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    Strolling around ruins, enjoying meals at great restaurants and taking in the sights, “Book Club: The Next Chapter” begs to be captured properly. Instead, it doesn’t even look as good as something you might shoot with your iPhone.

    Movie critic Bruce Miller says “Book Club: The Next Chapter” is really just a string of one-liners. The plot is non-existent, it’s just a ruse to get four stars together for a bachelorette party in Italy.

    Several new movies infiltrated theaters nationwide this weekend, from a lighthearted trip to Italy with Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Diane Keaton and Mary Steenburgen to a Ben Affleck-fronted detective thriller. But the top two spots were once again claimed by Marvel and Mario. According to studio estimates Sunday, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” added $60.5 million from North American theaters in its second weekend. Second place went to “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” with $13 million in its sixth weekend. “Book Club: The Next Chapter” placed third with $6.5 million from 3,508 locations.

    This summer is stuffed with possibilities. But with the “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3” already in theaters, it’s likely superhero hopes will fall to another film – “The Flash.”


    Writers of films and TV shows are now on strike. Picketing began Tuesday after the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represent studios and streaming services, failed to reach a deal. Late-night talk shows were the first to feel the effects, and have gone into reruns. “Saturday Night Live” scrapped its upcoming episode with host Pete Davidson. The central issue in negotiations is writers' share of pay for shows that stream on Netflix and similar outlets. The AMPTP says it has offered substantial pay increases for writers, but they have too many demands.

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