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Knight and Day: Early Reviews Are Mixed

Knight and Day: Early Reviews Are Mixed
I find myself rooting for James Mangold's Knight and Day, which functions better as a breezy summer popcorn rom-com than an action-packed chase movie, as Justin Chang of Variety points out:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 19, 2010 6:12 AM
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Knight and Day: Cruise/Diaz Original Action Comedy Works

Knight and Day: Cruise/Diaz Original Action Comedy Works
No question that everyone gets that audiences are suffering sequel and remake overload. But Vulture's Claude Brodesser-Akner overstates the case that Hollywood is back to chasing originals when he cites a few anecdotal examples of recent studio buys.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 17, 2010 3:00 AM
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Film Scholar Brunette Dies at Taormina

Film academic and critic Peter Brunette died of a sudden heart attack at age 66 Wednesday morning at the Taormina Film Festival. I knew him well. We'd do round tables together at Cannes, share post-screening takes standing by our mail boxes at the Palais, or hang in line at Telluride. He was an infectious film enthusiast, and a canny film writer. He paid for his festival jaunts with freelance income. During the year he was a full-time professor at Wake Forest University, where he was director of their film studies program and published several film books, on Michael Haneke and Wong Kar Wai, among others. I will sorely miss him.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 16, 2010 5:17 AM
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Toy Story 3: Early Reviews and Featurette

Toy Story 3: Early Reviews and Featurette
I had lunch today with Matt Atchity, the LA-based editor-in-chief of critics aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, which Flixster acquired from Fox/IGN in January. The marriage is a happy one--Flixster's mobile phone app and other efforts are tripling RT's traffic, which is back on the rise. The film that sat atop the site's review chart for years was Toy Story 2--until Man on Wire dethroned it. When it opens in June 18, will 3D Toy Story 3 wind up in the ranks of RT's top-rated--along with Pixar's unbroken string of ten rated-fresh blockbusters?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 8, 2010 9:35 AM
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What Went Wrong with Prince of Persia

What Went Wrong with Prince of Persia
I'd rather be watching HBO. That's my new T-shirt mantra. This holiday weekend I'll lay odds, sight unseen, that watching the third installment (HBO Saturday 9 PM) of writer Peter Morgan's Tony Blair trilogy, The Special Relationship, about the British ex-prime minister's relationship with then-president Bill Clinton (Dennis Quaid) will prove more satisfying than the miscast, over-wrought $200-million Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time or the shoddily written and executed Sex and the City 2, which hordes of women will flock to see, nasty reviews be damned.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 28, 2010 11:33 AM
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Memorial Day Bloody Box Office Duel Pits Femme Sex and the City 2 vs. Male Prince of Persia

Memorial Day Bloody Box Office Duel Pits Femme Sex and the City 2 vs. Male Prince of Persia
For the first time ever, this Memorial Day Weekend could mark the first-ever number one chick flick, predicts TOH box-office numbers cruncher Anthony D'Alessandro, who interviews distribution chiefs from Warners and Disney about their expectations for the four-day holiday.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • May 27, 2010 2:47 AM
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Biutiful Stars Bardem, Inspires Polarized Reaction, Seeks Distrib

Biutiful Stars Bardem, Inspires Polarized Reaction, Seeks Distrib
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is nothing if not consistent. Over his career--until now, working closely with non-linear novelist/scenarist Guillermo Arriaga--he has crafted a series of films (Amores perros, 21 Grams, Babel) about people in trouble who behave badly, who are in terrible pain. His camera (in this case, wielded by frequent collaborator Rodrigo Prieto) moves freely, swirling around his characters and boring in on their inner thoughts, seeking emotion, emotion, emotion. That's Gonzalez Inarritu's great passion.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 17, 2010 4:10 AM
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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Review

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Review
Friday morning's 8:30 AM press screening for Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps was packed and earned applause as journos ran out of the Lumiere before the movie had finished to get into the press conference. Stay to the end and you had no shot of getting in. The Robin Hood press conference was less imperative.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 14, 2010 8:54 AM
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Cannes Day One: Robin Hood Gets Off to a Slow Burn

Cannes Day One: Robin Hood Gets Off to a Slow Burn
With Ridley Scott recovering from knee surgery, that left Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett and Imagine's Brian Grazer to field the press conference for the 63rd Cannes opener, Robin Hood.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 12, 2010 3:10 AM
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Tom Perkins: Plagiarist and Internet Douche

Tom Perkins: Plagiarist and Internet Douche
While Cinematical refers to him as "film critic," Tom Perkins does not deserve the title.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 11, 2010 4:43 AM
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