“This Christmas” was in only 1,856 theaters it’s first weekend but it still made $27.1 million in 5 days and finished in 2nd place! That’s a great opening. I guess a lot of movie goers are in the holiday spirit early this year.
My favorite Christmas viewing of the season, so far, was “Shrek The Halls” Wednesday night. All of the great “Shrek” characters are in it with all the regular stars doing the voices. Here’s the first TV review for this movie website: “Shrek The Halls” is hilarious. There’s a great story, plenty of laughs and like all classic holiday stories (The Grinch, Charlie Brown,…) there’s a nice message at the end.
On the Official Kid Critic Report Card, “Shrek The Halls” gets a B+. That’s a better grade than “Shrek The Third.” In fact, the only thing wrong with “Shrek The Halls” is that it’s only a half-hour. Hopefully, if you missed it, ABC will repeat it later in December.
Lights Camera Jackson (a.k.a. Jackson Murphy) began his career as a film critic in 2006 at the age of 7. To date, Jackson has written nearly 1,000 reviews of new releases and, in total, has seen more than 1,500 films. In 2010, Jackson became the youngest person to win a NY Emmy Award, for his on-air movie reviews on Time Warner TV station, Capital News 9. And in 2011, Jackson was inducted into the Broadcast Film Critics Association as their youngest member. The BFCA’s annual Critics Choice Awards is one of the industry’s most recognized and prestigious awards shows. Jackson is also a member of SAG-AFTRA and votes annually for the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Currently, Jackson can be heard every Friday morning on WGNA-FM and his reviews are also posted on his website, YouTube channel and Cultjer.com. He is also a contributor to AnimationScoop.com, run by animation historian Jerry Beck. And Jackson hosts the weekly internet pop culture news show “LCJ LIVE”, along with “The LCJ Q&A Podcast”, on which he interviews celebrities and filmmakers.