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28 Dec 2017


25 Dec 2017

As the headline notes, with at least $634 million worldwide, plus whatever it made overseas (arguably around $25m for an over/under $660m global running cume), Star Wars has already topped the global gross of WB's Justice League. I say this not to pick on Justice League, which will end the long weekend with $223m domestic and $640-$645m worldwide. But it's worth pointing out, for those comparing the big Friday drop of The Last Jedi to the disappointing JL numbers, the huge disparity between the two in terms of global grosses with the former just getting started and the latter winding down. Anyway, moving on, let's get to the Friday holdover news.

20th Century Fox's Spain-set Ferdinand, which I saw yesterday with the...



25 Dec 2017

“The form of Water” is the story of a majestic prince and a humble maid. He’s amphibious and scaly, she’s terrestrial and incapable of speech. He’s cruelly chained in a central authority lab wherein she mops and scours. He’s suffering, and he or she aches for him. She gives him an egg. He accepts.Guillermo del Toro’s successful fairy story is a sight to behold, wealthy with emotion. It has one flipper in classic Spielberg and the other in Saturday creature functions, a clawed toe in Fifties musicals and every other in Euro art films, and its… properly, let’s not flow on to every other appendages, despite the fact that the movie really does. Breaking “The form of Water” right down to the sum of its parts...



25 Dec 2017

I, Tonya, which premiered last week to rave reviews in America, goes behind this punchline caricature to the real backstory of Harding in a script that burns with dark humour and shows how our perceptions of heroes and villains may be skewed. The movie focuses on the relationship between Harding, played with trailer park aplomb by Margot Robbie, and her mother LaVona Golden (played by Allison Janney), who gives her svengali-like advice through a haze of cigarette smoke. The film shows that Harding's life was one of abuse and violence, both before and after the hit job which guaranteed her lasting infamy.

Golden was said by some to be living out her own ambitions through her daughter, but Tonya was always a gifted athlete....



25 Dec 2017

There are red flags aplenty in Pitch Perfect 3 well before the film rolls into its third act. It pulls an obvious Sunset Boulevard on us in its opening scene. It apathetically either writes out of the narrative or relegates to the periphery a percentage of its ensemble cast. The narrative itself is flimsy, and instead of compensating for said flimsiness (or having the decency to drum up a solid script in the first place), screenwriters Kay Cannon and Mike White make a bunch of meta-jokes about it. Everything about Pitch Perfect 3’s foundation is openly half-baked. If it winked at its own indifference anymore than it already does, you might mistake its indifference for outright contempt.

 

In short: The Barden Bellas...



24 Dec 2017


24 Dec 2017


24 Dec 2017


24 Dec 2017


24 Dec 2017