Film

ScreenTime No. 215 :: Smaug and Madea, Oh Boy!

by Greg W. Locke December 18, 2013

Tops at the Box: Peter Jackson’s fifth Lord of the Rings film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, took the No. 1 spot at the box office last weekend, as expected, selling $73 million in the U.S. over its first weekend of release. Add to that another $131 million abroad and Jackson has yet another […]

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ScreenTime No. 214 :: Frozen and Catching Fire

by Greg W. Locke December 11, 2013

Tops at the Box: Disney’s new animated holiday film, Frozen, took the No. 1 spot at the box office for the first time in its three-week run, finally topping Catching Fire, selling another $31 million. So far Frozen has solid a respectable $134 million in the U.S. and a surprising $55 million abroad. Look for […]

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ScreenTime No. 213 :: One Weekend Three Films

by Greg W. Locke December 5, 2013

November, December and January are my favorite months of the year. It’s during this chilly span that many of the year’s best films are finally released to the public. They’re often presented over a five-week period right before the Oscar eligibility season concludes, but scatter around the country all through the winter, keeping our artsy […]

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ScreenTime No. 212 :: Katniss and the Gang

by Greg W. Locke November 28, 2013

Tops at the Box: As expected, the second Hunger Games film, Catching Fire, took the No. 1 spot at the U.S. box office during its first weekend, selling $161 million in the U.S. and $146 million abroad over its first three days. Directed by Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) and starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, […]

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ScreenTime No. 211 :: The Year of Black Cinema?

by Greg W. Locke November 21, 2013

Tops at the Box: Marvel’s Thor: The Dark Whatever once again took the No. 1 spot at the U.S. box office last weekend, beating out a bunch of unthreatening competition. The movie sold another $38 million over a stormy weekend, upping its 10-day total to $147 million in the U.S. and $479 million worldwide. This […]

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ScreenTime No. 210 :: The Big Bad Boring Thor

by Greg W. Locke November 13, 2013

Tops at the Box: TV-director-turned-film director Alan Taylor (Mad Men, Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, Deadwood, etc.), widely regarded as one of the all-time great TV directors, saw his debut feature film, Thor: The Dark World, open big last weekend, selling $86 million in the U.S. over its first three days. Add to that over […]

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Essay :: Steven Soderbergh vs. Steven Spielberg

by Greg W. Locke November 1, 2013

I should start by saying that I like both Steven Spielberg and Steven Soderbergh very much, and understand that they’re two very different filmmakers who came up during two different eras in cinema history. I’ll also tell you that I think Soderbergh, when it’s all said and done, will have had a more impressive career […]

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ScreenTime No. 209 :: Gotcha Flick Bad Grandpa Dominates

by Greg W. Locke October 30, 2013

Tops at the Box: Writer/director Jeff Tremaine’s Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa took the No. 1 spot at last weekend’s U.S. box office, as predicted, selling a whopping $32 million over its first three days. Add to that about $8 million overseas and Bad Grandpa has already almost tripled its budget. Johnny Knoxville is supposedly very […]

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ScreenTime No. 208 :: Ridley, Cormac and Fassy

by Greg W. Locke October 23, 2013

Tops at the Box: Alonso Cuaron’s seventh directorial effort, sci-fi art piece Gravity, took the No. 1 spot at the box office for the third consecutive weekend, selling another $31 million, bringing the movie’s 17-day total to over $170 million in the U.S. and just under $300 million worldwide. Yeah, sure, I thought this $100 […]

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ScreenTime No. 207 :: Alfonso Cuaron Hits with Gravity

by Greg W. Locke October 16, 2013

Tops at the Box: Well look at that, America. I have hope for you yet. Alfonso Cuaron’s artsy, suspenseful, incredibly well made new sci-fi film, Gravity, once again took the No. 1 spot at the box office. Can we call this the Bullock Effect, maybe? Either way, I’m shocked. Gravity sold another $44 million in […]

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