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Review: Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (spoiler-free)

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This film is the epitome of a sequel to an unexpected smash hit.

With the sequel, James Gunn gets the room to run. An extra million here or there? Great. An even more complicated storyline than the original? Hell, audiences loved that convoluted ride… not going to argue much. Etcetera. Elements that audiences loved in the original? Pile ’em on!

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The Gronvall Report: Jason Connery and Company on Tommy’s Honour

The hero’s gait is definitely jaunty, with a bit of swagger. Tommy Jr. tilts full speed ahead for most of the movie, slanting toward the future; he may not know what that future is, but it’s not going to be what insufferable toffs like Boothby dismiss as “nothing.” In today’s golf, you’re looking at highly paid, elite athletes—although considering what the broadcasters make, more power to the players if they can get it, right?—but the sport in Tommy’s Honour is about the common people.

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The Weekend Report

Weekend Estimstes 2017-04-23 at 9.11.27 AM

Not truly turb0charged, but way out in front, The Fate of the Furious cruised to an estimated $38.6 million to lead in its second weekend. A clutch of new releases proved disappointing overall, though Disney’s annual wildlife doc Born in China (opening on Earth Day) was comparatively okay with a $5 million debut.

The rest of the national debuts were below par with distaff revenge thriller Unforgettable bowing with $4.7 million, and the Armenian genocide romantic drama The Promise struggling to $4.1 million. Also grim was the Blair Witch-like Phoenix Forgotten at $1.8 million.

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Friday Box Office Estimates

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STRIKE! (oh oh oh oh oh oh) What Is It Good For?

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The DVD Wrapup: Founder, Punching Henry, Paris 05:59, Apocalypse Child, Donnie Darko, Woman of the Year, Tampopo, Handmaid’s Tale and more

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The Weekend Report

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“I think about walking out on stage somewhere in the United States of America and sitting down in a chair and giving the performance that will be the beginning of the next chapter of my career.”
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“It’s not really about design or style. It doesn’t start there. It starts with the way you live and an architecture that supports or even advances in the way you communicate and the rituals you have in your day-to-day life.”
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“Over the years it’s gotten more and more accepted, and – I don’t know, can you make all your money back just showing on TV every Mother’s Day? That’s where it ended up.”
John Waters On Serial Mom

“Too much alcohol and a lot of money.”
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“There was a privacy to Martha. She was always more interested in talking about you. She had the greatest curiosity of any theater person I have ever known. For her friends and for her community, for all of us who loved her so much, this is a loss beyond the tragic.”
Chris Jones On Martha Lavey

“In addition to her remarkable physical beauty — to the pure, luminous symmetry of her form and face, and her wonderfully lively eyes — there was her strong, distinctive wide-ranging voice. And then there was the knockout punch — her intellect, and her stunning capacity for analysis, and her drive to understand  things on the deepest level.”
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NY Times

“I’m actually quite proud of the impact that we were able to have on civic discourse over all.”
Mark Zuckerberg Contemplates The Power He Alone Holds Over Two Billion Citizens’ Information (And Misinformation)

“The major negative is that intimacy — that womblike intimacy — that we have with the screen, no longer speaks to us.”
Sean Fennessey Goes 7,500 Words On “The End Of Independent Film As We Know It”

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“One of my favorite things in watching any performance on film is when there isn’t a lot of cutting going on and when you get a chance to become really absorbed in the artist in hand. The same way we do, hopefully, at a concert, when we get a chance to really trip in to something that’s happening on stage. Whether the singer’s singing, or one of the other musicians is playing, we sort of stay there instead of cutting round with our eyes a lot.”
~ Jonathan Demme

“We’ve talked about this before in the past, my obsession with the Shakespearean histories having the ideal combination of the sweet and the sour. In ‘Henry IV, Part II’ which we’ve discussed before, in the end of that story it’s very complex and haunting because Prince Hal becomes Henry the King, and he has transcended his hoodlum days and at the ceremony is Falstaff, his good friend with whom he has really fucked around and been a loser with, and Falstaff comes up to him and says, ‘Now that you’re king we can really party,’ and the king famously says, ‘I know thee not, old man.’ It becomes Henry IV’s anointment and Falstaff’s catastrophe. That’s life. I have experienced very little unfettered triumph. There are moments, such as when my children are born, but even that comes with new fears and anxieties. In a sense the better you can communicate that life is both at once, the more powerful over time something becomes. One strives for something where the threads are there because it lasts in way that is very palpable. The idea of a tragedy is powerful in literature and theater, but in cinema it doesn’t work, certainly not commercially, and less so critically. Why is that? I think it has to do with how movies are so close to us.”
~ James Gray