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Ben is Such a Tease. And He's Back!

The vernacular definition of the word "teaser" keeps expanding. Now it basically means "first trailer" and they're usually two minutes in length. But here's an ACTUAL teaser "teaser," like what the word used to mean for movie marketing. Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges star in Ben is Back

I kind of love it for its brevity, and moodswitch / rug pull. You?


Soundtracking: "My Best Friend's Wedding"

by Chris Feil

Time has been kinder to My Best Friend’s Wedding than what my memory of its initial response was: the film was too mean-spirited for a mainstream romantic comedy, Julia Roberts’ heroine’s reprehensible behavior at odds with her America’s Sweetheart status. Now the film’s legacy shows just how wrong those initial hot takers were, with its dismantling of genre fairy tale illusions being the core of its peak genre genius. Oddly, one of the primary ways it cracks open our expectations of cinematic romance is one of its most pleasing and digestible: its soundtrack of gold standard, Burt Bacharachian love songs.

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All Sissy, All the Time

by Eric Blume

From now until the end of the year, we will very surprisingly (and pleasantly!) get several doses of the great Sissy Spacek.  She's currently part of the cast of Hulu's Castle Rock, which brings her back to Stephen King territory three decades after her virtuoso performance in Carrie.  You can also find her in the trailer for the upcoming fall release The Old Man & The Gun opposite Robert Redford, and she'll play Julia Roberts' mom (!) in the November 2nd debut of the new Amazon series Homecoming.  That's a lot of work for the 68-year-old Oscar-winning actress, and it's marvelous to see her still getting roles in such large-scale projects...

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Soundtracking: "Pretty Woman"

by Chris Feil

Decades later, it’s still easy to fall for the charms of Pretty Woman - despite maybe being a problematic fave for how it softens the struggles of sex workers. That feel-good fantasy is aided by a pleasing adult-contempo soundtrack, and one that half-comments on the situation as it charms us. It’s a modern variation on the Pygmalion/My Fair Lady archetype and packed with musical moments, so it makes sense that it is on its way to a stage musical treatment. Go West’s “King of Wishful Thinking” makes for a buoyant opening number of wishful love to start our hearts fluttering, before fading into equally crowd-pleasing tracks that dance around the love story’s circumstance.

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Box Office: Justice League's Own Ragnarok

by Nathaniel R

Weekend Box Office (Nov 17-19)
800+ screens
excluding prev. wide
1.🔺 Justice League  $94 
1.🔺 Lady Bird $2.5 on 238 screens (cum. $4.6) REVIEW
2.🔺 Wonder $27.5 2.🔺 Three Billboards... $1.1 on 53 screens (cum. $1.5) REVIEW 
3. Thor Ragnarok $21.6 (cum. $247.2) REVIEWYOUR QUEEN
3. Loving Vincent $403k on  212 screens (cum. $4.6) REVIEW
4. Daddy's Home 2  $14.4 (cum. $50.2) 4. Let There Be Light $362k on 554 screens (cum. $6.7)
5. Murder on the Orient Express $13.8 (cum. $51.7) REVIEW
5. The Florida Project $299k on 217 screens (cum. $4.3)  REVIEW 


Surprise! The feel good facial-differences movie Wonder in which Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson parent little Jacob Tremblay, was a big hit at the box office. It's Julia's best opening in 7 years, or her best opening in 16 years if you don't count the pictures that were sold largely on their all-star ensembles (like the Oceans pictures or Valentine's Day). Did any of you see it?

About the actual chart topper...

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Happy 50th to Julia Roberts!

by Nathaniel R

The biggest female movie star of the 1990s hit the half-century mark today. Happy 50th pretty woman. Herewith my personal votes as to her ten best screen performances. Yours? How will you celebrate this milestone?

  1. Erin Brockovich (2000)
  2. My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)
  3. Closer (2004)
  4. Pretty Woman (1990)
  5. The Normal Heart (2014)
  6. August: Osage County (2013)
  7. Notting Hill (1999)
  8. Duplicity (2009)
  9. The Pelican Brief (1993)
  10. Mystic Pizza (1988)