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February, 2018

  • 13 February

    Box Office: ‘Fifty Shades’ Knocks ‘Jumanji’ From Top Spot

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    As the runaway success of Jumanji begins to die down, three new movies took the three top spots this weekend. The top spot, no surprise for being so close to Valentine’s Day, was Fifty Shades Freed, the third film in the Fifty Shades erotic trilogy. It wasn’t as large of a debut as the previous films, only bringing in $38.8 …

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  • 7 February

    Box Office: Super Bowl Draws Viewers Away From Big Screen

    Super Bowl weekend left the box office pretty dry with box grosses and new releases. So it should be no surprise that Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is once again back in the #1 slot, but not by much. In its seventh weekend, Jumanji brought in $11 million, bringing its domestic gross now crossing $350 million. Not too far behind …

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  • 3 February

    Review: ‘The Insult’ Brings National Tension to a Contemplative Court

    The conflict of The Insult begins over a drainpipe. The Lebanese Christian Tony (Adel Karam) has a faulty drain on his deck that is spilling water onto construction workers. The foreman, Palestinian refugee Yasser (Kamel El Basha), offers to repair it so his crew won’t be splashed. Tony refuses. Yasser fixes it anyway, only for Tony to smash the pipe. …

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  • 3 February

    Review: 12 Strong Tells Compelling Story With Formulaic Delivery

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    A story so remarkable as that of twelve American soldiers beating tanks and missiles with little more than horses and guns deserves a spotlight. It certainly deserves a better film than what Nicolai Fuglsig could provide. He plays it way too safe with staging a based-on-a-true-story military action film, throwing in all the tropes of a typical action blockbuster. But …

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January, 2018

  • 29 January

    Box Office: ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ Knocks Jumanji From Top Spot

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    For the first time in weeks, the Jumanji has been knocked down from the top spot of the January box office. It was the debut of Maze Runner: The Death Cure, the third film in the young adult trilogy, was the lead film for the weekend with a gross of $23.5 million. Not exactly a strong opening, but strong enough …

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  • 21 January

    Jumanji Stands Alone Atop January Box Office

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    Another weekend in January, another hefty sum for Jumanji. Still dominating the top slot, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle brought in another $20 million this weekend, remaining at #1 and now crossing over past $300 million domestic. Those are some remarkable legs for a remake by Sony, but you can’t be too surprised with the charismatic Dwayne Johnson leading the …

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  • 17 January

    Review: “The Commuter” Doesn’t Steer Too Far Off The Rails

    I’ve often cited director Jaume Collet-Serra as the director of the “better” Liam Neeson action films. He places Neeson in thrilling scenarios that are not exactly original, but still simmering with excitement. The Commuter is no different, maintaining Jaume’s ability never to surprise, but never bore. You’re not wrong if you thought this movie was just Jaume and Neeson’s previous …

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  • 14 January

    Box Office: ‘Star Wars’ Tops Box Office For Third Season In A Row

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    It’s the holiday season which can only mean it’s a golden time for genre pictures to become end-of-the-year blockbusters. It used to be a host of different genre picture, but it’s pretty much Star Wars’ month now with the franchise now in a runaway mode of yearly hits. For the third year in a row, Star Wars continues to be …

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  • 14 January

    Box Office: The Holidays are ‘Just Getting Started’

    For the second weekend of December, the new blockbusters have backed off for that awkward dead zone between Thanksgiving and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. With two major comic book movies, two word-of-mouth indie comedies and a stellar Disney animated film on the menu, it’s not surprising that few studios would want to bring something new to this weekend. The …

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  • 14 January

    Review: “The Greatest Showman” is a Musical Most Mild

    A big mistake was made with The Greatest Showman in how the posters came billed with music by the lyricists of La La Land, last year’s musical Oscar-contender. The excellent use of jazz and classic Hollywood dance numbers gave La La Land a splash of original energy and wonder. By comparison, The Greatest Showman is a mere fizzle of that …

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