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Throw in the solid second weekend holdover of "The Equalizer" (down 44%) and the result could wind up the biggest-grossing October weekend ever (unadjusted), even with stay-home holiday Yom Kippur. The Top Ten came in around $137 million, up $26 million from 2013 despite "Gravity"'s big haul. Neither gross comes close to a record for the month -- over the past decade, "Taken," "Paranormal Activity 2" and "3," "Jackass 3D" and "High School Musical 3" also took in over $40 million, along with the record-setting "Gravity." But both new films and "The Equalizer" look to be certified successes. The year-to-date shortfall is now below 5% for the first time since the end of July, having made up about a third of the drop over the last two-plus months. Keep this up and the year might not look so bad after all. With "The Maze Runner" also holding well, it means there is an »
- Tom Brueggemann
As obsessed with bodily fluids as it is with social awkwardness, The Inbetweeners, be it on TV or the big screen, determinedly sets out to make viewers laugh until a bit of lung comes out. And with The Inbetweeners 2 now taking the boys, ahem, down under for more sexual shenanigans in Australia, the gross-out levels are set to soar (or plummet, depending on your viewpoint).
But making audiences squint, wince and fight their gag reflexes has always been a part of cinema. Sometimes it's done for belly laughs (Cameron Diaz styling her hair with Ben Stiller's homemade gel in There's Something About Mary), sometimes to elicit feelings of shock or revulsion (Ray Liotta forced to dine on his own brain in Hannibal). And sometimes it does all of the above at once (an army of zombies being cut to dripping ribbons with a lawnmower in Peter Jackson's splatstick horror »
Kidnapped children has proven to be a popular subgenre, hasn't it? We've already reported today on a Nic Cage thriller where he'll play a desperate father hunting for his disappeared son, and now Halle Berry will star in Kidnap, a thriller about a mother's struggle to find her abducted child.
Kidnap is an action thriller that follows a mother (Berry) who will stop at nothing to rescue her kidnapped son. Not a terribly original premise, but it's hard to judge a movie like this from its logline. Prieto is a good director and Berry usually works well in these types of roles.
- Matt Serafini
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