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Movie Review: ‘Fist Fight’ Throws More Punches than Laughs

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Does Fist Fight land many punches in the humor department? Read our movie review to find out:

Charlie Day’s character begins his class by stating that words are important, but Fist Fight will aim to prove him wrong. Every character stammers in typical comedic fashion where the loudest, grossest, rudest and most offensive language wins. By the end of the movie, he’ll be cussing up a storm and picking fights with everyone. And, yes, he will break down and admit words are not important, but that sad part is he won’t be wrong. How important can the S-word be as an expletive if he has to say it ten times in one sentence for a laugh?

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Charlie Day faces Ice Cube in ‘Fist Fight.’

Nearly the entire comedy derives from watching Charlie Day screech into a nervous breakdown as every student and teacher kicks him to the curb. No, not just kicking him to the curb, but down a dark well, smashing into each jagged stone on his way down. Then lighting the well on fire. Then either urinate or defecate on the fire, depending on whichever action is funnier. Remember, all of this is in service of comedy. I had to remind myself of this as the movie became increasingly hateful, vile and violent in its search for humor and, even worse, a moral center to rationalize all its chaos.

Day plays Andy, a teacher struggling not to be as big of a jerk as the teachers and students that would love to watch him be tortured for their own amusement. With a pregnant wife, a child that wants him to sing with her in the talent show and budget cuts threatening to slash his department, Andy tries to keep his head low and not be as much of a hothead as teacher Ron (Ice Cube).

After growing increasingly frustrated with the cheap school equipment and students that have no respect for the classroom, Ron comes to the quick conclusion of threatening a student with an ax. When Andy and Ron are called upon by the principal (Dean Norris) to explain a chopped up desk and a traumatized student, Andy rats out Ron for fear of losing his job. Further pushing the juvenile nature, Ron decides to exact his revenge by fighting Andy after school. Thus begins the vile search for comedy before Charlie Day and Ice Cube violently beat each other up in a parking lot.

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Pointing fingers gets Day in trouble.

The entire fight seems to have been instigated by Cube’s character as making some statement about the decay of the school system that must be rectified. Forget the school; there’s a deeper problem with this society at large. Churches know about the fight, stores know about the fight and even the TV news films the fight from a helicopter, all of which are looking forward to the match. What point can be made from such a fight to acquire more funding for the school? Will more money cure the student body of their bloodlust for watching two teachers beating each other to a bloody pulp? Will more money prevent the apathetic tone of the teachers who encourage violence, take drugs and sleep with students? The answer the movie provides is a big yes, that all of life’s problems can be solved by convincing people you need money and punching them in the face until you get it.

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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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