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Man From U.N.C.L.E — A Retro Spy Comedy Of Manners (That Works)

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Man from UNCLE


The Man From U.N.C.L.E. had me nervous for few reasons. First, it could be a departure from the television series that was completely character based. It was a show in which you liked Robert Vaughn as the American James Bond imitation Napoleon Solo, even though he was stiff and had a nose-in-the-air accent, or you didn’t. The same went for his Russian sidekick Illya Kuryakin, except in contrast Kuryakin was played by an immensely likeable David McCallum. Even though he was playing a Russian with a wilting Celtic brogue, he had a winning personality that was quirky and sexy.

Worse, however, the movie could stay true to the show, which was somewhat boring, unless you happened to like the characters, who created a definitive team.

Of course, if the movie tried to replicate the Vaughn and McCallum pairing, it could get weird fast. The movie might turn out to be Henry Cavill imitating Vaughn who was imitating Sean Connery as Bond. And it could be Armie Hammer imitating McCallum, who was a tough act to follow.

Turns out, the movie is all of the above and it works. Cavill plays a very stiff, impeccably dressed Napoleon Solo, who has the added dimension of being a convicted super-thief whose skills were so terrific, the CIA springs him from jail to do their dirty work. And Hammer plays a likeable Kuryakin, who is also stiff. He plays the part as a seething, go-to-work Russian spy, who also has some skeletons in his closet.

Now we just need a leading lady. The television show started with Stephanie Powers as the Girl From U.N.C.L.E., named (by author Ian Flemming, no less) April Dancer, but she was muscled out by McCallum, who proved to be more popular.

The movie relies on the talents of Alicia Vikander as Gabriella Teller, who Solo extricates from East Berlin with Kuryakin on hot pursuit.

How the movie works is that Solo and Kuryakin start out with competitive contempt for each other and do their best to out-smart, out-muscle and out-spy each other throughout the film. It makes for some comic relief and brooding tension at the same time. It’s a deft touch by screenwriters Guy Ritchie and Lionel Wigram.

OK, let’s get down to brass tacks. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is a classic wait-until-it’s-a-rental movie, but it is a terrific date flick, too. It’s fun, absorbing, well played with enough plot twists to keep you guessing and a defiant absence of cliches. In short, it’s a triumph that avoids every pratfall I had feared going into it.

The way it works – without giving away the plot – is that the story is all retro. This is a look at 1962 as if it were an iconic time in the world of international espionage. Seems funny to look back that far – my childhood years – and say this film works because it’s a retro-fit to those treasonous times. But, it does. Kudos, especially to Ritchie, who wrote, produced and directed the film. See it in theaters if you can or rent it when it comes around again.


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Incredibles 2 Blast Box Office Records of Animated Film

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It may have been 14 years since the first Incredibles movie, but its impression has remained. The appeal was strong enough to make its sequel not only the #1 movie of the weekend but one of the most profitable animated film on its debut. For its premiere weekend, Incredibles 2 ranked in an astounding $180 million. This makes it one of Pixar’s best openings, easily dwarfing the previous film’s opening take of $70 million. With a considerable lack of family films in the next few weeks, expect Incredibles 2 to linger for quite some time for boasting such a powerful opening.

The rest of the debut films were left in the dust. Tag, an ensemble comedy based on a never-ending game of tag, only made $14 million, coming in at #3. The modern remake of blaxploitation classic Superfly premiered to a low $6 million debut. And falling outside the top 10 at #12 is Gotti, the based on true events drama starring John Travolta that made headlines for ridiculously low critic scores.

The drops for the weekend were somewhat predictable, with the superhero epic Avengers: Infinity War descending the least with a 26% drop. It’s also sitting at a total domestic gross of $664 million, edging closer to toppling Black Panther’s immense numbers of $699 million. It’s going to come down to the last few days in theaters to see if Black Panther will finally reach $700 million, considering its home video release and quickly-descending theater count. And, unfortunately, Hotel Artemis is pretty much a dud, descending 70% to place it well out of the top 10.

View the full top 10 below:

Incredibles 2 ($180,000,000)
Ocean’s 8 ($19,555,000)
Tag ($14,600,000)
Solo: A Star Wars Story ($9,081,000)
Deadpool 2 ($8,800,000)
Hereditary ($7,026,000)
Superfly ($6,300,000)
Avengers: Infinity War ($5,296,000)
Adrift ($2,100,000)
Book Club ($1,850,000)

Next weekend will find superheroes battling dinosaurs as Incredibles 2 weathers the storm of the upcoming summer blockbuster, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. The sequel to Jurassic World, starring Chris Pratt and Jeff Goldblum, will be premiering in the same amount of theaters as Incredibles 2. And considering how insanely profitable Jurassic World ended up being, it’ll be interesting to see who takes the weekend and by how much.


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Jurassic World Roars Back Into The Box Office, Incredibles Weathers Storm

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2015’s Jurassic World proved to be the most successful summer blockbuster of that year, and it’s no surprise that Universal has returned to this franchise so quickly. It’s also no surprise that the sequel would be #1 for the weekend, even if it didn’t topple the massive box office of the previous film. For its debut, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom pulled in $150 million, just $50 million short of the opening of its predecessor. That being said, the early international release of the film has already made it a heavy contender for the year’s biggest money-maker of a tentpole property.

The lower box office may be due to the competition from Pixar’s most successful film to date, Incredibles 2. After a huge weekend of making $180 million, the superhero sequel made another $80 million, boosting its domestic total to $350 million. Considering how well the film has done weathering the storm of a summer giant like Jurassic World, expect the film to stick around long into July.

Ocean’s 8, the all-female remake of the iconic heist movies, is fairing pretty well amid the blockbusters with only a 38% drop. In its third weekend, the crime comedy brought in another $11 million, bringing its domestic total to $100 million, easily clearing its $70 million budget. Also clearing its budget this weekend is the comedy Tag, based on the familiar schoolyard game, making $8 million for a domestic total of $30 million to best its budget of $28 million.

A few summer tentpoles finally crossed some milestones of domestic totals over the weekend. The superhero satire Deadpool 2 crossed over $300 million and Solo: A Star Wars Story cleared $200 million. And some smaller films are holding their own as well. Hereditary, the little horror movie that could, remained in the #7 spot to earn another $3.8 million for a total of $35 million. Rising up into the top 10 is Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, the documentary on TV educator Fred Rogers, making $1.8 million as it expands.

View the full top 10 below.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ($150,001,000)
Incredibles 2 ($80,928,000)
Ocean’s 8 ($11,650,000)
Tag ($8,200,000)
Deadpool 2 ($5,250,000)
Solo: A Star Wars Story ($4,045,000)
Hereditary ($3,809,000)
Superfly ($3,350,000)
Avengers: Infinity War ($2,482,000)
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? ($1,875,000)

Next weekend will most likely be another stellar run for Jurassic World and Incredibles 2 to pull in more money as they go up against the cartel action picture Sicario: Day of the Soldado and the Shaq-starring comedy Uncle Drew. Both will be appearing in less than 3,000 theaters so don’t expect them to make much of a dent in the already ironclad box office of dinosaurs and superheroes.


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Ant-Man and the Wasp Towers Over Box Office, Purge Plunders

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4th of July weekend brought with it two new movies that performed rather well over the holiday, despite not being a massive blockbuster. It’s no shock that the big winner was Marvel’s Ant-Man and The Wasp, the sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man. The latest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe starring Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly as the leads made $76 million domestic. That’s a rather low number considering the gigantic sums amassed by Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, so it’s fair to say the domestic total won’t be crossing the half-billion mark. That being said, it is still a higher gross than the previous Ant-Man, which only brought in $57 million on its debut weekend. Coming in lower on the list, but still making a handsome profit, is The First Purge, the prequel to the Purge series of horror movies. With a head-start debuting on July 4th before Ant-Man, the R-rated film debuted at #4, bringing in a total of $31 million ($17 million weekend only), easily toppling its $13 million budget.

At the #2 spot is Incredibles 2, Pixar’s long-awaited sequel to 2004’s The Incredibles, and the wait has paid off greatly. Dropping only 37% in its fourth weekend, the animated film made $29 million with its current domestic total sitting at $504 million. This is ridiculously high for an animated film to amass such an amount in just a few weekends. And given its low drop and high spot in the box office, you can expect this movie to hang around for most of the summer.

Not to be outdone by Incredibles 2, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is still here, despite a huge drop from last weekend. In its third weekend, the Chris Pratt starring film has taken in $28.5 million. But it certainly hasn’t been a bust at all. Worldwide, the film has already passed $1 billion and its domestic total is sitting at a tough $333 million. This much was expected as a sequel to one of the most profitable films during the summer of 2015.

Taking the biggest dip on the list is Sicario: Day of the Soldado, the sequel to 2015’s sleeper hit of a cartel action picture. In only its second weekend, the film has dipped 61%, making only $7.3 million with its domestic total at only $35 million. While the movie has made its budget back, don’t expect it to remain in the top 10 for very long. A pleasant surprise of a climb in gross comes from Mr. Roger’s documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? In its fifth weekend, the movie has made $2.5 million, moving up from the #10 spot to #9. Having grossed a total of $12 million, that’s an impressive take for being in less than 1,000 theaters.

See the full top 10 below:

Ant-Man and The Wasp ($76,030,000)
Incredibles 2 ($29,021,000)
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ($28,585,000)
The First Purge ($17,150,000)
Sicario: Day of the Soldado ($7,300,000)
Uncle Drew ($6,625,000)
Ocean’s 8 ($5,285,000)
Tag ($3,105,000)
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? ($2,590,000)
Deadpool 2 ($1,675,000)

Next weekend will find The Rock battling monsters for the top spot. The Dwayne Johnson-starring action picture Skyscraper will be duking it out with the Adam Sandler voiced animated comedy Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. Both will be appearing in a large number of theaters so it’s anyone’s game, depending on how well Ant-Man can do in its second weekend.


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