On a typically sleepy post-Thanksgiving weekend in movie theaters, leftovers led the box office and Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” repeated as No. 1 with $25.8 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.The “Wreck-It Ralph” sequel dropped steeply (54 percent) after nearly setting a Thanksgiving record last weekend. But with only one new film in wide release, nothing came close to “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” which sends John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman’s video-game characters into cyberspace. In 11 days of release, the $175 million film has cleared $207 million worldwide. Still going strong in its fourth week of release, Universal’s “The Grinch” came in second with $17.7 million in ticket sales. “The Grinch,” the Illumination animated production with Benedict Cumberbatch as the Christmas curmudgeon, surpassed $200 million domestically and edged in front of last week’s No. 2 … [Read more...] about Howie Carr: George H.W. Bush saved us from a Dukakis White House
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A gay conversion drama, “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” benefits enormously from Chloe Grace Moretz’s magnetic, if largely observant, performance as Cameron.Cameron, a high school junior, has been caught in bed with a girl and shuffled off to reform her lesbian ways at God’s Promise, a privately run Christian center. It’s 1993 and the “disciples” are gay and lesbian teens sent with “love” by families or guardians to be “cured.”The center, situated in the countryside, offers school classes, shared rooms and occasional excursions.The Rev. Rick (John Gallagher Jr.), supposedly a reformed homosexual or, in Promise lingo, someone who has conquered SSA (Same Sex Attraction), is nominally in charge, but the real clout belongs to Rick’s therapist sister, Dr. Lydia Marsh (Jennifer Ehle), whose every look or word is tinged with a creepy, accusatory vibe.The inmates range from the rebellious to the conflicted. Marsh … [Read more...] about Howie Carr: Peter Strzok drank that dirty water
With its 75th edition opening Aug. 29, the Venice Film Festival rates not just as the world’s oldest festival devoted to cinema but a magnet for new films seeking year-end awards.This year’s jury president is Guillermo del Toro. His world premiere at Venice last year for “The Shape of Water” won first the Golden Lion and then the Academy Award for best picture. Venice has another auteur opening this year’s 10-day bounty of films old and very new: Damien Chazelle, whose “La La Land” and “Whiplash” won Oscars.“First Man” reunites the filmmaker with his “La La Land” star Ryan Gosling, who plays ’60s astronaut Neil Armstrong in the tale about one of the most dangerous missions ever, landing a man on the moon.Other world premieres:• Bradley Cooper’s country-tinged musical tragedy “A Star Is Born,” in which he co-stars with Lady Gaga in the fourth version of this Hollywood … [Read more...] about Howie Carr: Illegal immigrant fraud at RMV? Take a number!