They don’t come around all that often, but the movies love a charismatically gruff old man. From the goofy classic Grumpy Old Men with Jack Lemon and Walter Matthau to Clint Eastwood’s racist curmudgeon in Gran Turino, there’s a strange appeal to bitter old cranks. At least, when they discover they have a heart after all. Hannes Holm’s A Man Called Ove, from the novel by Fredrik Backman, follows in the genre’s creaky, recalcitrant footsteps. With a wonderful performance as the titular Ove from Rolf Lassgård, the film hits all the right irascible notes. Nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Film category, and another for Makeup and Hairstyling, A Man Called Ove has been an unlikely success.
It should prove to be an interesting weekend, as last week’s debut look to hold on to their standings at the box office. A few new releases are hoping to not make it easy for them. Which will come out top? Here are our predictions:
The Great Wall is a new movie starring the usually reliable Matt Damon. However, last summer’s Jason Bourne underperformed at the box office, and buzz isn’t particularly high about this period drama. Throw in the fact that the action audience is currently being super-served by John Wick: Chapter Two, and I believe Damon is looking at a lackluster fourth place debut with $15 million.
The animated Civil War continues on Avengers: Ultron Revolution. With the original Avengers and Songbird in prison, the Black Widow on the run, and Captain America blasted – who will save us all when the Inhumans, mind-controlled by evil forces, attack? Meet me after the jump for the answer and my thoughts on “Civil War, Part 3: The Drums of War.”
This week in Heroes and Villains our selection of new Marvel Comics includes a grounded space hero, a legacy hero with a familiar name, new origins for an old hero, and one of my absolute favorite super-heroines who is one of Marvel’s oldest. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on Star-Lord #3, Invincible Iron Man #4, Daredevil #17, and Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! #15…
On this week’s True Crime Corner, let’s take a look at a narcissistic killer who gave himself his own nickname. When imposters took responsibility for some of his murders, this guy contacted the media to set the record straight. Dennis Rader adopted the moniker B.T.K. for bind them, torture them, and kill them.
The series within a series on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. called LMD is not the first time that acronym has come up. The first time was early on to explain how Agent Coulson survived his apparent death in the first Avengers movie, and the second was whenever the mysterious Koenigs appeared. Now the Koenig brothers return, are they LMDs? Find out in my review of “Hot Potato Soup.”
This was the sort of weekend all the studios love, as three new releases all performed exceptionally well, with one in particular overshooting the estimated mark. Here’s what went down:
Debuting in first place as expected was the critically acclaimed The LEGO Batman Movie, which brought in a solid $55.6 million. The film manages to appeal to families and adults who love the character, LEGO, and/or both, and it should have some strong legs over the coming weeks, thanks to the rave reviews and likely word of mouth. Read the rest of this entry