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BOX OFFICE: The “Real” race this weekend? “RBG” “Ginsburns” “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word”

Yes, “Deadpool 2” had the second highest pre-release ticket sales in presales history, yes, it is opening to $132 million — a new R-rated record for R-rated times. No, “Book Club” didn’t erupt, but it did a nice, grandmotherly $13-16 … Continue reading

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Preview, “The HappyTime Murders”

Oh, the Dog Days of late August. Studios dump movies that couldn’t hack it in summer, couldn’t break free of the pack in fall. But this twisted Muppets go Blue in a Melissa McCarthy murder mystery is “No ‘Sesame, All … Continue reading

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When in Windsor, will Meghan and Harry tipple here?

Roger and Kim had a dram or two when we were in Windsor last fall.

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Movie Review: Documentary about “That Summer” takes us back to “Grey Gardens”

Since its release in 1975, the Maysles Brother’s documentary about genteel decay and madness, “Grey Gardens,” has been celebrated as one of the great films of the genre. It’s inspired an award-winning HBO dramatic film and a Broadway musical. It’s … Continue reading

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BOX OFFICE: “Deadpool 2” grabs R-rated opening record, $53 million Friday, $130+ million weekend

Fox’s projections for what “Deadpool 2” might do on its opening weekend appear to be right on the mark. A huge Thursday night and a record-setting (beating “It”) Friday of over $53 million have the film on track to clear … Continue reading

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Hitchcock isn’t the only director to show up in his movies — look for this face in Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed”

You’ll see it. Brownie points to the first commenter who IDs where he turns up in his best movie in years. 

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Did you catch the RBG/Ruth Bader Ginsburg cameo in “Deadpool 2”?

Well? Did you? It’s there, in the movie, a glimpse of a U.S. Supreme Court justice, star of “RBG” and played for comic effect. As you’d expect. OK, “cameo” is too specific a characterization. “Sight gag” is more exact. Go … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Defiance, despair and disowned lead to “Disobedience”

“Disobedience” is a finely-acted tenterhooks drama about religion, sexuality, tradition and isolation. It is a movie grounded in a rigid hierarchy and ritual, but with a cruel undercurrent of despair. But it takes flight on a trio of brittle, biting … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Show Dogs” won’t show up on any resumes

Here I was, all primed to drip contempt all over the first disaster of the summer cinema season, when I made the mistake of staying through the credits of “Show Dogs.” The mostly-fake outtakes from this talking critters kiddie comedy … Continue reading

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Weekend Movies: Decent reviews for “Deadpool,” “Pope Francis” and even “Book Club,” but guess who’ll clean up at the box office?

“Deadpool 2” did $16-18 million business, setting a new record for an R-rated film’s “pre-opening” opening night — Thursday. So maybe a $150 million weekend? That’s deadline.com’s speculation. Hard to guess that off marketing awareness data and Thursday night performance. … Continue reading

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