DARK SKIES Blu-ray Review

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Blumhouse Productions (Insidious, Sinister, Paranormal Activity, The Purge) has become known for micro-budget horror films that go gangbusters at the box office.  With Dark Skies, Blumhouse combined their well-honed approach to horror with a sci-fi twist, namely a threat from extraterrestrial beings.  While it’s certainly not the biggest money-maker for the production company, Dark Skies might be my favorite of their films so far.  Not only does it feature an exceptional cast in Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo, Annie Thurman and J.K Simmons, but writer-director Scott Stewart combines the best of Steven Spielberg’s family-centric films with a hint of Stanley Kubrick’s psychological horror.  Now that Dark Skies is available on Blu-ray, you can check it out for yourself.  Hit the jump for my Blu-ray review.

Weekend Box Office: IDENTITY THIEF Sneaks Past SNITCH on Weak Oscar Weekend

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2013 has not been a banner year at the box office by any stretch of the imagination, but this weekend will set a new low. For the first time in months, no film took in $15 million. That includes the first-place Identity Thief, which was back on top in its third frame. With an estimated $14.1 million, Identity Thief barely edged out the $13 million debut of Snitch but, when we’re talking numbers this small, gloating over rank seems a little pointless.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Identity Thief $14,100,000 $93.7
2.  Snitch $13,000,000 $13
3.  Escape from Planet Earth $11,013,000 $35.1
4.  Safe Haven $10.600,000 $48
5.  A Good Day to Die Hard $10,000,000 $51.8
6.  Dark Skies $8,850,000 $8.8
7.  Silver Linings Playbook $6.051,000 $107.4
8.  Warm Bodies $4,750,000 $58.1
9.  Side Effects $3,511,000 $25.2
10.  Beautiful Creatures $3,410,000 $16.3

Friday Box Office: SNITCH Squeaks by IDENTITY THIEF on Friday; Comedy Expected To Prevail This Weekend

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A disappointing month will come to a disappointing end this weekend as the box office offers up yet another underwhelming frame. How underwhelming? While last year gave us a surprisingly-strong debut in Act of Valor ($24.4 million), not one title is expected to reach $15 million by Oscar Sunday. Among new releases, Snitch is in the best shape. The action flick starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson won a narrow victory on Friday: taking in an estimated $4.14 million from 2,511 locations. Snitch should see a $12 million debut, though that won’t be enough to beat Identity Thief. The comedy holdover took in $4.1 million on Friday, but is expected to earn $13 million over its third weekend in theatres. Debuting in fourth place, Dark Skies earned an estimated $3 million from 2,313 locations. The extraterrestrial-thriller is projected to make $8.4 million through Oscar Sunday, putting it behind holdovers like Safe Haven, Escape from Planet Earth and A Good Day to Die Hard. We’ll have full details tomorrow.

  Title Friday Total
1.   Snitch $4,140,000 $4.1
2.   Identity Thief $4,100,000 $83.7
3.   Safe Haven $3,520,000 $40.9
4.   Dark Skies $3,087,000 $3
5.   A Good Day to Die Hard $2,800,000 $44.6

DARK SKIES Review

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Blumhouse Productions, the company behind the Paranormal Activity series, Insidious and Sinister takes a turn away from demonic possession and ghost stories, but keeps the haunted family dynamic in writer/director Scott Stewart’s Dark Skies The psychological thriller focuses on the Barrett family, whose peaceful suburban home begins to play host to strange and terrifying events that seem to only be happening to them.  While Dark Skies would have benefited from more secretive marketing that would keep the force behind these events an actual mystery, there are still some tense moments and disturbing scares to be found.  The most interesting facet of the film is not the external menace, but the unexpected subtext of the growing pains of adolescence.  Hit the jump for my review.

First TV Spot from DEAD MAN DOWN Starring Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace; 4 TV Spots from DARK SKIES Starring Keri Russell and Josh Hamilton

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We have some new TV spots to share with you from the following films:

  • Dead Man Down – Director Niels Arden Oplev’s crime thriller starring Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace as an unlikely pair out for revenge against a mob boss.  Dead Man Down, also starring Dominic Cooper and Terrence Howard, opens March 8th.
  • Dark Skies – Writer/director Scott Charles Stewart’s sci-fi thriller starring Keri Russell and Josh Hamilton as struggling parents whose limits are tested when strange events start happening to their family.  Also starring Dakota Goyo and J.K. Simmons, Dark Skies opens February 22nd.

Hit the jump to watch the TV spots.

Motion Poster for THE CROODS Plus New Posters for G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, ZERO DARK THIRTY, DARK SKIES, and GREAT GATSBY

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We’ve got a few new posters to share this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • The Croods – A nifty motion poster for DreamWorks Animation’s caveman comedy, featuring the voices of Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, and Ryan Reynolds.  The film opens in 3D on March 22, 2013.
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation – The gang’s all here in this new poster for the upcoming sequel, starring Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, and more Channing Tatum.  The film opens in 3D on March 27, 2013.
  • Zero Dark Thirty – An Australian poster for director Kathryn Bigelow’s awards-contending drama shows off a mosaic of the film’s many faces.  The pic is now open in limited release, and expands wide on January 11, 2013.
  • Dark Skies – The first poster for this low-budget sci-fi thriller teases the film’s horror aspects.  The film stars Keri Russell and Josh Hamilton and opens on February 22, 2013.
  • The Great Gatsby – A new banner poster for director Baz Luhrmann‘s ambitious adaptation that combines the previous character posters that have been hitting the web over the past couple of days.  The film opens in 3D on May 10, 2013.

Hit the jump to check out all the posters.

Trailer for DARK SKIES Starring Keri Russell and Josh Hamilton

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A trailer for the sci-fi thriller Dark Skies has just been released.  The movie centers on a family who become the victims of disturbing supernatural events that wreak havoc on their bodies and minds.  The trailer bills itself as being from the producers of Paranormal Activity and Insidious, and these producers force us to ask: “Is any suburban, middle-class home truly safe?”  Even though I hadn’t been paying much attention to this movie, it looks like there’s some genuinely creepy stuff in this flick, and it would almost keep me guessing if the malevolent force was ghosts or aliens if the title hadn’t given it away.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film stars Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo, Kadan Rockett, and J.K. SimmonsDark Skies opens February 22, 2013.

New Release Dates for Shawn Levy’s THE INTERNSHIP, PARANOIA, DEAD MAN DOWN, DARK SKIES, BEARS and ADMISSION Starring Tina Fey

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Let’s take a look at some new and shuffled release dates:

  • Shawn Levy’s The Internship, starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, moves up a few weeks from June 28th to June 7th, 2013.
  • Paranoia, from director Robert Luketic and starring Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford, moves back from September 27th to October 4th, 2013.
  • Dead Man Down, starring Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Terrence Howard and Dominic Cooper, moves up a month from April 5th to March 8th, 2013.
  • Scott Charles Stewart’s thriller Dark Skies starring Keri Russell and Dakota Goyo gets a release date of February 22nd, 2013.
  • Disneynature’s Bears, directed by Keith Scholey (African Cats) and Alastair Fothergill (Chimpanzee), gets the somewhat less generic release date of April 2014 (it was previously listed as Spring 2014).
  • Admission, the comedy from director Paul Weitz that stars Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, gets a release date of March 8th, 2013.

Hit the jump for plot info on each film.

Selena Gomez Joins PARENTAL GUIDANCE SUGGESTED, Josh Gad Takes THE INTERNSHIP, Miles Teller and Analeigh Tipton Have a TWO NIGHT STAND

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Here are some casting updates at a glance:

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Horror Round-Up: Maria Bello Eyeing HOUSE OF HORROR; Keri Russell in Talks for DARK SKIES

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We’ve got a couple of horror-related casting stories to share today.  First up, Bloody Disgusting reports that Maria Bello is in talks to star in House of Horror.  Produced by James Wan (Insidious), the story centers on a lead detective and a police psychologist who question a suspect following the brutal murder of five college students.  Should she sign on, Bello would take the psychologist role.  Xavier Gens (The Divide) was previously attached to direct, but he’s no longer involved with the project.  The report doesn’t specify the structure of the film, but I’m assuming it’s not just two people talking to a suspect for 90 minutes.  Producers are currently looking for a new director to sign on.  Bello recently starred in the NBC drama Prime Suspect, but the series was not picked up for a second season due to low ratings.

Hit the jump for casting news concerning the sci-fi horror pic Dark Skies.

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