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Movie Review: ‘Going in Style’ Steals More Laughs than Substance

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Read our movie review of Going in Style to hear about all the goofiness and grumpiness:

[dropcap]Z[/dropcap]ach Braff’s 21st century remake of Going in Style is a relatively light comedy. It touches on issues of tampered pensions and economic hardship, but no more than required for staging a heist. It tries to extract tears from the plight of its protagonist, but only enough so that it doesn’t clash with the more bouncy humor. It has all the makings of a forgettable comedy, but thankfully has three elements to save this film from being a complete bore: Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin.

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Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin are off to the races in ‘Going in Style.’

These three veteran actors are given material that is fairly basic and even a little contrived, but play through the lacking script as best as they can. Caine always puts 100% into his roles and this one is no exception as grandfather Joe, struggling to house his daughter and granddaughter in his foreclosed home. Morgan Freeman never falters in his comedic timing and playful nature as Willie, a man who wants to both see his long-distant family and afford a new kidney. Alan Arkin is in his iconically grumpy mode as the most reluctant of the trio Albert, refusing everything from compliments to sexual the advances of Annie (Ann-Margret).

Their arc of trying to rob a bank after having their factory jobs and their pensions stolen from them is nothing special. Everything around this plot, however, is very funny, and the movie thankfully spends more time on these aspects. Their banter is simply hilarious as they bicker while watching The Bachelorette. Their physical comedy is in top form when they try to steal from a grocery store. Sure, it’s not exactly the height of Caine’s career to be making a getaway in an electric shopping cart, nor Freeman’s best for sticking an entire roast down his pants, but damned if they’re not committed to these scenes and try to make them naturally funny. Lesser actors would have sighed as they stuffed food into their pants.

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The three amigos.

It’s only when the movie starts to focus more on the heist and sentimentality of the situation that Going in Style loses its edge. The bank robbery is staged with the usual slick editing, swanky music and training montage of any heist movie. The robbery expert they team up with, a Mexican pet storeowner, doesn’t add much to the operation, besides festooning the planning room with puppies and kitties.

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The sweetness of these old guys trying to connect doesn’t quite earn the tears it aims to reap, mostly from faulty and cliché writing. Freeman intentionally avoids asking his friends to donate a kidney only so we can save that moment for the climax. Even the central utilitarian theme of the trio trying to perform a Robin Hood style deed by making sure good people get a piece of the pie comes off rather dim and exploitative for such an issue.

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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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