MCN Weekend Reviews

Wilmington on DVDs: A Christmas Carol (1951)

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Perhaps critics and movie lovers treasure it because they can see how deftly Hurst and Langley have resisted the obvious temptations of the material. This is the one of the most faithful of all “Christmas Carol”adaptations and also one of the least sentimental, one of the most stylishly crafted and one of the more psychologically acute. It’s beyond question a film for adults more than for children, which is almost never how “A Christmas Carol” is played.

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DVD Geek: Snowpiercer

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So, the science is at best dubious, the drama, while engagingly performed, is hardly profound, and the story, even aside from the fantasy parts, is illogical and is a mad amalgam of genres. Why, then, is Snowpiercer so entertaining? The answer is simple, it’s a train movie.

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Wilmington on Movies: Nightcrawler

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Nightcrawler is a movie mostly about Los Angeles at night, mostly about the times when a lot of the city closes down and the streets go black, and freelance newshounds and videographers come crawling out of the dark corners and racing through the dark streets to take pictures of disaster and bloodshed and mayhem — which they peddle to the noisier TV channels and news programs: all those second or third tier (or less) stations whose (not always) unspoken motto is “If it bleeds, it leads.” It’s a good movie: tough, eloquent, very well-shot (by Robert Elswit)—a rousing little show that tries to tap the same sort of sleaze-scraping, unsparing vein as Ace in the Hole (about newspapers and sensationalistic journalism), Sweet Smell of Success (about newspaper gossip columnists) and A Face in the Crowd (about populist rightwing TV). A lot of the time, it succeeds. Sometimes sweetly, and sometimes with a spray of acid.

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Wilmington on Movies: The Skeleton Twins

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Wilmington on Movies: Honeymoon

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Wilmington on Movies: The Hundred-Foot Journey

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Wilmington on Movies: A Most Wanted Man

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  • The Avengers
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • The Five-Year Engagement
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  • The Lucky One
  • Think Like A Man
  • The Cabin in the Woods
  • The Three Stooges
  • The Hunger Games
  • Haywire
  • Apollo 18
  • The Singing Planet
  • Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
  • The Descendants
  • The Muppets
  • Happy Feet 2
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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
American Sniper 18.3 3705 -40% 154.1
The Boy Next Door 5.6 2602 NEW 5.6
The Wedding Ringer 3.3 3003 -53% 31.4
Paddington 2.6 3355 -44% 30.2
Taken 3 2.1 2909 -51% 70.5
The Imitation Game 2 2025 4% 55.5
Selma 1.5 2046 -37% 35.2
Mordecai 1.5 2648 NEW 1.5
Strange Magic 1.3 3020 NEW 1.3
Into the Woods 0.95 2270 -43% 118.6
Also Debuting
Cake 0.27 482
Baby 0.12 85
Dolly Ki Dolly 34,000 60
Patas 19 20
Manny 12,000 5
Black Sea 12,000 5
Song One 9,500 27
Americons 6,300 14
The Humbling 6,200 16
Red Army 4,700 3
The Duke of Burgundy 3,450 3
Love Forecast 3,400 1
R100 2,290 8
We'll Never Have Paris 2,200 10
Tru Love 1,300 1
Son of a Gun 1,000 14
3-Day Estimates Weekend % Chg Cume
No Good Dead 24.4 (11,230) NEW 24.4
Dolphin Tale 2 16.6 (4,540) NEW 16.6
Guardians of the Galaxy 7.9 (2,550) -23% 305.8
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4.8 (1,630) -26% 181.1
The Drop 4.4 (5,480) NEW 4.4
Let's Be Cops 4.3 (1,570) -22% 73
If I Stay 4.0 (1,320) -28% 44.9
The November Man 2.8 (1,030) -36% 22.5
The Giver 2.5 (1,120) -26% 41.2
The Hundred-Foot Journey 2.5 (1,270) -21% 49.4