Moana is #1 Three Weeks Running!

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Well, good for Disney. Moana, the newest animated adventure, has won the weekend over newcomer Office Christmas Party. The Disney film came in at #1, likely for the last time considering its competition next week (Lucasfilm’s Rogue One).

In second place comes R-Rated comedy Office Christmas Party, which opened to somewhat disappointing reviews (it holds a Rotten Tomatoes score of 43%). It doesn’t appear like it will hold this position given recent news about star TJ Miller. I was excited to see Office Christmas Party until I started hearing not-so-great info about it.

In third place, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the newest film in the Wizarding World cinematic universe, is holding pretty strong. Given the fan-base surrounding this property, I’m not all that surprised by its performance, but I’m thankful it continues to hold strong.

Rounding out the box office is Arrival and Doctor Strange. The big win is Arrival, a film that isn’t trying to be win viewers over, but it’s unique premise is a lot more accessible than you’d think, and positive word-of-mouth is really helping. No one is all that surprised by Doctor Strange’s performance after initial reviews dropped in praising the film.

Did you see anything this weekend? What did you see and what did you think? Drop a comment below and don’t forget to like and subscribe.

 

-Kyle A. Goethe

First Trailer for Arrival…well, Arrives

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I don’t know about you, but I have grown quite fond of Denis Villenueve. I was captured by Prisoners and found Sicario slowly winning me over, not to mention the upcoming Blade Runner sequel that has, apparently, cast every known actor. Well, now, seemingly out of nowhere, comes Arrival, Villenueve’s latest cinematic goodie. I had heard about Arrival only in brief snippets of info, but nothing had really taken my interest…yet.

Well, consider me interested.

The trailer, which you can find below, outlines the film quite nicely, showcasing what seems to be some very interesting performances from Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker. Again, I cannot fail to talk about the striking imagery and gorgeous cinematography that Villenueve’s films are often noted for.

The best part of this trailer is the fact that, from my best guesses, the trailer hasn’t given away too much. It grazes the notion of too much, but I don’t feel like it crosses that barrier. With it, my interested has peaked. I’m excruciatingly excited to see this film.

So what did you think of the trailer? Are you excited for Arrival? And what’s your favorite first contact alien film?

Arrival makes its way to theaters November 11.

 

-Kyle A. Goethe

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