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What does the box office have in store in COVID time?

Many cinemas in the U.S. "officially" reopened August 21, including the mega location chains Regal, Cinemark and AMC. Independents join their Top 3 exhibition leaders in opening (or re-opening) their doors. Ironically, the building buzz centers around a Labor Day opening, which in normal years ...

Entertainment Starved Audiences Return to Auto Theatres

"Let's go out to the drive in theater" in the 50s and 60s were a family and teen alternative to indoor theaters. Prices were lower (often opening a picture three to four weeks after the indoor debut), there were double and triple features, by the car load prices and dusk to dawn showings, and ...

Shelter in place with these creepy classics

A subset of end of civilization films injects a biological disease. Some ("Andromeda Strain") follow a "rare" outbreak; others jump into an overwhelmed zombie sick populace, and a few imagine a strain spreading from contacts with other worlds.Where do the stories go and do many peg the ...

Marvel-ous Movies to Share with Your Unsuspecting Loved Ones

The four walls that now consist of our entire universe since we are asked to "stay at home, don't leave home, work from home, and pretend that nothing exists outside your home" has given many cause to pause and push play on their Netflix subscriptions. With the addition of Disney+ to the ...

Warm up to these Oscar contenders & more

The holidays are over and so, too, the holiday blockbusters - Frozen 2, Rise of Skywalker, Little Women, Jumanji - are moving on.Now comes the hybrid winter awards season, where the peer-honored niche films gain enough buzz to go on a wide release pattern.Based on the crafts (Producers Guild, ...

Editor’s sidebar

This year, for some reason more than others, I felt compelled to check out as many Oscar-likely films as I could squeeze in. Working, parenting, adulting - it's hard to find the time. But there are a few noteworthy flicks to check out, if you get around to it.- Marriage Story. The story is sad. ...

‘Dark Waters,’ ‘Bombshell’ compelling exposés

Tragically, you have seen the essence of "Deep Water" in "Erin Brockovich," "Class Action," "North Country," and "A Civil Action," in which a large corporation gaslights residents for decades concerning the safety (actually lack thereof) of emissions (be they air or water). Likely "Deep Water" ...

‘Frozen 2’ may dominate winter box office

Fans of Elsa and Anna have waited since 2013 for a new full-length adventure. The "Frozen" sequel out mid-November appears to have less Princess identity crisis and a full blown Marvel-esque epic adventure. A few writers who have seen portions of the sequel have speculated it is better than the ...

The Zombie bashers return

Ten years after a zombie apocalypse, history stands still. Somehow, the quartet of original comedic zombie bashers returns intact for "Zombieland: Double Tap," which adds hippies, monster trucks, hunter zombies, and a blonde, wide-eyed "valley girl" named Madison (Zoey Deutch) arriving to ...

Fall 2019 movie previews

Brace yourself superhero fans and space franchise aficionados, your cinematic horizons are lean, that is unless you're privy to exploring expanded universes and newly introduced characters.After "The Joker" stars Joaquin Phoenix in a captivating look at the super-villain's dissent from failed ...