CORE STORY: The Secret Life of Pets opens to over $100-million

Photo: Universal Pictures

Photo: Universal Pictures

Chris Luckett

This time last July, Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me spinoff Minions opened to a whopping $116-million. Their latest effort, the new property The Secret Life of Pets, has now scampered into theatres, achieving nearly the same success without the aid of previous films. Continue reading

CORE STORY: Dory wins its third weekend, besting The BFG, The Purge, and Tarzan

Artwork: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Artwork: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Chris Luckett

The first weekend of July has always been a big one for box office, with the confluence of Canadian and American long weekends.

Steven Spielberg’s takes on the Roald Dahl tale The BFG, the threequel The Purge: Election Year, and David Yates’ reboot The Legend of Tarzan were all outpaced this holiday weekend by Finding Dory, Pixar’s latest behemoth. Continue reading

REVIEW: Finding Dory

Artwork: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Artwork: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Chris Luckett

Every Pixar movie is compared to those immediately before it.

A Bug’s Life? “It’s good, but it’s no Toy Story.”
The Incredibles? “Even better than Finding Nemo and Monsters, Inc.!”
Brave? “Hey, at least it’s better than Cars 2.”

Finding Dory, the animated studio’s 17th feature and their fourth sequel in five years, isn’t as good as last year’s Inside Out. Compared to Pixar’s other recent efforts Brave, The Good Dinosaur, and Monsters University, however, the sequel succeeds adequately enough to make for a fun, forgettable film. Continue reading