John Cairns is a reporter for the Battlefords News-Optimist/Regional Optimist and writes two columns in addition to other reporting.
News Watch reflects his view of the local scene and its relationship to the larger news picture.
Cairns on Cinema focuses on whatever catches his interest at the movie theatres with news, occasional reviews and of course, box office results. He has written regularly about the movies since 2007 when he covered the North American cinema box office as a columnist for the US-based movie website FilmSchoolRejects.com.
Labour Day is over, which means summer movie season is over. People are either headed back to work (aargh!), or back to school (double arrgh!). As a result, September and October promise to be much. . .
Last time, I was doing my annual rundown of movies that were the big hits of summer, the top 10 of the domestic box office. Today, I am going to highlight the movies that were the disappointments . . .
We are now deep into November, traditionally a big month at the movie box office. So this is a good time for an update as to where things are at the box office both here in North America and around. . .
Welcome to my annual look back at the winners and losers at the movies over the past year. Yes indeed, it is the Box Office Year in Review for 2014, a look back at the motion pictures that you, the. . .
Now that we are into the month of August, it's a good time to look at the state of the summer box office race. The first conclusion we can come to is that I am no good as a prognosticator. I had predicted How to Train Your Dragon 2 to win the summer box
Summer at the movie theatres is not the same as it used to be. These days, you search out the biggest, most air-conditioned multiplex you can find for the experience of watching a summer blockbuster on the big screens inside. Lately, though, I have
Welcome to my umpteenth annual Summer Blockbuster Season preview for 2014! It promises to be yet another superhero and monster-filled spring and summer at the movie theatres across North America and the rest of the world. The season kicks off this
We have not had a new movie column here for some time so now seems the perfect time to write about the state of things for the first four months of 2014. In fact, we had better get around to doing something now, because next week marks the beginning of
It might be too soon to refer to North Battleford as "Hollywood North," but the city and region could see some movie activity in the near future. That was the message Floyd Favel had for directors at the Battlefords Chamber of Commerce meeting Tuesday.
Welcome back to our annual review of the box office highlights of 2013. Many will look back at 2013 as the "Year of the Flop" because of the large number of movies that just tanked at the box office last year -- After Earth, The Lone Ranger, R.I.P.D.,
It hasn't been easy for me to get away to the movies on Tuesdays recently. Tuesdays are famous for being the "cheap" movie nights, and therefore popular with moviegoers for that reason alone. But in my case, work-related assignments have usually
Welcome to my 2013 Summer Box Office Preview - albeit a little late. If I had been really on the ball, I would have posted this right at the beginning of May when the "Summer Movie Season" began. But spring came late here anyway, so we might as well be
Welcome to my annual Box Office Year in Review, where I review the domestic grosses of the movies that made it into theatres across North America. It was a year in which tragic events in the United States overshadowed the box office. Impacting most
Usually this would be the time of year when I would begin to write my annual column summing up box office results for the summer months. But the results this summer have been shrouded in tragedy after the horrific shootings at the Century 16 movie
Here I am with another box office update in the wake of the release of the latest blockbuster of the summer, The Amazing Spider-Man. The movie opened July 3 in theatres across North America, following an impressive weekend debut in overseas markets. It
This week my Cairns on Cinema column is devoted to awards season and the Oscar race. Trying to figure out who is actually winning the Oscar race, though, is a mug's game. One moment, one movie is ahead; the next moment it's something else. We saw
Since I had nothing better to do in the office today, I thought I would do a follow-up on my previous column the great box office slump. Like any movie, my column deserves a sequel, too. The Christmas four-day box office numbers are now in and the
This week is a big one for movie fans in this country as the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival is under way in Canada's biggest city. It is not only the most important film festival in Canada but also one of the more important ones in the world,
Let me tell you this: having an arm in a cast is no fun. Having said that, it wasn't all bad. Among other things, I was able to watch a lot of movies on TV to get my mind off the fact that my arm was in a cast. One particular Sunday afternoon, in the
Excuse me for being absent from the Cairns on Cinema column for the past little while. I've been busy, and quite frankly, the movie box office has not been all that interesting. True there have been hits at the theaters, such as Wall Street: Money Never
Last week I had the opportunity to watch Piranha 3D at the Galaxy in Saskatoon on the big screen. One thing I noted was the experience of watching Piranha 3D was similar to that of another movie from four years ago - namely Snakes on a Plane. Snakes on
Last week, we were rummaging through some back issues from our newspaper archives. We were going through the yellowed pages of the North Battleford News, one of the predecessor papers of the News-Optimist, looking at all the stories of the day from way