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Summertime guesses come early this year

April 6, 2016
Summertime guesses come early this year

It’s a little early, but the annual April lull is here and the big time movie slate is already lined up for the summer.
So the Movie Man is ready to make his annual Top 10 predicitons on what the biggest moneymaking films of this summer will be.
Lets’ go week to week – noting the movie the Movie Man will likely go see – then he will make his daring Top 10 predictions.

May
6 – Captain America: Civil War. No other movie of any substance is willing to take on this juggernaut.
13 – Snowden. Expecting Cap to dominate for at least two weeks, no studio is willing to take it on for 14 days.… Read the rest

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Batman fights Superman as DC universe rises

March 30, 2016
Batman fights Superman as DC universe rises

The critics hated it, but that didn’t keep the fanboys from filling up auditoriums once Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice finally arrived.
It became one of the greatest openings of all-time – which was pretty vital since DC Comics is trying so valiantly to mimic the movie success of the Marvel universe.

About the film
Tying movies together has become a Marvel staple. Films tease future movies and characters show up in others’ movies.
Once audiences buy into the concept, a timeline of movies can be made several years into the future.
Marvel’s upcoming calendar includes:
Captain America: Civil War – May 6
Doctor Strange – Nov.… Read the rest

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I know you are but what am I? You’re just bad

March 23, 2016
I know you are but what am I? You’re just bad

Yes, the Movie Man said last week he’d look at Divergent: Allegiant but a couple of more important topics have arisen – and that sent the Movie Man back to the old days…for now.

About the film
Of course, the way to watch a movie these days are changing.
While there’s still nothing like sharing the cinematic experience in a corporate atmosphere with a huge group of folks, other options keep clogging the traditional process.
And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Technology began changing moviegoing since the arrival of the video tape. (Well, TV was a giant game changer, of course, but we’re talking more recently.)
The fact that you could literally buy a movie and watch it over and over again at home on tape was incredible.… Read the rest

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The return of the Cloverfield monster? Kinda

March 16, 2016
The return of the Cloverfield monster? Kinda

It’s not really a sequel, but it’s kinda one. It’s not a tricky one-off like one horror movie series is famous for.
But, again, it’s not a direction continuation of its kinda like-named predecessor either.
It’s 10 Cloverfield Lane – and it’s pretty darn good.

About the film
J.J. Abrams – who, if he had created only Lost, would’ve made his mark – managed to make a movie with almost no one knowing about it. That’s a minor miracle these days.
In 2008, he pulled off the same feat with Cloverfield (Movie Man No. 755, 8) – a found footage film that was a super monster movie.… Read the rest

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Zootopia is an animated movie for grown ups

March 9, 2016
Zootopia is an animated movie for grown ups

Forever, Disney was the king of animation.
Then came some upstarts that embraced modern technology and suddenly the old school, hand-drawn style of animation seemed a million years old.
But Disney has caught up.

About the film
Zootopia is already becoming such a hit that it’ll likely be one of the top animated movies of the year.
It’ll take some endurance to reach the upper echelon of the biggest moneymakers.
Like many lists, there are different ways of ranking.
Here are the top 10 biggest moneymakers worldwide:
1. Frozen (2013, Movie Man No. 1064, 7) – $1.28 billion
2. Minions (2105, MM #1148, 6) – $1.16 billion
3.… Read the rest

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Pyramid scheme: Gods of Egypt after your cash

March 2, 2016
Pyramid scheme: Gods of Egypt after your cash

You know those movies that you go into and within four minutes you can tell it’s going to fail. Welcome to Gods of Egypt.

About the film
Gods of Egypt cost around $140 million; that’s a lot, even for today with myriad tax breaks and incentives. Word got out early that it’s a mess and the film faltered its opening week ($14 million).
Sometimes a movie is so bad that it ends up being fun enough to watch; anyone who has seen the classic TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000 knows that it’s great fun to mock someone’s life dream of making a movie.… Read the rest

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The Witch only occasionally casts its creepy spell

February 24, 2016
The Witch only occasionally casts its creepy spell

A scary movie man, the Movie Man got bewitched into seeing the hyped-up The Witch.
Like many other viewers, he came away disappointed.

About the film
Scaring veteran moviegoers is not easy.
The usual “jump scares” – where someone or something leaps out suddenly at the protagonist – get predictable.
And if you’ve seen one “torture porn” slasher/splatter movie, you’ve seen them all.
Only occasionally does a fright film pop up to offer something different.
Love or hate The Blair Witch Project, it was different. (And had a cool ending if you could see it through your shaky-camera-induced nausea.)
That got the Movie Man to thinking about the times when a movie has actually either made him jump or truly affected him.… Read the rest

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Deadpool slaughters competition, laughs to bank

February 17, 2016
Deadpool slaughters competition, laughs to bank

Well, Deadpool certainly killed ‘em. The R-rated Marvel “superhero” movie broke almost every standing February record as fans and the curious poured into theaters.

About the film
While the character of Deadpool – “The Merc with the Mouth” – has had a cult following, a film version seemed unlikely since most comic book movies are rated no worse than PG-13. But there have been R-rated comic book movies made before.
Like a PG-13 Deadpool would be weird, so would a non-R Punisher. Three cracks at the merciless vigilante have been made – with Dolph Lundgren, Thomas Jane, and Ray Stevenson.… Read the rest

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Coen Bros. are hit and miss – Hail! this big miss

February 11, 2016
Coen Bros. are hit and miss – Hail! this big miss

Two.
Two chuckles.
And the Movie Man was the only other person who emitted any sort of noise during Hail, Caesar!
Unless you count the occasional snore or exit conversations which included “the most boring movie I’ve ever seen” from a sixtysomething woman and “that was really horrible” from a same-aged woman a row up.
And those are comments from people old enough to remember the “studio era” from the 1950’s that the movie is satirizing.
Indeed, it was painful to sit through.

About the film
The Coen Bros. are a curious duo.
They have made some of the greatest American movies ever and have also released some films that immediately disappeared.… Read the rest

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Third time’s a winner for Kung Fu Panda

February 3, 2016
Third time’s a winner for Kung Fu Panda

You never know about animated (or regular) movie sequels. Too often the quality drops rapidly from the original – especially by the time No. 3 arrives.

About the film
That’s not the case with Kung Fu Panda, however.
The first was fun enough (2008, Movie Man No. 776, 6) and the sequel (2011, MM #932, 6) had laughs.
The third one in a series being better is unusual.
About the only instance where No. 3 stood with the first two is Toy Story 3 (2010, MM #882, 8).
The third Ice Age movie, Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009, MM #833, 7) was way better then No.… Read the rest

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