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Mack Chico

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2008/09/14 at 12:00am

"Burn After Reading" burns the competition

09.14.2008 | By |

"Burn After Reading" burns the competition

After several straight super-slow weekends, the box office has gotten fired up. Defying many projections, Brad Pitt and George Clooney’s comedy Burn After Reading led a team of four major new releases to generally better-than-expected performances, boosting the cumulative theatrical take by nearly 34 percent over the same frame a year ago.

Blazing the trail was Burn After Reading, which banked an impressive $19.4 mil, according to Sunday’s estimates. That’s the best debut ever, by far, for filmmaking brothers Joel and Ethan Coen: Of their 13 previous movies, only 2004’s The Ladykillers ($12.6 mil debut) and 2003’s Intolerable Cruelty ($12.5 mil bow) even premiered north of $10 mil. The opening sum was also good news for Pitt and Clooney, neither of whom has had such a big, non-Ocean’s opening in several years. To find one, you have to go back to 2005’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith for Pitt and to, gosh, 2000’s The Perfect Storm for Clooney — although, to be fair, both actors tend to make a lot of small-release indie flicks.

For the Coens, it’s a sweet follow-up to their Best Picture winner, No Country for Old Men, which also wound up their top total grosser, with $74.3 mil. Can Burn After Reading do as well? It’ll be a challenge, considering the movie’s merely moderate reviews and a fall box office slate that’s only going to get more crowded. Still, this is a nice start.

Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys (No. 2) was next, with $18 mil. Though down a tick from the consistent $20 mil-plus bows of most of Perry’s movies, The Family That Preys did well considering that it wasn’t based on one of the auteur’s popular stage productions. Also welcome: That solid A CinemaScore review from audiences, who tend to abandon Perry’s films after the first weekend. Perhaps they’ll show this one more love in the long run.

Close behind at No. 3 was Righteous Kill, the Robert De Niro-Al Pacino reunion, which grossed a solid $16.5 mil. That’s the biggest non-franchise premiere for these two actors in ages, as well: De Niro’s Hide and Seek bowed to $22 mil in 2005, and Pacino’s The Recruit premiered with $16.3 mil in 2003.

As expected, the weekend’s other big opener, The Women (No. 4), fared worst, banking just $10.1 mil in nearly 3,000 theaters, though I suppose that sum could have been a lot lower. In actual fact, that’s Meg Ryan‘s best bow in — gasp! — almost a decade. Four-week holdover The House Bunny brought in $4.3 mil to round out the top five. Tropic Thunder (No. 6 with $4.2 mil) jumped the $100 mil mark, as did Step Brothers and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. And in art houses, Alan Ball’s controversial race/sex drama Towelhead enjoyed a nice $13,250 debut average in four locations.

Overall, the increased box office revenues were truly welcome; this was the first ”up” weekend in nearly two months. And that Hollywood was able to achieve some success without the help of Batman, well, hey, that’s even better.

Mack Chico

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2008/09/10 at 12:00am

The Women

09.10.2008 | By |

Rated: PG-13 for sex-related material, language, some drug use and brief smoking.
Release Date: 2008-09-12
Starring: Diane English, Clare Boothe Luce (obra)
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Country: USA
Official Website: http://www.thewomenthemovie.com/

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The Women

The new film ‘The Women’, a remake of George Cukor’s 1939 film starring Joan Crawford, is an aspirational, entertaining, yet predictable dramedy about a group of powerful women who deal with life’s issues, particularly the male kind. Sound familiar? No, not a complete rip-off from Sex and the City, but enough parallels to make it eerily similar.

 

It’s set in New York City’s modern whirl of fashion and publishing. The story circles around Mary Haines (Meg Ryan), a clothing designer who has it all – except a faithful husband. Her best friend, Sylvie Fowler (Annette Bening), a high powered editor of a magazine, accidentally finds out from a manicurist that a sultry ‘spritzer girl’ (Eva Mendes) at Saks Fifth Avenue perfume counter is sleeping with Mary’s husband. The rest of the girlfriends rally behind her until their own friendships are tested to the breaking point.

 

The all-star cast of, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Candace Bergen, Bette Midler, Jada Pinkett Smith, Debi Mazar, Carrie Fisher and Debra Messing, gives the audience a chance to see a balance between good acting and entertainment. The film is basically a comeback vehicle for Meg Ryan whose classic romantic comedies of the past are now just classic nostalgia fare and a reminder of the current state of the neglected genre. She has not wanted to be stereotyped as the cute girl who can only play romantic roles, but one who can portray all types of characters. As of late, she has been in the thriller business. Unfortunately for her, the risk-taking has not paid off. ‘The Women’ will definitely get her back in the lips of directors and producers as it highlights her acting strengths and her charm.

 

Outside of the nonexistent casting of a man, and feeble acting by Ms. Mendes, there isn’t much to say negatively of the film. The rest of the cast contributes magnificently to their parts, Some standouts are Candace Bergen as Meg’s mother and Cloris Leachman as the high class housekeeper.

 

What I liked from this film is that even though it is pure estrogen entertainment, it manages to capture what women go through at the hands of callous and insensitive men with a twist of justice served. Most of us have either been a part of that of have heard of someone who has. A word to all women, us men can also identify with the chick flick sensibilities.

 

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