There have been a number of Young Adult adaptations made of late -- arguably too many -- that focus on the growing pains of becoming an adult while dealing with a dystopian future, or magic, or vampires and werewolves. But though these movies have had their jokes, none have been pitched as comedies, and that might be where 'Vampire Academy' succeeds.
So, have you heard of this 'Hunger Games' thing? No? In that case, welcome to Earth! There's also this Vince Vaughn movie about a sperm donor, but no one really cares. This weekend, it's all about Katniss.
There's been a lot of speculation over whether J.J. Abrams and Disney could reach an agreement over the release date of 'Star Wars: Episode 7,' with Abrams recently scrapping Michael Arndt's script to rework the story and characters. But now we have official confirmation that the latest entry in the 'Star Wars' franchise will indeed be released on December 18, 2015, putting it right up against Duncan Jones' 'Warcraft.'
This weekend brings two new flicks to theaters. The first is a crime thriller with a big-name cast, top-notch talent behind the camera, and dreams of Oscars. The other is, well, very different from that.
Fans of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" are going to be disappointed. The first four movies were a resounding box office success. The movie release dates for the upcoming 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' is now moving to summer 2016.
In a weekend with four new major releases but no definitive frontrunners, the Matt Damon sci-fi action flick 'Elysium' snagged the top spot over some seemingly powerful competition. Director Neill Blomkamp's film continues this summer's trend of R-rated fare opening big ('The Purge,' 'The Conjuring,' '2 Guns') and proves that there's plenty of box office success to be had in the typically slow final weeks of the season.
Tom Hanks has two big starring roles this fall, one in 'Captain Phillips' another in 'Saving Mr. Banks.' He once won Best Actor Oscars in consecutive years, perhaps this year he'll be nominated twice. Here's the latest trailer for 'Phillips,' which shows more of the scope of the film.
After the Memorial Day weekend trio of 'Fast & Furious 6,' 'The Hangover Part III' and 'Epic' led to the sixth-biggest box office weekend of all time, this weekend's pair of new releases have a pretty tough act to follow when it comes to creating excitement at theaters.
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