Original Batman Movie Series Returning to Theaters for DC 80th Anniversary

The original Batman movie quadrilogy – Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, and Batman & Robin – are returning to theaters for a big anniversary. 2019 marks the 80th anniversary of Batman’s debut in the pages of DC Comics, and it’s a momentous occasion indeed. Gotham’s protector is one of – if not the – most popular superheroes in the world, and while it’s been awhile since he’s really gotten his due on the big screen, The Caped Crusader certainly sports a colorful theatrical history.

Batman’s film debut came in 1966, in an unabashedly campy but still quite fun TV show spinoff of the classic Batman series starring Adam West as the titular hero and Burt Ward as Robin. Bruce Wayne’s alter ego wouldn’t return to theaters until 1989’s Batman, directed by Tim Burton, featuring Michael Keaton’s Bats squaring off against Jack Nicholson’s Joker. Keaton and Burton would come back for 1992’s Batman Returns, which added Danny DeVito’s Penguin and Michelle Pfieffer’s Catwoman to the mix. Unfortunately, Joel Schumacher’s 1995 Batman Forever and 1997 Batman & Robin were seen as big drops in quality by most.

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In the decades since, Batman was resurrected via Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, and returned most recently via Batfleck’s involvement in the DCEU. He’ll soon be revitalized yet again for Matt Reeves’ The Batman. Next month, Fathom Events will give Bat-fans the chance to revisit the four 1980s and 1990s Batman films in theaters, likely representing the first chance many have ever had to see them on the big screen.

Batman (1989) will screen on Saturday, May 4 at more than 600 theaters in the US, at 1pm and 4pm local time. Batman Returns screens on Monday, May 6 at 4pm and 7pm, while Batman Forever shows on Sunday, May 12 at 1pm and 4pm. Finally, Batman & Robin graces theater screens on Tuesday, May 14 on 4pm and 7pm. Tickets are on sale now at Fathom Events’ website. While the prospect of people going to see the Schumacher films might seem odd, it’s important to remember that both have developed a cult fanbase in recent years due to their sheer silliness.

With Batman celebrating his 80th birthday this year, and no new Batman movies arriving until 2021, re-releasing these old school DC films to theaters offers dedicated fans an opportunity to celebrate Bruce Wayne’s anniversary in theaters. No disrespect intended to Ben Affleck’s portrayal, but here’s hoping that Reeves’ The Batman represents a proper Hollywood resurgence for The Dark Knight, in what will be his first big screen solo outing since 2012. In the meantime, fans can head to theaters and chill with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s quipping Mr. Freeze.

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Source: Fathom Events

2019-04-22 07:04:54

Michael Kennedy

Movies Out Now: Every Major Film Currently in Theaters

The weekend is here, and with it the latest major film releases – along with the movies that’ve been released in recent weeks (or, in rare cases, months) and are still playing in theaters.

Between On Demand, Netflix Original features, and everything in-between, there are a growing number of entertainment options competing with theater chains for movie buffs’ attention these days (and that’s to mention nothing of the increasingly massive TV landscape). As a result, it’s trickier than ever to keep track of which films are playing in theaters at any given time of the year. It’s even more difficult when awards season rolls around, and movies start playing in limited release or New York/Los Angeles several weeks before they begin screening nationwide. This is where we come in.

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So, without further ado – here are the new movie releases for this week, along with the major films that are still showing in theaters right now.

Shazam! – A teenaged foster kid gains the ability to transform into a superhero by calling out his name in David F. Sandberg’s DC Extended Universe adventure. Asher Angel, Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, Djimon Hounsou, Grace Fulton, Ian Chen, and Faithe Herman star in the film. Read Screen Rant’s Shazam! review.

Pet Sematary – Stephen King’s horror novel returns to the big screen in this new film adaptation. Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz star as a couple who discover their new home is located near an ancient burial ground with the power to resurrect the dead. John Lithgow and Jeté Laurence round out the supporting cast. Read Screen Rant’s Pet Sematary review.

Dumbo – A live-action retelling of Disney’s animated classic, the new Dumbo was directed by Tim Burton and stars Colin Farrell as a former circus star who’s hired by his old boss (Danny DeVito) to care for a young elephant with enormous ears. Michael Keaton, Eva Green, and Alan Arkin also star in the film. Read Screen Rant’s Dumbo review.

Us – A family on summer vacation are forced to confront their doppelgängers in Jordan Peele’s horror-thriller followup to his Oscar-winning directorial debut, Get Out. Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Elisabeth Moss star in the film. Read Screen Rant’s Us review.

Captain Marvel – Brie Larson plays Carol Danvers in this Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, which explores the titular character’s backstory and origins. Samuel L. Jackson costars in the film as a ’90s-era Nick Fury, opposite a cast that includes Jude Law, Lashana Lynch, Ben Mendelsohn, and Annette Bening. Read Screen Rant’s Captain Marvel review.

Wonder Park – Paramount’s animated film Wonder Park revolves around a young girl who imagines a fantastical amusement park, only to discover that it exists in the real world. Mila Kunis, Jennifer Garner, John Oliver, Kenan Thompson, Matthew Broderick, and Ken Jeong all lend their voices to the movie. Read Screen Rant’s Wonder Park review.

Five Feet Apart – A pair of teenagers with cystic fibrosis meet and fall in love, even though their condition requires them to avoid making physical contact with one another. Haley Lu Richardson, Cole Sprouse, Moisés Arias, Kimberly Hébert Gregory, Cynthia Evans, and Claire Forlani costar in the film. Read Screen Rant’s Five Feet Apart review.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – The conclusion to the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy follows Hiccup and Toothless as they search for a place where dragons and vikings can live together in peace. Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett, F. Murray Abraham, and Craig Ferguson lend their voices to the movie. Read Screen Rant’s The Hidden World review.

Hotel Mumbai (Expanding Wide) – A docudrama-thriller about the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, which lasted four days and resulted in hundreds of deaths. Dev Patel stars in the film as a waiter at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, opposite a cast that includes Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi, and Jason Isaacs. Watch the Hotel Mumbai trailer.

The Beach Bum – The new movie by Spring Breakers writer-director Harmony Korine, The Beach Bum follows the misadventures of a rebellious middle-aged stoner who goes by the name Moondog (Matthew McConaughey). Jonah Hill, Isla Fisher, Zac Efron, Martin Lawrence, and Snoop Dogg round out the film’s ensemble.

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part – The sequel to The LEGO Movie pits the citizens of Bricksburg (now, Apocalypseburg) against the LEGO DUPLO invaders, who are seemingly intent on wrecking everything they come into contact with. Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, and Stephanie Beatriz lend their voices to the film. Read Screen Rant’s The LEGO Movie 2 review.

Alita: Battle Angel – Robert Rodriguez directed this live-action adaptation of the manga series about a cyborg who sets to discover the truth about her past and who she really is. Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Mahershala Ali, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Skrein, and Jackie Earle Haley costar in the film. Read Screen Rant’s Alita: Battle Angel review.

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2019-04-05 05:04:28

Sandy Schaefer

Atom Tickets Is Building Subscription Services For Movie Theaters

Atom Tickets is ready to give AMC and Cinemark a run for their money with a new subscription service made for movie theaters. The program will still depend on the ticketing website’s technology but will allow users to create customized subscription services. No theaters have signed on yet as the company is planning to pitch the idea, termed Atom Movie Access, at this year’s CinemaCon in Las Vegas.

Atom’s ticketing service has been up and running since 2014, with the goal of making movie-going a more social experience. Through the use of its website and app, customers are able to purchase tickets and invite their friends to specified times on various social media platforms. The company aims to integrate the subscription service into its app as well so users are able to buy tickets through their customized subscription and reserve seats ahead of time.

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In an interview with Variety, Atom Tickets Chairman Matthew Bakal stated, “our goal is to be a great partner that provides technology that enables exhibitors to create their own subscription programs.” With companies like AMC and Cinemark creating more personalized subscription services, Atom hopes for their service to be more beneficial to smaller theater chains. Bakal added, “There are a lot of smaller, regional circuits that would love to have subscription plans, but don’t have the technology to build it themselves. That’s where we come in.” Pricing for the service is yet to be shared with the public, but Bakal has stated that it will be, “no big cost.”

This news also comes in the wake of MoviePass and Sinemia’s failing programs. The former was the first major program to introduce the idea of a subscription service for moviegoers, allowing users the opportunity to see a movie a day for $10 a month. The plan ended up sinking the company, causing them to lose millions of dollars and plummet its parent company’s stock price, but it opened up the playing field for other movie-related companies to take a swing at subscription services.

A couple major theater chains have learned from MoviePass and Sinemia’s mistakes. One of the more recent subscription services came from the largest cinema chain in the United States, AMC and their A-List program, which built upon their old AMC Stubs program by adding in reserved seating, the opportunity to reserve IMAX and 3D tickets, and eligibility for concession discounts. These additions have proved far more appealing to consumers and have benefited the theater chain as well, with subscriptions skyrocketing past predicted projections from its initial rollout in June 2018. Atom’s service simply wants to serve as a partner for smaller theaters to, hopefully, help them stay afloat in the ever-evolving movie-going experience.

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Source: Variety

2019-03-28 11:03:20

Hannah Hoolihan

Captain Marvel-Inspired Menus Take Over Dine-In Movie Theaters

Menus inspired by Captain Marvel are taking over dine-in movie theaters. The film hit the big screen this weekend and dishes based around Marvel’s newest hero are already cropping up.

After 20 movies, the MCU finally has its first female-fronted solo film, as well the first to be co-directed by a woman. Captain Marvel was expected to make $350 million globally during its opening weekend, which would’ve already seen the studio turn a profit, considering the movie’s $152 million budget. However, Carol Danvers has fired a photon blast right through that number, shattering expectations by raking in a whopping $455 million. This is the box office’s sixth-largest worldwide opening weekend, not to mention the second largest global debut for a comic book film, only outpaced by Avengers: Infinity War. Already a commercial success and well-received by most critics, it seems safe to say that Marvel has another hit on their hands.

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Creative movie theaters have quickly jumped on the Captain Marvel bandwagon, crafting drinks and dishes inspired by the film. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has a Binary Brie Pizza, which is described as being “feminine and bold.” The theater is also serving up two Captain Marvel-themed cocktails, as well as a milkshake known as, Our Blue Ancestor’s Shake. Meanwhile, AMC Theatres are serving up a couple of “Marvelously Mixed Cocktails,” christened Supernova and Mach 3. Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema also have a featured food and drink special. Their menu includes a Skrull Doughnut, which is listed as “Shapeshifting savory doughnut.” Its suggested pairing is with the For the Good of All Kree cocktail.

Since its announcement, Captain Marvel has been met with excitement. Carol Danvers is a beloved character and most fans have been looking forward to her live-action debut. However, a small, but very vocal minority have done their best to sabotage the film before its release by review bombing it on Rotten Tomatoes. They have attacked everything from Larson’s appearance to her comments about hoping for more inclusive press days. There also seems to be an issue with the fact that Larson, like Danvers herself, is an unapologetic feminist. These are likely the same people who also attempted to ruin Black Panther before it hit theaters. Considering Captain Marvel’s immensely successful opening weekend, it would seem their efforts have failed.

Carol Danvers is the first female superhero to headline her own solo MCU movie. It makes perfect sense that fans came out in droves to support her and they’re not the only ones. Zachary Levi, who will make his DC superhero debut in Shazam! next month, has defended both Larson and the film, and Larson’s costar, Clark Gregg, has recently come out to do the same. It’s sad that a culture that has always been open to everyone is suddenly under fire from people who obviously aren’t the comic fans they think they are. This behavior is more akin to real-life supervillains than the heroes that these trolls purport to be defending. As expected, their efforts have yielded zero results. Captain Marvel is an incredibly solid MCU entry and it can currently be enjoyed with a Skrull Doughnut in hand.

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Source: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, AMC Theatres, Nitehawk Cinema

2019-03-11 01:03:19

Jamie Gerber

6 movies come to the theaters this week

‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’

Directed by Fede Alvarez, “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” stars Claire Foy, Sylvia Hoeks, Lakeith Stanfield, Stephen Merchant, Vicky Krieps, Cameron Britton, Sverrir Gudnason…Click To Continue

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