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New in Theatres · March 30, 2012

Mediocrity is the theme with this week’s new releases. Moviegoers will be treated to ‘Wrath of the Titans‘. The follow-up to 2010’s sort of successful ‘Clash of the Titans‘, which was widely criticized for its poor CGI, out-right awful 3D effects and not remaining faithful enough to the 1981 original movie. Not to mention Sam Worthington is a piss-poor Perseus!

If Swords and Sandals isn’t your thing, there is always “Mirror Mirror“, a comedic take on the Snow White fairy tale. With Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen and almost no one else of any importance in the movie, things just don’t look promising. Also, the actual visuals in this movie are ugly. The costumes are hideous, the set pieces are unattractive. It just looks like a mess! In fact, the only good looking thing in the movie is Armie Hammer!

Your best best this week is to go see ‘The Hunger Games‘ again!

Feel the Wrath.

Directing: Jonathan Liebesman
Writing: Dan Mazeau, David Johnson (screenplay, story), Greg Berlanti, (story), Beverley Cross (1981 screenplay)
Starring: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Rosamund Pike, Ralph Fiennes

Price of Admission will get you: better 3D, better special effects, and a better hair-do for Perseus… and that is all.

Running Time · 99 min
Genre · Action / Adventure / Fantasy
Rating · PG-13

One Bad Apple.

Directing: Tarsem Singh
Writing: Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm (original story), Melissa Wallack, Jason Keller (screenplay)
Starring: Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane

Price of Admission will get you: a $15 version of ABC’sOnce Upon A Time’, this time with Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen and a lot of really ugly costumes. Basically you’ll be more than happy to chow down on that poison apple by the end!

Running Time · 106 min
Genre · Adventure / Comedy / Drama / Fantasy
Rating · PG

Meet Doug, The Nicest Guy You’ll Ever Fight.

Directing: Michael Dowse
Writing: Jay Baruchel, Evan Goldberg (screenplay), Adam Frattasio, Doug Smith (novel)
Starring: Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel and Alison Pill 

Price of Admission will get you: a good ol’ fashioned Canadian hockey movie full of enough blood and violence to satisfy any moviegoer! Fuckin’ right, eh!?

Running Time · 92 min
Genre · Comedy / Sport
Rating · R

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Box Office Results · January 29, 2012

Alpha Male Liam Neeson and his bloody Man vs. Nature action flick dominated the Box Office this weekend. Neeson’s past box office wins with 2008’s ‘Taken’ and 2011’s ‘Unknown’ proved that audiences love watching him kill people. Now we also know that moviegoers love watching him slay bloodthirsty wolves!

The other two newcomers, ‘One For The Money’ and ‘Man On A Ledge’, also fell victim to tough guy Liam Neeson with weak openings. Though, that probably has more to do with the fact they both looked terrible.

The Katherine Heigl vehicle came in at #3 with just under $12M. Perhaps the cute no-name male co-star was part of the problem (but only a very little part). We certainly don’t think Heigl is good enough to carry a movie herself, and when you pair her with “that guy from that dinosaur tv show… you know, the one that was cancelled…” it’s just not enough.
(Sorry Jason O’Mara. We liked Terra Nova…)

Speaking of not good enough, Hollywood’s baffling love affair with Sam Worthington continued with ‘Man on a Ledge’. Too bad no one else feels the same way about him, his flick pulled in $8.3M for a #5 debut. The only positive thing we can say about this movie is that he is FINALLY sporting something other than that stupid crew cut!

Here is the estimated breakdown of the weekend totals:

LW TW Movie Title Weekend Gross Total Gross Week
1 The Grey $20,000,000 $20,000,000 1
1 2 Underworld Awakening $12,500,000 $45,126,000 2
3 One For the Money $11,750,000 $11,750,000 1
2 4 Red Tails $10,400,000 $33,780,000 2
5 Man on a Ledge $8,300,000 $8,300,000 1
4 6 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close $7,145,000 $21,106,000 6
16 7 The Descendants $6,550,000 $58,848,000 11
3 8 Contraband $6,500,000 $56,400,000 3
5 9 Beauty and the Beast (3D) $5,345,000 $41,147,000 3
6 10 Haywire $4,000,000 $15,279,000 2


New in Theatres · January 27, 2012

“Live or Die on This Day”

Directing: Joe Carnahan
Writing: Joe Carnahan (screenplay), Ian Mackenzie Jeffers (screenplay/short story)
Starring: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, Dallas Roberts

Price of Admission will get youLiam Neeson in a two-hour movie apparently based on the famous Grampa Simpson’s line “I’m cold and there are wolves after me…

Running Time · 117 min
Genre · Action / Adventure / Drama / Thriller
Rating · R

“She’s looking for a few not-so-good men”

Directing: Julie Anne Robinson
Writing: Stacy Sherman, Karen Ray, Liz Brixius (screenplay), Janet Evanovich (novel)
Starring: Katherine Heigl, Jason O’Mara, Daniel Sunjata, John Leguizamo

Price of Admission will get you: another typical ‘Katherine Heigl’ movie… basically of lot of her looking pretty and caught up in wacky romantic misadventures.

Running Time · 106 min
Genre · Action / Comedy / Crime / Thriller
Rating · PG-13

“You can only push an innocent man so far.”

Directing: Asger Leth
Writing: Pablo F. Fenjves
Starring: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Mandy Gonzalez

Price of Admission will get you: Sam Worthington literally standing on a ledge for the duration of the movie. Thankfully, there are some other people running around doing stuff while he’s out there doing nothing.

Running Time · 102 min
Genre · Crime / Thriller
Rating · PG-13

(read the rest of this entry to find out what is out in Limited Release this week…)

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