毕竟端游中的一场PVP战役甚至是可以打上数十个小时的。手游虽然有简化，但时长也远大于平常人玩的那些竞技类游戏。 Join us weekly as Rotten Tomatoes reports on what s opening, expanding, and coming to the specialty box office. From promising releases from new voices to experimental efforts from storied filmmakers – or perhaps the next indie darling to go the distance for end-of-year accolades – we will break it all down for you here each week in Fresh Indie Finds. This week at the specialty box office, we find an inspiring feel-good comedy from Workaholics star Jillian Bell and rapper-turned-actor Utkarsh Ambudkar, as well as a documentary that chronicles the inception of one of Broadway s most iconic musicals, Fiddler on the Roof. And in the new trailers section, we get our first look at Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver in Marriage Story, Noah Baumbach s upcoming Netflix film – which will have a small theatrical run – plus a red band preview for a SXSW standout comedy about a wild night of drinking gone terribly wrong.Opening This Weekend
ptation of the sixth novel, Confess, Fletch, which Hamm is both starring in and producing. It also turns out that Confess, Fletch will be a Mad Men reunion project for Hamm, as he has cast John Slattery, who played Don Draper s boss and eventual partner Roger Sterling. Other Confess, Fletch co-stars will include Marcia Gay Harden, Kyle MacLachlan, and Annie Mummulo (Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar).7. CHRIS PRATT TO STAR IN KARATE COMEDY THE BLACK BELT (Photo by Chuck Zlotnick/©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)For most of the last seven years since Chris Pratt scored two big hits in 2014 with The LEGO Movie and Guardians of the Galaxy, his big screen output has focused on big franchise action movies like his various movies as Marvel s Star-Lord and the Jurassic World franchise. Pratt s first real big break, of course, was as the goofball Andy Dwyer on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, and it looks like he may channel the spirit of Andy again, as he will star in a karate-themed movie called The Black Belt for frequent Saturday Night Live sketch director Paul Briganti. Pratt will star in The Black Belt as an eccentric uncle who trains his shy teenage nephew in the ways of karate. The role of the nephew hasn t been cast yet.8. LANCE REDDICK TO REPRISE CONCIERGE ROLE IN JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 4 (Photo by ©Summit Entertainment)When it comes to franchises with recurring casts, it s easy to take it for granted when it s announced that a particular actor is indeed returning for the next movie, but that doesn t mean it s not news. Prolific TV actor Lance Reddick (The Wire, Fringe, LOST) has been in every John Wick movie thus far as the mysterious Charon, the concierge of the Continental, where international assassins come to mingle and rest up, and he will do the same again in John Wick: Chapter 4. Reddick and star Keanu Reeves will be joined by a cast of new co-stars that includes Donnie Yen, Shamier Anderson, Hiroyuki Sanada, and pop star Rina Sawayama.9. COLD PURSUIT AND GREENLAND SEQUELS THAWING (Photo by ©STX Entertainment)Despite the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the movie business, two actors who showed they were still able to attract audiences (on some level) were Scotland s Gerard Butler (with Greenland, Certified Fresh at 78%) and Northern Ireland s Liam Neeson (with Honest Thief and The Ice Road). Just before COVID-19 struck, Neeson also starred in the action thriller Cold Pursuit (Fresh at 69%), and this week, the news broke that Studiocanal is moving forward with plans for a Cold Pursuit sequel (along with lots of other new projects announced at Cannes on Tuesday), which will presumably find Neeson s snowplow driver again in some sort of danger. Cold Pursuit 2 wasn t the only snow-themed sequel to make the news this week, as Greenland: Migration was confirmed to start filming in 2022, with Butler, Morena Baccarin, and director Ric Roman Waugh all returning for the sequel, which will focus on the family from the first film coping with life (spoiler) in the post-apocalyptic world following the events of Greenland.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
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It s a good time to be an anime fan, what with multiple dedicated streaming services (choose among Crunchyroll, Funimation, HiDive and more), alongside mainstream awards recognition and critical acclaim for the likes of Your Name or Dragon Ball Super: Broly. Meanwhile, Studio Ghibli s on HBO Max, and anime-inspired shows like Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra hitting big on Netflix. And now Attack on Titan has returned for its fourth and final epic season. We re commemorating these moments with a selection of 25 anime TV series that we believe have been essential to the medium over the last five decades. Our recommendation that these shows ought to be sought out and watched is based on the immediate quality of the stories, characters, and animation, along with their crucial impact in exposing new audiences to the world of anime.Of course, with so many high-caliber shows produced over the years, much of it readily available at our fingertips, we invite you to create your own guide. Let us know what you think are the best, most essential anime series out there in the comments.Future Boy Conan (1976) (Photo by Nippon Animation)Owing to its inconsistent availability country to country, Future Boy Conan remains underseen even among most Studio Ghibli devotees. This is something fans must rectify by any means. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki in collaboration with Isao Takahata, this 26-episode series features a flooded post-apocalyptic Earth, warring human factions, a boy with superhuman strength, a girl with telepathic powers, and, of course, pirates and seaplanes. Released before his feature debut, The Castle of Cagliostro, this is light years beyond Miyazaki s other TV output (like when directing Sherlock Hound episodes or his run on Lupin the 3rd, all great), finding him at his most youthful and enthusiastic. And the show bears all the hallmarks of his later work, like worthy female protagonists, environmentalist messages, and complex, shifting relationships between heroes and villains. Which actually renders the phrase later work void. Future Boy Conan shows he s always known how to make masterpieces.Space Pirate Captain Harlock (1978-1979) (Photo by Toei Animation)The beginning of a vast space opera franchise created by Leiji Matsumoto, this is a slow-burn melodrama anchored around the titular Harlock, who has left Earth in his ship, the Arcadia, after defining space as the final frontier for a man of honor like himself. He and his crew engage in war with the all-female Mazone, who threaten his home planet. In his characteristic skull-and-crossbones cloak, Harlock s stoic nature and moral nobility (and not to mention he s a bit of a lush) quickly became a lovely, foundational trope in anime. It s now to the point where his image and character has been parodied in disparate animation, from Project A-Ko to Steven Universe.Watch on: CrunchyrollMobile Suit Gundam (1979-1980) (Photo by Nippon Sunrise)Like Futurama, Star Trek, and Firefly, Mobile Suit Gundam was one of those sci-fi shows that found significant life even after their early cancellations, as fans united and rallied around their beloved series. In Gundam s case, the powers that be were convinced to resurrect the franchise after model kits of the show s mechs flew off the shelves for years. Audiences were clearly vibing to Gundam s revolutionary new style of personalized giant robots in space warfare, to the point that decades later a Gundam blasted its way into a major fighting appearance within Ready Player One s climactic battle. Outside the cool mech design, the original Gundam series is notable for hero Amuro, and his rivalry with Char, whose redemption and fall in the sequels make up one of the great character arcs in classic anime.Ranma 1/2 (1987-1992) (Photo by Studio Deen)A freewheeling blitz of martial arts slapstick and ever-so-many romantic misunderstandings, Ranma 1/2 is a tale of two families, the Saotomes and the Tendos, whose members and friends are affected by a curse, enacted upon them after some characters bathe or fall into a forbidden natural spring. Cold water afflicts the accursed, transforming one person into a pig, another a duck, a panda, and so on. And in the case of raven-haired Ranma Saotome, cool liquid morphs him into a red-headed pig-tailed girl. The only way to turn any of them back is with a splash of hot H2O. The quirky gender politics, and the love-hate interplay between Ranma and his violently reluctant betrothed Akane Tendo (not cursed, outside of being an exceptionally bad cook), drive the action and comedy, as other would-be suitors surge in like hawks of anarchy. After its TV run, Ranma 1/2 carried on through a robust gauntlet of OVAs and feature films.Watch on: Hulu, VIZDragon Ball Z (1989-1996) (Photo by Toei)Anime has been a strong force in upending societal impressions that animation is strictly for kids. And every now and then a show breaks through the otaku inner circles and into shopping malls and the mainstream, validating the medium in a way through its vast pop-cultural reach. Dragon Ball Z is one of those major breakthroughs, an epic of planet-annihilating proportions, whose long-gestating battles of inner rage and surging emotion speaks especially to an eternal adolescent audience. Series protagonist Goku is now an icon of animation thanks to his justice-driven good nature, aided by the characteristically unfussy character design by Akira Toriyama, and a meme-friendly fanbase. And Goku still lives today, through a currently-airing sequel series, the critically acclaimed 2019 Broly film, and even funky Thundercat songs.Watch on: FunimationPatlabor: The TV Series (1989-1990) (Photo by Sunrise)Patlabor pulls the mecha genre out from space operas and away from all those cosmic threats, and lands it in for a more upbeat earthbound approach. Created in the twilight of Japan s economic boom before the bubble burst in 1992, the series glitters with a positive, progressive outlook on the (then) near-future of the island nation, where commercial-grade mechs called Labors have integrated within every day life, powering transportation, manufacturing, land development, and more avenues of industry. We follow the colorful, motley crew of officers at Second Special Vehicles Division, who combat a variety of Labor-related crimes. Less overtly political than the OVA and movie timeline, The TV Series is an appealing breakdown of a unique police unit s inner workings that, in its best episodes, feels like an office sitcom whose lessons are delivered through giant robot beatdowns.Watch on: HiDiveSailor Moon (1992-1997) (Photo by Toei)If stereotypically Dragon Ball Z captured the attention of boys, then Sailor Moon did the same for girls. A pioneer in national broadcast syndication like DBZ, Sailor Moon brought anime to the masses. It was an after-school, afternoon delight to daily unite with Usagi (or Serena, in the original English dub) and her intergalactic planetary squad of friends, as they navigate adolescent life, mysterious boyfriends, and their own secret identities as magically-endowed defenders of the planet. Series director Kunihiko Ikuhara would go to direct another shojo classic series, Revolutionary Girl Utena.Watch on: Hulu, VIZTenchi Muyo! (1995)(Photo by AIC)From Bubblegum Crisis to El-Hazard: The Magnificent World to Oh My Goddess!, production house AIC defined the anime look from the mid- 80s to early 90s. AIC s tendency towards warm color tones and diligent, weighty animation gave their projects an alluring haze which felt simultaneously grounded and not of this world. The Tenchi universe was the commercial crown jewel of the era, with additional OVAs, feature films, and spinoffs. Tenchi s premise is one of those classic anime wish fulfillment set-ups, where a hapless high school dude gets entangled in a love triangle, with the two other participants being a princess from another planet, and a roguish space pirate. Superhuman powers, time travel, and a cat-rabbit who can transform into a spaceship may also get involved. The AIC look and Tenchi s fluidity between romance, action, sci-fi, comedy, and drama really hits that anime sweet spot.Watch on: FunimationNeon Genesis Evangelion (1995-1996)(Photo by Gainax)Hailed as the apex of serialized anime since its debut, Neon Genesis Evangelion’s champagne reputation belies just how strange it is. Set in a post-apocalyptic Japan where kaijus known as “Angels” repeatedly ravage humanity, the series follows Shinji Ikari, an insecure boy chosen to pilot one of the Evangelions, which are giant, mysterious robots that are the only weapons capable of repelling the Angel menace. From there, Evangelion transforms from a mecha procedural into an impressionistic allegory about the inherent loneliness of being human. The virtually plotless finale divided audiences at the time and remains contentious to this day. Series creator Hideaki Anno responded to fan outrage with a supplemental film titled The End of Evangelion, which brought closure to the story while diving headlong into a darkness that the show merely glanced at. The result is a harrowing but unusually frank exploration of mental health. Taken altogether, Evangelion’s hallowed status is understandable: While the saga becomes more inscrutable the deeper it goes, viewers will come out the other end having gained a deeper understanding of themselves.Watch on: NetflixPokemon (1997-present) (Photo by OLM, Inc.)If Dragon Ball was for boys, and Sailor Moon was for girls, then Pokemon was for everyone. With its limitless capacity for cute monsters, and hero Ash Ketchum s simple, defined goal of mastering the capturing of said monsters, Pokemon launched with an immediate, all-ages appeal. Twenty-three seasons later, Ash is still at it, with no signs of slowing down. That s because the show (and franchise at large, really) hasn t wavered from its core, timeless bent towards adventure and discovery, of what it s like to be operating in its universe. Every opportunity is taken to make you feel the thrill of being a Pokemon seeker, as seen in the video games, Pokemon GO!, and even Detective Pikachu.Watch on: Pokemon TVCowboy Bebop (1997-1998)(Photo by Sunrise)Cowboy Bebop feels like the end of anime s classic era, a spectacular climax for cel animation television, and the dawn of anime finally entering the public consciousness. Of course, Bebop had a big hand in making anime explode in America, as cable television grew in popularity and Cartoon Network began airing the show in blocks with the likes of The Big O, Trigun, and InuYasha. Relentlessly hip, Cowboy Bebop stood out (still does) for its silky animation, eclectic blues and jazz soundtrack, postmodern editing trips, explosive action set pieces, and the natural allure of star bounty hunter Spike, who moves like a deep space Elliott Gould from The Long Goodbye. Only Spike s even cooler than Marlowe.Watch on: HuluSerial Experiments Lain (1998)(Photo by Triangle Staff)Serial Experiments Lain helped usher in a new style of anime, of more digitally-produced shows with a glossy bloom and deeper, darker, complicated storylines. In the wake of Neon Genesis tearing up the typical anime playbook, Lain pursues a surreal, interior cyberpunk story about a withdrawn high school girl who receives an email from a classmate who has recently committed suicide. Questions of hyperreality, consciousness, and the everyday tangibility of cyberspace ensue. Lain is pretentious, symbolic, and absorbing – a prime example of a brave new world in anime.Watch on: FunimationFLCL (2000-2001, 2018)(Photo by Production I.G)What does FLCL (pronounced “Fooly Cooly”) mean? Nobody seems to know in this joyous, nervy, and wistful odyssey through the pangs of puberty. A passion project by Gainax animator Kazuya Tsurumaki, this madcap allegory delivers one of the most experientially authentic depictions of blossoming sexuality in any medium. The story kicks off when Naota Nandaba, a surly 12-year-old boy from a nondescript town, has his life upended when a boisterous drifter drives into town and thwacks him across the head with her guitar. Symptoms for Naota’s injury include angst, confusion, and his skull sprouting fighting robots who may be a part of a vast alien conspiracy. Like its title, the story logic of FLCL matters far less than how the journey makes the viewer feel. For anyone who can remember their first discombobulating step into adulthood, FLCL will feel like coming home.Watch on: Hulu, Funimation, Crunchyroll (2018 season)Naruto (2002-2017)(Photo by Pierrot)One of the longest-running anime ever with over 700 episodes, it s pretty hard to never have heard of Naruto before even if you re not into anime. The show follows an orphaned boy named Naruto, who lives with the soul of a nine-tailed demon fox trapped inside him, and dreams of one day becoming a ninja. The value of friendship and determination is at the core of this show, which offers plenty of interesting characters, both friend and foe, and a story that grabs your attention and never lets go despite having hundreds of episodes. Of course, this all wouldn t work if Naruto himself weren t an amazing protagonist. Indeed, he s one of the most well-developed and charismatic characters in anime history, and we witness him evolving from from aspiring ninja, to leader, to even a father.Watch on: Crunchyroll, Hulu, Netflix, VIZFullmetal Alchemist (2003-2004)(Photo by Bones)An action/adventure show with an upbeat tone, amazing action scenes, excellent world-building and characters you can easily fall in love with, it s easy to see why Fullmetal Alchemist is considered one of the best anime series of the 2000s. As upbeat as it is, the story has loss and grief as a central theme. The series follows two brothers who venture out to look for the legendary Philosopher s Stone and regain the bodies they lost after trying to resurrect their dead mother using alchemy. Also worth noting is the equally fantastic Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, which was a more faithful adaptation of the original manga, whereas Fullmetal Alchemist took many liberties with the source material.Watch on: NetflixCode Geass (2006-2007)(Photo by Sunrise)In an alternate timeline where the British Empire won the Revolutionary War, but then subsequently lost against Napoleon, we re introduced to a world where the Holy Britannian Empire controls a third of the Earth. Now, the Empire is set on conquering Japan. A Britannian prince in exile finds himself the leader of a rebellion when he receives the power of absolute obedience. Code Geass is full of unforgettable twists, with several mysteries and shocking developments coming at the audience, and a compelling war story that manages to tell a big picture story of epic proportions as well as more intimate character stories that you ll care deeply about. Then there s the mech action. Though this is not Neon Genesis Evangelion, this series still offers plenty of giant robot action mixed with the Game of Thrones-like political machinations.Watch on: Netflix, Funimation, CrunchyrollDeath Note (2006-2007)(Photo by Madhouse)What do you get when you combine a god of death so bored he drops off on Earth a notebook capable of killing any person whose name is written inside, a high school student who wants to clear the world from criminals, and an eccentric detective known only as L? One hell of a cat-and-mouse four-dimensional chess game. Death Note doesn t have a villain really, but instead it lines up two opposing sides who believe in justice but follow vastly different paths to achieve it. There are questions about morality and justice that will make you think, and nail-biting schemes and plots that will keep you guessing and enthralled.Watch on: Crunchyroll, Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, Tubi, Vudu, Pluto TV, VIZGurren Lagaan (2007)(Photo by Gainax)In this over-the-top, loud, hot-blooded, and exciting mecha show hides the antithesis of Evangelion, offering not so much a deconstruction of the genre, but a celebration of it. Gurren Lagann follows two friends who become the symbols of rebellion against a powerful tyrant, in a world where mankind has been forced underground to live in subterranean villages. This show has fast-paced action sequences that can rival those of the biggest blockbusters, with a distinct visual style as loud and extreme as an 80s heavy metal banger. Additionally, Gurren Lagann doesn t shy away from killing off favorite characters and exploring more emotionally mature themes while raising the stakes to epic world-ending proportions.Watch on: Funimation, Crunchyroll, Netflix, HuluSteins;Gate (2011)(Photo by White Fox)Time travel stories aren t easy to pull off, but Steins;Gate almost makes it look easy. (And that s while having a semicolon it its title.) We follow a self-proclaimed mad scientist who likes to joke around with crazy inventions, until he accidentally invents a phone that can send messages across temporal space. Now he and his friends find themselves trapped in a murder loop, as the show uses the butterfly effect to demonstrate the increasingly complicated consequences of trying to change the future. The story is airtight, and though the time travel gets complex, it s never too confusing. As much a head-scratcher as it is a thrilling roller coaster, this is a sci-fi show you don t want to miss.Watch on: Hulu, Funimation, CrunchyrollHunter x Hunter (2011-2014)(Photo by Madhouse)In a world where people can become certified Hunters to track down treasure, criminals, and people, a 12-year-old embarks on a journey to become a Hunter himself in order to find his missing father. The premise of Hunter x Hunter isn t completely new (it feels a lot like Dragon Ball), but what makes this show special is in the execution. For one, the show makes its villain as big and compelling a character as the hero, and his story rivals the best protagonist stories out there. Hunter x Hunter has one of the best villains in anime, plus plenty of super-powered action to satisfy any comic-book–style anime fan.Watch on: Crunchyroll, Tubi, Vudu, Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Pluto TV, VIZJoJo s Bizarre Adventure (2012-present)(Photo by David Production)One of the most popular and beloved franchises in recent years, JoJo s Bizarre Adventure tells the multi-generational saga of the Joestar family, with each new season in the saga following a new JoJo protagonist from the lineage. Thus, the show spans several generations, along with multiple locations and genres, while always maintaining its very distinct and strange visual style. This is Victorian vampire horror, superhero Nazi-fighting, and a murder mystery all in one. Also what makes JoJo s so loved is its many references to 80s action heroes (most of the absurdly beefy characters are inspired by your Schwarzeneggers and Stallones of yore) and rock stars. Jojo s is as much an 80s love letter as Stranger Things, but its memeable and unpredictable nature makes this a must-watch for diehard anime fans and newcomers alike.Watch on: Crunchyroll, Hulu, Netflix, VIZAttack on Titan (2013-present) (Photo by Funimation)The world is a dystopian nightmare. Humanity is at the brink of extinction, hidden behind giant walls, as a group of soldiers fights to protect citizens from 150-foot-tall humanoid Titans with a voracious appetite for devouring people. Attack on Titan starts with a simple concept that promises an exciting, brutally violent, and frightening series, but it evolves into a tragic exploration of fate and hopelessness, while questioning whether the cycle of violence can ever be broken. The music will instantly become part of your favorites playlist, the characters have distinct personalities, the action becomes more fluid and thrilling over time, and the story effortlessly swings from action to political drama to mystery. It s a thrilling world that keeps expanding.Watch on: Funimation, Crunchyroll, Hulu, NetflixHaikyu!! (2014-present) (Photo by Production I.G)The best sports anime right now, Haikyu!! takes you to the exciting, blood-pumping, and often heart-breaking world of volleyball. Even if you ve never watched, played, or even thought about volleyball outside of Top Gun, this show guaranteed to school you on the sport and what makes people so excited for it, while putting you in a great mood every time the central team wins a match. Our main character is Shoyo Hinata, a high school freshman considered too short to play volleyball, but who is particularly fast and adept at jumping. Naturally, we follow his journey to becoming the best volleyball player he can be. This show features fantastic character development, hilarious humor, and some of the best sports sequences ever animated.Watch on: Crunchyroll, Netflix, HiDive (seasons 2 and 3)My Hero Academia (2016-present) (Photo by Funimation)It s a world where nearly everyone has some sort of superpower, and Izuku Midoriya is born with nothing. That doesn t stop the kid from enrolling into one of the most prestigious superhero schools, setting out on an improbable journey to become the number one hero on the planet. My Hero Academia takes everything you love about superhero movies, and mixes it with a coming-of-age tale with lots of heart, eye-popping action, a supporting cast of well-developed and memorable characters, a protagonist who isn t afraid to show vulnerability, and references and homages to your favorite comic books. Whether you want a first entry into the world of superheroics, or have seen all that Marvel and DC have to offer, this show has something for everyone.Watch on: Funimation, Crunchyroll, HuluA Place Further Than The Universe (2018)(Photo by Madhouse)Have you ever wanted to do something extraordinary, but then life just got in the way? That s the premise of A Place Further Than the Universe, which follows a teenage girl who s always wanted to do something big before graduating high school, but can never figure out what. That is, until she meets a group of girls her age who convince her to journey to Antarctica together. The show is relatable, funny, comforting, and upbeat while still managing to be very emotional. It perfectly captures the youthful optimism of the teenage spirit, as no matter how many adversities the girls face, they still manage to overcome them with each other s help.Watch on: CrunchyrollThumbnail image: MAPPA
ers. The pandemic matters. While we can probably expect another strongly-worded “I told you so” from the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) this week, the numbers do not lie. Streaming or not, since the end of June, when F9 opened, only two films have grossed more than 2.5 times its opening weekend: The Boss Baby: Family Business (3.42x), which was also streaming for free on Peacock, and The Forever Purge (3.47x), which was exclusively in theaters. Here is a breakdown of the rest.THEATER EXCLUSIVEF9 (2.43 / 7 weeks)Old (2.27 / 3 weeks)Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (1.94 / 3 weeks)Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (2.51 / 4 weeks)The Green Knight (1.77 / 2 weeks)Stillwater (1.92 / 2 weeks)DISNEY PREMIER ACCESSBlack Widow (2.16 / 5 weeks)Jungle Cruise (1.86 / 2 weeks)HBO MAX (SINCE GODZILLA VS. KONG)Mortal Kombat (1.81)Those Who Wish Me Dead (2.59)The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2.70)In the Heights (2.58)Space Jam: A New Legacy (2.08 / 4 weeks)But let’s not let the HBO Max decision off the hook either. Repeat business seems to be at a stand still until we get a true all-clear on COVID and Delta, and streaming only doubles down on that. So the opening weekend is more crucial than ever before. The Suicide Squad is just the seventh film during this time to start with over million, joining HBO Max compatriots Godzilla vs. Kong and Space Jam: A New Legacy. The former stretched its legs through a still-wide open marketplace while vaccine hope was at its peak; the latter dropped like a stone and may end up with the worst multiple for a family film this year.We could just drop all the variables and statistics and know that in our hearts, Gunn’s film goes nowhere south of million in normal times. And that is as conservative as it gets. The top “R”-rated opening in August is still Straight Outta Compton, with .2 million, so it s hard to even suggest that a high-profile DC film whose almost universally-maligned “PG-13” effort is the highest opening weekend ever in August with 3.68 million wouldn t make million or more. Not when both Deadpools opened to over 5 million, Joker to over million, and Logan with .4 million.The only thing we know for sure is that this year, in our current circumstances, The Suicide Squad will not be joining the 0 million club and the odds are very much in favor that nothing from the rest of Warner Brothers lineup for 2021 will be invited in either.The Top Ten And Beyond: Jungle Cruise Sailing Towards 0 Million Last week’s no. 1 film is showing some potential to eventually join the 0 million club. Jungle Cruise fell 55% to .7 million this weekend. In this environment that actually constitutes a victory given that it is the lowest drop for a no. 1 film in its second weekend since Spiral fell 47.5% from a meager start of .7 million. That puts Jungle’s 10-day toll at million, which is ahead of Godzilla vs. Kong’s .05 million at 10 days, though with that film’s Wednesday opening it only had four weekend days to accumulate that total compared to Jungle’s six. Nevertheless, it is still a better second weekend than GvK’s .88 million, so we’ll give Jungle Cruise a puncher’s chance of breaking that ceiling.M. Night Shyamalan’s Old fell back just a single spot for the third straight week. It is right in line with The Forever Purge’s third weekend of .1 million. Overall, it is still ahead of that film’s pace by almost million, so look for Old’s final tally to be in the range of million, just getting over Lady in the Water’s total and avoiding being the lowest-grossing film of Shyamalan’s post-Sixth Sense career. Black Widow dropped to fourth place with million, which is the third-best fifth weekend this year behind A Quiet Place Part II (.19 million) and F9 (.82 million). Still, it did pass F9 this week and now certainly has a lock to claim the crown of summer champion, not to mention fairly decent odds to compete for the highest-grossing film of the year, with possibly No Time to Die and Spider-Man: No Way Home as its biggest challengers.(Photo by © A24)Amongst last weekend’s adult entries, Stillwater dropped 45% to .86 million and stands total at million. It looks like Focus Features, which has put every one of its 13 films into theaters since Kajillionaire last September, is going to have its highest-grossing film of the pandemic – but just its second to pass million and one which is unlikely to hit million. The Green Knight is just A24’s third theatrical release during this time and their numbers have actually gone up. From Oscar nominee Minari (.1 million) to Zola (.1 million) and now to David Lowery’s film (the first in the company s history to start in third place), which has earned million so far.On The Vine: A Background Player and the Queen of SoulThings get a little more crowded in theaters next week. Delayed multiple times since last year, audiences can finally see Ryan Reynolds as a video game character trying to escape in Free Guy (which critics are digging). More folks are trying to rob Stephen Lang’s abusive blind guy in Don’t Breathe 2, and Jennifer Hudson takes on the role of Aretha Franklin in the biopic, Respect. All three films will be exclusive to theaters.Full List of Box Office Results: August 6-8, 2021
(Photo by © Warner Bros. )Space Jam: A New Legacy is no Jurassic World, but never underestimate the appeal of a film that has become a generational security blanket. Twenty-five years after the release of the original Space Jam movie, the sequel has topped the box office and given some hope to a family box office market struggling to bring kids ineligible for vaccinations back to the theaters. (Not to mention that other added barrier: the convenience of family films like Space Jam: A New Legacy being available to stream at home.) This week was a more than solid opening for A New Legacy, but is it just another front-loaded event picture that will leave its studio wishing for more?King of the Crop: A New Legacy Hopes to Go Strong For All Four Quarters After Blistering Opening First, let’s go to the charts. Space Jam: A New Legacy opened in first this weekend with .7 million. That is the fifth best opening of the year – just ahead of WB’s Godzilla vs. Kong’s .6 million, if the estimates hold (and GvK had a two-day head start). That is also the best family-oriented opening of 2021, surpassing even Cruella’s four-day Memorial Day opening of .5 million. LeBron James fans may even point out that it is better than the .5 million start that Michael Jordan’s Space Jam kicked off with back in 1996. Though with inflation that was about a .6 million opening and the movie went on to make more than 6 million. (At the time of its release, that was the fifth best opening of 1996, but the movie dropped to seventh in subsequent weeks when Star Trek: First Contact and the live-action 101 Dalmatians opened bigger.)GOAT debate aside, there was not a lot of chatter that Space Jam was going to dethrone Black Widow in its second weekend after a record-breaking pandemic opening. And yet here we are. But long term is the question now, with watchers wondering whether A New Legacy will join the exclusive company of 0 million films. So far it has taken at least a million opening to achieve the ranks of 0 million. By next week we will have three films in that bracket: A Quiet Place Part II, F9, and Black Widow. Godzilla vs. Kong is still a bit of an anomaly in that it had very little competition; it was in the top 5 for six weeks and the top 10 for 10 weeks, and it still stands at just 0.5 million.(Photo by ©2021 Disney Enterprises)The good news for Jam is that family films, while not breaking the bank, have been pretty consistent in bringing in audiences post-opening weekend. Raya and the Last Dragon had a disappointing .5 million start back in March, but is now up to over million (or 6.42 times its opening). Cruella and Peter Rabbit 2 were at 3.82x and 3.83x their openings entering this weekend and The Boss Baby: Family Business is approaching getting over the 3x hump. Cruella’s number, though a far cry from being a success against is budget, is interesting given its availability on Disney+ via Premier Access. The Boss Baby sequel may be a better gauge for A New Legacy, given it is also available as part of a streaming subscription (Peacock) with no extra cost. As of this weekend the film is at a 2.76 multiplier, but also opened to just a bit more than half of A New Legacy’s start. Can this be the second Warner Bros./HBO Max title to reach 0 million – after Godzilla vs. Kong? A new generation will tell.The Top 10 and Beyond: Black Widow Has Big Second-Weekend Drop, But Still Aims for 0 MillionMarvel’s Black Widow reached one high peak already during the pandemic box office, which means it had the furthest to fall too. Its 67.2% drop from its opening of million down to .3 million this weekend was the third-highest drop of the year for a wide release after Mortal Kombat fell 73.2% and Demon Slayer fell 69% in the same weekend. The positives still outweigh the setback, though, as the film managed to gross over 5 million in its first full week and will eventually be passing both F9 and A Quiet Place Part II to become the highest-grossing film (domestically) of the pandemic so far.But is a 0 million total now in jeopardy? The film has fallen behind the pace of Ant-Man and the Wasp already, which had 3 million after 10 days with a million second weekend – it finished with 6 million. Black Widow is at 2 million and could actually become the first July release to have over 0 million in its first 10 days and not reach the 0 million milestone. Disney also chose not to report its Premier Access numbers this week.(Photo by ©Universal Pictures)Checking in on the films that Widow is chasing for the top spot, we have F9 making .6 million this weekend, driving its total to 4.8 million after 24 days of release. Last week, we put the film in line with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which had 0.5 million in the bank after an .9 million fourth weekend. Somewhere around that film’s total haul of 2 million still looks right and F9 continues to lead the way internationally with over 1 million to date. A Quiet Place Part II just finished a seven-week stay in the top 5 and is still holding onto a narrow lead over F9 with 5 million. In many ways this is the truest success story of the pandemic so far. An exclusive theatrical run from Memorial Day weekend through last weekend and a consistent audience that is going to drive it to over 0 million: This is the film most deserving of the “theaters are back” title.The other sequel unleashed in theaters this week, Escape Room: Tournament of Champions, grossed just .8 million this weekend. That is down nearly million from the .2 million the first film did when it became a modest hit in January 2019, finishing with million. The critical consensus on the Escape Room sequel is not so far off from the original, with a Tomatometer of 42% compared to the first film s 51%. It s worth noting that franchise horror has been going lower and lower in terms of box office pull this summer since A Quiet Place Part II opened to .5 million. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It did .1 million the week after Quiet Place opened, then The Forever Purge started with .5 million a month later. Lest we not forget Spiral starting with just .7 million in mid-May. The third Conjuring film was the only one of the bunch not exclusive to theaters upon opening. An original horror film, M. Night Shyamalan s Old, will test the audience’s thirst this upcoming week and the genre could reclaim the number 1 slot.(Photo by © NEON)Opening in 927 theaters was the acclaimed but controversial documentary Roadrunner about Anthony Bourdain, which took in .9 million or about as much as Apollo 11 opened to in just 120 theaters in 2019. In only 552 theaters is Pig, with Nicolas Cage as a truffle hunter searching for his stolen companion. It scrounged up 5,000 for a ,712 per-screen-average compared to Roadrunner’s ,000. A24’s Zola is out of the top 10, but is up to .2 million with another 0,000 this weekend.On the Vine: M. Night Shyamalan Returns To Battle Henry Golding in Action ModeNext week, M. Night Shyamalan turns the Fountain of Youth – or its complete opposite – into the Beach in his latest thriller, Old. Its challenger for the week is the latest in the G.I. Joe series, an origin story for Snake Eyes with Henry Golding stepping into the role. It could make for an interesting box office battle, one that is rife with potential for both major surprise and crushing disappointment.Full List of Box Office Results: July 16-18, 2021
lol新符文 DOES THE PRODUCTION VALUE HOLD UP?The director, Tom Hooper, [has] free rein to imagine what Pullman’s worlds look like, and most of what he imagines works well. Cittàgazze, for instance, the city where Lyra flees and meets Will, who is also on the run from grownups to this other world, becomes a CGI mash-up of a Tuscan hill town and Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy. — Stuart Jeffries, The GuardianHis Dark Materials looks great, it’s robustly made, and there are great actors everywhere, occupying well-built universes. — Ed Cumming, Independent (UK)Most of the scenes were clearly shot in a studio. All that expensive CGI simply gives us a better quality of cardboard backdrops. — Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail (UK)HOW DOES HIS DARK MATERIALS SEASON 2 HANDLE THE PHILOSOPHICAL THEMES FROM THE BOOKS?(Photo by HBO)The second season builds on the heady mix of philosophy and theology, and more than a touch of environmentalism, all delivered as a thrilling adventure yarn in the mould of C S Lewis but with a very different attitude towards religion. The main thrust remains sure-footed in teaching young and old that speaking truth to power is no bad thing when the power is authoritarian in nature. — Joseph Walsh, The Arts Desk The BBC also deals with the anti-religious elements of the franchise with a light touch by turning the central conflict into a story about the disempowered struggling against the authorities – the Gyptians, the witches and the orphan Lyra versus the Magisterium and, literally, The Authority. It works, mostly, and sidesteps Pullman’s slightly difficult message – for a public service broadcaster, at least – of “God bad”. — Thomas Barrie, GQ Magazine [UK]Screenwriter Jack Thorne s adaptation tries slavishly to cram in all the books philosophising, which can only be done if characters talk endlessly. There s almost no action in this adventure. — Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail (UK) As much as I wish Season 2 found a way to narratively pull through, it s still as dark, mystical, and philosophically intriguing as Season 1 so if you re a returning viewer, you ll probably like it. You just won t be wowed by it. — Brooke Bajgrowicz, MashableANY FINAL THOUGHTS?(Photo by HBO)It was divisive in its first go-around and it’ll likely remain so, but the space in the television landscape for a reality-hopping fantasy adventure is always better filled than left vacant. — Jonathan Wilson, Ready Steady CutViewers who’ve invested in the series won’t stop now. For a series about magical worlds, aimed at younger viewers, however, there’s not quite enough magic. — Ed Cumming, Independent (UK)For avid Pullman fans, the series might be a treat. The problem for the rest of us is that it lacks both the novelty of series one and the exciting narrative it now feels very dense, which works well in a novel but less so in a TV series. — Anita Singh, Daily TelegraphHis Dark Materials feels grander and less cramped than before finally living up to its epic fantasy ambitions it had from the beginning. — Hoai-Tran Bui, SlashfilmFor a story centered on the exploits of a frightened, isolated teenager, the show remains remarkably devoid of any sense of fear, excitement, or passion. — Tim Stevens,The SpoolHis Dark Materials finally feels as though it has found its groove in its second season. The series feels more lush, propulsive, and epic than it ever has before, with a tightly paced plot and characters we can actually care about. — Lacy Baugher, Paste MagazineIn its second season, His Dark Materials is a thrilling adventure. Not only does it improve and expand upon Season 1, it delves into new ideas and realities that make for a tauter, more exciting story. — Cynthia Vinney, CBRThis is the epic adventure we all needed during 2020. If you missed the first season, go back and binge it now because His Dark Materials second season is ready to blow you away. — Alex Maidy, JoBlo s Movie NetworkHis Dark Materials season 2 premieres on HBO on November 16.