“Wild Rose,” the top narrative release of the week from Neon, had a middling start despite strong support and good reviews for breakout Jessie Buckley. The familiar story of an aspiring singer might have limited its appeal.
Among holdovers, documentaries are holding better than the two prime Sundance titles that opened soft in recent weeks. Not showing signs of sustained growth are “Late Night” (Amazon), which dropped more than half on its second wide weekend, while “Booksmart” (United Artists) is nearing $21 million, a total the Amazon film is unlikely to reach.
Wild Rose (Neon) – Metacritic: 78; Festivals include: Toronto 2018, South by Southwest 2019
$56,183 in 4 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $14,046
Rising actress Buckley, on view in HBO’s “Chernobyl,
Toy Story 4 opened in top spot with a stellar £13.3m opening weekend – the highest ever for an animated title in the UK.
The film opened in 668 venues and scored a location average of £19,231, more than ten times that of any other title in the top 10.
It surpassed the £11.5m opening weekend of 2010’s Toy Story 3, as well as last year’s Incredibles 2 (£9.6m).
It is also the second-highest opening of 2019, behind only Avengers: Endgame’s colossal £31.4m and ahead of Captain Marvel’s £12.8m – both fellow Disney releases.
While “Toy Story 4” made film history in territories around the world with the largest-ever three-day opening for an animated feature — including in the U.S. (with $118 million in ticket sales), the U.K., Mexico and Argentina — it came in second in China, where it grossed just $13.2 million, according to data from Artisan Gateway.
Its runner-up finish came despite stellar ratings on key user-review platforms Maoyan and Taopiaopiao, which both gave the film a 9.2 out of 10, respectively. “Toy Story 4’s” performance was hurt by Chinese exhibitors’ decision to program far more screenings of “Spirited Away,” the classic animated film by Hayao Miyazaki, which was first released in the U.S. in 2002 but
Hot on the heels of HBO’s five-parter about the Chernobyl catastrophe comes another story of a tragic accident sparked by cost-cutting and exacerbated by political prevarication. In August 2000, during a Russian naval exercise in the Barents Sea, north of Murmansk, a faulty torpedo exploded in the Kursk – a nuclear-powered submarine named after the Russian city that also lent its name to the largest tank battle in history.
Stop reading now if you want to avoid real-life spoilers. The blast instantly killed all crew members in the front two compartments of the submarine, which was sent to the bottom of the sea. Two minutes later, although the nuclear reactor shut down safely, elevated temperatures from the fire detonated as many as seven more torpedos in an
Modern Toss on horror
“A purchase on the horizon, a panoply of temptation, the hesitation in your voice, soon to be an echo in the recesses of the spheres of retail.” Who could resist such seductively florid sales patter? Certainly not Marianne Jean-Baptiste in In Fabric, the latest, laudably bonkers movie by Peter Strickland. Ignoring the sales assistant’s vampiric demeanour, Jean-Baptiste falls in love with the dress she tries on (colour: “artery red”), only to find it is a haunted garment that inflicts upon its wearers pain, suffering and a nasty rash.
Like so many before her, Jean-Baptiste is a literal fashion victim; a woman who pays the price for seeking to make herself look better. It is a notion that harks back to fairytales and pulp horror fiction, and – by the
At a moment when Britain is held bleakly in limbo by the ever-grimmer Tory leadership contest, you may not be in much of a mood for documentaries about politics in crisis. “Sit back, pour yourself a chilled glass of white and watch how we collectively got into this mess” isn’t the greatest pitch to anyone fleeing news channels to flip through Netflix for some distraction of an evening. Yet two compelling documentaries, both new to the streaming realm, are essential in their examination of the frail, threatened state of contemporary democracy on a global stage: it’s hard to look away from either.
One of the year’s standout docs on any subject so far, The Edge of Democracy recently landed on Netflix after an acclaimed, Sundance-launched festival run. An impassioned, personally
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That would be enough, but the film also stars Daniel Kaluuya, the breakout star of “Get Out,” who is also featured in some significant parts of “Black Panther,” and Steve McQueen’s “Widows.
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Meryl Streep isn’t just the enticing new cast member to “Big Little Lies” Season 2; she’s carrying the entire plot on her shoulders. So far, that’s been a blessing, as Streep’s attentive and rich performance makes any time spent with the mourning Mary Louise pure pleasure. But in Episode 3, “The End of the World,” it’s also clearer than ever that she’s the only one driving any narrative momentum. What writer David E. Kelley and director Andrea Arnold do with her dogged pursuit of the truth will be the make or break moment for the series. As we approach the midway point, this latest hour shows how enjoyable and affecting this new “Big Little Lies” can be, while still repeating the same beats shown previously.
Before we get to a few theories of what might come
“It’s meant to get people talking,” Waithe said. “The film is not made to give the audience answers, but instead to ask questions and show what it looks like to be black and in love while the world is burning all around you.”
Now, audiences worldwide can see for themselves what she’s talking about in the first trailer for fall feature. Universal released the first look during the 2019 Bet Awards, which aired Sunday night.
Starring Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”) and Jodie Turner-Smith (“Nightflyers”), “Queen & Slim” was initially billed as a dramatic thriller with romantic undertones that follows a black couple on a first date who are pulled over by a police officer, who they then kill in self-defense. The film also stars Bokeem Woodbine
“The Wolf Hour” is a peculiar film,
The festival is the largest shorts-focused event in North America, screening 369 films during the festival as well as 5,600 in the film market. Juried award winners of some categories are qualified to enter the shorts categories for the Oscars.
Best U.S. short went to “Manila is Full of Men Named Boy,” by Andrew Stephen Lee, while Best animated short went to “Dani” directed by Lizzy Hogenson.
Full list of winners below:
Best Of Festival Award – The Christmas Gift (Romania/Spain), Directed by Bogdan Muresanu
Best International Short – Guaxuma (Brazil/France), Director Nara Normande
Best North American Short – King Wah (I
Baby animals. Lots and lots of baby animals.
Beginning Sunday night, Nat Geo will present another quartet of primetime one-hour installments, capturing the activity happening in the park at this summer’s opening. Teams of camera crews will be broadcasting live footage of animals and natural phenomena, mixed in with pre-recorded segments to help give audiences at home some context for what they’re seeing. Showrunner James Smith said that having this event earlier this year was a direct response to wanting to feature smaller young animals as part of the series’ broadcasts.
“July and August gets very dry, but May and June is when it’s really lush.
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The highly visible failure of films like “Dark Phoenix,” “Men in Black: International,” and “Shaft” went down as black eyes for the studios that produced and distributed them. More than that, they were signs that the audience — ah, the audience! that loyal puppy of megaplex-product enthusiasm! until, all of a sudden, it isn
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Second, and somewhat related: Year over year, box-office totals fell at least $75 million below the same three-day period in 2018. Expect the 2019 shortfall to be around $540 million by the end of this weekend. Still, there are three more top franchises or sequels between now and the end of July; June and July last year had only two, so the outlook for improvement remains.
Disney spin is already in play, but the “Toy Story 4” performance comes as concern rises that the sequel/franchise theatrical model is losing currency. Of course, $118 million is a strong number, but the degree to which this fell short of minimal expectations has to scare careful observers. It creates pressure to find alternatives,
This particular redemptive narrative device comes in the shape of the adorably frowny-faced
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