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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 »

In the spirit of “Big Hero 6″ — A cinematic tribute to “gentle giants” (Part Two)

As Baymax and “Big Hero 6″ slowly inches toward the $200 million mark (hey, it could happen) with a $137 million domestic box office take to date, here is, as promised, the continuation of my cinematic tribute to all those who are large and in charge and have hearts that are equally large as well. The more »

“Mockingjay, Part I” dominates box office with $123 million  

In perhaps the year’s least suprising box office result, the third “Hunger Games” film, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I,” took the number one spot at the domestic box office over the weekend, earning a total of $123 million, on 4,151 screens. (All figures are courtesy of Box Office Mojo.) Impressive as that number may more »

“Dumb and Dumber To” outsmarts box office 

“Dumb and Dumber To” may have been a 20-years-later sequel, featuring a couple of men in their 50s being dumb, with two stars who hadn’t had a hit in a long time. But it still took the #1 spot at the box office, beating out both of the high-profile releases that came out the week more »

In the spirit of “Big Hero 6″ — a cinematic tribute to “gentle giants” (Part one)

“Big Hero 6” is a touching techno-fairy tale about a boy and his squishy, blob-like, inflatable, robot healthcare companion. I guess the concept of “a boy and his dog” is just too boring these days and I, for one, am seriously glad that it finally is. Disney’s 54th animated film is loosely based around a more »

Robot beats astronauts as “Big Hero 6″ upsets “Interstellar” 

When “Interstellar” was first announced I assumed it would go down as a huge critical hit, a major box office smash and a surefire Oscar contender. It’s fallen just short so far on the first two, though who knows about the third. “Interstellar,” sporting a Tomatometer score of 73 percent- just shy of my review, more »

Your new box office champion is… “Ouija”? 

The new champion of the domestic box office is based on a board game. And not even an especially good one. Yes, “Ouija,” based on the world’s scariest sentient board game, took the weekend box office with $19.8 million. The Keanu Reeves revenge actioner “John Wick,” the weekend’s other big opening, finished second with $14.4 more »

“Gone Girl” says goodbye to top spot; “Fury” takes over

Here’s your box office report for this past weekend, which saw “Fury” take the top spot away from “Gone Girl.” What will Ben Affleck and David Fincher do now? Rosamund Pike better hope there’s a “Jack Reacher 2″ in the works. “Fury” was one of three new releases in the top five, along with “The Book of more »

“Gone Girl” repeats as box office champ

Here’s your box office report for this past weekend, which saw “Gone Girl” top the box office for a second straight week. What’s notable about the victory is that it comes against three high-profile debuts: “Dracula Untold,” “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” and “The Judge.” You figured there would be more »

“Gone Girl” Edges “Annabelle” at Box Office

Here’s your box office report for this past weekend, which saw “Gone Girl” barely beat fellow newcomer “Annabelle” to win the box office. I’m surprised it was that close since “Gone Girl” had gotten nice word-of-mouth while critics had little nice to say about “Annabelle.”  The week’s other big release, the Christian action picture “Left more »

“The Equalizer” Settles Score at Box Office

Here’s your box office report for this past weekend, which saw “The Equalizer” win the box office. Really, it wasn’t close. The Denzel Washington glumshoe vehicle, based on an old TV show, trounced “The Boxtrolls.” According to Box Office Mojo, the source of the figures listed below, “The Equalizer” had the fourth-largest September debut ever.  more »