‘Robin Hood’ to open Cannes

Posted by · 1:50 am · March 26th, 2010

More of a handy PR opportunity than an actual festival honor, Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood” has secured the opening night slot at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival on May 12, two days ahead of its US and UK release date. Like last year’s Cannes opener, “Up,” the film will premiere out of competition, affording it […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Holy hit

Posted by · 12:19 pm · May 18th, 2009

God is so 2006. “Angels & Demons” was the number one movie at the box office this weekend but the $48 million it raked in is barely more than half of the $84.5 million registered by “The Da Vinci Code” in its opening frame. What happened? Three things. First, the free publicity generated by the […]

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Realization: Dan Brown is tailor made for TV

Posted by · 12:06 pm · May 7th, 2009

I’m not going to review “Angels & Demons.”  Sometimes the idea of tearing a film apart just doesn’t quite appeal to me, believe it or not.  But watching the expected unfold on the Sony lot last night, it suddenly occurred to me that Dan Brown’s bloated if intriguingly researched fiction has no place on the […]

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More thrilling than…

Posted by · 11:32 am · December 5th, 2008

Happily for Universal, the majority of US critics seem to like “Frost/Nixon” significantly more than I did. It’s currently sitting on a healthy Metacritic score of 80, with ringing endorsements from such estimable names as David Denby, J. Hoberman and Kenneth Turan. As a side note, however, on reading Turan’s review, his parting shot struck […]

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