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Top 10 Movies

Domestic Box Office (Estimates) For the Weekend of May 13-15, 2022*.

  1. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness / $61,003,000
  2. The Bad Guys / $6,900,000
  3. Sonic The Hedgehog 2 / $4,550,000
  4. Firestarter / $3,820,000
  5. Everything Everywhere All at Once/ $3,302,720
  6. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore / $2,420,000
  7. The Lost City / $1,730,000
  8. The Northman / $1,700,000
  9. Family Camp / $1,426,775
  10. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent / $1,050,000

*According to Comscore.

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Movie News

Marcel the Shell Goes Big Time

You may recall a little character named Marcel who first appeared in a short film, Marcel the Shell with Shoes On which premiered at AFI Fest 2010. It won for Best Animated Short. It later became the official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and it won the Grand Jury and Audience Award at the New York International Children’s Film Festival. This was really big news for such a little guy. Read More >>>

Will Smith/Chris Rock Drama Overshadows Oscars

Last year’s Academy Awards presentation was so dull, it will be surprising to learn if anyone, other than myself, watched the show this year. Those who did were probably surprised by what they saw. Not because anything was shocking (other on that Will Smith/Chris Rock altercation – more on that below) but because the producers of the show were able to breathe in some new life into a very old, dusty tradition. Read More >>>

The Men Who Became Batman

Since Batman is one of the most popular superheroes, if not THE most popular, he is also the hardest to get “right” when transferred from the paper page to the big screen. Just as his personality has changed over the years, so does the audience’s expectations. Those who grew up with the Batman TV series expect “their” Batman to resemble Adam West while others born a decade later expect Batman to look more like Michael Keaton. So, it goes without saying that Robert Pattinson, who will play the caped crusader in the upcoming film, The Batman in 2022, has some big boots to fill. Read More>>>

All Star Cast to Appear in Erwin Brothers Movie

After the success of their films I Still Believe (telling the true-life story of Christian singer Jeremy Camp) and American Underdog (football player Kurt Warner’s story), the Erwin Brothers of Kingdom Story Company are busy working on their next movie, Jesus Revolution. The film is inspired by the true story of a national spiritual awakening in the early 1970s and its origins within a community of teenage hippies in Southern California. Read More >>>

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Movie Reviews

Turning Red

Turning Red is one that breaks a lot of rules. Unlike films like Tangled, Onward, Frozen or even Toy Story, this story doesn’t take place in a mythical world. It is centered on the very real city of Toronto, Canada. The animation style is much more “cartoony” and inspired by manga. The main character’s parents are both alive and living in the same home. It also features a mythical boy band and it is the first to mention tampons or pads! Read More >>>

Marry Me

The Jennifer Lopez/Owen Wilson romantic comedy, Marry Me is actually based on one by Bobby Crosby. Surprised? Me too. What else is surprising about this paint-by-number film is that it’s not terrible. The Kat Coiro-directed film is not going to win any awards and feels like a self-indulgent exercise for Lopez who sings a number of original songs throughout. But dang it, she and Wilson are so likeable, it’s hard to dislike this film. Read More >>>

Death on the Nile

While a longer wait than we were expecting, the second Hercule Poirot movie was worth the wait. Death on the Nile is most likely considered a sequel to 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express, since it once again stars Kenneth Branagh (who also serves as the film’s director) and one character from the previous film. However, this is whole new adventure with a whole new fantastic cast. Read More >>>

West Side Story

Now 60 years later, with Steven Spielberg daring to remake this classic film, the pressure is on. And this time, the entire cast is singing their own parts. Will it stand up to the original? Yes it does and maybe, given today’s advanced filmmaking and different style of storytelling, it surpasses it. It’s hard to say if this is Spielberg’s greatest work since he’s done so many great films, but you will be seeing his name listed as possible recipients for next year’s Oscars. Read More >>>

The Batman

It seems that every generation has their own version of Batman that they grew up with. Mine was based on watching reruns of the 1960’s Batman TV series with Adam West and the animated Super Friends. That Batman was polite, wore bright colors, enjoyed hanging out with his sidekick and outsmarting the Gotham Police Department. Since then, each new variation of Batman has become darker and Robert Pattinson’s take on the character is no exception. Read More >>>

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

This is a crazy movie. You know how the last 30 minutes of just about every Marvel movie is utter chaos? This whole 2-hour movie is like that all the way through. Despite the mayhem, it seems to have plenty of time to share way too much exposition along the journey. It is also a very odd, violent and even a demonic movie thanks in part to the direction of Sam Raimi. Read More >>>

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Downton Abbey: A New Era

Director: Simon Curtis
Starring: Michelle Dockery, Maggie Smith, Tuppence Middleton, Hugh Dancy, Elizabeth McGovern, Laura Haddock, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton
Studio: Universal Pictures
Opening: May 20, 2022

Follow-up to the 2019 feature film in which the Crawley family and Downton staff received a royal visit from the King and Queen of Great Britain.

Chip ‘N Dale Rescue Rangers

Director: Akiva Schaffer
Starring: Seth Rogen, J.K. Simmons, Will Arnett, Andy Samberg, Eric Bana, Keegan-Michael Key
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Opening: May 20, 2022

A live-action film featuring animated version of Disney’s chipmunks, Chip and Dale.

The Bob’s Burgers Movie

Director: Loren Bouchard, Bernard Derriman
Voice Talents: H. Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, Dan Mintz, Stephanie Beatriz, Gary Cole, Kevin Kline, Zach Galifianakis
Studio: 20th Century Studios
Opening: May 27, 2022

The Belchers try to save the restaurant from closing as a sinkhole forms in front of it, while the kids try to solve a mystery that could save their family’s restaurant.

Top Gun: Maverick

Director: Joseph Kosinski
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Val Kilmer, Lewis Pullman, Ed Harris, Jon Hamm
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Opening: May 6, 2022

After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him.

Jurassic World: Domininon

Director: Colin Trevorrow
Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum
Studio: Universal
Opening: June 10, 2022

Four years after the destruction of Isla Nublar, dinosaurs now live alongside humans all over the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and determine, once and for all, whether human beings are to remain the apex predators

Lightyear

Director: Angus MacLane
Voice Talents: Chris Evans, Keke Palmer, Dale Soules, Taika Waititi
Studio: Disney / Pixar
Opening: June 17, 2022

The definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear, the
hero who inspired the toy—follows the legendary Space Ranger on an intergalactic adventure. Complicating matters and threatening the mission is the arrival of Zurg, an
imposing presence with an army of ruthless robots and a mysterious agenda.

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