The “summer movie season” of 2019 -- releases first hitting theaters between May and August -- provided a very familiar array of sequels, remakes, superheroes, animation, horror, big-budget spectacle, and any combination thereof (plus one Quentin Tarantino movie). While there were some hefty blockbusters, the overall collective gross was lower than last year’s summer haul. Here's how things shook out at the domestic box office for the Summer (as of 9/3/19): 1. THE LION KING $523 M 2. TOY STORY 4 $430 M 3. SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME $386 M 4. ALADDIN $354 M 5. JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 - PARABELLUM $170 M 6. FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW $159 M 7. THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 $157 M 8. POKEMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU $144 M 9. ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD $131 M 10. GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS $110 M The international box office lined up in a similar way, with Disney holding control of the overseas market in its mousy grip. The summer's worldwide totals (as of … [Read more...] about Summer 2019 Box Office Wrap-Up!
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Screenwriter Dan Gilroy made his directorial debut with the sharp, exciting Nightcrawler, featuring Jake Gyllenhaal giving an incredible performance. It was an exciting launch to Gilroy’s directorial career that was sadly followed with the lackluster Roman J. Israel, Esq. Let’s call it a sophomore slump, because Gilroy bounces back in a big, bloody way with the hilarious Velvet Buzzsaw. The horror-comedy has the filmmaker reuniting with Gyllenhaal, but Velvet Buzzsaw is worlds removed from Nightcrawler. While Nightcrawler was going for cerebral thrills, Velvet Buzzsaw is trafficking in gore-soaked comedy…with a much higher body count. Velvet Buzzsaw is set in the colorful art world, following a cavalcade of ridiculous characters who never realize how ridiculous they are. Gyllenhaal is priggish art critic Morf Vandewalt, who can make or break a gallery with a few acerbic words. Rene Russo plays Rhodora Haze, a former punk artist … [Read more...] about ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ Review: It’s Jake Gyllenhaal vs. Killer Paintings in this Hilarious, Bloody Horror-Comedy [Sundance]