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Considering the original “Magic Mike” was entertaining, you’d think it wouldn’t be too hard to make a sequel mildly so. Add a few new dances, toss an interesting problem in his direction and count the money. That’s not how “Magic Mike’s Last Dance” rolls.

Audiences said let’s go to the movie theater for “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” this weekend. The animated offering from Universal and Illumination powered up with $204.6 million in its first five days in North American theaters, including $146.4 million over the weekend.

Movie critic Bruce Miller says the special effects in “Dungeons and Dragons” are just so-so, but the script isn’t. This is an adventure that has plenty of laughs and a sense of purpose that makes it nobler than “The Lord of the Rings.”

Riding terrific reviews and a strong word-of-mouth, the role playing game adaptation “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” opened with $38.5 million in U.S. and Canadian movie theaters over the weekend, stealing the top box-office perch from “John Wick: Chapter 4.”

It’s never too late, we learn from “Living,” to find your place in the world. The film, starring Bill Nighy, is a fascinating, well-written film that approaches life in its own way. It reminds us of Merchant/Ivory films and it lingers just as long.


“John Wick: Chapter 4,” the fourth installment in the Keanu Reeves assassin series, debuted with a franchise-best $73.5 million at the box office. That is according to studio estimates Sunday. The Lionsgate film, starring Reeves as the reluctant-but-not-that-reluctant killer John Wick, exceeded both expectations and previous opening weekends in the R-rated franchise. Since first launching in 2014 with “John Wick,” the Chad Stahelski-directed series has steadily grown as a ticket-seller with each sequel. After its disappointing debut last weekend, the superhero sequel “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” slumped to second place with $9.7 million in its second weekend. The Warner Bros. release dropped steeply, tumbling 68% from its launch.

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