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What did you see this weekend? I didn't hit theaters since I was travelling but I finished Jessica Jones (which really improved as it went along) and screeners gave me a second shot at Steve Jobs (Fassy & Kate are just as big a "wow" as they were the first time) and a first go at Straight Outta Compton. In the next 24 hours The Revenant and Joy hit my eyeballs. Here's hoping for the best.
01 Hunger Games 4 (4,175 screens) $51.6 (cum. $198.3) Hunger Games & Oscar
02 The Good Dinosaur (3,749 screens) $39.1 new (cum. $55.5)
03 Creed (3,404 screens) $30.1 new (cum. $42.6) Review
04 Spectre (2,940 screens) $12.8 (cum $176) Review
05 The Peanuts Movie (3,089 screens) $9.7 (cum. $116.7)
06 The Night Before (2,960 screens) $8.2 (cum. $24.1)
07 The Secret in Their Eyes (2,392 screens) $4.5 (cum. $14)
08 Spotlight (897 screens) $4.4 (cum. $12.3) First Impression
09 Brooklyn (845 screens) $3.8 (cum. $7.2) Review, Saoirse & Best Actress
10 The Martian (1,420 screens) $3.3 (cum. $218.6) Podcast
11 Love the Coopers (1,867 screens) $3 (cum. $20.4)
12 Victor Frankenstein (2,797 screens) $2.3 new (cum. $3.4)
With the dismal opening of »
- NATHANIEL R
Can anyone really imagine Emma Donahue's adaptation of her own "Room," or Nick Hornby's script for "Brooklyn," or Aaron Sorkin's take on "Steve Jobs" not eventually making the cut in this category? They seem like the three locks here, but this category is remarkably crowded. What about "The Martian," "Carol," "The Danish Girl," "Anomalisa," "45 Years" and "Beasts of No Nation"? In any other year they'd all seem like shoo-ins, but this year they could all get shut out. Especially if the incoming likes of "The Revenant" (scripted by last year's best original screenplay winner Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu), "The Big Short," "The Secret In Their Eyes" and "In The Heart of The Sea," among others, are as good as they could be. Best Adapted Screenplay predictions below. Check out predictions in other categories here. The Predicted Five: 1. Aaron Sorkin, »
- Peter Knegt
Anyone who knows even the smallest amount about movies knew that the finale to The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay Part 2, was going to rule the box office opening weekend. However, you may not have realized just how badly it would wipe the floor with the others. Come inside to check out the box office breakdown.
Here’s a quick recap of the totals for this past weekend:
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Although the film did not meet, or exceed, the totals of its predecessors (approximately $20 million below Part 1) for whatever reason the strong start suggests it could hold on to the top slot at the box office for a few weeks more at least. Be sure to check back in next week to see how it fairs against the newcomers!
Industry Newsbox OFFICEThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Carla Dobson)
Despite being a hit with the critics, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 was less so with audiences, pulling in a franchise-low of $102 million during its opening weekend, according to official figures.
Relative to the series’ trailblazing success, analysts deemed the film’s opening performance to be a disappointment, with Mockingjay – Part 2 now standing as the lowest-ranking installment of all four films based on its opening box office weekend.
For the sake of perspective, Catching Fire holds the crown for the highest opening in the series, reaching $158 million in 2013, closely followed by the original Hunger Games at $152 million. As such, considering that Mockingjay – Part 1 clocked in with $121 million after its first weekend, it would appear that interest in the dystopian Ya series began to wane as it neared its two-part finale. Burning bright before fading away.
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That’s hardly surprising, either. Not only has Lionsgate »
- Michael Briers
While many movies would kill for an estimated $101 million opening weekend at the box office, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 might have been wishing for a little more…after a dip in the franchise with the last movie, this latest entry opened at nearly $20 million less. While unlikely to be considered a flop (it is getting decent enough reviews, and the worldwide gross for the franchise amounts in the billions), it may have been more disappointing than expected. Whatever the reason, it is not the only movie to have trouble at the box office.
While Spectre (estimated $14.6 million) is doing quite nicely with its worldwide gross, The Peanuts Movie (estimated $12.8 million) cannot be saved by rave reviews alone, entering its third week it is only halfway to breaking even. Nor did portents favor the latest Seth Rogen comedy The Night Before, with an estimated $10.1 million on a $25 million budget. »
- Seth Paul
A decade ago it would have been difficult to imagine Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman sharing top billing for a movie; however, in 2015, it’s hardly a surprise that the pair of iconic 90s stars – alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor – are stuck in a tepid remake of 2009’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar-winner El Secreto de sus Ojos (which translates to the English title Secret In Their Eyes).
For those unfamiliar with the original, it takes place in a world of departmental obstacles and corruptive cover-ups and follows a man named Ray (Ejiofor), who enlists the help of Claire (Kidman) to seek justice for their colleague Jess (Roberts) after her daughter’s dead body is melodramatically discovered in a dumpster.
Set amongst a team of counter-terrorism investigators, the plot alternately unfolds in 2002 – in the aftermath of the murder and paranoid wake of the 9/11 attacks – and in the present day, 2015 – as Ray asks Claire, »
- Zachary Shevich
As a crime flick, Billy Ray’s The Secret in Their Eyes, a remake of Juan Jose Campanella’s Oscar-winning 2009 film of the same title, has little suspense, either of the whodunit or cat-and-mouse variety. Nor does it offset said lack of suspense the way some genre other genre films have done, by digging into the minutiae of police work. It’s a cop movie that’s largely uninterested in cops, crimes, or criminals. And yet, despite all that, the film is at times an effective, evocative mood piece. The funereal pall of sorrow that hangs over everything these characters do has a strange, surprising pull.Much like the original, the film unfolds in two timelines. In 2002, while investigating a potentially radical Los Angeles mosque, FBI investigator Ray Kasten (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Deputy District Attorney Claire Sloan (Nicole Kidman), and Da investigator Jess Cobb (Julia Roberts) are called to a nearby murder scene. »
- Bilge Ebiri
Foregoing the emotion at the core of Juan José Campanella’s Oscar-winning drama The Secret in Their Eyes, Billy Ray’s cold procedural remake (titled Secret in Their Eyes, evidently taking advice from Justin Timberlake’s Sean Parker) walks the walk, transplanting the story to a post-9/11 Los Angeles from 1970’s Argentina. The motivations are somewhat different this time around. Instead of writing a novel, Ray (Chiwetel Ejiofor) returns to his old stomping grounds to pay a visit to the one that got away: both his work crush Claire (Nicole Kidman) and a murder suspect whom he thinks he’s located.
The murder in question occurs adjacent to a mosque under surveillance by the joint counter terrorism task force. This partnership between the local FBI field office, in 2002, is led by a prosecutor with political ambition named Morales (Alfred Molina). The women raped and murdered is Carolyn Cobb (Zoe Graham »
- John Fink
This weekend is an important one for a myriad of reasons: Quality Best Picture candidates Brooklyn and Spotlight are expanding; The Hunger Games is wrapping up; two foreign Oscar submissions are arriving (Lithuania's lesbian romance Summer of Sangaille and France's must-see Mustang); the all star remake of the Oscar-winning Argentinian film The Secret in Their Eyes is upon us; People are prepping their Thanksgiving festivities. But all of those reasons pale in comparison to the big news:
Sadly Carol is only on 4 screens which means many readers will have something of a wait to experience its glory. We'll hold off on going Carol-mad just yet though we're planning a whole Carol week (for real, Dates Tba) but we'll wait until more of you have seen it so we can get detailed.
- NATHANIEL R
The Secret In Their Eyes is a tightly-plotted murder-revenge thriller that unfolds in leisurely, satisfying detail, cramming a whole miniseries’ worth of events into its two-hour running time. A remake of the 2009 Oscar-winning Argentinian film of the same name (from a novel by Eduardo Sacheri), The Secret In Their Eyes is an old-fashioned movie-movie with an A-list cast that’s hardly groundbreaking, but engrossing and substantial enough to recommend
Jumping back and forth between 2002 and current day, The Secret In Their Eyes makes its way through several genres; equal parts murder mystery, adult romance, buddy cop movie, and a discourse on national security and the death penalty. The plot hinges on the murder of the teenage daughter of a federal investigator and a co-worker’s 13 year quest to find justice. Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Ray, a La-based G-man in 2002 on post-9/11 counter-terrorism duty, assigned to investigate chatter at local mosques. »
- Tom Stockman
Written and Directed by Billy Ray
Thrillers that contain no thrills aren’t exactly a rarity in Hollywood. It comes as no surprise, then, that Secret in Their Eyes fails to quicken a pulse. More surprising is its complete inability to establish tone, mood, or any sense of escalating tension. Everyone, including writer-director Billy Ray and leading man Chiwetel Ejiofor, does acceptable work, but there’s just no pop here. The bar was simply set too high with Campanella’s 2009 Oscar Winner, making this tepid remake feel both ill-advised and ill-conceived.
“Passion always wins,” is an ironic mantra for Secret in Their Eyes considering what a dispassionate film it truly is. Perhaps a more accurate theme would be, “The past determines the present.” Every character seems doomed to travel »
- J.R. Kinnard
A 2009 Spanish-Argentinean co-production directed by Juan Jose Campanella, The Secret in Their Eyes was internationally applauded, sweeping Argentina's top film prizes and nabbing the Oscar for best foreign-language film. But it appears the Americanized remake by writer-director Billy Ray didn't exactly live up to the original. With an A-list cast consisting of Chiwitel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts, it was deemed to be one of the better films of the year. However, critics are saying the actors—though each brilliant in their own right—just don't quite click, leaving the film a bit inconsistent and, in fact, boring. Here's what they had to say: The Wrap's Alonso »
Read More: Watch: Julia Roberts, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Nicole Kidman Seek Revenge in Intense 'Secret In Their Eyes' Trailer Remakes are tricky business even under the best of circumstances, but when you add in elements as fraught as "remaking an Oscar winner" or even "remaking a really recent Oscar winner," things get even more complicated. That's the undertaking screenwriter and director Billy Ray took on for his "Secret in Their Eyes," a new version of Juan Jose Campanella's "El secreto de sus ojos," which won the 2009 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film (that film was inspired from another source, too, as Campanella worked alongside novelist Eduardo Sacheri to retrofit Sacheri's novel for the big screen). Fans of the original — and there are many, including Ray — will recognize plenty of elements in Ray's new film, although his Chiwetel Ejiofor and Julia Roberts-starring feature has »
- Kate Erbland
Long-buried truths are exhumed, and a foreign-language Oscar winner gets a clever but workmanlike Hollywood retooling, in “Secret in Their Eyes,” a time-shuffling tale of murder, corruption, paranoia and the many varieties of obses sion. Neatly swapping in post-9/11 counterterrorism for late-’70s Argentinean political upheaval, writer-director Billy Ray’s thriller-procedural plays like a serviceable feat of narrative surgery, though it does boast one masterstroke in the reworking of a key role, played here by Julia Roberts with a piercing restraint that silences any lingering doubt that she was born to be more than just America’s sweetheart. This second major release from Stx Entertainment (after the recent sleeper hit “The Gift”) should parlay its cast names, including Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor, into solid year-end counterprogramming.
- Justin Chang
With its undertow of melancholy and obsession, the 2009 Argentine drama El Secreto de Sus Ojos put a haunting spin on the policier, at the same time evoking a dark chapter in the country’s history. Juan Jose Campanella’s compelling, if overpraised, Oscar winner receives a smart Hollywood update from writer-director Billy Ray, who strips away the earlier film’s literary romanticism to fashion a harder-edged thriller. Like the original, Secret in Their Eyes occupies the fraught territory between crime and punishment, political exigencies and justice. It can be both as gripping and as lacking in nuance as its predecessor,
- Sheri Linden
Festival will also see a focus on Argentine cinema and on classic Hollywood double acts.
Glasgow Film Festival (Gff) (Feb 17-28) has announced a new industry strand for its 12th edition.
Gff Industry Focus will bring together international film-makers, funding bodies and industry insiders for a two-day seminar within the festival programme.
It is aimed at offering benefits to Scotland’s film and television industry, and to visiting film-makers, and marks the first time that the audience-focused festival has developed an industry-specific programme.
“While Gff’s programme will always put audiences front and centre, we are delighted to be able to host something like Gff Industry Focus this year,” said festival co-director Allison Gardner.
“Bringing this sort of industry presence to Scotland will hopefully feed into and strengthen the Scottish film industry, creating connections and opportunities, and offering international insight.”
Ben Luxford, BFI head of UK audiences, added: “We’re proud supporters of Gff’s vibrant public »
- email@example.com (Ian Sandwell)
This week’s episode of our podcast We Are Movie Geeks The Show is up! Hear Wamg’s Michelle McCue, Jim Batts and Tom Stockman discuss the weekend box office, and next weekend’s releases. We’ll review Spotlight, Brooklyn, Legend, and Trumbo . We’ll also preview By The Sea, The Secret In Their Eyes, Mockingjay 2, and Creed. We will recap the St. Louis International Film Festival and talk about The Academy’s Governors Awards. We Are Movie Geeks The Show is a weekly podcast and can be heard streaming at ONStl.com Online Radio.
Here’s this week’s show. Have a listen:
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- Movie Geeks
Whew, we have a big one going this week. Katniss is back to finish the job, some eyes have secrets and bros do the holidays right. Get ready for The Hunger Games: The Mockingjay Part 2, The Secret in Their Eyes and The Night Before. Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at This Rotten Week has to offer. Rotten Watch Prediction 83% Oh Katniss, my Katniss. I.d follow you to The Capitol, to the brink of destruction, the end of the world and back. That.s the kind of devotion I have to your cause. Oh and you resemble Jennifer Lawrence? Even better. Katniss is a hero.s hero. Powerful yet flawed. Headstrong but scared. She.s just the right kind of protagonist. And it.s been a long time coming, but The Hunger Games »
Opening in theaters on November 20 is Secret In Their Eyes.
Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Billy Ray (Captain Phillips, The Hunger Games), the film is based on El Secreto de Sus Ojos, the 2010 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film, directed by Juan Jose Campanella.
From Stx Entertainment, Secret In Their Eyes stars Academy Award winners Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich) and Nicole Kidman (The Hours), and Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (Twelve Years a Slave). A tight-knit team of FBI investigators, along with their District Attorney supervisor, is suddenly torn apart when they discover that one of their own teenage daughters has been brutally murdered.
Weaving past and present, Secret In Their Eyes is a gripping mystery that asks the question: how far would you go to right an unfathomable wrong?
- Michelle McCue
Julia Roberts, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Nicole Kidman round out the heavy-hitting cast of Secret in Their Eyes, the upcoming remake of the 2009 Argentinian Oscar winner, El Secreto de Sus Ojos. A new trailer for the film, in theaters on Oct. 23, has been released, and it's incredibly dark. Roberts plays an FBI investigator who discovers that her daughter has been brutally killed. Thirteen years after the murder, her colleague (Ejiofor) uncovers a lead that may point to the killer. The movie looks amazing (I can already see this cast touring award season together) but extremely difficult to watch. Until it's released, check out the trailer and Eduardo Sacheri's book, on which the movie is based. »
- Maggie Pehanick
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