January 31, 2011
Box Office Guru Wrapup: Anthony Hopkins Has The Rite Stuff
New films with demons and assassins enjoyed moderate debuts while Oscar contenders for Best Picture scored solid sales figures but the overall North American box office remained stuck in a funk. Another snowstorm affected theaters in the Northeast but a weekend with football made audiences more available. Opening at number one with a respectable but not stellar debut was the supernatural thriller The Rite starring Anthony Hopkins which scared up an estimated $15M which was enough to lead the weak frame. The Warner Bros. release about an American sent to the Vatican to study with a priest that specializes in exorcisms averaged a decent $5,027 from 2,985 locations.
January 28, 2011
Critics Consensus: The Mechanic Could Use A Tune-Up
This week at the movies, we've got a vengeful assassin (The Mechanic, starring Jason Statham and Ben Foster) and an exorcism education (The Rite, starring Anthony Hopkins and Rutger Hauer). What do the critics have to say? If you're looking for an action star that can simultaneously seem both tough-as-nails and emotionally vulnerable, Jason Statham is your man. Critics say the star brings a level of emotional heft and gritty brawn to The Mechanic, which is otherwise a so-so action flick with some decent thrills but little originality. Given the number of horror flicks who turn demonic possession into schlock, The Rite gets points for taking the battle between good and evil seriously. However, critics say there's a difference between being serious and being dull.
January 28, 2011
Total Recall: Rutger Hauer's Best Movies
During the 1980s, the action thriller genre soared to absurd new heights, only to retreat into direct-to-video cheese -- and Rutger Hauer's career went right along with it, from early cult favorites (Nighthawks, Blade Runner) to, well, less memorable fare (pretty much anything Hauer filmed in the 1990s). But even if the scripts got worse, Hauer's steely glare and commanding screen presence only improved with age -- and he's put them to use in a recent string of successful films, including Sin City and Batman Begins. With Rutger appearing alongside Anthony Hopkins in this weekend's The Rite, we knew now was the perfect time to take a look back at his brightest critical highlights. It's time for Total Recall!
January 14, 2011
Wisdom from Sir Anthony Hopkins
Out doing publicity for "The Rite," Anthony Hopkins shared observations from a distinguished career, including the priceless "I don't know what the hell I'm doing."