FORCE AWAKENS Breaks Multiple Records In 2nd Weekend; All-Time Looms

(UPDATED with final numbers) Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to demolish records, racking up several in its second weekend: Best 10-Day Gross, $540.3 million (Previous Record: Jurassic World, $402.8 million) Fastest to $500 million, 10 days (Previous Record: Jurassic World, 17 days) Fastest to $400 million, 8 days (Previous Record: Jurassic World, 10 days) Biggest 2nd [...]

THE FORCE AWAKENS Opening Week Record

Over its first seven days of release, Star Wars: The Force Awakens took in a staggeringly unprecedented haul of $391.1 million, crushing the previous first-week mark of $296.2 million set this past summer by Jurassic World. It almost seem pointless to mention, but the mega-blockbuster's seventh-day take of $27.1 million more than doubled Avatar's previous Christmas Eve record of [...]

THE REVENANT (Movie Review)

**** out of **** My review of The Revenant, at, inspired by a 19th Century American Frontiersman's real fight for survival - and revenge. The Revenant is ranked #1 on my Top Ten List for 2015. An excerpt from my review: "...a grueling, often torturous tale, testing the limits of both its actors and audience...Oscar-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman) [...]


*** out of **** Rated R for strong bloody violence, a scene of violent sexual content, strong language, and some graphic nudity Released: December 25, 2015 limited; December 31st nationwide Runtime: 168 minutes
 Digital; 187 minutes 70mm film “Roadshow” Edition (only 100 screens nationwide) Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Bruce [...]

JOY (Movie Review)

***½ out of **** Rated PG-13 for language (including brief strong language
) Released: December 25, 2015 Runtime: 124 minutes Directed by: David O'Russell Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Isabella Rossellini, Édgar Ramírez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Bradley Cooper  Joy is ranked #19 in the Honorable Mention section of my Top Ten List for 2015 Just when it seems like we’re [...]

CONCUSSION (Movie Review)

*1/2 out of **** Rated PG-13 for thematic material including disturbing images, and language Released: December 25, 2015 Runtime: 123 minutes Starring: Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Morse, Arliss Howard Sony Pictures is to be applauded for tackling (forgive the pun) the issue of NFL concussions head on (with helmet-to-helmet intent, no less) [...]