Secret Life barely checks the boxes for what it needs to do and never excels at any of them. A young studio like Illumination should aspire to more; hopefully they’ll learn some new tricks before they get too set in their ways.
Not for everyone, and certainly not for kids, Anomalisa reminds us that animation is a medium, not a genre, and can be used to tell all kinds of stories, from the fantastical to the mundane…in a fantastical fashion.
The Force isn’t too strong with this peek behind the masks of a bunch of Star Wars actors and bit-parters that’s as down to earth as its personalities and lacking a true spark of real content over curiosity.
Angry Birds does a good job of taking the video game and creating a new, fuller world, giving the lifeless characters personalities. But they don’t sustain it and by the end all we get is a bonus level of the old game.
Video game movies may be the next big thing in Hollywood, but Ratchet & Clank is an inauspicious start. This will be a trend that will soon run out of lives if the studios don’t figure out a winning strategy.
Blue Sky's Ice Age: Collision Course opens today in 3,992 theatres according to Box Office Mojo. The film isn't wowing the critics, earning a meager 12% at Rotten Tomatoes. Their consensus: "Unoriginal and unfunny, Ice Age: Collision Course offers further proof that not even the healthiest box office receipts can keep a franchise from slouching toward creative extinction". BOM projects the film will fall behind the new Star Trek sequel and be in a tight race for second or third place this weekend with The Secret Life of Pets with both films earning around $26 million. Box Office Prophets is not as optimistic, predicting it could finish in fourth place behind Ghostbusters with $24 million.