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'Jurassic World' poised to rule June's box office

Posted May 28, 2015, 5:05 PM

By now you know that we predict the top box office films each year, but you probably don't realize that we also predict the top five to seven films each months. That's most likely due to the fact that we've never really publicized this fact before and the initial use of this data was focused on our day jobs.

But fear not, we are going to make these predictions public each month and do some analysis to see where we are strong (Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow) and where we need some work (Blackhat). On the last Friday of each month, we will look ahead to the coming month's films and look back at how we did the previous month.

Before we tackle the meat and potatoes of this story, we have to get into some math. We are using a...

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Tobey Maguire makes chess interesting in 'Pawn Sacrifice' trailer

Posted May 28, 2015, 4:05 PM

Despite the popularity and success of Searching for Bobby Fischer, the chess champion was not featured in the film and actually despised the film for using his name without his permission. In fact, there have been no proper films released on the troubled chess prodigy, that is until now.

Tobey Maguire is portraying Fischer in the upcoming film Pawn Sacrifice and it looks like the film is going the route of other recent films about troubled geniuses. Last year's awards darlings The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game combined historical drama with thrilling scenes to create compelling stories that brought the historical figures to life.

Bobby Fischer was a brilliant chess mind who became a recluse later in life and butted heads many times with the United States. Eventually his passport was revoked and he spent time in a Japanese prison...

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Double Wide Trailers: 'Point Break'

Posted May 27, 2015, 4:05 PM

Why does Hollywood insist on remaking every single film ever made?

Sure, we haven't seen remakes of Citizen Kane or Casablanca, but it's only a matter of time, right? Let me be clear, I'm not anti-remake or reboot or whatever you want to call it this week, but it has to be done judiciously and only where it makes sense. Some films should never be remade in my opinion and films dated to a particular time and style are among them.

There's probably no greater late '80s/early '90s surfer culture film than Point Break. Likewise, I'm not a huge Keanu Reeves fan, but if there was one character that was particularly perfect for his blend of clueless goofiness and blank stare (save for Bill & Ted), it was Johnny Utah. Whoa.

Point Break wasn't a great film, but it spoke to a select...

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I watched an Adam Sandler movie - and survived!

Posted May 26, 2015, 4:05 PM

I just returned from the beach. I don't bring that up to brag (OK, maybe just a little), but rather as backdrop for an interesting phenomenon that I witnessed last week. My wife and I and her entire family actually sat through an Adam Sandler movie and survived to tell the tale.

From our toddlers to Julie's parents, there was a wide range of ages represented and we are all rather well educated, but for some reason, we couldn't muster the energy to change the channel. And it's not like the room was equipped with one of those old rotary TVs that required you to actually get up off the couch and rotate the dial to change channels, no we simply didn't change it and no one knows why.

I think, after days of pondering, I might have an explanation.

If you're the...

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New trailer: The man behind 'Saw' and 'Insidious' gives you 'Cooties'

Posted May 21, 2015, 1:05 PM

Outside the world of horror fanatics, not many know the name Leigh Whannell. He's the man -- yes, Leigh is a man -- who wrote Saw 1-3, Dead Silence, and the Insidious films. He's also an actor who has appeared in many of those same movies. The Aussie even had a part in 2003's The Matrix Reloaded.

Showing us exactly how twisted his mind works, Whannell now gives us Cooties. Cooties is a dark comedy about a mysterious illness that takes over an elementary school. Imagine a zombie film with nine-year-olds in place of the brain-eaters. Let the just released trailer give you a better understanding.

Cooties stars Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, and Jack McBrayer as teachers confronting the epidemic. Whannell once again has a small role in the film. Cooties will arrive in select theaters on Sept. 18.

Whannell has...

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Mad Max's Furiosa: Examining everyone's new favorite road warrior

Posted May 20, 2015, 3:05 PM

Mad Max: Fury Road failed to top the box office in its first weekend but it has captured the hearts and minds of audiences. The irony is that filmgoers are falling for the film's female lead rather than the title character.

Imperator Furiosa, or simply Furiosa, is the tough as nails woman fighting alongside Max. She's played by Charlize Theron in the reboot from director George Miller. Let's examine the character in this featurette video:

She's an intriguing and visually stunning character. Not only that but she's a very strong and unapologetic part, something we don't get a lot of from Hollywood. Perhaps that's why people love Furiosa. Or perhaps it's because she only has one arm.

I'm pretty sure I'm not spoiling anything there. I mean, I haven't even had the chance to see Fury Road yet. It's obvious from the clips...

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Trailer offers first look at Michael Fassbender in 'Steve Jobs'

Posted May 18, 2015, 2:05 PM

Individuals like Steve Jobs don't come along often. His vision as a technologist and a businessman changed the world.

What does occur more frequently are films about the man. Two years ago we had Jobs where Ashton Kutcher played the Apple co-founder. It was disappointing in a number of ways.

Next up to portray Steve Jobs is Michael Fassbender. He's joined on screen by a strong supporting cast including Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, and Katherine Waterston. Behind the scenes are director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. Judging by participants alone, this film should be a better examination of the man.

Of course Sorkin is the Oscar-winning writer of movies like The Social Network, Moneyball, and The American President. He's also brought us the political TV dramas The West Wing and The Newsroom. Boyle has an Oscar also. He won for...

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Upcoming movies worth watching that you may not have heard of.

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