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Getting a bunch of revered DC superheroes should have guaranteed that Justice League would have set the box office world on fire, but unfortunately that was not meant to be. Although it made $96 million domestically, Justice League’s failure to surpass the $100 million mark was a huge disappointment for Warner Bros. Coming in second was the Julia Roberts family drama Wonder which had a solid $27 million debut. The top 10:

1. Justice League - $96 million

2. Wonder - A surprise hit with Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. $27 million

3. Thor: Ragnarok - It makes $21.7 million and to date has grossed over $247 million domestically.

4. Daddy’s Home 2 - $14.8 million

5. Murder on the Orient Express - It collects $13.8 million in its second weekend and it currently has a worldwide gross of $140 million. Not bad considering its relatively modest $55 million budget!

6. The Star - Animated flick on the Nativity Story has a lackluster debut with $10 million.

7. A Bad Moms Christmas - $6.8 million

8. Lady Bird - Greta Gerwig indie with Saoirse Ronan takes in $2.5 million

9. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - $1.1 million

10. Jigsaw - $1 million


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RootsDestined to be one of this year’s top Oscar contenders, Mudbound is an ambitious and beautifully rendered epic about two Mississippi families whose lives intersect in a 1940s world of violence, racism, and abiding love. Directed and co-written by Dee Rees, the film takes its cue from Hillary Jordan’s acclaimed debut novel but forges a cinematic path that’s hard to shake.

Hap (Rob Morgan) is a hard working tenant farmer who’s blessed with an equally determined wife (Mary J. Blige) and loving family. Ronsel is the eldest of their children, and he eventually joins the all-black 761st Tank Batallion during World War II. Laura (Carey Mulligan) is a city slicker who, after marrying her industrious husband Henry (Jason Clarke), is forced to make the best of it in their sprawling Mississippi farmland. Garrett Hedlund, in his finest performance to date, is her brother-in-law Jamie, a charmer who becomes an alcoholic after witnessing his share of tragedy as a WII pilot.

Seamlessly weaving the WWII narrative with the inevitable struggles of farming in harsh country, Rees delivers an uncompromising story that thankfully strays away from a heavy handed message. With the effectively employed use of voice over, Rees effectively captures the diverse lives of both families as they struggle to survive the day. Until the film’s final moments, very few instances carry a romanticized overtone, as Mudbound’s lives exist and toil in the unforgiving earth beneath their feet. The ensemble should also receive a ton of awards recognition for their lived in performances, and Rees’ deft handling of the meaty narrative is also one of the film’s major strengths. The chemistry between Hedlund and Mitchell, playing fast friends who are bonded by experience, is also palpable.

The final moments of Mudbound, in which there is a substantial shift in tone, is sure to have its detractors. Running at an often somber 134 minutes, a bit of light is offered at the end of Mudbound’s tunnel, and this reviewer was more than happy that, even the darkest of days, there’s hope to be found in this life or the next.

Mudbound is now streaming on Netflix.


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Screen icons Jean Reno (The Professional, Mission: Impossible) and Andy Lau (House of Flying Daggers, Saving Mr. Wu) is a dream come true, and their caper flick The Adventurers hits Blu-ray January 2nd via Well Go USA Entertainment.

The flick centers on Cheung Tan (Lau), a thief recently released from prison who immediately engineers a heist to steal jewels in Europe. Reno, seen earlier this year in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, plays the French detective who’s been on Cheung’s trail for years. Tony Yang (The Crossing) and Shu Qi (The Transporter, The Assassin) co-star as Cheung’s partners-in-crime.

Special features on the disc include three making of featurettes which includes interviews with the cast. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!

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The Nativity story has been told time and time again through cinema, but The Star offers a comedic and animated version of the story, with Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) lending her voice as Mary.

Rodriguez, who admitted to laughing “hysterically” five pages into The Star’s screenplay, had a personal take on how she crafted the voice of Mary.

“I love her gentle spirit, her calm nature,” said Rodriguez. “She is based off of my middle sister Rebecca who is just such a shining light of kindness and acts of service - always who I wish I was more like.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Rodriguez explain how The Star should appeal to a younger generation of moviegoers who are looking for a fresh take on the Nativity story.

The Star, featuring Zachary Levi as Joseph, is now playing nationwide.

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In Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot was the clear star of the movie. (That tends to happen when your character’s name is the movie’s title, right? Then, Gadot went right into filming Justice League, where she — and Wonder Woman — are just part of a bigger crime-fighting team. After being the primary focus of Wonder Woman, was it a different experience to step back into the Justice League ensemble? (Click on the media bar below to hear Gal Gadot)

Justice League is now playing in theaters.

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148090_8874When Jessica Capshaw joined Grey’s Anatomy during the ABC medical drama’s fifth season, she had no idea that she’d be playing a gay character. And she certainly didn’t know she’d be playing a character who would have such a profound effect on the show’s viewers, but she told us the feedback she’s received from fans has made her incredibly proud. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jessica Capshaw)

First of all, we’re wondering if those interviewers had ever heard of Will & Grace. Secondly, Grey’s Anatomy returns to ABC on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 8/7c.

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Future ManProducers Seth Rogen and Ben Karlin love TV cliffhangers. But they hate TV cliffhangers when you have to wait a long time for the resolution. So, when they were shopping their new comedy, Future Man, they decided that a streaming service like Hulu would be the perfect place for it. When we talked to Rogen, Karlin, and the star of the series, Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games), they all agreed the show is best when it’s binge-able. (Click on the media bar below to hear Seth RogenBen Karlin & Josh Hutcherson)

Future Man, starring Josh Hutcherson as a custodian who finds himself in the difficult position of having to save the world, is streaming now on Hulu.

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With works such as the recently releaesd Netflix thriller Wheelman and Kingdom, Frank Grillo’s career is at an all-time high. If you love genre filmmaking with an outlandish plot, Grillo’s upcoming feature Beyond Skyline might be your cup of tea.

Directed by Liam O’Donnell, Beyond Skyline centers on Mark Corley (Grillo), a Los Angeles detective who is determined to rescue his estranged son (Jonny Weston from 2015’s time travel feature Project Almanac). The catch, however, is that his son wasn’t apprehended by random criminals as the feature is actually an alien flick! With the alien ship crashing in Southeast Asia, Corley teams with a band of survivors to help defeat the aliens, save humanity, and of course save his son!!

The trailer is promising enough with its B-movie driven, escapist fare aesthetic. We’re not expecting James Cameron type special effects with Blood Skyline, but with Grillo leading the way there should be a ton of fun to be had. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!

Blood Skyline hits theaters December 15.

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Filmmaker Woody Allen’s latest New York story is set in 1950s Coney Island, as Wonder Wheel centers on a waitress named Ginny (Kate Winslet) who’s trapped in a loveless marriage with a carousel operator (Jim Belushi). Justin Timberlake plays Mickey, a lifeguard and wannabe playwright who seemingly offers Ginny a way out of her melancholy state of mind.

“I was just overwhelmed by the magnitude of all these characters,” said Winslet, who was recently seen opposite Idris Elba in The Mountain Between Us. “In particular Ginny, the character I play - she’s so multi-layered and very rich and complex and emotionally very powerful.”

The project reteams Allen with acclaimed cinematographer Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now, Reds), as they recently worked together on Café Society. Click on the media bar to hear Allen talk about the Coney Island that is envisioned in Wonder Wheel:

Wonder Wheel, co-starring Juno Temple, opens nationwide December 1.

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You can expect a few tears to be shed in theaters when Wonder opens this Friday. Based on the bestselling book, it tells the story of a young boy with facial deformities who goes to public school for the first time and tries to fit in. Jacob Tremblay, who delivered an amazing performance in 2015’s Room, plays August Pullman in a way that will — pardon the cliché – make you laugh, make you cry, and ultimately make you cheer. We talked with Tremblay and his on-screen mother, Oscar-winner Julia Roberts, and asked if they were able to hold back the tears when they saw the finished film.

Wonder opens in theaters on Friday.

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