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Updated June Preview: Part 2

Posted on | June 23, 2012 | Add Comments

BraveAfter a little delay I’m back with part 2 of my June movie preview. I’ll talk about how the newest releases will do with critics and at the box office. I will talk about everything from global moneymaking to Rotten Tomatoes scores. Also just so you know OWG means opening weekend gross, DTG means domestic total gross, and ITG means international total gross. RT means Rotten Tomatoes.  Enjoy!

Seeking A Friend For The End Of The WorldJune 22nd: This week has one movie that will make a ton of money and likely become the highest grossing movie of June. There is also an oddball historical horror flick, an apocalyptic romantic comedy, and the latest effort from one of the world’s most admired directors. Of course the four films I am talking about are Pixar’s Brave, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Seeking A Friend For The End of the World, and Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love. Adjusted for inflation no Pixar movie has made under $191 million in the US. Last year when Cars 2 made that much and became the first Pixar movie to make under $200 million domestically as well as get a rotten rating on Rotten Tomatoes (39% splat) fans got worried. Will Brave be nominated for Best Picture the way Best Animated Film Oscar winners Up and Toy Story 3 were? Probably not. But will it make some money, get rather favorable reviews, and at the very least be nominated for the Best Animated Film at the Oscars? Yes. This is one of the summer movies I am most anticipated to see. The animation as always looks absolutely beautiful and the story and action seem pretty good. Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World stars Steve Carrell and Keira Knightley but it is rated R and has an indie crew. In other words not likely to be a mainstream box office hit. The director, Lorene Scafaria is directing for the first time ever but she wrote the movie Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist which got a 73% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. This should get about the same. At the box office that movie made $31 million in the US total and it was in wide release. Scafaria’s new movie has more star power than Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist but it has a much more limited release so it should do worse at the box office (it also has more tough competiton than Nick and Nora had) and it should do worse with the critics because it is slightly more mainstream. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter sounds ridiculous and will probably be a flop. Luckily it only cost $69 million and at least, worldwide it should earn a little more than that. Critics are also likely to call it one of the worst movies of the year. Meanwhile Woody Allen has a new movie, To Rome With Love a romantic comedy told in four star studded vignettes. This does not seem like it will be as successful as Midnight In Paris because it did not play at Cannes, let alone open Cannes, but it should still do okay with critics and good at the box office for a limited release.Here’s how I think past releases will fall into the rankings: Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted: $15 million Prometheus: $9 million Rock Of Ages: $6 million That’s My Boy: $5 million Brave: RT: 88% fresh OWG: $82 million DTG: $305 million ITG: $725 million Seeking A Friend for The End Of the World: RT: 70% fresh OWG: $5 million DTG: $15 million ITG: $18 million Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: RT: 13% splat OWG: $11 million DTG: $24 million ITG: $45 million To Rome With Love: RT: 71% fresh OWG: low because of limited release DTG: $4 million ITG: $25 million

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire HunterPeople Like UsJune 29th: R rated teddy bear comedy Ted and to a lesser extent, Dreamworks family drama, People Like Us should do not bad at the box office. Ted will probably be the second most successful adult comedy of the year, just behind $135 million grosser 21 Jump Street, that opened on March 16th this year. People Like Us is said to be “The Help” of the year: a Dreamworks summer drama. Or at least that’s what the ads say. But box office wise and definitely Oscar wise there is no way this will do as good as that film. For one People Like Us is not based on an extremely popular book with a lot fans who can’t wait to see the movie like The Help. Ted should open strong as what will perhaps be the only R rated comedy hit of the summer. Though it will only have four days too shine before The Amazing Spider Man it is aiming for a very different target audience. It will have to hold up very well in a summer this packed but I think it can make at least over  $100 million in the US alone. Meanwhile adult comedies Magic Mike and Tyler Perry’s Madea Witness Protection are also being released. Magic Mike star Channing Tatum led and two movies to over $100 million: The Vow in Febuary with $125 million and in 21 Jump Street March with $137 million . However this time around I don’t think that Tatum will pull it off. Meanwhile the Madea movie will also make little money. I expect both films to get bad reviews from the critics. Even if Ted and People Like Us turn out to be respectable hits there is simply no way that they can win the number 1 crown against likely to be massive holdover Brave, which should do fine with about $63 million, almost the same drop Monster’s Inc. had 11 years ago. Also Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter should drop to about $4 million showing no signs of being a big holdover success. That should also be true for Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World which I predict will turn in $3 million. To Rome With Love should continue to do okay for a limited release. That’s My Boy should make $2 million and Rock Of Ages $3 million. Critics will not like any of these new releases except for People Like Us and Ted just a little. Ted: RT: 69% OWG: $30 million DTG: $85 million ITG: $300 million People Like Us: RT: 75%  OWG: $19 million DTG:$66 million ITG: $120 million Magic Mike: RT: %19 OWG: $9 million DTG: $22 million ITG: $50 million Tyler Perry’s Madea Witness Protection: RT: 10% OWG: $3 million DTG: $8 million OWG: $15 million

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!!!!!!

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.

2012 Summer Movie Preview (Flick’s Report)

Posted on | March 17, 2012 | 1 Comment

Could this summer be full of Box Office smashes? Look at the lineup of films: The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, Men in Black III, Brave, ParaNorman, Battleship, Ice Age 4: Continental Drift and many more films that have the potential to be blockbusters. It’s pretty easy to be overwhelmed by the schedule of films, so here’s an overview.

Here are the three films I am looking forward to the most this summer (in order of what I’m looking forward to the most.)3. The Avengers Technically this won’t be released in summer but because the rest of the press is including it in their summer movie previews I snuck it in mine too. After watching Iron Man, Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor and Iron Man 2, The Avengers is finally here. Somewhere in between the making of these films it was announced that The Avengers, a film featuring all of the superheros shown in the Marvel films would join forces in an upcoming film. It’ll also be Marvel’s third 3-D film featuring superheros. One more thing: the action looks sickeningly fun.
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2. Finding Nemo Pixar’s first 3-d re-release could prove to be cinemactically stunning in bold 3-D. I think the scenes of Marlin and Dory encountering creatures like Bruce, the angular fish and the jellyfish would look great on the big screen. The fish tank scenes however present a drawback for using 3-D because in those scenes you have to feel as if you are at a normal dentist’s office and adding the third dimension could spoil the fun.

1. Brave Pixar does it best and the trailers of their new medieval CG movie look astonishing. Pixar’s attention to detail is shown in vast proportions and the action is wonderfully choreographed. Even though, Brave’s trailer looks amazing, the finished product could turn out to be a failure because Pixar is taking a risk. Two unknown directors will be at the helm and not to say that a new director spells disaster, but Pixar rests it’s shoulders on John Lasseter, Brad Bird, Andrew Stanton and other members of the “brain trust” so deeply that letting an unknown give it a shot might not turn out so well. My hopes are high.

Here are some other films that you should be aware of before summertime.Men in Black III You don’t need to travel back in time to know that Men in Black III will be released on May 25th. It’s been ten years since Tommy Lee Jones and Will smith have starred in a MIB film. Is it the right time for them to return? Only the new film will tell. The plot? Agent J must go back in time to the 60s to save Agent K from being killed by an alien. Simple and sci-fiy.

Ice Age: Continental Drift The multiplexes will be drifting away on July 13th when Ice Age: Continental Drift is released. One of the family friendly films of the summer, Manny, Diego and Sid use an iceberg as their ship while their continent drifts away in their fourth adventure. Many franchises that will be releasing their first 3-D film this summer and Ice Age just happens to be one of them. The trailer has some made for 3-D cinematography and there are also quite a bit of new characters so I think Continental Drift might be just okay.

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted They like to move it move it into theaters on June 8th. The 3-D is used to great effect in the trailer which I have now seen almost five times. The greatest thing about the trailer is that there is no bathroom humor (a.k.a. fart jokes etc.) except for maybe one of the animals being shot in the butt. This is another family friendly release for this summer and it will be competing against Continental Drift in box office gross. Personally, I am looking forward to Continental Drift more.

Titanic 3-D This year marks the 100th anniversary of the real ship’s sinking, making now the perfect time for James Cameron to re-release his 1997 film in 3-D. The film will also be shown in 2-D which is not usual for a 3-D re-release. The big question is: will Titanic have any chance competing against films like The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and Ice Age: Continental Drift? These franchises have built up audiences over the years and now they just might be able to throw Titanic overboard.

The Dark Knight Rises My guess is that not only will this be the highest grossing film of the summer but also that it will gross over $1.1 billion at the box office. Batman fans will watch the final film in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy unfold on screens starting July 20th. This will also be in IMAX adding even more to it’s box office gross. This could also be the highest grossing film of the year. My guess: yes.The Amazing Spider Man The 3-D looks astonishing especially in the last fifteen seconds or so of the trailer (I’ve seen the trailer in 3-D at the theater). Tobey Maguire is replaced by Andrew Garfield who recently starred in The Social Network. Other new actors include Emma Stone, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Dennis Leary and of course Stan Lee. A mistake people often make is thinking that this is a Marvel Studios film. Wrong! Marvel has the rights to all of their comic superheros except one: Spidey. The truth is that Sony Pictures Classics has the right to Spidey.

Battleship How can you turn a toy or game into a successful movie? That question has been floating around Hollywood for some time now, films like the Transformers films, the G.I Joe films and now the latest Battleship which will be docking at theaters May 18th. Taylor Kitsch who also recently starred in John Carter, will play a major role in the film as will Liam Neeson. Star power. Explosions. Big ships. Peter Berg will have to make some magic to make this work. The idea of a film based on the game Battleship is not exactly intriguing, however this could just turn out to be the surprise hit of the summer.

ParaNormarn Despite some bathroom humor, this claymation film seems to have a message and also looks different. What I mean by that is that nowadays we expect a certain thing when we see animated films: a film for young kids, funny, ect. but what looks great about ParaNorman is that while it has all of those qualities it adds something new. It adds a mix of slight horror to comedy to action to the story of a lonely kid who must find his place in life. The trailer has me hooked.

Prometheus Ridley Scott’s new epic, Promeheus stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron. The sci-fi/epic/horror/action film blows up in theaters June 8th. While it won’t be the highest grosser of the summer, my guess is that it will be in the top ten. Fans of Scott’s past films will probably see the film and it features an all star cast which could boost up it’s gross.

There you have it. Those are eleven films that you might not see (I might not see) but either have a lot of buzz circulating around them or as with the top three films I am looking forward to the most this summer, I’m really excited about. In the meantime, happy ninety five days till summer and movie mayhem.

 

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