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Movie Review: ‘Band Aid’ Is a Warm Melody of Dramedy

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[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he music at play in Band Aid is a coping mechanism for a couple trying to come to terms with their unsure relationship, hovering in that awkward void between divorce and parenthood. They seemed to once be a fun and ambitious duo that had their own brand of humor and high prospects for their futures.

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The fighting begins.

Now at a crossroads of their relationship, Ben (Adam Pally) and Anna (Zoe Lister-Jones) show more passion in their argument about dirty dishes than anything else. Their fight devolves into a shouting match of expletives of who can say the F-word the loudest. As they reach higher volumes, there is something they, or at least the audience, notices about their voices: they have great harmony.

They later realize how good they sound when attending a birthday party for their friend’s kids. After feeling out of place and trying to escape their depressive feelings with a private smoke, they soon take interest in the plastic instruments meant for little children and start to perform a song. Not just any song, but one composed of blunt lyrics for their current mood. It becomes clear from their elevated moods and concentration on the music that their duets do more than their ineffective marriage counselor ever could. At least for a while as they’ll eventually have to just clean that dirty dish already.

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Though Ben and Anna have their issues and seem like an antisocial couple, they’re cute on their own. They smoke weed together, make the same jokes and share a love for pizza and music. There’s something worth salvaging in this relationship, when every song, joke and awkward act of sex carries a genuine smile on both their faces.

Scenes like these feel earned after their rough road of becoming disillusioned with their lives. Anna’s book deal fell through and she’s now an Uber driver. Ben is a remote graphic designer, but finds himself ignoring emails from clients after realizing art doesn’t hold the same thrill. Their recent problems with conceiving a child made them all the more bitter.

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Despite all their fights and frustrations, the couple still seems to hang on to their relationship, trying as best as they can to prevent falling off the cliff of depression. Even if you’ve never been in their situation, you most likely know a couple like this; the trendy couple that believe they’re ready for the next stage of being together, only to shudder worrisomely when they find themselves in over their heads, making all the mistakes they never thought they’d make. Arguing about dirty dishes and bickering over dinner seem like such sitcom situations that we’d like to think we’ll never fall into. But there’s something eerily true about these scenes that are enough to make any 30-something quiver about turning into their parents.

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Movie Magic: The De-Aging Technique of The Irishman

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Robert DeNiro de-agedHave you read Izzy yet? If so, you know that Izzy makes the apples that give the Gods their youth and immortality. It also seems Robert De Niro discovered one of Izzy’s apples too… In Martin Scorsese’s upcoming biographical film, he stars as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a labor union leader and alleged hitman for the Bufalino crime family. The trailer for the movie, which will premieres NEXT WEEK (!), also features a “de-aged” De Niro. “We’re so used to watching them as the older faces,” Scorsese said in an interview on the A24 podcast. “Does it change the eyes at all? …If that’s the case, what was in the eyes that I liked? Was it intensity? Was it gravitas? Was it threat?…How do we get that? I don’t know.” Some might consider this magic and I for one can’t wait to see the impact of Izzy’s apples on screen for myself. ????

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“Captain Marvel” Retains Top Slot at the Box Office

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It’s no surprise that in its second weekend, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe of 2019 is still riding high. Captain Marvel, the latest in the MCU with Brie Larson starring as the lead, generated another $69 million over the weekend, placing its domestic total at $266 million. Tallying up the international box office, the film’s global total to date is $760 million. Despite the online controversy, the film is looking to be another strong box office smash for Disney and Marvel.

As for the premieres for the weekend, and there were plenty, they were all over the map. Just below Captain Marvel was the animated adventure Wonder Park, bringing in $16 million, another film with controversy when the director’s name was removed from the picture after sexual harassment charges. Five Feet Apart, the dying teen drama about a romance amid cystic fibrosis, only came in at #3 with a weekend gross of $13 million. And debuting the lowest in the top 10 for debuts was Captive State, a sci-fi dystopian tale, only making $3 million. The film debuted so low the little film No Manches Frida 2 was able to sneak about it at #6 with a gross of $3.8 million.

Drops were fairly low all around for the returning films, mostly because Captain Marvel was dominating the previous weekend. The only milestone worth noting is that The LEGO Movie 2, after six weeks at the box office, finally cracked $100 million. And the sun is now setting on Green Book’s post-Oscar run by coming in at #10 for the final weekend of its top 10 run over the past few weeks.

View the full top ten weekend box office results below:

Captain Marvel ($69,318,000)

Wonder Park ($16,000,000)

Five Feet Apart ($13,150,000)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($9,345,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($8,085,000)

No Manches Frida 2 ($3,894,000)

Captive State ($3,163,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($2,135,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($1,900,000)

Green Book ($1,277,000)

Next weekend, Captain Marvel may very well have some competition when Jordan Peele’s new horror film Us hits over 3,600 theaters.

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“Dragon” Continues To Soar, “Funeral” Close Behind, “Green Book” Back

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With little competition for the weekend, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third in the animated fantasy saga, was able to secure the box office once more. In its second weekend, the animated epic made $30 million to push its domestic total to $97 million. So far the film has done about the same as the previous film and is on track to stay in the top 10 for a few more weeks in March.

Debuts this weekend were small with one big exception. Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film, A Madea Family Funeral, naturally made a relatively big splash with its dedicated audience. Starting at #2, the film made $27 million for its first weekend. No word on the budget yet but it’s most likely on a budget as most Tyler Perry productions are, so it’s safe to call this a success, especially for debuting with a box office so close to Dragon.

The rest of the premieres were not as strong at all. Greta, the new thriller starring Chloe Moretz, debuted all the way down at #8 with $4.5 million box office. To be fair, however, the film was in a constant battle for its spot as three other films also reported earnings around $4 million for the weekend. Of note, Green Book, fresh off winning the Academy Award for Best Picture one weekend ago, splashed back into more theaters to arise even higher in the top 10 with its domestic total now sitting at $73 million. Don’t count on it remaining there long as bigger blockbusters will be swooping as we plow through the last remnants of winter movies.

Check out the full listing of the top 10 box office weekend results below:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($30,046,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($27,050,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($7,000,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($6,615,000)

Green Book ($4,711,000)

Fighting With My Family ($4,691,284)

Isn’t it Romantic ($4,645,000)

Greta ($4,585,000)

What Men Want ($2,700,000)

Happy Death Day 2U ($2,516,000)

Next weekend is once again all about Marvel as their latest superhero solo film, Captain Marvel, will be appearing in 4,100 theaters.

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