Just through its playful riffing on famous monsters and legends, the first two entries in the Hotel Transylvania franchise provided some seriously goofy summer fun. The trick was finding a core of great characters and some complementary secondary characters that could hold the screen in support.
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation spends so much time on its core characters – and one newcomer – that those delightfully weird secondary characters are left with little to do. The result is a mediocre film that wears out its welcome well before the (admittedly delightful) closing credits.
In the world of The Emoji Movie, each emoji has only one facial expression – except for Gene (T.J. Miller), an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 (James Corden) and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak (Anna Faris).
When a greater danger threatens the phone, the fate of all emojis depends on these three unlikely friends who must save their world before it’s deleted forever.
After the second live-action Smurfs movie tanked, Sony did the smart things and moved the little blue folks to animation – and, following the lead of last year’s successful Peanuts movie, they went full CGI.
Smurfs: The Lost Village finds the Smurfs trying to find a mysterious lost village before the evil Gargamel can.
The first trailer for Smurfs: The Lost Village follows the break. Smurfs: The Lost Villaige will premiere on April 7th, 2017.
Breaking away from the books that inspired the original, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 finds aspiring inventor Flint Lockwood working for his hero, Chester V – inventor and owner of Live Corp – when it appears that his biggest invention is still working but now creating dangerous food-animal hybrids. Naturally, he has to head back to the island to stop them and turn off the machine once and for all.