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Movie Review: ‘Everything, Everything’ is Forgettable Forgettable

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[dropcap]“I[/dropcap] love you.”
“I loved you before I met you.”
-Actual dialogue from Everything, Everything

The two teenage leads of this typical Bubble Boy drama could make a great couple if only they had a script. J. Mills Goodloe’s screenplay, based on the best-selling novel by Nicola Yoon, gives them plenty to do, but nothing to say. Here are two kids who have spent most of their lives as outsiders and find themselves at a loss for words when they run off to the beach. The longer they spend loving each other, the less they have to say. They have to say they love each other out loud so many times that if the movie went on any longer they’d be making unintelligible baby noises in between their kissing.

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Couple of love birds.

Before Everything, Everything careens into a corner of uninspired writing, it begins with likable enough characters. I liked Amandla Stenberg in the role of the quietly passionate Maddy, a teenager with a blood disorder that prevents her from leaving her sterile house. It sucks being perpetually grounded by your disorder, but there’s plenty for this trapped girl to do in her surprisingly nice-looking home. Her mother, played by a quietly shrewd and emotional Anika Noni Rose, has done her best to design the interior to reflect the outside world with plenty of glass windows, nature-looking wallpaper and a wall of rocks that water can stream down.

Maddy spends her days reading books and designing architecture models. Online, she posts reviews of the books she read, but the most we see or hear of her writings are that of punchlines and spoiler warnings. For all we know, that could be the full extent of her reviews, considering not much of her book smarts will come into play for this script.

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Home? Outside?

Her desire to leave increases when the cute looking boy Olly (Nick Robinson) moves in next door. They form a classic relationship from their bedroom windows, complete with tossing small rocks at the window for attention. It’s easy to fall for a boy who can find so many ways to make a girl laugh with a bunt cake as a prop. Maddy’s mom won’t let such a boy in the house, but mom can’t stay home all day. The friendlier nurse Carla (Ana de la Reguera) is much easier to convince to allow Olly in for a visit, agreeing only to such a meeting if there is no touching. Of course, this rule was made to be broken. As will the rules of not exiting the house and running away with a troublesome boy. The laws of this teen drama subgenre have preordained it.

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But I didn’t mind the movie treading down the familiar road once more as long as it didn’t annoy or present contriving plot twists. This typical formula went down a little smoother with a more easygoing pace and tone to Maddy and Olly becoming a couple. There are no overly absurd moments of forced drama or terrible jokes. For the first act, the movie is mostly soft and gentle, passively letting the viewer in on Maddy’s comfy inner world. There are even some nice set pieces where the typically boring scenes of reading text messages is replaced with a virtual environment of Maddy’s imagination inside her architecture models. I didn’t even mind that Maddy had to hold the audience’s hand for explaining why there’s an astronaut in all of her models and visions.

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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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