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Viewers Plug in to ‘The Social Network’ at U.S. Box Office

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— Thanks to rave reviews from critics, director David Fincher’s long-awaited biopic on the founding of Facebook was a solid hit in the U.S. over the weekend. With $22.4 million, ‘The Social Network’ easily claimed the number one position, towering over the week’s other new releases. By contrast, horror movies ‘Case 39’ and ‘Let Me [...]

Oct 5 2010, 11:27 am | Posted in Films | Read More »

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (Film Review)

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2 & ½ out of 4 stars More so than any other 2010 sequel, Gordon Gekko’s second outing suffers from the massive expectations placed on it by its classic predecessor. Although ‘Money Never Sleeps’ is not without its charms, especially Michael Douglas’s riveting reprisal of the iconic villain, the film’s poorly constructed story and weak [...]

Oct 3 2010, 10:31 pm | Posted in Films | Read More »

The Best of the Blockbusters: Summer 2010

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____ With October upon us, it’s been more than a month since the glorious summer season came to a close.  Kids and office workers alike have been returned to their desks, getting back into the swing of work and routine. Similarly, the late autumn and winter months are also a key moment of transition in [...]

Oct 2 2010, 10:56 am | Posted in Films | Read More »

Audiences Rush to ‘Wall Street’ at U.S. Box Office

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__ Audiences turned out in numbers last week for the return of shady finance broker Gordon Gekko, as director Oliver Stone’s ‘Wall Street’ sequel easily topped the U.S. box office charts. At $19 million, ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’’ opening gross was higher than most adult dramas, as well as the original film’s $8.2 opening [...]

Oct 1 2010, 11:18 pm | Posted in Films | Read More »

Audiences Flock to ‘The Town’ at U.S. Box Office

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– After a lengthy on-screen hiatus, actor Ben Affleck returned to the top of the box office with one of his most critically acclaimed projects to date. Debuting to over $23.8 million, Affleck’s crime thriller ‘The Town’ easily claimed the number one spot, fending off competition from three other new releases. In second place, teen [...]

Sep 21 2010, 8:43 pm | Posted in Films | Read More »

‘Resident Evil’ a Hit at U.S. Box Office

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—- In the second weekend of September, girls, guns, and zombies ruled the North American box office in one of the quietest weekends of the year. With no new releases to compete with, sci-fi horror ‘Resident Evil: Afterlife’ opened to over $26.7 million, easily claiming first place at the box office. In second place, crime [...]

Sep 14 2010, 3:37 pm | Posted in Films | Read More »

Inception (Film Review)

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4 out of 4 stars For those doubting Hollywood’s ability to produce truly great movies anymore, they need look no further than ‘Inception’ to have their fears assuaged.  With its mind-blowing storyline, infinitely memorable cast of characters, and incredible action scenes, ‘Inception’ is not just the best film of 2010, but also one of the [...]

Sep 6 2010, 5:21 am | Posted in Films | Read More »

The Expendables (Film Review)

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2 out of 4 stars With its promise of ‘the greatest action cast ever assembled’, according to distributor Lionsgate, ‘The Expendables’ should have been 2010’s holy grail for male moviegoers.  Instead, it’s one of the year’s most disappointing films.  Plagued by uneven acting, poorly edited action scenes, a paper-thin storyline, and absurd levels of gore, the [...]

Sep 6 2010, 5:06 am | Posted in Films | Read More »

Shrek Forever After (Film Review)

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3 out of 4 stars If there was ever a beloved franchise plagued by sequel fatigue, it’s DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Shrek’ series. When the original film snuck quietly into theatres in 2001, it captured the heart of a generation with its touching story of an ogre hiding a heart of gold behind his monstrous appearance, becoming [...]

Aug 24 2010, 6:06 pm | Posted in Films | Read More »

‘The Expendables’ Top Box Office in Second Weekend

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__________ In its second week, Sylvester Stallone’s action flick ‘The Expendables’ once again muscled its way to the top of the U.S. box office. Declining a standard 51% to $17 million, the violent thriller raised its total take to over $65.4 million in ten days. By contrast, five new movies with smaller commercial appeal all [...]

Aug 24 2010, 5:57 pm | Posted in Films | Read More »

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