What 2013 taught us about movies - and what we ignored
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
Epic cinematography detailing the destruction of the world's largest cities, the unabated ascendance of Jennifer Lawrence, a summer season that left a lot of people frowning.
Spielberg said in June that the movie business would soon implode, with a series of $250 million movies failing drastically and altering the course of the industry.
At the core of this were sequels: new "Despicable Me," "Iron Man," "Fast and Furious," "Star Trek," "Monsters, Inc." and Superman movies grossed almost $2 billion.
According to Rotten Tomatoes, 88 of 95 tracked reviewers hated "Grown Ups 2."
Audiences failed to bond with new stars in major studio fare, such as Armie Hammer in "The Lone Ranger," while the 2013 Golden Globe nominations were stacked with nods for the Redfords, Hankses, Blanchetts and Bullocks of the world.
After a muted response to "Cars 2" in 2011 and word of a "Finding Nemo" update set for 2016, the studio promised to lay off the sequels for now before delaying the release of "The
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