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Movies opening and streaming in Connecticut – Weekend of October 13th, 2017

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Theatrical releases

Marshall: Chadwick Boseman is future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in this legal drama from long lost Director Reginald Hudlin. Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens and James Cromwell co-star. RT: 86%

Hudlin has actually had an enormously successful career in television and comic book writing (he actually ran BET for some period of time) but he’s still probably best remembered for his early 90’s comedies like House Party and Boomerang.  This is his first feature in 15 years.

Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman: True story about how the relationship between a psychologist (Luke Evans), his wife (Rebecca Hall) and their lover (Bella Heathcote) resulted in the creation of the superhero, Wonder Woman. RT: 87%

We’re two-for-two here with Directors who are making a return to features after an extended break.  Like Hudlin, Robinson has primarily been doing television work in recent years and hasn’t directed a film since 2005’s Herbie: Fully Loaded.  Yes, the director of a forgotten Lindsay Lohan film has made one of the better reviewed films of the year.

Side note: I really enjoyed Robinson’s short film, D.E.B.S. (a clever, sapphic Charlie’s Angels parody).

Happy Death Day: Great premise (Groundhog Day…as a horror film!), a perfect release date and in a nice surprise, an above average quality film should open #1 this weekend. Frankly, it would be a little embarrassing if it didn’t.  RT: 68%

The Foreigner: This Jackie Chan / Pierce Brosnan action picture is somehow opening wide (I’m unsure whether STX is aware that it is not 2002) but hey, good for them I guess. Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, Goldeneye) is behind the camera, although that doesn’t mean much nowadays. RT: 56%

New and notable streaming

The Meyerowitz Stories: Noah Baumbach’s latest stars Adam Sandler (in a widely-praised performance), Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson. RT: 91% (Netflix)

The Babysitter: McG (Charlie’s Angels, This Means War) directs this teen-centric horror picture starring Bella Thorne. The screenplay made the 2014 Black List, which is something, I guess. RT: 60% (Netflix)

Security: Antonio Banderas made a DTV, non-comedic version of Paul Blart: Mall Cop and it really doesn’t look that bad. Bonus: they were able to pay Ben Kingsley’s quote!  RT: No Reviews (Netflix)

Not a film, but…

Mindhunter: David Fincher and Charlize Theron produce this Netflix drama about the early days of the FBI’s Criminal Profiling Program. Fincher also directs the first two episodes. RT: 96% (Netflix)

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Opening in Connecticut – Weekend of 10/6/17

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Blade Runner 2049: Well-received sequel to the 1982 sci-fi classic starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford.  The film’s opening is going to be disappointing based on the budget (some 170m), but I’d expect to see it re-released during Awards season.  The film’s failure to attract audiences under 30 makes me think this might have been better positioned, branding-wise, as a new property set in the same universe (ala Prometheus) rather than as a direct follow-up.

Personal interest factor: 9

The Mountains Between Us: Almost exactly 20 years ago, Fox released David Mamet and Lee Tamahori’s The Edge, a terrific thriller about two men attempting to survive the wilderness (and each other) following a plane crash. While there are some superficial similarities between that picture and this weekend’s Kate Winslet/Idris Elba starrer, I’m doubtful whether anyone will remember this in two weeks, let alone two decades.

Anyone wondering why Kate Winslet would want to lock herself into four Avatar pictures only needs to look at how this is performing (critically and financially) for the answer.

Personal interest factor: 2

My Little Pony: The Movie: This probably would have done gangbusters as a DTV title released at the height of the MLP renaissance. For the life of me, I have no idea what Lionsgate was thinking going wide theatrical with it in 2017.

Personal interest factor: 0

AGEBOC IX Finale: Jackrabbit Slim Wins!

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Following an astonishing season-long run in which he racked up points every single week, Jackrabbit Slim has decimated the competition to become this year’s champion!

Thanks to everyone for playing! HAGEBOC 2017 kicks off in early November.

Final scores:

Jackrabbit Slim – 92
James – 85
Juan – 67
Marco – 40
Joe – 33
Filmman – 12
Rob – 8

AGEBOC IX – Week Nineteen

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Predict the grosses of the films opening the weekend of September 8th-10th, 2017

The one who predicts closest to the total Friday to Sunday gross for the #1 film wins 4 points. Runner-up gains 2 points. Predicting within half a million on the first question each week earns 2 bonus points.

Deadline is Friday, September 8th at 12:00 pm (EST).  

Note: This is the FINAL week of AGEBOC 2017.  Thanks for playing!  

    1. What will IT earn this weekend? (4 points for the closest guess, 2 points for second closest. Within 500k earns a 2 point bonus)
    2. What will Home Again earn this weekend? (4 points for the closest guess, 2 points for second closest)
    3. What will IT earn from Thursday PM/Midnight shows?  (4 points for the closest guess, 2 points for the second closest guess)
    4. A gambling question for those who are game: While IT is on track to have a historic opening weekend for a horror film, will it beat the ADJUSTED opening weekend of 1994’s Interview with the Vampire at $77.4m?  (6 points if you answer “Yes” and the film achieves this.  MINUS 4 points if you answer “yes” and the film does not.  No points awarded for “no”.)

Current rankings:
Jackrabbit Slim – 86
James – 67
Juan – 61
Marco – 40
Joe – 33
Filmman – 12
Rob – 8

AGEBOC IX – Week Eighteen

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Predict the grosses of the films opening the weekend of September 1st-3rd, 2017

The one who predicts closest to the total Friday to Sunday gross for the #1 film wins 4 points. Runner-up gains 2 points. Predicting within half a million on the first question each week earns 2 bonus points.

Deadline is Friday, September 1st at 12:00 pm (EST).  

Note: This is a snoozer of a week with only one wide release (the long-delayed Tulip Fever) that was scheduled at the last minute. AGEBOC 2017 will conclude next weekend with the release of WB’s IT, which has the potential to topple some box office records.

    1. What will Tulip Fever earn this weekend?
    2. Will this weekend’s top twelve grossing films earn LESS than the top twelve grossing films May 8th-10th, 1992 adjusted ($47,352,400)?
    3. What % will Birth of The Dragon fall this weekend (4 points for closest guess, 2 points for second closest)
    4. Here’s a challenging one: what will Marvel’s Inhumans, a cheap-looking ABC television pilot which is (for some reason) premiering on IMAX screens earn this weekend? It will be splitting showtimes with other IMAX movies at most theaters. (4 points for closest guess, 2 points for second closest)
    5. Rank or discuss your favorite (or least favorite) films of the Summer. (1 point)

Current rankings:
Jackrabbit Slim – 82
Juan – 61
James – 57
Marco – 39
Joe – 33
Filmman – 12
Rob – 8

AGEBOC IX – Week Seventeen

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Predict the grosses of the films opening the weekend of August 25th-27th, 2017

The one who predicts closest to the total Friday to Sunday gross for the #1 film wins 4 points. Runner-up gains 2 points. Predicting within half a million on the first question each week earns 2 bonus points.

Deadline is Friday, August 25th at 12:00 pm (EST)

    1. What will Ingrid Goes West earn this weekend?
    2. What will Birth of The Dragon earn this weekend?
    3. What will Good Time earn this weekend?
    4. What will Leap! earn this weekend?

Current rankings:
Jackrabbit Slim – 74
Juan – 57
James – 47
Marco – 33
Joe – 33
Filmman – 12
Rob – 8

AGEBOC IX – Week Sixteen

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Predict the grosses of the films opening the weekend of August 18th-20th, 2017

The one who predicts closest to the total Friday to Sunday gross for the #1 film wins 4 points. Runner-up gains 2 points. Predicting within half a million on the first question each week earns 2 bonus points.

Deadline is Friday, August 18th at 12:00 pm (EST)

    1. What will Logan Lucky earn this weekend?
    2. What will The Hitman’s Bodyguard earn this weekend?

Current rankings:
Jackrabbit Slim – 70
Juan – 57
James – 47
Joe – 33
Marco – 25
Filmman – 12
Rob – 8

AGEBOC IX – Week Fifteen

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Predict the grosses of the films opening the weekend of August 11th-13th, 2017

The one who predicts closest to the total Friday to Sunday gross for the #1 film wins 4 points. Runner-up gains 2 points. Predicting within half a million on the first question each week earns 2 bonus points.

Deadline is Friday, August 11th at 12:00 pm (EST)

    1. What will Annabelle: Creation earn this weekend?
    2. What will The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature earn this weekend?
    3. What will The Glass Castle earn this weekend?

Current rankings:
Jackrabbit Slim – 60
Juan – 55
James – 41
Joe – 33
Marco – 25
Filmman – 12
Rob – 8

AGEBOC IX – Week Fourteen

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Predict the grosses of the films opening the weekend of August 4th-6th, 2017

The one who predicts closest to the total Friday to Sunday gross for the #1 film wins 4 points. Runner-up gains 2 points. Predicting within half a million on the first question each week earns 2 bonus points.

Deadline is Friday, August 4th at 12:00 pm (EST)

    1. What will The Dark Tower earn this weekend?
    2. What will Detroit earn this weekend?
    3. What will Kidnap earn this weekend?

Current rankings:
Jackrabbit Slim – 56
Juan – 51
Joe – 33
James – 29
Marco – 25
Filmman – 12
Rob – 8

AGEBOC IX – Week Thirteen

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Predict the grosses of the films opening the weekend of July 28th-July 30th, 2017

The one who predicts closest to the total Friday to Sunday gross for the #1 film wins 4 points. Runner-up gains 2 points. Predicting within half a million on the first question each week earns 2 bonus points.

Deadline is Friday, July 28th at 12:00 pm (EST)

    1. What will The Emoji Movie earn this weekend?
    2. What will Atomic Blonde earn this weekend?
    3. What will A Very Inconvenient Sequel: 2 Tell the Truth earn this weekend?

Current rankings:
Jackrabbit Slim – 56
Juan – 47
Joe – 29
Marco – 25
James – 19
Filmman – 12
Rob – 8

A Decade in Film: 1996

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A chronological list of releases can be found here.

1) Best of 1996 or top five?

2) Most disappointing of 1996 (or bottom five if you want to go that route)?

3) Most underrated or underseen? (Example: “reviews weren’t great, but it’s genius because) OR (“No one saw it, but this is why they should…”)

4) Favorite performance(s) of the year?

5) Favorite scene/sequence of the year?

6) Most memorable (good or bad) theatergoing experience of the year?

7) Most influential film/performance/style/director?

Obviously feel free to answer only the questions you’re interested in or to write/respond to something else entirely. The lists themselves are just a starting point to foster discussion.

AGEBOC IX – Week Twelve

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Predict the grosses of the films opening the weekend of July 21st-July 23rd, 2017

The one who predicts closest to the total Friday to Sunday gross for the #1 film wins 4 points. Runner-up gains 2 points. Predicting within half a million on the first question each week earns 2 bonus points.

Deadline is Friday, July 21st at 12:00 pm (EST)

    1. What will Dunkirk earn this weekend?
    2. What will Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planetsearn this weekend?
    3. What will Girls Trip earn this weekend?

Current rankings:
Jackrabbit Slim – 50
Juan – 41
Joe – 25
Marco – 25
James – 17
Filmman – 12
Rob – 8

AGEBOC IX – Week Eleven

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Predict the grosses of the films opening the weekend of July 14th-July 16th, 2017

The one who predicts closest to the total Friday to Sunday gross for the #1 film wins 4 points. Runner-up gains 2 points. Predicting within half a million on the first question each week earns 2 bonus points.

Deadline is Friday, July 14th at 12:00 pm (EST)

    1. What will War for the Planet of the Apes earn this weekend?
    2. What will The Big Sick earn this weekend?

Current rankings:

Filmman – 12

Jackrabbit Slim – 46

James – 17

Joe – 25

Juan – 31

Marco – 25

Rob – 8

AGEBOC IX – Week Nine

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Predict the grosses of the films opening the weekend of June 30th-July 2nd, 2017

The one who predicts closest to the total Friday to Sunday gross for the #1 film wins 4 points. Runner-up gains 2 points. Predicting within half a million on the first question each week earns 2 bonus points.

 

Deadline is Friday, June 30th at 12:00 pm (EST)

  1. What will Despicable Me 3 earn this weekend?
  2. What will The House earn this weekend?
  3. What will Baby Driver earn this weekend?

 

Current rankings:

Filmman – 12

Jackrabbit Slim – 34

James – 14

Joe – 20

Juan – 28

Marco – 18

Rob – 8