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Review: ‘The Shallows’ Treads Sensibly Through Bloody Waters

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[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s hard to watch The Shallows and not draw comparisons to Steven Spielberg’s Jaws. All the elements are there: a murderous shark lurking in the depths, a cello theme to back him up and a scrappy survivor who gets in a good shot with a well-timed expletive. It sure does borrow a lot, but, if you’re going to make a survival horror picture with a shark, you may as well steal from the greats. It sure beats the more goofy premises of sharks hunting in the water or swirling in tornadoes. Whatever happened to just being afraid of getting eaten by a shark?

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Blake Lively is stranded with nothing but a bikini and a flare gun in ‘The Shallows.’

Director Jaume Collet-Serra, best known for his Liam Neeson action pictures Non-Stop and Run All Night, clearly knew where his talents lie. It’s certainly not in creating characters all that unique. The character of Nancy (Blake Lively) is established as a plucky med student who lost her mother to a disease and decides to surf alone at the Mexican beach where her mother frequented. She’s chipper and capable enough to ride the waves, but not smart enough to comprehend her own location.

She asks her driver what is the name of the beach and doesn’t receive an answer. She asks some nearby surfers and they refuse to tell her as well. Why won’t anyone tell her? Well, if they did, she wouldn’t be able to get lost. My guess on the name? Blood Beach, best known for huge whales being torn to shreds by a singular shark.

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Lively’s terror is palpable as she faces off against the shark.

Thankfully, Collet-Serra gets the entire character establishment out of the way so we can get to the real meat of this primal picture. After some decently shot, yet poorly edited, footage of surfing, Nancy soon finds herself far from shore with a shark that’s already taken a bite out of her leg. From that point on, the movie becomes a fight for survival with little room for fluff.

Nancy swims to rocks for cover. Nancy signals for help, but her surfing rescuers are gobbled up quick. Nancy struggles to get past the obstacles of dangerous fire coral and swarms of jellyfish. It’s just not a good day at the beach for Nancy and Blake Lively does a superb job of selling the pain and panic of the situation.

Despite all these problems, Nancy does show some smarts in escaping the shark. She uses her medical student background to stitch up her deep wound. She uses her stopwatch to time how long it takes the shark to swim from one spot to another to make a break for it.

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If you look closely you can spot Blake Lively’s seagull sidekick.

Aside from her initial mistake of shoving everyone aside to surf alone, I was impressed in how nearly everything that goes wrong for Nancy is out of bad luck and not dumb mistakes. It makes her revenge on the shark, ludicrous and grand as it may be, a little more worth cheering for.

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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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