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(Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna Paravel, 2012, Fra/UK/Us) 87 mins
An arthouse fishing-trawler documentary sounds like a practical joke, but this takes us to places we've never before – into the ocean depths and back out on to the decks with the catch. It's a series of dark, semi-abstract tableaux full of flapping fish, clanking machinery and tattooed fishermen doing wet, gory work. It's easy to forget this is real life you're watching.
Saving Mr Banks (PG)
How Walt Disney came to make Mary Poppins was hardly a pressing movie mystery, and one suspects a spoonful of drama has been added, but the leads are eminently watchable.
- Steve Rose
Back in 1999, Malcolm D. Lee brought us The Best Man, which, at the time, was a refreshing and somewhat unique picture that offered an African American audience characters to relate to and be inspired by, going against the detrimental stereotypes that so often infiltrate mainstream cinema. Now, 14 years on, the sequel The Best Man Holiday remains faithful to this positive representation, and with powerful films such as 12 Years a Slave and The Butler causing quite a stir at present, it’s a welcomed antidote to the aforementioned titles, to see successful black protagonists, as bestselling authors, football players and award winning producers.
Reuniting the fine ensemble cast from the first picture, these old college friends decide to get together to celebrate Christmas, in spite of the existing rivalries between them. Most damaged of all is the friendship between author Harper (Taye Diggs) and soon to be retired professional footballer Lance »
- Stefan Pape
Joining what is proving to be a banner year for movies by black filmmakers including "12 Years a Slave," "Lee Daniels’ The Butler" and "Fruitvale Station": Three films with yuletide themes and settings timed to the holiday season.All come bearing plots that center on family and friends as well as source material that is already familiar to much of their target audiences. Where they differ is in tone and MPAA rating -- the better to spread the cheer among all ages. "The Best Man Holiday," which opened to a strong $30.6 million and nearly beat "Thor: The Dark World" in its second week, is an R-rated reunion of old friends that were first introduced in 1999’s comedy "The Best Man." Since that time, the careers of such cast members as Terrence Howard, Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Harold Perrineau Jr., Regina Hall, Sanaa Latham, Nia Long and Taye Diggs have taken off. »
- Susan Wloszczyna
The girl on fire is still burning bright! Lionsgate’s hotly anticipated sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire trounced the competition over its first weekend at the box office, pulling in an estimated $161.1 million. That gross handily beats the $152.5 million opening of The Hunger Games, which opened in March 2012, and it stands as the best November debut of all time ahead of The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which bowed with $142.9 million in 2009.
Only three films have ever opened higher than Catching Fire: The Avengers ($207.4 million), Iron Man 3 ($174.1 million), and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($169.2 million). Many prognosticators »
- Grady Smith
Following its impressive $30 million haul during its opening weekend, Universal Pictures is moving forward with a sequel to The Best Man Holiday. Malcolm D. Lee, who wrote and directed both the 1999 original The Best Man and the sequel, is in negotiations to write, direct and produce this follow-up, with Sean Daniel in talks to produce.
It isn't immediately clear if any members of the ensemble cast are returning, such as Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Harold Perrineau, Monica Calhoun and Melissa De Sousa. The story followed these longtime friends reuniting over the Christmas holidays, as both old rivalries and romances are ignited once again.
The Best Man Holiday was produced on just a $17 million production budget, and this untitled follow-up is said to be a high priority at the studio. The Best Man Holiday's opening weekend was the fifth largest opening for an R-rated romantic comedy, »
Following an impressive opening of $30.1 million dollars this weekend, Universal Pictures is in talks with Malcolm D. Lee to write, direct and produce a sequel to The Best Man Holiday . Made for $17 million and starring Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Harold Perrineau, Monica Calhoun and Melissa De Sousa, The Best Man Holiday is a sequel to Malcolm D. Lee's 1999 release, The Best Man . In "Holiday," when the college friends finally reunite over the Christmas holidays, they discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited. Sean Daniel is also in talks to come back and produce the third installment. »
It took 14 years for Malcolm D. Lee to get his sequel to "The Best Man" into theaters, but now that "The Best Man Holiday" is wiping up at the box office, he's already in negotiations for a third "Best Man" flick.
Lee told HuffPost Black Voices, "It took two years from when I first presented it to the studio to get a green light," later adding, "If there's a demand for a third 'Best Man' it will not take 14 years. If it happens, it will not be that long of a stand. We're not doing 'Best Man: Nursing Home.'"
Well, that's definitely not going to be an issue, what with a $30M opening weekend that gave "Thor: The Dark World" a serious run for his Mjölnir. According to Deadline, Lee is attached to a project with Fox Searchlight, but we'd wager that he's chomping at »
- Jenni Miller
As the only new wide release last weekend, The Best Man Holiday was a surprise hit with a $30 million opening weekend, nearly matching the $34 million total box office of the 1999 original The Best Man. Universal is eager to develop a sequel, and so has entered negotations with Malcolm D. Lee to write, direct, and produce another Best Man movie. Deadline believes Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Harold Perrineau, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa are not locked in for a second sequel option. Should the ensemble cast seeks a pay raise, Universal will find it difficult to keep the budget as low as the $17 million Holiday. It is expected that the turnaround much quicker than 14 years for this sequel. »
- Brendan Bettinger
Thor makes hay
Since it launched on 8 November, Thor: The Dark World has earned just under $150m (£93m) in North America and an extra $332m (£206m) internationally to bring the global haul to $480m (£297m) through Disney's distribution pipes.
The mighty hammer can still smash through another $100m (£62m) at the global box office, but the scion of Asgard's progress is likely to slow to a regal prowl once Catching Fire arrives on 22 November.
Best Man does his duty
- Jeremy Kay
No one expected "The Best Man Holiday" to enjoy such a huge debut -- an estimated $30.6 million, only about $8 million behind the second-week earnings of chart-topper "Thor: The Dark World." Even its distributor, Universal Studios, was predicting an opening in the high teens. After all, it's the sequel to a movie that came out a full 14 years ago, one with no huge A-list stars, one that opened with $9.0 million on the way to a $34.1 million total. (At today's ticket prices, that's a $14.3 million debut and a $54.3 million final gross.) So even the most optimistic pundits predicted a premiere of no better than $22 million for "The Best Man Holiday."
How then did "Holiday" manage to outperform expectations by $8 to $12 million? Part of it is good luck, part is good execution, but much of it is that the expectations were unduly low, thanks to the inability of even studio marketers to recognize »
- Gary Susman
Thor: The Dark World has taken the number one spot at the Us box office for the second week in a row.
Directed and written by Malcolm D Lee, The Best Man Holiday stars Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Terrence Howard, Nia Long, Regina Hall, Harold Perrineau and Morris Chestnut. It is a follow-up to the 1999 movie The Best Man.
For the second weekend in a row, Marvel’s $170 million sequel Thor: The Dark World topped the domestic box office chart. The Chris Hemsworth vehicle fell 55 percent to $38.5 million, giving the comic book adaptation $147 million total so far. The Dark World is still on track to easily surpass the original Thor’s $181 million domestic total in 2011, and it should finish above $200 million.
Internationally, the sequel has already earned more than its predecessor. The Dark World has grossed $332.8 million internationally and $479.8 million worldwide, far more than Thor’s $268 million and $449 million respective finishes. At this point, The Dark World seems headed »
- Grady Smith
Christmas came early for Universal and the filmmakers behind “The Best Man Holiday,” including writer-director Malcolm D. Lee, whose holiday-themed sequel scored an estimated $30.6 million at the domestic box office. But the merry “Holiday” still was no match for Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” which earned a chart-topping projected $38.5 million in its second Stateside frame.
“The Dark World,” which so far has amassed a whopping $147 million domestically, reached $479.8 million globally, eclipsing already the original “Thor,” which came just shy of tallying $450 million worldwide in 2011.
See Also: Film Review: ‘Thor: The Dark World’
Internationally, “The Dark World” added an estimated $52.5 million to its $332.8 million overseas cume this weekend, with Italy and Japan being the only major markets yet to release the film.
Elsewhere globally, Warner Bros.’ 3D space epic “Gravity” crossed $500 million this weekend — thanks, in part, to a stellar Stateside hold, down just 26% in its seventh frame for an estimated three-day take of $6.3 million. »
- Andrew Stewart
The ComingSoon.net Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office. It was quite a weekend for Malcolm D. Lee's comedy sequel The Best Man Holiday (Universal), which reunited the entire cast of the original 1999 hit to have an impressive weekend showing of an estimated $30.5 million in just 2,024 theaters, averaging over $15,000 per venue. That was roughly 87% of the total gross of the original movie, proving that it had found most of its audience on DVD and cable. That movie's success was already quite impressive for its time since Lee hired the likes of Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence »
Marvel's Thor: The Dark World stayed on well over the weekend to top the box office with $38.4 million despite losing Friday to Universal's The Best Man Holiday. The Thor sequel helmed by Alan Taylor and starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Idris Elba and Anthony Hopkins, among others, averaged $10,011 from 3,841 theaters, bringing its domestic cume past $146.9 million thus far. The Best Man Holiday turned in a strong per-theater average of $15,115 from 2,024 theaters, and looks set to carry on performing well during the week, making for a solid sophomore weekend to come. Starring in Malcolm D. Lee's comedy are Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Morris Chestnut, Eddie Cibrian, Sanaa Lathan, Harold Perrineau, Nia Long, Melissa De Sousa, Regina Hall and Monica Calhoun. In third place, CBS Films' adult skewering comedy Last Vegas starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline, added $8.86 million on this it's third weekend run, »
Harold Perrineau, Regina Hall and Melissa De Sousa are among the many actors reprising their roles in the long awaited sequel The Best Man Holiday. When we last saw their characters, Julian Murch (Perrineau) had broken up with the infinitely snobby Shelby (De Sousa), and he eventually popped the question to Candace Murch, who said yes.
The sequel takes place 14 years later and things have more or less changed. Julian and Candace now run a charter school in New York and have two kids, and Shelby has long since joined one of those Real Housewives reality shows and is all about selling herself. But when a secret from Candace’s past is discovered and Shelby finds out about it, Julian starts to worry about Shelby blackmailing him and begins to question his wife’s past.
Recently, we had the chance to catch up with Harold, Regina and Melissa when they »
- Ben Kenber
It’s been 14 years since ‘The Best Man’ was released in 1999, but the whole gang is finally back for a holiday romping sequel. And you better strap in, because this Christmas movie doesn’t skimp on the laughs Or the drama!
It may have taken a little too long to revisit the Taye Diggs-led ensemble hit, The Best Man, but writer-director Malcolm D. Lee is making up for 14 years of lost time with Best Man Holiday (in theaters Nov. 15), building on the original and adding a little holiday cheer. So is this Christmas flick the movie of the season? See what the critics thought!
‘Best Man Holiday’ Reviews
New York Times
Best Man Holiday is more traditional than its sexually frank humor might indicate, with faith and charity ultimately given pride of place (right alongside human pettiness). But even if some of the crudeness and the drama feel forced, »
- Andrew Gruttadaro
Box office movies this weekend: ‘Thor: The Dark World’ worldwide; ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ in Brazil; ‘The Best Man Holiday’ in the U.S. (photo: Taye Diggs in ‘The Best Man Holiday’) The big story at the global box office this weekend, November 15-17, 2013, is going to be once again Thor: The Dark World, which is expected to reach close to $450 million worldwide — more than two-thirds of that figure coming from outside North America. For comparison’s sake, Kenneth Branagh’s Thor 2011 ended its global run with $449.32 million according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. The weekend’s big international box office story is the debut of Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in Brazil, the week before it opens in North America and most other international markets. Why only Brazil? Friday was a national holiday ("Proclamation of the Republic") — in other words, that particular market »
- Zac Gille
Universal Pictures' The Best Man Holiday got off to an impressive start as it toppled superhero film Thor: The Dark World on Friday, grossing around $10.7 when compared to the $10.49 million brought in by the Thor sequel. While some are surprised by the total, we're not, as the film had the potential for a strong opening. Malcolm D. Lee directs the comedy which stars Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Morris Chestnut, Eddie Cibrian, Sanaa Lathan, Harold Perrineau, Nia Long, Melissa De Sousa, Regina Hall and Monica Calhoun. The film looks set to pull in around $32 million from 2,024 theaters come weekend estimate time. Disney's Thor: The Dark World starring Chris Hemsworth will show a bigger-than-anticipated drop on its second weekend run thanks to Best Man Holiday's strong gross. Pic should add in significantly bigger numbers on Saturday, and end off on top of the list »
I’m not kidding when I say I had no idea what I was in for when I sat down to view The Best Man Holiday. First, I didn’t know it was a sequel. And second, I’d never even heard of the first one – The Best Man (1999). But, you know what? Shame on me! Make no mistake; I’ll be curled up watching The Best Man Holiday’s predecessor on OnDemand come this weekend.
When you go see The Best Man Holiday, I recommend you bring tissues. Two boxes would be best. Bring a fan, too. Because, lady friends, it gets hot. There’s a lot of manly chest in this flick. (But, don’t worry, guys – there’s enough lingerie and football to go around.)
- Mandi Hall
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