Is bro comedy dead? “Ted 2″ underwhelms at box office

Is bro comedy dead? “Ted 2″ underwhelms at box office After a ubiquitous ad campaign that lasted for several weeks, “Ted 2″ had a surprising lack of success at the box office. The sequel earned $33 million in its opening weekend, falling behind holdovers “Jurassic World” and “Inside Out,” which took the top two spots. more »

Dinosaurs -and Pratt- rise again: “Jurassic World” shatters box office records

Is Chris Pratt now the biggest movie star in the world? True, the successes of “Guardians of the Galaxy” last summer and now “Jurassic World” can be attributed in large part to the material. But the guy who until a few months ago was best known as the fifth banana on Parks & Recreation is more »

Movie Review: “Poltergeist”

There’s no getting around it, every great memory from my childhood has now been altered beyond recognition or somehow stretched so thin that it’s almost become unrecognizable. Well, now “Poltergeist” — one of my favorite 1980’s-era horror flicks —  can be added to that soupy mix. Granted, I can’t really be mad at the fact that this once more »

$81.7 million ‘Shades of Grey’- Christian and Ana dominate box office

After condemnations from everyone from feminists to conservative Christians to BDSM enthusiasts to 75 percent of critics to fans of the book who think Jamie Dornan is #NotMyChristian to even Prince, the box office has nevertheless spoken: And “Fifty Shades of Grey” is a massive hit. A big enough hit that the Associated Press went with more »

“American Sniper” dethroned by… SpongeBob?

After more than a month at the top of the U.S. box office, “American Sniper” has been dethroned by an unlikely foe: SpongeBob SquarePants. Not only did “SpongeBob Squarepants: Sponge Out of Water” take over the top spot at the domestic box office, but according to estimates from Box Office Mojo, not only did the more »


Movie Review: “The Wedding Ringer”

Raunchy, audience-friendly comedies are the cinematic equivalent of top 40 pop songs. They’re insanely predictable. They take very little or NO chances with the production and/or the content. Finally, the most maddening similarity is that most (if not all) of the parties involved are usually FAR too talented to be involved with such an uninspiring more »

“American Sniper” wins box office; “American Snipper” wins Twitter

“American Sniper,” the Clint Eastwood-directed biopic of sniper Chris Kyle, is a certified box office phenomenon, earning $90 million in its opening weekend of wide release. According to Variety, it broke several records: It’s the largest opening ever in January, on the Martin Luther King Day weekend and of Clint Eastwood’s career. “The Wedding Ringer” more »

Movie Review: “Selma”

If there’s one public figure who has been LONG overdue to get their own cinematic biopic, it’s definitely Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Much like Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” “Selma” focuses on the life of a great man – a man who changed the life of everyone around him, as well as the world as we more »

Does ‘The Interview”s $15 million VOD haul mean anything?

It cost around $44 million to make. It features actors who have had massive hits (‘This is the End,’ ‘Pineapple Express’) and sullen failures (‘The Green Hornet,’ ‘Your Highness’). It’s been lumped in with the whole Judd Apatow/dick joke style of comedic scatology and has been praised as inventive and criticized as…well, as crap. Then more »

Adam Sandler again leads Forbes’ most overpaid actors list

Adam Sandler must not enjoy being at the top of Forbes’ most overpaid actor’s list, but after being such a sore subject of the Sony hack (and so often coming up!), Forbes couldn’t leave him off. Plus Forbes devised metrics to arrive exactly at who the most overpaid actors in Hollywood are this year. Don’t more »

Shawn Kotzen’s bottom ten movies of 2014 (aka: “The Worst”)

If there’s three things I learned from watching movies in 2014 it’s gotta be this: When in doubt go with an Egyptian theme. Greek demigods are no longer viable options as superheroes. As much as it pains me to write this, there’s just no getting around it — horror movies can very rarely (if ever) more »

“The Hunger Games” repeats as box office camp 

The third “Hunger Games” film, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” unsurprisingly repeated as box office champion over the Thanksgiving weekend, earning a weekend gross of $56.875 million to bring its two-week total to over $225 million. The Jennifer Lawrence-starring young adult novel adaptation easily beat out the weekend’s top opening, the DreamWorks cartoon more »