April 25, 2011
Box Office Guru Wrapup: Rio Flies High Again
This weekend, the angry and not-so-angry birds of the 3D animated smash Rio held onto the top spot at the North American box office for a second weekend in a row. Results for the Easter frame's three new releases were good as the Tyler Perry comedy Madea's Big Happy Family, the circus romance Water for Elephants, and the nature documentary African Cats all connected with their respective audiences. Ticket sales for the Top 20 were up a sharp 40% from a year ago which was not a holiday session, but down a troubling 23% from 2010's record Easter weekend. Most holdovers did remain strong though.
April 14, 2011
Critics Consensus: Rio is Certified Fresh
This week at the movies, we've got meta mayhem (Scream 4, starring Neve Campbell and Emma Roberts), a winged migration (Rio, with voice work from Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway), and a historical trial (The Conspirator, starring Robin Wright Penn and James McAvoy). What do the critics have to say? It's been 11 years since Ghostface last haunted the horror movie-obsessed teens of Woodsboro, so it's not unfair to ask: how well does Wes Craven's venerable franchise hold up after a decade of torture porn and reboots of 1970s horror warhorses? Pretty well, say critics, who call Scream 4 a worthy addition to the series.
April 13, 2011
Do Celebrity Voices Matter in Animated Movies?
It wasn't so long ago that voice actors were largely anonymous -- but these days, you almost can't have an animated feature without hiring a bunch of famous names. Does it really make that much of a difference?