13 items from 2017
When it comes to box-office results, last year wasn't good for Sony Pictures Entertainment. The expected hits, like the Ghostbusters remake and Passengers underperformed, and the biggest Sony film of 2016 was The Angry Birds Movie, which earned almost $350 million worldwide. Overall, Sony Pictures ended up with an 8% market share (less than 1/3 of Disney's total) and nearly a 6% drop from the 2015. The lack of big financial hits, many successes of the rest of Sony's divisions (PlayStation, Sony Music) and the recent departure of Sony Entertainment CEO, Michael Lynton (no announcement on his replacement has been made yet) are definitely not helping to improve the situation. According to The New York Post, the situation is so bad, that bank agents have recently visited Tokyo to advise on selling some of Sony Entertainment's properties. CEO of CBS, Lesile Moonves and unknown Chinese investors have expressed interest in buying both Columbia and the TV division, »
This ranking includes only new theatrical releases viewed for the awards year of 2016 (for eligibility for the Academy Awards and the Ofcs and Awfj awards); some films released in the UK without Us releases (and so ineligible for those awards this year) may also be included, for my own bookkeeping purposes. Links go to my review. Numbers after each entry are Date First Viewed/NYC Release Date/London Release Date; year is 2016 unless otherwise noted.
01.03.17: This ranking is not quite final; I will continue to add films and links to reviews through the awards season that ends with the Oscars ceremony on February 26th.
worth paying multiplex prices for
La La Land (10.07/12.09/01.13.17)
A Monster Calls (10.06/12.23/01.01.17)
The Lobster (07.16.15/05.13/10.16.15)
Zootropolis (aka Zootopia) (02.22/03.04/03.25)
A Bigger Splash (10.08.15/05.04/02.12)
Miss Sloane (11.20/11.25/02.24.17)
London Road (06.03.15/09.09/06.12.15)
The Girl with All the Gifts (07.26/Tba/09.23)
I, Daniel Blake (10.22/12.23/10.21)
Hidden Figures (12.14/12.25/02.17.17)
A United Kingdom (10.05/02.17.17/11.25)
Eye in the Sky (04.07/03.11/04.15)
- MaryAnn Johanson
Last year, Sony Pictures Animation brought the most downloaded game of all time to the screen with the 3D computer-animated Angry Birds. And now, the studio is revving up with a fresh slate of family-friendly fare for 2017 and beyond. Films to look forward to focus on everything from Smurfs to emojis to Spider-Man. There’s even an animated musical featuring the work of Pulitzer Prize winner Lin-Manuel Miranda. "Each movie really reflects the unique take and vision of the filmmaker...
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Every so often movie comes along that causes movie-goers to scratch their collective heads and ask “who thought that this was a good idea.” They’re obvious from a mile off: board games, mobile games, toy lines and abstract bits of tech. It’s why movies like Battleship, Ouija and The Angry Birds Movie were such abject critical failures; after the initial marketable idea, there’s just nothing there to base a movie on. At least Transformers and G.I. Joe had long-running TV series to fall back on for characters and storylines. Sometimes though, loath as I am to admit it, these kinds
- Brian Hadsell
Get Ready. Get Set. Get Nuts. Assemble the team and take back the park with the new trailer from The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature.
Surly and the gang return in the upcoming comedy starring Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Bobby Moynihan, Gabriel Iglesias, Jeff Dunham, Bobby Cannavale, Isabela Moner, Sebastian Maniscalo, Peter Stormare and Jackie Chan.
Surly Squirrel (Will Arnett) and the gang are back. We are once again in Oakton where the evil mayor has decided to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place. Surly and his ragtag group of animal friends band together to save their home, defeat the mayor, and take back the park.
The Nut Job 2 also features the voice talent of Katherine Heigl (The Nut Job), Jackie Chan (Kung Fu Panda 3), Peter Stormare (Penguins of Madagascar), Bobby Cannavale (Ant-Man), Isabela Moner (Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life »
- Michelle McCue
An all-new season of Angry Birds Comics is here! Featuring art and stories from some of today’s finest storytellers, this new series is guaranteed to please readers of all ages who love the Angry Birds app or great comics in general!
Angry Birds Comics: Game Play #1 is out on January 18th, priced $3.99. »
- Amie Cranswick
Last time, I covered the best movies of 2016— and now it’s time for the flip side. Brace yourself.
#6: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – In my top list I praised Captain America: Civil War for being a kind of triumphant pinnacle of fan service in comic book movies. Batman v Superman might well be the dark mirror of that idea: fan service run completely amok. Characters are crammed in this movie every which way along with vague concepts, half-formed ideas, and every frame of iconic superhero artwork Zack Snyder has ever seen. Batman v Superman is depressing both in tone and failed potential. The Superman that Snyder puts on the screen is the worst interpretation of the character I’ve ever seen, impulsive and violent without a trace of warmth. Only the moderately badass Wonder Woman sequences save this movie from higher placement on this list, and they »
- Arthur Tebbel
Zoe Saldana is the latest actress to join the surprisingly stacked voice cast of Hasbro and Lionsgate’s My Little Pony: The Movie, an animated musical based on the television series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Variety, the outlet that broke the news, didn’t offer up any details as to which character she’ll be playing.
The Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Trek Beyond actress will be joining a cast that brings together a diverse group of actors, including Sia, Liev Schreiber, Emily Blunt, Taye Diggs, Kristin Chenoweth, Uzo Aduba, Michael Pena and Tara Strong.
The film follows Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy and Rarity, otherwise known as the “Mane Six,” as they set out on a quest to save their town of Ponyville from a threat, all while making new friends and overcoming challenges.
A new logo for the movie has also hit the web… »
- Justin Cook
Owen Wilson and his vehicular counterpart, Lightning McQueen, are back in an all-new Cars story. In this 3rd movie, he'll be joined by newcomers Armie Hammer and Cristela Alonzo. Come inside to get under the hood of the vehicles they'll be playing!
Cars 3 comes out this summer but before we hit the motor speedway, Disney-Pixar revealed the cars that will be opposite Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson). They didn't just reveal them with words, though. Nay, they gave us show-style videos to get an idea of what the new sports cars will be like.
Storm is described as fast, sleek and ready to race. A frontrunner in the next generation of racers, Storm’s quiet confidence and cocky demeanor are off-putting—but »
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Coming to cinemas this summer is the third film in the hit Cars franchise, courtesy of the folks at the legendary Pixar animation studio. Ahead of the release off Cars 3, the studio and Walt Disney Pictures have released some new character profiles, which you can check out below.
Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!
Click on the character images to enlarge.
Lightning McQueen is world champion—a modern-day »
- Paul Heath
Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over, the long winter is setting in. But don’t feel down – with the busyness of the holidays in the past, now is a perfect time to relax and unwind with the family. And what better way to do that than in the coziness of a Cineplex theatre, at a Family Favourites presentation!
There are family-friendly features playing at Cineplex theatres every Saturday morning at 11am as part of our Family Favourites program. Admission is only $2.99 and a portion of the proceeds goes towards We.org. Revisit an old favourite, or discover a new family favourite together on the big screen!
Jan 7 – Ratchet and Clank
Ratchet and Clank tells the story of two unlikely heroes. »
- Jenny Bullough
A total of 145 scores were recently announced as being eligible for this year’s Academy Award, with everything from perceived frontrunner “La La Land” (Justin Hurwitz) and “Jackie” (Mica Levi) to outliers like “Sausage Party” and “Elle.” The final five will be nominated on January 24. In the meantime, avail yourself of this Spotify playlist featuring selections from 110 of the eligible scores — as well as the full list of every eligible score.
The Abolitionists,” Tim Jones, composer
“Armenia, My Love, »
- Michael Nordine
91 songs were recently named as being eligible for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, including three from Damien Chazelle’s musical “La La Land” and high-profile tunes by the likes of Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake and Sia. We’ll know which five are ultimately nominated on January 24. In the meantime, avail yourself of this Spotify playlist featuring 70 of the eligible songs — and the full list of all 91.
Read More: 2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Song
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“Just Like Fire” from “Alice through the Looking Glass”
“Rise” from “American Wrestler: The Wizard”
“Friends” from “The Angry Birds Movie”
“Flicker” from “Audrie & Daisy”
“Seconds” from “Autumn Lights”
“A Minute To Breathe” from “Before the Flood”
“Glory (Let There Be Peace)” from “Believe”
“Mother’s Theme” from “Believe”
“Somewhere” from “Believe”
“The Only Way Out” from “Ben-Hur”
“Still Falling For You »
- Michael Nordine
13 items from 2017
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