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The combo of wink-wink naughtiness and family-friendly sentimentality makes for a wildly uneven farce in “How to Be a Latin Lover,” as a middle-aged male gold-digger attempts a reconciliation with his estranged sister and nephew — when he isn’t busy looking for his next sugar mama, that is. It’s another hand-tooled star vehicle for Mexican TV actor/personality Eugenio Derbez, whose phenomenally popular 2013 comedy “Instructions Not Included” holds the record for being the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the United States. This follow-up effort, a largely English-language feature, isn’t likely to make lightning strike twice in terms of generating consumer demand. To give it fair due, however, there are some very funny bits and pieces scattered amid the proceedings, along with a few darkly comical gags that appear to belong in a different movie, but are more than welcome here.
Much like Jack Benny, Maximo (Derbez) continues »
- Joe Leydon
Even while facing a steep second-weekend decrease of 61.1%, The Fate of the Furious still managed to come away with an easy win, taking in $38.4 million against five new releases, two of which didn't even crack the top 10. This weekend it will only face one newcomer in a true wide release, Stx Entertainment's The Circle, with Pantelion's latest comedy How to Be a Latin Lover and Blumhouse Tilt's Sleight also opening in several national markets, but with a much lower theater count. While Fast 8 will likely suffer another sizable drop in its third frame, it should come out on top with a projected take of $18.2 million.
Last weekend, Fate of the Furious actually added 19 more theaters for a grand total of 4,329, which was still nearly twice the rollout of most of last weekend's newcomers. This weekend, Box Office Mojo reports that The Circle will arrive in more than 2,800 theaters, while How to Be a Latin Lover »
“Alison” reads with Ken during his audition for the show-within-the-show, but becomes uncomfortable with the doc’s bold acting choices.
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Linda Lavin and Elliott Gould have signed on as series regulars opposite Mark Feuerstein and David Walton in 9J, 9K and 9L, CBS' multi-camera family comedy pilot from the husband-and-wife team of Feuerstein and Dana Klein, Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment and CBS TV Studios. Written by Friends With Better Lives creator Klein and Feuerstein and directed by Pamela Fryman, 9J, 9K and 9L was inspired by a time in Feuerstein's adult life when he lived in apartment 9K in… »
The latest film from independent film distributor Gravitas Ventures is “Bakery in Brooklyn,” about two cousins with very different attitudes forced to band together in order to preserve their family’s legacy. After their Aunt Isabelle (Linda Lavin) dies, she leaves behind her Brooklyn boulangerie, a cornerstone of the neighborhood, to her two cousins Vivien (Aimee Teegarden) and Chloe (Krysta Rodriguez). Chloe wants to change up the shop’s image while Vivien wants to retain its original atmosphere, forcing the two of them to split the business in half and compete for every last customer. But when the bank threatens to foreclose on the bakery, it’s up to them to work together to save the shop. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
- Vikram Murthi
5 items from 2017
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