Despite the online doomsayers, Hunger Games prequel, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes opened strongly, which will unfortunately mean more prequels. Apart from that, the surprisingly wide release of Saltburn saw some sites doing boffo business, whilst too many were DOA – should be interesting to see the screen spread for that one in Week 2. Speaking of DOA, it doesn’t look like Thanksgiving means much to Australian audiences, understandably.
… subverts the conventions of its predecessors to create a work of glorious and heart-breaking ego death.
Director Francis Lawrence and Producer Nina Jacobson discuss the making of prequel, Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.
Another lacklustre weekend at the box office, led by The Marvels; audiences must have confused things and stayed home to watch cat videos instead! But seriously, when the highest screen average for a general release is for a reissue of a 40-year-old musical doco, you cannot blame doomsayers for saying that there’s a serious problem with cinema.
… a solid entry that will delight the armchair sadists out there.
… highly memorable action beats and fun, engaging characters.
… if you’re up for two and a bit hours of amiable character work, noisy action (with dodgy CGI), good representation but a one dimensional villain and zero surprises, you might find something to like in Blue Beetle.
Holy Moly!! A bunch of new releases climbed atop the charts this week, pushing down the inseparable Barbenheimer. The victor was The Nun II, edging out Bolly release Jawan. TMNT will no doubt stick around for weeks, with school holidays just around the corner, whilst Theatre Camp came in with a disappointing $1681 screen average on only 27 screens, polling at #21.
Bypassing the traditional film distribution model, the Melbourne based production company is going direct to consumer with their latest feature.
A seamless blend of high fantasy, political intrigue, and traditional mythology …