King's Ransom movie review, Jeff Byrd, Anthony Anderson, Leila Arcieri, Jay Mohr, Donald Faison, Regina Hall, Nicole Ari Parker, Kellita Smith, Loretta Devine, Brooke D'Orsay, Larry Day, Dean Patrick Fleming, Randy Thomas. Review by Rob Blackwelder ©SPLICEDwire
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"King's Ransom"
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95 minutes | Rated: PG-13
WIDE: Friday, February 25, 2005
Directed by Jeff Byrd

Starring Anthony Anderson, Leila Arcieri, Jay Mohr, Donald Faison, Regina Hall, Nicole Ari Parker, Kellita Smith, Loretta Devine, Brooke D'Orsay, Larry Day, Dean Patrick Fleming, Randy Thomas



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  • Anthony Anderson
  • Jay Mohr
  • Donald Faison
  • Regina Hall


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    Hollywood hides movies from critics hoping to make a few million before the masses find out bad movies are bunk

    By Rob Blackwelder
    Friday, April 23, 2005

    If you're looking for a review of "King's Ransom" in your newspaper this morning, you're not going to find one -- in any newspaper anywhere. Opening in theaters nationwide today, the movie has been kept hidden from critics because, to be blunt, the studio thinks it's garbage and wants to rake in as much money as it can before word gets out.

    Of course, nobody will admit to this at New Line Cinema, which is releasing "King's Ransom." But it's no coincidence that every movie Hollywood doesn't screen in advance -- either by not holding previews until the night before opening or not holding them at all -- is largely lambasted once critics and audiences have caught up with it.

    Every year an increasing number of studio offerings are dumped onto into multiplexes, hoping heavy TV advertising alone will translate into profits -- which is why you probably haven't been able to escape "King's Ransom" ads on target-audience networks in the last two weeks.

    Already in 2005, four movies have been released without screenings, including "Boogeyman," "Cursed" and "Man of the House" in February alone. And with the strategy working better than ever -- unscreened 2004 releases took in more than $250 million collectively despite huge drop-offs in ticket sales after bad word of mouth -- Hollywood hucksters will likely be encouraged to continue cranking out crappy movies and hiding them from critics, counting on suckers to make them rich.

    Whether you give a hoot what critics have to say or not, you should regard the lack of Friday morning reviews to be a huge red flag when considering shelling out $8 to $10 for the latest heavily-hyped wannabe blockbuster. Because when that happens, it's not some cinema snob with a newspaper byline telling you the movie is rubbish -- it's the people who made the movie admitting to it themselves and just hoping you're not smart enough to listen.







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