Wednesday, January 30, 2013

THE FILM TOME REPORT: ISSUE 99



NEW IN THEATERS




This Week
  • As Luck Would Have It*
  • Bullet to the Head / 60%
  • The Gatekeepers* / 94%
  • Girls Against Boys*
  • The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia*
  • Sound City* / 100%
  • Stand Up Guys* / 42%
  • Warm Bodies / 100%


Last Week

  • Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters / 18%
  • Happy People: A Year in the Taiga* / 80%
  • John Dies at the End* / 57%
  • Movie 43* / 4%
  • Parker* / 37%
  • Race 2*
  • Supporting Characters* / 86%
  • Yossi* / 91%

* = limited release

NEW IN STORES



  • The Awakening / 60%
  • The Balad of Narayama CC
  • The Cold Light of Day / 5%
  • Hotel Transylvania / 43%
  • Paranormal Activity 4 / 26%
  • Seven Psychopaths / 82%

CC = Criterion Collection
% from Rotten Tomatoes

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THE GOOD



Easily the biggest news since last issue was the heavily rumored turned official announcement that J.J. Abrams (producer/director extraordinaire) will be directing "Star Wars - Episode VII." According to this JoBlo post he is going to be taking his time on this as he wants to do it right. That's completely fine with me. I'm betting we won't see it until 2016. What do you think of this news?




P.T. Anderson may be shooting his next film (an adaptation of "Inherent Vice") this Spring! (Source: /Film)



Check out the 14th Annual Golden Tomato Awards on Rotten Tomatoes! "Argo" had the freshest rating of all the wide releases this year.

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THE BAD




"Cloud Atlas" will be heavily censored for its release in China. Scott Mendelson explains why this is "truly a real problem."

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AND THE RANDOM



Don't miss Scott Mendelson's analysis of the weekend box office. It's one of my weekly reads. It was a terrible weekend in terms of quality and two of the culprits ("Parker" and "Movie 43") did not fair well at all. "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" somehow won out.

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OR THE COOL




With the weekend release of the awful-looking "Movie 43" Rotten Tomatoes posted "Total Recall: Anthology Movie."


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MAYBE THE HILARIOUS





Going along with the news of J.J. Abrams directing the "Star Wars" reboot is a musical look at what he might be doing with this now (Disney-owned) franchise while not letting us forget that he is also helming "Star Trek."


Ah, those ridiculously detailed sub-genres that we know and love from Netflix. Here's an example of how those could easily get you in trouble on date night.



Jennifer Lawrence ("The Hunger Games" and "Silver Linings Playbook") recently hosted "Saturday Night Live" wherein they wondered what-if "The Hobbit" were further split into a 19-part series. They also took advantage of Lawrence's appearance to tackle "The Hunger Games." (Source: IGN)


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KEEPIN' IT SHORT



Here is the short "Mama" that the recent feature was based on. It's written/directed by the same couple and comes with an introduction by Guillermo Del Toro.

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