The Most Overrated Movies

PrettyFamous found the most overrated movies of all time. Natalie Morin, Graphiq Published 7:03 pm, Tuesday, January 24, 2017 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-15', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 15', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-20', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 20', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-25', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 25', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-30', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 30', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-35', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 35', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-40', placement: Continue Reading

Holiday TV guide: Movies, cartoons, music and ‘Christmas Story’ marathons

If some people have their way, our schedule for the next month is clear.There's no time for sledding or sleighing or roasting chestnuts at an open fire; we'll be watching TV.It will be Christmas movies, Christmas cartoons, Christmas music. It will start Thanksgiving morning with a parade, end Dec. 25 with a “Christmas Story” marathon. We may need extra TV sets.Yes, this trend started long ago. The classic specials for the Grinch, Charlie Brown and Rudolph are 51, 52 and 53 years old.But it hit overdrive when The Family Channel created “25 Days of Christmas” in 1996. That channel kept changing identities – Fox Family, then ABC Family, now Freeform – but the idea stayed and was widely copied and expanded.More: Turn your Christmas TV movie binge-watching into a bingo game More:  5 things to binge-watch this Thanksgiving weekend More:  Things to do in Cincy this weekend: Nov. 24-26We've included everything new that's been scheduled so far – there will be more, plus changes – and the perennials that people might consider can't-miss. But that's just the start, with lots of other reruns, plus Christmas episodes of regular series. You'd better cancel those sledding/sleighing/roasting plans. Parades- “Hollywood Christmas Parade,” 8-10 p.m. Dec. 15, CW. “A Christmas Story”- The Broadway musical will be done live, from 7-11 p.m. Dec. 17 on Fox.- A week later, TBS has its annual marathon of the delightful 1983 movie. That starts at 8 p.m. Dec. 24 and repeats every two hours, until 8 p.m. Dec. 25. New cartoon- “Trolls Holiday,” 7 p.m. Dec. 24, NBC. It's a musical with Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake and Zooey Deschanel. The cartoon classics- “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” 8 p.m. Dec. 25, NBC. It's a 30-minute masterpiece.- “Frosty the Snowman,” 9 p.m. Dec. 9, CBS. Its non-classic sequel is at 9 p.m.- “A Charlie Brown Continue Reading

That lovable ogre Shrek is back and he’s just one of 130 attractions at NYC’s Tribeca Film Festival

Where to begin? That's the first issue facing any New Yorker when the Tribeca Film Festival rolls around. Now marking its ninth anniversary, TFF is already an institution with well-established traits. And the most reliable of these is its expansive nature, which drives some mad but actually suits our sprawling city well. In fact, this Wednesday's opening night premiere of "Shrek Forever After" kicks off a program featuring more than 130 films. So there honestly is something for everyone in the year's most massive big-screen bash, whether you're a die-hard cinephile or simply a dedicated star spotter. (The latter do especially well at TFF, where any given screening is likely to include a postshow discussion with the cast.) Another characteristic we can always count on is the festival's local loyalty. It's hard to believe such an enormous event could simultaneously feel home-grown, but TFF's commitment to New York — always a priority for founders Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff — continues. There are at least a dozen films set in the city, including documentaries about a vanished landmark ("Last Play at Shea"), a fallen leader ("Untitled Eliot Spitzer Film") and a crumbling school system ("The Lottery"). And nearly every year seems to bring a new movie from native son Edward Burns, who writes, directs and co-stars in "Nice Guy Johnny," a romantic dramedy primarily set in the Hamptons. Burns certainly isn't the only multi-talented filmmaker at the festival. One of the celebs you're most likely to spy at screenings is James Franco, who's both starring in the crime thriller "William Vincent" and directing "Saturday Night," which chronicles the making of a typically hectic episode of "SNL." Kirsten Dunst also steps behind the camera for the short "Bastard," while Ice Cube directs the documentary "Straight Outta L.A.," which draws a connection between the music of N.W.A. and the outlaw Oakland Raiders. Happily, TFF's wide-ranging Continue Reading

New on DVD: ‘Kung Fu Panda’

The studios are encouraging more family bonding this week, with the release of the animated "Kung Fu Panda" (PG, $29.99), featuring the voices of Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman and a very cute Jack Black in the title role. Also out is "Shrek the Halls" (unrated, $19.99), a made-for-TV special with all the "Shrek" regulars, including Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy and, of course, Mike Myers as the big green guy. Meanwhile, the action - and the jokes - are downright cartoonish in "Get Smart" (PG-13, $28.98), but Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway do make a pretty amusing pair.Grownups are more likely to get caught up in "Transsiberian" (R, $28.98), a taut little thriller starring Woody Harrelson as an American unhappily abroad. For another sort of overseas trip, consider the charming documentary "Orchestra of Piazza Vittorio" (unrated, $24.95), which chronicles a meeting of musical minds in Rome. And Colin Firth tries one last time to understand dad Jim Broadbent in "When Did You Last See Your Father?" (PG-13, $28.96).Billboard's Top 5 DVD's Gift options continue to arrive, for those willing to start shopping now. "Planet of the Apes" marks its 40th anniversary with a Blu-ray collection (unrated, $139.99) comprising all five films, including a previously unreleased version of "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes." The "Christmas Story Ultimate Collector's Edition" (PG, $39.98) is meant to be watched while doing some holiday baking, given that it comes with a cookbook, an apron and cookie cutters (including one of the leg lamp). And cinephiles will definitely want the "Gregory Peck Film Collection" (unrated, $59.98), which includes half a dozen titles like "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Cape Fear." Given that there's little new in the reissues, the "Star Wars Trilogy" (PG, $49.98) and "Star Wars Prequel Trilogy" (PG, $49.98) are best for those who don't yet have them, as is the "Bourne Trilogy" (PG-13, $34.98). The curious now have a chance to see if Kevin Costner's 1995 debacle Continue Reading

5 great places to watch a movie outdoors

 Related Stories: Our top picks for summer funOpen bar listings throughout the cityA starving actor's guide to the city3 cool summer deals5 great places to watch a movie outdoors7 free theater picks for this summerOf course, the HBO-sponsored, free Monday-night movie screenings in Bryant Park are the big time in terms of outdoor cinema. You're in luck: There are two more showings on the lawn at Sixth Ave. and 41st St. Monday, you can catch Robert Redford in "The Candidate." On Aug. 18, it's "Superman" with Christopher Reeve. The movies start at dusk (between 8 and 9 p.m.), but arrive early with a blanket and picnic food to get a good spot - the lawn opens at 5 p.m. How cool would it be to catch a flick with the Brooklyn Bridge as a backdrop? Check out the scenery on Thursday nights in the Brooklyn Bridge Park (entrance at Main and Plymouth Sts., Brooklyn). This week, there's Bob Fosse's "Cabaret," with Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey. Come Aug. 21, Hal Ashby's "Being There," with Peter Sellers, will be on the screen. The best is last: On Aug. 28, it's Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining," with Jack ("Heeere's Johnny!") Nicholson. Brooklyn Radio deejays go on at 6 p.m.; the movies begin at sundown. If you favor the lights of New Jersey as a background, head to the screenings at Riverside Park South (Pier 1, on the Hudson River at 70 St.). Playing on Wednesday is Mike Nichols' "Primary Colors," with John Travolta; on Aug. 20, it's "All the President's Men," with Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman. Starts at 8:30 p.m.; seating is limited. The RiverFlicks series at Pier 54 (14th St. at the Hudson River) runs on Wednesdays. This week, they're showing "Rock Star," with Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston. "The Blues Brothers," starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, is the feature on Aug. 20. RiverFlicks for Kids, at Pier 45 (Christopher St. at the Hudson), is presenting its annual showing of "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," the 1971 Gene Wilder version, this Friday. On Continue Reading

Celebrate a not-so-scary Halloween with inexpensive kids movies at Marcus Theatres

If you're looking for a fun and not-too-scary way to celebrate Halloween with your kids, check out the Kids Dream Not-so-scary Halloween film series this October.Over three weekends in October, participating Marcus Theatres throughout Southeast Wisconsin will be screening previously released Halloween-ish movies for just $3 per person. And, for an even cheaper family movie date, American Family Insurance has vouchers for two free admissions to the films.The movies are at 10 a.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on Oct. 13 through Oct. 29.And, for even more Halloween fun, there will be a special trick or treat costume party at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21 before "Shrek" starts, where kids will be invited to do Halloween crafts, play games, enjoy snacks and, of course, go trick or treating.The film series is taking place at the following locations:Hillside Cinema, 2950 Hillside Dr., DelafieldMajestic Cinema of Brookfield, 770 N. Springdale Rd.Menomonee Falls Cinema, W180 N9393 Premier Ln.North Shore Cinema, 11700 N. Port Washington Rd., MequonRidge Cinema, 5200 S. Moorland Rd., New BerlinSouth Shore Cinema, 7261 S. 13th St., Oak Creek RELATED: Like us on Facebook to find out about more family-friendly activities in metro Milwaukee!   Continue Reading

August is the new May

The biggest summer movie season ever could also become the longest. "The beginning of August is not the dumping ground," said Nikki Rocco, head of distribution for Universal, which earned $70 million last weekend on "The Bourne Ultimatum." "These are the dog days of summer, and moviegoing is spectacular at this time of year." August 2007 began with a bang thanks to "Bourne," and shows no signs of slowing down at the cinemas. "Rush Hour 3" opens this weekend, with expectations of earning "Bourne"-like money, and the week after that sees the release of buzzed-about-comedy "Superbad" and sci-fi thriller "The Invasion." The year's biggest blockbusters traditionally opened around the holidays of Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. But now, Hollywood studios begin releasing their tentpole flicks in early May and don't stop until late August. "What everybody has tried to do is extend the summer as far as we can," said Jeff Blake, Sony Pictures' chairman of global marketing and distribution. "There's nothing really magical about starting the first week of May but that's become one of the bookends." Especially for Sony, which kicked off 2007's summer with "Spider-Man 3" on May 4. "We've succeeded in getting summer started," Blake said. "Now the idea is how far can we keep it rolling through August. And so far, so good. Certainly 'Rush Hour' looks good Aug. 10, and we certainly feel good with where we are with 'Superbad' on Aug. 17." Jeff Bock, who tracks box-office results for Exhibitor Relations Co., said: "We haven't seen an August like this. This summer definitely has three waves, whereas most summers have two waves." With such a crowded field of proven sequels and event movies - 2007 already has three $300 million movies ("Pirates," "Shrek" and "Spider-Man 3," and "Transformers" will join that group today or tomorrow) - studios had to stretch the summer to make room for their biggest projects. "These release dates are locked in, sometimes years in Continue Reading

‘Shrek’ beefing up McDonald’s sales

McDonald's said monthly sales increased the most in three years on a "Shrek the Third" movie promotion as well as chicken sandwiches and snack wraps.Demand for Happy Meals rose on promotions tied to Dreamworks' animated "Shrek," which has generated $289.2 million in worldwide ticket sales since its May 17 debut.The fast-food leader reported May sales at outlets open at least 13 months rose 8.7% globally and 7.4% in the U.S. Same-store sales in Europe climbed 8.9%, the company said.Global sales climbed after McDonald's introduced new versions of the $1.29 chicken snack wrap in the U.S. and started selling the product in Germany."They're continually introducing new food items, particularly chicken-based items that are very attractive to more health-conscious consumers," said Peter Jankovskis, who helps manage $1.3 billion at Oakbrook Investments."Tagging onto strong box-office results for ‘Shrek' is a nice way to boost sales."Oakbrook Investments, based in Lisle, Ill., owns more than 680,000 McDonald's shares.Shares of McDonald's, which operates about 32,000 restaurants in 118 countries, rose the most since September.They climbed $1.20 to $51.41. The stock has advanced 53% in the past 12 months. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading


A NEW COMPUTER-GENERATED film from "Shrek" scribe Joe Stillman is zooming toward the big screen. Stillman has partnered with ex-Nickelodeon honcho Albie Hecht - who shepherded hits like "SpongeBob SquarePants" - to launch a sci-fi cartoon flick called "Planet One." Hecht's company, Worldwide Biggies, has signed a deal with Ilion Animation Studios, a theatrical animation company started by Pyro Studios, the creators of video game series "Commandos." Ilion will be funding the $50 million budget for "Planet One." The plot of "Planet One," set to hit theaters in 2008, is a comic twist on classic 1950s sci-fi dramas. Instead of Americans worrying about alien invasions, in this movie a NASA ship shakes up the nervous residents of an alien planet. The story will follow two buddies: Lem, an adventure-seeking but fearful alien, and Russ, a ladies man and American astronaut. Computer generated animation is red hot, evidenced by Disney's recent $7.4 billion acquisition of powerhouse Pixar. But some believe the genre is peaking. "The Pixar deal is a validation of CGI as the cartoon of the 21rst Century," he told the Daily News. "Planet One" is the first feature film for his newly launched family entertainment company. Hecht went off on his own last October after years at Nickelodeon. While there, he oversaw production and development for some of the most lucrative franchises in kids entertainment, including "SpongeBob," "Dora the Explorer" and "Jimmy Neutron." The Nickelodeon grad also was the executive producer of several Nickelodeon movies including "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events," and "Jimmy Neutron." [email protected] Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

‘TOON TAKES A TUMBLE. In striving to be hip, ‘Hoodwinked’ fails where the ‘Shrek’ films succeeded

Sorry, but the animated comedy "Hoodwinked," which opened this weekend, isn't destined to become a classic. Oddly enough, if it hadn't tried so hard to be "now," it might have had a better shot at being remembered later. "Hoodwinked" is an updated Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale, a direct descendant of the 1955 Warner Bros. cartoon "Little Red Riding Hoodwinked." In this version, Red (voice of Anne Hathaway) is so sharp and hip, she's the kind of girl who wouldn't fall for an Internet "phishing" scam, let alone a wolf in granny's clothing. Meanwhile, Granny (Glenn Close) is a little old lady who engages in extreme sports instead of knitting by the hearth. The humor rests almost entirely on the disconnect between traditional notions of cartoon woodland creatures and their "Hoodwinked" equivalents. Instead of tender bunnies and sweetly doddering geezerettes, we have wisecrackers, kung-fu fighters, actor wanna-bes with Hollywood agents, and rad snowboarders. "Shrek 2," the No. 1 animated movie of all time in terms of box office, also combined fractured fairy tales with ­ironic jabs at past 'toons, but it was a finely tuned symphony of the soothingly familiar and the jarringly modern. When, in the first "Shrek," the grumpy green ogre (voice of Mike Myers) yells at familiar fairy-tale creatures to get out of his swamp, it's funny because the likes of Goldilocks and the Gingerbread Man are still in character. It's pointless to scold them for behaving the way fairy tales intended, and that's far funnier than turning them into breakdancing anachronisms. There's never just one thing that goes right or wrong with a movie. But animation, perhaps more than other genres, depends on walking a tightrope between feeling fresh and remaining timeless. What ultimately determines status as an animation classic is its timelessness - the sense that this magical realm will last forever in its own tucked-away universe. That's why "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" Continue Reading