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By Michael Sragow | January 16, 2009
Milk : *** 1/2 ( 3 1/2 STARS) It may not be a masterpiece, but it does feature masterly performances from Sean Penn as pioneering gay politician Harvey Milk, James Franco as his most serious lover, and Josh Brolin as Milk's antagonist, Dan White. With Barack Obama's inauguration Tuesday, there's no better way to celebrate the rise of a community organizer than with this moving testament to the progress won by a man who understood building power from the ground up. Opening next friday Inkheart : (Warner Bros.
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By Kenneth Turan and Kenneth Turan,Tribune Newspapers | January 29, 2010
Crazy Heart . ( 3 STARS) There's a powerful symmetry at work in "Crazy Heart" that's impossible to resist. It's a parallel between protagonist Bad Blake, a country singer whose entire life has led him to a nadir of disintegration, and star Jeff Bridges, whose exceptional film choices have put him at the height of his powers just in time to make Mr. Blake the capstone role of his career. It's a mark of how fine a performance Bridges gives that it succeeds beautifully even though the besotted, bedeviled country singer has been an overly familiar popular culture staple (Rip Torn in "Payday," Robert Duvall in "Tender Mercies," Hank Williams and Merle Haggard in their own lives)
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May 4, 2009
Weekend Gross Rank Title (Studio) gross* Weeks total* 1 X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Fox) $87 1 $87 2 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (New Line) $15.3 1 $15.3 3 Obsessed (Screen Gems) $12.2 2 $47 4 17 Again (Warner Brothers) $6.4 3 $48.5 5 Monsters vs. Aliens (Paramount) $5.8 6 $182.4 6 The Soloist (Paramount) $5.6 2 $18.1 7 Earth (Buena Vista) $4.18 2 $21.8 8 Fighting (Rogue) $4.17 2 $17.5 9 Hannah Montana: The Movie (Buena Vista) $4.1 4 $70.9 10 State of Play (Universal) $3.7 3 $30.9 * in millions
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May 4, 2009
Weekend Gross Rank Title (Studio) gross* Weeks total* 1 X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Fox) $87 1 $87 2 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (New Line) $15.3 1 $15.3 3 Obsessed (Screen Gems) $12.2 2 $47 4 17 Again (Warner Brothers) $6.4 3 $48.5 5 Monsters vs. Aliens (Paramount) $5.8 6 $182.4 6 The Soloist (Paramount) $5.6 2 $18.1 7 Earth (Buena Vista) $4.18 2 $21.8 8 Fighting (Rogue) $4.17 2 $17.5 9 Hannah Montana: The Movie (Buena Vista) $4.1 4 $70.9 10 State of Play (Universal) $3.7 3 $30.9 * in millions
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Reporter | January 11, 2008
First Sunday is a movie about forgiveness that asks its audience to forgive too much - with regard to both its characters and its makers. Set in Baltimore, with a few exteriors shot downtown, this uneven comedy plays a robbery and hostage-taking at a church for laughs, even when its supposedly sympathetic main character pulls a gun and seems plenty ready to use it. The movie is so confused about itself that it comes across as toneless, a bunch of characters...
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | November 21, 2007
In This Christmas, a middle-class home in Los Angeles' African-American neighborhood known as Victoria Park becomes a funhouse for adults. It's a place where grown-up children suddenly see who they were and who they are. That dual recognition springboards them to hope and change. This Christmas is the rare movie about a cozy household at holiday time that's as funny and dramatic and poignant as any seasonal family get-together should be. The writer-director, Preston A. Whitmore II, has a knack for grasping common reunion situations and heightening them just enough to enable everyone, including the people within the movie, to see how needlessly sad or silly they are. This Christmas (Screen Gems)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | January 12, 2007
Stomp the Yard is as predictable as movies come: Loner with a chip on his shoulder finds acceptance and maturity by channeling his talents into something socially acceptable and finding the love of a great gal. But at least that workhorse of a formula is being used in service of a film that extols the virtues of higher education and a proud tradition in the black community. The movie lives and dies on the energy of stepping, the combination of high-stepping, line-dancing and drill-sergeant maneuvering that has a long history at traditionally black colleges.
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By Patrick Goldstein and Patrick Goldstein,LOS ANGELES TIMES | September 11, 2003
HOLLYWOOD -- One reason Freddy vs. Jason has been so successful is that the film is benefiting from pent-up demand; the pickings have been slim for horror movies this year. But the drought is over. Beginning with MGM's Jeepers Creepers 2, which debuted at No. 1 two weeks ago, and Twentieth Century Fox's release last week of The Order, an occult thriller about an ancient coven of rogue priests who surface in modern-day Rome, there's a new horror film coming nearly every week into October.
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December 23, 2007
FRANK CAPRA JR., 73 Worked in films, like his father Frank Capra Jr., who never wanted to go into his father's business but found in the end he could not resist its pull, died of prostate cancer Wednesday in Philadelphia. A film and television producer, Mr. Capra was a son of the noted Hollywood director Frank Capra, whose best-known film, It's a Wonderful Life, was released in 1946. During the past two decades, the younger Mr. Capra was known for helping to make North Carolina into an important center for film, television and commercial production.
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October 14, 2005
LOS ANGELES -- Clay-animated pals Wallace & Gromit will square off against two other high-profile pairs this week for box-office supremacy. Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst in Elizabethtown and George Clooney and the ghost of Edward R. Murrow in Good Night, and Good Luck will try to topple The Curse of the Were-Rabbit from the No. 1 spot. Curse took in $16 million during its debut weekend, while Jodie Foster's Flightplan fell to No. 2. The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc.: .....
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By Michael Sragow | January 16, 2009
Milk : *** 1/2 ( 3 1/2 STARS) It may not be a masterpiece, but it does feature masterly performances from Sean Penn as pioneering gay politician Harvey Milk, James Franco as his most serious lover, and Josh Brolin as Milk's antagonist, Dan White. With Barack Obama's inauguration Tuesday, there's no better way to celebrate the rise of a community organizer than with this moving testament to the progress won by a man who understood building power from the ground up. Opening next friday Inkheart : (Warner Bros.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Reporter | January 11, 2008
First Sunday is a movie about forgiveness that asks its audience to forgive too much - with regard to both its characters and its makers. Set in Baltimore, with a few exteriors shot downtown, this uneven comedy plays a robbery and hostage-taking at a church for laughs, even when its supposedly sympathetic main character pulls a gun and seems plenty ready to use it. The movie is so confused about itself that it comes across as toneless, a bunch of characters...
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October 28, 2005
LOS ANGELES -- Biopic Capote and slasher sequel Saw II will try to cut into The Rock's box office this weekend. The action star's sci-fi horror tale Doom took top honors last weekend, bringing in $15.5 million. Second was Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning's Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story, which opened with $9.2 million. The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, number of weeks in release and total gross, as compiled Monday by Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. are: Weekend No.of Per Gross Rk (lw)
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By Michael Sragow | October 9, 2009
'The Baader-Meinhof Complex' ***1/2 ( 3 1/2 STARS) One of the few political movies of the new millennium that comes close to the excitement and revelation of classics like "Z" or "The Battle of Algiers," this unsparing look at the West German terrorists who brewed bloody revolutionary actions out of muddled Marxist theory is an exciting, combative and infuriating experience. It boasts another indelible performance from Martina Gedeck, who makes something both moving and harrowing out of Ulrike Meinhof's transformation from bourgeois left-wing intellectual to terrorist.
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