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Another week of very uninspiring major releases. This has been a dull winter. Nothing on this docket suggests we are pulling out of the cinematic doldrums with time travel, lofts and Kevin Costner hitting the screen.
This week we have a busy one when it comes to new releases, but it appears a quantity-over-quality type of slate. Letís see what weíve got going with boys next door, strange magic and a dude named Mortdecai.
The winter movie season is picking up pace with three films hitting U.S. screens this week. Weíve got hackers, best men for hire and stranded bears.
The year 2015 is certainly starting off slow, as we only have one movie on the docket this week. But if projected death counts for a flick is your metric for cinematic success, then, my friend, you are in luck. A certain agent is back to find someone and kill everyone in his path on the way. Some poor scrub is getting Taken again.
The movie studios are content to kind of just sleep this week off, having gone all out leading into the Christmas week. Weíve only got one flick on the docket and it in involves the words "Angel" and "Death" so you know itís going to be good.
Itís beginning to look a lot like the Christmas movie season. See what I did there? I took a classic song lyric and used if for my own purposes. Genius. As is often the case with this time of year, studios have a couple of bigger flicks hitting the screens for when people are off of work. Weíve got unbreakable dudes, gamblers and treks into the woods.
This Rotten Week: Predicting Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, Annie and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Reviews
Getting a bit of a late jump on the week as I usually like to have this out on Sunday. But these films required so much dissection and analysis that I simply couldnít give them short shrift (or believe whatever you want about the delay). This time around weíve got hobbits, orphans and nights at the museum.
Getting into the holiday movie season typically means a plethora of flicks to choose from. Big budget films, pet projects, star turns and everything in between. This is a solid time of year to hit theaters. Not that everything coming out is great (see below), but the variety is there. This week weíve got Moses and Chris Rock.
The biggest news out of the movie world this week has nothing to do with any movie coming out. But hey, thatís what happens when Star Wars reenters the collective conscious, even if it is only 90 seconds at a time.
Some weeks a ton of movies come out and they all stink. And then some weeks only one gigantic flick hits the big screen, and thatís all we need. This week falls into the latter category. We are headed back to the world of Panem where Katniss leads a revolution.
When the history of film is finally written (by me), Iíll create a special and exclusive section for best on-screen duos. These on screen pairs captured our hearts because we saw in their relationships the friendship and thick-and-thin companion weíve always wanted for ourselves. Butch and Sundance. Bill and Ted. Thelma and Louise. Buzz and Woody. And of course Lloyd and Harry.
I feel like weíve been waiting forever for this weekís big released. And though thereís technically a Marvel product hitting the screens this week, thatís not what Iím talking about and you know it. We got Chris Nolan taking us to space and a new group of superheroes.
We are getting into that time of year when studios are releasing movies people actually want to watch. Itís refreshing. This week weíve got Jake G. heading out into the night with his camera, and Nicole Kidman waking up each day with a new lease on life.
I keep waiting for the week when I can get truly excited about whatís coming out. We are getting closer to that feeling, be we arenít quite there yet. This week weíve got John Wick, messing with ouija boards and a blind kid playing football. Itís all over the place.
The weatherís turning brisk. Leaves are changing colors. People are enamored with apples and pumpkins. And the fall movie season is sputtering into gear. Weíve got some flicks to talk about this week with a little fury, Nicholas Sparks, and books about life.
I do This Rotten Week every Sunday, and most times canít wait to sink my teeth into whatís about to hit screens. But man, this week took some effort. It wasnít that the films look all bad (some do), but rather just boring. Four flicks hit the screen, but it looks like there is very little to get too excited for. Weíve got bad days, addictions, bloodsuckers and judges.
With the fall season having finally arrived, Hollywood is picking up the pace and three new flicks hitting the screen this weekend - including another much-anticipated David Fincher-directed adaptation of a best-seller. This week weíve got girls going gone, dolls getting crazy and people being left behind.
Oscar season is set to begin very soon, but for now weíre still stuck in the middling weeks of September. Thatís not to say that the movies coming out this week look bad, but thereís just not a ton to get excited about. This time around weíve got trolls living in boxes and Denzel serving his revenge cold.
There are a bunch of movies on the docket this week as we cycle out of the summer and into the fall season. There is some interesting stuff coming along, with teens running mazes, families sitting extended shiva, walking among tombstones and Kevin Smith doing some weird stuff.
The first week of NFL action means Iím a little late in getting started today. But the movies donít stop and we are ramping up into the fall movie season. Itís starting slow for sure, but weíve still got a couple of flicks to talk about. Itís dolphins and no good deeds!
Well, it looks like we've reached the worst movie weekend of the year. But thatís okay. It just means we get a little time to go outside and enjoy the fresh air. Or if not, maybe you just go see Guardians of the Galaxy again. Either way, what weíve got coming here is no bueno. Itís the identical. And thatís it.
And the summer is almost over. How can I tell? For one thing just take a look at the movies coming out. One can time the seasons by the cinematic strength of the box office. One look at this weekís slate of films and I know we are zeroing in on Labor Day. Itís a dude from November and people above and below.
Iím coming in a day later than usual, but Iím hoping my fans didnít get too crazy in the interim. The summer season in winding down. How can I tell? Itís feeling just a bit cooler in the air, the Back To School commercials are in full force, and the movies look a few degrees worse. Thatís last one is the real barometer. When the flicks start looking rough, fall is officially on its way. This week weíve got Sin City, teenagers deciding to stay and some high school football.
Iím a bit down in the dumps. Why? Iím now 36 hours removed from an ER visit after breaking my ankle while fighting crime (falling off a ladder). But I know something that can start the healing process! Talking about a few movies ought to do the trick. This week we get expendable, give, and become cops. And all the while I get to take my mind off a non-displaced fracture to the left fibula.
We have a big week of flicks coming. And by "big" I mean there are a lot of crappy-looking films hitting the big screen. Hollywood is taking a quantity over quality approach this Friday as we zero in on the end of the summer season. This time weíve got ninja turtles, French cuisine, tornadoes and dancing.