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Box Office Sabermetrics is a weekly column that will attempt to apply the statistical analysis Sabermetrics, used in Baseball, to the box office results each weekend.
One of my favorite books, and favorite movies of the decade, is Moneyball. Telling the story of how A’s General Manager Billy Beane and his front office used statistical analytics – called Sabermetrics – to put together a winning team off a low budget and undervalued players. I’ve always enjoyed that side of Baseball, how integral we evaluate statistics is to the sport, so I thought it was high time I brought it to how we evaluate movies. Given that film is a subjective medium, the only real hard statistic we have to evaluate is box office returns. So, each week I will be taking a look at the weekend numbers and seeing what Baseball statistics have to say about them.
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- Dylan Griffin
Few A-list movie stars these days have been as durable as Tom Cruise. He can take a licking and keep on ticking, while still showing us something new from time to time. With the release this weekend of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, I wanted to take a look at the career of Cruise and pick out his very best acting jobs. As such, below you can find what I feel to be his top ten performances to date. While he’s focused on action roles of late, I think the next stage of his career will return him to drama, which is exciting, as he’s overdue an Academy Award. As always, this is just my take on things, but I do hope that you enjoy! Here now are what I think are the ten best performances of Cruise’s so far… 10. Lions for Lambs – Not the best film he’s ever been involved in, »
- Joey Magidson
When Ant-Man hits theaters nationwide tomorrow, there are many who may be introduced to a few of the wonderful supporting cast members for the first time, such as Michael Peña, who delivers a scene-stealing performance as Luis, one of Scott Lang's criminal cohorts who helps him pull off the heist of a lifetime. After a slew of fantastic performances in Shooter, Lions for Lambs, Observe and Report and American Hustle, the actor is poised for a breakout in Ant-Man. But perhaps his biggest role is yet to come, with the actor signing on last year to play Frank "Ponch" Poncharello in the big-screen CHiPs remake, alongside Dax Shepard, who is starring as Ponch's partner Jon Baker, and also writing and directing. I recently got to speak with Michael Peña for Ant-Man, and the actor offered an update on the remake, stating that they are doing everything they »
Michael Pena is an actor whose career I've been intently following for the past 10 years. After popping up in small but impressive roles in back-to-back Best Picture winners Million Dollar Baby and Crash, and in a wonderful arc on my favorite TV show ever, The Shield, the actor started coming into his own with solid supporting roles in Shooter, Lions for Lambs, Observe and Report and American Hustle. After his fantastic scene-stealing performance in Marvel's Ant-Man (check out my full Ant-Man review), the actor is primed for a huge career leap.
The actor portrays Luis, a longtime friend and criminal cohort of Scott Lang, who gives him a place to crash after his release from prison. Luis also sets up the heist that essentially introduces him to Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), setting him on a path to become the Ant-Man. When Scott is tasked with pulling off an improbable heist, »
4 items from 2015
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