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2014 preview: only movies left underived

Here are the few films coming in 2014 that are not sequels, remakes, reboots, or based on a stage show, the Bible, young-adult novels, comic books, cartoons, or — someone make it stop — toy lines.

new on DVD (Region 1 and Region 2): week of January 26

Out January 26 in Region 2: • Tropic Thunder [buy at Amazon U.K.]. From my green light review: [I]nventively clever in its sendup of the self-involvement of pretty much anyone who’s anyone in Hollywood, but does the sending up through lots of the kind of aggressive outrageousness Stiller’s own movies have taught us to expect … more…

U.K. box office: James Bond still a killer

New films stayed out of the way of Quantum of Solace at British multiplexes this past weekend, which looks to have been a wise move: 1. Quantum of Solace: £9.2 million (2nd week; drops 40%) 2. High School Musical 3: Senior Year: £1.5 million (3rd week; drops 45%) 3. Ghost Town: £.71 million (3rd week; … more…

Pride and Glory (review)

Well, this is refreshing. In a world where we’re all used to movie trailers that begin with ‘In a world where…’ and then go on to reveal the entire plot for us, it turns out that the trailer for Pride and Glory does not, in fact, do that, even though it looks like it does.

my week at the movies: ‘Synecdoche, New York,’ ‘Pride and Glory,’ ‘Changeling,’ ‘High School Musical 3 Senior Year,’ ‘ I’ve Loved You So Long’

I’ve already told you why I simply cannot wait for Synecdoche, New York (opens limited in the U.S. on October 24; premieres in the U.K. at the London Film Festival on October 28), and now the moment has arrived. Will Charlie Kaufman confirm his place in the pantheon of The Movies? Oh please oh please… … more…