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Lincoln Trailer Premieres Tommorow

Posted on | September 12, 2012 | 4 Comments

LincolnOn Thursday September 13th go to Google Plus to view a live chat with Steven Spielberg and Joseph Gordon-Levvitt as they talk about their new film Lincoln at 7:00pm, based on the book Team of Rivals. You will also be able to see the premiere of the trailer. I’m not sure if it will be archived so don’t forget to watch it live. Lincoln stars Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sally Fields, and Tommy Lee Jones in other roles. It will be released in limited release November 9th and wide release on November 16th.

Flick and Flack’s 200th Post: A Celebration (Flick and Flack’s Celebration)

Posted on | September 1, 2012 | 2 Comments

Flick and Flack themselvesIt’s hard to believe, but it’s true. The 200th post has finally, arrived. It’s here. It’s huge. It’s stunning, and it’s ready to knock your socks off. (Cue Flick Flack theme song, whatever it is.) This September marks our third year of posting, but we thought we would celebrate our 200th post, after all it is something to celebrate. (That’s not to say we aren’t celebrating three years with all this, it’s just that 200 is worthy of a fiesta too.) So here it is: our fiesta, party, birthday, holiday (take a day off if you like), celebration, or whatever else you want to call it. This post is filled with surprises; unlike most posts where we devote our first paragraph to a preview of the post, here we’re not saying anything (at least not in this first paragraph). But if you would like the secrets of the world to be spilled, there is one thing you may do. Scroll down the page and take a listen to the eight celebratory podcasts Flick and Flack have recorded specially, exclusively, and exhaustively  just for you. Note: While listening to them all straight through is much longer than most movie’s running time, but trust us, it’s worth it. Just as writing our other 199 posts have been.

Daniel Kamil

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To kick it all off Flick and Flack discuss it all. This first part also includes an audio clip of Flick’s interview with Daniel Kamil and a discussion of The Avengers and a reading of Flick’s review of the film. Note: Our discussion about the best films of the year is not up to date, as we recorded this awhile ago. However it still provides interesting critiques.

Skyfall

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In the second part of the exciting saga Flick and Flack discuss The Avengers even more and they give you a rousing preview filled with opinions about this Fall’s movie lineup including James Bond’s latest, Skyfall.

Warner Brothers Studios New Logo

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This third part includes a talk on why film studios matter… and just maybe, why they don’t. One of the studios talked about is Warner Bros.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Whew. We’re halfway done. So in the center of the stage (the fourth part), we respond to questions asked by readers.

Super 8

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For our fifth part we discuss some of our reader’s favorite films, including Super 8.

Pirates Of The Caribean: Dead Man's Chest

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As we venture into our second phase of the website we thought it might be a good idea to talk about the second phases of franchises. In other words Flick and Flack return in the sixth part to discuss their favorite movie sequels.

The Empire Strikes Back

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In part VII we continue talking, discussing, and arguing over our favorite movie sequels.

Citizen Kane

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It’s bittersweet. It’s all ended. We come to a close with the finale: our eighth part of this series where we finally discuss our all time favorite films.

And that’s all folks! Cheers to another 200 posts…… and beyond!

A Nolan Groundbreaker

Posted on | July 1, 2012 | Add Comments

One of the most anticipated films of the summer will be hitting theaters in nineteen days. That film is Christopher Nolan’s epic final installment in his Batman trilogy: The Dark Knight Rises. Yes, it sounds ominous, yes it will break opening weekend records, yes it is a Best Picture contender. All those yeses and more will be discussed if you do one simple task that will change your life forever: read on.

Christopher Nolan has become a director that will most likely be remembered for the ages. He is known for helming Memento, The Prestige, Inception, and of course The Dark Knight trilogy. The Batman finale will certainly be his most successful and popular film to date. My prediction for it’s opening weekend gross is $217.4 million. Currently Nolan’s most successful (and popular) film is The Dark Knight. The Avengers has now shattered all records by not only earning the highest opening weekend gross, but also being the first film to earn over $200 million on it’s opening weekend. It’s total opening weekend gross  was $207.4 million.  If my prediction for The Dark Knight Rises is correct, then The Avengers record will be beaten.

Asides from moneymaking, the film has a good chance of being nominated for Best Picture. It’s competition in terms of winning is is Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Lincoln, The Great Gatsby, and more. Arguably the reason the Academy Awards have changed their Best Picture nominations from five to ten is to let more popular films in like The Dark Knight, a film that wasn’t nominated, but according to many, deserved to be nominated. Now that there will be five to ten nominees this year (unless the rules are changed again), The Dark Knight Rises has a very good chance of being nominated.

The movie will certainly be action packed, but according to the trailer the movie will follow in the footsteps of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight: it will be macabre. Yet that won’t stop half of the world from seeing it. After all, it is one of the most anticipated films of the summer.

A Long Awaited Sci-fi Adventure

Posted on | June 5, 2012 | Add Comments

This week Ridely Scott’s Prometheus, a sci-fi horror epic, will be released. Scott has been working on the film for ten (yes ten) years, and now, finally, it will be released this Friday, June 8th. The film stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, and Guy Pearce. It is certainly one of the most anticipated films of the summer, but how has the film reached this level of excitement? Well, you’ll just have to scroll down the page… and read on.

In a featurette for trailers.apple.com/trailers, Ridely Scott said that Prometheus is “all about everything.” What does he mean by that? Well you might have to spend $10 to find out (don’t ask me, I haven’t seen the film). That’s exciting news for Scott fans, but why so many Scott fans? Why are so many people awaiting in bated breath the release of his new film? Sci-fi has always been a popular genre and Scott has made hits like Blade Runner and Alien, so why shouldn’t the fans rush out? They should (or at least that’s what  they think). There are so many fans of Scott’s previous work that Prometheus is bound to be a box-office smash.

Judging from the trailer, the film will serve up plenty of action with some of the coolest looking sets this year and effects ready to blow your mind. There’s also a star-studded cast that includes Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green, and more. The third dimension of 3-D will be explored for the first time in a Scott film and that should give the film an extra million bucks or more. The film has already received some critic reviews and its current rottentomatoes.com percentage is 79%. (I expect its final percentage will be 77%.)

So many stars! In 3-D! Ridely Scott as director! (Doesn’t this sound like an ad?) It seems destined for success, and come June 8th we’ll know the answer to that. You’ve only got to wait three more days to find out. And in the three more days… nobody can hear you scream… in excitement.

Updated Summer Movie Preview: June 2012

Posted on | June 3, 2012 | Add Comments

In the first part of my June movie preview I will discuss and predict critics reactions and box office tallies. In the first three weeks of June there is only one movie that will totally make over $100 million in the US alone although there are two other films that I’m guessing will make over that mark as well. Without further adieu, here we go!

Snow White and the HuntsmanJune 1st: To kick off June is one of the more intriguing new blockbusters, Snow White and the Huntsman. It stars box office biggies Kristen Stewart (from Twilight) as the leading heroine and Chris Hemsworth (from The Avengers and Thor) as the Huntsman. A previous Snow White film Mirror Mirror, released March this year, failed at the box office and with critics. However, this version of the classic fairy tale looks darker, more modern, and less of a happy family movie and more an exciting scary fantasy film. On paper this new modern version seems like it will be more successful than Mirror Mirror.  However there are a few detractors: the director Rupert Sanders has never made a movie before, Kristen Stewart doesn’t always get good acting reviews, also movies such as The Avengers (which is making a lot money and will probably be third place with $29 million)  and Men in Black 3 (which will likely be successful in the long run and be in second place with $40 million), will still be competing against new movies coming out like Snow White. However some people are still wondering if women will want to see an action movie and if men will want to see a Snow White movie. I think the film seems like it has enough big movie stars, battle scenes, and fairy tale magic to lure in enough audiences to make the movie movie successful. It might not be an Avengers type smash, it might not even earn back it’s $170 million budget back in the US, and it certainly won’t be as big as Alice In Wonderland but it should still be enough for the cast and crew to make money. Critics will probably enjoy the movie but not the actors and action. RT (Rotten Tomatoes) prediction 75% fresh. OWG (opening weekend gross): $45 million DTG (domestic total gross): $160 million ITG (international total gross): $400 million

Prometheus
Madgascar 3: Europe's Most WantedJune 8th: Prometheus has been called by many as “the most anticipated non-sequel of 2012. Why? Because Ridely Scott is returning to sci-fi for the first time since his 1982 movie Blade Runner was released 30 years ago. However this movie is said to be a prequel on Ridley Scott’s only other science fiction film: Alien. Though many Alien fans are waiting to see it, there are numerous detractors. For one, there are no real movie stars all though Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Charlize Thereon, and Idris Elba have all been in some famous movies. Also the Alien movies were not massive smashes at the time although adjusted for inflation Alien made $249 million. And the biggest problem is that the movie is rated R, which will prevent younger people, like me, from seeing it.  Still I think there will be enough older people who want to see it. Critics will likely enjoy this film because Alien and Aliens were well reviewed, although the other two Alien films were not. Also that weekend, the animated movie Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted opens.  The previous Madagascar films have been very successful, especially in the rest of the world were foreign audiences have flocked to see them. Lately animated sequester such as Cars 2 and Kung Fu Panda 2 last Summer have performed considerably less compared to their predecessors.  However the trailers of this movie have showed enough combinations of comedy and action to lure family audiences in.The film showed at Cannes this year and has gotten fairly good reviews so far.  This will be a very tight weekend of competing films, although they will be vying for very different audiences. The rest of of the box office: 3rd place: Snow White and The Huntsman with $33 million 4th place: Men in Black 3 with $35 million 5th place: The Avengers with $15 million  Prometheus: RT (Rotten Tomatoes) prediction 88% fresh. OWG: $40 million DTG: $130 million ITG: $445 million. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted  RT prediction 80% fresh. OWG: $65 million DTG: $195 million ITG: $605 million.
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Rock Of AgesJune 15th: This weekend is an odd one with two new releases that likely won’t even make over $65 million domestically. So far this year most movies have either totally bombed (John Carter, Battleship) or totally made money (The Avengers, The Hunger Games). One release, Rock of Ages cost $80 million to make and in the US it probably won’t earn that much. Other recent summer movie musicals Mamma Mia (DTG: $144 million) and Hairspray (DTG: $118 million) both had opening weekends of $27 million. Worldwide they made $609 million and $202  million, respectively. This time though Hairspray director Adam Shankman has made a movie starring Russell Brand, Paul Giammatti, Catherine Zeta Jones, Alec Baldwin, and most surprisingly Tom Cruise as a singing rock star. I think that not many people will go to see this film and it will be a flop. Tom Cruise being a silly singer rather than a super spy may be a  intereeseting premise but that’s not enough to carry a movie to box office gold and critical praise (it definitely won’t get either of those two prestigious things). While it could be a breakout hit it doesn’t seem like it will be. The other release Adam Sandler’s latest comedy That’s My Boy should open just a bit below Jack and Jill‘s $25 million opening weekend and $75 million DTG, and ITG of $149 million. However considering this an R rated comedy and not a PG one it should do a bit worse. Also Adam Sandler has never been critically loved. But which Adam will get the top box office spot: Shankman or Sandler? Neither (although Sandler will do a little better! Madagascar 3 should easily hold the top spot with $53 million and Prometheus should be just a little behind in 2nd place with about $35 million. Because of weak new release competition Prometheus should turn into something of a surprise hit and Madagascar something of a big hit. Rock of Ages: RT: 48% rotten OWG: $17 million DTG: $55 million ITG: $115 million That’s My Boy: RT: 25% rotten OWG: $19 million DTG: $62 million ITG: $115 million

That's My BoyAlso don’t forget to check back soon for movie talk from Flack about the rest of June!!!!!!!!!!!!!

More Marvel Movies (Flack’s Guide)

Posted on | May 18, 2012 | Add Comments

The AvengersIf you’ve seen The Avengers and are hungry for more Marvel superhero movies here’s your guide to whats up next. SPOILER ALERT If you have not seen The Avengers or the other Marvel films then minor plot elements may be revealed. This is a comprehensive, chronological guide to what’s up next for Marvel (bought by Walt Disney).Iron Man

Iron Man 3 Release Date: May 3rd, 2013 News: Ben Kingsley joins the cast as the evil villain, The Mandarin and Tony Stark\Iron Man (played of course by Robert Downey Jr.) must head to China to battle him. Guy Pierce plays Aldrich Killian. Don Cheadle and Gwenyth Paltrow reprise their roles. Getting a new director (Shane Black) could shake things up pleasantly after the unoriginal Iron Man 2. The plot sounds exactly the same as the first two (Iron Man must fight a villain and terrorists) but as with the others hilarious lines and a bit of depth may transcend a generic storyline. The movie will open the summer movie season on the first week of May, the way Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, and The Avengers have. The film will probably make more money than Iron Man and Iron Man 2 but not as much as The Avengers. I will definitely see this one. After Iron Man 2 was criticized for being stuffed with The Avengers references, Keven Feige  has said Iron Man 3 is to be very different than The Avengers. There will still probably be an end credits sequence and cameos.

ThorThor 2 Release Date: November 15th, 2013 Keneth Branagah who directed the first one is leaving the series and Alan Taylor (director of such TV shows as Game of Thrones and The Sopranos) is taking over the directing credits. Almost all the actors are returning so that means you’ll get to see Tom Hiddelston, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgard, Idris Elba, and of course  Chris Hemsworth as Thor himself. The film starts filming in August this year. The film will probably make more money than Thor but being sandwiched in the middle of possible November blockbusters Ender’s Game and Catching Fire certainly won’t help. There will also be a new main villain (ie not Loki though he will still be in the movie). Tom Hiddelston and Chris Hemsworth have also stated that sometime in the Thor series that they would like Thor and Loki to be friends. If they can combine awesome, amazing action with an emotional storyline, then Thor 2 will be great.

Captain AmericaCaptain America 2 Release Date: April 4, 2014 The new Captain America film tells the story of the superhero in the present. His only friends are Nick Fury and SHIELD. Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, has said Captain America will learn about his World War II friends while he was frozen for about 70 years. I don’t think the movie will be unique because the story sounds similar to Thor where a super hero gets put into modern times. So far only Chris Evans and Samuel L. Jackson are signed on as actors. Vulture.com says, the three possible directors are F. Gary Gray, George Nolfi, and Anthony and Joseph Russo. I think they should get Steven Spielberg to do a WW 2 sequel to the first one that is set in the 1940’s but he probably wouldn’t want to do it because he’s so busy. Also it seems like Marvel is trying to make this film fail. They are releasing it in April, one of the worst months for movies (both critically and commercially). I am still nonetheless very excited to see how this film turns out.

The HulkOther Marvel Projects: Marvel has announced that they will be releasing a new movie on May 16th, 2014. Why not May 2nd, the first week of summer movies like they normally do? Because they want to give Captain America 2 some time to make some money and Sony is ridiculously planning to release The Amazing Spider Man 2 on May 2nd. The movie that will probably be released then is probably going to be The Avengers 2, because of The Avengers box office success (it’s already the 6th highest grossing movie of all time). Meanwhile Guardians Of The Galaxy, Inhumans, Dr. Strange, and Ant-Man directed by Edgar Wright are all non Avengers related movies that might be released sometime in the future. They might not do as great at the box office or maybe even with critics but they will still will likely be much, much more original because they are not leading up to a big crossover team up blockbuster movie like The Avengers. I would also not be surprised if there were movies solely about Nick Fury, Black Widow, and Hawkeye, which there probably will be. Also a new Hulk film starring Mark Ruffalo might happen because Ruffalo said that he wanted to and Marvel would love to make some more money.

I am looking forward to all these films. I’m least excited to see the original films and Captain America: The First Avenger 2 sounds bad. I can not wait, however to see Iron Man 3, Thor 2, and The Avengers 2.

May Movie Preview (Flack’s Preview)

Posted on | May 4, 2012 | Add Comments

The AvengersAnd just when you thought I was gone….. I’m back with updated May box office predictions! And let me tell you: you have not seen this before! I will talk about The Avengers, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Dark Shadows, Battleship,What To Expect When You’re Expecting, Moonrise Kingdom, and Men In Black 3. The Avengers is the massive month of May movie that out of all these films I (and 1 billion other people who will help make it a box office success) am looking forward to the most month. NOTE 1: All the films I will talk about except The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom, and Dark Shadows are in 3-D. NOTE 2: OWG means opening weekend gross, DTG means domestic total gross, an ITG means international total gross all for my box office predictions. May the 4th be with you…………….always!!

The Besat Exotic Marigold HotelMay 4th: Walt Disney has made only a little over $200 million so far this year (that’s about $300 million off from the the highest amount from a studio so far which is $500 million). Luckily they’ve made a deal with Marvel Studios and are producing The Avengers. The film was released on April 27th in the rest of the world (Marvel’s foreign high was Iron Man 2‘s $316 million and this will likely surpass that number this weekend). This will definitely be the second highest grossing movie of the summer. Marvel’s largest opening weekend was Iron Man 2‘s $128 million and the lowest was The Incredible Hulk‘s $55 million. Here are some other stats: Domestic Money: Iron Man‘s $318 million is the most but The Incredible Hulk‘s $134 million is the least. International Total: The lowest was The Incredible Hulk‘s $128 million. However this film will likely do a lot better than all of those movies, not least because all the characters are being combined.Why? Fan anticipation, a recognizable previous franchise, added 3-D money, and a current 92% on Rotten Tomatoes will help this movie avenge at the box office. The will also likely beat The Hunger Games as the third highest opening weekend ever. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel will likely get a weak $1 million US opening.Meanwhile this will also be a weekend where past weekend releases The Hunger Games (now 4th spot: $5 million), The Lucky One (3rd spot: $8 million), and Think Like A Man (2nd spot: $10 million) will die down. The Avengers OWG: $157 million DTG: $500 million ITG: $1 billion The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: OWG: $1 million OWG: $15 million ITG: $75 million

Dark ShadowsMay 11th: This will be one of the closest weekends of the summer. If Dark Shadows didn’t open the weekend after The Avengers then it might make more money but it will be top spot (The Avengers is safe with a $60 million second weekend, dwindling a little over 50%, similar to The Hunger Games although The Hunger Games would have done worse if it opened during the summer). Alice in Wonderland‘s $116 million opening is way out of reach but Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street‘s $9 million is also a lot lower goal. This will be in the middle of Johnny Depp\Tim Burton collaborations, which is not bad for an adaption of a 1960’s soap opera TV show. Meanwhile April releases and The Hunger Games will basically stop making money. Dark Shadows: OWG: $65 million DTG: $200 million ITG: $300 million

BattleshipMay 16th\18th: Another close weekend. Sacha Baron Cohen’s new movie The Dictator will easily get $25 million, which is not terrible for an R rated political spoof comedy. Cohen’s comedies have done okay in the past and this should do just a bit worse (there are a lot of comedies being released this summer). Dark Shadows will probably have about$26 million and The Avengers is a good bet for $40 million. Meanwhile the big new opener is Battleship which will wind up close to the first Transformers movie (in tone, style, critics reviews, and box office money). The film itself looks bad, but then so does Transformers. Meanwhile, What To Expect When You’re Expecting is a star studded romantic comedy that should open fairly high, due to it’s prestigious cast lineup. The Dictator: OWG: $24 million DTG: $75 million ITG: $175 million Battleship: OWG: $70 million DTG: $210 million ITG: $310 million What To Expect When You’re Expecting: OWG: $25 million DTG: $100 million ITG: $200 millionWhat To Expect When You're Expecting

Men In Black 3May 25th: The Avengers will be massive but to a lesser extent I’m predicting Men In Black 3 will too. The two previous Men In Black films (from 1997 and 2002) mad $51 million and $52 million on their opening weekends, $250 million and $190 domestically, and $589 million and $441 million, respectively. Of course adjusted for inflation these movies made a lot more, though the second film is widely considered to be one of the most disappointing sequels in movie history. However the first is said to be a comedy classic. The latest film should be a comeback movie and after the fun, funny trailers it should open to $55 million at the least. Also the movie is in 3-D which could boost it’s box office haul. Will Smith has not been in a blockbuster since Hancock (2008 so people will have an oppurtunity to see him in an action movie again. Tommy Lee Jones is back and Josh Brolin joins as Lee’s character in the 1960’s. Meanwhile that very same weekend Moonrise Kingdom gets a limited release and the movie it should open closest to is Midnight In Paris (OWG: $5 million DTG: $56 million ITG: $148 million). Both are star studded summer romantic comedies that open Cannes. Men In Black 3: OWG: $85 million DTG: $20o million ITG: $500 million Moonrise Kingdom OWG: $5 million DTG: $60 ITG: $145 million

Moonrise KingdomMay will have a massive blockbuster (The Avengers), a small art house flick (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) a surprise success (Dark Shadows), a profitable comedy (The Dictator),a big, bad blockbuster (Battleship), a comedy success ( a comeback hit (Men In Black 3), and an indie hit (Moonrise Kingdom).  I can’t wait to see The Avengers and Men In Black 3, I hope to see Moonrise Kingdom, and wish I could see Dark Shadows. Bye- Bye!!!!!

Summer Movies 2012: Part 3

Posted on | May 2, 2012 | 3 Comments

This is the last of the three Summer movie previews. I’m going to talk about the movies that I’m personally looking forward to this summer. I will also predict what rating I’ll give the movies out of 5 and give an overview of other films coming out (that I don’t really want to see). Don’t forget to read Summer Movie Preview Part 1 (Flack’s Box Office Predictions) and Summer Movie Preview Part 2 (Flack’s Critics Predictions). Hope you enjoy “The Epic Conclusion To The Summer Movie Legend”. Clue: Watch the trailers of all the films I talk about and find what movie I just referenced.

The AvengersMovies I’m Most Anticipating:

The Avengers This 2 hour 22 minute super hero epic movie looks very entertaining. Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor will assemble, along with Black Widow, the Hulk, Nick Fury, and newcomer Hawkeye to battle Loki, Thor’s brother. If Robert Downey Jr. has great chemistry with all the other actors, then this will be hilarious. I think it would have been a good idea to have John Favareau direct it, but Joss Whedon might be a good choice, but I haven’t seen his other movies. I don’t think the story will be excellent, because all of the super heroes together might be a bit too much. But it should be overall entertaining. Reel prediction: 4 stars Release Date: May 4th

Men In BlackMen in Black 3 I have not seen the first 2 MIB films, but I have heard that they are entertaining. Some people say the second one was not as good as the first, so the third might not be either. I think this could follow the path of Indiana Jones, can Josh Brolin be as great as Sean Connery? The trailer looks pretty funny, especially Will Smith’s description of Tommy Lee Jones’ smile. Reel prediction: 3 stars Release Date: May 25th

BraveBrave Pixar’s latest film is a departure from their previous work, but after the mediocre Cars 2 we’re also hoping that it’s a return to form. The latest trailer looks promising but not they’re best. Rude humor and an annoying song are some of the detractors. Meanwhile the brilliant animation, big castle battle, and stunning archery tournament all look amazing. Of course with any trailer there are also some intriguingly mysterious elements. In this case 2 shots in which Merida, the heroine, is caught between two black bears. I don’t think this movie will be as bad as Cars 2, but not as good as the Toy Story trilogy, WALL-E, Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, Monsters Inc., or any of the other Pixar classics. Reel Prediction: 4 stars Release Date: June 22nd

The Amazing Spider ManThe Amazing Spider-Man I am looking forward to this film a great deal. The actors all seem great, the trailer has loads of exciting action, and the director Marc Webb has been calling this more personal than most superhero movies. The only bad thing in it is the part in the first trailer when he’s flying and it looks too much like a video game. In the second trailer they didn’t put that part in: Could they secretly be hiding a huge mistake? Reel Prediction: 4 1/2 stars Release Date: July 3rd

ParanormanParanorman This looks like the must see August movie of the year. Last year August, a usually lackluster month for summer movies, (because they can’t play all summer long) brought us two surprise hits: The Oscar winning The Help and the massive blockbuster prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Can this be the surprise hit of August? I am sure hoping so!!!!! Reel Prediction: 4 stars Release Date: August 17th

Family Films That Look Just Okay:

The Odd Life Of Timothy GreenThe Odd Life Of Timothy Green Peter Hedges, the Oscar winning writer/director of Dan In Real Life and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape presents a new Disney movie that (based on the short trailer, there will probably be another one soon) promises to be a sappy, formulaic, yet intriguing and fun, kids movie. Sounds way different than Academy Award winning indie pictures but no matter how this film turns out I am excited to see what it’s like. Go watch the trailer. Flick calls it “The Tree of Life for kids.” I’d call it “a realistic Peter Pan“. Reel Prediction: 3 stars Release Date: August 15

Madagascar 3: Europe's WantedMadagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted I am not particularly excited to see this film but the trailer looks okay and it’s playing out of competition at Cannes. I haven’t seen any of the others in this series because the annoying theme song and rude humor seemed unappealing. Still, potty joke seeking kids will definitely enjoy this summer movie. Add in a catchy new circus song, it’s festival schedule, and a trailer with great 3-D and no rude humor parents and critics may enjoy the film as well. Reel Prediction: 2 stars Release Date: June 8th

Ice Age 4: Continental DriftIce Age 4: Continental Drift I know many people around the world will see this film. The previous installment, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs made $886 million worldwide (and the highest foreign box office ever for an animated movie:surprising but true). The rest of the series was not terrible but this is not top of my must see summer movie list. However, if you liked the other ones then you’ll probably like this one. Reel Prediction: 2 1/2 stars Release Date: July 13th

Other Movies That I Would Like To See, But Probably Can’t:

The Dark Knight RisesThe Dark Knight Rises This is the most anticipated movie of the summer and quite possibly of the year. It’s a superhero threequel that continues the story line of The Dark Knight (4 years ago, in 2008) which followed the story of Batman Begins (7 years ago, from 2005). The newest trailer is awesome. After The Dark Knight became the highest grossing superhero movie ever made (a little over $1 billion worldwide) and won 2 Oscars (including Best Supporting Actor for the late Heath Ledger) a sequel became inevitable. Adding Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon Levvit, and Marion Cotillard has added to fan’s anticipation. Will this new film get good as good reviews as the first ones (85% and 94%, respectively)? Will there be superb special effects and awesome action, as well? Find out this summer when this last in the trilogy movie is released. In the trailer Catwoman says “You don’t owe these people anymore”. Batman responds “Not everything. Not Yet.” Empire Magazine said that Batman’s answer could be applied to Christopher Nolan. Reel Prediction: 4 stars Release Date: July 20th

Moonrise KingdomMoonrise Kingdom A shot in R.I. Wes Anderson film with a star studded cast including Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Jason Schwartznam, Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, and newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward: sounds like an Oscar hopeful and quite possibly an opening night Cannes summer smash hit. As for the plot, it’s a romantic comedy with a bit of adventure and drama, as it tells the story of two teenagers in love who run away from their families and then get looked for by their parents, the police, and a pack of cub scouts. Reel Prediction: 4 stars Release Date: May 25th

Dark ShadowsDark Shadows Johnny Depp and Tim Burton team up to make an adaption of the TV soap opera series of the same name. Romance, fantastical humor, Burton weirdness, vampire violence, and a cast including previous Burton stars (Depp, Burton’s wife Helena Bonham Carter, Christopher Lee, and Michelle Pfeiffer) and newbies (Jackie Early Haley, Eva Green, and Chloe Grace Mortez). Many people disliked the first trailer but I thought it was very funny. Don’t forget to check out a special featurette on Apple Trailers about the film. It has new clips from the movie and behind the scenes insights from Burton and Depp. Reel Prediction: 4 stars Release Date: May 11th

And now last and least, the summer movies that seem to be all action, no story:

Battleship Transformers on water? Maybe. Robots, things blowing up, big battles, massive explosions, and possible aliens. Sounds a bit far from the board game. Reel Prediction: 2 stars Release Date: May 18th

G.I. Joe Retaliation Bringing in Dwaye Johnson and especially Bruce Willis will boost box office power but keeping Taylor Kitsch in the series was probably a bad move (after Battleship and John Carter but not Savages). The film looks like it has a smudge of fun action to it but not looking like a something that will become an all time classic at all ever. Reel Prediction: 2 1/2 Release Date: June 29th

Piranha 3DD Looks bad except for the title of course.Reel Prediction: 1 star Release Date: June 1st

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter Lincoln will probably be a lot better. Reel prediction: 2 stars Release Date: June 22nd

Other summer movies being released that I will not do Reel Predictions for (they are not ones that I necessarily want to see a lot) include:

Dramas: Lawless (with an all star cast), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (with another all star cast), Savages (with a bigger all star cast than the two movies that I just mentioned), and To Rome With Love (with Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, and more)

Fantasy: Snow White and the Huntsman (with Kirsten Stewart as Snow White)

Musical: Rock of Ages (starring Tom Cruise) and Sparkle (with Whitney Huston)

Action Movies: The Bourne Legacy (a prequel to the previous trilogy of Bourne movies) Preminum Rush (an N.Y.C. bicycle action movie), and The Expendables 2 (with Sylvester Stallone and other famous action heroes)

Comedies: The Campaign (a political comedy with Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakas), The Dictator (a political spoof starring Sacha Baron Cohen), What To Expect When You’re Expecting (starring Cameron Diaz), That’s My Boy (starring Adam Sandler), Ted (with Mark Wahlberg and a teddy bear), Neighborhood Watch (with Jonah Hill and Ben Stiller and maybe some aliens), and Hope Springs (staring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, and Steve Carrell)

Sci- Fi: Total Recall (a remake of the 1992 Arnold Schwarsenegger but now starring Colin Farrell) and Prometheus (a Ridely Scott sci-fi horror movie with a tough Noomi Rapace, a flat Charlize Theron, and a scared Idris Elba)

Documentaries: ReGENERATION (from the 2010 PCFF) and First Position (from TIFF kids)

Thank you for following me on my epic journey of a trilogy of summer movie madness!! Thank you as well to my family for helping me and movie websites for increasing my movie knowledge (IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, Box Office Mojo, Lights Camera Jackson, EW, and The New York Times). Please don’t forget to COMMENT, COMMENT, COMMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also you should watch the trailers of the films I talked about about (on Apple Trailers) so you might have a little idea of what I have been talking about over the past three articles. During the summer movie season look for articles, reviews, news and maybe some videos and podcasts from Flick and I (in other words not a break from May 31st to August 21st like last summer, hopefully). And last try to go to the movies in the summer and COMMENT and COMMENT some more. You should make your own summer movie schedule of what you want to see for fun!!!!!!!! See you later!!!!!!

Summer Movies 2012 Part 2: Flack’s Critics Predictions

Posted on | April 13, 2012 | Add Comments

Now that you’ve heard all about money and box-office predictions it’s time to learn about something else: critics. I will be talking about how 10 movies are likely to do brilliantly with critics and my educated guesses at what their Rotten Tomatoes scores will be. Rotten Tomatoes (in case you don’t know about it) is a movie website that compiles hundreds of critics reviews and then ranks them on a scale of 100%, with 1% being the worst and 100% being the best.  If a movie is above 60% it is”fresh” and if it is below 60% it is “rotten.” From blockbusters I’ve already talked about that are likely to be critically acclaimed, to festival favorites you’ve never heard of, there’s star studded indies and summer Oscar hopefuls, I’ve selected a wide range of films that critics are bound to love. Without further ado the 10 movies are…….

The Avengers11. The Avengers Release Date: May 4th  Why critics will like it:  Iron Man got a 94% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. If this one combines wit, humor, chemistry, action, adventure, a great story, and awesome special effects in the same way that the May 2008 blockbuster did, then this one will do great! Why Critics might not like it: Iron Man 2 got a 74%: fresh but not great… The other Marvel movies are also not as beloved (Thor: 77% fresh, Captain America: The First Avenger: 79% fresh, Hulk: 62% fresh, The Incredible Hulk: 66% fresh) but with the characters combined you never know: they could work better together. Still, hopefully there will be a good story and the special effects will hopefully not take over the movie!

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel10. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Release Date: May 4th  Why Critics will like it: This movie stars Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Tom Wikinson, and Dev Patel. Alone, that’s a good reason for critics to probably like it. John Madden, the director also won Best Picture for Shakespeare in Love. But Steven Spielberg famously won Best Director that year in 1998 for Saving Private Ryan and beat John Madden. Why critics might not like it: The director also made the 2011 film, The Debt which got a 76% fresh which is a lot less than Shakespeare in Love‘s 93% fresh. Also as of now The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel only has a 77% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.  Rotten Tomatoes guess: 82%.

The Wettest County9. The Wettest County Release Date: August 31st Why Critics will like it: This movie stars Tom Hardy, Shia Labeouf, Jessica Chaistan, Guy Pearce,Gary Oldman, Noah Taylor, and Mia Waskowska. The cast is o.k. but not as star studded as it could be. But what is the main reason this is a standout Summer Oscar hopeful? The Weinstein brothers are producing it.  Why critics might not like it: The star of Transformers is in this movie. Uh-oh!   Rotten Tomatoes guess: 83%

The Amazing Spider-Man8. The Amazing Spider-Man Release Date: July 3rd Why Critics will like it: The director is more known for independent movies, the star was in The Social Network, and the trailer looks amazingly well done. I think this movie will have a good story, but not exactly an original one. Spider-Man (Sam Raimi/Tobey Maguire version from 2002) got an 89% fresh and Spider-Man 2 got a 93% fresh.  If this new movie is like the first two then it won’t do that bad. Why critics might not like it:  Spider-Man 3 got a 63% fresh, which Empire Magazine called the 50th worst movie of all time. Hopefully this one won’t be as bad as that one. Rotten Tomatoes guess: 85%

The Intouchables7. The Intouchables Release Date: May 25th Why Critics will like it: Harvey Weinstein brought the movie to the US version.  After having his movies win Oscars 2 years in a row, it would be hard to bet against him. It was nominated for 8 awards (including some of the main ones) and won best actor (Omar Sy) at the Cesars (like France’s Oscars) Why critics might not like it: There have been some rotten French reviews, and it’s hard to tell if that will affect the movie. One last note: This movie was beat out by The Artist at the Cesars Awards.  Rotten Tomatoes guess: 88%

Prometheus6. Prometheus Release Date: June 8 Why Critics will like it: Alien got a 96% fresh and Aliens (directed by James Cameron) got a 100%  fresh. This movie is directed by Ridley Scott (once again) and has a cast including Idris Elba, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassebender, Patrick Wilson and Noomi Rapace (the original Girl WithThe Dragon Tattoo). Why critics might not like it: Alien 3 got a 39% splat and Alien 4: Resurrection got a 55% splat. Luckily Prometheus is not a sequel, although there will probably be Prometheus sequels.  Rotten Tomatoes guess: 90%

To Rome With Love5. To Rome With Love Release Date: June 22nd  Why Critics will like it: Woody Allen’s best reviewed movie of the 2000’s just came out on June 10, 2011 (Midnight in Paris with a 93% fresh). His latest movie is about people in Italy and the adventures and romances that they have. The cast isn’t as star studded as Midnight in Paris‘ but the movie still stars Woody Allen, Jesse Eisinberg, Penelope Cruz, Ellen Page, Judy Davis, Roberto Beginini, and Alec Baldwin. Why Critics might not like it: The reaction to the trailer has been so-so and Allen’s recent movies have not always fared well (the 2010 film You Will Meet A Tall Dark Starnger got a 44% splat and  the 2009 movie Whatever Works got a 50% splat). Also opening on June 22nd are Brave and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Althought these three films are vying for completly different audiences To Rome With Love will be a failre at the box office at least compared to those two filmsRotten Tomatoes Guess: 90%

Beats of the Southern Wild4. Beats of the Southern Wild Release Date: June 27th Why Critics will like it: This is the most acclaimed movie of this year’s Sundance film festival. Based on what I’ve heard about it, this seems a lot like The Tree of Life of 2012 with monsters. Sounds interesting. Why critics might not like it: Critics were divided about The Tree of Life despite it’s 84% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes. They probably won’t agree about this movie also but just as with The Tree of Life people will love this film. Rotten Tomatoes guess: 92%

The Dark Knight Rises3. The Dark Knight Rises Release Date: July 20th  Why Critics will like it: Batman Begins got a 85% fresh and The Dark Knight got a 94%. This one will probably follow more in The Dark Knight’s lead. Why critics might not like it: Without Heath Ledger’s Oscar winning Joker will people still like it? Probably but I still definetly don’t think that Tom Hardy will win an Oscar for his performance as the  new bad guy, Bane. Rotten Tomatoes guess: 93%

Moonrise Kingdom2. Moonrise Kingdom Release Date: May 25th  Why Critics will like it: This movie seems like it will turn out to be the Midnight in Paris of the year (an opening night Cannes comedy romance that’s made by a famous director, has a great cast, makes some money, and then ends up maybe even getting a few Oscar nominations and one win) and because that movie got a 93% fresh this film should get great reviews. Why critics might not like it: Will critics (as they did with Midnight in Paris) find the movie a bit too light? Maybe but probably not too much. Rotten Tomatoes guess: 95%

Savages1. Savages Release Date: July 6th  Why Critics will like it: This movie stars Benicio Del Toro, Taylor Kitsch (who described the movie as Pulp Fiction meets Goodfellas), Blake Lively,  Uma Thurman, John Travolta, Aaron Johnson, Demian Bramchir, Emie Hirsh, and Salma Hayek. It’s a drama thriller directed by two time Academy Award winner Oliver Stone. I also think that it’s the most Oscar friendly movie of the Summer. Why critics might not like it: Oliver Stone’s recent movies have been badly reviewed (Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps got a 55% splat which is a lot less than Wall Street’s 78% fresh). Also the cast might not have chemistry and there could be too many characters. Rotten Tomatoes guess: 96%

Well now we’ll just have to sit back and watch how things turn out!!!!! Part 3 is coming soon!!!!!

 

2012 Summer Movies: Top 15 Blockbusters Part 1: Flack’s Predictions

Posted on | March 31, 2012 | Add Comments

Here is the first of my 3 summer movie preview articles.  I will talk about my predictions for the top 15 biggest money making blockbusters from May to August 2012.  I will have my predictions for the opening weekend (OWG), domestic total (DTG), and international total (ITG) box office grosses.  The next 2 articles are my guesses for the top 15 best critically reviewed movies and my list of the ones I want to see. I have researched on such various websites as IMDB, Box Office Mojo, Rotten Tomatoes, Entertainment Weekly, and Empire as well as The New York Times. I’ll say why I think these movies will be big and why they might not be big. Plus I’ll throw in a few funny jokes and more.

The Bourne Legacy
15. The Bourne Legacy Release Date: August 3 Why it will be big: The three previous Bourne movies grossed $121 million, $176 million, and $227 million.  Their opening weekends were $27 million, $52 million, and $69 million. That means this one should do pretty good. The bad bars in the trailer are annoying but with a Casino Royale (violent spy prequel) approach it might just work.  Why it might not be big: Casting Jeremy Renner instead of Matt Damon could be a mistake. The movie was Bourne to be in 14th place. OWG: $45 million DTG: $130 million ITG: $250 million

Paranorman

14.  ParaNorman Release Date: August 17  Why it will be big: Despite only making $75 million, Coraline still got a good Rotten Tomatoes score (90%). ParaNorman is another movie from the same studio, Laika Entertainment, and is shaping up to be a hit.  Why it might not be big: Another movie from Laika Entertainment, 9, only grossed $31 million, with a budget of $30 million. Also August is a bad release date because then the movies don’t play all summer long. However last year The Help and Rise of the Planet of the Apes were breakout box office biggies but were still released in August. Still, ParaNorman does not seem likely to make paranormal grosses at the box  office. This will have to do a lot better than 9. OWG: $50 million DTG: $150 million ITG: $255 million

GI Joe 2

13. G.I. Joe: Retaliation Release Date: June 29 Why it will be big: Channing Tatum (he is in six movies this year) returns in this action-packed sequel. Adding Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis to the cast is a great idea and should give it an overall boost. The trailer suggests non-stop ridiculous action. Joe will go to 13th place. Why it might not be big: Stephen Sommers, the director of the first film had directed films with Dwayne Johnson, but for the sequel they have brought in Jon M. Chu, the director of the documentary, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. Although the first film (G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra) in the series made $150 million and had a $54 opening weekend, it got a 34% SPLAT on Rotten Tomatoes, which means it got bad reviews. Big box office and bad reviews is a combination likely to happen again. OWG: $65 million DTG: $155 million ITG: $265 million

Neighborhood Watch

12. Neighborhood Watch Release Date: July 27 Why it will be big: Watch out this movie will be in 12th place.  This sci-fi comedy stars Jonah Hill and Ben Stiller, a comedy duo that seems like it will work. Add in aliens and a good end of July release date, and you have got a hit. It’s the director’s first film (Akiva Schaffer), but Shawn Levy (director of the Night at the Museum movies, Date Night, and Real Steel) is producing it. The trailer shows both ridiculous comedy and funny comedy. Why it might not be big: Will a combination of sci-fi and comedy work? Will the actors have good chemistry? OWG: $55 million DTG: $200 million ITG: $270

Snow White and the Huntsman

11. Snow White and the Huntsman Release Date: June 1  Why it will be big: This movie will hunt down 11th place. The Twilight meets Alice in Wonderland without the humor approach will probably work. Add in the fact that it stars Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlize Theron, and the movie will probably do good at the box office (or at least better than Mirror Mirror). Why it might not be big: Mirror Mirror will draw in family audiences, but will enough teenagers and adults want to see this dark version of the tale.  OWG: $65 million DTG: $200 million ITG: $300 million

Dark Shadows

10. Dark Shadows Release Date: May 11 Why it will be big: Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, and Helena Bonham Carter have made some big blockbusters, with such massive money makers as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ($472 million) and especially Alice in Wonderland ( $1 billion). Their newest effort will have tons of wildly eccentric comedy and the trailer looks pretty entertaining. Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, and Chloe Grace Mortez round out the supporting cast. Horror comedy and fantasy romance should prove to be a strong enough combination to beat The Dictator at the box office on the same opening weekend. Why it might not be big: Most people are not enjoying the trailer and few people are familiar with TV show (although that might be good, because fans of the TV show are saying that it is way too different). OWG: $65 million DTG: $205 million ITG: $315 million

Madagascar 3

9. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted Release Date: June 8 Why it will be big: This movie is wanted by 9th place. The two previous Madagascar movies made $47 and $63 million in their opening weekends, $180 and $193 million in the domestic total, and $532 and $603 million in their international total. Now, those are some movies that like to move it to the box office. Will the third film follow those foot steps? Why not? I mean it has 3-D, which the others did not have. Plus there’s a new villain played by Frances McDormand, some circus fun, bad pop songs, and Jessica Chastain. The makers even moved the rude humor out of the movie (or at least they moved it moved it moved it out of the trailer). Why it might not be big: Also being released on June 8 is Prometheus, which is although being targeted for a totally different audience will beat this at the box office. Will people still find this series likable?  I haven’t seen any of them because they looked so terrible, but I might see this one if I have to. I think that this one will not make as much as the others because nobody wants to watch this movie series anymore. OWG: $70 million DTG: $210 Million ITG: $350 million

Ice Age

8. Ice Age: Continental Drift Release Date: July 13 Why it will be big: This movie will drift into 8th place. The previous Ice Age movies have all made over $176 million domestically, and more than $383 million internationally.  The most recent movie made $886 million internationally, which means this one is sure to make money.  The trailer shows a lot of action and comedy, a combination which well worked in the others. In this one the characters think the world is ending, and there are some new creatures joining them, including a band of evil pirates. Many family audiences will definitely rush out to see the movie.  Why it might not be big:  Will people have series fever and be tired of the Ice Age movie series as I’m guessing they might be with Madagascar.  Probably not too much, but I don’t think this one will be quite as big a hit, as the previous two films internationally. OWG: $70 million DTG: $200 Million ITG: $400 million

Battleship

7. Battleship Release Date: May 18 Why it will be big: The Transformers series did remarkably well. The first film had a $70 million opening weekend, made $319 million domestically, and even grossed $709 million internationally. Battleship is based on a game and has a trailer involving things blowing up, robots blowing up, people blowing robots up, things blowing up robots blowing up people blowing robots up etc. The movie looks like it has been created in the same mold as the Transformers series. What does this have though, that Transformers does not have? A star studded cast including Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch, Rihanna, Alexander Skarsgard, and Brooklyn Decker, a newbie who is also in the ensemble comedy romance What to Expect When You’re Expecting, which also opens on May 18, the same weekend as Battleship. Why it might not be big: The trailer looks like a dreadful mix of things blowing up robots blowing up people blowing up blowing up up up up up up up, you get the idea, a boring story, and uninteresting characters. Peter Berg, the director had stressed that the film had a great story and that no aliens are in it for over half an hour. After watching the trailer I can already tell that there is no story. And I bet that even if there are no aliens in it for a while that there is still just guns and other non-alien action. And the movie is probably 2 and a half hours or something. I love long movies but only when they have a story. But still people like and sometimes sadly love that stuff so why should they even care. OWG: $75 million DTG: $250 million ITG: $415 million

Prometheus

6. Prometheus Release Date: June 8 Why it will be big: Prometheus stars Noomi Rapace (the original Girl with The Dragon Tattoo), Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Patrick Wilson, and Idris Elba. It is a science-fiction horror movie from the acclaimed director Ridley Scott, and is said to be distantly related to the Alien franchise. With a cool yet scary trailer, this could be the biggest horror movie of the year. Why it might not be big: Because I can’t see it. Yeah, but a billion other people can and will, so it does not really matter. I think this movie will be the Super 8 of the Summer, meaning a surprising sci-fi film that has secrets and is a little scary. The only problem is that Super 8 was not a huge blockbuster (the good news: Super 8 was the best summer movie of last year, 2011 and the second best movie of the year). Also the Alien movies never made over $85 million domestically and $161 million internationally. OWG: $95 million DTG: $280 million ITG: $425 million

Men in Black 3

5. Men in Black 3  Release Date: May 25  Why it will be big: The previous 2 Men in Black movies were massive box office smashes. The first film got 91% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, but the second got a 39% splat, even though it was a box office success.  That means 10 years after the third will have to be really good, make a lot of money, and do well with critics, in order for the series to continue.  This will have to be a case like the Indiana Jones series, where the first one has good box office and does well with critics, the second one only does good at the box office but then the third one they bring in a new actor, Sean Connery, or in this case, Josh Brolin and the series is better than ever.  Based on the funny and action-packed trailer, there’s no reason why this shouldn’t be a smash.  Why it might not be big:  As I said before the second MIB movie didn’t do well with critics, the third might not either.  another problem is that like with other series, people might be tired of it.  OWG: $100 million DTG: $285 million ITG: $450 million

Brave

4. Brave Release Date: June 22  Why it will be big: The people who work at Pixar are the best animation makers in the world. They also do good at the box office. Toy Story 3 made $110 on it’s opening weekend, $415 million domestically, and $1 billion internationally. It  also got a 99% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and easily earned back it’s $200 million budget. Meanwhile their next film, Cars 2 made $66 million on it’s opening weekend, $191 domestically, and $559 million internationally. It also got a 38% on Rotten Tomatoes and earned back it’s $200 million budget. Well let’s hope that Brave is more like Toy Story 3 (which has a better trailer than Brave) than Cars 2 (which does not have as good a trailer as Brave). Anyway medieval action sword fights, a strong cast of characters, and Pixar’s classic comedy plus a female heroine should prove to be a strong combination. It’s also a good idea to release Brave at the end of school, just exactly like Toy Story 3 and Cars 2. Why it might not be big: Will the female heroine work? Yes. Will the fairy tale elements work? Probably. So, what’s not to like?  OWG: $105 million DTG: $300 million ITG: $500 million

Spiderman

3. The Amazing Spider-Man Release Date: July 3 Why it will be big: This movie will swing amazingly into 3rd place. With one of the top 3 trailers of the year (in my opinion) and involving a lot of action, this is sure to be a blockbuster. However, many people are hoping for a more emotional story than the previous 3 Sam Raimi directed, Tobey Maguire starred, movies. That’s because the director Marc Webb’s only other movie is the independent hit (500) Days Of Summer and the star of this version is The Social Network actor Andrew Garfield. Add in there a cool villain The Lizard played by Rhys Ifans, a love interest played by Emma Stone, some awesome 3-D, great web-slinging action, and a script by Harry Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves and TA-DAAAAAAAA!!!!! I have high hopes.  Why it might not be big: People are saying this is too soon for a reboot. I mean, Spider-Man 3 came out 5 years ago and this very same origin story was shown on screens just ten years ago, in 2002 when Spider-Man was released. Also I doubt this will do Spider-Man 3 numbers at the box office (that movie was the highest grossing of the year and made $151 million on its opening weekend). OWG: $125 million DTG: $400 million ITG: $850 million

The Avengers

2. The Avengers Release Date: May 4 Why it will be big: I think it’s a great idea that the movie is being release on May 4th, not only with the 4th be with it, but also it’s a great way to start the summer movie season. Marvel used this technique with both the Iron Man movies and Thor being released on May 2nd, May 7th, and May 6th, respectively. They debuted at $98 million, $128 million, and $65 million, respectively. Meanwhile Captain America: The First Avenger, on July 22, with $65 million. The Incredible Hulk was released on June 13th and made $55 million on the opening weekend. The worst domestic total was The Incredible Hulk at $134 million, meanwhile the best was Iron Man with $318 million. The worst international total was The Incredible Hulk with $263 million, meanwhile the best was Iron Man 2 with $623 million. This plan will be used again for the Iron Man 3 release planned for May 3rd 2013. Combining all these super hero characters together will surely pay off in some aspects: It will be fun watching them battle each other, and with so many actors they’ll have to have great chemistry. Joss Whedon is an acclaimed TV writer/director. If he writes a script anywhere as good as the one he did with 3 other people for Toy Story, this will be an amazing movie and one of the best super hero movies of all time. Why it might not be big: It’s possible that with so many characters the movie will become both distracting and bad.Will the focus be on Iron Man? I hope so because he’s the coolest. Will it be on Hawkeye?  I think so because he’s the new character. Or will it be on Captain America?  He’s the most likely because he’s now in 2012 not the 1940s and will be re-introduced to the Avengers in the same way the audience is. OWG: $155 million DTG: $450 million ITG: $900 million

The Dark Knight Rises

1. The Dark Knight Rises Release Date: July 20  Why it will be big: This movie will rise to 1st place. With Christian Bale returning as Batman, fans are going crazy. And for fairly good reason. Batman Begins grossed $48 million on it’s opening weekend, $205 domestically, and $372 internationally. It also got an 85% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, earned back it’s $150 million budget, and became the 12 biggest superhero movie of all time. Meanwhile the 2008 sequel to the 2005 prequel, The Dark Knight, did the impossible. Making $158 million on it’s opening weekend (beat only by HP 7 part 2, but at the time the best ever), $533 domestically, and $1 billion internationally. It also received a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, got back it’s $185 million budget, and became the biggest superhero movie of all time. Hopefully this final film in the trilogy will be just as fulfilling as Toy Story 3. The cryptic yet exciting trailers make this the event movie of the summer. Just like in 2010 (Toy Story 3) and in 2011 (Hp 7 Part 2) this year the biggest movie of the summer (and possibly the year) is another beloved franchise coming to a close. Why it might not be big: The consensus of preview screening buzz is that Bane, the bad guy played by Tom Hardy, has a hard to understand voice. If he doesn’t work out though Anne Hathaway as Catwoman certainly will certainly work out.  In addition to Tom Hardy other Inception actors in the movie include Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotilard, as new characters, but will they make the story too confusion and complex. If they do prove too confusing, then at least there will be older fan favorites such as Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman. Although these problems are all possibilities, the movie is still likely to be a success. Why? Because with an intriguing cast, cool special effects, and the rising anticipation, the movies is going to be a hit. I think this movie is going to be 8th highest grossing film of all time and it will have the best opening weekend of all time. OWG: $175 million DTG: $550 million ITG: $1 billion

Moonrise Kingdom

Honorary Independent Blockbuster. Moonrise Kingdom Release Date: May 25 Why it will be big: The movie stars a great cast including Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Frances Mcdormand, Harvey Keitel, Tilda Swinton, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, and newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayard.  It’s directed by Wes Anderson, maker of wacky comedies and dramas. I think this movie will be the Midnight in Paris of the year, because just like that other film it will be the opening night movie at Cannes and is a comedy/romance/drama. This movie could be nominated for Oscars just like Midnight in Paris.  Plus another massive factor is the film was shot in Rhode Island, the smallest and best state. Why it might not be big: Will the newcomers be good or will this be their last movie? OWG: $5 million DTG: $55 million ITG: $150 million

Premium Rush

Honorary Original Blockbuster. Preminum Rush Release Date: August 24 Why it will be big: David Koepp, the writer and director also wrote Spider-Man, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Mission:Impossible, Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds, and more. Plus it stars Michael Shannon and Joseph Gordon- Levitt. The trailer shows an odd yet original combination of crazy stunts and realistic action. Why it might not be big:  I doubt it will rush past 15th place. Sadly but truly originality isn’t very popular these days so will the “you’ve never seen this before” approach. work or not? OWG: $35 million DTG: $100 million ITG: $150 million

Other Possible Blockbusters: The Expendables 2 Release Date: August 12 OWG: $40 million DTG: $115 million ITG: $300 million, The Dictator Release Date: May 11 OWG: $30 million DTG: $140 million ITG: $230 million, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Release Date: June 22 OWG: $40 million DTG: $200 million ITG: $240 million, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Release Date: June 22 OWG: $30 million DTG: $100 million ITG: $130 million, Total Recall Release Date: June 22 OWG: $35 million DTG: $125 million ITG: $175 million, Rock of Ages Release Date: June 15 OWG: $35 million DTG: $125 million ITG: $200 million, The Campaign Release Date: August 10 OWG: $35 million DTG: $125 million ITG: $190 million, The Odd Life of Timothy Green Release Date: August 17  OWG: $30 million DTG: $125 million ITG: $150 million, and The Wettest Country Release Date: August 31 OWG: $25 million DTG: $50 million ITG: $100 million

Okay then, that’s it! Wait no, it’s not! Look out for a parts 2 and 3 (you’ll get to comment on favorites and critically acclaimed movies) coming soon to a computer near you. In the comments section tell me what you think will be the highest grossing movies of the summer and your OWG, DTG and ITG predictions. Also you can tell what you think of my predictions.

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