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The Weekend Warrior 2/24/17: Get Out, Collide, Rock Dog

22 February 2017 11:00 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.  

This Past Weekend:

Presidents' Day weekend was an interesting one at the box office, and as with most holiday weekends, it was particularly difficult to figure out how things might fare, other than The Lego Batman Movie, which remained at #1 with almost $45 million over the four-day weekend. Fifty Shades Darker followed with $21.3 million, about a 50% drop.  Last week, I thought that the Ice Cub comedy Fist Fight would beat The Great Wall, although it seemed like it could be a close race. Nope. Matt Damon’s action epic came in third place with $21.6 million, which is a couple million more than my original prediction, but The Fist Fight fell short of my prediction by almost $10 million, grossing $14.5 million in its first four days. »

- Edward Douglas

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Vision Films picks up action thriller 'Ultimate Justice'

13 February 2017 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Ruediger W. Kuemmerie’s martial arts film stars Mark Dacascos.

Us outfit Vision Films has picked up martial arts action thriller Ultimate Justice for worldwide sales.

Starring Mark Dacascos (Cradle 2 The Grave), Matthias Hues and Mike Moeller, the film follows a team of elite soldiers who are drawn back into battle when one of their families is threatened.

It marks the second feature from German-based production company Silent Partners, whose first film One Million K(I)cks was picked up for the Us by Parade Deck Films and for the UK by Evolutionary Films.

Ultimate Justice was directed by Martin Christopher Bode from a screenplay by Marco Theiss. Ruediger W. Kuemmerie produced with Mike Leeder and Markus R. Vogelbacher of International Film Partners executive produced. Mike Moller served as co-producer and choreographed the fight scenes, Alois Knapps was DoP.

China-based Kuemmerie self-financed the project and returned to his hometown of Goeppingen, Germany, to shoot »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Goodfellas: the most compulsively watchable film ever made?

5 February 2017 1:17 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Brogan Morris Feb 8, 2017

Some films earn critical acclaim and you only want to watch them once. Goodfellas? We could watch it on loop...

What is the most compulsively watchable film of all time? Not the greatest film – there are lists dedicated to solving that particular conundrum scattered all over the internet. Rather, the one film that begs you to return again and again, the one you can’t help but see through to the end when you happen to bump into it on a late night channel surf. Citizen Kane, Vertigo, 8 ½: greats, undisputed classics long vaunted by critics, but not necessarily the kinds of movies with the irresistible pull of a truly, compulsively watchable movie.

What could be the best of these? Raiders Of The Lost Ark, with its peak-Spielberg action-adventure stylings? Airplane!, a riotous and unfailingly quotable comedy that spawned a thousand imitators? Could even one as »

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Goodfellas review – a brash, menacing hightail through the death of the mob

19 January 2017 2:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Scorsese’s 1990 masterpiece zips along with relish, and his acting A-team – De Niro, Pesci, Liotta – are on top form as this brilliant comic nightmare unfolds

‘Being a gangster was better than being president of the United States!” Is it less of a choice than ever? The rerelease of Martin Scorsese’s brash and brilliant mob masterpiece from 1990 – about the rise and fall of Irish-Italian criminal Henry Hill, from the 60s to the 80s – is a reminder of what his very best work looks like, and you can feel again the stunning impact of his A-team: Robert De Niro as Jimmy “The Gent” Conway and the Oscar-winning Joe Pesci as his psychopathic buddy Tommy DeVito, with Paul Sorvino as the malevolent and slow-moving capo Paulie Cicero and the director’s mother Catherine Scorsese superb in her cameo as Tommy’s artistically inclined mom.

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