Say What? <I>Chronicles of Narnia</I> Pushed <I>Iron Man</I> Out of Top Spot

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, the second film based on C.S. Lewis's beloved books, topped Iron Man for first place at the weekend box office. Caspian managed a somewhat disappointing $56.6 on 3,929 screens. The film's predecessor, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe made $65.6 in its opening weekend, and analysts had expected Caspian to best that number.

Iron Man's three-week total reached $222.5 million as it raked in another $31.2 million on 4,154 screens.

Riddick: Assault on Planet 13

by Ethan Alter September 6, 2013 6:00 am
<i>Riddick</i>: Assault on Planet 13

With the re-energized Fast and the Furious franchise having returned him to pop culture relevance (however briefly), Vin Diesel and his regular collaborator, writer/director David Twohy, are seizing the opportunity to take one more run at Richard B. Riddick, the intergalactic, night vision-enhanced bad-ass they originated in 2000's surprise hit Pitch Black and effectively killed off (metaphorically, though not literally) in 2004's not-so-surprise bomb The Chronicles of Riddick. The secret to Pitch Black's success is that it plays like a lean, mean John Ford Western dressed up in sci-fi clothing, Stagecoach in outer space if you will, with Riddick functioning as its Ringo Kid -- the cool-as-hell antihero who is technically part of the larger ensemble, but gets the best lines and the best bits of action. The bigger-budgeted sequel, on the other hand, proved to be as muddled and convoluted and the original was clean and elegant, tying Riddick up in a confounding mythology that tried and failed to position him as some kind of Conan figure. The third film, simply titled Riddick, tries to split the difference, once again embracing a stripped-down approach to genre filmmaking (one that shares a lot in common with another filmmaker named John… Carpenter, rather than Ford), but still trying to show how its title character fits into the larger futureverse Diesel and Twohy are laboring to create.

The Top Ten Movies of 2012

by Ethan Alter December 27, 2012 9:56 am
The Top Ten Movies of 2012

The Moviefile puts a bow on 2012 with our official Top Ten list, plus a bunch of honorable mentions.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, May 15, 2012

by Ethan Alter May 15, 2012 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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