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.

What was your favorite movie from this year

 

“San Andreas” says ’Aloha’ to the movie “Aloha”

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There was two movies that came out over the weekend and but only one was able to get into the top five for the box office. And it’s not the one you would have probably guessed.

The latest disaster movie, San Andreas, topped the box office during it’s opening week with an estimated $53.1 million. Disaster movies have been done so many times before but it always seems to draw in a crowd. Well, that in the fact that Dwayne Johnson is starring in it.

Pitch Perfect 2 remains in the number two spot with an estimated $14.3 million over the weekend. The movie is continuing to do well at the box office and should be able to cross over the $200 million mark by the end of it’s run. If it does, it would become the 3rd movie to do that this year.

Tomorrowland drops from the top spot bringing in an estimated $13.8 million over the weekend. The movie is not doing nearly as well as Disney had hoped it would and is a long way away from it’s $190 million budget.

Rounding out the top five is Mad Max with an estimated $13.6 million and The Avengers Age of Ultron with an estimated $10.9 million. The other new movie to come out this week was Aloha with an estimated $10 million despite it’s star-studded cast.

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

There are three new movies set to come out this weekend with two of them being comedies. Entourage will surely top the box office next weekend, but the other comedy Spy should do well too. Insidious Chapter 3 should make it into the top five, but don’t expect this to make it to the top three.

What movie did you see this weekend?

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“Pitch Perfect 2” falls to “Tomorrowland” at the holiday weekend box office

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There were two new movies to came out this weekend and it was able to top the box office, beating out last week’s number one movie.

The latest Disney movie, Tomorrowland, was able to just edge out Pitch Perfect 2 at the box office with an estimated $32.9 million. This is the second movie to be based on a Disney ride and falls short of what the first one did (Pirates of the Caribbean).

Pitch Perfect 2 continues to do well at the box office bringing an estimated $30.8 million in its second weekend. This moves the movie over the $100 million mark. This is the 9th movie of the year to do so and should continue to do well in the coming weeks, moving up  the yearly chart.

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Mad Max falls down to the number three spot and brings in an estimated $24.8 million. The movie should move past the $100 million mark by the end of next weekend and touching it’s budget in the next few weeks.

Rounding out the top five is the other new movie is Poltergeist with an estimated $22.6 million and Age of Ultron with an estimated $21.6 million. This moves Ultron past the $400 million mark.

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

What movie did you see this weekend?

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“Pitch Perfect 2” beats “Mad Max” for competition of new movies

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There were two new movies that came out this weekend and they battled it out for the top spot at the box office but it’s the sequel that beats out the reboot.

The sequel to the surprise hit, Pitch Perfect 2, topped the box office it’s opening weekend with an estimated $70.3 million. The again surprises making more money opening weekend then the whole box office of Pitch Perfect. It should surpass the $100 million mark by the end of next weekend.

The other new movie to come out this weekend was Mad Max. The reboot took in an estimated $44.4 million in it’s opening weekend, which surprises the box office. The movie surpasses any other movie in the series.

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Age of Ultron falls from the top spot to bring in an estimated $38.8 million. The movie now surpassed Furious 7 for top grossing movie of the year and is going to set the bar for the rest of the movies that are coming out this year.

Rounding out the top five is Hot Pursuit with an estimated $5.7 million and Paul Blart 2 with an estimated $3.6 million.

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

There is only two new movies coming out next weekend and they should both be able to get into the top five. The Disney movie based on a section of Magic Kingdom, Tomorrowland, and the new Melissa McCarthy comedy, Spy. Spy has a chance to beat out Pitch Perfect 2 from the top spot, but it’s not likely.

What movie did you see this weekend?

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Movie review – “Pitch Perfect 2” – a fun ride that you will want to see over and over again

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Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Stenfield, Skylar Astin, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow, Adam DeVine, Alexis Knapp, John Michael Higgins, Ester Dean, Birgitte Hjort Sorensen, and Flula Borg
Director: Elizabeth Banks
Rated: PG-13
Movie Page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2848292/

In the sequel to the surprise hit, the Bellas get ready for the World Championship of the Acapellas after being kicked out because of a little wardrobe malfunction during a performance.

Good sequels are hard to come by because they all tend to just do what the first one did and try to up it. Most of the time it’s not successful, but there are times when a sequel is made that is as good as the first one.

This is one of those times.

Let’s go down the check list. Comedy. Check. Music. Check. One liners that you will integrate into your own life. Check. A love story. Check check check (there are three of them in this movie). Touching moments that make you evaluate your own life. Check. A good time that you are going to want to see more then once. Check.

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This movie is laugh out loud funny and you are definitely going to want to see it more then once because there is no doubt that you missed something because you were laughing. Rebel Wilson (Fat Amy) is still stealing scenes, and the back and forth with Elizabeth Banks (Gail) and John Michael Higgins (John) is always funny, but it’s a whole cast effort. They all have their moments and the cast working together makes some comedy magic.

The movie focuses more on the Bellas and the main singers in the group, Becca (Anna Kendrick), Chloe (Brittany Snow), Fat Amy, and Emily (Hailee Stenfield). Becca, Chloe, and Fat Amy try to adjust to what life is going to be like after college while Emily tries to live up the expectations that she has. We’ve all had that moment where we have to move on from something that we are comfortable with and we don’t know if we will sink or swim.

And the rumors are true. There are a boat load of cameos in this movie. The best cameo would have to be the Green Bay Packers (no spoiler alert, they are in the trailer). The riff off scene is one of the funniest scenes in the movie and you may not look at Clay Matthews the same way again if you are a football fan.

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Elizabeth Banks shines in her directorial (full film) debut. If you are a fan of hers, you are going to love this movie. You can feel her presence in the movie, even in the scenes that she is not in. She tells a great story on the screen that you really connect with the movie.

For the music side of, the movie turns more towards the ‘musical’ side. In the first movie, the music portions were generally in as part of the performances, but this movie expands on that notion and becomes a full blown music (which is a-ok with me).

The “Cups” of this movie is titled “Flashlight” and was written by Jesse J. The song fits perfectly with the theme of the movie and is certainly going to find its way up the charts like Anna Kendrick’s “Cups” did. Which by the way, they were able to work this song into the movie. The rendition in the movie is touching and may even bring a tear to your eye.

This movie proves that good sequels can be made. Like the first movie, this movie has re-watch capability and is certainly got the potential for you to be quoting it in your everyday life. Make sure you take your friends to see this movie. You won’t regret it.

Rating: A

What did you think of Pitch Perfect 2?

 

“Hot Pursit” doesn’t have what it take to beat “Ultron” at box office

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There was only one new movie to come out this week, but it was no match for the second Avengers movie.

Age of Ultron remains in the top spot for the 2nd straight week with an estimated $77.2 million. The movie has now made $312 million domestically and is currently the 2nd highest movie of 2015. It should be close to take the lead by next week only $26 million shy of Furious 7.

The only new movie to come out this week was the comedy with Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vegara, Hot Pursuit. The movie took in an estimated $13.4 million in its opening weekend despite the mixed reviews.

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The Age of Adeline drops one spot from the number two spot. The movie took in an estimated $5.6 million. The movie has done decently well with an estimated $31.2 million so far.

Rounding out the top five is Furious 7 with an estimated $5.2 million and Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 with an estimated $5.1 million.

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

There are two big movies set to come out this weekend. Ultron should have some stiff competition as both movies have what it takes to top the box office. The action reboot of Mad Max might be this summer’s surprise hit. The sequel to the 2012 surprise hit, Pitch Perfect 2, is set to come out and will challenge the theory that sequels shouldn’t be made.

What movie did you see this weekend?

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Top 5 movies coming out this month

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#5 – Tomorrowland
Starring: Britt Robertson, George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy
Rated: PG
Out: 5/22

Disney looks to try and franchise another part of it’s amusement park. Tomorrowland is a section of Disney World where Space Mountain, The Buzzlightyear Ride, and People Mover resides. Now don’t expect any of these things to end up in the movie. But there are rumors circuling that they may make a series out of the sections of Magic Kingdom if this movie does well. While this movie has high hopes a part of me would be ok with not seeing this turn into a franchise.

#4- Aloha
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, John Krasinski
Rated: R
Out: 5/29

When you look at the complete cast of this movie, you don’t even need to know what it’s about. At least for me. It has literally every person that I like (except a few names) but then you see the trailer and it looks better then you could imagine? Sign me up.

#3-  Spy
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne
Rated: R
Out: 5/22

Melissa McCarthy. Rose Byrne. Jason Staham in a comedy. Need I say more?

#2- Pitch Perfect 2
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow
Rated: PG-13
Out: 5/15

Initially (and still a few lingering feelings) about whether or not this movie will be as amazing as the first one. I have high hopes for it because this will be Elizabeth Banks first time directing a full length film (she did a short for Movie 43) and I am anxious to see if her awesomness comes out as a director.

#1- The Avengers Age of Ultron
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner
Rated: PG-13
Out: 5/2

In one of the most anticipated movies of the year, we get to meet up with all our favorite superheroes while they once again are called on to save the world. I don’t know if it’s possible for a movie to be bigger or better than the first Avengers. Of course, this movie probably won’t live up to the expectations, but as long as it doesn’t completely tank it (like many many many sequels tend to do) then I would be all set.

What movie are you most excited to see this month?