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Inherent Vice (2014)

Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin in Inherent Vice

Details Limited Release: Dec 12, 2014; Genre: Thriller; With: Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jena Malone and Joaquin Phoenix; Distributor: Warner Bros.

Adapted from Thomas Pynchon's gonzo 2009 novel, Inherent Vice stars Joaquin Phoenix as Larry ''Doc'' Sportello, a shambling SoCal PI investigating the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend's wealthy boyfriend. Along the way, he uncovers a pileup of conspiracies and faked deaths, heroin cartels and pimps. The cast includes Josh Brolin as a hippie-hating L.A. cop, Owen Wilson as a surf-band saxophonist, and Reese Witherspoon as a deputy DA and Doc's part-time squeeze. Director Paul Thomas Anderson drew inspiration from a certain hard-boiled Raymond Chandler classic as well as the stoner stalwarts behind Up in Smoke. ''Paul said it has elements of The Long Goodbye and Cheech & Chong,'' says Katherine Waterston, the newcomer (and daughter of Law & Order's Sam Waterston) who plays the femme fatale. ''It's hard to explain tonally.'' (Maybe The Bong Goodbye?) And in a film that swings between suspense and absurdity, prepare for a hit of magic realism. ''A piece of fruit plays a major role. It's frozen. And it's my friend,'' teases Brolin. ''Even talking about it now is making me chuckle.''
Originally posted Aug 14, 2014 Published in issue #1325-1326 Order article reprints
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Weekend of Oct 26 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1.
Ouija
Universal
$20.0 1 $20.0 C-
2.
John Wick
Lionsgate
$14.1 1 $14.1 A-
3.
Fury
Sony
$13.0 2 $46.0 C+
4.
Gone Girl
Fox
$11.1 4 $124.1 A
5. $9.8 2 $29.9 A-
6.
St. Vincent
Weinstein Co.
$8.1 3 $9.2 B
7. $7.0 3 $45.5 B
8.
The Best of Me
Relativity
$4.7 2 $17.7 D
9.
The Judge
Warner Bros.
$4.3 3 $34.4 B
10.
Dracula Untold
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$4.3 3 $48.3 C
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