2015 box office

If you haven’t been to the movies much this year, you aren’t alone. So far, Hollywood’s 2015 offerings have been pretty lackluster. Kingsman: The Secret Service and Paddington are rare exceptions amiss a slew of big budget movies that have either been terrible, or that just underperformed terribly. Some examples are Jupiter Ascending, Seventh Son, Strange Magic, Blackhat, Mortdecai and Focus.

But it this different than usual? January and February are traditionally two of the weakest months both in terms of box office and critical acclaim. Well, it turns out this year has been historically bad. Pajiba lined up the domestic grosses of the January and February releases, juxtaposed with their rumored budgets, to figure out how much money Hollywood has lost this year. And it’s a lot. Read more about the 2015 box office bombs below. Read More »


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Michael Mann’s Blackhat is an early contender for one of the worst films of 2015. It plays out like a really bad, excruciatingly boring parody of Mann’s films. The plot is paper thin, the relationships are completely implausible, and the dialogue is laughable, to the extent that much of my audience found the film unintentionally hilarious.

Sure Blackhat has some of Mann’s trademark flourishes, including a couple thrilling shootouts and some gorgeous cinematography of exotic locales. But there are so many elements that are truly terrible that they overshadow anything good about the movie. Hit the jump to see my full video review of Blackhat.
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new blackhat trailer

Cyber-crime is in the air, and as it turns out, the timing couldn’t be better for Michael Mann‘s upcoming thriller Blackhat. Chris Hemsworth plays an incarcerated hacker who makes a deal for freedom by working with the feds to stop a criminal who can, apparently, hack anything, anywhere. The recent Sony hack looks like nothing compared to this guy’s effort — he can shut down and even destroy nuclear sites, and render any system inoperable. Check out the new Blackhat trailer below.

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‘Blackhat’ Trailer: Michael Mann Returns

Blackhat trailer

After five years away from the feature scene, Michael Mann returns with Blackhat, a “cyber-thriller” that casts Chris Hemsworth as a hacker recruited to ferret out a ring of criminals who use computer networks to accomplish high-level goals. Hemsworth puts his “American guy” accent to use, and Mann also employs a solid supporting cast including Viola Davis, Holt McCallany, Wei Tang and Leehom Wang. And we’re always willing to see how another filmmaker can visualize the not-so-exciting act of hacking. Check out the Blackhat trailer below.

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Blackhat logo

Michael Mann has shot a new thriller starring Chris Hemsworth, which has most often been spoken of simply as the “Untitled Michael Mann Cyber-Thriller.” Now the film is called Blackhat (as foretold by a tweet not long ago) and Legendary debuted that title and a bit of footage today at Comic Con.

After the break, check out the first official still from Blackhat, and get some info on the film. Read More »