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FOX debuted its creepy entry into its fall lineup on September 23. The Exorcist has come to the small screen, over 40 years after the film became a classic on the big screen. Is it worth watching?
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Chris Pratt and Denzel Washington were a wild and winning combination this weekend at the box office, as their new film scored with audiences. Here’s what went down:
The Magnificent Seven proved to big a hit, debuting in first place at the box office with a strong $35.4 million. This showing is director Antoine Fuqua’s biggest opening ever, and the second best western debut after Cowboys and Aliens $36 million (and you could argue that that film was more science fiction than western). The Magnificent Seven had a budget of $70 million and should wind up a profitable endeavour by the time its run is complete. Read the rest of this entry
Will a high profile remake of a classic western find favour with an audience this weekend, or will families see what the stork delivers? Here’s our prediction:
The Magnificent Seven is a remake of the classic 1960 western, with an incredible cast that reunites Training Day director Antoine Fuqua with his stars Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. Throw in recently minted mega-star Chris Pratt and you have all the makings of a big hit. Even with some lacklustre reviews, the names attached here are big enough to guarantee a solid opening weekend. Look for The Magnificent Seven to debut in first place with $48 million.
Through the generosity of FOX and Grim Philly Twilight Tours, I was lucky to attend a screening of the new television show The Exorcist. I admit I was skeptical on how a movie many regard as the scariest of all time could be turned into a television show. Should you be compelled to watch the series, or is this something we’ve seen before?
It was a complete and utter disaster at the box office for one big new release this weekend. When we’re wrong, we go balls out wrong. Here’s what went down:
For the second weekend in a row, Sully was number one at the box office, bringing in an estimated $22 million. The film has now brought in $70 million, making back its budget and giving Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood a nice little hit on their hands.
The big Hollywood musical is alive and well. Sure, it’s an endangered species, but Damien Chazelle’s vibrant La La Land is about as fine a specimen as you can find. Chosen by Toronto’s filmgoing horde as the best film at TIFF this year, La La Land is a throwback tour de force.
Rising from the ashes, a venerable horror film gets another sequel. 20 years later, are audiences still up for scare in the woods? Here’s our prediction:
Blair Witch is a direct sequel to the 1996 smash found footage film that scared the hell out of moviegoers (a follow-up, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, is essentially being ignored). In this movie, new character Josh goes in search of his long-missing Heather, the filmmaker seen in the original film. Adam Wingard is the director this time out and is certainly a strong choice, based on his outstanding work so far (go watch You’re Next if you haven’t seen it). While reviews haven’t been strong for Blair Witch, there no doubt is an audience that is absolutely jonesing to see this film. Look for a first place showing with $45 million.
The Brothers Grimsby
Starring Sacha Baron Cohen and Mark Strong
Directed by Louis Leterrier
Though it was a critical and commercial disaster upon its release in North America earlier this year, The Brothers Grimsby is actually a fairly funny film, if you’re in the mood for Sacha Baron Cohen’s extreme brand of gross-out comedy. In The Brothers Grimsby, Cohen and Strong play long lost brothers – one is a football hooligan, the other a secret agent. If you can’t figure out which is which, I just can’t help you out. Director Leterrier crafts an outstanding opening action scene and keeps the film moving quickly, while Cohen and Strong work very nicely of one another. There is some seriously gross-out humour happening on-screen, but if you can stomach it, you’re guaranteed some decent laughs.
Werner Herzog is a living legend, a madman director who insists he’s “the only sane filmmaker.” The director of the eighties remake of Nosferatu and the surreal “let’s drag an entire steamship over a mountain” movie Fitzcaraldo (plus countless others) has largely turned his attention to documentary in the past twenty years. His latest explores a subject close to his fevered, compulsive mind. Into the Inferno follows Herzog and co-director and vulcanologist Clive Oppenheimer as they traipse around the globe, visiting the world’s mightiest volcanoes.