LOS ANGELES — “Crazy” is the right word for it.The romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians” dominated the box office for the second weekend in a row, adding $25 million in North American receipts, a drop of only 6 percent from its opening weekend, an almost unprecedented figure. So far, the Warner Bros. film, playing on more than 3,000 screens, has taken in $76.8 million in 12 days of release, according to figures from measurement firm ComScore.No live action wide release has ever maintained such a strong hold in that number of theaters without the help of a holiday weekend.“Bigfoot sightings are more common than second weekend drops like this for summer movies,” said Jeff Goldstein, the studio’s distribution chief. “You have to go back to 1993’s ‘The Fugitive’ or 1999’s ‘The Sixth Sense.’ ”“This is an incredibly rare occurrence, particularly in the summer where the week-to-week competition … [Read more...] about Howie Carr: Staties wait to share Leigha Genduso’s resignation, claim no drug intel
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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
Jim McKay, director of “Girls Town” (1996), “Our Song” (2000) and “Everyday People” (2004), returns to indie filmmaking after a successful run directing big shows on cable television and network TV (“The Wire,” “Treme,” “Mr. Robot,” “Law & Order”) with the timely “En el Septimo Dia.”The film, which begins with church bells tolling on Sunday, the seventh day, tells the fictionalized story of a group of young Mexican immigrants who work and live together in Brooklyn, cramming eight into a one-bedroom apartment and working as dishwashers and deliverymen for local restaurants. Their only free day, although not always, is Sunday, when their scrappy leader and team captain Jose (a terrific Fernando Cardona) goes to church before joining his team Puebla, named after the village many of them are from, on the soccer field at Sunset Park. Puebla wins the neighborhood semifinals in opening scenes, … [Read more...] about Howie Carr: Charlie Baker’s too busy blessing judges to end ID fraud
LOS ANGELES — A battle starring heroic insect people or an origin story on a murderous human purge?This weekend, moviegoers opted for the fun-loving hymenopteran fight — to the tune of $76 million — as Disney-Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp” reigned supreme at the box office over a pair of steadfast family franchises and the arrival of “The First Purge,” the fourth installment of Universal’s herd-thinning series. “Ant-Man and the Wasp” brought in another $85 million overseas for a combined $161 million in sales, according to box-office measurement firm comScore. That’s good news for Disney, as the sequel to the comedic “Ant-Man,” which co-stars Paul Rudd as the titular superhero and Evangeline Lilly as the Wasp, outpaced ticket sales for the 2015 debut by 33 percent and earned a positive Rotten Tomatoes score of 86 percent.Reviewing “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” the Los Angeles Times’ Justin … [Read more...] about Howie Carr: Kennedys are Hyannisport hypocrites when it comes to racial, ethnic diversity
Bill Murray has always maintained a connection to great literature. He referenced French existentialism as deranged groundskeeper Carl Spackler in “Caddyshack” when he stuffed a varmint hole full of explosives and said, “In the immortal words of Jean Paul Sartre, ‘Au revoir, gopher.’” As weatherman Phil Connors in “Groundhog Day,” he spoke of how when Anton Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope.But last night at the Orpheum theater he dug deeper and engaged with the classics in earnest. Of course, he sprinkled in a few winks and gags between the earnestness. Murray, cellist Jan Vogler, pianist Vanessa Perez and violinist Mira Wang are on tour promoting “New Worlds,” an album that chiefly combines iconic American writers with giants of European classical music. Sounds stuffy, but live it’s visceral, virtuosic and silly.Murray and friends began with heady stuff: Hemingway and Bach, … [Read more...] about Howie Carr: Come clean on FBI frame-up, Bob Mueller!