Flaco Jones

Flaco Jones is a former film school grad and current professional A/V nerd. You can follow him @flaco_jones on Twitter.

Aside from Marvel’s Civil War and Pixar’s Finding Dory, many of this summer’s slate of sequels have underperformed at the box office. The second half of summer is up next and it’s on these movies to stop the 2016 season from being the first drop the summer box office has seen in a while. Do any of these upcoming movies have what it takes?

Preview by - 7/24/2016 4:34 PM Comments (3)

Summer movie season is here, where every release is huge and the competition ramps up each week. It’s also a season of familiarity, and the first half of this summer is just that. Two movies are based on video games, the rest are sequels. Early summer just isn’t the time Hollywood takes risks on movies that aren’t based on existing materials.

Preview by - 5/26/2016 8:14 AM Comments (6)

As mentioned in these articles numerous times, every year studios are defying former scheduling expectations and releasing big budget blockbusters in typically non-peak movie seasons. For example, most of the films below could have held their own in the summer, but opted to avoid competition instead. The movie goers end up being the beneficiary in the end because we get to watch summer movies nearly all year long now. Let’s dive in to this year’s impressive “spring” offerings.

Preview by - 3/20/2016 3:52 PM Comments (0)

Winter movie season: Hollywood's snowy dumping ground for films that couldn't make the cut elsewhere. Okay, maybe that's a bit rough, but it can be somewhat lackluster. That seems to be the case for January, as there isn't much to look forward to, but February is there to save the day with superheroes and supermodels.

Preview by - 2/7/2016 2:59 PM Comments (2)

This is setting up to be quite the interesting holiday season at the box office. Potentially two of the biggest movies ever are launching within a month of each other and there isn't much substantial in between as it seems everyone is avoiding competing with them directly. On one hand, it's smart because no studio wants to see their big movies dwarfed, but it also guarantees that these tentpole films will have a free ride to the top of the box office charts. Let's take a look at the big behemoths and the few movies that did decide to release around the same time.

Preview by - 11/30/2015 9:57 PM Comments (3)

Fall movie season is here and there is a surprising amount of films to cover, especially considering it's mostly October releases I'm highlighting. That's because, as what often happens in October, there are a lot of movies trying to grab the Halloween crowd. There are a couple of Oscar nominee wannabes as well, and considering the last five best picture winners were early fall releases, I'm not surprised.

Preview by - 10/15/2015 11:40 PM Comments (6)

Lately it seems like the second half of summer hasn't seen a high quantity of big releases. Sure there are still huge hits, like last year's Guardians of the Galaxy, but that movie was such a powerhouse, it scared other movies off the schedule altogether. This year, that's not the case. While none of these movies looks to dominate like Guardians did, most of them have big name notoriety with blockbuster potential every week between the 4th of July weekend and the end of August.

Preview by - 7/17/2015 12:43 AM Comments (2)

There are a lot of movies to look forward to this summer. I've whittled them down to ten and, of course, you the readers will always have the last say and get to rank them when it's all over. Let’s get started.

Preview by - 5/16/2015 12:24 PM Comments (4)

The spring season in Hollywood has been shifting to some bigger budget pictures making their debut here instead of in the crowded summer marketplace. Since Alice in Wonderland was a huge hit 5 years ago, studios have been more and more willing to launch movies in March and April and it’s turned out hits every year, including last year’s Captain America sequel and the very first Hunger Games movie. Will any of this year’s spring releases strike box office gold? Let’s see what they have to offer.

Preview by - 3/5/2015 12:54 PM Comments (3)

Winter movie season is upon us again and this year, more than ever, it has become the prime release period for movies that were bumped from their previously claimed spots on the calendar for one reason or another. While over half the movies featured in this preview were pushed back from earlier dates, there are still a few others that see this as a great time to release a big, hotly anticipated movie with very little competition. Along the way, I’ll fill you in on which specific films made the change to these new winter dates.

Preview by - 1/10/2015 11:53 AM Comments (10)