Make no mistake about it: this is a hundred-minute toy commercial.
Veteran director Roland Emmerich allows his film to get more and more preposterous as it proceeds, eventually riding off the rails as if it were doing it on purpose.
What do moviegoers have to look forward to (or, perhaps, in some cases, dread) through the rest of May and into June, July, and August?
Some movies sell movie tickets, some sell toys. This one is in the latter category.
Mini-trend alert: ‘Olympus Has Fallen,’ the first of this year’s two Executive Mansion Under Attack thrillers, is here. Let’s hope it’s the lesser of the two.
Net effect: it outsmarts itself.
Look for these mainstream titles to open on theatre screens during the first few months of 2013.
The performers can dance all right, but this fourth installment of the “Step Up” franchise has the acting equivalent of two left feet.
It was certainly a unique weekend at movie theaters, with a trash-talking teddy bear and male strippers lighting up the box office to the tune of nearly $100 million.
‘Magic Mike’ is a dreary dramedy about naked ambition and struggling male strippers who are, literally and figuratively, making ends meet.
So what do June, July, and August have in store for us as mainstream attractions compete for box office dollars? Plenty!
The weekend’s only new mainstream attraction, a comedy about undercover cops based on the eighties TV series, starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, arrested audiences to the tune of $35-million, good for a robust first-place finish on its debut weekend.
No one’s been clamoring for a movie version of this property. But now that we’ve got one, we’re better for it.
The romantic drama, ‘The Vow’, starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, finished first at the box office on its debut weekend, by earning an estimated $41-million.
“The Vow” is a sweet-natured strumming of the heartstrings with an interesting premise: an amnesiac who cannot remember her husband.