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Movie Minute: ‘Venom’ battles ‘A Star is Born’ at the box office

October 4, 2018

Movie Minute: ‘Venom’ battles ‘A Star is Born’ at the box office

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- If you, like me, have had that song from the “A Star Is Born” trailer stuck in your head for months, don’t fret, the movie finally arrives in theaters this weekend.

The third remake of the classic movie features the directorial debut of Bradley Cooper and the acting debut of Lady Gaga. The film has been a hit with critics and is generating plenty of Oscar buzz.

“Venom,” Sony’s first installment in its new superhero cinematic universe, is expected to win the box office crown this weekend. Starring Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed, this origin story has nothing to do with the version of character that appeared in “Spider-Man 3″ in 2007.

Get a glimpse of both films, plus a sneak peek at “Shine,” in the video, above.

A STAR IS BORN

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Dave Chappelle, Sam Elliott, Andrew Dice Clay

Director: Bradley Cooper

Rated: R

Rotten Tomatoes: 95 percent

Google synopsis: Seasoned musician Jackson Maine discovers -- and falls in love with -- struggling artist Ally. She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer until Jackson coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jackson fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.

VENOM

Starring: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate

Director: Ruben Fleischer

Rated: PG-13

Rotten Tomatoes: 34 percent

Google synopsis: Journalist Eddie Brock is trying to take down Carlton Drake, the notorious and brilliant founder of the Life Foundation. While investigating one of Drake’s experiments, Eddie’s body merges with the alien Venom -- leaving him with superhuman strength and power. Twisted, dark and fueled by rage, Venom tries to control the new and dangerous abilities that Eddie finds so intoxicating.

SHINE

Starring: Jorge Burgos VI, Gilbert Saldivar, Kimberli Flores, Jadi Collado, David Zayas

Director: Anthony Nardolillo

Rated: R

Official synopsis: “Shine: focuses on brothers, Ralphi and Junior, two of New York’s Spanish Harlem’s most celebrated salsa dancers. Once close, a devastating tragedy creates a deep divide between them that alters their relationship and futures.

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