Monday, November 12, 2018

The Grinch opens to $66 million


For the weekend of November 9-11, 2018, The Grinch easily won the week. Illumination has had success with taking on Dr. Seuss (like Horton Hears a Who and The Lorax), so can an animated Cat in the Hat movie be on its way?

The other two wide releases - Overlord and The Girl in the Spider's Web - look like they'll be quickly forgotten.

Meanwhile, Bohemian Rhapsody had a mere -39.6% drop-off in its second week, which is good because the big guns of Thanksgiving releases are on their way.

In limited release, The Front Runner did okay. It stars Hugh Jackman as Gary Hart, the Colorado senator once considered the favorite to get the Democratic nomination for president in 1988 until rumors of extramarital affairs brought him down.

Meanwhile add Beautiful Boy and Can You Ever Forgive Me? to the long list of prestige limited release movies to come out this fall that haven't caught on when they open to more screens. (See also Suspiria, Wildlife, A Private War, Colette.)



Opens November 16
FANTASTIC BEASTS 2 with Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston and Johnny Depp.
WIDOWS with Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Robert Duvall and Daniel Kaluuya.
INSTANT FAMILY with Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne and Octavia Spencer.
GREEN BOOK with Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali and Linda Cardellini.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

First Man - Movie Review

Starring Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Patrick Fugit, Ciaran Hinds, Olivia Hamilton, Shea Whigham, Pablo Schreiber, Lukas Haas and Ethan Embry.
Written by Josh Singer.
Directed by Damien Chazelle.

★★½

The good stuff first. Everything in space is great. This movie makes you feel like you are in that shuttle. That creeky "are you sure this thing will hold up?" shuttle. So half of the movie is good stuff.

The other half is a real drag. Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) was a depressed guy, and here he is making history, but there doesn't seem to be much joy or wonder. Buzz Aldrin (Corey Stoll) is portrayed as a jerk, but at least he's stoked about space travel.

A lot of Neil's tightness is around the death of his young daughter. There's also the issues of accidents that kill some of his friends. Outside pressures ask NASA, "Is space travel really worth the cost?"

I saw it in IMAX, and that's the best way to see it. It has a lot of positive qualities, even if it's low on actual joy.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Halloween still #1 at box office


For the weekend of October 26-28, 2018, Halloween held on easily to the #1 spot for the second week. No other studios dared put a competing horror movie on the calendar.

The new releases are did predictably bad. Gerard Butler's long-delayed Hunter Killer finally got dumped in theaters. (How long has it been on the shelf? One of its co-stars, Michael Nyqvist, died in June 2017.) Other films were dumped into a few hundred theaters. Johnny English Strikes Back and Indivisible were ignored, but London Fields was reviled with a per-screen average of $275.


Opens November 2
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY with Rami Malek, Joe Mazzello, Ben Hardy and Mike Myers.
THE NUTCRACKER with Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren.
NOBODY'S FOOL with Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter and Whoopi Goldberg.
(wide) SUSPIRIA with Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton and Chloe Grace Moretz.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Bad Times at the El Royale - Movie Review

Starring Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman and Nick Offerman.
Written & Directed by Drew Goddard.

★★★

This is the second film from Cabin in the Woods' Drew Goddard, and he has as much fund playing with mystery thriller tropes here as he did with horror tropes there.

A few strangers descend on the El Royale hotel (its own character), a once-thriving resort that lies on the California-Nevada border. Now in 1969, it hasn't had guests in days. We meet the nervous bellboy (Lewis Pullman) while he greets a grizzled priest (Jeff Bridges), a chatty salesman (Jon Hamm), a forlorn singer (Cynthia Erivo), a hostile hippie (Dakota Johnson) and so on. The players each get their own room, and one by one we learn more of their stories, and that none of them are as they seem. All the while the hotel's jukebox plays just the right song for every occasion.

The cast is great, and each actor gets their own moment to shine. The way it unravels reminded me of Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, though I would say El Royale is a better movie. It may not have much substance, but it has style up the wazoo.

The Nun - Movie Review

Starring Demian Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet, Ingrid Bisu, Charlotte Hope and Bonnie Aarons.
Written by Gary Dauberman & James Wan.
Directed by Corin Hardy.

★½

The Conjuring-verse is hit or miss. This is a miss.

The "Nun" in The Conjuring 2 was one of its more scary elements. Now she gets her own origin story. Unfortunately this movie doesn't have much imagination beyond keeping everything dark and having stuff jump out and go "ROWR!" every once in a while.

The trailer was very effective. The trailer also featured the best scare in the movie.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Venom still #1, First Man #3 at box office


For the weekend of October 12-14, 2018, Venom held on to the #1 spot, and A Star Is Born had a shallow drop in its second week to help it keep the #2 spot and stave off all newcomers.

First Man had a good resume, and it's getting good reviews, but it got lost opening between the 1-2 punch of Venom and A Star is Born last week, and Halloween next week. Goosebumps 2 did about as well as expected. Meanwhile, Fox could not figure out how to market Bad Times at the El Royale despite having Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm and Dakota Johnson in its cast and good reviews.

Gosnell is the directorial debut of Nick Searcy (Justified) and was aimed at the MAGA crowd.

In limited release, Beautiful Boy was the big winner. It stars Steve Carell as a dad trying to cope with his son's drug addiction. Jane & Emma and The Happy Prince did okay. The Oath, written by, directed by and starring Ike Barinholtz (Blockers) bombed.

It hasn't been a good season for limited release movies. The Sisters Brothers, a Western starring Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal and John C. Reilly, expanded to over 100 screens, but it's only getting $2000 per screen and will therefore not likely expand further. Colette, starring Keira Knightley, expanded to 593 screens, but couldn't even get $2000 per screen.



Opens October 19
HALLOWEEN with Jamie Lee Curtis, Danny McBride and Judy Greer.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

The Predator - Movie Review

Starring Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Sterling K. Brown, Keegan Michael-Key, Olivia Munn, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen, Jake Busey, Yvonne Strahovski and Augusto Aguilera.
Written by Shane Black & Fred Dekker.
Directed by Shane Black.

★★½

None of the Predator movies have been high art, but the original 1987 classic with Arnold has enjoyed good will over the decades. Predator 2 was okay, but people rarely talk about it. The Alien v. Predator movies are wisely ignored by the Alien and Predator franchises, and Predators (starring Adrien Brody) wasn't bad, even though it did feel like the script was the winner of a fan-fic contest.

The Predator is about on par with Predators. I was entertained. It's fine. It has some unique kills; it has some Shane Black dialogue. Some members of the cast are better than others. When you have Jake Busey show up as a scientist, you know how unseriously it's taking itself. The ending is bad, in the way most "keep things open for sequels!" endings are.

But for me, the weak parts were the giant leaps in expositional logic. Humans keep figuring out what the plot is without enough evidence to support their theories. "This must be his motivation!" Wait, based on what exactly?

Boyd Holbrook (Logan, Narcos) is good as the lead. He's a soldier who winds up getting lumped in with some other crazy ex-soldiers called the Loonies. I appreciated how none of them started dying until late in the movie so we could get to know them, and each of them are interesting. (Moonlight's Travente Rhodes shows he was no fluke. Keegan-Michael Key can credibly fire a gun. Augusto Aguilera's going to start getting offered "younger Michael Pena" roles. Etc.)

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Predator #1, Simple Favor #3 at box office


For the weekend of September 14-16, 2018, The Predator was #1, but it came in much lower than it was tracking. It had to have been hurt by bad reviews, plus no real star to hook audiences with.

Of the other new releases, A Simple Favor did well, considering. Marketing had the unenviable task of publicizing a movie that combines comedic elements with a mystery thriller, and it also needs to not give any of the significant twists away. White Boy Rick, meanwhile, continues to show that Matthew McConaughey's star power is pretty diminished.

The Nun had a big drop-off but that was to be expected. It'll easily hit $100 million next week and still has potential to be the highest grosser in the Conjuring universe.



September 21
THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS with Jack Black and Cate Blanchett.
LIFE ITSELF with Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Annette Bening and Antonio Banderas.
FAHRENHEIT 11/9 with Michael Moore.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

The Meg - Movie Review

Starring Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Cliff Curtis, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, Page Kennedy, Jamie McNamee, Robert Taylor, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Sophia Cai and Masi Oka.
Written by Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber.
Directed by Jon Turteltaub.

★★½

This is a movie about a giant prehistoric shark. When the movie focuses on the giant prehistoric shark, the dumb popcorn fun happens. When it tries to focus on "character development," it falls flat. And at a two-hour running time, there's too airtime that does not contain the giant prehistoric shark.

It's based on a series of books, so I would assume that means there's somewhat intelligent source material to draw from. Director Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure) takes a hammy script and makes it worse by dwelling too long on reactions after alleged laugh lines, choppy pacing, and very lopsided acting. Some of the acting is so bad, I was begging for this character or that to get killed off as soon as possible so I wouldn't have to hear their painful line-reads anymore.

But this movie's budget didn't hit $130 million because of some all-star cast. It's about the effects, and the Megalodon is a really cool creation. It's ominous in the dark waters, its giant mouth can bite through a whale, and there's some genuine excitement/suspense when it approaches.

Overall, I don't mind having seen it on $5 Tuesday. I would see a sequel, because I assume they'd try to learn from what doesn't work here. Is it the next Jaws? Nope. Is it the next Jaws 2? Close.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

BlacKkKlansman - Movie Review

Starring John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace, Ryan Eggold, Michael Buscemi, Corey Hawkins, Ken Garito, Jasper Paakkonen, Paul Walter Hauser, Harry Belafonte, Robert John Burke and Alec Baldwin.
Written by Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee.
Directed by Spike Lee.

★★★★

Along comes Spike Lee with his most vibrant film since Inside Man. He's taken a true story, gave it some sizzle, and it results in one of his funniest movies to date, while also still able to deliver a knock-out punch at the end.

Denzel's son John David Washington plays Ron Stallworth, a rookie cop in 1970's Colorado who just wants to make a difference. He gets himself into undercover work, at first to follow the radical Stokely Carmichael (Corey Hawkins), see if he's riling up black folks too much. But if he's going to check on black radicals, why not check on white radicals? He puts in a call to the local KKK chapter, and he's instantly in.

Since Stallworth has to eventually meet them in person, he enlists his partner Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) to play him. On the phone, it's Washington. In person, it's Driver.

Lee isn't subtle about drawing parallels between white supremacists then and now. About every 20 minutes, David Duke (Topher Grace) or one of the other Klansman says a line that could have been lifted from a Donald Trump rally. And yet it's earned by the way the movie ends.

Washington gives a solid performance with his first real leading role. Grace is terrificly slimy as Duke. He can be the nicest guy until race comes up, and he maintains that same pleasant veneer while saying the most vile things. The stand-out for me is Driver. He's so natural in the role, and when I look at his work in Silence, Logan Lucky, and The Last Jedi, I'm convinced he can do whatever's asked of him. He'll eventually win an Oscar.

(P.S. Lee does take some liberties with the true story. That didn't subtract from my enjoyment, but I'm glad I didn't read about them until I'd seen the movie first.)

Monday, August 27, 2018

Crazy Rich Asians #1 for second week


For the weekend of August 24-26, 2018, Crazy Rich Asians was the big winner for a second week in a row. Based on a best-selling book, the movie is the first major US motion picture to feature a predominantly Asian cast, and even if Constance Wu and Michelle Yeoh aren't box-office gold, it demonstrated that it pays off for Hollywood to take more risks on diverse stories.

The Happytown Murders had bad reviews and looked DOA from its first trailer. Maybe it's a testament to Melissa McCarthy it didn't open in single digits.

A.X.L. opened as poorly as predicted. On fewer screens, the Papillon remake starring Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek, failed to get many people in seats. In limited release, Searching, starring Star Trek's John Cho as a dad trying to find his missing daughter, did really well and should make it in the top five when it expands next week.

In its second week, Mile 22, the fourth collaboration of Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg, looks like it will be their least successful yet. It's also their most poorly reviewed. The other second week release, Alpha, had terrible marketing, but excellent reviews. It'll be interesting to see how big or small its third week drop-off is.

Christopher Robin may have opened below Disney's expectations, but it's having long legs. It helps that there aren't any other major family movies opening until The House with a Clock in Its Walls on September 21. BlacKkKlansman is also doing well in keeping audiences coming.

Sometime next week, Incredibles 2 will pass $600 million domestic.

Ant-Man & the Wasp is on pace to out-gross Solo: A Star Wars Story. Solo has yet to hit $400 million worldwide.



Opens August 31
OPERATION FINALE with Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley and Melanie Laurent.
KIN with Myler Truitt, James Franco, Jack Reynor, Dennis Quaid and Zoe Kravitz.
THE LITTLE STRANGER with Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter and Charlotte Rampling.

Monday, July 23, 2018

'Equalizer 2' edges 'Mamma Mia 2' for #1 at box office


For the weekend of July 20-22, 2018, The Equalizer 2 edged Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again, giving Denzel Washington a big summer win. Reviews aren't great, but he hasn't had a summer movie gross more than $75 million domestic since Crimson Tide over a quarter-century ago, and it looks like this movie will pull it off.

MM2 has to be happy with its performance as well. Nowhere near the opening of the original, but when a sequel comes ten years later, it's always a wildcard how accepting audiences will be of it.

Unfriended: Dark Web hardly had any marketing, but with only $1 million budget, it'll still ultimately have been worth it for BH Tilt to make.

Among the holdovers, Hotel Transylvania 3 has well justified the studio making a fourth one. Heck, Incredibles 2 has well justified making a third one; we'll see if they actually do it, but it's now their highest domestic grosser ever, and it should pass Toy Story 3 soon to be its highest worldwide grosser ever as well. Pixar has Toy Story 4 coming next year, and an as-yet-untitled movie for 2020 that takes place in a suburban world populated not by humans, but by elves, trolls and sprites. There's also rumors that we may get a third Monsters Inc movie, or sequels to Ratatouille, Brave or A Bug's Life.


Opens July 27
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE FALLOUT with Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson and Henry Cavill.
TEEN TITANS GO! with the voices of Greg Cipes, Will Arnett and Kristen Bell.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Full List of Emmys Nominations for 2017-2018


Comedy Series

Atlanta
Barry
Black-ish
Curb Your Enthusiasm
GLOW
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt



Drama Series

The Crown
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
The Americans
This Is Us
Westworld


Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Ted Danson, The Good Place
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Bill Hader, Barry
William H. Macy, Shameless


Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Allison Janney, Mom
Issa Rae, Insecure
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie


Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Ed Harris, Westworld
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld


Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Claire Foy, The Crown
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid's Tale
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Keri Russell, The Americans
Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld


Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Television Movie

Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso
Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose
Jeff Daniels, The Looming Tower
John Legend, Jesus Christ Superstar
Jesse Plemons, Black Mirror: USS Callister


Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Television Movie

Jessica Biel, The Sinner
Laura Dern, The Tale
Michelle Dockery, Godless
Edie Falco, Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
Regina King, Seven Seconds
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Cult


Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Joseph Fiennes, The Handmaid's Tale
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Matt Smith, The Crown


Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid's Tale
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid's Tale
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Vanessa Kirby, The Crown
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid's Tale


Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Louie Anderson, Baskets
Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Brian Tyree Henry, Atlanta
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live
Henry Winkler, Barry


Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Zazie Beetz, Atlanta
Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Aidy Bryant, Saturday Night Live
Betty Gilpin, GLOW
Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Laurie Metcalf, Roseanne
Megan Mullally, Will & Grace


Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Television Movie

Jeff Daniels, Godless
Brandon Victor Dixon, Jesus Christ Superstar
John Leguizamo, Waco
Ricky Martin, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Edgar Ramirez, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Michael Stuhlbarg, The Looming Tower
Finn Wittrock, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story


Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Television Movie

Sara Bareilles, Jesus Christ Superstar
Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Judith Light, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Adina Porter, American Horror Story: Cult
Merritt Wever, Godless
Letitia Wright, Black Museum (Black Mirror)


Reality/Competition Series

The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Project Runway
RuPaul's Drag Race
Top Chef
The Voice


Variety Sketch Series

At Home with Amy Sedaris
Drunk History
I Love You, America
Portlandia
Saturday Night Live
Tracey Ullman’s Show


Variety Talk Series

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The Late Late Show with James Corden
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert


Limited Series

The Alienist
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Genius: Picasso
Godless
Patrick Melrose


Television Movie

Fahrenheit 451
Flint
Paterno
The Tale
USS Callister (Black Mirror)


Documentary or Nonfiction Special

Icarus
Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond — Featuring A Very Special, Contractually
Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like
Spielberg
The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling


Documentary or Nonfiction Series

American Masters
Blue Planet II
The Defiant Ones
The Fourth Estate
Wild Wild Country


Variety Special (Live)

The 75th Annual Golden Globes
60th Annual Grammy Awards
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
Night of Too Many Stars
The Oscars


Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)

Carol Burnett Show 50th Anniversary Special
Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2018
Dave Chappelle: Equanimity
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Presents: The Great American Puerto Rico (It’s Complicated)
Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life


Informational Series or Special

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman
StarTalk With Neil deGrasse Tyson
Vice


Guest Actor in a Drama Series

F. Murray Abraham, Homeland
Cameron Britton, Mindhunter
Matthew Goode, The Crown
Ron Cephas-Jones, This Is Us
Gerald McRainey, This Is Us
Jimmi Simpson, Westworld


Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Viola Davis, Scandal
Kelly Jenrette, The Handmaid's Tale
Cherry Jones, The Handmaid's Tale
Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones
Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away With Murder
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid's Tale


Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Sterling K. Brown, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Bryan Cranston, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Will Ferrell, Saturday Night Live
Donald Glover, Saturday Night Live
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Katt Williams, Atlanta


Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live
Tiffany Haddish, Saturday Night Live
Jane Lynch, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Maya Rudolph, The Good Place
Molly Shannon, Will & Grace
Wanda Sykes, Black-ish

Monday, June 11, 2018

RBG - Movie Review

Directed by Julie Cohen & Betsy West.

Documentaries have always been a fascinating art form. They're usually agenda-driven, but it's most important they have an interesting story to tell. RBG is a loving tribute to liberals' favorite Supreme Court Justice. (At one point I thought "We will never get a loving Alito doc.")

What's nice about this, and about the Supreme Court in general, is that they're the only branch of government not prone to toot their own horns. Ruth Bader Ginsberg is by nature a shy introvert. She would never run for public office, but in a way, we'd be better off as a country if more people with her temperment were in public office. She knows the law and can do the work and doesn't need to be on TV.

We get to see how she grew up, and how the cases she would tackle would make history. We understand how she and Antonin Scalia could be genuinely good friends. May everyone live a life so you could have a movie like this made about you.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Solo is #1 for 2nd week


For the weekend of June 1-3, Solo: A Star Wars Story was #1, but it took a steep drop in week 2 without any major competition. It's also been rolling out more slowly to international markets so it might not be that profitable after all.

Of the new releases, none of them made much of a splash. Adrift might break even. Upgrade deserves to find a bigger audience. Action Point fell on its face.

Book Club has had legs since it opened. It will probably finish in the top 20 for summer domestic gross.

Black Panther just needs another $870,000 to cross the $700 million mark domestically, but seeing as how it's aleady out on DVD, I don't think it's going to get there.

Avengers: Infinity War will cross the $2 billion mark for its worldwide gross later this week.

Opens June 8
OCEAN'S 8 with Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Mindy Kaling.
HOTEL ARTEMIS with Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown, Jeff Goldblum and Sofia Boutella.
HEREDITARY with Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne and Ann Dowd.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Deadpool 2 - Movie Review

Starring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, TJ Miller, Lesley Uggams, Karan Soni, Brianna Hildegard, Terry Crews, Bill Skarsgard, Rob Delaney, Eddie Marsan and Stefan Kapicic.
Written by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick & Ryan Reynolds.
Directed by David Leitch.

★★★

Deadpool, the anti-hero that can't die, is back, and he's as zippy and self-referential as ever. This movie recaptures the magic of the first one and moves along nicely to new characters, particularly Cable (Josh Brolin, having the best summer ever), an assassin from the future hear to kill a young mutant that Deadpool was trying to help.

There are fun cameos, funny side-jokes, and really, the plot doesn't matter that much. Even when Wade Wilson is having a tearful moment, he has to mention this is for the Academy voters. This movie feels like everyone had a blast making it, and their enjoyment is infectious.

Bring on X-Force and/or Deadpool 3!

Deadpool 2 is #1


For the weekend of May 18-20, 2018, Deadpool 2 finally ousted Avengers: Infinity War from the #1 spot. The $125 million opening is actually a little lower than what the original opened to; nevertheless it's a big hit and it should cross $300 million domestic once it's all said and done.

Book Club opened to be decent counter-programming.

Show Dogs bombed; it always felt like a straight-to-DVD sequel to something that somehow got a theatrical release.

In limited release, Paul Schrader's First Reformed, starring Ethan Hawke as a conflicted priest, had a $25,068 per-screen average. A re-release of 2001: A Space Odyssey had a $50,000 per-screen average.

Avengers: Infinity War is now at $1.8 billion worldwide.

Rampage is in the black; it's grossed over $400 million worldwide.



Opens May 25
SOLO with Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover and Emilia Clarke.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Avengers #1 for 2nd week


For the weekend of May 4-6, 2018, Avengers: Infinity War snapped its fingers and demolished the competition, as expected. It's already grossed $1.2 billion worldwide.

Overboard did surprisingly well with its per-screen average. The gender-flipped comedy is already more successful than the 1987 Goldie Hawn-Kurt Russell original.

Despite being a reunion of the writer and director of Juno, Tully couldn't find an audience. The marketing was never really clear what it was about, besides that it's hard to be a mom. Bad Samaritan flopped.

In limited release, RBG did well. The documentary about Ruth Bader Ginsberg had a per-screen average of over $17,000.



Opens May 11
LIFE OF THE PARTY with Melissa McCarthy and Gillian Jacobs.
BREAKING IN with Gabrielle Union and Billy Burke.