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Battle of the Sexes movie review: totally ace

MaryAnn’s quick take… An essential history lesson with a smart smack of relevance for today (because feminism always has to be relitigated). It’s also warm, funny, and hugely entertaining. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for movies about women

I’m “biast” (con): not a sports fan at all

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

That saying about those not remembering the past being condemned to repeat it? Of course it’s true… but sometimes it’s not an accident that the past gets forgotten. Sometimes the squashing of history — and the continuation of history into the present — is deliberate. Feminists know this: Women are constantly having to reinvent feminism, refight the same battles, because they don’t stay won. A brief moment of small triumph very quickly gets drowned out by major cultural pushback; women may savor victory only long enough
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'Annabelle' Sequel Eyes $30+ Million Opening as Summer Slow Down Continues

'Annabelle' Sequel Eyes $30+ Million Opening as Summer Slow Down Continues
Saturday Am Update: WB and New Line's Annabelle: Creation is off to an excellent start, bringing in an estimated $15 million on Friday (including $4 million from Thursday previews) on its way to a weekend around $35 million if not more. It's also great news for director David F. Sandberg who helmed last year's hit Lights Out for WB. That film went on to gross nearly $150 million worldwide on a budget under $5 million. The film received a "B" CinemaScore, matching the score for the first film. Open Road's The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature is performing even worse than expected, delivering an estimated $3 million on Friday. This is already shaping up to be the lowest opening for a film playing in over 4,000 theaters by a wide margin. Currently the worst opening for an opening that size belongs to The Emoji Movie with $24.5 million, but with the $9 million or so Nut Job 2 is
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John Oliver Is Zazu in Disney's Lion King Live-Action Remake

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John Oliver Is Zazu in Disney's Lion King Live-Action Remake
John Oliver, the host of HBO's popular weekly series Last Week Tonight, has become the latest to join the talented voice cast for Disney's live-action Lion King reboot. The actor will be lending his voice to Zazu, the colorful bird who serves as an adviser to King Mufasa (James Earl Jones). In the original 1994 animated classic, Zazu was voiced by Mr. Bean star Rowan Atkinson, with Jeff Bennett voicing the character in the new animated series The Lion Guard.

The Wrap broke the news of this casting, which comes just a few months after Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner signed on to voice Pumbaa and Timon, respectively. Director Jon Favreau will utilize the same type of technology that brought the photo-realistic animals to life in the filmmaker's 2016 blockbuster The Jungle Book. John Oliver also joins Donald Glover as Simba and the iconic James Earl Jones, reprising his voice role as
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Giveaway: Win Smurfs: The Lost Village On Blu-ray/ DVD And Tickets To Omaha’s Color Run on July 15

“Join the Smurfs on their biggest adventure yet…at the Omaha Color Run!

You can win:

a pair of tickets to The Color Run at the CenturyLink Event Center on July 15th a Blu-ray copy of Smurfs: The Lost Village! The Smurfs will be greeting participants with Little Bites Smurfberry Muffins as they cross the finish line.

Stop by and say hi and enter to win Smurf prizes!

Smurfs: The Lost Village is now available on Vudu, and on Blu-ray and DVD July 11th!”

Enter for a chance to win:

Your Name And Email In Our Comments Section Below.

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Make it a family movie night with the beloved blue creatures in the fully animated, all-new take on
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Join the Adventure! Smurfs: The Lost Village Debuts on 4K, Blu-ray & DVD July 11th

The critics love Smurfs: The Lost Village :

“The entire family will love this movie.” ~ Shawn Edwards, Fox-tv

“Hilarious and adorable for the whole family to enjoy!” ~ Deepa Prashad, The Family Channel

Make it a family movie night with the beloved blue creatures in the fully animated, all-new take on The Smurfs when Sony Pictures Animation’s Smurfs: The Lost Village debuts on digital June 20 and on 4K Ultra HD™/Blu-ray™ + Digital, Blu-ray + Digital and DVD July 11 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Boasting an “A” CinemaScore with general audiences and a rare “A+” with those under the age of 18, Smurfs: The Lost Village follows Smurfette and her friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs
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Baywatch movie review: sun’s out, dumb’s out

MaryAnn’s quick take… A beach-slap to anyone with a brain. Embodies everything that is wrong with Hollywood today. It is proudly dumb. It is proudly sexist. It is proudly pointless. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

These are the shoals upon which critics are broken. Those gently susurrating waves? The bastard power of water to wear everything down. Those lovely soft grains of sand on the beach? Every one of them a thoughtful film lover who has dedicated her- or himself to considering cinema, now ground down into a tiny tiny pebble.

Baywatch is a beach-slap fuck-you to anyone with a brain. Your gonads may be engaged if you are a heterosexual man (or a homosexual woman, though that will be accidental) who has not graduated from a tween sexuality in which disembodied boobs
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Wamg Giveaway – Win the Rock Dog Blu-ray

Rock Out with an All-Star Cast in this Laugh-Out-Loud Musical Family Adventure on Digital HD May 9th and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand May 23rd!

From Academy Award-nominated writer-director Ash Brannon (Best Animated Feature Film, Surf’s Up, 2007) comes the heartwarming and hilarious family film Rock Dog, on Digital HD May 9th and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand May 23rd from Lionsgate. The music-filled adventure about a dog’s quest to fulfill his dream features an all-star cast, including J.K. Simmons (Zootopia), Luke Wilson (Old School), Eddie Izzard (Cars 2), Lewis Black (Inside Out), and Kenan Thompson (The Smurfs 2).

Now you can own Get Out Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has Four copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie co-starring Luke Wilson? (mine is The Royal Tennenbaums!). It’s so easy!

Good Luck!

Official Rules:
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Rock Dog On Digital HD May 9th and on Blu-ray & DVD May 23rd

Rock Out with an All-Star Cast in this Laugh-Out-Loud Musical Family Adventure on Digital HD May 9th and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand May 23rd!

From Academy Award-nominated writer-director Ash Brannon (Best Animated Feature Film, Surf’s Up, 2007) comes the heartwarming and hilarious family film Rock Dog, on Digital HD May 9th and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand May 23rd from Lionsgate. The music-filled adventure about a dog’s quest to fulfill his dream features an all-star cast, including J.K. Simmons (Zootopia), Luke Wilson (Old School), Eddie Izzard (Cars 2), Lewis Black (Inside Out), and Kenan Thompson (The Smurfs 2).

When a radio falls from the sky into the hands of a wide-eyed Tibetan Mastiff, he leaves home to fulfill his dream of becoming a musician, setting into motion a series of completely unexpected events.

A film the whole family will want to jam to, the Rock Dog home entertainment
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Where is the Smurfs Nostalgia?

Box OfficeThe real Lost Village for these iconic characters is Fanville.

My two-and-a-half-year-old daughter was watching TV yesterday when a Smurfs: The Lost Village commercial came on. “Trolls!” she shouted, mistaking the new movie about little blue creatures for the recent movie about little pink and orange and blue creatures. One bunch wears white hats, the other has crazy hair, but it’s easy to see how they could be confused, especially by a toddler. And she didn’t even see any footage of Gargamel, whose Smurf-consuming desires are akin to the Bergens and their taste for Trolls.

Did Trolls trump Smurfs, causing the latter to open much lower than initial expectations? The Lost Village had originally been projected for a $20m opening, if not slightly more. Then The Boss Baby became a hit last weekend, and predictions fell to $15m-$18m, the higher end of that range being what the live-action/CG hybrid The Smurfs 2 debuted
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The Boss Baby Repeats Box Office Win with $26.3M

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The Boss Baby Repeats Box Office Win with $26.3M
After a successful first weekend at the box office, The Boss Baby, an animated comedy from DreamWorks Animation, had no trouble repeating at the box office. The hit movie went up against Warner Bros.' comedy remake Going in Style, Sony's animated adventure Smurfs: The Lost Village and PureFlix's faith-based drama The Case For Christ. None of these new releases stood a chance, with The Boss Baby repeating atop the box office with $26.3 million, followed closely by Disney's blockbuster Beauty and the Beast with $25 million.

Box Office Mojo reports that Smurfs: The Lost Village, Sony's new fully animated movie in the beloved franchise, opened in 3,610 theaters, debuting in third place with $14 million for a meager $3,882 per-screen average. Going in Style debuted in 3,061 theaters in fourth place with $12.5 million with a $4,084 per-screen average, while The Case for Christ opened in 10th place with $3.9 million. Smurfs: The Lost Village and Going In Style weren't critically acclaimed,
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Box Office: ‘Boss Baby’ Beats Up On ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’

Box Office: ‘Boss Baby’ Beats Up On ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’
The Smurfs may be feeling kind of blue.

The cuddly creatures’ once-promising film franchise is looking awfully creaky after “Smurfs: The Lost Village” stumbled at the domestic box office this weekend. The Sony release opened to a negligible $14.1 million. The film was an attempt to reinvigorate the series after 2013’s “The Smurfs 2” racked up a disappointing $347.5 million on a hefty $105 million budget. It’s a fall from quite a height. The first film, 2011’s “The Smurfs,” had showed such promise, grossing $563.7 million globally, but interest in the big screen adventures of the cuddly creatures has waned with each sequel.

With the Smurfs failing to generate much excitement, DreamWorks Animation and Fox’s “The Boss Baby” captured first place at the North American box office for the second consecutive weekend, earning $26.3 million to push its domestic haul to $89.4 million. Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” came in second, pulling in
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Box Office: ‘Boss Baby’ Stays in Charge, Edging ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Box Office: ‘Boss Baby’ Stays in Charge, Edging ‘Beauty and the Beast’
In a tight battle, animated comedy “The Boss Baby” is again edging “Beauty and the Beast” with about $26.6 million at the pre-Easter weekend box office in North America, estimates showed Saturday.

Disney’s fourth weekend of “Beauty and the Beast” will finish a close second with about $25.2 million at 4,210 venues in what will be the 10th-highest fourth weekend of all time. The North American haul for the live-action blockbuster will wind up at around $432.5 million. That’s just behind “E.T. — The Extraterrestrial” for the 14th spot on the all-time list.

Sony’s opening of the animated family film “Smurfs: The Lost Village” is heading for third with about $14.5 million at 3,610 locations. The film received an A+ CinemaScore from the under 18 demographic and A overall, giving hope that the blue creatures will show some holding power during final weeks of spring break.

New Line’s launch of senior-citizen heist comedy “Going in Style
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Box Office: ‘Boss Baby’ to Fire ‘Smurfs,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’ With Second Win

Box Office: ‘Boss Baby’ to Fire ‘Smurfs,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’ With Second Win
Alec Baldwin is still the box office boss.

The Boss Baby” is heading for a second straight victory over a trio of newcomers and Emma Watson’s “Beauty and the Beast,” with about $25 million at the domestic pre-Easter weekend box office, early estimates showed Friday.

Disney’s fourth weekend of “Beauty and the Beast” will finish a close second in the $21 million to $23 million range to lift its North American haul to around $430 million — enough to become the 15th highest-grossing film of all time at the domestic box office, surpassing Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

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Going in Style’ Tops ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ at Thursday Box Office

A pair of newcomers — Sony’s animated “Smurfs: The Lost Village” and New Line’s heist comedy “Going in Style” — will battle for third place with “Smurfs” finishing in the $13 million to $15 million range at 3,610 locations, while “Going in Style
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Smurfs: The Lost Village Review

I figured it was the live-action that was the problem.

The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2 were, for the most part, rambunctious, asinine, lazily written child distractors, the cinematic equivalent of a big, bouncing blue ball. It bounces up and down, up and down, up and down, and eventually, something gets smashed or broken, but the kid is (seemingly) transfixed. But amongst the drivel, there were always shining little moments of promise and potential. They came near the top of the films, as we watched our CG Smurfs interact in their animated environment known as Smurf Village, away from their dreaded, pointless impending visit to the Big Apple. These segments were lively, engaging, inspired and, dare I say it, kinda fun. They were everything the resulting 80 minutes (and change) weren’t, a glimpse into what could’ve been if Sony Animation decided to cut their losses and stick with the animation.
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‘Going in Style’ Tops ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ at Thursday Box Office

‘Going in Style’ Tops ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ at Thursday Box Office
New Line’s remake of “Going in Style” launched with a moderate $600,000 on Thursday night, while Sony’s animated “Smurfs: The Lost Village” debuted with $375,000.

Going in Style,” starring Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin, and Michael Caine, is expected to open to a quiet $8 million Friday-Sunday during the pre-Easter weekend when it premieres at 3,601 sites. “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” which played at 2,731 sites on Thursday, is forecast to take in around $15 million at 3,061 locations, while Pure Flix’s faith-based “The Case for Christ” has been projected to reel in about $5 million at 1,175 venues.

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Alan Arkin Talks Ageism at ‘Going in Style’ Premiere: ‘We Shove Older People Off to the Corners’

Holdovers will probably dominate the weekend. Fox’s second weekend of the animated comedy “The Boss Baby” is likely to repeat as the winner of the domestic box office, earning around $25 million, following its surprisingly strong $50.2 million opening at 3,773 sites.
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Smurfs & Gramps Take One Last Swing At Box Office -- The Weekend Warrior

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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.

Three New Movies May Have Trouble Making Much of a Mark

After a couple impressive March weekends with one new box office record, and a couple impressive openings, we’re now into April, and of the new movies, there just doesn’t seem like anything can defeat last week’s powerful duo of DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby--which exceeded all predictions with $49 million, taking the top spot from Beauty and the Beast. Ghost in the Shell didn’t even do as well as I thought it may, opening with just $19 million, those late reviews helping to kill its weekend.

Sony Pictures Animation are giving the loveable blue Smurfs a third go at American audiences with The Smurfs: The Lost Village (Sony), after two previous movies,
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'Smurfs 3' and 'Going in Style' Debut as Moviegoers Await 'Fast and Furious 8'

'Smurfs 3' and 'Going in Style' Debut as Moviegoers Await 'Fast and Furious 8'
We've already seen some strong performances at the box office this year all of which have contributed to the yearly domestic box office topping $3 billion in ticket sales faster than it ever has before. Last weekend, The Boss Baby became the fifth release of 2017 to top $50 million at the weekend box office and while this weekend won't see similar returns for the week's new wide releases, it's the relative calm before the storm as Universal's The Fate of the Furious debuts next weekend, sure to become the year's second $100+ million opener. As for this weekend, the top twelve may struggle to reach $120 million collectively as both Smurfs: The Lost Village and Going in Style are looking at relatively soft openings while Pure Flix's The Case for Christ should find a spot in the lower half of the weekend top ten. At the top of the box office it's looking like
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Box-Office Preview: 'Smurfs 3,' 'Going in Style' No Match for 'Boss Baby,' 'Beauty'

Box-Office Preview: 'Smurfs 3,' 'Going in Style' No Match for 'Boss Baby,' 'Beauty'
Don't look for any of the three new movies opening nationwide this weekend to be the boss of hearty pre-Easter holdovers The Boss Baby and Beauty and the Beast, both of which could earn in the high $20 million range, if not more.

The staying power of the two family films are going to make life especially tough for Sony's animated Smurfs: The Lost Village, which is projected to debut in the mid-teen millions.

Lost Village was intended to reboot the film series after The Smurfs 2, released in 2013, did far less business than The Smurfs (2011). Boasting...
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‘Boss Baby’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Will Battle Again For Box-Office Bragging Rights

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‘Boss Baby’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Will Battle Again For Box-Office Bragging Rights
The Boss Baby” (20th Century Fox) and “Beauty and the Beast” (Disney) should take the top slots this early spring weekend, but the DreamWorks Animation comedy isn’t guaranteed to hold on to number one.

We’re in the middle of staggered school spring vacation season, so family-oriented films abound. That explains Sony’s release of “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” which looks to do best among the three new wide releases. However, “Going in Style” (Warner Bros.) and “The Case for Christ” (PureFlix) are less predictable with their respective older and faith-based core audiences.

Read More: ‘The Boss Baby’ and ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Fight for Second Behind the Unstoppable ‘Beauty and the Beast

This looks like another weekend that will outpace last year’s, when the top 10 grossed $91 million; expect this one to reach at least $100 million.

Alec Baldwin as an overgrown, big-mouth animated infant bested the third week of “Beauty” by $5 million,
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Movie Review: The Lost Village isn’t that Smurfing bad, at least for a Smurfs movie

  • The AV Club
When it comes to movies about the Belgian cartoonist Peyo’s diminutive, liberty-cap-wearing, blue-skinned Schtroumpfs (or Smurfs, as well call them), being “good enough” means exceeding all expectations. Their first, Peyo-directed cinematic outing, released in this country as The Smurfs And The Magic Flute, is notable only for a song score that The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg’s Michel Legrand seemed to have composed in the midst of a mental breakdown; the decades-later attempts to turn the mushroom-dwelling humanoids into a Hollywood live-action franchise, in The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2, are simply dire. But now comes Smurfs: The Lost Village, an inoffensive children’s film with an above-average voice cast, competent animation, and no product placement. This is enough to make it the finest film ever made about the Smurfs.

Fans of the recently rereleased Donnie Darko may recall that the Smurfs, though nominally male, are completely asexual, and
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