Box Office Battle April 14th Edition

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Another weekend is on its way, and with it another Box Office Battle. This week only has one movie coming out, but boy will this shake up the box office. So let’s look at the stats:

The Fate of the Furious

Director: F. Gary Gray

Stars: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Charlize Theron, Scott Eastwood, Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell, Helen Mirren, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 65%

To shake up April, we have The Fate of the Furious. This is likely to be the biggest movie out this month and will undoubtedly bring the Summer season (which gets earlier every year) off to a good start. What interests me most is what F. Gary Gray (director of Straight Outta Compton) brings to this movie. I have never seen a Fast and Furious movie, but they aren’t exactly know for their excellent plot and character building.  But Straight Outta Compton was such an interesting story told in such an interesting way, I can’t help but think F. Gary Gray will bring something interesting to this franchise. And also one has to wonder how this movie will compare to Furious 7 in box office. That movie broke records in way that no one could have expected. So will that success grace Fate of the Furious as well? At the moment, the movie is tracking at $110+ million domestically, which is less than its predecessor by only by $30ish million. And also Furious 7 did way better than what it was projected to, so I suppose we shall see.

Who Will Win?

This one is pretty obvious. Being the only new movie coming out wide this weekend, it will be number one. The real question is by how much? As you can see the Rotten Tomatoes score could be better, but this movie is fresh. I don’t think it’ll make any less than what it’s tracking at, especially with heavy hitters like Charlize Theron and Kurt Russell joining the fold. It’ll blow everything out of the water undoubtedly.

So are you seeing The Fate of the Furious this weekend? Do you think anything can top Furious 7? Talk about it in the comments, and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more Box Office Battles and other things in the world of movies.

What’s Out? St. Patrick’s Day Edition

Happy St. Pattie’s day! I hope your Friday is filled will lots of Guinness, green, and pinching! But on to the movies coming out this weekend!

Beauty and The Beast (2017) – Bill Condon

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For the biggest movie coming out this weekend, we have the live action remake of the animated classic Beauty and the Beast. Starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast, this movie seems to be something nice to go to on a Saturday afternoon. From all the ads I’ve seem, I can only assume that this movie is essentially a shot-for-shot remake of the Best Picture nominated Disney movie (yes I did say BEST PICTURE. The first animated movie to be nominated for Best Picture, to be exact.), which I don’t know if I mind. I do have some things off the bat that makes me wary, the biggest thing being that the CGI furniture look creepy as hell, but nothing too massive that my movie experience would be ruined. I am intrigued by this whole Lefou gay thing. I still find it weird that this is the character that had to be the first openly gay character in a Disney movie. It’s like, he was never relevant enough to get his own song in the original, let along a sexuality. He was just Gaston’s short sidekick. Apparently he has some kinda gay scene, which is a big reason why I want to  see this movie to be honest. I want to know what was so perfect for this movie that Lefou had to be so openly gay. It’ll be interesting, to say the least.

 

The Belko Experiment – James Gunn

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Now something for the adults, we have The Belko Experiment. A gory story of 80 American businesspeople who are locked in a building and told to fight to the death to survive. I’m sure you’ve heard many jokes about this movie and the cutthroat world of business, so I will refrain from using them. This movie has had my eye since January and with James Gunn behind the camera you know it’s gonna be something cool. And there are a bunch of random famous-ish people in this that make me happy. Dr. Cox from Scrubs, the President from Scandal, and Sean Gunn cause it seems James Gunn can’t make a movie without throwing his baby bro into the picture as well. This movie is gonna be bloody and entertaining, so keep the kiddies at home and go out to see this Saturday night.

So what are you seeing this weekend? I’m finally seeing Get Out tonight, so that’s cool. How do you feel about Lefou being gay and just getting a bigger role in general? Why do you think James Gunn always puts his bro in his films? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on what’s out and other things in the world of movie news.

 

 

What’s Out – March 3, 2017

I am getting back to these and this is a great week to do it. Let’s get to why:

Logan – James Mangold

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There are a lot of superhero movies coming out this year, but this has to be my most anticipated. It’s hard to believe that this is the last time Hugh Jackman will grace the big screen as everyone’s favorite mutant, but that doesn’t make it any less true. But instead of this being a sad moment, let us focus on the now and how the awesomest X-Men movie is about to come out. This movie takes pages from the Old Man Logan comic line and has created a version that is bloodier and grittier than we’ve ever seen in theaters. Alongside Jackman we have Patrick Stewart as an aging Professor X and young Dafne Keen playing a new clawed chaTheracter called X-23 (or Laura). This movie seems to be the most dramatic X-men movie to date, which seems fitting for Jackman’s last hurrah. If you haven’t already gotten tickets, I suggest you find yourself some to truly cherish this moment.

Before I Fall – Ry Russo-Young

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This one of the lesser options of the weekend. Based on the Lauren Oliver book of the same name, Before I Fall seems to be a cheap YA version Groundhog Day. Not to insult Lauren Oliver, I am a fan of some of her series’. However this doesn’t seem super interesting. In short, a mean girl gets killed in a car accident and then wakes up and the day’s starting over. When the day keeps happening over and over she tries to make it stop. There isn’t really anyone big in this, unless you happen to be a fan of Zoey Deutch or Liv Hewson. Actually Hewson was great in The Santa Clarita Diet so I shouldn’t rag on her. But anyway this doesn’t seem that cool so just good see Logan.

The Shack – Stuart Hazeldine

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And for the random, out-of-nowhere Christian movie that has a surprisingly decent cat, we have The Shack. Starring Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer, is about a man who is invited to meet with God in a place called “The Shack”. It is unclear if this is an actual shack or not, but that is probably unimportant. I love Octavia Spencer, but I am not seeing this movie. But you can if you so choose. I didn’t know this movie existed till like a week ago, so do with that information what you will.

So what are you seeing? Do you think this is really Hugh Jackman’s last run as Wolverine? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more info on what’s out and other things in the world of movie news.

What’s Out? December 9th Edition

After many weeks of not writing I return! You see, I was rebelling against NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) by not writing things. But now it is December, Christmas will soon be upon us and movies are coming out! So I’m back to help you know what’s out this holiday season.

Office Christmas Party – Josh Gordan, Will Speck

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The only real thing out this weekend is the star studded comedy Office Christmas Party. A perfect offset for those not into the Oscar bait seen throughout the last few weeks, Office Christmas Party is the story of a bank manager (played by the lovely TJ Miller) who throws a giant office Christmas party to bag a client and save his branch from getting shut down by his CEO. And of course hijinks ensue. Now this will likely not be the next Hangover or Trainwreck, but this seems to have all the makings of a fun Christmas comedy. And with a cast including Kate McKinnon, Jennifer Aniston, and Courtney B. Vance, this seems like a good choice if you want to see something with some pals on an empty Saturday.

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La La Land – Damien Chazelle

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And for those lucky bastard living in places like LA or NYC , you can see La La Land before everyone else (Including me 😦 ) Starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, La La Land is the musical telling of a Jazz pianist falling in love with an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. If you’re a fan of musicals, classic Hollywood, or just film in general, I suggest you check this out. While I haven’t seen it, but the things I’ve heard make this movie out to be nothing short of extraordinary and Oscar worthy. Finally something that’s meant to be in the Musical or Comedy category at the Golden Globes (a little The Martian humor). So if you can see this, please do. I have a strong feeling that you’ll love it.

So what are you gonna see this weekend? Is La La Land in your area? Are you just gonna see Fantastic Beasts for the third time instead? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on what’s out and everything else in the movie news world.