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Movie Review: The Light Laughs and Lovable Losers at ‘Table 19’

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Table 19 brings the laughs with wedding losers! Read our movie review now:

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s a familiar scenario, being invited to a wedding where you barely know anyone there. Either you’re a friend, a distant cousin or the black sheep of the family. You just feel out of place and unsure of what to do or say to anybody. I’ve seen my fair share of these ceremonies where I’d spend nearly the entire evening gorging on the free cake and coffee. Table 19 focuses on the lesser group of guests; the ones that are pushed into a literal corner, invited almost as afterthoughts where the other guests are unsure of why they were invited in the first place. And though the story essentially amounts to the familiar patterns of a rom-com, the central outsiders have a sweetness that makes this uneven picture more charming than it should be.

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Say ‘hello’ to the losers of ‘Table 19.’

Eloise (Anna Kendrick) is extremely reluctant to attend the wedding where her ex-boyfriend is the best man. It’s an awkward situation and she’s a rather awkward girl, milling about the wedding and nervously trying not to stand out as a fool. Finding her way to her table, she meets the other weirdo guests that more-or-less don’t want to be there.

There’s the nanny of the bride Jo (June Squibb), approaching the wedding with a sweet heart, but also a knowing intelligence for when things turn south. The Kepp couple (Craig Robinson, Lisa Kudrow) is on shaky ground with their marriage that whiffles between a comfortable bitterness and unhappy desires. Walter (Stephen Merchant) is a tall and shy fellow that wants to drink and talk about anything except him. Teenager Renzo (Tony Revolori) is hoping to get laid at the wedding, taking the awkward advice of his mother that he’ll have a better shot here than at his high school prom.

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Lisa Kudrow and Craig Robinson play a couple on the rocks.

As the joyous wedding continues in the background, the guests of Table 19 play a detective game of trying to figure out the motives of each other. All of them hold some dark secret, preferring not to reveal them. I’d almost prefer they not reveal their secrets either as the characters of this table are amusing enough without the mystery. The build-up to the grand reveal of Eloise’s real reason for being at the wedding and where the Kepps actually stand on their marriage is nowhere near as entertaining as the movie makes their arcs out to be. So uninvolving are these secrets that characters will blurt out the secret once they put the pieces together, akin to the annoying audience member that spoils an M. Night Shyamalan movie.

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While the mystery angle is incredibly weak in nailing down the characters, the film is at its strongest when they’re are just hanging out in between scenes of knocking over cakes and feeling terrible about themselves. In one of the most pleasing moments of the picture, the entire group decides to ditch the wedding and go get high in Jo’s hotel room. There’s no trippy visions they experience or extreme munchies for the minibar; everyone seems calm, charming and at ease. It’s that little golden moment of indie comedies where the characters feel both real and amusing.

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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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