Monthly Archives: March 2014

Box Office: “Noah” floats to $44 million opening, Schwarzenegger sinks to $5

A good per-screen average, decent reviews and a 3D release (in some theaters) helped Darren Aronosky’s “Noah” open at a surprisingly robust $44 million. Predictions were in the $30s. “Divergent” held more audience than I could have guessed. Tween and … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Unknown Known”

Donald Rumsfeld smiles, spins and passes the buck as he spars with Oscar winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris in “The Unknown Known.” Rumsfeld has the certitude of a man — so dismissive of any questioning of his thinking and decision … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Noah” floats, Schwarzenegger sinks, “Chavez” underwhelms

Paramount’s Darren Aronofsky/Russell Crowe gamble is paying off, hitting $45 million or so by Sunday night, a box office take well above expectations — which were in the mid-30s. That’s based on a big Friday, but we’ll see how Sat. … Continue reading

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Box Office: Will “Divergent” sink “Noah”, is Ahnuld Ovah?

  “Noah” was going to be a hard sell, even without the whispers of a director’s cut/studio cut haggle, even without a few names you see on the IMDB cast list not actually in the movie due to that cutting. … Continue reading

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An eye-popping new trailer announces “Jupiter Ascending”

The story — with Mila Kunis as a working girl who doesn’t realize she’s a princess or queen or whatnot. sought by evil overlords (Eddie Redmayne), protected by Channing Tatum, Sean Bean and others — seems run of mill. Run … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Sabotage”

Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn’t strut through action films these days. And no amount of editing can hide that no, grandpa can’t kick doors down any more. Or fake it.Even his line-readings have a fatigue that suggests he’s kind of over it.“Aye … Continue reading

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24 and unders abandoned moviegoing in 2013

Variety reports from the convention that used to be called ShowWest that the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) that that 18-24 audience dropped 21% last year. The main “frequent moviegoer” demo, 39 and under, dropped 16%. Too many choices? … Continue reading

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Next interview: Anybody got a question for Jude Law?

Dr. Watson to Robert Downey Jr.’s Sherlock Holmes, dapper leading man or Cockney villain, Jude Law may be entering the most interesting phase of his career. He’s 40, and the comic character drama “Dom Hemingway” sees him an a volcanic … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Noah”

Big, beatific and (more or less) Biblical, Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” is a mad vision of a movie, an action adventure take on The Flood that cleansed the Earth. Aronofsky (“Black Swan”) envisions this epic through the lens of Hollywood, interpreting … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Breathe In”

 ”Breathe In” is a romantic melodrama that’s so well-cast and acted and made with such loving care that you could almost forgive how long it takes to get to its obvious conclusion, how melodramatic the whole “sordid” affair is.“Sordid” may … Continue reading

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