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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ shatters records with $70.3M

NEW YORK – Jordan Peele has done it again. Two years after the filmmaker’s “Get Out” became a box-office sensation, his frightening follow-up, “Us,” debuted with $70.3 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. The opening, well above forecasts, had few parallels. It was the largest debut for an original horror film (only the “It” remake and last year’s “Halloween” have surpassed it in the genre) and one of the highest openings for a live-action original film since “Avatar” was released 10 years ago.

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Review: A film as good-looking as ‘Ruben Brandt, Collector’ should be more fun than it is

The feature debut of gifted Hungarian animator Milorad Krstic, “Ruben Brandt, Collector” is a wild, inventive ride through the unconscious, by way of Art History 101 and An Introduction to Film Tropes. The story of a famous psychoanalyst struggling with his Oedipal demons with the help of some hardened burglars isn’t a story at all, really, but a decidedly rickety scaffold on which Krstic can hang his images, an array of ecstatic references to the painters and directors who have inspired him.
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Review: Engaging narco-thriller ‘Birds of Passage’ has ruffled some feathers

“Birds of Passage” – whose title refers both to the planes used to ferry drugs out of Colombia and to the role of actual birds in the symbolic life of the Wayuu people – eventually becomes a somewhat conventional thriller involving competing families and turf wars. At the same time, it’s made considerably less familiar because of the distinctive culture of the Wayuu, who are presented in a mostly respectful, engrossing and even poetic way.
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Review: Trauma mixed with wacky amusement park antics makes ‘Wonder Park’ an odd ride

Perhaps it’s a post-“Inside Out” phenomenon that animated films aimed at children need to tackle complex emotions or psychology, translating it into terms kids can understand. This is the case with “Wonder Park,” a film that is part “Roller Coaster Tycoon,” part lesson on grappling with the fear of losing a parent. It’s a complicated dynamic where both storylines seem deeply at odds with each other.
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Review: ‘Captain Marvel’ is plucky and pleasing, but also predictable

Academy-award winner Larson is every bit as tough, empowering and even slyly funny as expected, but what’s unfortunately lacking is the unexpected. Even though “Captain Marvel” hits all the right notes, you can’t help but feel like we’ve heard this one before, for better or for worse.
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Rotten Tomatoes tweaks audience ratings system to thwart online trolls

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019, 7:28 p.m.

In a major change, Rotten Tomatoes will no longer allow users to post audience reviews before a film hits. Users will now have to wait until a movie’s actual release to review and rate a film. The moves are aimed to stem the influence of racist and sexist online trolls who drive down the ratings of movies before they’re released.