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Charlie St. Cloud (review)

Poor Zac Efron: he’s at that awkward Movie Star stage. He’s got It: that indefinable onscreen charisma. But Hollywood doesn’t have a lot of options for him while he’s stuck in the postadolescent, not-quite-grownup phase.

trailer break: ‘Charlie St. Cloud’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer… Dammit, why does this trailer have to spoil the entire movie… or look like it does? Maybe it doesn’t: maybe there’s a big twist coming along that isn’t really hinted at here. (Maybe Zac died in that drunk-driver accident too! And now he’s a ghost wandering his … more…

U.K. box office: ‘Wolverine’ geekifies Britain, too

Everyone loves a kick-ass mutant: 1. X-Men Origins: Wolverine: £6.7 million (NEW) 2. Hannah Montana: The Movie: £2 million (NEW) 3. State of Play: £.982 million (2nd week; drops 35%) 4. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past: £.977 million (NEW) 5. 17 Again: £.53 (4th week; drops 48%) (actual numbers, not estimates) It’s the biggest opening of … more…

North American box office: Zac Efron is your god

The tweens have spoken, again: 1. 17 Again: $23.7 million (NEW) 2. State of Play: $14 million (NEW) 3. Hannah Montana: The Movie: $13.4 million (2nd week; drops 59%) 4. Monsters vs. Aliens: $13.2 million (4th week; drops 39%) 5. Fast & Furious: $11.8 million (3rd week; drops 57%) actual numbers, not estimates I said … more…

DVD alternatives to this weekend’s multiplex offerings

President Obama may have us all feeling more confident that the collapse of civilization because of credit swap defaults — instead of the way-cooler zombie apocalypse or ape uprising The Movies had promised us — has been headed off for the moment, but that don’t mean a penny saved ain’t still a penny saved. And … more…