If you were looking for action, quirkiness, or romance, you just might have gone to see at least one the top three films this week. Battle: Los Angeles easily held the top spot, beating out last week's winner by a solid $13 million margin. The alien action spectacle made $36 million, over half of its cost to make, in its debut weekend. Rango didn't come close, but at $23.1 million didn't do too shabby for weekend number two. While there's no Twilight currently showing, director Catherine Hardwicke brings up a different supernatural romance in the form of Red Riding Hood, which managed to swoon (or scare) $14.1 million and 3rd in its debut weekend. This puts it slightly ahead of the 2nd place finisher from last week, The Adjustment Bureau. While supernatural romance won out against science fiction romance this week, 4th place and $11.4 million isn't all that far behind, considering the gap between the top finishers.
However, the gap widens considerably after that ... no other film broke $10 million this weekend, barely finishing higher than $5 million. One of the few that did was Mars Needs Moms, the Robert Zemeckis motion capture CGI-fest made $6.8 million, but its opening is a far cry from the $150 million budget it needs to recoup, especially for a family-friendly film. It fared better than the R-rated Farrelly Brothers comedy Hall Pass, which dropped to 6th and slightly above $5.1 million, and the PG-13 teen romance of Beastly, which fell to 7th and slightly below $5.1 million. Unlike Mars, however, they were much lower budgeted films, and are highly likely to break even by next weekend at the latest.
Near the bottom, however, we have two certified box office winners and one ... well, still not counting its...Read More
Disney's new animated comedy, Mars Needs Moms, follows young Milo (Seth Green) from his quaint suburban home to Mars – a fantastical planet full of alien life and cutting edge space technology. While Milo's Mars bears little semblance to the Mars we've come to know and love in Science class, Milo's aliens have both big heads and their skin tones suggest a popular...Read More
Once a well-worn morality tale of frightening solitude and predatory sexuality (read the original French version in which the girl disrobes before getting into the wolf's bed), the folktale Little Red Riding Hood has evolved into a female empowerment story and has long abandoned the original ending which finds the innocent little girl outsmarted and eaten by a tricky wolf. Walt Disney long...Read More
Movies about filmmaking can be comedic satires like Tropic Thunder. Or, they can be joyous musicals like Singin' in the Rain. They can even be horror films like Shadow of the Vampire. But rarely do they consist of such powerful human drama and impactful storytelling as in the new Spanish film Even the Rain. Actress turned director Icíar Bollaín has developed the expertly-written...Read More
It was the battle of the beautiful, the ugly, and the … somewhat odd looking for the top spots this weekend, and leave it Gore Verbinski to bring the tale of a chameleon in way over his bug-eyed head to land solidly in the top spot. Rango bested all in its debut with $38 million to land in 1st. In a distant 2nd...Read More
Remember the 1980s? If not, perhaps you remember some films of the 1980s-perhaps those of the John Hughes variety? If you do, you probably do not remember a movie exactly like Take Me Home Tonight. In the spirit of John Hughes-esque films (i.e. The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink), Take Me Home Tonight is a retro-1980s movie that explores high-school politics despite the...Read More
The famed visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) got their start animating tauntauns and star destroyers in the original Star Wars trilogy. Over the years, they have dazzled audiences with their groundbreaking special effects and industry leading innovation. Now in the year 2011, they have busted out of the special effects game and launched head first into feature film making with...Read More
What controls life? Fate or Free Will? This is the primary question asked by The Adjustment Bureau. Pretty heady topic for what is an entertaining piece of movie making. Based on the short story, "The Adjustment Team" by Philip K Dick, and written for the screen by writer/director George Nolfi (he wrote both The Bourne Ultimatum and Ocean's 12). The film also marks...Read More
At first, I wasn't sure if Beastly was simply a terrible movie, or perhaps one of the greatest satires on teen romance fiction I had ever seen. All I know is, for the first fifteen minutes I was almost bursting at the seams trying not to laugh; mostly at lines of dialogue that I'm pretty certain weren't meant to be funny. Add to...Read More
It has been five years since the final episode of That '70s Show aired. A finale that the show's star, Topher Grace (whose films include Traffic, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton, Ocean's 11 & 12, In Good Company, and Spider-Man 3), only made a brief appearance in (after starring on the show for seven seasons playing the loveable loser Eric Forman, Grace...Read More