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Box Office: 'Jack The Giant Slayer' Barely Climbs Beanstalk To Number One

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 3, 2013 12:50 PM
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The writing was on the wall as soon as director Bryan Singer retreated to the “X-Men” franchise for next year’s “X-Men: Days Of Future Past.” “Jack The Giant Slayer” was destined to be a money-loser, looking like just another post-”Alice In Wonderland” fantasy epic but costing somewhere in the vicinity of an improbable $200 million. With Warner Bros. putting out a quiet ad campaign for the film, scrimping money off the ad budget was the only way to save face: 'Jack' is poised to take a major bath this weekend, coming in under the minimum $30 million the studio was hoping for.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? '21 And Over,' 'Jack The Giant Slayer' & 'The Last Exorcism' Lead The Charge

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • March 1, 2013 4:58 PM
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In Theaters: Jack The Giant Killer, 21 And Over, The Last Exorcism Part II,
Lots to look at this week! Unfortunately, the big studio pictures are a bit disappointing, featuring well-worn stories that aren't particularly innovative or entertaining. Popular critical opinion recommends ordering "The Hangover" or "Das Boot" from Netflix rather than paying for the direct descendants playing on the big screen. Lucky for multiplex owners, the institution of public film exhibition and us, a handful of international films, documentaries, and American independent pictures pick up the slack. So -- in the ongoing battle between the private DVD player and the theater projector -- what will it be: the couch or the cinema? Let us know in the comments below!

Review: ‘The Last Exorcism Part II’ Is A Cruddy, Boring & Exhausting Horror

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 1, 2013 1:12 PM
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2010’s “The Last Exorcism” was a mildly successful found-footage horror movie about a huckster exorcist (played memorably by hey-it’s-that-guy character actor Patrick Fabian) who accidentally stumbles upon an actual possession while being followed around by an amateur documentary film crew. It was also, at least initially, metaphorically rich, with the demonic activity standing in for domestic abuse and the violence often bred by small-minded, backwoods religious fervor. Of course, all that nuance was jettisoned in the last ten minutes, when the possessed young girl (Ashley Bell) gave birth to what appeared to be a small gremlin or possibly the young version of Hellboy. In the wholly unnecessary “The Last Exorcism Part II,” the young girl has survived the demon-birth (or whatever) and is trying to reacclimate to society. Unfortunately, the sequel follows the original too closely, so that any attempt at substantial dimension is undone in favor of hoary horror movie tropes.

I Found You: New Trailer For 'The Last Exorcism Part 2'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 9, 2013 10:39 AM
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Though its title seems to preclude the possibility of further films, the unnecessary sequel to the Eli Roth-produced found-footage horror, “The Last Exorcism Part II,” is set to scare some money out of audiences this March. To date all we’ve seen is a still and a poster, but now the studio has finally released a trailer via Yahoo.

The Horror! 'Carrie' Remake Moved To Fall 2013, 'The Last Exorcism 2' Gets A New Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 2, 2013 9:09 PM
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Welcome to 2013, and no, Hollywood hasn't changed much since 2012. Sequels and remakes still rule the roost, and horror fans will get plenty of both over the next twelve months, so let's get to it.

'Spring Breakers' & 'The Last Exorcism II' Will Rock You, Shock You This Spring

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 15, 2012 1:36 PM
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It's November, which means students are in thick of it at school and longing for next week's Thanksgiving holiday. But March is on the distant horizon, and that means one thing: spring break! So bust out your beer and bikinis, because we have got some movies coming your way next year.

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