Category Archives: Movies

The Anti-Blockbusters: Ex Machina

By | July 26, 2018
 

 Rating: 4 ½ out 5 Stars Bottom Line: In the tradition of the best science fiction movies, this near-flawless film uses its sci fi elements to address moral dilemmas we face in our current social setting. This movie begins as programmer Caleb Smith, who works for the very Google-like company Blue Book, learns that he has won a… Read More »

The Anti-Blockbusters: When the Wind Blows

By | July 19, 2018
 

 Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars (Highest Rating) Bottom Line: This nuclear war film gets its message across not by showing the devastation of the attack, but through the slow burn of very real and close to home after-effects that follow. This odd little animated movie came out at the height of the Reagan-era Cold War days prior… Read More »

The Anti-Blockbusters: Europa Report

By | July 12, 2018
 

 Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars Bottom Line: This movie does a good job of merging the found-footage technique with a strong science fiction story. This found-footage film came out in 2013 and did a very good job of adapting that filming style to a science fiction tale. The movie follows a mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa which… Read More »

Sci Fi Box Office: Ant-Man and The Wasp Causes a Buzz in Theaters, Billy Dee Williams Will Return to Star Wars

By | July 10, 2018
 

 Small was big over the July the 4th weekend as small superheroes and a small-budget film did quite well in their opening weekends. The latest Marvel entry Ant-Man and The Wasp debuted at the Number 1 slot with $76 million in the States and $162 million worldwide. Its domestic tally was nearly 20 million higher that Ant-Man‘s opening… Read More »

The Anti-Blockbusters: Primer

By | July 5, 2018
 

 We are in the midst of Summer Blockbuster season (see our rundown at this link), but in case you would like a respite from the mega-dollar, CGI-overload films, here’s a look at some genre entries from the past decade or so that delivered great movies without relying on a big-budget or excessive special effects. Rating: 4 ½ out of… Read More »

Sci Fi Box Office: Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom Holds at Number 1

By | July 3, 2018
 

 The Number 1 and 2 movies remained the same this past weekend as Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom held at the top spot with The Incredibles 2 right behind it. The Jurassic World sequel is at $266 million domestically after two weeks, and getting an early start worldwide has the film already approaching $1 billion globally. As for the… Read More »

The Anti-Blockbusters: They Live

By | June 28, 2018
 

 We are in the midst of Summer Blockbuster season (see our rundown at this link), but in case you would like a respite from the mega-dollar, CGI-overload films, here’s a look at some genre entries from the past decade or so that delivered great movies without relying on a big-budget or excessive special effects. Rating: 4 out of 5… Read More »

Sci Fi Box Office: Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom Has a Monstrous Debut

By | June 26, 2018
 

 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom took a big bite out of the Box Office this past weekend as it opened at the top spot domestically with a $148 million tally. That is down from the $200+ opening for Jurassic World in 2015, but still has the sequel on track for possibly half a billion for its U.S. theatrical run.… Read More »

The Anti-Blockbusters: Cube

By | June 21, 2018
 

 We are in the midst of Summer Blockbuster season (see our rundown at this link), but in case you would like a respite from the mega-dollar, CGI-overload films, here’s a look at some genre entries from the past decade or so that delivered great movies without relying on a big-budget or excessive special effects. Rating: 4 out of 5… Read More »

Sci Fi Box Office: The Incredibles 2 Has an Incredible Opening Weekend

By | June 19, 2018
 

 The long awaited sequel to 2004’s The Incredibles hit the theater this past weekend and delivered the largest opening ever for an animated film. It landed at the top spot at the Box Office and pulled in $183 million which also makes it the eighth largest opening of all-time domestically. This one is currently on track to make… Read More »