Posts Tagged ‘spotlight’
 

 

Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 2.25.2024

  OPENINGS:  In what Hollywood hopes will be the last weekend of drought for a while, the TV episodes packaged as DEMON SLAYER:  KIMETSU NO YAIBA – TO THE HASHIRA TRAINING (Crunchyroll/Sony) led the newcomers with ...
by Mitch Salem
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Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 2.18.2024

  OPENINGS:  The calendar did Hollywood a favor by placing Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, affording films a 6-day window with Presidents Day on Monday.  The chief beneficiary was BOB MARLEY: ONE LOVE (Paramount), wh...
by Mitch Salem
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Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 2.4.2024

  OPENINGS:  ARGYLLE (Apple/Universal) arrived within blah expectations at $18M.  That makes it the third consecutive wildly expensive theatrical flop for Apple (with worldwide marketing included, costs were around $300M...
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Sundance 2024 Film Review: “A Real Pain”

  A REAL PAIN (Searchlight/Disney – TBD):  David (Jesse Eisenberg, who also wrote and directed) and Benji (Kieran Culkin) are cousins born just months apart and raised in close companionship.  Over the years, thoug...
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Sundance 2024 Film Reviews: “Love Me” & “Handling the Undead”

  LOVE ME (no distrib):  A truly existential romance.  Many years after the end of the human race, seemingly due to a combination of nuclear war and a new ice age, the two remaining artifacts with any ability to communic...
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Sundance 2024 Film Reviews: “Little Death” & “Good One”

  LITTLE DEATH (no distrib):  Jack Begert’s first feature (co-written with Dani Goffstein) is a diptych about Los Angeles, put together in sharply contrasting ways.  The first half is about sitcom writer Martin (Da...
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Sundance 2024 Reviews: “Didi” & “Between the Temples”

  DIDI (no distrib):  Sean Wang’s endearing memory piece won the US Dramatic Competition Audience Award.  It’s set in 2008 Northern California during the summer before Chris (Izaac Wang) begins high school an...
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Sundance 2024 Film Reviews: “Exhibiting Forgiveness” & “Suncoast”

  EXHIBITING FORGIVENESS (no distrib):  The noted painter Titus Kaphar has made an impressive shift into scripted feature films.  Although Exhibiting Forgiveness isn’t strictly speaking autobiographical, KapharR...
by Mitch Salem
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Sundance 2024 Film Reviews: “In the Summers” & “Stress Positions”

  IN THE SUMMERS (no distrib):  The winner of the Jury Prize in the US Dramatic Competition is a somewhat prototypical Sundance drama.  Alessandra Lacorazza Samudio’s semi-autobiographical story depicts four summer...
by Mitch Salem
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Sundance 2024 Film Reviews: “The Outrun” & “Veni Vidi Vici”

  THE OUTRUN (no distrib):  Films about alcoholics and addicts in recovery are too numerous to count, and it’s easy to understand why.  The stories offer a clear narrative path, usually with an inspirational destin...
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Sundance 2024 Film Reviews: “Presence” & “I Saw the TV Glow”

  PRESENCE (Neon – TBD):  Steven Soderbergh has always appreciated, and often demanded, a challenge, and in Presence he and screenwriter David Koepp have taken an original approach to the haunted house genre.  The ...
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Sundance 2024 Film Reviews: “Thelma” & “Rob Peace”

  THELMA (no distrib):  In recent years, we’ve seen the rise of what might uncharitably be called Old Lady Cinema, noisy comedies like the Book Club franchise and 80 For Brady that milk gags out of the spectacle of ...
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Sundance 2024 Film Reviews: “Winner” & “Krazy House”

  WINNER (no distrib):  Yes, this sounds familiar.  Last year, HBO aired Tina Satter’s Reality, which told the story of the young jailed NSA leaker Reality Winner, and now filmmaker Susanna Fogel has taken the othe...
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Sundance 2024 Film Reviews: “Love Lies Bleeding” & “A Different Man”

  LOVE LIES BLEEDING (A24 – March 8):  Rose Glass has followed her brilliant horror movie Saint Maud by exchanging austerity for pulp.  Love Lies Bleeding (co-written with Weronika Tofilska) is engulfed by the spir...
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Sundance 2024 Film Reviews: “It’s What’s Inside” & “My Old Ass”

  IT’S WHAT’S INSIDE (Netflix – TBD):  The biggest sale of the festival as of this writing–a $17M paycheck from Netflix–was its most dynamite entertainment.  Greg Jardin’s feature wri...
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