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  1. 2014 started with a horror film, Devil's Due. Fox teamed up with Columbia for the all-star The monuments Men, involving the saving of artwork during WWII Son of God brought the story of Jesus back to the big screen. The Grand Budapest Hotel was nothing less than one of the best films of the last 25 years. Mr Peabody and Sherman was a new take on supporting characters from the Rocky and Bullwinkle show. Jude Law was a criminal in the dark comedy Don Hemingway. The talking birds now went to the Amazon jungle. The Other Woman f
  2. Well, this is it, the final installment. Thousands of films and it all leads here. Fox became part of Disney officially in march in 2019, much chaos has followed. Still, despite a rather sparse number of releases so far, there are many more Fox films waiting for their release dates, so I will include those too for a complete picture. So call it a preview of things to come. Again Fox handled an animated film overseas but not in the US. The Kid Who Would Be King mixed elements of the King Arthur legend into a modern setting. Alita: Battle Angel was meant to start a new f
  3. The year opened with friends Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway at each other's throats in Bride Wars, after Candise Bergen scheduled their weddings on the same day. Notorious was about the late rapper Notorious B.I.G. not a remake of the Hitchcock classic. Liam Neeson started his action cycle in Taken. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li was another video game film. Miss march was another comedy of raunch. 12 Rounds was another teamup with the WWE. Dragonball Evolution was based on Japanese manga action comics. Sure as the day
  4. 2008 began with the romantic comedy 27 Dresses. Meet the Spartans followed, another spoof of new releases. Jumper was a sci-fi film with the ability of very fast travel. Horton Hears a Who expanded a popular children's book. it had its moments. Back to horror with Shutter. Nim's Island was a pretty good children's adventure film with a plucky Abigail Breslin and Jodie Foster in a rare comic performance. Street Kings was a crime saga with Forrest Whitaker and Keanu Reeves. Young @ Heart was a documentary involving a senior ro
  5. Grandma's Boy starting 2006 was going to be shocking for fans of Shirley Jones, Doris Roberts, and Shirley Knight. They were all much cast against type in a risque stoner comedy. James Franco appeared in a new version of the youthful tragedy Tristan and Isolde. Imagine Me and You was also an inversion and was in some ways a LGBT take (with different ending) on 1979's 10. Martin Lawrence donned the dress again for Big Momma's House 2. Night Watch was a supernatural horror film from Russia. Date Movie was a Scary Movie-esque lampoon of romances..
  6. The number of films sagged in 2018, perhaps in part because of the Disney merger that was impending.... it started with Condorito, an animated film that Fox only handled in Latin America. The dystopian Maze Runner trilogy was finished off. Red Sparrow came next, a provocative spy film, with Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Irons, Matthias Schoenaerts, Joel Egerton, Charlotte Rampling, and Mary-Louise Parker Love Simon told of a gay teen and his misadventures with friends, family, high school life, etc. Isle of Dogs was the latest from Wes Anderson, which m
  7. David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike started the year with A United Kingdom, the saga of a marriage facing opposition in both England and Africa. It was quite good. The offbeat horror film A Cure for Wellness came in right on its heels. Logan was Hugh Jackman's last turn as an X-Man. The Boss Baby was another serving of animation. The poster looks like an internet post, but Table 19 was an actual film, an offbeat comedy. Wilson with Woody harrellson and Laura Dern continued the offbeat trend. Gifted was a charmer, a moving comedy-drama ove
  8. 2016 started with the final installment of DreamWorks' animated Kung Fu Panda series. Deadpool with Ryan Reynolds served up a massive hit to Fox and broke the mold for superhero movies by going for a hard R. Eddie the Eagle was a most enjoyable underdog story from the 1988 Olympics about a British ski jumper. Taron Edgerton was charming in the lead, and hugh Jackman made a fine coach. The Other Side of the Door served up supernatural horror. Fox only handled Florence Foster Jenkins in the UK, but even so, it ranks as one of Fox's best of the year with Me
  9. 2015 started with the end of one action series.... Which was then followed by the start of another. An R-rated comedy was up next.... Followed by a winning sequel with a great cast. Home found an alien on earth. And The Longest Ride was a youthful romance. True Story told of the real life tale of a murderer who tried to hide under the identity of a reporter, and how the two ultimately became acquainted. Far from the Madding Crowd was a sumptuous new version of the Thomas Hardy classic, and was one of the year's best films.
  10. Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, and Catherine Zeta-Jones started the year with a neo-noir. Bruce Willis returned to his signature role for the last time.... Stoker was a k.i.n.k.y variation on Shadow of a Doubt.... The original stoners turned to animation.... And speaking of animation, Fox started handling DreamWorks Animation for a few years, starting with the prehistoric set The Croods And on Animation went with the eco-tale Epic. James McAvoy, Vincent Cassell, and Rosario Dawson then joined Danny Boyle for a psychological thriller...
  11. Red Tails, about the Tuskegee Airmen, and starring Cuba Gooding Jr and Terrence Howard, began 2012. Chronicle was a superhero film done in the "found footage" style. Chris Pine and Tom Hardy both went after Reese Witherspoon in This Means War, costarring Angela Bassett and Rosemary Harris. Next was a modern take on The Three Stooges. Sound of My Voice was a film styled as an expose on the world of cults. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel took a well known British cast to India. A sequel would follow. Greta Gerwig was a young woman facing
  12. Cedar Rapids was the saga of an immature insurance salesman. Big Mommas: Like Father like Son was the last in this particular series... Win win was a very good sports comedy about a put-upon man who takes in a high school wrestler just for funds, but grows to love the boy like a son. Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, and Burt Young starred. And then a quick followup to a kids film of the previous year.... The trend continued with Rio, an animated film involving talking birds. Dum Maaro Dum was a crime film from India. Water for Elephants invol
  13. 2010 began with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson becoming a Tooth Fairy. Ashley Judd, Billy Crystal, and Julie Andrews co-starred. My Name is Kahn was a drama about prejudice.... While Percy Jackson and the Olympians; The Lightning Thief was a fantasy for youthful audiences, and is likely the only film where Uma Thurman has snakes for hair. Our Family Wedding was the story of a very mismanaged and chaotic wedding. Diary of a Wimpy Kid was based on a series of children's books, and spawned a few bread-and-butter followups Tina Fey and Steve Carell were
  14. 2007 oped with the spoof Epic Movie. This was followed by another comedy Reno 911; Miami The Namesake from Mira Nair was a story of Indian heritage and romance. I Think I Love My Wife was actually a remake of Rohmer's Chloe in the Afternoon. The Hills Have Eyes II was a dive back into slasher territory. Firehouse Dog was exactly that, a film about a movie star dog in a firehouse. pathfinder was a remake of a Scandinavian fantasy from the 80s. The zombies returned in 28 Weeks Later. Once, a gentle Irish import, was
  15. 2005 opened with Jennifer Garner in Elektra, a superhero film. Hide and Seek, a violent thriller, with Robert De Niro, Dakota Fanning, Famke Janssen, Elisabeth Sue, Amy Irving, and Melissa Leo soon followed. Because of Winn-Dixie was the sweet, simple tale of a girl and her dog, nothing more, but likable, with good support from Jeff Daniels, Cicely Tyson, and Eva Marie Saint. Millions was another family film, this one about brothers finding a cache of stolen money that fell off a train, and how one wanted to do good things with it. Danny Boyle directed it.
  16. 2004 opened boldly with the NC-17 rated Bernardo Bertolucci film The Dreamers. This was followed by Kristen Stewart as a teenage burgler in Catch That Kid. Jennifer Beals played her mother. Gene Hackman retired after the small town comedy Welcome to Mooseport with Ray Romano, Marcia Gay Harden, Fred Savage, Christine Baranski, Rip Torn, Maura Tierney, and June Squibb. Club Dread was a parody of slasher films and beach films. Never Die Alone was a gritty crime saga. While Johnson Family Vacation was a comedy of errors. The Girl Next Do
  17. 2003 opened with Just Married, a comedy of errors involving a young couple who ran into all sorts of misadventures. Daredevil was a superhero film with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. Bend it Like Beckham was a charmer from England, a sunny sports comedy involving female soccer players and best friends Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley, their mutual crush on coach Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and their offbeat families. L'Auberge Espagnole was a Spanish-French coproduction. Director Neil Jordan returned with Nick Nolte in The Good Thief, a remake of Bob Le
  18. 2002 had the highest attendence at the movies of any post 1970 movie year, and some of the releases went some way to aid that.... It started though quietly with Kung Pao! Enter the Fist!, a parody of Asian action films. this was followed by the cult comedy Super Troopers, which spawned a sequel 16 years later. Kissing Jessica Stein was a comedy for the independent crowds. Ice Age was a major animated hit, and spawned a whole series. Ashley Judd was determined to save husband Jim Cavietzel in the courtroom with the help of Morgan Freeman in High Crim
  19. The new millennium started rather inauspiciously with Monkeybone, a dark comedy with Brendan Fraser, Bridget Fonda, and Whoopi Goldberg. Say It Isn't So was another risque comedy again trying to shatter taboos. Ashley Judd and Greg Kinnear starred in Someone Like You, a calmer sort of comedy then the other two. The comedies kept coming with Kingdom Come, a vehicle for African-American talent. And then, something notorious. Freddy Got Fingered was quickly slammed as being one of the worst movies ever made. It could only be up from that, and Moul
  20. 2000 started with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tilda Swinton in the moody The Beach. Fox had big expectations for this that were not fulfilled. The Closer You Get was the raunchy tale of Irish men longing for women. So they put in a classifed for American women to visit. It didn't go well..... Soft Fruit was an Australian import involving several siblings who were trying to fulfill the dying wishes of their ailing mother. Here on Earth was a teenage romantic weepie. Where the Heart Is was one of those films that bit off more than it could chew: teen pregnancy,
  21. 1999 started with Vince Vaughn starting over in A Cool,Dry Place This was followed by Simply Irresistible, a youth oriented comedy. Office Space became a popular cult film for disenchanted workers. 20 Dates was a faux documentary of a man's attempts to land a girlfriend and a movie career. Wing Commander was a quickly produced sci-fi film met with savage reviews. Ravenous meanwhile was a western horror film involving cannibals. Drew Barrymore was at her most charming in the lovely Never Been Kissed, which glowed with good-hearted humo
  22. 1998 began with an action thriller, Firestorm. A postmodern spin on Charles Dickens, Great Expectations, now moved from England to Florida and New York was supposed to be released at the end of 1997 but was pushed back to late January 1998. Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke (back again so soon), Skeet Ulrich, and Vincent D'onifrio were a gang of vintage criminals in Richard Linklater's The Newton Boys. The affection here that Jennifer Aniston is hoping for isn't going to happen as she and Paul Rudd were platonic friends (he was gay) in this film, which costarred Ni
  23. 1997 started with the dark, brooding neonoir, Blood and Wine, a good film with strong work from Jack Nicholson, Michael Caine, and Judy Davis. Smilla's Sense of Snow had a preposterous sci-fi twist near the end of its main story, but don't let it stop you. the film was gripping, elegant, suspenseful, beautifully filmed and very well acted by Julia Ormond, Gabriel Byrne, Richard Harris, Robbert Loggia, Jim Broadbent, and Vanessa Redgrave. More Power Rangers for the kids, but they didn't budge from home. Love and Other Catastrophes was an Australian romantic comedy.
  24. 1996 opened with a primate in a hotel in the kiddie film Dunston Checks In. Yes, Faye Dunaway was one of the supporting players. John Travolta and Christian Slater starred in the bombastic Broken Arrow, not to be confused with the 1950 Western. It was a success in revenue, not with critics. Down Periscope starred Kelsey Grammer in a spoof of sub films. Girl 6 was a provocative effort from Spike Lee involving those notorious 900 numbers. Janeane Garofalo scored a big hit as the lead in the romantic comedy The Truth About Cats and Dogs. Samuel L.
  25. Well, this is where I came in. My birth year. And also a year that had one element that would ensure some interesting things from Fox in the future. Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog was a survival tale involving a boy and his dog lost in the wilderness. Bye Bye Love had Randy Quaid, Paul Reiser, and Matthew Modine as divorcees who had different feelings about the whole experience. Janeane Garofalo got what few good notices the film received for playing a catastrophic blind date. Another year, another remake of a 1947 film. This time it was Kiss of Death with
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