12 items from 2016
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:
While the new movies reigned at the box office this past weekend, both Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven (Sony) and the animated Storks (Warner Bros.) didn’t fare nearly as well as our projections, both falling short by about $10 million. The Magnificent Seven, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, fared decently with $34.7million, which is about the average for Washington’s films, but the fourth highest opening for a Western after last year’s The Revenant, the animated Rango, and Cowboys and Aliens. Storks’ $21.3 million opening wasn’t great compared to other animated September releases with Sony still holding the September opening record with Hotel Transylvania 2, but it should continue to do well with no other animated movies opening for another month. »
- Edward Douglas
Matt Edwards Aug 30, 2016
If it wasn’t for summer blockbuster season it would be a nightmare for Den of Geek to maintain our chic pale complexions. We’ve seen so many films this summer that we look like porcelain dolls (the shine comes from popcorn grease).
It was never our intention to learn anything other than imperative information about Jason Bourne’s backstory. None the less, 2016 had proven to be such an interesting year for cinema that we couldn’t help but be struck by the following observations.
A quick note before we dig in. We’re counting summer blockbuster season as March to the end of August. We know that’s not how seasons work, but that feels like a tidy set of dates to use to capture the films that are part of the mid-year blockbuster flurry. »
"My whole life, even now, I'm attracted to mayhem," Todd Phillips is saying, feet resting on a spotless coffee table inside his spotless office on the Warner Bros. film-studio lot in Burbank, him having turned this lifelong attraction into so much money you can't believe it.
Take the three Hangover movies, from 2009 to 2013, all of which Phillips directed and two of which he co-wrote. Altogether, they've raked in $1.4 billion, with lunacy galore, chain-smoking monkeys, unexpected face tattoos, roofie-puffed marshmallows and so forth, ad nauseam. Crazy stuff, none of which would »
Back in 2013, the movie-rental kiosk company Redbox announced the launch of a new video subscription service, called Redbox Instant, to much fanfare and excitement within the confines of the Redbox corporate headquarters. A joint venture with Verizon, the service was intended as an alternative to industry leader Netflix, and proved to be exactly as popular as a business venture that shutters its doors 18 months later would lead you to believe. It’s unclear what combination of factors contributed to its failure, but presumably a lack of interest in being able to stream The Hangover Part III played a role.
But the company now thinks it may have finally figured out how to crack this whole “streaming” business, and is even thinking about trading in the rabbit ears on top of its old rotary-dialed television and getting one of them fancy blinking box things. Variety reports Redbox Digital, a ...
- Alex McCown
Hollywood: The town of A-list parties, glamour and some pretty big pay checks. Before your favorite stars sign on the dotted line and agree to star in the biggest movies of the year, they agree to a contract that could earn themselves millions of dollars. Did you know Sandra Bullock was reportedly paid close to $20 million when she signed on to star in Gravity alongside George Clooney? After grossing $700 million worldwide and earning 10 Academy Award nominations, we'd say it was worth every dime. There's also Bradley Cooper who helped carry on the Wolfpack in The Hangover Part III. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the actor earned $15 million to star in the Las Vegas »
Welcome to the third week of CinemaNerdz’s “Preview Reel” where we look at the week’s upcoming wide release movies. The first two weeks gave us Captain America: Civil War and Money Monster, but this week features one of the more intriguing weekends of the summer as there are three wide releases slated for Friday. We have the animated The Angry Birds Movie, Shane Black’s The Nice Guys, and the latest Seth Rogen comedy, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. All three movies seem to feature different genres of comedy, so let’s break them down to see if any of them are worth your time and money this weekend.
The Angry Birds Movie
What we are excited about:
Hopefully this movie can channel the same magic 2014’s The Lego Movie was able to capture. Many people wrote that movie off as a commercial to advertise LEGOs, but everything about that movie was awesome. »
- Scott Davis
Summer doesn’t officially start until June 21, but the movie business operates on its own calendar. The foreign release of “Captain America: Civil War” this weekend and its domestic debut in five days kicks off Hollywood’s busiest season and signals that it’s popcorn movie time again.
The next four months will bring sequels aplenty, costumed vigilantes, and the destruction of several major cities. If movie studios have gamed out their major releases correctly, then they stand to profit handsomely from new Avengers, X-Men, Ghostbusters, and Star Trek installments. If not, they could be left holding a “R.I.P.D.”
Here are five burning questions that audiences will help answer at the multiplexes this summer.
1.) Does star power still matter?
- Brent Lang
It’s a prequel and a sequel! It’s got girl powerrr and lady-hating! It’s a mashup of Lord of the Rings and Frozen! It’s all these things, and less. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast
I’m “biast” (con): wasn’t crazy about the first film
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It’s a prequel and a sequel! It’s full of girl powerrr and reflexive lady-hating! It’s a parody mashup of Lord of the Rings with Frozen and it’s a longform conceptual fashion shoot! The Huntsman: Winter’s War is all these things, and more, and sometimes less. It’s a story about the horror of child soldiers without the horror. It’s a love-conquers-all story with almost no genuine emotional content at all. It’s a comedy without any actual humor. It’s a movie in which, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Known for outrageous, sometimes mean-spirited comedies like “The Hangover,” “Due Date” and “Old School,” director Todd Phillips has been itching to make something dramatic in these last few years. He’s been slowly moving towards a darker, nastier edge in comedies too as evinced by “Due Date,” which featured Robert Downey Jr. spitting in the face of an adorable French bulldog, and “The Hangover Part III,” easily the darkest of the series. Phillips almost directed “The Gambler” with Mark Wahlberg and he’s had other dramatic irons in the fire too. But it appears he’s finally gotten there in “War Dogs,” the arms-dealing film starring Jonah Hill and Miles Teller. Granted, it looks like a comedy in the same twisted way that Scorsese’s “The Wolf Of Wall Street” was hilarious but morally abject. Based on a true story, “War Dogs” follows two friends in their early 20s (Hill »
- Edward Davis
Woefully bad feint at a dramedy in which everyone agrees the “hero” is a terrible excuse for a man… and he gets the message that he is awesome anyway. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
If there is a point to this woefully unfunny, outright galling feint at a dramedy, I can’t find it. I mean, it cannot possibly be that the way for a man to regain his mojo — or to find it in the first place, if he seems to have never had any — is to spin a complicated web of deceit that involves lying and cheating and trashing the few important relationships in his life? Can it? Jack Black (Goosebumps, Sex Tape) is the same-old hapless schmoe he always plays, but his Dan Landsman isn’t a supposedly lovable loser this time, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Before we get started, a warning that mild spoilers ensue. All right, all set? Like its 2008 predecessor, 10 Cloverfield Lane has been cloaked in secrecy, so it might not come as a surprise that one of the biggest names in the credits has been kept under wraps: Bradley Cooper. The film centers mainly around Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Howard (John Goodman), and Emmett (John Gallagher Jr.), but Cooper managers to make a cameo so small, you might miss it if you're not looking for it. In one of the first scenes, Michelle packs a bag and leaves her fiancé, Ben. At some point while she's driving away, he calls her. She hesitantly picks up the phone and puts it on speaker. Ben starts talking to her, and it's Cooper's voice! Unfortunately, we never actually get to meet him. Image Source: Paramount Pictures If this cameo feels out-of-the-blue to you, remember that »
- Maggie Pehanick
At the time, Todd Phillips’ box office smash went on to become the biggest R-rated comedy of all time, pulling in close to $470 million worldwide. Such success naturally gave Phillips and Warner Bros. the impetus to fast-track a sequel, though both it and the derided The Hangover Part III in 2013 served up a classic class of diminishing returns critically and financially. By that point, the Wolfpack had lost their charm.
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History has taught us that comedy sequels are a difficult feat to accomplish in that they often lead to recycling old jokes to little effect – 22 Jump Street is the shining exception to the rule. Five years ago, The Hangover Part II essentially churned out the same »
- Michael Briers
12 items from 2016
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