by the end of its 2009 run. . The return of Han and Leia outpaced Alejandro González Iñárritu's The Revenant in its first week of release. . Starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Tom Hardy as fur trappers determined to do one another in, The Revenant opened on 216 screens with a cume of $4,012,578, less than Star Wars' weekend gross of $4,893,166, which was down 46 percent from last week.. . Coming in third was the Tina Fey-Amy Poehler comedy Sisters, »
- Harry Windsor
China remains too unique a market for anyone to be absolutely sure how well “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will do at the theatrical box office. Disney is doing little to manage expectations up or down, and everything to ensure that the score will be huge.
The film opens in the Middle Kingdom on Saturday January 9, making it the last territory in the world to receive the blockbuster. Estimates for total gross currently range from $107 million according to local box office trackers, to as high as $230 million, according to securities firm Nomura Holdings, which sees it equaling “Jurassic World.”
Neither of those numbers will come close to challenging Chinese box office records set last year by “Monster Hunt” and “Fast & Furious 7,” which both ended up north of $380 million. And neither will be enough to see the China score lift “The Force Awakens” above the worldwide total record held by “Avatar. »
- Patrick Frater
Here's your estimated 3-day box office returns (new releases bolded): 1. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens - $88.3 million ($740.2 million total) 2. Daddy's Home - $29.0 million ($93.6 million total) 3. The Hateful Eight - $16.2 million ($29.5 million total) 4. Sisters - $12.5 million ($61.7 million total) 5. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip - $11.8 million ($67.3 million total) 6. Joy - $10.4 million ($38.7 million total) 7. The Big Short - $9.0 million ($32.9 million total) 8. Concussion - $8.0 million ($25.3 million total) 9. Point Break - $10.2 million ($22.4 million total) 10. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 - $4.6 million ($274.2 million total) The Big Stories Down Goes Avatar! That should be the headline come Tuesday as Star...
- Erik Childress
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is about to crack $70 million at the local Bo after racking up a weekend gross of $8.9 million on 324 screens, according to Rentrak estimates.
In its third week of release, the Disney monster rang up $1.9 million on Thursday, $2.3 on Friday, $2.5 Saturday and $2.2 Sunday to bring its total to $69,816 by end of day Sunday.
The Jj Abrams directed epic will have to exhibit legs of granite to take the all-time local Bo crown of $115 million set by Avatar in 2009, as recorded by the Mpdaa.
On 251 screens, the Paramount comedy made $3.5 million over the weekend to bring its total to $9.8 million.
Meanwhile Disney/Pixar.s The Good Dinosaur passed the $7 million mark in week two of release to come in third. »
- Harry Windsor
20 items from 2016
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