Creative Movie Minds

Poet Criss Jami once said, “Create with the heart, build with the mind.”
The controversial “Noah” built quite an impressive audience this weekend, sailing into the hearts of moviegoers and right to the #1 spot at the domestic box office with $44 million. The cool kids sent “Divergent” to the classy #2 locale with $27.7 million. The “Muppets Most Wanted” left them wanting more from the animated area of #3 with $11.7 million. “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” found family-friendly time waiting at the #4 place with $9.5 million. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” did a grand business in expanded theaters, coming in at #5 with a magnificent $8.8 million.
Arks, action, adventure and, of course, animation held audiences’ attention this last weekend in March. Noah knows no bounds, Muppets made the most colorful home, Schwarzenegger truly was sabotaged by the competition and diversity was the spice of life as a benevolent spirit watched over them all in the grandest of cinematic accommodations.
From seaside days to starry nights, the most creative tales were being told atop the big screen, speaking right to the hearts and minds of movie lovers…

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The Language of Movie Love

William Shakespeare once said, “There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”
Will audience think the “Bad Words” being uttered by big stars this weekend at the movies make for an amusing diversion from all that big-screen drama? Last weekend, sci-fi and starlets helped “Divergent” draw an impressive crowd; can they continue to keep the competition scientifically beneath them? Not if noble “Noah” has anything to say about it as he, too, battles for good reviews and smooth box-office sailing. Does he have a prayer of rising about the seafaring crew drifting along “300: Rise of an Empire?” Have the Greek gods reached their peak? Perhaps the “Muppets Most Wanted” will reach a higher, more coveted climb in their quest for animation aspirations. “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” meanwhile, would like to continue their trek to the colorful top. Rising even higher, our movie believers continue to declare “God’s Not Dead” to the spiritual crowd. With the promise of action and adventure, however, Arnold Schwarzenegger just may “Sabotage” them all!
As Arnold takes on animation, spirituality takes its turn, a spelling bee loser lets loose on the teen scene, Noah needs no introduction and God makes an enlightening appearance among all those spirited stars.
Think this is a good weekend to take in one of the latest, greatest flicks?
From seaside days to starry nights, first-class stories (featuring both GOOD and BAD behavior) are just waiting to be told at your local multiplex…

Cinematic Sailing

Coming aboard the cinematic ship this weekend, “Noah” hopes to send his land-loving comrades out to sea and waves behind him aboard the biggest, star-filled entertainment ark. Another epic battle, however, is still being waged on the cinematic waters alongside the crew of “300: Rise of an Empire,” who are struggling to stay afloat. Arnold Schwarzenegger, meanwhile, is back in town, looking to “Sabotage” all that oceanic action for adventures on dry land. Also standing on firm ground are spelling bee champs, sore losers and smarty pants who know there’s no need for “Bad Words” to be uttered during the all-star competition, lest they put a damper on our amusing diversions. Moviegoers looking for a little inspiration among all that animation and imagination can be heard shouting “God’s Not Dead,” adding a little excitement to these turbulent aquatic times. Our ordinarily exclusive “Divergent” class promise not to shun the littler celebrities (and lesser-known films) as they seek select audience approval. “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” plan on remaining man’s best friend for some time while all-around people pleaser Kermit and his cute, colorful crew are hoping the “Muppets Most Wanted” fans will want nothing more than a movie ticket to their latest, greatest tour through movie town.
Sweet sailing is in store this weekend, with entertainment the ultimate destination…

Timeless Tales

Pablo Picasso once said, “Youth has no age.” The youthful, however, were invading movie theaters far and wide this weekend, as animation and ageless adaptations were happily pleasing the movie masses.
The teenage sci-fi drama “Divergent” was redirecting the minds of moviegoers from spring activities, as the latest in a long line of youthful tales took over the #1 spot at the domestic box office with $56 franchise-starting million. Appealing to an even younger demographic, Kermit and company sent the also-new Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” to the coveted and colorful county of #2 with $16.5 million. “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” traveled back in time (and the box-office line) this weekend, arriving at the #3 play land with $11.7 million. Counting their cinematic gains, the crew from “300: Rise of an Empire” was keeping the movie kingdom dwellers company at the #4 realm with $8.7 million. Movie lovers discovered “God’s Not Dead” in the Hollywood realm, giving him a lively home (in just 780 theaters) at #5 with $8.6 million.
Animation and young adult adaptations battled the aged, inspiration abounded and Greek Gods grew older in empires residing on somewhat-shaky territory.
From seaside days to starry nights, the territory where the greatest tales are being told promises entertainment fit for all ages…

Film Adaptations and Family-Friendly Animation

With movie lovers finally diverging from winter activities, there’s a new, treacherous team traveling through town known as “Divergent,” whose dangerous deeds consist of stealing the focus away from their tough competition. They’ll have to constantly be looking in their rearview mirror, however, as a crew of cinematic racers are traveling that same Technicolor trail. Following their European trip, the “Muppets Most Wanted” wish only to kick back and enjoy the simple things in life: fans, friendship, and, of course, box-office success. Will they send “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” back in time (and way behind them in the blockbuster lineup?) Can “Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club” multiply their friendly fan base while grounding action-inspired tales with their “Non-Stop” romantic troubles? Perhaps “300: Rise of an Empire” will rise above them all in the runaway-success ranks and reclaim the top spot within the infamous cinematic kingdom.
Teen angst, time travel, Muppet mania and mistaken identity, riveting race car drivers, clubs for cool moms, plus the rise and collapse of an empire; our movie society is offering the greatest sightseeing tour this first fling of spring!
Experiencing the “Need for Speed” to the Technicolor screen? No rush, these stories have plenty of life left in them just waiting to be told all season long.
From seaside days to starry nights, this weekend finds the coolest characters springing up all over the classiest of movie towns…

Traveling the Cinematic Circuit

Feel the “Need for Speed” this first weekend in spring? With winter making its final appearance in the (for some of us, still snowy) rearview mirror, it’s the greatest of times to take the grandest of world tours alongside the “Muppets Most Wanted,” who are seeking, among other things, audience attention. They’ll have a bit of competition in the family-friendly department, as top dog “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” seek to reach the littlest moviegoers along their time-travel trip. “Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club” would like to add more movie members to their far-from-solo party while the high-numbered gang comprising “300: Rise of an Empire” strives to escalate above them all. The new gang in town, however, comprising the dangerous class known as “Divergent,” are prepared to diverge the minds of moviegoers’ from speed demons, animators, air marshals and moms of the singular kind.
With all this “Non-Stop,” fast-paced fun happening thanks to a crew of eclectic characters, is there a better circuit to travel this weekend than the one leading to the biggest screens?

The Movie Speed of Life

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “There is more to life than increasing its speed.” The rate at which one is traveling can certainly add life to a story, however, as witnessed this fast-paced weekend at the movies, when “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” (“underdogs” no more) blew past their speedy competition and ultimately reached the finish line, a.k.a., domestic box office, first with $21.2 million. “300: Rise of an Empire” fell to the kingdom of #2 with $19.1 million. Action-oriented moviegoers, meanwhile, felt the “Need for Speed” as they raced to their local movie theaters to catch the just-released video-game inspired flick, arriving at the #3 place with $17.8 million. It was a “Non-Stop” race this weekend, indeed, as the air invaders safely disembarked at the #4 landing with $10.6 million during their third week out in space. New to the neighborhood, “Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club” found multiple, unattached fans waiting at the solo spot of #5 with $8.3 million.
Adventure continued to accumulate space in the air, an empire started its slow descent, single moms had their say and racers traveled at high velocity but animation was the true champion, beating the big guns on the big screen. Our cast was moving faster than the speed of (movie) light this weekend, heading right to a movie theater near you.
From seaside days to starry nights, may you find the quickest route leading to the closest movie theater this week, where entertainment is always right on time…