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Death Cure Review: The Maze Runner Finale We Needed

Death Cure Review: The Maze Runner Finale We Needed
The Maze Runner trilogy comes to an action-packed and somber conclusion with The Death Cure. The final installment of the popular young adult novels scales upwards on all fronts. You will forget this series began as a story about children trapped in a deadly maze. The protagonists are now seasoned fighters in an epic battle for the future of mankind. Their struggle is deeply personal and well conceived. The strong character development props up the vanilla aspects of the script. The Death Cure is a whopper of a finale; bigger and better than expected.

The plot picks up several months after the events of The Scorch Trials. Minho (Ki Hong Lee) has been captured. He is taken, along with another batch of immune children, to the last city, the stronghold of Wckd. Teresa (Kaya Scodelario) is there, continuing the experiments under the guidance of Ava Paige (Patricia Clarkson). Her betrayal
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‘American Made’ Tops DVD, Blu-ray Charts

Universal Pictures’ “American Made” debuted at No. 1 on the Npd VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Jan. 6.

The film, which stars Tom Cruise as a pilot working for the CIA who becomes a smuggler for Central American drug lords, earned $51.3 million at the domestic box office.

Warner’s “Dunkirk,” the top seller the previous week, slipped to No. 2 on both charts in its third week on shelves.

Rounding out the top five on both charts were Universal’s “Despicable Me 3” at No. 3, Fox’s “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” at No. 4, and Warner’s “The Lego Ninjago Movie” at No. 5.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 61% of total unit sales for “American Made,” with 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray contributing 12% of the total.

“American Made” also debuted at No. 1 on the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Jan. 7.

Despicable Me 3
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Box Office Democracy: Bottom 6 Movies of 2017

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6. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

If this was just about wasted potential, Valerian would easily be on the top of this list. There are five worse movies this year but none of them have a fraction of the visual artistry displayed here by Luc Besson. Valerian has some of the best design I’ve seen in a movie all year and two of the most inventive chase sequences maybe ever. It also features a terrible script that meanders forever over trivial nothing and merrily skips past dense plot without a moment for inspection. I loved watching the action but I never really understood why any of it was going on. Toss on top some of the worst chemistry I’ve ever seen between an on-screen couple (and honestly maybe Dane DeHaan isn’t ready to be a leading man) and this is an unpleasant movie to watch at any volume above mute.
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‘Dunkirk’ Takes Top Spot on Disc Sales Chart

‘Dunkirk’ Takes Top Spot on Disc Sales Chart
After debuting at No. 2 a week earlier, Warner’s “Dunkirk” in its second week moved into the top spot on the Npd VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales charts, the week ended Dec. 30, displacing Universal Pictures’ “Despicable Me 3,” which had been the top title the previous three weeks.

Dunkirk” also maintained the top spot on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, having debuted at No. 1 the week before.

Overall, following “Despicable Me 3” at No. 2 were Fox’s “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” moving up a spot to No. 3 and Warner’s “The Lego Ninjago Movie” dropping a spot to No. 4. The top newcomer was 20th Century Fox’s “The Mountain Between Us,” a drama starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet that debuted at No. 5 after a $30.3 million run at the domestic box office.

The top five on the Blu-ray chart were unchanged from the previous week: Lining up behind
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‘Despicable Me 3’ Top Disc Seller for Second Week

Despite the arrival of two popular new releases, Universal Pictures again topped both national home video sales charts the week ended Dec. 16 with “Despicable Me 3,” the fourth installment in the computer-animated comedy-adventure series produced by Illumination Entertainment.

The film, with a domestic theatrical gross of nearly $265 million, follows the 2015 offshoot “Minions” and is a sequel to 2013’s “Despicable Me 2.” It’s one of three 2017 films to earn more than $1 billion at the box office, worldwide.

Two new releases, 20th Century Fox’s “Kingsmen: The Golden Circle” and HBO’s “Game of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season,” bowed at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, on Npd VideoScan’s combined DVD/Blu-ray Disc sales chart as well as the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

“Kingsmen” sold 80.6% as many units its first week in stores as “Despicable Me 3” did in its second week of release, Npd research shows, with “Game of Thrones” trailing at 58.2%.

But given the significantly
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Verve Continues to Show Dominance in Spec Market Following Blacklist, Hitlist Unveilings

While the major agencies still had plenty to gloat about after the recent unveiling of both the Hitlist and the Blacklist, Verve Talent and Literary Agency is looking to be the big winner when it comes to repping writers on those lists.

For the Hitlist, which is a list of the 90 best already-produced specs of 2017, Verve ranked first among agencies, repping 17 of the writers on the list. For the Blacklist, which is a list of the best specs that have yet to be produced, Verve ranked second, trailing only CAA and repping 14 of the specs appearing on the list.

“Thrilled that our hard work and love for the writer business has been recognized by the best readers in town!” said co-founder Bryan Besser.

To most agencies, these lists serve as a benchmark to measure their standing in the biz in terms of their clients’ productivity. For the past several years, Verve has held its own,
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Disney Led the Charge in November as 2017 Looks to Close Strong

Disney Led the Charge in November as 2017 Looks to Close Strong
The year saw a lift from November box office grosses as this past month was only the third time ever November receipts totaled more than $1 billion, led by Disney and Marvel's release of Thor: Ragnarok, which delivered nearly 28% of the month's total. Heading into the November, 2017 was trailing 2016 by 5.3%, but coming out of it this year was 4.4% behind 2016 thanks to what was the third largest November ever and a 5.1% improvement over November last year. Disney led the month — after not having released a film since Cars 3 in mid-June — with two new wide releases in Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok and Pixar's Coco, both of which have been overwhelmingly successful. Ragnarok was the month's highest grossing title with $281.7 million and Coco delivered the fourth largest three- and five-day Thanksgiving weekend opening ever and generated over $82 million in its first nine days in release. Coco's total has since climbed over $135 million domestically and over $400 million globally,
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Korea Box Office: ‘Swindlers’ Wins Third Weekend

Korea Box Office: ‘Swindlers’ Wins Third Weekend
Two Korean titles, “The Swindlers” and “Forgotten” remained on top of the South Korean box office. “Swindlers” earned $3.18 million from 418,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total of $26.7 million after three weekends. The Showbox release accounted for 24% of the total weekend box office. Megabox’s “Forgotten” earned $2.34 million for a two-weekend total of $7.82 million.

Animated features, “Pororo, Dinosaur Island Adventure” and “Mary and the Witch’s Flower” debuted on Thursday (Dec. 7) and took third and fourth, respectively. Distributed by Next Entertainment World (New), local animation “Pororo” earned $2.28 million over four days. Japanese animation “Mary,” distributed by Cgv Arthouse, earned $2.22 million between Thursday and Sunday. Another Thursday opener, “American Assassin” landed in sixth. The action drama earned $1.12 million over first four days.

With a week-on-week drop of 57%, “Murder on the Orient Express” slipped to fifth place from the previous week’s third. It earned $1.1 million between Friday and Sunday to extend its total to $5.47 million after two weekends
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‘City On A Hill’: Jonathan Tucker & Kevin Dunn Cast In Ben Affleck & Matt Damon’s Showtime Drama Pilot

Jonathan Tucker (Kingdom) is set as a series regular and Kevin Dunn (Veep) will recur in City on a Hill, Showtime's drama pilot executive produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Michael Cuesta (Homeland, American Assassin) is directing and executive producing. He replaces Gavin O'Connor, who initially was set for the role but pulled out in early September after he signed on to direct Suicide Squad 2. Written by Chuck MacLean (Boston Strangler) based on an original idea by…
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Jennifer Lawrence's 'mother!' Comes Home, Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

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Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical Despicable Me 3 (animated sequel; voices: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Steve Coogan, Jenny Slate, Dana Gaier, Julie Andrews, Russell Brand; rated PG) American Assassin (action-thriller; Dylan O'Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Latham, Shiva Negar, David Suchet, Navid Negahban, Scott Adkins, Taylor Kitsch; rated R)   Digital HD: Rent from $4-$7 or own from $13-$20 (HD may cost more than Sd). Check with your favorite Digital HD provider to see if the...

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‘City On A Hill’: Mark O’Brien Cast As Series Regular In Showtime Drama Pilot

Mark O’Brien (Halt and Catch Fire) has been cast as a series regular opposite Aldis Hodge and Kevin Bacon in Showtime's drama pilot City on a Hill, executive produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Michael Cuesta (Homeland, American Assassin) is directing and executive producing. Written by Chuck MacLean (Boston Strangler) based on an original idea by Affleck and MacLean, City on a Hill is set in Boston in the early '90s when the city was rife with violent criminals…
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City On A Hill: Kevin Bacon to star in new crime drama

David Crow Nov 14, 2017

Kevin Bacon will lead City On A Hill, a Showtime pilot from Ben Affleck about Boston crime in the 1990s...

In recent years, when one thinks of Boston, you would be forgiven if what springs to mind is crime drama. After all, Dennis Lehane has made a near cottage industry out of tough tales about tough guys in Dorchester or Southie, such as Gone Baby Gone and Mystic River. There was also Martin Scorsese’s The Departed and Ben Affleck’s The Town. Well Affleck and Mystic River’s Kevin Bacon want again to mine that lore while also reimagining a true crime saga for Showtime: City On A Hill.

Based on an idea originated by Affleck, who will executive produce, as well as fellow executive producer Chuck MacLean (Boston Strangler), City On A Hill will return to Beantown’s not so glorious days in the 1990s,
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‘City On A Hill’: Kevin Bacon & Aldis Hodge To Star In Ben Affleck & Matt Damon’s Showtime Drama Pilot

Kevin Bacon (The Following) and Aldis Hodge (Underground) are set to headline Showtime's drama pilot City on a Hill, executive produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Michael Cuesta (Homeland, American Assassin) is directing and executive producing. He replaces Gavin O'Connor, who initially was set for the role but pulled out in early September after he signed on to direct Suicide Squad 2. Written by Chuck MacLean (Boston Strangler) based on an original idea by Affleck
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‘American Assassin’ Headed to Digital in November, 4K and Blu-ray in December

Dylan O’Brien and Michael Keaton get violent in American Assassin, the 2o17 thriller coming to home video this holiday season.

Lionsgate Home Entertainment has announced plans for a November 21st release of American Assassin on Digital HD. The American Assassin 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD editions arrive a couple weeks later on December 5th.

Expect Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision Hdr for the American Assassin 4K release, as well as the following bonus features:

“Target Acquired: Creating an American Assassin” Featurette

“Finding Mitch Rapp: Dylan O’Brien” Featurette

“Transfer of Power: Hurley and Ghost” Featurette

“Weaponized: Training and Stunts” Featurette

“In the Field: Locations” Featurette

Alamo Drafthouse Q&A with Dylan O’Brien and Taylor Kitsch

American Assassin also stars Sanaa Lathan, Shiva Negar, Scott Adkins and Taylor Kitsch.

Pre-order American Assassin on 4K or another format at Amazon.
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new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, from Oct 20

A simple listing, duplicated from the in cinemas UK and Ireland page, of new releases and other stuff currently available, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails (sign up here).

opening this week The Death of Stalin I Am Not a Witch Brawl in Cell Block 99 Happy Death Day I’m planning to see… Geostorm Jungle Marshall

2017’s films, ranked by maryann

all reviews, 1997–today

now in cinemas The Big Sick Borg vs McEnroe Brimstone Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Detroit Dunkirk Final Portrait The Glass Castle God’s Own Country The Limehouse Golem Loving Vincent The Party Pecking Order The Ritual School Life Spider-Man: Homecoming Victoria & Abdul Wind River American Made Atomic Blonde Blade Runner 2049 Despicable Me 3 Everything, Everything Girls Trip Goodbye Christopher Robin Logan Lucky American Assassin Annabelle: Creation Baby Driver Cars 3 The Emoji Movie
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new and ongoing cinema releases, Us/Can, from Oct 20

A simple listing, duplicated from the in cinemas Us and Canada page, of new releases and other stuff currently available, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails (sign up here).

opening this week The Killing of a Sacred Deer Only the Brave Wonderstruck The Snowman Same Kind of Different as Me Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween I’m planning to see… Geostorm A Silent Voice The Work expanding Breathe The Florida Project Goodbye Christopher Robin

2017’s films, ranked by maryann

all reviews, 1997–today

now in cinemas Battle of the Sexes The Big Sick Brigsby Bear California Typewriter Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Detroit Dolores Dunkirk Faces Places The Glass Castle Ingrid Goes West Lady Macbeth Lost in Paris (Paris pieds nus) Loving Vincent Lucky Maudie Patti Cake$ Polina Professor Marston & the Wonder Women School Life Spider-Man: Homecoming Step Stronger Take My Nose…
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WB and New Line's 'It' Propels September 2017 to Record Heights

WB and New Line's 'It' Propels September 2017 to Record Heights
September 2017 saw record returns with calendar grosses topping $695 million, falling just shy of becoming the first September to ever total $700 million at the domestic box office. Leading the way was Warner Bros. and New Line's massive hit It, which delivered record numbers of its own and accounted for over 40% of the month's total gross. September is also the first month since April to show an improvement over the same month in 2016, with September grosses finishing 18.3% higher than 2016. From a yearly stand point, 2017 was pacing 6.3% behind 2016 at the end of August and September grosses helped turn things around somewhat with 2017 pacing 4.6% behind 2016's record year by the end of the month. However, with October already pacing 20.8% behind last year (as of October 9) it's looking like September's gains will be lost throughout the current month, putting additional pressure on final two months of the year to turn the tide.Overall, September 2017 saw calendar grosses reach $696.2 million,
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Jennifer Lawrence Condemns Harvey Weinstein: ‘My Heart Goes Out To All of the Women’

Jennifer Lawrence Condemns Harvey Weinstein: ‘My Heart Goes Out To All of the Women’
Jennifer Lawrence said she never witnessed any inappropriate behavior from Harvey Weinstein, but she nevertheless joined the chorus of actresses who spoke out on Monday about the mogul’s alleged sexual harassment of multiple women over three decades.

“I was deeply disturbed to hear the news about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior,” Lawrence said in a statement to Variety. “I worked with Harvey five years ago and I did not experience any form of harassment personally, nor did I know about any of these allegations. This kind of abuse is inexcusable and absolutely upsetting.”

She added, “My heart goes out to all of the women affected by these gross actions. And I want to thank them for their bravery to come forward.”

Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, Kate Winslet and Glenn Close all voiced their disapproval on Monday of Weinstein’s alleged conduct.

Lawrence won an Oscar in 2013 for “Silver Linings Playbook,” which was produced by Weinstein.
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‘American Assassin’ Screening Causes Chaos After False Reports Of Shooting

‘American Assassin’ Screening Causes Chaos After False Reports Of Shooting
An audience watching American Assassin at Cinemark Theatre in the Woodlands, Tex. was shaken up after they thought they heard gunshots outside while the movie was playing. Fortunately, it was a false alarm as the gunshots were from the film itself. The Michael Cuesta-directed action-thriller starring Michael Keaton and Dylan O’Brien includes a number of scenes with violent gunfights. Apparently, the scenes were intense enough to have the audience panic. Some of the…
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Can Blade Runner 2049 Dethrone It at the Box Office?

Can Blade Runner 2049 Dethrone It at the Box Office?
Thanks to three underperforming newcomers, the fall blockbuster It returned to top the box office with a paltry $17.3 million in the estimates, but when the actual numbers were released yesterday, it was actually far worse, with Kingsman: The Golden Circle coming out on top with $16.93 million, and It dropping to second with $16.9 million. Kingsman 2's two-week reign will most likely come to a close this weekend with Blade Runner 2049 hitting theaters, armed with a wealth of Blade Runner buzz and strong reviews, making it an easy choice to win this weekend, even while going up against a diverse slate of newcomers like 20th Century Fox's The Mountain Between Us and Lionsgate's My Little Pony movie. Still, the R-rated Blade Runner 2049 should have no trouble topping the box office with a projected $51.6 million.

Last month, the first box office projections put the Blade Runner 2049 opening weekend at north of $40 million,
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