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trailer break: ‘The Runaways’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer… Hmm, lessee: a movie written and directed by a woman — Floria Sigismondi — about a bunch of young women doing something awesome and unexpected and for themselves, not for men or for babies. Will this kick box office ass? Or will it be this year’s Whip … more…

North American box office: zombies rule the land

And so do decade-old movies about playthings: 1. Zombieland: $24.7 million (NEW) 2. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: $15.8 million (3rd week; drops 37%) 3. Toy Story/Toy Story 2 3D: $12.5 million (NEW) 4. Surrogates: $7.2 million (2nd week; drops 51%) 5. The Invention of Lying: $7 million (NEW) actual numbers, not estimates What … more…

North American box office: ‘Cloudy’ still sunny

The newcomers can’t beat the food-as-weather fantasy: 1. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: $30.3 million (2nd week; drops 17%) 2. Surrogates: $14.9 million (NEW) 3. Fame: $10 million (NEW) 4. The Informant!: $6.6 million (2nd week; drops 37%) 5. Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All by Myself: $4.8 million (3rd week; drops 52%) … more…

Whip It (review)

I always knew Drew Barrymore could be this cool: her directorial debut is a simultaneously sweet and kickass story about one girl’s finding her bliss, a movie that works within Hollywood conventions of storytelling to handily demonstrate that just because a tale is familiar doesn’t mean it can’t be fresh and funny and edgy, too.

trailer break: ‘Whip It’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer… Wait, what’s this? A movie full of awesome women? That can’t be right. Who approved this? Did they use up all the women in Hollywood for this one movie? Where will all the other movies find their The Girl or The Wife till all these lovelies have … more…