January 25, 2011
RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: Secretariat, Red, and Saw
Every once in a while, we have weeks of RT on DVD that offer a little something for everyone. This might be considered one of those weeks, despite the prevalence of edgy foreign flicks that might only be of interest to a select few. For starters, we've got an inspirational family flick from Disney, a quirky actioner starring older actors, and the latest (and last) entry in a horror franchise. Then there's also the final installment in the saga of Lisbeth Salander, a psychedelic French mind-trip set in Japan, a John Lennon biopic, and a Greek tale about a twisted family. Lastly, there are two more Criterion releases to look for. Click through for the full list!
October 11, 2010
Box Office Guru Wrapup: Audiences Still Friends With The Social Network
Strong word-of-mouth allowed The Social Network to remain at number one at the North American box office and beat out three new releases. The Katherine Heigl comedy Life As We Know It and the Diane Lane drama Secretariat both scored decent debuts but neither was big enough to unseat the buzzworthy Facebook film which enjoyed the smallest second weekend drop of any film opening at number one this year. More bad news for Universal and the 3D movement came from the poor performance of the horror film My Soul to Take which barely debuted in the top five. Overall the marketplace was sluggish with the Top 20 taking in just $88M for a double-digit fall compared to last year.
October 8, 2010
Critics Consensus: Secretariat Is A Solid Bet
This week at the movies, we've got a legendary racehorse (Secretariat, starring Diane Lane and John Malkovich), an unconventional family unit (Life as We Know It, starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel), and ome unhappy birthdays (My Soul to Take, starring Max Thieriot and John Magaro). What do the critics have to say? Ah, the inspirational sports movie: it's a subgenre we never seem to tire of, no matter what the athletic pursuit or how conventional the script. And critics say Secretariat, a biopic (horsey-pic?) of the 1973 Triple Crown winner, is a pretty solid wager, with strong performances and thrilling race sequences largely offsetting the fact that little of the story will come as a surprise -- even if you don't have a sports almanac on your shelf.
October 8, 2010
Total Recall: John Malkovich's Best Movies
Acting demands intense dedication to craft, hard work, and plenty of luck -- but actors like John Malkovich make it look easy: He made his Broadway debut opposite Dustin Hoffman, earned an Oscar nomination for his first major movie role (in 1984's Places in the Heart), and has remained generally excellent throughout a career that currently includes more than 70 films. He'll add two more to that tally this month (this week's Secretariat and next week's Red), and in honor of all that activity, we decided to dedicate this week's feature to the ten best-reviewed movies in a filmography stacked with critical winners. It's time to forget Jonah Hex ever happened -- let's go Total Recall!
October 7, 2010
Disney Bets on Secretariat
How do you market a movie about a horse? Disney's aggressive, innovative pre-release campaign for "Secretariat" may hold the answer.