Saturday, July 20, 2024

Tom Hanks Looking At Another Box Office Flop in “The Circle,” But it’s Emma Watson’s First


Emma Watson is about to learn about failure. She probably thinks all movies make gazillions after 8 Harry Potter films and this season’s “Beauty and the Beast.”

But with “The Circle,” things are about to come full circle, indeed. Rated 24 on Rotten Tomatoes, even insiders told me not to bother with it.

Tom Hanks stars, and Tom knows from failure. Despite two Oscars and many huge box office hits like “Forrest Gump,” “Cast Away,” and “Saving Private Ryan,” Tom’s seen the other side of Hollywood. Recently he’s struggled. “Captain Phillips” and “Bridge of Spies” were hits. But “A Hologram for the King,” “Larry Crowne,” “Inferno,” “Extremely Loud and Close Up” will not be included in clip packages for the ages.

“The Circle” is Tom’s second movie flop based on a book by Dave Eggers. You’d think he’d learned the first time. But at least “Hologram” was more warmly greeted by critics before it was ignored by audiences. “The Circle” sounds like a circle of hell.

Hanks will be back this winter for Oscars with Steven Spielberg’s “The Post.” So we’re not giving up on him. But the game gets harder as we get older. And Spielberg can’t make a movie every year.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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