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Granny Reviews Ron Howard’s In The Heart of the Sea

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I was getting mixed reviews about this ocean adventure based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s book of the same name which was inspired by a whale of a story. On the one hand: In the Heart of the Sea was based on a true story and was directed by Ron Howard and, it also starred Chris Hemsworth, the mighty Thor of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. On the other hand: it didn’t have dinosaurs, zombies, ghosts or light sabers, which is always a big sell close to the holidays. But, what convinced me to attend the film on my birthday, was the whales. I have a special bond to these creatures, but was the film worth the visit. Grab your harpoon and follow me to Nantucket. Read the rest of this entry

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Will In the Heart of the Sea sink or swim this weekend at the box office?

It’s the calm before next week’s Star Wars storm, and thought there’s one new release hitting theaters this weekend, it’s doubtful that it will have a huge impact. Here’s our prediction:

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In the Heart Of the Sea is the Ron Howard-directed, Chris Hemsworth-staring interpretation of the true life events that sin pried Herbert Melville to craft Moby Dick. Reviews have been so-so so far, and I’m not convinced that Hemsworth can open a film outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Look for a first place showing with $18 million.

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Comic-Con 2014: The Avengers: Age of Ultron Panel

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Avengers: Age of Ultron is probably one of the most anticipated sequels of all time by comic book movie standards. And the film, not due out until next year, had a huge showing at this weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con. Meet me after the jump for video footage of the panel featuring many of the stars of the film.

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Glenn Walker’s Top Five Films for 2013

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Everybody at Biff Bam Pop! is talking about Top Fives this week, so I guess it’s my turn. There were so many good things going on this year in movies, it will be hard to narrow them down to just five in each category, but I’ll try. Next, after the jump, we’ll look at my top fives (give or take) in film for 2013.

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Saturday At The Movies: Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Earlier this year, when the first trailer to Thor: The Dark World was released, I found myself surprisingly excited. Here was what looked to be a bit of a throw back film; a bit of a Marvel Studios homage to the those great swashbuckling sword and sorcery movies of the early 1980’s: Conan, The Sword and the Sorcerer, The Beastmaster and Krull. Those were movies that I loved as a kid – and love even more now.

With Thor: The Dark World, it seemed liked the eightification of comic book films was upon us. And in this particular case, I was ok with that. There was no better decade for this kind of genre than the decade that spawned all of those cool movies of my youth, happily spent at the video rental store.

Thor: The Dark World, was more than that, though. It was a movie that combined muscular heroes and dreaded villains with big-budget sets and fantastic special effects with well-known actors, working inside a shared fictional universe, playing well with at least three other important film franchises. A truly twenty-first century aesthetic.

It’s Saturday. Let me tell you more about the movie, Thor: The Dark World after the jump.

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Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 Wins – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

Cloudy_with_a_Chance_of_Meatballs_2In what comes as no surprise, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 claimed the top spot at the box office, far away from all the other competition. Here’s what went down:

With no other family films in competition, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 was the only choice this weekend for young kids and adults to check out together. The film had a strong opening with $35.5 million, about $5 million more than the original grossed its own opening weekend, and should play well over the next few weekends.

Find out how the rest of the weekend turned out after the jump!
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Cloudy Vs Rush Vs Don Jon – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

Three new movies want your money this weekend, but only one of them is a surefire hit. Here are our predictions:

Cloudy_with_a_Chance_of_Meatballs_2Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 is the sequel to the 2009 hit animated film, and is really the only choice for families this weekend. That means that this one should be the easy winner at the box office this weekend. Look for a first place finish with $40 million.

Find out how the rest of the weekend will turn out after the jump!

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Trailer Time: Thor The Dark World

thorPhase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe officially begins in less than two weeks with Iron Man 3, but the second installment is already in place for a fall release, the second solo adventure of everyone’s favorite thunder god, Thor The Dark World!

Thor returns to Earth to defend both Midgard and Asgard from the forces of Malekith, Kurse, and Loki. The film stars returning cast members Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, and Anthony Hopkins among others, along with former Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston as Malekith the Accursed.

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Red Dawn? More Like Red Don’t

Some things should left alone. LIke 80’s films. Just let them be, studios. And that’s exactly what happened when MGM put their remake Red Dawn on the shelf back in 2009 while they dealt with financial hardships.

On the shelf is where it should have stayed. Watch then trailer below and then find out why after the jump.


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Glenn Walker On Red Dawn 1984

There’s lots of buzz about this film with the new remake in theaters. The flick is close to the heart of many people. I remember the outrage of some of my friends when they heard they were remaking this movie. Confession time, I have never seen it. Let’s find out why the original Red Dawn is such a classic together, and why “Wolverines!” is such a part of our culture, after the jump.
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