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Box Office Breakdown, August 10-12, 2018

It was a surprisingly busy week at the box office as a pair of new releases over performed and a limited release offering stirred the pot a bit shaking up the top five and threatening “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” two-week hold on the top spot. After even Disney couldn’t land the top spot at the box office last week over the action epic there were questions about how long “Fallout” could stand tall in the always bland month of August. Did “Fallout” rule for a third week? Let’s examine the numbers in this week’s Box office breakdown, August 10-12, 2018.

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Thank You for 100 Followers!

A few months ago I celebrated a milestone for me with 50 followers here on Cinema Spotlight. Now that might not seem like much but for me it was an incredible accomplishment that I never thought I’d get to enjoy as a blog writer. It only took mere months for me to double that number and a few weeks ago I earned my 100th follower which means 100 of you are following what I write and have to say. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you all for making this blog more than just a hobby for me. It’s quickly become a passion of mine and I’ve enjoyed receiving more feedback from several of you on your thoughts concerning the lists and reviews I’ve been posting. This has inspired me to celebrate this success in September and October. Read on to find out how.

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Box Office Breakdown, August 3-5, 2018

Disney, Fox and Lionsgate all put forward offering this past weekend to try and dethrone last week’s champion, Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”. The new releases resulted in mixed numbers as the summer blockbuster season comes to an end and the slower transition period between summer and fall takes hold in August. Were any of these new releases able to top the spy thriller? Let’s take a look. Here is my Box Office Breakdown for August 3-5, 2018.

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Box Office Breakdown – July 27-19, 2018

Alright so I missed my Box Office Breakdown last week, but it’s back for this week baby and after a pair of sequels dominated last weekend’s chart yet another sequel made an even bigger impact. After the surprise success of “The Equalizer 2” and the expected success of “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” a couple of hard-hitting competitors made their marks but only one set a new bar. Let’s dive right on in and recap the box office numbers of the weekend, July 27-29, 2018.

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Box Office Breakdown: July 13-15, 2018

The weekend brought a pair of new releases to cinemas with one meeting expectations while the second fell short. A surprise success from last week expanded into wide release to both critical and viewer acclaim while a comedian’s debut project shined in limited release with the promise of more success still to come. There’s a lot to go over this week so let’s get right to in this weeks’ Box Office Breakdown, July 13-15, 2018.

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Top 10 Video Game-Themed Movies

I must admit I’m not a huge video game nerd, I will say however that video game culture fascinates me. I worked in a shop for nearly three years that sold games and pop culture items so I’ve seen firsthand how obsessed people can be with escaping the real world for one of imagination…and can I blame them? I escape reality for two hours at a time in movies myself. Anyways that’s a long way of me saying this weekend a new movie comes out focusing on those kinds of people specifically in “Ready Player One” which is only the latest in a long line of actually pretty decent video game inspired films. While Hollywood has a hard time making actual video games into movies, they never seem to have difficulty transforming the love for games and the culture of gaming into a pretty effective movie concept. So before Steven Spielberg’s latest project hits theaters for Easter weekend I decided to look at similar movies that focused on video games as the inspiration for their plot. These are my picks for the Top 10 Video Game-Themed Movies.

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REVIEW: “All the Money in the World”



After all the celebrations of Christmas Day I decided to cross something off my bucket list and view a movie in the theater during the most popular holiday in America, and to my surprise it’s apparently a pretty common tradition. The film I saw…one of the most talked about movies of the fall and winter for all the wrong reasons “All the Money in the World”. Based on real life events, this film became known for its sudden recasting after Kevin Spacey’s scandals came to light less than a month before the movie’s release. Still, the film has managed to garner critical success. So I’m here to do what I do and discuss my opinions on this Frankenstein of a film. Here’s my review of “All the Money in the World”.

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Top 10 Sci-Fi Films of 2017

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First off a very Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all enjoy(ed) the holiday!

To continue my year end series it certainly wasn’t the most dominant genre of 2017, but science fiction still had its highlights. From space adventures to warring apes and shrinking people this genre captured our wildest imaginations all the same. Continuing my “Best of 2017” series I looked at films that fit within the science fiction genre and picked out the ones I thought were the best of this calendar year. These are my picks for the Top 10 Sci-Fi Films of 2017.

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REVIEW: “Downsizing”


Ever since the 74th Venice Film Festival I’ve waited to see for myself what “Downsizing” was all about. A science fiction comedy that serves as a dramatic parody of sorts of dystopian concepts, “Downsizing” is ironically a much smaller movie than I expected, but that doesn’t make it unwatchable. Containing charm and focusing on a few pretty heavy themes “Downsizing” has a lot to say, but how well does it really say it? Here is my review.

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REVIEW: “The Greatest Showman”


You know over the years I’ve found a new respect for cinematic musicals, specifically ones that are original properties. While it’s impressive to take an already established stage musical and turn it into a good film it’s even more impressive, and frankly more difficult in my opinion, to create something original that comes to life on screen. While it’s not perfect, “The Greatest Showman” is an example of how the musical elements of these films can make or break the project, even if the movie as a whole lacks that special something to make it truly amazing. So is “The Greatest Showman” a show worth watching? Here’s my review!

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REVIEW: “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”


I can’t believe it! It’s actually good. The new “Jumanji” movie is actually pretty good! Sorry I just had to get that off my chest. Following up the legendary 90s nostalgia film “Jumanji” from 1995 this standalone sequel had a lot of buzz, both positive and negative, around it for nearly two years leading up to its premier. To my delight and shock this adventurous fantasy film packs a punch and works as both an kid friendly tribute to video game culture and an adult friendly comedy. Let’s take a closer look at what I consider probably the biggest surprise quality film of 2017. Here is my review of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”.

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Top 10 Animated Films of 2017

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We saw plenty of animated offerings in 2017 with every major animation studio rolling out different features for the young and young at heart to appreciate in full. From animated takes on classic children’s books to franchise builders, sequels and original stories it was a good year for the genre. Not a great year, but a good one. Continuing my series of best films of 2017 I took a look at ten of the best animated features of the year. These are my picks for the “Top 10 Animated Films of 2017”.

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