OFF THE CARPET: Closing the book on summer 2011

Posted by · 8:38 am · August 22nd, 2011

The summer movie season has come to an end, and what an interesting season it was. We saw three billion-dollar grossers for the first time ever in one year, let alone one three-month spread (thank you, 3D). We saw a bit of a glass ceiling for comic book movies, proving nothing is a sure thing […]

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BOX OFFICE: ‘Apes’ rose

Posted by · 10:46 am · August 7th, 2011

I’m no box office expert, but while $54 million is obviously a great late-summer number for “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” I can’t help but wonder if it would have had a shot at more bank if it had been let out of the bag earlier via advance press screenings. Regardless, word of […]

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BOX OFFICE: ‘Harry Potter’ and the Record-Breaking Hit

Posted by · 9:54 am · July 17th, 2011

We all saw this coming. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” the culmination of 10 years of filmmaking that racked up tons of dollars along the way, won the box office this weekend. Things started with the highest opening day gross of all time ($92 million, blasting away the record previously held by […]

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BOX OFFICE: ‘Horrible,’ ‘Zookeeper’ can’t stop ‘Transformers’

Posted by · 10:08 am · July 10th, 2011

Not much to say. “Super 8” had another good drop, while Woody Allen fell out of the top 10, but continues to chase himself (he’ll be on the heels of “Hannah and Her Sisters” next week). And finally something takes “The Hangover: Part II” off the top of the domestic chart this year. (Courtesy: Exhibitor […]

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BOX OFFICE: ‘Transformers’ way out in front

Posted by · 11:25 am · July 3rd, 2011

Yes, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” inevitably took the top spot this holiday weekend, but there is cause for serious sadness. “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” crossed the billion dollar mark worldwide. I weep. But “Midnight in Paris” is just a few mil away from being Woody Allen’s highest grossing film ever, so […]

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On the sound of ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’

Posted by · 7:18 pm · June 28th, 2011

I think “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” will be back for the full trio of Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects at the Oscars this year, after the franchise’s second installment managed only one of those. The sound work in particular is once again top notch, one of the most carefully […]

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Tell us what you thought of ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’

Posted by · 10:59 am · June 28th, 2011

I ducked out to Vegas for the weekend, so no box office or “Cars 2” reaction threads. Sorry. But yesterday I caught “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” with most of the press corps and I had a blast. The action begins to melt your face in the final hour to a numbing degree. The screenplay […]

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The Super Bowl spots

Posted by · 7:52 pm · February 6th, 2011

7. “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” Outrageous.  Make it stop. 6. “Cowboys & Aliens” Though cluttered, expands on what we’ve seen. 5. “Captain America: The First Avenger” Not a bad trailer but something lingering still has me on guard. 4. “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” A true teaser, promising escalation but more contained.

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