Trailer of The Day: True Story

While it remains to be seen whether James Franco’s latest movie The Interview will ever see the light of day, you can check him out soon in True Story, along with one of his frequent costars, Jonah Hill.

Based on a true story (go figure), reporter Michael Finkel (Hill) discovers that Christian Longo (Franco) arrested for murdering his family, used his identity to escape authorities and jump the border to Mexico.

The film is scheduled for limited release next April.

 

22 Jump Street Review

By: Mark Di Stefano
Rating: 8.5 out of 10

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21 Jump Street was a surprise success. Not only was it a hit commercially and critically, but it also established directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller the go-to guys in the comedy world. It seemed like a no-brainer that Sony would make a sequel, but the real question would be whether or not it would live up. 22 Jump Street is a more grand, hyped-up version of the first film, and I’m glad.

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Box Office Outlook – June 13

By: Bryan Montgomery

With a pair of large-scale releases driven towards two widely different demographics hitting theaters this week, the box office race is pretty clear cut but still exciting based on the possibilities within the cinema.  22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2, both films with strong blockbuster potential, hit the theaters this week with the remnants from a strong week close behind with A Fault in Our Stars and Edge of Tomorrow.

Ultimately, the weekend is undoubtedly going to go to How to Train Your Dragon 2.  With Pixar taking a well-deserved year off prior to a two-release year in 2015, DreamWorks is essentially the only show in town for big-name animated adventures, and utilizing the sequel to one of the most successful films in the recent history of the studio is sure to procure benefits.

The first film, released in late March 2010, earned nearly $44 Million during its first week in theaters before dropping off 34%, a relatively normal number, during its second complete week.  What the sequel has that the original does not, however, is a captive audience, clear reign of their demographic, and the power conjured from a four-year lull that has only proven how strong the original movie is along with its application on a large-scale basis.  With the first film airing nationally on FX and a newly-developed television series airing in Nickelodeon, the positive buzz surrounding the How to Train Your Dragon franchise has never been higher, and the film’s 92% tomatometer is only going to feed the fire further.

On the other side is 22 Jump Street, an immensely well-marketed sequel that is also in heavy favor amongst the critics, sporting an 83% tomatometer rating heading into the weekend.  The original, which finished in blockbuster territory with over $135 million in box office revenue, opened as the top film in Mid-March of 2012, giving the sequel the opportunity to open in the much-coveted mid-June wheelhouse prior to the July 4th weekend.  I expect the sequel to benefit from star Jonah Hill’s continued popularity, only furthered by his performance in The Wolf of Wall Street, and for positive word of mouth to continue to push the film forward.

June 13 Predictions

1.)    How to Train Your Dragon 2 – $55 Million

2.)    22 Jump Street – $35 Million

3.)    Edge of Tomorrow – $17 Million

4.)    A Fault in Our Stars – $14 Million

5.)    Maleficent – $12 Million

6.)    X-Men: Days of Future Past – $9 Million

7.)    Godzilla – $5 Million

8.)    A Million Ways to Die in the West – $3.5 Million

9.)    Neighbors – $3 Million

10.)Blended – $2.5 Million

Moneyball Review

By: Bryan Montgomery
Rating: 9 out of 10

In 2002, Billy Beane and the Oakland A’s defied baseball by winning 20 straight games, winning the American League West after stumbling out of the gate.  In 2003, Michael Lewis wrote Moneyball, which described how Beane used an unorthodox method to piece together a competitive team with a low payroll.  In the film adaptation of this book, Brad Pitt stars as Beane in one of the best sports movies of the last 20 years.   Moneyball mixes in humor, heart, and the love of the game into one great spectacle that both fans and non-fans will enjoy.

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Get Him to the Greek Review

By: Bryan Montgomery (www.twitter.com/bcmontgomery)
Rating: 8.5 out of 10


When 2008’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall came out, one major factor from the movie resonated with all that experienced it.

“Aldous Snow is such an idiot!”

Get Him to the Greek is a movie that spins off the 2008 romantic comedy by mixing great, offensive humor with a solid cast that ultimately makes up one of 2010’s best comedies.

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