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Author: J. Don Birnam

THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD Leads Another Slow August Weekend at the Box Office

Narrowly avoiding becoming the worst box office weekend of 2017, this past weekend, in which the top ten films grossed barely over $80 million, continued 2017’s downward theater receipts trend. The critically ill-received The Hitman’s Bodyguard triumphed with a decent $21.6 million, followed by Annabelle: Creation in second place with $15.5 million, a 53% drop from last weekend, but good for over $65 million domestic cume and nearly $100 million when international receipts are in. The franchise has now netted over $1 billion globally, and will continue its journey with next year’s release of the origin story The Nun. Meanwhile, Steven...

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FILM REVIEW: WHAT HAPPENED TO MONDAY? Has a Dystopian Future – And Seven Noomi Rapaces

In the futuristic thriller What Happened to Monday?, world overpopulation has led to the enforcement of strict one-child laws that have siblings quaking in their boots lest they be captured for cryogenic sleep by the fearsome Child Allocation Bureau. The movie, released by Netflix this um, Friday, fits comfortably into the pattern of films that the company has been producing and releasing mostly though not always exclusively for its platform (see War Machine, Naked, and Okja). It’s not the old, crappy model of DTV films of the 1990s, but it’s also not a fully compelling movie that needs to...

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First Film Clip From Upcoming Netflix Film DEATH NOTE Released!

Fans of the Japanese magna series Death Note have much to look forward to when Netflix releases the movie adaptation of the film next Friday. The upcoming original film was directed by Adam Wingard (Blair Witch, You’re Next) and stars Nat Wolff (Paper Towns), Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers), Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out), Paul Nakauchi (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End), Shea Whigham (American Hustle) and Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man). To wet our appetites, the film company has released a short clip in which the character L confronts Light with knowledge about the latter sparring his father’s life and how that now...

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FILM REVIEW: Uncomfortable Laughs and Excitement in Soderbergh’s Heist Film LOGAN LUCKY

Steven Soderbergh is one of the most perceptive American directors mostly working today, and his affinity for the trials and tribulations of the working class American are perhaps one of his fortes. He is also a master of tight action films combined with at times subtle, at times over the top parody. His is sort of a unique blend of genres that consistently yield satisfactory products and memorable films. Logan Lucky, his latest, exhibits a lot of the traits of his prior work. It has been described as a “white trash” version of Ocean’s Eleven but really it is...

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SHAZAM! Director Talks Inspiration For Upcoming Film

The release of DC’s Shazam! film may still be a while off, but that has not stopped its director, David F. Sandberg, from taking in as much as he can about the DC Comics Universe in order to prepare himself. In a recent interview with Film Riot, Sandberg explained that he is consuming as much material as he possibly can in preparation. Sandberg note: “I’m just taking it all in. Some of those really old ones are quite fun, when he’s like fighting Hitler and stuff like that. He’s been around since the 40s, for like as long as Superman....

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