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Weekend Box Office: 'Gnomeo' Leapfrogs 'Hall Pass,' Audiences Not 'Angry' Enough To 'Drive'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 27, 2011 5:51 AM
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Rats off to ya, “Gnomeo And Juliet.” After two weeks in release, the ‘toon has vaulted into first place, generating $14 million this weekend on its way to a 3D-boosted $100 million+ gross. The Disney Touchstone release, populated almost entirely by British actors, is something of a surprise hit, since it looked like a throwaway purchase along the lines of “Planet 51” or “Hoodwinked.” Consider this something of an anomaly: who knew animated lawn gnomes would generate such business?

In Theaters: 'I Am Number Four,' 'Unknown,' 'Big Mommas,' 'Putty Hill'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • February 18, 2011 5:39 AM
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Another Friday brings us another blockbuster, this one aimed squarely at the fluttering innards of tweenish types everywhere. And for the dads that drop them off at the theater, Mr. Neeson kicking ass, and for the true masochists, a new entry in the Granny Drag cannon. Of course, if you so choose, there are some interesting offerings in the mix, if pretty aliens and badass Neeson and Martin Lawrence don't entice you. Opening in wide release, Alex Pettyfer hopes to earn his diva behavior with "I Am Number Four," Liam Neeson stars in the reverse-amnesia vehicle "Unknown," and there's an unasked for sequel in the "Big Momma's House" franchise. In limited release, we've got some interesting stuff, including narrative/doc hybrid "Putty Hill," Gael Garcia Bernal in "Even the Rain," and Mexican cannibal flick "We Are What We Are." Let's begin, shall we?

Review: 'Unknown' Is Knowing Euro-Trash Fluff (Not Necessarily A Bad Thing)

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 16, 2011 3:45 AM
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If you've seen the trailers for "Unknown," then you probably have a pretty good idea of what it's about and what it'll be like: all those quick cuts of car crashes and blue-tinted European scenery; Liam Neeson again assuming the role of grumpily righteous avenger (something he brought a laser-like focus to in the sleeper hit "Taken"); and a number of tired genre clichés trotted out for the masses (mistaken identities, Soviet-era spies, a potential assassination plot).

Béla Tarr's 'The Turin Horse,' 'Margin Call,' 'Unknown' & More Join Berlin Film Fest Lineup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2011 2:39 AM
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The full competition program for the Berlin Film Festival has been revealed and it's an interesting mix of arthouse fare and straight-up Hollywood schlock.
More: Films, Unknown

New Looks At 'The Hangover 2,' 'Tower Heist,' 'Sucker Punch,' 'Abduction,' 'Source Code' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 17, 2011 6:35 AM
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Also 'Unknown,' 'Larry Crowne,' 'Footloose' & 'Take Me Home TonightWhile its award season and everyone still has 2010 in the rear view mirror, there is a brand new year of movies ahead, and with the tentpole season soon set to begin, the LA Times has unveiled a cornucopia of new pics and stills from a batch of forthcoming films. Hold on to your eyeballs.

Liam Neeson Means Business On Poster For 'Unknown'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 24, 2010 9:02 AM
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Liam Neeson holding a gun on a blue tinted poster only means one thing: it's yet another vehicle for the thespian to show that if push comes to shove and somebody kidnaps his daughter or frames him for a crime he didn't commit or in this case, steals his identity, he is going to unleash some serious ass kicking on faceless enemies in a foreign land.

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