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Movie Review: ‘Silence’ is an Unshakable Experience

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Silence isn’t for the faint of heart. Read our movie review to find out why this might be Andrew Garfield’s best film yet:

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]artin Scorsese’s film Silence begins and ends with silence in darkness. There are many quiet moments such as these where the surrounding sounds will drop and leave the audience questioning the experience that unfolds on screen. In trying to make a movie about his frustrations with faith and its mysteries, Scorsese invites us to share his cathartic and somber struggle. He doesn’t offer up any blunt message or easy resolve – only an experience that forces one to examine their own faith and humanity.

It is the 17th century and Japan is not welcoming of the Jesuit missionaries that come to their land preaching the word of God. Father Ferreira (Liam Neeson) has gone missing during his work there in which he witnessed many tortures of those that went against Buddhism by embracing Christianity. Rumors circulate that he has apostated and settled down as a Buddhist. Two young Portuguese Jesuits, Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Garrpe (Adam Driver), refuse to believe such talk and seek out their mentor by traveling to the country.

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Liam Neeson plays the mentor Father Ferreira.

But Japan’s government has become so focused on extinguishing the flame of Christianity that the Jesuits are now hunted with prices on their heads. Japanese Christians carry out their prayers in secrecy, ever grateful that the two priests have graced their presence. Rodrigues and Garrpe attempt to restore faith in Japanese villages while remaining in hiding, but soon realize they cannot stay as the government begins executing citizens they believe to be Christians or harboring priests. Those caught can either spit or step on the image of Christ to apostate or suffer the most excruciating of tortures before dying a horrible death.

Denying the act of fighting against the oppressive government, Rodrigues finds his faith being put to the ultimate test as he endures watching others die for their beliefs. He splits from his fellow priest to seek refuge in another Japanese village he’d visited previously, only to discover the village has been destroyed with all the inhabitants gone. During these quiet moments of reflection, he finds himself going mad as he questions everything: his faith, his mission, his courage, his future, his purpose on this planet. The terrible question looms over him down this dark path–is God listening to all this suffering? There’s a gaping gash of doubt in his soul with no signs of healing, no matter how hard he tries to remain true to his teachings.

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Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield face the difficult challenges ahead of them.

The experience becomes even more agonizing when he is captured, imprisoned and forced to consider renouncing his faith as the tortures and killings continue. The cackling codger of the Inquisitor attempts to convince Rodrigues to apostate with uncomfortable debates and slaughtering of prisoners. Rodrigues’ hair continues to grow as his faith continues to diminish with each day, each torture, each murder. A cowardly thief continues to follow Rodrigues, asking for forgiveness only to betray him time and time again, testing Rodrigues’ forgiveness amid the darkness of persecution. And by the time Rodrigues finally meets his mentor Father Ferreira, perhaps the strongest of scenes between Garfield and Neeson, his spirit is ripped to shreds.

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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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