Paul Schrader’s ‘First Reformed’ Is a Hit, and the ‘2001’ Reissue Finds New Box-Office Life
Two very different films — Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed” and a 70mm reissue of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” — stand out among the new releases this weekend.
The first represents a critical career high for a director who made his first film Tk years ago, while the revival is from a director who died Tk, and made one of the the most modern films in 1968.Standout documentary “Rbg” joins them, but other well-reviewed films are seeing more mixed results.
However, there’s enough viable titles to fill screens while Marvel gets nearly all of the theatrical attention.OpeningFirst Reformed (A24) – Metacritic: 83; Festivals include: Venice, Telluride, Toronto, New York 2017$100,270 in 4 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $25,067Schrader has a long career as a screenwriter (“Taxi Driver”) and director (American Gigolo”), but his career has seen spotty critical and audience reception.
“First Reformed,” with Ethan Hawke as a clergyman experiencing spiritual crisis,
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