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 1:34pm Tuesday 1:34pm

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 11:48am 7/29/08 11:48am

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 11:22am 6/24/08 11:22am

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 12:00pm 4/16/08 12:00pm

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 10:09am 4/16/08 10:09am

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 12:20pm 3/12/08 12:20pm

Which Summer Movie Will Be The Biggest Flop?

This summer movie season will be like a traffic jam of Transformers wannabes, with more sequels and potential franchises coming out than ever before. And it's just barely possible that every single one of these films will be a mega-smash hit. It just doesn't seem very likely somehow. Click through to vote for the… » 3/11/08 12:51pm 3/11/08 12:51pm

The Biggest (And Longest) Movie Summer Ever

The summer movie season now officially begins in early May, thanks to last year's blockbuster May releases: Spider-Man 3, Shrek The Third and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. This May, there are no fewer than 23 movies coming out, including "tentpole" films Iron Man, Speed Racer, Narnia and Indiana Jones. And… » 3/10/08 3:30pm 3/10/08 3:30pm