Monthly Archives: April 2013

Georgia’s latest production coup? British Pinewood Studios buys and builds there

Tyler Perry can be credited with the recent renaissance in Georgia film production. He’s set up studios, shoots all the films under his aegis there, and the TV shows too. Georgia is a cheap state to make movies in — … Continue reading

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More Box Office: “Iron Man” already a blockbuster, overseas/”Mud” opens well

Deadline.com is reporting that the latest Marvel from Marvel, “Iron Man 3,” will open in North America already a worldwide hit — $195 million in all territories this weekend. Then there’s “Mud,” which enjoyed a decent “wide” opening this weekend, … Continue reading

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“RED 2” — they lost Oscar winners, brought in two new ones

I am a sucker for the “RED” trailers. The first film was old school, sold with Bruce and Helen and Malkovich and Aerosmith — a hilarious trailer. This time, with Richard Dreyfuss killed off (Morgan Freeman too? Can’t recall.) and … Continue reading

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Weekend box office: “Pain” gains $20, “Big Wedding” left at the altar

Another in a long line of weak weekends at the movies this year was headlined by “Pain & Gain”, which opened at $20 million and edged the second weekend of “Oblivion” ($17.6) to come home a “winner.” The Michael Bay … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: “Prince Avalanche,” with Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch

David Gordon Green seems to be returning to something like his indie (“George Washington,””Undertow”) roots with this father-son “bonding” comedy. Maybe filtering his zero-box office days through a more commercial post-Apatow/”Pineapple Express” lens. “Prince Avalanche” is a two-hander, set in … Continue reading

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Weekend Box Office: “Pain” shows few gains, “Big Wedding” is a bust

Michael Bay’s hyped and hopped up return to straight action didn’t do nearly as well Friday as he might have hoped, and doesn’t even appear to have a shot at reaching the decent but modest $20-22 million opening predicted for … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Kinky French intrigues take place “In the House”

The teacher is a veteran of the French school system, not burnt out but resigned to the mediocrity of each new crop of high school sophomores. That first assignment — “Write about what you did last weekend” – confirms what … Continue reading

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Weekend box office: How much will “Pain” gain?

It’s got three stars, two of them “box office,” and a stellar supporting cast. The commercials are giving the comic side of “Pain & Gain” the hard sell. But as this movie, earning mixed reviews, will reveal to anybody who … Continue reading

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Next Screening: Francois Ozon’s “In the House,” with Kristin Scott Thomas and Fabrice Lucchinis

This looks to be a creepy account of a teen lit student observing — a little too closely — a classmate’s family and homelife — for a series of essays for a favorite teacher. Ozon (“Potiche”) plays up the playful, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Sarah Polley searches for the truth about her family in “Stories We Tell”

Canadian actress (“Splice”) turned director (“Away From Her”) Sarah Polley engages in a bout of navel gazing with her new documentary, “Stories We Tell.” It’s about her late mother, and she assembles her siblings and other relatives and family friends … Continue reading

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