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Movie Review: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Strikes Sequel Success (Mostly)

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[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hile the first Kingsman film seemed to maintain a certain sense of dignity amid its fantastical action and frantic characters, Kingsman: The Golden Circle is 100% silliness to the point of being a cartoon. But there’s something I found rather admirable about a film that is willing to go for it, daring to present the most ridiculous style of a most ridiculous plot.

A perfect example is with the surprise revival of a character that was thought to be dead in the previous film. He returns not because of surviving the gunshot to the face or being some sort of clone, but for the same reason any super spy gets out of a tough situation: gadgets that don’t make sense. And yet they do make sense within this story of nonsense, if that makes any sense.

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Always stylish.

The film picks up with Eggsy (Taron Egerton) still working for the Kingsman agency of spies and quickly getting into a car chase with a cyborg. One crash and severed cyborg arm later, he swims through the sewers to avoid police and make it home in time for an important engagement with his girlfriend. But when seemingly every Kingsman agent is killed (with missiles that seem to be powerful enough to demolish cities), he’s on his own with special agent Merlin (Mark Strong) to get revenge on the terrorists that targeted the agency.

The two remaining Kingsman find a new base of operations in Kentucky with the Statesman agency. Whereas the Kingsman secret agents operated out of a tailor shop, the Statesman operate within a whisky company, their entrance being a giant barrel. Their members include the electric-whip lassoing Jack Daniels (Pedro Pascal), the shotgun-toting Tequila (Channing Tatum), the glasses-wearing nerd Ginger Ale (Halle Berry) and the old head Champagne (Jeff Bridges). I’m surprised Sam Elliott didn’t pop up as a spy as well considering how many cowboy hats are present.

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Pedro Pascal slinging his guns in ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle.’

The villain they’re facing is Poppy (Julianne Moore), a chipper woman running a drug cartel in the jungle. Her operation digs could be predictable, but Poppy brings her theme of 1950s America with her, building ‘50s style diners and salons in her tropical base. She has human security guards, golden-tattooed hitmen and robotic guard dogs. How could any villain pass up robotic guard dogs? Her plan is pretty standard Bond villain affair. She hates that her drug cartel is seen as illegal and wants the President of the United States (Bruce Greenwood) to call off the war on drugs. If he doesn’t, her poisoned batch of drugs will kill millions.

Related: Movie Review: ‘American Assassin’ Misses the Mark

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Movie Magic: The De-Aging Technique of The Irishman

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Have you read Izzy yet? If so, you know that Izzy makes the apples that give the Gods their youth and immortality. It also seems Robert De Niro discovered one of Izzy’s apples too… In Martin Scorsese’s upcoming biographical film, he stars as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a labor union leader and alleged hitman for the Bufalino crime family. The trailer for the movie, which will premieres NEXT WEEK (!), also features a “de-aged” De Niro. “We’re so used to watching them as the older faces,” Scorsese said in an interview on the A24 podcast. “Does it change the eyes at all? …If that’s the case, what was in the eyes that I liked? Was it intensity? Was it gravitas? Was it threat?…How do we get that? I don’t know.” Some might consider this magic and I for one can’t wait to see the impact of Izzy’s apples on screen for myself. 😉

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“Captain Marvel” Retains Top Slot at the Box Office

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It’s no surprise that in its second weekend, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe of 2019 is still riding high. Captain Marvel, the latest in the MCU with Brie Larson starring as the lead, generated another $69 million over the weekend, placing its domestic total at $266 million. Tallying up the international box office, the film’s global total to date is $760 million. Despite the online controversy, the film is looking to be another strong box office smash for Disney and Marvel.

As for the premieres for the weekend, and there were plenty, they were all over the map. Just below Captain Marvel was the animated adventure Wonder Park, bringing in $16 million, another film with controversy when the director’s name was removed from the picture after sexual harassment charges. Five Feet Apart, the dying teen drama about a romance amid cystic fibrosis, only came in at #3 with a weekend gross of $13 million. And debuting the lowest in the top 10 for debuts was Captive State, a sci-fi dystopian tale, only making $3 million. The film debuted so low the little film No Manches Frida 2 was able to sneak about it at #6 with a gross of $3.8 million.

Drops were fairly low all around for the returning films, mostly because Captain Marvel was dominating the previous weekend. The only milestone worth noting is that The LEGO Movie 2, after six weeks at the box office, finally cracked $100 million. And the sun is now setting on Green Book’s post-Oscar run by coming in at #10 for the final weekend of its top 10 run over the past few weeks.

View the full top ten weekend box office results below:

Captain Marvel ($69,318,000)

Wonder Park ($16,000,000)

Five Feet Apart ($13,150,000)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($9,345,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($8,085,000)

No Manches Frida 2 ($3,894,000)

Captive State ($3,163,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($2,135,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($1,900,000)

Green Book ($1,277,000)

Next weekend, Captain Marvel may very well have some competition when Jordan Peele’s new horror film Us hits over 3,600 theaters.

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“Dragon” Continues To Soar, “Funeral” Close Behind, “Green Book” Back

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With little competition for the weekend, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third in the animated fantasy saga, was able to secure the box office once more. In its second weekend, the animated epic made $30 million to push its domestic total to $97 million. So far the film has done about the same as the previous film and is on track to stay in the top 10 for a few more weeks in March.

Debuts this weekend were small with one big exception. Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film, A Madea Family Funeral, naturally made a relatively big splash with its dedicated audience. Starting at #2, the film made $27 million for its first weekend. No word on the budget yet but it’s most likely on a budget as most Tyler Perry productions are, so it’s safe to call this a success, especially for debuting with a box office so close to Dragon.

The rest of the premieres were not as strong at all. Greta, the new thriller starring Chloe Moretz, debuted all the way down at #8 with $4.5 million box office. To be fair, however, the film was in a constant battle for its spot as three other films also reported earnings around $4 million for the weekend. Of note, Green Book, fresh off winning the Academy Award for Best Picture one weekend ago, splashed back into more theaters to arise even higher in the top 10 with its domestic total now sitting at $73 million. Don’t count on it remaining there long as bigger blockbusters will be swooping as we plow through the last remnants of winter movies.

Check out the full listing of the top 10 box office weekend results below:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($30,046,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($27,050,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($7,000,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($6,615,000)

Green Book ($4,711,000)

Fighting With My Family ($4,691,284)

Isn’t it Romantic ($4,645,000)

Greta ($4,585,000)

What Men Want ($2,700,000)

Happy Death Day 2U ($2,516,000)

Next weekend is once again all about Marvel as their latest superhero solo film, Captain Marvel, will be appearing in 4,100 theaters.

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