Meaningful Movie Moments


With the holidays exploding all over the place, can our Christmas-seeking characters handle all that competition? Who will be “The Favourite?” Will an Instant Family form instant friendships? Might The Grinch be squeezed out of Whoville, and everywhere-else-ville for that matter, or will we continue to find the value residing deep, waaaay deep down in his grinchy heart? Clumsy but heartfelt, can Ralph Breaks the Internet remain our favorite animated breakout star? Will audiences be welcoming those Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald into their hearts all season long? Will the melodious sounds of the season soon be drowning out Bohemian Rhapsody?
Wanting to feel the magic only the holidays inspire, without having to stand in long lines, might Creed II have us believing in the true meaning of Christmas (successful movies) or will Robin Hood, who’s always breaking the rules, steal from the rich (the aforementioned successful movies) while giving to the poor (those movies that have no shot of breaking out?)
Of course, if soul-stealing is more your thing, The Possession of Hannah Grace is sure to grab your attention this weekend alongside that desperate Anna and the Apocalypse, where zombies are promising to (permanently) end those holiday blues.
Strangely intrigued by all that horror occurring during the holidays, those scrappy Widows have faded a bit into the background but are still doing their part to bring a bit of meaning to the lonely-hearted moviegoers.
Where will your heart find a bit of movie meaning this weekend?

Ralph Breaks the Movie Bank


Proving to be indestructible, Ralph Breaks the Internet but profitably breaks into the top spot at the domestic box office, much to the grateful delight of moviegoers of all ages.
Creed II, the eighth installment in the Rocky franchise, had us believing in the power of, well, a bunch of really powerful people. The Grinch had a hard time remaining cranky among so much warmth and cinematic solidarity while our Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald continued to keep the rest of the less-fantastic-than-them competition in their dust.  Finally, Bohemian Rhapsody had us taking a break from Christmas tunes to sing along to a different type of classic.
Audiences were thankful for the fantasies provided on the big screen this weekend, welcoming back old friends (and a few enemies).
Who made the best friend (or foe) for you this long, holiday weekend?
Estimated Domestic Box Office Results:
1. Ralph Breaks the Internet $55.7 million.
2. Creed II $35.3 million.
3. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch $30.2 million.
4. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald $29.7 million.
5. Bohemian Rhapsody $13.9 million.

A Thankful Movie Heart

**Originally appeared November 2013

“Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.” Roman Philosopher Seneca
In honor of movies during our cinematically gratifying season, why not take a minute following the turkey hangovers and just prior to the tree trimming to reflect on all the yuletide tales we have to be thankful for?
Or in the interest of space and for the sake of short attention spans,
The Top Ten Holiday Movies I am Most Thankful for:
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) Did they really make a sequel of this Jimmy Stewart-I-wish-I’d-never-been-born classic? Shameful…
Christmas in Connecticut (1945). Yes, I love retro. Besides, it’s just cute. Check it out.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947) Made me a merry miracle believer (or at least a hopeful holiday shopper).
The Apartment (1960) Okay, it was about philandering husbands, not particularly “Christmassy,” but essentially its purpose was to bring good guy Jack Lemmon and misguided Shirley MacLaine together. Mission accomplished.
A Christmas Story (1983) Since little Ralphie wore glasses; I wasn’t too concerned with him shooting his eye out (but I was morbidly curious about what would happen when he got his hands on that coveted BB gun).
Scrooged (1988) Billy Murray…Humor with heart; comedy with conscience.
“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989) See reason above, oh, and the squirrel-in-Christmas-tree scene.
Christmas with the Kranks (1994) Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis at (I think) their crankiest best. Plus the overzealous Christmas-loving neighbors were a riot (although I wouldn’t want to live near any of them).
The Santa Claus (1998) A new Santa Claus thanks to a written clause. One more reason to read that all-important fine print. So, educational and entertaining!

Polar Express (2004) Soothing and satisfying like hot chocolate and Santa-shaped cookies at the end of a long, holiday-shopping day. Plus it was just the coolest train ride!
However you’re traveling (and whatever beverage you choose); hope your holidays are as entertaining as our collection of feel-good films!

A Thanksgiving Movie Feast


“I am grateful for what I am and have. My Thanksgiving is perpetual.” Henry David Thoreau
If great philosopher Henry were alive today, I’m sure he would agree it’s a great time to be a movie lover! Creed II is sure to make us believers, Robin Hood will help us find the (questionable) hero lurking within us all, Ralph Breaks the Internet, which initially seems like a bad thing, but is destined to fix our lack of arcade animation (sure, that’s a thing).
The Green Book promises to make for a great “read” while those Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald will surely remain, well, fantastic, for the foreseeable future, with a sweet assist from The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. An Instant Family intends to make even more friends during the long holiday weekend, including those anything-but-lonely Widows, who are experiencing too much action to truly feel alone. Ever faithful to history, The Grinch, hardly a family man, is set to inspire all ages, while the folks within Bohemian Rhapsody will keep movie lovers under their spell a bit longer.
Turkey with all the trimmings followed by a feast of the finest films!
Which of our inspiring tales will make your holiday more thankful?
Happy Thanksgiving!

A Fantastic Movie Time


Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald offered more entertainment than the law allows, coming in (legally) first at the domestic box office this weekend. The Grinch continued to add crankiness and color to our movie world as Bohemian Rhapsody had us once again singing from our movie seats. An Instant Family made friends quickly while Widows put aside their grief to create their own instant success story
Fantasy and family found a happy home this weekend at the movies, making the best of friends with music and movie legends, with audiences in grateful attendance.
Which of our fantastic tales made you grateful this weekend?
Estimated Domestic Box Office Results:
1. Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald $62.2 million.
2. The Grinch $38.2 million.
3. Bohemian Rhapsody $15.7 million.
4. Instant Family $14.7 million.
5. Widows $12.3 million.

The Grinch Gets Reel


All of Whoville, and many other locations, turned out to turn The Grinch’s heart to gold, making him the most popular cynic in town. Bohemian Rhapsody was still hitting the sweetest notes, having us singing a never-forgotten song. Horror never takes a holiday, apparently, as The Overlord arrived to take on the Michael Myer’s survivors while The Nutcracker and the Four Realms once again transported us to a magical movie land. Finally, The Girl in the Spider’s Web found herself in one twisted but profitable conundrum.
The classics were well represented this weekend, the music was in tune and a tangled web was woven as we witnessed the horrors of war and the wonders of a mystical world destined to inspire even the biggest pessimists.
Which of our inspiring wonders made you an optimist this weekend?
Estimated Domestic Box Office Results:
1.The Grinch $66 million.
2. Bohemian Rhapsody $30.9 million.
3. Overlord $10.1 million.
4. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms $9.6 million.
5. The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story $8 million.

The Grinch Gets Ready to Steal all the Cinematic Joy


While The Grinch prepares to take on everyone in Whoville, and everywhere else for that matter, will last week’s champion, Bohemian Rhapsody play the sweetest song, destined to inspire A Star is Born to change her destructive ways, encourage Nobody’s Fool to find the good, even in the biggest fools, while waving a wicked goodbye to the folks who survived Halloween? Fighting for her own movie survival, might The Girl in the Spider’s Web be able to untangle herself from all that government corruption in time to enjoy the cinematic  sights or will the Overlord tower over them all?

Who will be the victor this weekend?