22 Jump Street

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This will probably be difficult to believe for some of you, but we walk into every movie hoping it will be the best movie. We may criticize a trailer or point out early concerns, but once we sit down and the movie starts digitally unspooling before our eyes our hope every single time is to experience something fantastic. When a film succeeds on that front we shout it from the highest virtual rooftops, but that isn’t always the outcome. The pure flip-side of this of course are the movies we leave absolutely despising. Usually the films in this group aren’t exactly surprises — think Blended, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Sex Tape, Hercules — and while we hoped for better we ended up with pretty much what we expected. But sometimes the movies we expected more from end up being major disappointments too. A quick poll of the staff revealed a pretty varied list of films fitting this description, some of which are viewed as unqualified successes by the rest of us. Keep reading to see ten of the movies that left us unsatisfied, underwhelmed and ultimately disappointed.

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Trinity The Matrix

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Closing credits The Lego Movie

Dynamic directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller have done it again, turning a seemingly terrible idea (a sequel to a movie based on an eighties television show about teen cops? Surely you jest!) into one of the year’s best comedic outings and a financial juggernaut, as least week’s uproarious new release 22 Jump Street has already laughed its way to over $60M at the box office. Although the re-teaming of Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill has plenty to offer — big emotions, sage commentary on the power of words, sad Dave Franco, lobsters, Ice Cube yelling a lot, a star turn from Jillian Bell – there’s one thing that everyone is talking about: its closing credits that imagine some of the other sequels the franchise has in store for us. Over at Mashable, Jordan Hoffman dives deep into the “best part” of the film — its crazy credits, naturally, although the entire film is a very funny, very satisfying sequel and we certainly won’t balk at a whole slew of new titles — analyzing some of the better sequel options (we’re holding out on 33 Jump Street: Generations, 35 Jump Street: Traffic School sounds particularly good and any franchise that sends its cast to space gets thumbs up in our book). If you’re looking for something quick and dirty, Vulture posted the full listing of every sequel that appears in the credits, though damn if this doesn’t even remotely do justice to the final product itself (but it will do). Although the end credits of 22 Jump Street are easily the best credits of any Lord and Miller joint (and certainly the best of this year and, […]

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summermovieprediction_week8

Welcome to week eight of our 2014 Summer Box-Office Challenge! Think of it as a summer-long contest for movie-lovers — you’ll make predictions and guesses as to which summer movies will rule the box-office each week, we award points and at the end of the contest the three top point-earners will each win a Blu-ray/DVD prize pack! First place will win ten (10) Blu-ray/DVD titles released throughout the coming summer, second place wins five (5) and third place wins two (2). We’ll have bonus questions each week as well to help bolster your point totals and keep you in the running. I said last week that either one of Friday’s new releases (22 Jump Street, How to Train Your Dragon 2) could open at #1, but the expectation (and the professional prognosticators) leaned towards the animated dragon taking the top spot. Surprise! Bigger audiences turned out for the R-rated comedy than for the kids flick to the tune of a $10 million difference. The estimates have Jump opening at $60m and Dragon taking #2 with $50m. Only two players correctly pegged Jump as the #1 film, and very few of you thought The Rover would have a per screen average higher than $13k (it was $14k), so there’s only a minor change in our top five. We’ll update once the actuals come in later today, but expect no change in this ranking.

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Sony Pictures

One of the many great things about 2012’s film adaptation of 21 Jump Street is its feeling of real affection for the characters, the genre and the art and craft of movie-making itself. Of course it’s also incredibly funny, but the humor benefited at least in part from the very obvious sense of appreciation and awareness. That same sense of casual respect and recognition is present in the creatively-named follow-up, 22 Jump Street, but now it’s extended to include observations on the art and commerce of Hollywood sequels. That meta-awareness leads to some ridiculously funny and entertaining dialogue and set-pieces, but the obvious intelligence from directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (and the trio of screenwriters) make the film’s lapses that much more unfortunate. Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are sent undercover to infiltrate a drug dealer and find the supplier on a school campus, but their friendship is tested when only one of them gets in with the cool kids leaving the other to twist in the wind. They’re forced to get past their individual hang-ups over what school was like for them the first time, rediscover what it was that made them such good friends in the first place and then bring down the bad guys through a combination of teamwork and irresponsible shenanigans. Yeah, it’s a sequel.

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summermovieprediction_week7

Welcome to week seven of our 2014 Summer Box-Office Challenge! Think of it as a summer-long contest for movie-lovers — you’ll make predictions and guesses as to which summer movies will rule the box-office each week, we award points and at the end of the contest the three top point-earners will each win a Blu-ray/DVD prize pack! First place will win ten (10) Blu-ray/DVD titles released throughout the coming summer, second place wins five (5) and third place wins two (2). We’ll have bonus questions each week as well to help bolster your point totals and keep you in the running. It’s difficult not to look at this past weekend’s victory for Shailene Woodley and YA adaptations about cancer as a loss for Tom Cruise. Not only did his fantastic new action/sci-fi movie miss out on the #1 spot but it also failed to nab #2 as Maleficent only dropped 51.7% to hold second place. It’s a damn shame as people are going to be renting Edge of Tomorrow later this year and wondering why the hell they chose to miss its awesomeness in theaters. The estimates put The Fault In Our Stars at $48.2 million, and since we had more than a few close guesses the actuals will probably change the accrued points. We’ll update once they come available, but for right now, here are the current top five player standings. [Update: The actuals are in, and Fault opened with $48m — crazy close to the estimate — so the points stay the […]

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Edge of Tomorrow

May was a rough time for major releases. With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and A Million Ways to Die in the West, the first month of summer blockbusting got off to a messy start and ended with an equally toxic finish. Although I’m not a fan of Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past, they have their supporters, so maybe May wasn’t as bad of a month as I’m pegging it as. Maybe it’s just that when a studio comedy as tedious and frustrating as A Million Ways to Die in the West comes around, it’s always going to poison the whole calendar page. Thankfully this summer is about to receive a large improvement, because there’s a terrific blockbuster coming out this Friday. While the Tom Cruise-starring action movie isn’t tracking so hot, let’s hope the tides change and people flock to Edge of Tomorrow. Plus, there’s a solid amount of releases this month you should plan to see. Here are the must see movies of June 2014:

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The Guardians of the Galaxy

The summer season may not be the best time of year for film, but it’s usually the most exciting. 2014’s blockbusting period starts this coming Friday with the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Unsurprisingly, that will be the first and last mention of the film on this list of our most anticipated summer movies. We polled the staff and tallied the votes to determine the ten summer movies we’re most excited about this year, and while some of the results are expected one or two surprises made (or missed) the list, too. Some of the films that came close to making the list but not close enough include the long-awaited adaptation The Giver, the animated sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2, Disney’s Maleficent and Seth MacFarlane’s Ted follow-up A Million Ways to Die in the West. A title that not a single one us picked as one of most anticipated? Transformers: Age of Extinction. I mean seriously… someone even picked Sin City 2 over Michael Bay’s latest. Keep reading to see the ten films that we’re most looking forward to this summer.

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There’s a lot riding on 22 Jump Street. No, not box office bucks or critical praise or Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum‘s careers or anything like that- what hangs in the balance is far more precious. As you probably know (as does everyone who’s anyone), Kurt Russell’s son, Wyatt Russell, turned down a role in the last two Hunger Games films just to take part in 22 Jump Street. This could be his big break; an opportunity to rake in Jaden Smith or Charlie Sheen levels of “I’m the son of someone famous” fame and fortune.

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21-Jump-Street

Ever wonder why comedy sequels are rarely ever able to be as funny as the originals, even when all of the same people come back to make them? Well, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the writing and directing team who have brought us things like the gone too soon cult TV show Clone High, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, and last year’s surprisingly excellent TV-to-film adaptation 21 Jump Street, have just done an interview with Collider, and in addition to confirming that they are now officially signed on to make 22 Jump Street, they also had some interesting things to say about the hurdles you need to jump over in order to make a comedy sequel. First off, what’s the plan for a 21 Jump Street sequel? The only specifics regarding what the new film is going to be about are that it’s called 22 Jump Street because the program gets moved across the street to a fancier building, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill will both be back as our undercover agents, this time infiltrating a college, and Ice Cube will once again be back as their commander, who continues to be abhorred at their general idiocy and lack of professionalism.

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