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'Alice in Wonderland' 2010: Lewis Carroll Travesty One of Worst Tim Burton Movies

'Alice in Wonderland' 2010: Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. 'Alice in Wonderland' 2010: Plenty of visuals, no substance In the interest of full disclosure, I should start this commentary on Alice in Wonderland by saying that I have never been a fan of Tim Burton's works. I've enjoyed a couple of his movies, but the vast majority of them I've found uninspiring and, really, quite boring. Burton's eye for unusual worlds, particularly in terms of art direction and costume design, is not lost on me. But how can I possibly find Tim Burton a great director when he continues to offer the same tricks, over and over again? True, Burton's stories and characters change from movie to movie. What […]


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'Alice in Wonderland' 2010: Lewis Carroll Travesty One of Worst Tim Burton Movies



'Still Alice' vs 'Maps to the Stars': Julianne Moore Oscar Helps 1 Film

'Still Alice': Julianne Moore and Kristen Stewart. 'Still Alice' and 'Maps to the Star's box office: Julianne Moore Oscar helps only one movie (See previous post: “'The Lazarus Effect' Box Office: Olivia Wilde Horror Movie Arrives Comatose.”) The Oscars do matter. As mentioned in the previous post, Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman was up an estimated 125 percent this weekend, Feb. 27-March 1, '15, following its four Academy Award wins – including Best Picture. Also up a hefty 24 percent – after adding 553 locations – is Sony Pictures Classics' Still Alice, which earned Julianne Moore the year's Best Actress Oscar for her performance as a woman in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. Oscars' box office boost True, an Oscar […]


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'Still Alice' vs 'Maps to the Stars': Julianne Moore Oscar Helps 1 Film



'Maps to the Stars' Trailer & 4 Clips: Robert Pattinson Gets Intimate with Julianne Moore

Robert Pattinson in 'Maps to the Stars.' 'Maps to the Star's trailer and clips: Julianne Moore goes ballistic after losing a role, Robert Pattinson learns that Mia Wasikowska's parents are brother and sister The Hollywood satire Maps to the Stars, the second David Cronenberg-Robert Pattinson collaboration to be screened in competition for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival – following Cosmopolis two years ago – is one of the most anticipated films at the festival for obvious reasons: although an international box office disappointment, the brainy, stream-of-consciousness Cosmopolis earned a number of enthusiastic reviews and was the runner-up (trailing only Leos Carax's fellow white limo movie Holy Motors) on the list of Best Films of 2012 compiled by […]


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'Maps to the Stars' Trailer & 4 Clips: Robert Pattinson Gets Intimate with Julianne Moore



STOKER: Matthew Goode Is Alluring and Creepy as Mia Wasikowska's Uncle

Stoker: Matthew Goode stars in Park Chan-wook's English-language feature debut, which offers a 'perfectly lovely blend of styles,' but is marred by narrative glitches The title Stoker, left to stand alone for Korean director Park Chan-wook's and screenwriter Wentworth Miller's psychological thriller, could refer to any number of things, including those relative to vampires, marijuana, or tandem bicycling, depending on one's disposition. The author of Dracula is indeed a relevant reference, but in Park's film Stoker happens to be the surname of the family central to its narrative: mother, father, daughter, uncle. (Image: Stoker Matthew Goode.) Yet, Miller's screenplay reaches for a deeper identity that goes beyond family names to actual lineage – in fact, to the very genetics of […]


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STOKER: Matthew Goode Is Alluring and Creepy as Mia Wasikowska's Uncle



Gus Van Sant's RESTLESS Gets Unenthusiastic Reviews: Cannes 2011

Henry Hopper, Mia Wasikowska, Restless Gus Van Sant's Restless, about the love affair between an orphaned teenager (Dennis Hopper's son, Henry Hopper) and a cancer-stricken young woman (Mia Wasikowska), has received a number of unenthusiastic reviews. Some, in fact, have been downright negative. Van Sant won the Palme d'Or at Cannes for Elephant back in 2003. Bryce Dallas Howard (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) is one of Restless' producers. The screenplay, which has been compared to Erich Segal's Love Story, was written by Jason Lew. Not much of a chance for this Van Sant effort come Oscar time. “Seen any good funerals lately?” asks one funeral junky to another in Restless, a terminally cloying and mushy-headed romance between a cancer-stricken young […]


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Gus Van Sant's RESTLESS Gets Unenthusiastic Reviews: Cannes 2011



'Sucker Punch' Bombs: Zack Snyder Movie Beaten by 'Wimpy Kid'

Jena Malone, Oscar Isaac, Abbie Cornish in Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch April 1, '11, update: Starring Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Anna Friel, and Robert De Niro, Neil Burger's thriller Limitless topped the North American box office chart on Thursday, March 31, grossing $1.22 million, according to Box Office Mojo. That'll likely be Limitless' last time at the top, as Duncan Jones' well-received thriller Source Code, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, and Vera Farmiga, opens today. Even so, Limitless should be passing the $50 million milestone on Saturday. Also opening this weekend are Hop starring James Marsden and lots of CGI animation, and the horror flick Insidious. Up one spot from Wednesday, David Bowers' Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules […]


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'Sucker Punch' Bombs: Zack Snyder Movie Beaten by 'Wimpy Kid'



'Avatar' Trailing 'Ben-Hur'? & James Cameron 3D Fantasy vs. 'Alice in Wonderland'

'Avatar' set with James Cameron and Sam Worthington. Avatar inflation-adjusted domestic box office chart James Cameron's socially conscious sci-fi/fantasy/adventure mix Avatar hasn't been the top grosser at the North American box office for nearly two months. Starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and Sigourney Weaver, Avatar was initially dethroned by the Channing Tatum / Amanda Seyfried tearjerker Dear John, followed by Garry Marshall's all-star Valentine's Day, the Martin Scorsese-Leonardo DiCaprio thriller Shutter Island, and, for the last three weekends, Tim Burton's 3D extravaganza Alice in Wonderland. Avatar is still doing okay business, but it lost quite a bit of steam globally after Alice in Wonderland took hold of hundreds of IMAX and 3D screens. Adding insult to injury, Tim Burton's fantasy […]


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'Avatar' Trailing 'Ben-Hur'? & James Cameron 3D Fantasy vs. 'Alice in Wonderland'



'The Bounty Hunter' Beaten & Kristen Stewart Biopic Disappoints

'The Bounty Hunter' with Gerard Butler as another über-macho character. Box office: 'Alice in Wonderland' leaves 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid,' 'The Bounty Hunter' far behind March 21, '10, update: Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland grossed an estimated $34.5 million at the North America box office this weekend (March 19–21, '10), easily fending off new entries Diary of a Wimpy Kid and The Bounty Hunter, the latter starring Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler. Thus, Alice in Wonderland has managed to top the box office chart for the third consecutive weekend. The 3D fantasy adventure featuring Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Anne Hathaway dropped a perfectly acceptable 45 percent from a week ago. To a large extent thanks […]


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'The Bounty Hunter' Beaten & Kristen Stewart Biopic Disappoints





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