Joker Makes Another Killing (at the Box Office)

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Throughout his long history, the Joker has never been particularly fond of a certain Dynamic Duo. But the Ace of Knaves could get used to this sort of doublet. Warner Bros.’ Joker did a classic double take this weekend—absconding with a second-straight box-office victory and raking in an estimated $55 million stateside. That pushes its […]

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Despite Controversy, Joker Has Last Laugh

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Lots of folks were worried about Joker. Some theaters hired extra security. Others banned patrons from wearing costumes. And some wondered whether the movie, given its graphic depictions of violence in the context of social rage, should’ve been made at all. No matter: Warner Bros.’ gritty origin story for the Clown Prince of Crime laughed […]

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What’s Streaming for Families in October (2019)

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When October rolls around it’s perfectly reasonable to think that your movie streaming choices might be a little limited. I mean it is monster movie season. (Grrrrowl. Arrrgh!) But while there are scores of terrifying demon nuns, wall-crawling beasties and little boys whispering, “I see dead people” to be seen on your movie streaming site […]

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Culture Clips: Joker Edition

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The fictional Arthur Fleck, better known as the Joker in his titular movie, would be pleased that his story has already stirred up so much controversy. And that before it has even hit theaters. Director and screenwriter Todd Phillips unleashes his vision of DC Comics signature super-villain in theaters this weekend. But Phillips’ Joker bears […]

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Culture Clips: Rock’s Inescapable Decline

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“Rock is dead!” That opinion has been bouncing around the culture practically since the rowdy genre was born. The Who actually had an unreleased album titled Rock Is Dead—Long Live Rock all the way back in 1972—just as the genre was really blossoming. I’m not going to suggest that rock is dead. Not literally, at […]

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America Re-Reads Chapter Two

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Moviegoers just can’t get enough scares in September. IT: Chapter Two earned its second-straight box-office victory, devouring an estimated $40.7 million in North America en route to the win. That pushes its total domestic cume to about $153.8 million. Add in its overseas cash, and Chapter Two has collected $323.3 million worldwide. Clearly, this pic […]

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Angel Hasn’t Fallen Yet

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In a decidedly sleepy weekend at the box office, the Gerard Butler actioner Angel Has Fallen flapped over a legion of holdovers to claim its second-straight weekend crown. Just as we said last weekend, its totals weren’t particularly jaw-dropping. Angel earned an estimated $14.8 million domestically during the holiday weekend (including Labor Day). Thwack off […]

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Culture Clips: The Play Nice Edition

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Pink’s tired of all the negativity on the internet. Lashing back at online natterers who don’t like how she and husband Carey Hart are parenting their children, the pop star issued a “worldwide internet challenge” that implored people to be nicer in cyberspace. “Go ONE day without criticizing someone online,” she wrote. She added, “And […]

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