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Here's a look back at Christmas weekend through the years: 5 Years Ago - 2005 Eight movies entered nationwide release, but King Kong and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe still packed a one-two punch. Kong's second weekend showed some relative weakness by beating Narnia's third weekend by $1.5 million: Kong made $21.3 million (down 58 percent), while Narnia generated $19.8 million (off 38 percent). Fun with Dick and Jane was the biggest new release with $14.4 million, followed by Cheaper by the Dozen 2 at $9.3 million. Memoirs of a Geisha expanded unmemorably to $6.8 million, The Ringer plopped down with $5.2 million, and Munich was unspectacular with $4.2 million (at 532 venues). Three movies had only one day of nationwide play, due to opening on Sunday, Christmas day, and all three were modest: Rumor Has It at $3.5 million, Wolf Creek at $2.8 million and The Producers at $1.6 million. * Weekend Report: 'King Kong' Clings to Christmas »
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When her brother was convicted of murder, Betty Anne Waters swapped waitressing for law school to prove his innocence. Eighteen years later, she secured his release from jail, but at what personal cost?
The plot of a new film out next year appears, at first glance, to belong in the long tradition of Hollywood prison movie tear-jerkers. A young man – charismatic but volatile, a local troublemaker – is charged with the brutal murder of his female neighbour. To his family's disbelief, he is convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Protestations of innocence fall on deaf ears, all appeals fail, and he is condemned to live out his life in jail. In desperation, his sister – a pub waitress and high-school dropout – puts herself through law school, hoping to fight for his innocence herself. Against all odds, she unearths DNA evidence to clear his name and, after 18 years behind bars, »
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Now, before you start reading any further, you might be thinking, "What the hell have they written this list for? Surely he hasn't even made ten films yet?"
But you'd be wrong on two counts.
Firstly, the reason that Jason Statham has been so successful is from working damn hard since he broke through in 1998 with Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels. In the last twelve years, he's clocked up twenty-four onscreen appearances.
Sensibly, he's chosen to concentrate on mostly making the films that he's naturally suited to: action movies.
The reason I'm most grateful for this is because of the seeming generosity with which it feels he's rewarding me as an action fan. I'd be happy if every other film he ever did was a sequel to The Transporter, »
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“Mao’s Last Dancer” also stars Kyle MacLachlan, Joan Chen, Chi Cao, Amanda Schull, Shuangbao Wang, Aden Young, Madeleine Eastoe and Suzie Steen from director Bruce Beresford and writers Jan Sardi and Cunxin Li.
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The movie poster for “Mao’s Last Dancer” with Bruce Greenwood.
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Vampires seem to be the creature of the moment, so it's anyone's guess how The Wolfman (2010) -- even if it's a masterpiece -- will do when it arrives in theaters on February 12. The film is Universal Pictures' big-budget re-entry into the monster sweepstakes. Yes, they've had horror hits over the years, and yes, they had flat-out blockbusters with the Jurassic Park adventures, but The Wolfman is the studio's attempt to reclaim its place in history as the home of classic monster movies, as it was they who released The Wolf Man (1941), Frankenstein (1931), Dracula (1931), and more, as well as assorted spin-offs of varying quality. There are rumors aplenty surrounding The Wolfman -- whispers about reshoots and frantic last-minute edits and bad word of mouth -- and there's probably some germ of truth in each and every one of them. Isn't there always? But they won't matter much if the film ultimately delivers. »
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By Bruce R. Marshall
It’s that time of year when everyone seems to have a ‘Ten Best Films of the Year’ list.
As this is the last year of the decade, we can also count on being deluged with ‘Best Films of the Decade’ lists (mine will be coming; be patient).
Before I started writing about classic films for Cinema Retro, I primarily wrote about motion picture and television music. So, for a change of pace I humbly offer ....
“Bruce’s Baker’s Dozen of Great Film Music: 2000-2009”.
The best score of the decade is a dazzling, haunting work from newcomer Reynolds. The Austin based composer/performer brings all his considerable skills to bear– he performs and composes jazz, rock, and classical music- in this wholly original score. To date this is his only major Hollywood assignment. If it were up to me, »
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6 items from 2010
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