MARCH 2ND-4TH | Jennifer Lawrence in her last role on screen for a bit and more to see at the movies
Follow an ex-ballerina in her work as a spy, explore with a garden gnome, or maybe find another thrill at your local cinema.
In Popdust's column, Box Office Breakdown, we aim to inform you of the top flicks to check out every weekend depending on what you're in the mood to enjoy. Looking to laugh? What about have your pants scared off? Maybe just need a little love? Whatever the case may be, we have it.
Take a peek at our top picks for this week...
This remake of a 1974 classic is even more thrilling and adventurous than you (or your parents) will remember. Dr. Paul Kersey is an emergency room doctor who must face the violence of his city everyday through the work he provides to patients. However, things take a personal turn when his wife and daughter are attacked in their suburban home. When the police are too weighted down with other cases, Paul decides to seek out revenge himself on the assailant. When questions swarm as to whether or not the criminal is bad or really good in disguise, everyone in the city must confront the issue in a heart-racing exploration of character and truth.
Who knew that gnomes were going to be the popular thing this year for kids? In another tale of the friendly garden guys and girls, a high school-aged girl moves in to a new house, only to discover that there are some frightening beasts making an attack from across the street. The only people who can defend her are the gnomes, who will have to do everything in their power to try and put up a fight against the nasty Troggs. Oh, if only her problems were limited to passing chemistry class and finding the perfect date to the homecoming dance.
Lindsay and Jeff are already in the middle of a troubled marriage and having to deal with each other on New Year's Day. Why not make things worse by running into a man who is standing in the middle of the street? Things will only go from bad to worse in this high-stakes thriller when the couple decides to stash the body in their car, later realizing that whom they thought was a stranger might be someone on the attack for their family (and a strange detective's lurking doesn't help matters). You will be on the edge of your seat for this from beginning to end.
An Israeli couple is devastated when they hear the news of their son's death in the war, brought to them by army officials at their door. The grief is so bad it sends the wife into a spell of sedation in order to calm down. The husband, Michael, however, must handle his frustrations with the relatives coming to pay their condolences and the army officials giving him fleeting explanations. His anger boils over into a surprise experience that mimics that of his son's in the war, which leads us to a deeper understanding of coping with a loss we may never truly understand.
And our ⭐️ TOP PICK ⭐️ ...
Yes, this is the film with the huge posters in every cinema in town, and it's worthy of the space it's taking up for Jennifer Lawrence alone, who plays an ex-ballerina, Dominika, who's career is ended when she pushes her body to its limit. She is then recruited by Red Sparrow, a secret intelligence agency that hopes to train her to use her already present talents of seduction and manipulation for weaponry purposes. Undergoing the training is bad, but figuring out how to live in the new world and body she commands is worse, especially as she questions who out in the world she is actually able to trust.
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The newly passed "BTS Law" allows K-pop stars to defer mandatory military service.
This week South Korea's National Assembly passed a law that is sure to have BTS ARMY cheering them on.
Generally speaking, all South Korean men are required to spend at least 18 months enlisted in the military, with the final cut-off for entry at age 28. But the new legislation — informally referred to as "The BTS Law" — will allow K-pop stars who meet certain requirements to defer until the age of 30.
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"I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot."
Academy Award-nominated actor Elliot Page has come out as transgender.
Page, known for his roles in films like Juno, Whip It, and Inception, announced his coming out in a social media post today. "Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot," he wrote. "I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life."
Every year, Spotify listeners win out over devotees to other streaming platforms when they unveil their Spotify Wrapped playlists — a data driven analysis of what the year sounded like.
And while this year's personal Spotify Wrapped summaries are still loading, Spotify just released their data for their most streamed global music and podcasts of the year.
Announced the week following the Grammy nominations, Spotify Wrapped feels like vindication for artists who were snubbed by the awards committee, like The Weeknd and Halsey.
The summary also analyzed trends of when and how people were listening to content, noting increased popularity in nostalgia-themed playlists and work-from-home-themed playlists. Spotify users were understandably playing music from home more, which even caused an uptick in streaming music from gaming consoles. Listeners also tuned obsessively into wellness podcasts like never before.
After months of on and off again speculation, Rihanna and A$AP Rocky seem to be dating.
Obviously, this is good news if it's true. Can you imagine? For the coordinating outfits alone, I need it.
There have been a ton of icky white rappers over the years, but these take the cake.
On this day in 1990, Vanilla Ice's "Under Pressure" reboot "Ice, Ice Baby" debuted at No. 1 in the UK, kickstarting a Billboard run that would soon carry over to the states and invigorate a fleeting love for Vanilla Ice and his whole...vibe.
Of course, we all know how it ends. Vanilla Ice's credibility and career unraveled as quickly as it began. "Ice Ice Baby" took on a satirical identity larger than its creator, all while Robert Van Wrinkle refused to pay royalties (or even give a shout-out) to Freddie Mercury and David Bowie despite liberally sampling the track's true creators. Ice instead tried to cultivate a hollow rap identity, one where he was a hardened former-gang member from Miami and not a middle-class teen from a Texas suburb. The chorus of the song then came under fire by a black fraternity, who accused Vanilla Ice of ripping off their fraternal chant ("ice ice baby/ too cold, too cold.")