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U.K. box office: ‘Up’ still up

It’s all those balloons holding it aloft: 1. Up: £3.8 million (3rd week; drops 26%) 2. Saw VI: £1.7 million (NEW) 3. Fantastic Mr. Fox: £1.5 million (NEW) 4. Couples Retreat: £.93 million (2nd week; drops 49%) 5. Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant: £.798 million (NEW) (actual numbers, not estimates) Up had edged close … more…

U.K. box office: ‘Up’ keeps floating along

Nothing can stop the high-flying Disney flick: 1. Up: £5.2 million (2nd week; drops 19%) 2. Couples Retreat: £1.8 million (NEW) 3. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus: £.9 milion (NEW) 4. The Invention of Lying: £.589 million (3rd week; drops 46%) 5. Zombieland: £.576 million (2nd week; drops 54%) (actual numbers, not estimates) With Up … more…

North American box office: ‘Wild Things’ goes wild

Where does the week go? 1. Where the Wild Things Are: $32.7 million (NEW) 2. Law Abiding Citizen: $21 million (NEW) 3. Paranormal Activity: $19.6 million (NEW in wide release; up 148% over last week’s limited release) 4. Couples Retreat: $17.2 million (2nd week; drops 50%) 5. The Stepfather: $11.6 million (NEW) actual numbers, not … more…

Couples Retreat (review)

Maybe it’s pointless to complain about the shocking lack of elegance to an instantly forgettable bit of multiplex fluff like *Couples Retreat.* It’s like complaining about the food at Applebee’s…

my week at the movies: ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,’ ‘Trucker,’ ‘Couples Retreat,’ ‘Motherhood,’ ‘Red Cliff,’ ‘Capitalism: A Love Story’

I’m stoked for my very early screening this week of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (opens in the U.K. on October 16, and in the U.S. on December 25), Terry Gilliam’s new movie and Heath Ledger’s last. I’m avoiding reading the reviews from Cannes, but I am intrigued to see how Gilliam manages to work … more…