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Box office report: “Chappie”

Box office report: “Chappie”

By Jack Heyden March 19, 2015

There are only so many hypothetical portrayals of the future that you can lay in front of an audience until a film loses credibility, and that is exactly where “Chappie” went astray. Telling lies has...

Box Office Report: “The Theory of Everything”

Box Office Report: “The Theory of Everything”

By Jack Heyden February 5, 2015

Bearing a haunting resemblance to 2001’s “A Beautiful Mind,” “The Theory of Everything” wonderfully unveils a biography boiling with heartbreak and reality without glazing over a period in history. The...

Box Office Report: “Inherent Vice”

Box Office Report: “Inherent Vice”

By Jack Heyden January 29, 2015

I don’t know what the hell I just saw, but I liked it.  You know those films that you see and can barely follow because there’s so much going on, but then after straining your mind for an hour, it...

Box Office Report: “Big Eyes”

Box Office Report: “Big Eyes”

By Jack Heyden January 25, 2015

In his most recent film, “Big Eyes,” Tim Burton’s far too unrealistic depiction of this true story took too many of his own artistic liberties. The story shouldn’t have been about Walter Keane’s...

Box Office Report: “The Gambler”

Box Office Report: “The Gambler”

By Jack Heyden December 30, 2014

When “The Gambler” was at its best, it was a decent film, but when it struggled it wasn’t much more than a sports film with an affinity for Blackjack. Structurally, the movie was sound, and I had...

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Box Office Report: “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1”

By Jack Heyden November 27, 2014

Ever since the separation of the final Harry Potter book into two films, I have had a problem with prolonging a story for the sake of doubling your money. It’s a great strategy for a production company...

Box Office Report: “Birdman”

Box Office Report: “Birdman”

By Jack Heyden November 20, 2014

I knew that Michael Keaton would be playing a mirage of himself (given that both he and his character were both formerly cast as megastar superheroes), and I knew that I was going to like what I saw on...

Box Office Report: “Interstellar”

Box Office Report: “Interstellar”

By Jack Heyden November 13, 2014

This was genuinely the greatest experience I’ve ever had inside of a movie theater.  Even though it was in IMAX, it still was the most emotionally and visually compelling film I have ever seen in a...

Box Office Report: “Nightcrawler”

Box Office Report: “Nightcrawler”

November 6, 2014

“Nightcrawler” is a film that was well aware of its intentions from the outset. The first thing we see in the film is the lead character beat someone up for a watch when that someone catches him stealing...

Box Office Report: “John Wick”

Box Office Report: “John Wick”

October 30, 2014

My thought process walking out (or escaping) the theater was to label “John Wick” as either bad or really bad depending on how pissed off traffic made me on the ride home. And I will say that I hit...

Box Office Report: ‘Fury’

Box Office Report: ‘Fury’

October 23, 2014

Quite possibly vying to be the biggest surprise of Oscar season, “Fury” is a driven movie capable of evoking strong emotions in any viewer.  At first glance it might seem to be another rudimentary...

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