TO 3D OR NOT TO 3D
Every time a remotely expensive fantasy movie comes to theaters, the studios seem to promise that the movie "must" be experienced in the 3D. But we've all been burned enough by crappy 3D transfers and flat scenes to know better. When is a big fantasy movie-- or any 3D movie, really?-- worth the ticket price?
After a lengthy delay (the movie first was expected in theaters in March 2012), Tommy Wirkolaís Hansel and Gretel 3D played IMAX screens starting this past weekend. (It actually won the box office with an estimated $19 million.) Word of mouth might have you wondering if the horror/fairy-tale hybrid is worth the price of the extra 3D ticket. Fair question. Hereís what we discovered
Whether you're looking to revisit the movie you loved as a child, or are planning to introduce to kids of your own to these kooky creatures, Monsters Inc. is certain to please. But is it worth the extra money for the 3D ticket? We break it down.
Perhaps the most significant point of contrast between Peter Jacksonís old trilogy and new is the way in which in which the movies were made. Taking a few big technological steps forward, the Kiwi filmmaker decided to not only make The Hobbit movies at a faster frame rate, but also in 3D. And just as we ask the question for every other 3D movie, we now ask it for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: is it worth paying the few extra bucks to see?
Life of Pi is being sold as this year's Avatar, the 3D movie explosion that must be seen on the big screen, that must be seen more than once, and that must be considered the holiday moviegoing event for the entire family. That's a whole lot of pressure, but with director Ang Lee behind it and a lot of critical raves
Wreck-It Ralph might boast some of the best 3D Iíve seen on screen in years. Donít be a stink-brain. Enjoy Wreck-It Ralph in 3D, as its creators obviously intended.
Apart from animation, Iím not sure thereís a single genre of film more suited to 3D than horror video game adaptations. Even staunch 2D advocates are usually willing to admit thereís something to the partnership beyond a shameless cash grab. When executed properly, the extra dimension really can add twenty to thirty percent more terror and make the extra three dollars worth it.
As a gritty, grimy and very bloody dystopian sci-fi movie, Dredd is a little bit of a weird choice for 3D, which usually accompanies children's films or the kinds of adventures that are supposed to sweep you away to another world, not disturb you to your core. When a movie is very deliberately aiming to be a midnight madness kind of thing, is 3D really going to enhance it?
Almost every major Hollywood release now arrives at the box office in two formats. When you show up to see Resident Evil: Retribution this weekend you can pay higher ticket prices to put on uncomfortable glasses and watch it in 3D, or view it on the cheap by opting for a 2D version of that same film.
When Finding Nemo was first released nine years ago, it drew widespread praise, not only for its touching story but also for its vibrant and hyper-detailed visuals. The ocean offered the animators an expansive playground to go nuts, and that busyness is present in almost every scene, save a carefully chosen few that use the background stillness to represent loneliness in a way words never could.
Now Laika is back with their second feature, ParaNorman, which is also earning rave reviews. But is the 3D as much of a slam dunk this time? Is it still the only way to truly experience the movie? To help you answer that question, here's our latest installment of To 3D or not to 3D, in which we run down the key components of any 3D movie experience
The original three Spider-Man movies directed by Sam Raimi were huge global hits, and not a one of them was released in 3D. But we live in a different time now, of course, and it would be crazy for Sony not to release The Amazing Spider-Man in glorious digital 3D
You probably never thought you'd have the chance to see our 16th President fight vampires in glorious 3D, but modern Hollywood truly is an amazing and unpredictable thing. This weekend's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter doesn't just reimagine the Civil War as a battle between humans and the undead
So does Brave continue the 3D winning streak? Does our heroine Merida, with her bows and arrows and gravity-defying red hair, truly pop in the third dimension, to the point that it's worth paying for both your 3D glasses and the kid-size ones? We're back yet again to help you answer that question
Prometheus is a very big, very expensive science fiction film set aboard a futuristic space craft that's packed with all sorts of fascinating technology, from a machine that can automatically perform surgery to a startlingly human-like android named David. So in a way, it only made sense for director Ridley Scott to use the newest technology in flimmaking
If you're thinking of seeing the movie this weekend and don't know which ticket to shell out for, we've got you covered in the latest installment of To 3D or not to 3D. Read our step-by-step breakdown of the post-converted 3D and let us help you figure out which is the right ticket to buy. Let's do this!
We've set up a list of factors that go into making 3D good or bad and rank the movie based on all of them, from whether or not there's enough popping out at the screen to if it will make you sick. For our actual, 4.5-star review of The Avengers
James Cameron, 3D's most vocal advocate, has circled back to add a new dimension to his modern classic insisting, "The 3D enriches all of Titanic's most thrilling momentsóand its most emotional moments. More than ever, you feel you're right there going through all the jeopardy that Jack and Rose go through. The 3D kicks the experience up to another level."
With Wrath of the Titans, Warner Bros. is attempting to make up for past mistakes by releasing a film that's once again post-converted into 3D, but done with more care and time than the first time around. So did they succeed? Did director Jonathan Liebesman make a 3D film that's actually worth the extra ticket price?
John Carter is an expensive, hugely advertised and CGI-heavy adventure film, and these days that pretty much guarantees it will be shown in 3D. Though the movie wasn't shot in 3D, everything else in the movie is so cutting-edge that Disney is promising the best post-conversion 3D experience you can get on this one too
On paper, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance sounds like exactly the kind of 3D movie you want to see. Shot by the Crank masterminds Brian Taylor and Mark Neveldine, and featuring Nicolas Cage as a giant flaming skull, Spirit of Vengeance ought to be the kind of big, brash action movie that can only get more over-the-top and fun with the addition of 3D
Back in 2010, when 3D was still a fresh, new idea and was constantly being misused, we published a feature titled "The 10 Best 3-D Movies And What Hollywood Can Learn From Them". In the editorial, Josh, Katey and I wrote about the 3D films that we thought best utilized the technology. One of those films was 2008ís Journey to the Center of the Earth. Now, four years later, that movieís sequel is arriving in theaters. Will its 3D be as effective as it was the first time?
Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace is back in theaters, but you might have noticed the scene at your local multiplex isn't quite the same as it was in 1999. The 3D conversion of the notorious prequel doesn't seem to have people ready to reconsider the movie that brought the world Jar Jar Binks and a plot about taxing trade routes, but that might not be entirely fair
The Lion King 3D was easily one of the biggest surprises of last year. In addition to absolutely cleaning up at the box office, pulling in $94 million domestically during its limited run, it also happened to be some of the best 3D of the year. Following that success, Disney announced that they would be releasing a number of their classic films in 3D, and the next, Beauty and the Beast is due out this Friday.
There are a lot of big movies in theaters this holiday season that don't come with the 3D option, which seems like one of just many signs that the 3D trend may be flagging. But then, one of the most anticipated and best movies of the season is in 3D