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Weekend Box Office: Three Straight Weeks At #1 For 'The Help'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 4, 2011 3:53 AM
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There are all sorts of qualifiers to this summer becoming the most financially robust in box office history. Chief amongst them are both the inferior product, but also the illusion of 3D prices, which do an excellent job of covering up the consistently-dropping attendance numbers. In other words, money is money, inflated or otherwise, and not enough people balked at the enhanced prices, even though a number of 3D films loudly flopped this summer.

Review: Derivative & Dumb 'Apollo 18' Never Gets Off The Launchpad

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • September 2, 2011 12:02 PM
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Generally speaking, the biggest problem for found-footage horror movies is creating sufficient reason or motivation for the characters to keep filming even when everything is going wrong. But “Apollo 18” somehow manages to solve that problem while creating a whole host of other ones, not the least of which happen because because filmmaker Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego decided to set his mash-up of “Paranormal Activity” and “The Fourth Kind” on the moon in 1973. Derivative, dumb, suspenseless and worst of all boring, “Apollo 18” fulfills no expectations except those of the low quality of films released over Labor Day weekend, a notorious dumping ground for studio dreck.

In Theaters: 'Shark Night 3D,' or 'A Good Old Fashioned Orgy'?

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • September 2, 2011 7:21 AM
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Feel that morning chill? That's right, it's undoubtedly September, and film fans should be rejoicing. Goodbye and good riddance, August 2011, you were not one of those Augusts that defied the stereotype as the summer dumping ground. In the past few years, auteurs like Edgar Wright ("Scott Pilgrim vs. the World") and Quentin Tarantino ("Inglorious Basterds") boldly ventured into the month of August with varying degrees of success, and many hailed these maneuvers as groundbreaking for August's status. Well... August 2011 promptly set all right again with the dismal releases we've experienced.

Watch: 'Apollo 18' Trailer Is Basically 'Blair Witch' In Space

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 24, 2011 12:37 PM
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Most of the news surrounding the upcoming low budget found footage thingy "Apollo 18" has been about it's continually shifting release dates, never a good sign of a quality product.

'Apollo 18' Moves Release Date Again; 'Life Of Pi' Gets Out Of The Way Of 'The Hobbit'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 1, 2011 6:20 AM
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A couple of release date shifts for you, so get your calendars.

Which Summer Films Won't Make You Feel Like You've Been Lobotomized? The May-August Movies: Part 1

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 3, 2011 6:03 AM
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Something's in the air. The days are getting longer. The weather's getting warmer. Your IQ is dropping by the day. That's right, it's the start of the summer movie season! The critical darlings that get you through the winter moments are a thing of the past, replaced by CGI-packed blockbusters, comedies and the occasional kids' flick, designed principally as a way of tempting you into an air conditioned theater to spend money on ice cream and nachos.

Release Date Shuffle: 'Final Destination 5' Moves Up Two Weeks To Aug 12th, 'Apollo 18' Replaces It

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 28, 2011 1:39 AM
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'Our Idiot Brother' Likely Looking For A New SlotThe term "Release Date Shuffle" can refer to a number of things. For instance, there was the 1971 single by Nikki and the Noise, a Phil Spector-produced girl band whose lead singer bears a striking resemblance to a certain reclusive movie blogger. The song, in which the girls lamented the wait for their baby to be released from prison, is regarded as something of a lost classic by Spector aficionados, but it was swiftly buried when, in a cruel twist of fate, one of the group's members was murdered by their boyfriend on his release from jail. Further back, the Release Date Shuffle was also a Victorian medical practice, designed to induce late pregnancies.

'Apollo 18' Gets Dumped On Jan. 6, 2012; 'Our Idiot Brother' Moves In On August 26th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 25, 2011 7:43 AM
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'Piranha 3DD' Takes A Bite Out Of ThanksgivingThe Weinstein Company have announced some new dates on their calendar for this year and one film has noticeably been taken off.

Watch: Trailer For 'Apollo 18' Makes Us Feel Like Watching 'Apollo 13' Instead

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 19, 2011 4:37 AM
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What did you expect from a film that only started shooting a couple of months ago for a release date in April? It's a quickie, cheapie job that looks, well, every bit as good as you might expect a movie operating with this kind of chintzy budget might look like.

'Apollo 18' Launch Delayed To April 22; 'Warrior' Gets In The Ring On September 9

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2011 7:13 AM
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A couple of release date changes and announcements for you, so get your red pencil and your calendar.

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