This weekend, you had your choice of an atmospheric, based-on-a-true-story ghost tale with The Conjuring, or ride along with Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds as afterlife cops in the effect-enhanced action-fantasy-comedy R.I.P.D.
Cinefantastique Online's Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and I saw this fanciful tale of survival, and got together to discuss the awesome production design, the occasionally-serviceable, occasionally-better comedy, and when we'll see it's-all-about-family plotting finally collapse.
When is a cavemen not a cavemen? In the case of the new animated movie The Croods, it's when the family of "cavemen" in question looks cosmetically like Neanderthals but seem to have the powers of superheroes.
Quickies aren't just for sex and marriage. Just like getting hitched quick by eloping in the Bahamas or Vegas, many are now untying the knot fast enough to cause whiplash.
Take a moment to process that. Did you even know they were actually dating? Not merely tabloid dating? Wasn't she just in a relationship with Leonardo DiCaprio? Wasn't Ryan really supposed to end up with Sandra Bullock?
When told that "Mad Men" star John Hamm resisted compliments about his own good looks, saying "That's reserved for Brad Pitt and Ryan Reynolds," Ryan says, "I think all of Jon Hamm's mirrors are broken."
Denzel, you are one of the greatest living actors. With that being said, I have one simple request; stop making the same movie over and over again and get back to being a serious thespian.
Together, Washington and Reynolds make a watchable team -- and make the occasionally exciting Safe House more watchable than it deserves to be.
Even a celebrity has to consider that all pervasive question: should I sleep with him on the first date?
By now, most people have heard of the feature film Dolphin Tale, but there is another true dolphin story out there worth seeing, a remarkable film called The Whale.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes dropped 'just' 49% in its second weekend, which was strong enough to once again claim the top spot at the box office.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes sailed into the weekend with 80-plus percent positive rating from Rotten Tomatoes, while The Change-Up could only manage a positive rating in the low 20s.
While not quite as mighty as the first series reboot ten years earlier, Rise of the Planet of the Apes had a muscular debut big enough to easily win the weekend.
This weekend is an excellent example of why it's the numbers, not the rankings that matter when discussing box office. And, more importantly, the context of the numbers must be taken into account as well as the hard figures.
There are those who will scream "DISAPPOINTMENT!" because Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen opened with $200 million in its first five days two years ago. If $180 million in six days is disappointment, sign me up for failure anytime.
In the movie script there wasn't much humor and there weren't many great weapons or heart-felt moments. It sounds silly to say about a superhero movie, but there were parts I just didn't believe.