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Gangster Squad (review)

Gangster Squad! In color! This is blustery postwar mythologizing about the violent birth of the modern metropolis, all pulpy-bright even when it’s night…

marketing horrors: Shrek Twinkies

To Woody Harrelson in Zombieland, the Twinkie was a “spunky yellow delicious bastard.” But the totally objective, just-plain-fact of the matter is that Twinkies are nasty. And somehow, they are rendered even nastier when the creamy filling is green: Does it taste like wasabi? Or like mold? It’s an adventure in every bite! (Apparently, there … 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: ‘Up’ keeps floating along

Nothing can stop the high-flying Disney flick: 1. Up: £5.2 million (2nd week; drops 19%) 2. Couples Retreat: £1.8 million (NEW) 3. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus: £.9 milion (NEW) 4. The Invention of Lying: £.589 million (3rd week; drops 46%) 5. Zombieland: £.576 million (2nd week; drops 54%) (actual numbers, not estimates) With Up … more…

U.K. box office: ‘Up’ opens in the stratosphere

I really wish the U.K. box office numbers were available earlier in the week…: 1. Up: £6.4 million (NEW) 2. Zombieland: £1.2 million (NEW) 3. The Invention of Lying: £1.1 million (2nd week; drops 38%) 4. Fame: £.91 million (3rd week; drops 49%) 5. Love Happens: £.56 million (NEW) (actual numbers, not estimates) Unsurprisingly, the … more…