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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Focus

Focus is only a few days away from opening, but that’s still enough time to squeeze in one last trailer. Will Smith and Margot Robbie play two con artists with a romantic history — which proves quite inconvenient when she shows up just as he’s trying to pull off his biggest con yet. Flirty smiles, longing looks, and conflicted emotions ensue. Watch the latest Focus trailer after the jump.

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Focus Australian trailer

This Focus Australian trailer is cut very differently from the US trailer for the film, and even though it uses a lot of the same footage that we’ve seen in the previous two US trailers, it is much more about cons, plans, and distraction than anything else. The romantic angle between characters played by Will Smith and Margot Robbie is still here, but it comes across as more like part of the big machinery of the film’s cons than anything else. We see more of the plot in this trailer, but it doesn’t seem to give too much away, because even those elements are intentionally jumbled up — it’s a pretty good sales pitch. Read More »

Angie’s Most Anticipated Films of 2015

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Even as I scramble to get in a few more 2014 releases before I close the book on this year, I’m looking forward to 2015. Next year promises to be huge for Hollywood, packed as it is with big-name sequels like Star Wars 7 and Avengers 2. But it also looks like a good time for movie lovers, not just movie studios. A lot of those tentpoles look genuinely good. And a lot of riskier ventures look like they’ll pay off. And that’s not even getting into all of the indie gems buried ahead, waiting for us to discover them at Sundance or Toronto or what have you.

Films from the last category were naturally left off my list, as I can’t get excited for a movie I haven’t heard of yet or know nothing about. But for a list of the films (big and small) that I do know about, and am eagerly looking forward to, join me after the jump.  Read More »

Focus

Before Will Smith and Margot Robbie team up in Suicide Squad, they’ll go head-to-head in Focus. The “comedy-caper-love story” stars the future supervillains as two con artists with a complicated history. Three years after their last encounter, they cross paths again in Buenos Aires, where Nicky (Smith) is planning to pull off his biggest scheme yet.

See the new Focus trailer and posters after the jump. Read More »

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Focus trailer

In Focus, Will Smith is an experienced con man who leads a well-organized ring of criminals. Then he meets an up and coming grifter played by Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) and the con games get complicated for both of them. Written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Bad Santa writers and Crazy Stupid Love writer/directors) Focus seems to aspire to blend the zip of a modern film like Wolf of Wall Street with some of the weight of a classical Hollywood picture. Check out the Focus trailer below.

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Margot Robbie Focus

Will Smith‘s only role this year was a glorified cameo in Winter’s Tale, but he’ll be back next year with a much bigger part in Focus. Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love.), the “comedy-caper-love story” pairs him with Margot Robbie as two con artists with a complicated history. When they reunite a few years later, sparks fly once again.

Interestingly, Focus was originally set to star Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, and then Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart. So how do Smith and Robbie stack up against those other A-list duos? See for yourself with the first Focus images after the jump.

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man-from-uncle

Briefly: Warner Bros. has just dated two films for early 2015 release. First up, we’ll see Henry Cavill in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. months before we see him as Superman again. The Guy Ritchie adaptation, also starring Armie Hammer, has been given a curious January 16, 2015 release date. WB will also release the Will Smith‘s con-artist drama Focus on February 27, 2015. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa direct. [Box Office Mojo]