Archive for March, 2012

It’s Friday!

Hit it Rebecca Black!

Seriously though…this week’s offerings at your local cineplex include a sequel to a remake, Julia Roberts as an evil queen, a movie about bullies, and Sean William Scott as a thug hockey player.


We all know you’re just going to see The Hunger Games again anyways.


Wrath of the Titans

Synopsis: A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus-the demigod son of Zeus-is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius. Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. Dangerously weakened by humanity’s lack of devotion, the gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades and Poseidon. Perseus cannot ignore his true calling when Hades, along with Zeus’ godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramírez), switch loyalty and make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus. The Titans’ strength grows stronger as Zeus’ remaining godly powers are siphoned… — (C) Warner Bros.

Cast: Sam Worthington, Gemma Arterton, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 1 hour 39 minutes

Rotten Tomatoes Review Score: 26%

Sample Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly

USA Today



Mirror Mirror

Synopsis: One of the most beloved stories of all time is coming to life in the motion picture event for the whole family, Mirror Mirror. A fresh and funny retelling of the Snow White legend, Mirror Mirror features breakout star Lily Collins as Snow White, a princess in exile, and Julia Roberts as the evil Queen who ruthlessly rules her captured kingdom. Seven courageous rebel dwarfs join forces with Snow White as she fights to reclaim her birthright and win her Prince in this magical comedy filled with jealousy, romance, and betrayal that will capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences the world over. The film also stars Armie Hammer as the Prince, and Nathan Lane as the hapless and bungling servant to the Queen. — (C) Relativity

Cast: Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, Lily Collins, Nathan Lane

Rating: PG

Running Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Rotten Tomatoes Review Score: 54%

Sample Reviews:

TIME Magazine

Boston Globe




Synopsis: Directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, Bully is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary. At its heart are those with huge stakes in this issue whose stories each represent a different facet of America’s bullying crisis. Bully follows five kids and families over the course of a school year. Stories include two families who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. With an intimate glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and principals’ offices, the film offers insight into the often cruel world of the lives of bullied children. — (C) Weinstein

Cast: Ja’Meya Jackson, Londa Johnson, Alex Libby, Kelby Johnson

Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour 34 minutes

Rotten Tomatoes Review Score: 97%

Sample Reviews:

The Wall Street Journal

Los Angeles Times



Synopsis: Not content with his job as a bouncer at a local Beantown bar and a bit of an embarrassment to his accomplished family, Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) dreams of the kind of success enjoyed by minor league hockey goon Ross Rhea (Liev Schreiber). When a chance encounter with an on-ice thug leads to a bloody fist fight that Doug easily wins, the coach of the Halifax Highlanders sees potential in this mammoth sized man who is only hampered by his lack of any hockey playing ability and his brother’s old figure skates. Standing up to the taunts of the other players, Doug manages to join the team, and with the encouragement of his hockey obsessed best friend (Jay Baruchel) quickly becomes a rising star. Soon he’ll have the opportunity to face off against Ross “The Boss” Rhea and perhaps finally land a girlfriend. Now – all he needs is to learn how to skate. — (C) Magnolia

Cast: Sean William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Alison Pill, Eugene Levy


Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Rotten Tomatoes Review Score: 76%

Sample Reviews:

New York Times





So, we’ve come upon this blog’s 100th post, it’s a joyous occasion that should be celebrated with copious amounts of alcohol, women, and drugs…alas, since I have none of that right now, I guess an announcement regarding Anchorman 2 will have to suffice.

Earlier tonight, March 28, Will Ferrell – as Action News 4 personality Ron Burgandy, appeared on the Conan Show to announce that Paramount Pictures has officially greenlit Anchorman 2.  That in itself should be a reason enough to get stupid drunk.  Burgandy’s amazing flute skills coupled with witty one-liners and Anchorman 2 could be the greatest sequel to ever grace the silver screen.

Here’s the announcement from the man himself:

And if that doesn’t jostle your memory, here are a few clips of what we can expect from the sequel:

And the greatest song to ever be used in a movie soundtrack…

Welp, it’s Tuesday and that means new movies for all especially at the Redbox (well maybe not this week but usually).  This week we’ve got Mr. Bean saving the world, Keira Knightley in a love triangle with Magneto, and Angelina Jolie in her directorial debut.  “Meh” about sums up this week’s new films.

Johnny English Reborn

Cast: Rowan Atkinson, Gillian Anderson, Pierce Brosnan, Dominic West

Synopsis: In the years since MI7’s top spy vanished off the grid, Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) has been honing his unique skills in a remote region of Asia. But when his agency superiors learn of an attempt against the Chinese premier’s life, they must hunt down the highly unorthodox agent. Now that the world needs him once again, Johnny English is back in action. With one shot at redemption, he must employ the latest in hi-tech gadgets to unravel a web of conspiracy that runs throughout the KGB, CIA and even MI-7. With mere days until a heads of state conference, one man must use every trick in his playbook to protect us all. For Johnny English, disaster may be an option, but failure never is. — (C) Offical Site

Rating: PG



A Dangerous Method

Cast: Keria Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender

Synopsis: Seduced by the challenge of an impossible case, the driven Dr. Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) takes the unbalanced yet beautiful Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) as his patient in A Dangerous Method. Jung’s weapon is the method of his master, the renowned Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). Both men fall under Sabina’s spell. — (C) Sony Pictures Classics

Rating: R


In the Land of Blood and Honey

Cast: Zana Marjanovic, Goran Kostic, Vanessea Glodjo, Boris Ler

Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of the Bosnian War that tore the Balkan region apart in the 1990s, In the Land of Blood and Honey tells the story of Danijel and Ajla, two people from different sides of a brutal ethnic conflict. Danijel, a soldier fighting for the Serbs, and Ajla, a Bosnian held captive in the camp he oversees, knew each other before the war, and could have found love with each other. But as the armed conflict takes hold of their lives, their relationship grows darker, their motives and connection to one another ambiguous, their allegiances uncertain. — (C) Official Site

Rating: R

The Hunger Games opened this weekend and broke all kinds of box office records; third largest opening of all time, largest opening for a non-summer blockbuster, largest March opening, largest opening for a non-sequel, etc; etc.  The fact is you went to see it this weekend and you likely took your friends.  The film opened, in the number one spot obviously, with $155 million wiping the floor with just about any movie that was showing.  The opening was so large that it made more money domestically its first weekend then any other movie released so far this year.  It’s not only a culture icon but the film was actually really good.

The number two film this weekend was C-Tate’s and Jonah Hill’s 21 Jump Street remake which actually did surprisingly well up against The Hunger Games bringing in $21M.  It’s a nice chunk of change for the comedy that has now totaled over $71M in two weeks.  The number three film was Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax with $13M as it seems interest in the preachy “let’s preserve the trees” film is dying down.  The number four and five films this weekend were the disappointing John Carter and Act of Valor, bringing in $5M and $2M respectively.

Here’s a rundown of the top 10 films this weekend:

*numbers in millions* (TOTALS)

1) The Hunger Games – $155 (NEW)

2) 21 Jump Street – $21.3 ($71)

3) Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax – $13.1 ($177.3)

4) John Carter – $5 ($62.3)

5) Act of Valor – $2 ($65.9)

6) Project X – $1.9 ($51.7)

7) A Thousand Words – $1.9 ($14.9)

8) October Baby – $1.8 (NEW)

9) Safe House – $1.4 ($122.6)

10) Journey 2: The Mysterious Island – $1.3 ($97.1)


Via Box Office Mojo

Are you one of the few people that did not go see The Hunger Games this weekend?  I pity you as it was really a fantastic adaptation of the beloved young adult dystopian future thriller by Suzanne Collins of the same name.  Before this weekend the film was already poised to be one of the biggest films of the year, but one of the biggest film openings of all time?  No one could say for sure.

According to a Lionsgate report the film is estimated to bring in $155 million from its opening weekend.  That figure is only third to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and The Dark Knight, both of which opened during the summer, which makes The Hunger Games opening number even more impressive seeing how it opened in late March.  The $155M is also the biggest opening for a non-sequel of all time.

I contributed to that $155M yesterday and I’ll probably end up seeing it again before it goes to DVD/Blu-ray and I don’t have a problem contributing to the hype as it’s one of the few movie adaptations that gets it right.

I’ll have a full run down of the box office numbers from this weekend later this evening.

Via Box Office

It’s a much anticipated weekend for The Hunger Games fans as the movie adaptation of the immensely popular book opens in movie theaters across the country.  However, midnight showings of the movies began at 12:01am this morning and it looks like the film did rather well in the vast darkness that was the middle of the night.

According to this Variety report the movie pulled in excess of $25M across the nation in midnight showings.  It is right up the alley of all the predictions made by pundits that said the Lionsgate film was destined to be huge.  Currently, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland holds the March box office record for a movie opening bringing in $116M its first weekend back in 2010.  The Hunger Games, if it continues on its same path, is poised to shatter that record.  While The Hunger Games will make vasts amount of money this weekend, it’s likely not going to touch the largest film opening in box office history, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, which opened to $169M back in July 2011.

I will keep you posted on the final weekend numbers.

The Office has had mixed reviews for the past couple of seasons now especially with Steve Carrell’s character “Michael Scott” leaving the show after last season.  While the show without Michael Scott has allowed the writers to focus on other characters such as Rainn Wilson’s “Dwight Schrute” and Ed Helms’ “Andy Bernard”, this current season has been a bag of all sorts of mixed emotions.  I’ll admit I was ready to give up on the show within the first couple of episodes this season but they won me back when half of the cast went down to Tallahassee, Florida on a business excursion.

So I’m a little sad when I read that the show’s chief writer-producer Paul Lieberstein, who plays “Toby” on the show, is leaving after this season.  Lieberstein will be helming up The Office spin-off show starring Wilson’s “Dwight Schrute” with the running name of The Farm.  NBC is actively looking for a new showrunner to replace Lieberstein, although the character of “Toby” will be making reappearances in the show’s ninth season.

The Office is in limbo enough as it is right now as NBC has announced that James Spader, who plays Dunder Mifflin CEO Robert California, will not be returning next season.  I was among those watchers who were excited when it was announced that Spader was joining the cast but I think he was incredibly under-utilized so it’s no surprise that he won’t be coming back.  Mindy Kaling, better known as “Kelly Kapor”, is also rumored to be leaving the show to focus on her new FOX television show.

Either way you stretch it, it might be time for NBC to hang up The Office for good.

Via Entertainment Weekly