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Movie Review: ‘Logan’ is a Bold, Bloody, Badass Finale

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Is Wolverine’s final stand an incredible conclusion to his story? Read our movie review of Logan to find out:

[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ugh Jackman has been playing the iconic role of Logan “Wolverine” Howlett for 17 years. But in Logan he dons the claws one last time in a movie that presents a much different version of the X-Men character, in a movie without the title of X-Men or Wolverine.

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Don’t forget the violence.

Logan is now an aged and bitter man in a future where mutants are practically extinct. His beard is thicker; his claws don’t shoot out of his knuckles so easily and his outlook on the future is grim. This is not the same timeless, ageless and indestructible mutant we’ve seen before. And I’m not just talking about the gallons of blood and body parts he can finally hack off in an R-rated movie, though there’s enough of that to fill an Olympic swimming pool.

The only familiar figure still around from Logan’s past is Charles Xavier, played by a more aged and emotional Patrick Stewart. Xavier was once the most intelligent and powerful of mutants, but now spends his days sputtering, shouting and crying over his fading health and the extinction of mutants. It isn’t until he senses the mysterious new mutant child Laura (newcomer Dafne Keen) that the old man begins to perk up and start talking sense. She comes seeking the aid of Logan, but he’s been down this road enough times to be more than a little reluctant to her pleas. He’s aware of his nature that attracts the wrong kind of people where good people meet bad ends. But the gun-toting bad guys seem to already be on his doorstep, so what’s one more violent bloodbath? And what a bloodbath it is, spawning everything from close-quarters combat to intense car chases, all of them with a distinct air of fresh ideas and savage brutality.

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Protector?

Logan’s premise is thankfully a major break from the PG-13 superhero movie formula which usually ends with something as bland as a doomsday machine or as silly as a giant robot to fight. Without giving too much away, his mission this time is far more simple and personal. There is no massive army of mutant cameos to tackle, no giant blue laser to remove from the sky and no prophecy of the chosen mutant to fulfill. There’s something meaningful to this type of story that bounces between being a western with its references to Shane (even literally having the characters watch Shane), a horror with its relentless body count and a sci-fi picture with its futuristic setting.

This story is extraordinarily subtle in showcasing its world, building out small elements of its future and playing carefully with the dialogue. Logan doesn’t speak unless he has something important to say, foregoing most of his growling quips. Xavier speaks with a weary and emotional edge, a stark contrast from his usually calm and collected self. Laura simply refuses to speak until she has a sufficient handle on the situation and can trust the people around her. Even the villains don’t waste much of our time with vapid monologues about how the world has changed and what their plans are for the future of mutants. The evil scheme is a mostly familiar theme for the X-Men that the movie doesn’t bother to waste our time with the usual explanations. And when the script must become expositional, there are clever means of presenting this material, as when Logan and Xavier discover a tell-all smartphone video with more show than tell.

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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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