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Best movies of 2017 that you don't know about yet: John's list

Posted January 19, 2017, 4:01 PM

By now, I'm sure that you've met Noah and gotten to know his sleeper picks for this coming year. If not, what are you waiting for?

We continue my favorite week here on the site with my sleeper picks. While Noah decided to focus on mainstream films with breakout potential, I went with smaller, more independent films that we will all be talking about at this time next year.

Think of Green Room (which was on Tim's list last year), Swiss Army Man or The Lobster (on my list last year), films that are a bit off the beaten path, but still very enjoyable. As expected, I tend to get a lot of inspiration from films that debut at Sundance and this year is no different.

I believe that half of my selections are making their debut in the next week in Utah...

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Best movies of 2017 that you don't know about yet: Noah's list

Posted January 19, 2017, 10:01 AM

Hey guys, John Couture here. With Tim's departure from the site last year, we had to find someone gullible, er wise enough to help us fill out a few features on the site such as our top box office guesses and sleeper picks. That's where Noah comes in, he drew the short straw.

He has already performed admirably on the box office piece, but the real test is our annual sleeper feature. Will he be able hold his own against Dannette and me? Will this third person turn out to be like the drummer in Spinal Tap? Stay tuned.

Here is Noah.

No pressure here. In typical John fashion, he asked me to write a few paragraphs about myself but didn't really give me much direction. Oh well, this is on him.

My name is Noah Moran, I'm a Libra, I am a Fox...

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Review: 'Come and Find Me' will leave you breathless

Posted January 17, 2017, 4:01 PM

I have to admit something here. I'm pretty sure that before I sat down to watch Come and Find Me, I had never seen Aaron Paul perform in anything, ever.

I am one of the very few people who has never seen a single episode of Breaking Bad, which is odd because it seems like something right up my alley. I had always heard that Aaron was great in the series, but it's just not something that I had ever sought out.

Now that the series is over, it is inevitable that he will start popping up in a bunch of other works and if Come and Find Me is any indication of his acting chops, I am going to have to go back and watch Breaking Bad.

The funny thing is that I have been waiting to see Come and Find Me...

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Monday Mixer: 'Hidden Figures' blasts off in first place

Posted January 16, 2017, 11:01 AM

This was certainly a peculiar weekend at the box office. Technically, it is a holiday weekend, but instead of a bevy of high-profile films debuting, this weekend was filled with dumping ground movies that January is known for.

Despite evidence in recent years that films can pretty much open in any month as long as it's a great movie, studios still treat January as mense non grata. I think Disney has proven that Star Wars fans will show up any day of the year to see the latest and greatest adventures from that galaxy far, far away.

So, it was a bit underwhelming to look up and see such future B-list DVD bin fodder such as Monster Trucks, The Bye Bye Man and Sleepless all debuting at the box office. Predictably, audiences avoided these films like the plague and showed their love...

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Our Predictions: The 2017 box office will be ruled by 'VIII'

Posted January 13, 2017, 5:01 PM

A new year is a time for new beginnings. The counter is reset to zero and everyone is back at the starting line.

Well, that's the idea at least.

At probably the exact moment that I'm typing this, Rogue One has officially become the highest grossing film of 2016. What that means is that for the second year in a row, a Star Wars film will top the box office.

Looking ahead to this year, we all feel that 2017 will be three for three and it won't even be close. To say that Disney got a bargain when it purchased LucasFilm for $4 billion would probably be crazy, but if they are able to continue this level of box office success for future Star Wars films, then we will look back and call it the best deal ever.

Heck, it's probably that already.

While...

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Review: 'Life in the Pride Lands' completes the circle of life

Posted January 10, 2017, 4:01 PM

The Lion King was a revelation and one of the films that helped to put Disney animation back on the map. Sure, there were other films such as Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid that also played a key part in the Disney's resurgence, but it was The Lion King that was a true cultural phenomenon.

The film's impact was felt for many years after its 1994 release and helped to spawn several direct-to-video sequels and prequels. It's the was the 1990s after all and to be honest, these films only tarnished the original film's brilliance, albeit ever so slightly.

Finally, Disney has reached a point where they have multiple TV properties that are in need of original programming, so it's not surprising that they are delving back into their vault for inspiration. While you have to be careful when...

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Review: 'Power Rangers: Dino Super Charge' grows the brand

Posted January 10, 2017, 2:01 PM

A funny thing happened recently when our entire family went to the theater to see the new animated film Sing. While I was sure that they would enjoy the wonderful film, I was curious as to which of the previews they would glom to.

Predictably, my son loved the trailer for The LEGO Batman Movie and my daughter laughed hysterically at the preview for Despicable Me 3. What caught both my wife and me by surprise though was the level of excitement they displayed for the trailer for Power Rangers.

Don't get me wrong, I knew that my daughter had become a fan over the last year or so, but I didn't really care for the trailer and thought that both of the kids also would have been unimpressed, but the loved it. They demanded to know when we would be...

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Undiscovered Picks

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

  • Beyond Redemption
  • Sugar Mountain
  • Burn Country
  • Abattoir
  • Sophie & The Rising Sun