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Box Office Power Rankings: A Wrong Way, and a Right Way
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Movies

Category: Box Office Power Rankings

2009-03-06 14:30:38

Madea Goes to Jail

I’ve often pointed out in the Box Office Power Rankings when I’ve thought a movie had a poor release strategy, and in that spirit I have to wonder why Tyler Perry’s movies are still only being released at 2,000 sites. His last five movies have opened in about that many theaters, and their first-weekend grosses have ranged from $17 million to $41 million.

The worst performer among those movies earned nearly $8,400 per theater in its opening weekend, which is just a hair shy of what The Day the Earth Stood Still did in its debut. The new Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail topped $20,000 per theater, better than anything since Milk the last weekend of November and barely eclipsed by Twilight in its first three days. Give Tyler Perry some damned screens!


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Slumdogs and Slavery
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Commentary/Politics

Category: Guest Commentaries

2009-02-27 15:49:15

On the Monday morning following the Oscars, U.S. news Web sites splashed the announcement that the “little film that could,” Slumdog Millionaire, had garnered the Best Picture of 2008 award. Buried on many of the same Web sites was the news that 48 children had been rescued from prostitution and several pimps had been arrested during the previous week in an FBI sting operation. The juxtaposition and implied importance of the two news stories was striking.


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Best. Oscars. Ever.: Notes on the 2009 Academy Awards Telecast
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Feature Stories

2009-02-23 19:11:28

OscarsSeriously, by the end of Hugh Jackman's opening number during the 2009 Academy Awards telecast, did it even matter if the rest of the show was any good?


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Slam Dunk, "Millionaire": 2009 Oscar Predictions
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Feature Stories

2009-02-16 14:41:19

Dev Patel and Freida Pinto in Slumdog MillionaireI know, I know ... you heeded my Oscar advice to the letter last year, and wound up guessing correctly in only 11 of the 24 categories. I'm truly sorry if you ended up looking like an idiot at your Academy Awards party. But it was a tough year, and there were a lot of deserving contenders, and at least you were cool for predicting Marion Cotillard, and ... .

Ah, screw it. Let's try this again, shall we?


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Eyes Wide Shut: "Coraline," "Push," and "The Pink Panther 2"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Movies

Category: Reviews

2009-02-12 17:53:30

CoralineCORALINE

Employing extraordinarily supple, nearly tactile stop-motion animation and 3D effects, the children's film Coraline is filled with visual magic, and just about corners the market on unsettling imagery. A grinning pair of parental doppelgängers, with buttons sewn into their eye sockets, serve a dinner composed of mango milkshakes and chocolate beetles. Two morbidly obese British dowagers unzip their skins and emerge as lithe trapeze artists. A feral alley cat talks, and a theatre full of mutts attends a vaudeville, and it's all strange and clever and tantalizingly designed. Is it ungrateful, if not downright senseless, to admit that I could hardly wait for this movie to end?


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