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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.

“Gone Girl” says goodbye to top spot; “Fury” takes over

Here’s your box office report for this past weekend, which saw “Fury” take the top spot away from “Gone Girl.” What will Ben Affleck and David Fincher do now? Rosamund Pike better hope there’s a “Jack Reacher 2″ in the works. “Fury” was one of three new releases in the top five, along with “The Book of more »

“Gone Girl” repeats as box office champ

Here’s your box office report for this past weekend, which saw “Gone Girl” top the box office for a second straight week. What’s notable about the victory is that it comes against three high-profile debuts: “Dracula Untold,” “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” and “The Judge.” You figured there would be more »

“Gone Girl” Edges “Annabelle” at Box Office

Here’s your box office report for this past weekend, which saw “Gone Girl” barely beat fellow newcomer “Annabelle” to win the box office. I’m surprised it was that close since “Gone Girl” had gotten nice word-of-mouth while critics had little nice to say about “Annabelle.”  The week’s other big release, the Christian action picture “Left more »

“The Equalizer” Settles Score at Box Office

Here’s your box office report for this past weekend, which saw “The Equalizer” win the box office. Really, it wasn’t close. The Denzel Washington glumshoe vehicle, based on an old TV show, trounced “The Boxtrolls.” According to Box Office Mojo, the source of the figures listed below, “The Equalizer” had the fourth-largest September debut ever.  more »

“Dystopian Hunks in Peril”–AKA “The Maze Runner”–Tops Box Office

Here’s your box office for this past weekend, which saw ‘The Maze Runner” easily beat out “A Walk Among the Tombstones” and “This Is Where I Leave You” to claim the top spot at the box office. Also notable: this was the first weekend since August 1-3 that didn’t feature both “Guardians of the Galaxy” more »

“No Good Deed” Gets Rewarded at Box Office

Here’s your box office report for this past weekend, which saw “No Good Deed” top the box office, besting “Dolphin Tale 2.” This was somewhat of a surprise, considering that “No Good Deed” wasn’t available for advance screenings in most markets. That is never a good sign, even if the reason (a plot twist Screen more »

Guardians again tops box office, close to $300M

Here’s your box office report for this past weekend, which saw “Guardians of the Galaxy” top the charts again as the big studios continued their holiday. The only notable debut was the rock n’ holy roller “The Identical,” which finished 11th. What did the critics think? Well, the film’s Website features blurbs from the likes of “Ted–Oklahoma more »

‘Guardians’ wins snoozy box office weekend

Here’s your box office report for this past weekend, which featured no surprises except for the strong showing of “Cantinflas”, the biopic of the Mexican comedy star. Released in a scant 382 theaters, it finished 12th, ahead of more established titles such as “Into the Storm” and “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.” Also, the underground more »

‘We Need to Talk': CBS Sports Network to air all-woman sports talk show

As someone who regularly watches sports, it’s depressing to see how marginalized women are in sports media, especially on television. It seems to me that if you’re under 30 and good-looking, you’re on the road to success. What comes out of your mouth is secondary. Sports is an arena where someone can write a column more »

“GotG” Reclaims Box Office, “Sin City 2″ Gets Demolished

Here’s your box office report for this past weekend, which saw “Guardians of the Galaxy” reclaim the top spot at the box office. “Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Die For,” the follow-up to the 2005 hit got demolished in its opening weekend, finished a limp eighth. Two debuts, “If I Stay” and “When the Game Stands Tall,” fared much better.

Acronyms–“TMNT,” “GotG”–again rule box office

Here’s your box office report for the past weekend, which saw “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” take the box office for a second straight week and interest in “The Expendables” franchise dip considerably. And so it goes in August, the month where just about anything can happen. Remember when “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” was a box more »

Let’s Bow to Our Marvel Overlords: GotG Easily Wins Box Office

Here’s your box office report for this past weekend, which saw “Guardians of the Galaxy” easily take the top box office spot. For those who thought “Get on Up” would win, I have some property in the Florida swamplands you should look at. It’s a little soupy, but it’s only three hours from Disney World! more »