Weekend Box Office – Captain Marvel Is, Well, Marvellous

To the surprise of absolutely no one at all Captain Marvel tops the weekend box office takings. The latest offering from Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe – as we’re supposed to call the thing these days – was always going to top the numbers in the absence of any serious competition. However, at around $150 domestic and $450 internationally the takings have been a pleasant surprise to the studio:

“Captain Marvel” soared higher, farther, faster at the box office this weekend.

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Lego Movie 2 – The Second Part

That first Lego movie did enough business that they made a second one. The plot, such as it is:

It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: Lego Duplo invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild.

86% on the tomatometer.

The much-anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed, global box office phenomenon that started it all, “The LEGO (R) Movie 2: The Second Part,” reunites the heroes of Bricksburg in an all new action-packed adventure to save their beloved city.

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Green Book Oscar Winner Surges Back

Green Book, as we know, won an Oscar or so and it’s surging back at the box office as a result.

As for a plot synopsis:

When Tony Lip (Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans.

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Greta – Young Woman In Bonkers B Movie

Greta isn’t something either by or about Garbo. Instead it’s Chloe Moritz and Isabelle Huppert in a bonkers B Movie:

A bonkers B movie occasionally elevated by its A-list talent, Greta dives headlong into camp and struggles to stay afloat.

It scores 58% of the tomatometer.

A less biased plot synopsis:

A young woman befriends a lonely widow who’s harboring a dark and deadly agenda towards her.

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Mungau Dain’s Death From Infection – That’s How That Simple Life Ends All Too Often

Far too many of us moderns eulogise the simple life. The thatched hut in the tropical village, chickens scratching in the Sun, the simple life with no stress and little strain. There is though a reason why our forefathers stampeded for whatever modernity they could grab ahold of, something usefully illustrated by the recent death of the actor, Mungau Dain.

Dain was from one of the more traditional villages in the Solomon Islands, living that Rousseauesque life free from the complications of the modern world:

Jimmy Joseph, the cultural director for Tanna island, said Dain was quiet, humble and respected in Yakel, where he had chosen to remain living even after achieving some fame in the movie.

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Why Are Movie Reviews so Freaking Useless?

From our man on the spot, Estaban DeGolf:

In a couple of recent movie reviews I’ve noted my dismay at some bad-to-mediocre movies’ high ratings as well as my search for a movie review source I can rely on.  At this point, “Rotten Tomatoes” is about the best option I’ve found, but only when I use the audience’s ratings, not the critics.  Interesting thing, that, the hoi polloi seem to be a better guide than the experts – (Libertarians rejoice)!.
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Three Billboards Was a Very Bad Movie

From our special film correspondent, Esteban DeGolf:

Well, since I’ve already committed heresy by dissing “Darkest Hour”, let me move on to “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”. Despite being nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture I contend that this is a rather bad movie, dreary, awful even. Why do I have such a disparate opinion compared to the illuminati you ask. Well, let me explain:
First, to give credit where credit is due, the idea behind the movie was clever and the conflict between the grieving mother versus the police chief dying of cancer made things very interesting.…

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