Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Monday, May 28, 2018
High School Musical 3 See's This Musical Franchise Jogging In Place, But At Least The Music's Still Aces
Sunday, May 27, 2018
With A Disappointing Memorial Day Box Office Debut, Solo: A Star Wars Story Isn't Feeling Like A Star Whose Shine Can't Be Stopped
Well, pull up a chair folks, because we've got a box office debacle to dissect. And not just any box office debacle, no, this is the kind of surprise box office misfire that us box office geeks will be talking about for eons to come. Such a box office performance came in the form of Solo: A Star Wars Story, a feature everyone knew would be the lowest-grossing of the new Star Wars films, but did anyone even imagine it would go this low at the domestic box office? Solo grossed only $83.3 million this past three-day weekend, 46% below the opening weekend of Rogue One and about 62% below the opening weekend of The Last Jedi from just five months ago. It's also only 4% ahead of the opening weekend of Attack of The Clones from 2002 and that's without taking inflation into account. Taking inflation into account, however, Solo is revealed to be the first Star Wars movie since Return of The Jedi in 1983 to sell less than $100 million worth of tickets over its opening weekend. While I'll be refraining from talking about four-day holiday weekend projections in this article, Disney is also saying Solo will barely get over the $100 million mark by Monday with a $101 million four-day haul. And just a few days ago it was thought of as a certainty that this would dethrone Pirates of The Caribbean: At World's End's $139.8 million four-day gross for the biggest Memorial Day weekend haul in history.
Friday, May 25, 2018
Kill Bill Slays Thanks To Thoughtfully Realized Characters And Uma Thurman's Formidable Lead Performance
Solo: A Star Wars Story Is Better Than You'd Expect A Han Solo Origin Movie To Be But Still Suffers From A Derivative Nature
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Robert Redford And Dustin Hoffman Take On A Subdued And Compelling Crusade For The Truth In All The President's Men
Monday, May 21, 2018
Nicolas Cage, John Travolta And John Woo Come Together To Create Unhinged Action Movie Fun In Face/Off
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Deadpool Has Big Number Two At The Domestic Box Office While A New Book Club Is Solidly Attended And Show Dogs Is Put To Sleep
Friday, May 18, 2018
We've been having a pretty good run of comedies in 2018 so far. Not everything has been golden of course (remember Game Over, Man! or Super Troopers 2?) but in just the span of nearly five months, there has been a solid list of well-made comedic films emerging that remind us all of the age-old versatility that this genre has. Comedies can be mystery thrillers (Game Night), heartfelt coming-of-age tales (Blockers), thoughtful family movies (Paddington 2) and thought-provoking political satire (The Death of Stalin), they don't just have to be run-of-the-mill vehicles churned out on the cheap and quick so that David Spade can buy a new condo this coming summer. Surprisingly, Deadpool 2 comes up as the newest 2018 comedy to deliver both further evidence of how expansive the genre of comedies can be and a large supply of laughs.
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Back in 2014, Bill Hader got to prove his dramatic acting chops in the high-quality film The Skeleton Twins. An excellent dramedy also starring Kristen Wiig, Hader delivered a terrific performance that redefined what I thought he was capable of as an actor. Nearly four years later, Hader's got another sublime dramatic performance to reinforce his versatility as a performer, and even better, it's a completely different character than the one he portrayed in The Skeleton Twins. The character is Barry, the star of the HBO comedy Barry. Who is Barry? Well, he's a hitman, a former Marine and...that's about it. Barry doesn't have anything to his life beyond just being a guy who kills people, his Uncle Fuches (Stephen Root) makes sure of that.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Monday, May 14, 2018
John Mulaney Is In Rare Inventive Form In His Hilarious New Comedy Special John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous At Radio Hall
By the time Akira Kurosawa's 1948 film Drunken Angel begins, World War II has concluded, but the actions of said war are constantly being felt by so much of the population of Japan, who are just trying to adjust to some form of conventional reality. One person looking to just get by is Sanada (Takashi Shimura), a doctor who finds solace in helping patients and even more solace in consuming copious amounts of alcohol. Typically against his own better judgment, Sanada can't give up on any patient in need and that includes local ruffian Matsunaga (Toshiro Mifune), a young man who Sanada discovers has tuberculous, a condition that can only be cured if Matsunaga slows down his life.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Mother's Day Weekend See's Avengers: Infinity War Gobbling Up More Cash While Life Of The Party Has Underwhelming Box Office And Breaking In Has Decent Start
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Despite being a dopey B-movie thriller from the director of Geostorm, there's actually an interesting sociopolitical idea at the center of Bad Samaritan that deserves a more thoughtful movie to inhabit. When one boils down Bad Samaritan to its most basic elements, what we have here is a cat and mouse game whose protagonist is an Irish immigrant while our villain is a white male American who acts arrogantly to everyone who comes near to me and who has his status as a foe reinforced by how he threatens to report immigrant workers to immigration services. This is an intriguing hero/villain dynamic built on real-world elements that, unfortunately, becomes a background detail (and one undercut in effectiveness by certain elements in the film we'll talk about later) for a far more generic thriller.
Friday, May 11, 2018
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Last month, actor Molly Ringwald penned an essay for The New Yorker detailing her experiences with revisiting the assorted 1980's teen comedies she starred in over thirty years ago. Looking back on the works of that era like The Breakfast Club or Sixteen Candles, she pinpoints numerous instances of troubling or outright sexist behavior on the part of male characters towards female characters which are most notably demonstrated by Bender in The Breakfast Club who treats Ringwald's character, Claire, "...with vicious contempt..." throughout the motion picture. Despite Claire being sexually harassed by Bender throughout the movie, Bender and Claire end up together at the end of the movie in a moment that audience is supposed to cheer for.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Monday, May 7, 2018
Before They Directed Avengers: Infinity War, The Russo Brothers Directed A Subversion of Heist Movies Titled Welcome To Collinwood
Sunday, May 6, 2018
A Night At The Opera Has The Marx Brothers Changing The Studios They Work For But Not Changing The Quality of Their Comedy
Avengers: Infinity War Continues to Rule The Box Office As Overboard Sets Sail On Smooth Waters And Tully Struggles
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
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