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question of the day: Now it’s ‘Killer’s and ‘Knight and Day’: Why do movies seem to come in thematic pairs so often?

Reader Feh in comments following my review of Killers asks: MaryAnn, do you have any insight into the ripoff pattern? Why do Hollywood movies tend to come out in pairs? Killers/Knight & Day, Abyss/Leviathan, Deep Impact/Armageddon. Feh then links to a story titled “11 Identical Movies Released at the Same Time” — which dates back … more…

totally quotable! 2009

Here are the most quotable movie lines of the year 2009. No ranking — newer quotes are posted at the top. [Warning: May contain spoilers.] “I’m craving a burger. Is that strange?” –Sergeant Matt Thompson (Guy Pearce), as he puts on his bomb suit, The Hurt Locker “If he wasn’t an insurgent, he sure the … 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…

North American box office: Hannah Montana beats up Vin Diesel

Oh, the burn: 1. Hannah Montana: The Movie: $32.3 million (NEW) 2. Fast & Furious: $27.2 million (2nd week; drops 62%) 3. Monsters vs. Aliens: $21.8 million (3rd week; drops 33%) 4. Observe and Report: $11 million (NEW) 5. Knowing: $6.4 million (4th week; drops 21%) actual numbers, not estimates Never underestimate the breathtaking power … more…

The Week in Women

The latest installment of my “Week in Women” column is up over at the Alliance of Women Film Journalists. It features a discussion of the date-rape scene in Observe and Report, so if you’re up for some heated debate, head on over.