Tag: Blockbusters

Movie Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Movie Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Genre: Sci-Fi Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 153 mins. Premise: As the First Order closes in on the Resistance, Rey tries to convince Luke Skywalker to come out of hiding and join the fight. Behind-the-Scenes: While other new Star Wars films have had troubled productions – firing directors, rewriting scripts, pushing... Read more »

Movie Review: Justice League

Movie Review: Justice League
JUSTICE LEAGUE Genre: Superhero Action Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 119 mins. Premise: When a supernatural baddie named Steppenwolf threatens to take over the planet, it’s up to Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) to recruit other superpowered beings, including The Flash (Ezra Miller), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and Aquaman (Jason Momoa), to help take... Read more »

Movie Review - Thor: Ragnarok

Movie Review - Thor: Ragnarok
THOR: RAGNAROK Genre: Superhero action comedy Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 130 mins. Premise: When his long lost sister Hela (Cate Blanchett) returns to Asgard to reclaim the throne, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) are cast off to another planet called Sakkar, led by the deliciously Goldblum-y Grandmaster. There, Thor faces off against Hulk... Read more »
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Summer Movie Scorecard 2017

Summer Movie Scorecard 2017
With Labor Day right around the corner, and nothing save for a 40th anniversary re-issue of Close Encounters of the Third Kind worth seeing in theaters, I think it’s safe to say that the summer movie season is officially over. What to make of this summer? Well, it was one dominated by one good-to-great superhero... Read more »

Movie Review - Spider-Man: Homecoming

Movie Review - Spider-Man: Homecoming
SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Genre: Superhero Action Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 133 mins. Premise: Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is juggling the demands of high school with his “internship” for Stark Industries, but when he stumbles upon underground arms deals involving alien tech, it leads him to the villainous Vulture (Michael Keaton). With the Avengers focused elsewhere, it’s... Read more »

Summer Movies 1997 Revisited: Week 6 (June 6, 1997)

Summer Movies 1997 Revisited: Week 6 (June 6, 1997)
This weekend sees the release of what is being largely hailed as “The Worst Tom Cruise Movie Ever”. Yes, I’m talking about Universal’s kick-off to its new Dark Universe franchise, another reboot of The Mummy. Expect bigger overseas grosses than here domestically, where it will probably lose the weekend box office crown to Wonder Woman. On a... Read more »
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Hammering Out... Wonder Woman

Hammering Out... Wonder Woman
Hammering Out… is a series of movie reviews featuring a lively he said/she said discussion between John and Julie. Next up: WONDER WOMAN. JOHN: In the lead up to its release, Wonder Woman was facing an extraordinary amount of pressure. Not just on Warner Bros. and DC’s Extended Universe, which were in dire need of a critical... Read more »

Movie Review - Alien: Covenant

Movie Review - Alien: Covenant
ALIEN: COVENANT Genre: Sci-Fi Horror Rating: R Running Time: 122 mins. Premise: A crew of romantically entangled shipmates head to a remote planet to colonize it, only to discover something distinctly “alien” threatening their very existence. Behind-the-Scenes: After debuting to $51M and a wave of pre-release hype surrounding director Ridley Scott’s return to the franchise, 2013’s Prometheus quickly developed a... Read more »

Movie Review - King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Movie Review - King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD Genre: Action Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 126 mins. Premise: Orphaned as a child when his parents are cruelly murdered right in front of his eyes, young Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) must reclaim his destiny and become King by taming his powerful sword and using it to defeat his evil uncle Vortigern (Jude Law). Behind-the-Scenes: Originally set... Read more »
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Summer Movie Forecast 2017

Summer Movie Forecast 2017
Though I’ve done this post every year for the last 7 years, this may be the first year where the concept of a summer movie no longer means what it once did. When Beauty and the Beast opens to $175M in March and then goes on to make $500M, or when The Fate of the... Read more »