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These are the biggest movies in American history

| June 22, 2017
These are the biggest movies in American history

As further proof that the Movie Man is just like you (except way smarter), he just could not make things work out when it came to getting to a movie this week.
However, he would never leave you in the lurch, so the Movie Man did some research and has turned out this highly entertaining piece.
Enjoy!
Today, everything is about the box office in the movie business. Movies like The Mummy are considered failures even though they make hundreds of millions of dollars.
In recent years, a slew of movies have raked in a stunning amount of money, many reaching the elite billion dollar club.… Read the rest

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Mummy lumbers some, kills it at other times

| June 15, 2017
Mummy lumbers some, kills it at other times

The first movie of the proposed, multi-film Dark Universe is off to an okay start – not great, but okay.

About the film
Dark Universe is a modern updating of the classic Universal movie monsters from the 1930-40s.
Like today’s comic book “universes,” every movie in the Dark Universe will tie together.
You will find no greater authority on the old Universal monsters than the Movie Man, rest assured.
So, he is more than interested in this revival/modernizing of his beloved childhood creatures.
Universal today has rounded up some exceptional talent to bring the stories to a new generation.
Like:
Tom Cruise – an adventurer in the first movie, this week’s The Mummy
Javier Bardem – Frankenstein’s monster
Russell Crowe – Dr.… Read the rest

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Girl power: Wonder Woman pretty wonderful

| June 8, 2017
Girl power: Wonder Woman pretty wonderful

The advance reviews and word of mouth were right: Wonder Woman is good.
And it’s the best DC comic movie so far.

About the film
The DCEU – DC Extended Universe – is well behind Marvel’s expansive, interwoven storyline.
The Movie Man has not hated any of the DCEU movie adaptations as the series gears up:
Man of Steel (2013) – Movie Man No. 1040, 7
Batman v Superman (2016) – MM #1195, 7
Suicide Squad (2016) – MM #1214, 6
Of course, there were other DC movies made long before the concept of tying them all together was around.
Like Marvel’s Spider-Man reboots, the Batmans have all been exceptional.… Read the rest

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Pirates and Johnny Depp have run aground

| June 1, 2017
Pirates and Johnny Depp have run aground

Not everyone is shocked that the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie isn’t that hot.
The real surprise is the free fall Johnny Depp is in.

About the film
Another thing most folks agree on is that the first Pirates movie was the best one.
The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003, Movie Man No. 517, 7) was fun and one of those films that turned out way better than expected.
And Depp created a character like no other.
The film made a bunch of cash and soon the sequels began arriving.
They were all inferior but kept raking in ridiculous cash; in fact, two of them are members of that most elite of clubs – films that have made more than $1 billion worldwide.… Read the rest

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Plot holes scariest thing about Alien: Covenant

| May 25, 2017
Plot holes scariest thing about Alien: Covenant

When beloved series continue, there’s always a contingent of fans who give the sequels/prequels no chance – especially if a bit of time has passed.
Sometimes, though, those haters are right.
And they are with Alien: Covenant.

About the film
Remember the hubbub about the second set of Star Wars movies?
Fans were paying to see generic movies just to view the latest coming attraction of the 1999’s The Phantom Menace (Movie Man No. 288, 6).
(Clearly this was before trailers were available on every electronic device and released on a wide array of formats.)
Fans of the original trilogy quickly turned on the film when it finally arrived in theaters.… Read the rest

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King Arthur falls on its box office Excalibur

| May 18, 2017
King Arthur falls on its box office Excalibur

Sometimes movies just don’t connect with audiences.
That’s what happened to King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

About the film
You can tell by its ending – when it finally arrives – that filmmakers planned on making several more movies based on the King Arthur legend.
That is not going to happen.
Legend of the Sword arrived after costing big money to make – $175 million.
Its pitiful opening week performance – less then $15 million – and, more distressing, its paltry international opening means that round table teaser at the end of the movie is for naught.
This version of the King Arthur tale will go down as one of the great money losers of all-time.… Read the rest

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Two times the fun/laughs/tears in Guardians Vol. 2

| May 11, 2017
Two times the fun/laughs/tears in Guardians Vol. 2

It’s always nice when a sequel lives up to its predecessor – rare, but nice.
That’s the case with Gardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2; while the first one was surprisingly good and fun, the sequel more than lives up to it.

About the film
It’s hard to recall now, but the original Guardians arrived with great trepidation. The queer collection of “heroes” from a more obscure Marvel Comics series was far from a sure thing; it hardly fit with the traditional, far better known characters in the building MCU – Marvel Cinematic Universe.
But Guardians Vol. 1 continued Marvel’s success, and they, too, are now woven into the MCU.… Read the rest

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The Circle goes round and round to nowhere

| May 4, 2017
The Circle goes round and round to nowhere

It’s a rare thing when a Tom Hanks movie doesn’t do well.
With The Circle, it’s happened – even though our greatest actor (with Denzel Washington) isn’t really the star.

About the film
The real star of the film is Emma Watson.
Thanks to the billion dollar live-action version of Beauty and the Beast (Movie Man No. 1,246, 4) she can handle the poor reception of The Circle.
(Of course, she could also play the Harry Potter card[s].)
Even in a weak release week, The Circle fell short of $10 million, a very poor opening for something with Hanks in it.… Read the rest

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Phoenix Forgotten is totally forgettable

| April 27, 2017
Phoenix Forgotten is totally forgettable

There used to be places in society for really bad movies.
Still, even today, sometimes a movie shows up in a theater without much fanfare.
That’s what enticed the Movie Man to join just a (very) few other Americans and see Phoenix Forgotten.

About the film
One million years ago, movies were churned out by studios who had actors under contracts.
So, to keep the thespians busy, movies – most of them cheap quickies – were churned out weekly.
There were plenty of movies that needed homes.
Since most of the “real actors” got the plum roles in big films, these second-tier movies were relegated not to just second string but a curious third level where the B-movies ended up at best as the No.… Read the rest

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Racing movie No. 8 busts through box office

| April 20, 2017
Racing movie No. 8 busts through box office

You know you’ve got a sure thing when your movie breaks records when it opens, it’s No. 8 of a series, and (at least) two more are planned.
That’s The Fate of the Furious.

About the film
Usually, American movies are released in waves overseas.
Sometimes they open in a few countries before the U.S., but, even then, an international blitz is unusual.
The Fate of the Furious did mighty well in America at $98.8 million.
But elsewhere, it killed and broke the worldwide record of Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ (2015, Movie Man No. 1181, 8) $528.9 million; The Fate of the Furious collected $532 million with a massive wide release.… Read the rest

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