I love going to the movies and I'm not much of a serious critic.  I just like to get away, sit in the dark with my popcorn and disconnect from the real world for a while.

The experts say this has been a bad year for Hollywood and even I will agree that the there just hasn't been as many really great movies as in the past, in fact the numbers say it was the worst summer in more than a decade.  Even Wonder Woman, Spiderman and the Guardians of the Galaxy couldn't save the day!

NBC News thinks they know why.

  • Franchise fatigue -- Big-budget franchises with their sequels, prequels, reboots, spin-offs and crossovers are usually reliable money makes but the poor performance of  TheTransformers: The Last Knight, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and Alien: Covenant -- suggest some franchises may have worn thin and overstayed their welcome
  • Competition -- Potential movie goers have more choices than ever for their entertainment including streaming services like Netflix, high-quality shows like Game of Thrones on cable or streaming platforms that can be watched on big-screen TVs, video games on systems like Xbox and devices like iPads, and more.
  • 'Rotten Tomatoes' Effect -- Although reviews have been around for decades, including online in the internet age, consumers are increasingly looking reviews such as the website Rotten Tomatoes, which has aggregated review scores, to check out a film ahead of time, and are avoiding those that get bad reviews.
  • For the record none of them deter me!  See you at the movies, hopefully with a spy, a sword, or corrupt official!

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