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'The Dark Knight Rises' Early Reviews: 'Grand' 'Spectacular' & 'Triumphantly Cinematic'

We can finally feast our eyes on Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" on July 20; in the meantime Warners opened the embargo doors Sunday to a flood of ecstatic early reviews:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 16, 2012 1:06 PM
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Arthouse Audit: Four Solid Openers Join Indie Successes, Led by Bodice-Ripper 'Farewell My Queen' and Doc 'The Imposter'

What a difference a year makes -- the same weekend last year saw the best of the new specialized openings doing an average gross around $5,000: only "Midnight in Paris" stood out. This year, four new releases averaged over $10,000, while the deep market for a variety of acclaimed and/or popular films remains as strong as ever.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 15, 2012 2:41 PM
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Weekend Box Office Chilled by 'Ice Age 4'

No big surprises at the box office this weekend as 20th Century Fox’s CG-animated family friendly “Ice Age: Continental Drift” opened in the top spot with an estimated $46 million.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • July 15, 2012 1:55 PM
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Best of the Week: Comic-Con, Magical Russian Mystery Tour, Moscow, Karlovy Vary & More

This week on TOH, we head to Comic-Con for genre/fanboy-fangirl/pop culture madness, consider Salma Hayek's career before and after "Savages," look at the return of "Ice Age," plus feature Anne's Magical Russian Mystery tour (including the Moscow Film Festival) and check in with Meredith Brody at Karlovy Vary...
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  • July 13, 2012 5:15 PM
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Weekend Preview: 'Trishna,' 'Farewell My Queen,' 'Alps' & 'The Imposter' Join 'Ice Age' At the Box Office

With Comic-Con occupying the fanboys, there's a great selection of limited-release indie and foreign films arriving this weekend to satiate hungry cinephiles...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 12, 2012 2:17 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Beasts,' 'Moonrise' and 'Rome' Provide Post-Holiday Fireworks

As most specialized distributors shunned new post-holiday openings, "Beasts of the Southern Wild" showed new strength in its second week, as several already successful films broadened well, led by "Moonrise Kingdom" and "To Rome With Love."
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 8, 2012 1:39 PM
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Weekend Box Office: 'Amazing Spider-Man' Leads Field

Sony’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” showed that the venerable Marvel character can still lure moviegoers in large numbers into its web. In its first six days the $230-million franchise reboot of “Spider-Man" with new stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone in the leads generated close to $140 million and picked up nearly $65 million during the weekend.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • July 8, 2012 1:00 PM
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Best of the Week: 'Amazing' Box Office, Comic-Con Preview, Karlovy Vary, Mark Wahlberg's Career & More

This week on TOH, Spidey proves his staying power even as general tentpole malaise sets in, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival offers a cinephile's dream lineup, Comic-Con's on the horizon and more!
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  • July 6, 2012 3:24 PM
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Adults Crave Original Content while Tentpole Enthusiasm Wanes

The Austin Film Festival's film program director Stephen Jannise argues that "a new demographic is there for the taking"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 5, 2012 4:18 PM
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Weekend Preview: 'Amazing Spider-Man,' 'Savages,' 'Do-Deca,' 'Collaborator' & More

In case you haven't seen "Beasts of the Southern Wild" yet, that's still your best bet for an exciting cinematic experience. This holiday weekend's offerings feel tired and uninspired...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 5, 2012 1:27 PM
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