The (Movie) Sky’s the Limit

“Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.” Albert Einstein

March has exited the movie building, following a month of “Great and Powerful” films that sent us traveling on animated avenues, up a beanstalk and down a yellow brick road, leading to a terrifying White House tour. April, however, eases in slowly with a list of limited release films on the entertainment roster (with the exception of this week’s nationwide release “Evil Dead” featuring five friends in a remote cabin… you know the rest). “The Company You Keep” includes Robert Redford on the lam from the law while being tracked by reporter Shia LaBeouf. They’re horrified to encounter “6 Souls” on the road which carry the psyche of multiple personalities, murder victims and a forensic psychiatrist (hello, Julianne Moore). All that action is sure to put moviegoers into a movie-style “Trance,” but don’t worry, there’s a hypnotherapist around to control all that chaos along with the auctioneer and criminals eager to retrieve a lost painting (and their misplaced minds).

Strangely, our eclectic cast ends up at “Jurassic Park,” the infamous theme park where dinosaurs come alive, running amok even more colorfully than they did in their 1993 heyday thanks to a gigantic 3D makeover.

There’s no limit to the amount of fun our limited-run troupe can provide, who promise to shake things up this month and prove there’s no such thing as creative bounds when it comes to entertaining audiences…

 

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Retaliation Reigns Supreme

It’s often been said that success is the best revenge (or is it a dish best served cold?). Perhaps a cool serving of success has tamed the vengeful “G.I. Joe”, whose “Retaliation” reigned in a whopping $41.2 million, earning top honors at the U.S. Easter Weekend box office. Along the prehistoric road, “The Croods” animatedly cruised one step down to the #2 locale with $26.5 million. Tyler Perry’s newly-released “Temptation” lured in audiences with his comedy and his counseling, landing in the #3 spot with $22.3 million. “Olympus Has Fallen” to #4, sheltering the President while securing $14 million. The #5 path has been cleared for “Oz the Great and Powerful,” where his golden travels have left a trail this weekend valuing $11.6 million.

You’ll find vengeance unnecessary at your local, magic-inspired multiplex, where colorful Croods, cunning homeland security and a crafty franchise blend harmoniously with 3D and CGI technology, tempting audiences while hosting the ultimate Hollywood party; all for the cost of a movie ticket!

Your ticket to an entertaining week is waiting.

From seaside days to starry movie nights, may this first week in April serve a healthy helping of success along with the brightest cinema-inspired showers…

Will The Croods Keep Cruising or Will Retaliation Rule?

“Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever.”  Walt Disney

Will the imaginative family with the funny name command the attention of moviegoers of all ages once again this weekend? Is a yellow brick road the place where dreams come true or is “The Place Beyond the Pines,” featuring Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling, where it’s at, cinematically speaking? What about Bruce Willis’s “G.I. Joe” and his constant need for “Retaliation?” Will box-office success make for the best revenge? Last weekend, “The Croods” had the dubious honor of removing “Oz the Great and Powerful” from his great and powerful, special-effects laden position. The 3D gang plan on continuing their modern-day rise to fame (while figuring out the true meaning of family and fire). Then there’s the action-oriented “Olympus Has Fallen,” who rose pretty quickly his first week removed from White House restrictions (and introduced Aaron Eckhart as our latest movie President). School’s out as the “Admission” forms proved to be too taxing for the “Spring Breakers” looking for nothing more than a little R&R.

“The Call” for creativity and quality is being answered at your local movie theater, where you’ll find spring-breaking cave dwellers, a multitude of magicians casting spells, Gerard Butler capturing terrorists and Channing Tatum checking out of the blockbuster beat.

From seaside days to starry nights, may a dream-inspired weekend stuffed with laughter and imagination be within your reach and just beyond the star-filled pines…

April’s Cinema Showers

April has nearly arrived, and with it a month’s worth of entertaining, spring-worthy films. This month, Hollywood heads aren’t leaving much “To The Wonder” and imagination of the audience. They’re betting “The Company You Keep” will find “42” reasons and then some to spend all their free time inside a cozy cinematic abode “At Any Price.” Once inside, we’ll meet the “Evil Dead”, who have loads of wicked personality despite their apparent lack of life. We’ll feel no “Pain & Gain” hours worth of fabulous storytelling fun as we move closer to long, sunny days (and big summer blockbusters). Winter has finally faded into that great “Oblivion” as indicated by “The Numbers Station,” the fancy Hollywood calculator that consistently keeps box office scores and movie release dates.  Movie lovers of the romantic comedy kind will be welcomed guests at “The Big Wedding” (big presents not necessary) with a reception featuring the debut of “Scary Movie 5” immediately following the love fest designed for the scare seekers on the party list. As we travel “Into the Great White” of an entertaining night from the comfort and safety of our cushy, movie-theater chairs, we know April’s showers will usher in a month of movies bursting with brilliant star light…

Singing a Different ‘Toon

Leo Tolstoy once declared, “Spring is the time of plans and projects.” What are your movie plans this first full week in spring? Taking an animated road trip? Filling out college admission forms? Visitng the White House? Luckily, your local multiplex has got you covered with its creative film roster.

“Oz the Great and Powerful” continues his travels along the yellow brick road, which has lost a bit of its luster with the archaic arrival of “The Croods” who, in all their3D glory, have crashed the modern-day party, “road-tripping” all the way to U.S. and Canadian box offices #1 spot with $44.7 million. New in town, “Olympus has Fallen” but quickly risen to the impressive location of #2 with $30.5 million. Oz, meanwhile, is enjoying the box-office view at #3 with $22 million.

Audiences are still heeding “The Call” for thrilling female films, finding the number just right at fourth place and adding an additional $8.7 million to the box-office bill. The “Admission” fee proved to be a bit lacking for moviegoers, who sent the comedy to its #5 home with $6.4 million.

With the family-friendly Croods leading the way along the yellow brick road, audiences arrive at the White House doors, where Olympus may have fallen but can still hear “The Call” for a spring break from “Admission” forms, rules and regulations and just enjoy the show!

From seaside days to starry nights, may your plans for the week ahead be filled with animated, entertaining delight!

Creativity, Competition and The Croods

Is the great and powerful glow emanating from a yellow brick road the ultimate scene stealer? Or is the view getting better from the top of a beanstalk, where giants of the movie-manufactured kind reside? As Hollywood executives (and heartfelt writers) ask these questions,  “Oz the Great and Powerful” continues to prove nothing beats a fabled road filled with mythical creatures where the man behind the iron curtain has emerged to do great and powerful box-office business. “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” struggles to be heard above “The Call” for quality female films as the “Spring Breakers” care only about fun in the sun. Following in their sunny path, a host of films open this weekend intent on eclipsing that money-making ball of light. Will they be worth the price of “Admission?”

For the hopeless romantics, “Love and “Honor” requests the loving honor of your presence at your local multiplex. “The Croods” prepare to take you on a prehistoric road trip to modern times, promising to produce honorable box office results. Can their archaic, animated ways lead all the way to #1? Just for fun, let’s throw a bit of politics and peril into the entertainment mix, where “Olympus has Fallen” but, fear not, wrestles to rise above the impressive competition.

How will the new guys compete with old-timer Oz?

From seaside days to starry nights, may your weekend rise to the entertaining occasion…

Admission, Animation and Olympus at the Movies

After answering “The Call” last week from “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” who tried but failed to steal the magic from “Oz the Great and Powerful,” we’re left to wonder what scintillating spring days at our local movie theater will bring. Moviegoers, luckily, will find the “Admission” fee well worth it, as our favorite comedic councilor, in the form of comedic queen Tina Fey, deals with college rules, family drama and the invasion of those troublesome “Spring Breakers.” Speaking of families, “The Croods” add a little prehistoric animation to the big screen as the displaced household searches for a new dwelling in a strange land. Fortunately, they quickly find a home in Hollywood, where they’re always welcoming to odd tourists with unique talents. The cartoonish clan will blend in nicely among the colorful Tinseltown residents, who learn “Olympus Has Fallen” but remains well protected thanks to a fallen presidential guard who rises to the occasion to defend all movie characters, big and small. A rejected young soldier in Vietnam is determined to regain the affection of his girlfriend back home while doing his part to carry “Love and Honor” to the world of movies.

Following in the glow still inhabiting last week’s movie road paved in brick and gold, our week ahead is looking promising! There’s a road trip, spring break, wars of the political kind as well as the heart occurring on the home front and foreign lands, animation and admission for everyone!

What’s on your cinematic road map?