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new this week in U.S., Canadian, and U.K. theaters: ‘The A-Team,’ ‘The Karate Kid,’ ‘Letters to Juliet,’ ‘Brooklyn’s Finest,’ more

U.S. AND CANADA/OPENING WIDE The A-Team: A stirring drama of wrongly convicted patriots who get mad and kick some ass. If you can’t make it to the multiplex, try: • The A-Team (1983-1987): The entire series is newly available in a cool new box set. • The Great Escape (1963): This Steve McQueen military classic … more…

U.K. box office: top 10 moneymakers of 2008

The final figures for 2008 are finally available, so here’s a quick look of the top movies of 2008, from a box-office perspective, in the U.K.: 1. Mamma Mia!: £69.17 million 2. Quantum of Solace: £51.02 million 3. The Dark Knight: £48.69 million 4. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: £40.27 million … more…

totally quotable! 2008

Here are the most quotable movie lines of the year 2008. I didn’t mean to hold these till the movie year was over — it just sort of happened that way. I’ll return to posting quotes as I hear them for 2009. No ranking — quotes are posted in reverse order of movie release dates, … more…

North American box office: top 10 moneymakers of 2008

Just for fun, here’s a quick look of the top movies of 2008, from a box-office perspective: 1. The Dark Knight: $531,001,578 2. Iron Man: $318,313,199 3. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: $317,023,851 4. Hancock: $227,946,274 5. Wall-E: $223,806,889 6. Kung Fu Panda: $215,434,591 7. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa: $177,016,810 8. … more…

awards contenders on DVD: the studio films

December can feel overwhelming, for movie watchers, with all the awards contenders flooding the arthouses — if you’re in New York and Los Angeles — and multiplexes this holiday season. But it’s always true, too, that films from earlier in the year manage to get notice from critics groups in the pre-Oscar-nominations territory… and some … more…