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Attack of the animated movie trailers

Posted January 28, 2016, 4:01 PM

With last night's trailer drop for The Angry Birds Movie, the two trailers below bring the total number of family-friendly animated trailers released in the last 24 hours up to three. That's a pretty big number and made me scratch my head for a minute until I looked at this week's new releases at the theater.

Kung Fu Panda 3 is hitting the megaplexes this weekend and that means that it is time to unleash proper looks at the animated films of 2016. I know that my kids are finally getting to the prime age for this fare, so I have to be careful when I watch them or else I'm going to spend the better part of the next six months watching animated films in theaters.

There's nothing wrong with that per se, but we all know that not all animated...

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'Angry Birds' trailer delivers plenty of potty humor

Posted January 27, 2016, 10:01 PM

To be completely honest, I wasn't really sure what sort of tone The Angry Birds Movie would have. Sure, it is a popular app/game with both adults and kids alike, but with the animated feel and the popularity of family-friendly fare, I was expecting something a bit on safe, conservative side of things.

The first official trailer was anything but safe or conservative.

It's not quite as divisive as the puerile humor of Kevin Smith, but the biggest gag in the trailer is an extended pee joke. That's not to say that bathroom humor is taboo in family films. Quite the contrary, one of the best jokes in Home involves a urinal cake, but it's definitely a bit of a risk to stick it right there on Main Street in its first trailer.

Thankfully, for The Angry Birds Movie, the gamble pays off...

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Monday Mixer: First look at 'Yoga Hosers,' eh!

Posted January 25, 2016, 4:01 PM

There's nothing like a good old-fashioned blizzard to derail momentum at the box office. As winter storm Jonas (when did naming winter storms become a thing?) wrecked havoc on the East coast, it was every film for itself.

Sure, the weekend was down 27% over 2015, but how much of that drop was directly the result of the storm and how much was simply due to weak new titles at theaters? Last year, American Sniper was heating up in January and it helped to set new box office records for the month.

As good as The Force Awakens is, it is in unchartered territory so to expect to continue to over perform the norm is just asking too much. I think most studios figured that it would do its business over the course of January instead of packing it all in...

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Best movies of 2016 that you don't know about yet: Tim's list

Posted January 24, 2016, 11:01 PM

I have written thousands of articles for this site, but this one has probably been the toughest to write. As many of you know, Tim and I have been working on this site since its inception in 1999 and we pride ourselves on what it has become and how it continues to evolve with the ever-changing nature of the industry.

Whether it was VHS, DVD, HD-DVDs, UMDs, Blu-rays or Ultra HD Blu-rays, we have been there to provide the most thorough and accurate information on home entertainment release dates. And yet, just like Sonny and Cher, the Beatles, or Cheech & Chong, a breakup of this great team was inevitable.

As of last week, Tim is no longer working for the site and while the immediate reaction might be to dwell on his departure, I know that he would want us to...

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Best movies of 2016 that you don't know about yet: Dannette's list

Posted January 22, 2016, 3:01 PM

We have been blessed and fortunate these last couple of years to have gotten some much-needed help from our wonderful friend Dannette. She not only brings a certain feminine perspective that is sorely lacking from this otherwise boys' club, but she brings a real, unbridled passion for films and her excitement is contagious.

Much like the rest of us here, Dannette has a varied taste in movies and those different interests are reflected here in her choices for top sleepers. I'm not going to lie, she poached a few of my sleepers, but I like to think it just shows that great minds think alike.

I won't waste too much more of your time with my plaudits, but I will simply say that if you want a good look at some fun and interesting films coming down the pipe in 2016, then...

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Best movies of 2016 that you don't know about yet: John's list

Posted January 20, 2016, 5:01 PM

My favorite week of the year continues with the first in our series of three stories geared to highlight those films that might have slipped through your collective cracks. These films might not receive the acclaim and notoriety of the films on our top box office films of 2016 list, but they are quality films to be sure.

These are our sleepers.

Our annual sleeper lists have garnered quite the following and it always thrills me when I'm able to shed light on films that eventually pan out, like Trainwreck and The Visit. Of course, more often than not, our sleeper picks don't pan out or get pushed into the following year.

This was especially true for my 2015 sleeper list which saw a total of four films get nudged into 2016. It's funny but I'm so predictable. I forgot to check my...

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DC finally finds the fun in 'Suicide Squad' trailer

Posted January 20, 2016, 9:01 AM

While we projected a top 10 finish at the 2016 box office for Suicide Squad, it is the one film from this year with the biggest question marks surrounding it. It's a comic book movie coming out in August and while that worked just fine for Guardians of the Galaxy, the overwhelming evidence indicates that it will be an uphill climb.

This year also represents a phase of change for DC as they attempt to mimic the highly successful connected cinematic universe structure of their biggest rival Marvel. Everyone knows that the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is synonymous with printing money, but the returns have been mixed, at best, for DC.

Don't get me wrong, the Christopher Nolan Batman films were fantastic, but their darker, realistic edge were contrarian to the hard and fast rules that Marvel has been living on for...

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