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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.

“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 »

John Goodman eyes role in Dalton Trumbo biopic

That Dalton Trumbo biographical film is sounding more and more appealing by the day. Bryan Cranston starring as the brilliant, blacklisted author and screenwriter. Helen Mirren playing Hedda Hopper, the gossip columnist determined to turn the screws on Trumbo. Yes, please. Now, a source tells TheWrap that John Goodman, Cranston’s co-star in “Argo” and beloved more »

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 »

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“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 »