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Disney Holds Strong in Theaters While Netflix Scores Golden Globe® Nominations

In a weekend perilously caught between the Thanksgiving boost and the beginning of Christmas holiday activity, Disney once again asserted their dominance of the collective narrative space with the continued success of Frozen II, which ruled for the t...

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'Knives Out' Resurrects the Ensemble Whodunnit

Thanksgiving weekend at the box office reaffirmed some longstanding notions about Hollywood that don't bode particularly well for the future of narrative cinema. Yet, in other areas, the takeaway very much gave hope to those excited about expanding t...

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: Disney Proves Its Franchise King Yet Again With 'Frozen II'

With the perceived failures of recent franchise instalments Doctor Sleep, Terminator: Dark Fate, and Charlie's Angels over the last month, there has been a lot of discussion around the inherent risks of managing a franchise narrative, and just how ba...

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: 'Ford V. Ferrari' races ahead of 'Charlie's Angels'

Excepting those instances when you turn your computer off and on, the word “reboot” doesn't really exist outside Hollywood. It came to prominence over the last few decades as popular storytelling shifted away from original stories and more towards ma...

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: Nostalgia Continues To Wane At The Box Office

Just one week after the people behind Terminator: Dark Fate got a stark lesson in franchise narrative management, another sequel playing up its connections to a beloved '80s classic under performed at the box office.

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Writer-Director Scott Z. Burns on 'The Report'

The Report is a new film written and directed by Scott Z. Burns, who is probably best known for his many collaborations with Steven Soderbergh. Burns has written screenplays for such Soderbergh movies as The Informant!, Contagion, Side Effects, and h...

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: The Latest 'Terminator' Installment Suffers a Dark Fate Despite a Narrative Win

The weekend box office results offer up a sharp storytelling lesson for those engaged in the uniquely Hollywood pursuit that is intellectual property management. 

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: Creative Vision Still Matters in the Modern Mass Movie Marketplace

A rather quiet weekend at the box office saw Joker, now the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time, compete for the top spot with last weekend's debutante, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. At the time this article was written, the two films were pret...

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: Sequels Don’t Equal Success as Joker Has the Last Laugh

Over the past month or so, there’ve been various cases at the box office that could be considered as highly encouraging for big screen storytelling. Key developments following some of those trends occurred over the weekend.

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