The Summer Movies Of 2015: What Worked and What Didn't

Summer movie season is based on the premise that filmmakers know what the public wants. Big production budgets feed into big marketing campaigns feed into blockbuster success—unless they don’t, through some failure of hit-movie theory or practice. The 2015 season produced some notable surprises (Mad Max) along with… »8/25/15 4:34pm8/25/15 4:34pm


Which Summer Movie Franchise Has Earned A Nice Rest?

Now that the summer movie juggernaut is starting to sputter, we can start to see which movie franchises are bursting with potential, and which ones are just bursting. Of all the summer blockbusters that helped keep your popcorn-eating arm in motion, which is most badly in need of a vacation? Not a summary execution,… »7/29/08 2:48pm7/29/08 2:48pm

Which Summer Movie Chick Could Carry Her Own Spinoff?

You might have noticed a distinct lack of female heroes at the movies this summer, Sex And The City aside. It's almost as if the studios decided women couldn't carry a big movie — but nah, I'm sure it's just a coincidence. Luckily, the summer's big movies have a wealth of female supporting leads, and almost any one of… »6/24/08 2:22pm6/24/08 2:22pm

Which Big Summer Movie Ruined Science Fiction Forever?

With more big summer spectacles exploding, laser-blasting and CGI-ing all over the place, is serious, thoughtful science fiction being pushed out? Have movies like Transformers or Star Wars tractor-beamed the genre of science fiction away from perceived as serious literature, even in the book world? And which giant… »4/16/08 3:00pm4/16/08 3:00pm

When Did Summer Become Science Fiction Overkill Season?

This summer will be the biggest "blockbuster" movie season ever, with no fewer than 23 would-be smash hits coming out between early May and mid-August. It didn't used to be this way. Back in the mists of time — like, say, in the late 1990s — there were only one or two big science fiction movies per summer, and only a… »4/16/08 1:09pm4/16/08 1:09pm

What'll Be The Most Surprising Hit Movie Of The Summer?

Out of a dozen or so scifi movies coming out this summer, only four of them are absolutely bulletproof, according to you, our readers. Ten of this summer's science fiction films are in danger of falling into obscure-cult-classic territory — or worse. But there's also an excellent chance that at least one underdog will… »3/12/08 3:20pm3/12/08 3:20pm