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Movie Review: ‘Sully’ Lifts Off with Drama Both Subtle and Intense

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Where does Sully stand among Clint Eastwood’s other films? Find out by reading this movie review:

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen Clint Eastwood directed American Sniper, he attempted to dig deep into the psyche of sniper Chris Kyle and let us in on his motivations as a soldier. He doesn’t exactly provide the same treatment in Sully for the story of Chesley Sullenberger, the famed pilot who made the tough call of landing a damaged A320 on the Hudson River (“on” not “in” as Sully continuously suggests).

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Tom Hanks plays the conflicted pilot in ‘Sully.’

There doesn’t appear to be much hidden behind his white mustache, trembling hands and doubtful face. Sully is portrayed as a humble man who doesn’t see himself as a hero so much as a pilot who did what he had to do. The same could be said of Eastwood who never brings out the big dramatic guns for such a picture, filming a story he thinks deserves a movie rather than a story that would make a great movie.

One trait that Eastwood retains from his previous movies is a sense of subtlety with his actors. Tom Hanks melds seamlessly into the role of Sully by embodying the quiet man without any big scenes to steal. He trembles silently at the possibility of being wrong or making a mistake as he replays the landing in his mind. And yet he remains relatively calm when facing everything from an emergency evacuation of the plane to a grilling committee that questions his actions.

Joining Hanks is Aaron Eckhart as co-pilot Jeff Skiles who sticks by Sully for moral support and jokes, but never ventures too far into humor. The two of them trade smirks and chuckles as they face the media storm and NTSB trial together.

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Aaron Eckhart provides support to Tom Hanks.

Hanks and Eckhart deliver such subtle and chummy performances that the secondary characters pale in comparison. To bring a smidge more tension and investment to the water landing, Eastwood does a minimal job at establishing a few of the characters on board and gives them micro-arcs for us to follow. A family of three is separated during the rescue. A chipper grandmother fears for the future of her daughter. A mother clings to her baby. I understand that Eastwood desires to make this a more whole story by focusing on the little elements, but he only gives them small nuggets of time to be invested in with very base dialogue.

It felt as though we should have spent more time with the secondary characters considering how many are focused on during the landing. Sully insists that it wasn’t just his doing that saved all the souls on board, but the response of all emergency forces. For brief scenes, we get to know the people routing planes, the authorities that provided rescue by boat and the scuba-diving officers that helped hoist passengers out of the water. All combined, they’re the real heroes and I felt that the movie should have spent a little more time with them.

Read more to get the rest of the movie review of Sully and watch the trailer:

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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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