‘Gotham’ 2×12 – Mr. Freeze makes his first appearance

GOTHAM: Robin Lord Taylor in the ÒÒRise of the Villains: Mr. FreezeÓ winter premiere episode of of GOTHAM airing Monday, Feb. 29 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Jessica Miglio/ FOX

In the last episode, we get the fall finale as Gordon teams up with Penguin as they try and take down Theo before he kills Bruce. While Bruce is able to get the man that he is looking for, it comes at a cost. Thompkins tells him to choose between being the ‘hero’ for Gotham or her and their unborn child. In this week’s episode, ‘Mr. Freeze’, the show returns from the holiday hiatus and welcomes a new villain into the mix. Mr. Freeze makes his first appearance on the show as he looks to chill out Gotham.

There is a new villain that makes an appearance in Gotham. Mr. Freeze is going about the city just freezing people in their tracks as he works his own plan. Gordon takes the case with Bullock as they try and find him and figure out why and how he’s doing it. If you’ve followed the Batman story, than you know that Mr. Freeze is trying to save her wife, though, in very unconventional ways. He is using innocent victims and testing out different methods but coming to the same result. A human Campbell soup. My favorite new villain to show up on the show is BD Wong (Law and Order SVU and Jurassic World) as Hugo Strange. Hugo Strange is a very interesting character and shows that psychology is not always a good thing to be good at.

It’s not long into the show that Penguin gets arrested and admits to killing Galavant. He will end up in jail, but obviously it won’t be forever. It’s not surprising that he’s happy that he killed Galavant and that he covered for Gordon. Gordon gave him what he wanted. Galavant on a silver platter. But when Penguin gets to Arkham, he finds that he is out of his element and will have to work in different ways to survive. Especially since the people that he’s in there with are crazier than he is.

For the full recap, you can go here.

In the next episode, Mr. Freeze tries to break out Nora so he can save her, while Hugo Strange begins his experiments on Penguin.

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‘Star Wars’ set to become highest grossing film domestically

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It has finally happened. The latest Star Wars movie has now topped the box office for the highest grossing film in America (not including inflation). The movie surpassed the total on Tuesday when it took in around $8 million on Tuesday. After the totals come in on Wednesday, Star Wars should overtake Avatar’s $760.5 million that it took in domestically.

The movie still has a long way to go to become the highest grossing film of all time. Avatar’s international box office is far ahead of Star Wars and they have a big uphill climb to reach that level. Avatar made over $2 billion worldwide giving the total box office of $2.7 billion. Star Wars currently has $799 internationally giving it a total box office of $1.5 billion. It’s going to take a continued effort by the fans to have the movie continue to do well, but it’s unlikely that it will top the box office.

J.J. Abrams and James Cameron are no strangers to big box office films, both having done so before. Cameron’s Titanic currently holds the number two spot (with inflation added) at the box office at $2.1 billion. This makes Cameron essentially the king of the box office because both of his movies sit at the top two spots of the box office. J.J. Abrams’s big break came when he did the competition, Star Trek movies, which took in $527.6 million between the two movies.

While Star Wars is unlikely to top Avatar for the top grossing movie of all time, it should continue to do well and perhaps pass Jurassic World on the list. World currently sits at $1.6 billion worldwide. The high rating movie is looking to set the standard for the next two episodes and other spin-off movies that have been planned by Disney and Lucasfilms.

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Recap of movies in 2015

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There some movies that surprised us both good and bad. Some of the movies that we had expected to make millions at the box office, underperformed, like Mockingjay part 2, Fantastic Four, and Pan. The good surprises came from The Martian, Straight Outta Compton, and Creed. Each movie had expectations that were made and had a lot of pressure to meet those expectations. The best movies that came out this year were the reboot Jurassic World and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Not a big surprise there.

Jurassic World may have surprised some people with its success, but when you add dinosaurs with Chris Pratt, it’s only expected to be successful. The best part is that they redeemed the T-Rex from the first movie (sorry spoiler alert for the five people who haven’t seen it) and were able to get the fans to root for the raptors (BLUE!). Star Wars: The Force Awakens was easily the most anticipated movie of the year and thankfully it lived up to expectations. The movie was able to relate to this generation fans while paying homage to the fans that have loved the series since the 70’s. It’s a timeless story that we will get to see unfold for years to come.

It was a good year for the female director. Both Elizabeth Banks and Sam Taylor-Johnson. Banks, who directed Pitch Perfect 2, and Taylor-Johnson, who directed Fifty Shades of Grey, proved that female directors can make a movie just as good (if not better) as a man can do. They are going to set the road for other female directors in the future. It was the year that women fought for equality in Hollywood which got a lot of attention after Sony’s emails leaked and Jennifer Lawrence wrote a letter in Lena Dunham’s newsletter about how she was underpaid compared to the other actors in the movie American Hustle.

Things are going to be competitive next year with a lot of big name movies set to come out, especially from the comic book universe. There are eight movies set to come out from DC Comics or Marvel. The biggest one is coming in the Spring where Batman V. Superman will face off against Captain America: Civil War at the box office. Captain America has been getting a lot of hype with all the cameos that are expected (plus the introduction of the new Spider-man) but Batman V. Superman is hoping to get the same attention as it tries to match points with Marvel.

Below is the top ten movies that came out in 2015. You can view the total box office for all the movies that came out in 2015 by going here.

10. Spy

Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jason Statham, Jude Law
Box office: $110.8 million

One of those not-so-big surprise movies that did well at the box office. The surprise was see Jason Statham in comedic role. He shows that he can be more than just someone who can kill you with his bare hands. But now he can do it so that you want to want to laugh as he does it.

9. Cinderella

Starring: Lily James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett, Stellan Skarsgard

Box office: $201.1 million

Review: http://www.examiner.com/review/cinderella-an-enchanting-story-that-pays-homage-to-the-classic

Another surprise, but shouldn’t have been surprisingly, hit from Disney. Cinderella saved Disney in the 1950’s, and maybe once again in movies of this generation. They were able to prove that they can do more than just theme parks and animated movies, but live movies as well.

8. Mockingjay part 2

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland

Box office: $259.3 million (still in theaters)

Review: http://www.examiner.com/review/prepare-to-be-blown-away-by-the-hunger-games-finale-mockingjay-pt-2

One of the most anticipated movies of the year may have not reached the expectations at the box office, but it was certainly a satisfying ending for the fans. Yes there were things that things that we wish could have been different, but it still left the fans with the resolution that we wanted.

7. Furious 7

Starring: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez

Box office: $353 million

Review: http://www.examiner.com/review/review-furious-7-one-last-ride-for-paul-walker

This was a bittersweet movie for the fans of the series. We got to say good-bye to Paul Walker while honoring him in his last movie. The movie made everyone cried during the credits (you are lying if you say you didn’t). But more than that, it reminded us that there is more to life than fast cars and money, but friendship and family. Which has been a theme for the movie since day one.

6. Trainwreck

Starring: Amy Schumer, Brie Larson, Bill Hader

Box office: $110 million

Review: http://www.examiner.com/review/amy-schumer-proves-she-s-no-trainwreck

Amy Schumer was one of the many ‘it’ girls of this year. She not only did well with her comedy tour, but her show on Comedy Central as well, winning her first Golden Globe this year. The movie was a hit as well with the fans as it was a nice change of pace to see the roles reversed in this romantic comedy as she is able to relate to not only females, but males as well as both sides struggle with finding love.

5. Inside Out

Starring: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader

Box office: $356 million

Review: http://www.examiner.com/review/inside-out-gives-you-a-bad-case-of-the-feels

Yet another Pixar classic. This movie once again reminds us why Pixar is the master at creating animated movies. They know how to reach deep down inside of you, grab your heart, and rip right out in such a way that has you thanking them for doing it. The movie touched on depression in children, which is relevant to the kids in today’s world.

4. Pitch Perfect 2

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow

Box office: $184.4 million

Review: http://www.examiner.com/review/pitch-perfect-2-bellas-prove-that-sequels-can-be-as-good-as-the-original

This was a surprise his, for me at least. I was weary with the sequel as many people are with movies that they love (look at the sequel for Mean Girls). Sometimes trying to capture lightening in a bottle twice can leave you burned. This time it worked out for the girls and it may have a lot to do with Elizabeth Banks as the director. She kept the focus on the girls and the music. The movie had a lot of heart and of course those pesky quotes that we like to integrate to everyday life.

3. The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson

Box office: $459 million

Review: http://www.examiner.com/review/review-the-avengers-age-of-ultron-bigger-and-better-then-the-first

The Avengers changed the way that superhero movies are made and it did it again in this movie. The stakes were higher, but the movie was able to reach all the stakes with no problem. While the movie may not have done as well as the first one (with all the records that one broke) it did well with the fans, and that’s really where it counts.

2. Jurassic World

Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio

Box office: $652.2 million

Review: http://www.examiner.com/review/jurassic-world-is-a-fun-ride-that-everyone-will-enjoy

Initially, fans of the original Jurassic Park were nervous about the reboot. With good reason. Have you seen the history of reboots? This movie was able to prove that yes, sometimes reboots are a great idea. Especially when that reboot has Chris Pratt. He was this year’s ‘it’ boy for movies and proved that with his role in this movie. It did so well that is was able to get a sequel in the works so prepare for more Chris Pratt and dinosaurs.

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Starring: Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Harrison Ford

Box office: $391 million (still in theaters)

Everyone in the world and their mother went to see this movie. At least once. Some more than others. People camped out weeks in advance so that they could get the best seat in the theater, all wanting to be one of the first ones to see the movie. And they were not disappointed. The movie sits as one of the highest ratings of the series and looks like it sparked a new generation of fans for the series.

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‘Mission Impossible’ takes no ‘Vacation’ at the box office

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There were two new movies to come out this week and they were both able to grab the top two spots at the box office. They battled it out for the top spot with the new Mission Impossible movie topping the box office.

Mission: Impossible Rogue is the top movie this weekend with its estimated $56 million opening. This is the fifth movie of the series and had the second best opening just missing beating out the second Mission Impossible. With the high ratings it’s getting it should do well at the box office.

The other movie to premiere is the reboot/sequel in Vacation. The movie premiered with an estimated $14.8 million. The movie had high expectations base on popular the National Lampoon series is but it fell short in comparison.

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Ant-Man drops from the top spot with an estimated $12.6 million. The movie now passes by its $130 million budget and probably earned itself a sequel by Marvel’s standards. Minions took in an estimated $12.2 million and the disappointing Pixelstook in $10.4 million. Jurassic World now moves to the number three spot for all time box office and will likely finish there as it would need another billion dollars to catch up to Titanic.

To see the rest of the box office, you can go here.

There are five big movies coming out this week that are going to be competing against Mission Impossible for the top spot. The new Marvel reboot Fantastic Four is the favorite for the top spot, but the next Gillian Flynn adaptation Dark Places might be the dark horse. Ricki and the Flash, The Gift, and Shaun the Sheep Movie might be able to crack the top five but probably won’t be seen at the top of the box office.

What movie did you see this weekend?

‘Ant-man’ beats out ‘Trainwreck’ at the box office

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There were two new movies that were battling it out for the top spot at the box office. One movie was perfect for a girls’ night out and the other was perfect for a boys’ night out. It looks like the boys movie is the top movie of the weekend.

The latest Marvel comic book character to get a movie, Ant-Man, tops the box office with an estimated $58 million. Of course, this is not the highest opening for a Marvel movie, but it is an a good start to possibly a new series for a lesser known character from the Marvel universe. The movie isn’t the worst for a Marvel movie, just beating out 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, but opening weekends doesn’t always equal a bad box office.

Minions falls from the top spot to number two with an estimated $50.2 million. This is a big drop at the box office from last weekend, but that is probably because the little Minions didn’t have any competition last week like they do this week. They are already over the $200 million mark and should make a run for the top grossing movie of the year.

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The other new movie to come out this weekend was the Amy Schumer movie, Trainwreck. The movie did well bringing in an estimated $30 million, but scored high with Rotten Tomatoes. The movie will continue to do well at the box office as word of mouth will certainly help this movie in the long run.

Rounding out the top five is Inside Out with an estimated $11.6 million and Jurassic World with an estimated $11 million.

For the rest of the box office, you can go here.

This weekend is a big weekend for premieres as there will be four movies vying for that top spot. Pixels and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol have the best shots for the top spot and Paper Towns and Southpaw should make it into the top five.

What movie did you see this weekend?

‘Magic Mike XXL’ and ‘Terminator: Genisys’ no match for ‘Jurassic World’ at box office

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There were two sequels that were set to come out this week and each one was thought to have a run for the top spot, but instead prove that they are just stereotypical sequels.

Once again Jurassic World is the top movie this weekend bringing in an estimated $30.9 million over the holiday weekend. The movie slowly but surely moving up the charts for the top box office for both the domestic and worldwide box office. It’s currently ranked 4th at $558 million but has a shot to beating out 2012’s The Avengers at $623 million.

Inside Out just misses the top spot for the third straight week bringing in an estimated $30.1 million. It now is past the $200 million mark and is looking to try and have the biggest box office for a Pixar movie, but has a long way to go beat out 2010’s Toy Story 3 at $415 million.

Terminator:Genisys doesn’t do as well as expected, but does beat out the other releases with it’s estimated $28.7 million opening. This isn’t the highest opening, but it’s right around where the other ones premiered at too.

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Magic Mike XXL didn’t fare as well as the first one did only bringing in an estimated $11.6 million while Ted 2 round out the top five with an estimated $11 million.

For the rest of the box office, you can go here.

The new Minions movie is set to come out this week and should be expected to do well at the box office, but considering how this week went, it’s all up in the air.

What movie did you see this weekend?

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‘Ted 2’ can’t match ‘Jurassic World’ in opening weekend

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There was two movies that were set to come out this week with the loveable teddy bear, Ted 2, trying to grab the top spot for the box office, but was unable to take down either Jurassic World or Inside Out.

Jurassic World makes it three straight weeks at the top of the box office bringing in an estimated $54.2 million. The movie now has over $500 million domestically and now holds the record for the fastest movie to get to that mark getting there in 17 days compared to The Avengers (2012) which got there in 23 days. The movie has some ways to go to become the highest grossing film of all time, but at this rate, it’s possible.

Inside Out just misses beating out Jurassic World for the second straight week with it’s estimated $52.1 million. The movie continues to do well, as it should cross over the $200 million mark by the end of next week. At this rate, it should give Toy Story 3 a run for the top Pixar movie, but with Minions set to come out in a few weeks, it might effect it’s chances.

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The premiere of Ted 2 had high expectations, but was unable to meet them with it’s estimated $33 million opening. The first movie was a surprise hit that opened at $54 million, but this movie not only had a lower opening, but also has lower ratings on Rotten Tomatoes.

The other new movie this week was Max which premiered with an estimated $12.2 million. Rounding out the top five is Spy with an estimated $7.8 million.

For the rest of the box office, you can go here.

There are two big movies set to come out this week with Terminator: Genysis and Magic Mike XXL. These two movies are sure to knock Jurassic World for the top spot next week, as the will battle for the top spot. Magic Mike might have the advantage because of the type of movie that it is.

What movie did you see this weekend?

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