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Salt (review)

*Salt* works. As in breathless-nonstop–action-intensity works. Oh, sure, it’s nutty-as-a-fruitcake insane at the same time, but being this hugely entertaining goes a long way toward making you not want to laugh at it.

trailer break: ‘Salt’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer… Now, am I being too much of a conspiracy theorist to wonder if the whole Russian spy ring news story that broke recently and today was suddenly wrapped up in a remarkably civilized and surprisingly secret-prison-free manner could possibly have been planted by Sony Pictures to convince … more…

U.K. box office: ‘Paranormal Activity’ jumps to No. 1

And new openers tank: 1. Paranormal Activity: £1.8 million (2nd week; drops 49%) 2. A Christmas Carol: £1.7 million 3. The Twilight Saga: New Moon: £1.6 million (3rd week; drops 62%) 4. Planet 51: £1.5 million (NEW) 5. Law Abiding Citizen: £.99 million (2nd week; drops 33%) (actual numbers, not estimates) The best a new … more…

U.K. box office: ‘New Moon’ drops big

And Paranormal Activity opens big: 1. The Twilight Saga: New Moon: £4.3 million (2nd week; drops 63%) 2. Paranormal Activity: £3.6 million (NEW) 3. A Christmas Carol: £1.9 million (4th week; drops 13%) 4. 2012: £1.8 million (3rd week; drops 48%) 5. Law Abiding Citizen: £1.5 million (NEW) (actual numbers, not estimates) A 63 percent … 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…

bias update: October 19

obsession: Doctor Who (I keep buying new DVDs of the old show; see more after the jump) boyfriend: Paul Gross in Eastwick (see more after the jump) psyched: The Men Who Stare at Goats (George Clooney as a psychic warrior, and Ewan McGregor as anything? I’m so there; also, see more after the jump) girl … more…

Law Abiding Citizen (review)

It had me at *kaboom,* this thorny moral conundrum of a film, and then it lost me when it threw out all the tricksy pointedness in favor of thoughtless, counterproductive badassery.