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I review movies for ICON and The Weekender. Previously, I was a senior critic at Filmcritic.com from 2002-07. My essays, reviews, and feature writing have appeared in TCNJ Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, Deadspin, The Star-Ledger, Publishers Weekly, New Jersey Monthly, The Philly Post, and MAD. Follow me on Twitter, @PeteCroatto.

Jim Gaffigan’s Sitcom Heads to TV Land

I’m going to assume that Jim Gaffigan sleeps at some point during the day.  The immensely popular comedian tours relentlessly and finds time to act in movies and TV shows. His second book, Food: A Love Story, hits stores this October. And he’s raising five kids in a New York City apartment with his wife and more »

“Lucy” rules 100 percent of the box office

Here’s your box office report for this past weekend, which saw “Lucy” top the box office. I admit I didn’t see “Lucy.” Since it’s directed by Luc Besson, I can only assume the plot features a jarring Lolita complex and sports cars been driven at breakneck speeds.  As always, these figures are estimates and should more »

“Sex Tape” disappoints as “Apes” rules box office again

Here’s your box office report for this past weekend, which saw “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” win the box office for the second straight week, a mighty impressive feat. Why? Well, we had three new releases, including “Sex Tape,” which finished a disappointing fourth. Boy, it’s almost as if audiences didn’t want to more »

“Apes” rules box office, lazy headline writers go bananas

Here is your box office report for this past weekend, which saw “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” crush the competition and inspire more crappy, pun-heavy headlines in recent memory. Come on, guys! Let’s act like we’ve been here before.  “Apes” was the weekend’s only major nationwide release, and a sequel to a hit, so more »

“Transformers 4″ wins box office as “Tammy” comes in cold

Here’s your box office for this past weekend, which saw “Transformers: Age of Extinction” easily claim the number one spot. Melissa McCarthy’s “Tammy” flopped–and rightly so. The week’s three other major debuts, “America,” “Deliver Us From Evil,” and “Earth to Echo” (surprisingly, not a Rush album), barely registered with moviegoers. The total weekend grosses of those four debuts more »

Meshach Taylor, the leading man of “Designing Women,” dead at 67

As a child of the 1980s, the alarming thing about getting older is how many entertainment figures have died from my TV-obsessed past. It’s a jarring occurrence, more so when you liked their work. That brings us to Meshach Taylor, who passed away Saturday from natural causes. He was 67 years old. Taylor was best more »

Giant noisy robots rule as “Transformers: Age of Extinction” tops box office

Here’s your box office report for this past weekend, which saw “Transformers: Age of Extinction” march to the top of the box office in a virtually competition-free weekend–unless you were located in a major city that had a thriving indie film scene. Otherwise, Michael Bay’s latest thing was the new release in town. We’re sorry.  more »

Kevin Hart is a star, folks: “Think Like a Man Too” wins box office

Here’s your box office report for this past weekend, which saw “Think Like a Man Too” easily top the weekend’s other big debut, “Jersey Boys,” and just beat out “22 Jump Street.” And the neat thing about the success of “Think Like a Man Too” is that it played in  fewer theaters than any other more »

Box office report: “22 Jump Street” slays “Dragon 2″ and falling “Stars”

Here’s your box office report for this past weekend, which saw “22 Jump Street” beat “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ in a battle of summer sequels. The final tally: “22 Jump Street,” $60 million; “Dragon 2,” $50 million. So if you went to the movies you most likely saw one of those two. And if more »

Read it and weep: “The Fault in our Stars” easily wins box office

Here’s your box office report for this past weekend, which saw “The Fault in Our Stars” easily fend off “Edge of Tomorrow.” Let’s be clear about something: “Edge of Tomorrow” is not a bad movie–far from it, actually. I think it got steamrolled by Shailene Woodley’s growing popularity (a good thing) and the frenzy over more »

“Maleficent” has wonderful debut at box office

Here’s your box office report for this past weekend which saw “Maleficent” top the charts at a hefty $70 million. That easily beat “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “A Million Ways to Die in the West.” ” A Million Ways” might be the summer movie season’s first bomb. It pulled in a paltry $17 more »

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Box office report: Bow to your Marvel overlords!

Here’s your box office report for this past weekend, which saw Marvel’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” make $111 million over the log weekend. The people who couldn’t get tickets for that or “Godzilla” had to make do with “Blended,” the latest Adam Sandberg-Drew Barrymore romantic pairing. Ah, yes, the Hepburn and Tracy of my lost, more »