March 25, 2017

Hollywood Movie Roundup: ‘Unstoppable’ to mow over competition

HollywoodNews.com: The question remains whether “Megamind” will stay afloat in the top spot this weekend or be toppled by Tony Scott’s new actioner “Unstoppable” about a runaway train filled with toxic chemicals. Box office pundits are estimating that both are vying for a photo-finish with $25 million apiece.

In “Unstoppable,” the train is headed to a small town and it’s up to the engineer and the conductor to stop the train as they chase it in a separate locomotive. The film bows in 3,207 venues.
Critics love “Unstoppable” which stars Chris Pine and reteams Denzel Washington with his go-to director Scott. The film is scoring an 86% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 92% among top critics. Roger Ebert screams, “The movie is as relentless as the train, slowly gathering momentum before a relentless final hour of continuous suspense. In terms of sheer craftsmanship, this is a superb film.”

The other exciting title is Rogue Pictures alien invasion film “Skyline.” In the film, humans are being swallowed up by beams of light in the sky and it’s up to a group of survivors to thwart the extraterrestrials. The film hasn’t been seen by many critics yet, but those who’ve caught it, hate it, giving it a 27% rotten rating. Megan Lehmann of the Hollywood Reporter gripes, “A laughably bad sci-fi mash-up with some above-average special effects.” “Skyline” is playing in 2,880 theaters and will be lucky to make back its $10 million budget by Sunday.

The romantic comedy “Morning Glory” which stars Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton isn’t poised to lure in the ladies. The $40 million film bowed on Wednesday in an effort to get a leg up on the competition however only brought in $1.1 million. “Morning Glory” follows Becky Fuller (McAdams) who at the bottom of her TV news producing career, agrees to oversee the lowest rating morning show “Daybreak.” She brings aboard Ford who plays a vet anchor and teams him up with a diva on-air talent (Keaton). They clash and throughout this turmoil, Becky falls in love.

Critics aren’t really embracing “Morning Glory” at 56% rotten. Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly loved Harrison Ford in the film: “He’s still a magnetic hunk of gray-granite movie star, and in ‘Morning Glory,’ he finds a way to trick up his deadly somber, shifting-quicksand delivery into a shrewd and amusing acting style.”

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