Ben Affleck's acclaimed directorial debut Gone Baby Gone, featuring a career-defining performance from brother Casey, leads this week's crop of DVD releases. Also arriving on store shelves are the Mark Wahlberg/Joaquin Phoenix cop drama We Own the Night, Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?, Anne Hathaway's Jane Austen biopic Becoming Jane and John Cusack's quirky drama Martian Child.
In honor of Valentine's Day, our DVD pick of the week is No Reservations, the culinary-themed romantic comedy starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart. Posted 02.12.08 by reelz
Vampires have forcefully removed Tyler Perry from the top spot at the box office this weekend. 30 Days of Night took in $16 million at the box office this weekend to plunge their proverbial stake into the top spot and virtually assure that the rumored sequels (which Reelz.com reported last week) are a go.
Perry's Why Did I Get Married held strong in second place with $12.1 million. Gone Baby Gone lead the the Oscar buzz newcomer crowd, taking fifth place with $6 million in receipts.
Other the newcomers The Comebacks, Things We Lost in the Fire, and Rendition didn't fare as well. The goofy sports comedy placed sixth with $5.85 million, and political drama Rendition debuted ninth with a lowly $4.175 million. Halle Berry appears to have lost her star luster a bit; Fire made only $1.6 million for 15th place. Posted 10.21.07 by reelz
It's a good weekend for movie fans as a slew of new releases hit theaters for the first time or expand this weekend. For genre fans, there's the gory 30 Days of Night and for drama lovers, there's Rendition and Ben Affleck's directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone.
A rundown of our reviews of this weekend's new releases:
30 Days of Night
"This vampire movie with a novel twist makes for a refreshing anomaly: a horror flick that's actually scary." [Full Review]
Gone Baby Gone
"A double dose of Affleck in a Boston-set (where else?) investigatory drama that establishes a solid second career beachhead for older brother Ben." [Full Review]
"Critics are lukewarm on this one, but what will the standard movie-goer think?" [Full Review]
"This drama about intrigue and loss in the suburbs is a little too bitter a pill for even me to swallow." [Full Review]
Wristcutters: A Love Story
"An occasionally clever, moderately amusing black comedy in the vein of Heathers." [Full Review]
Also opening: Things We Lost in the Fire, The Ten Commandments, Paranormal Hour and The Comebacks.
Posted 10.19.07 by reelz
Upon hearing the news that a studio has decided against releasing a Ben Affleck movie, one naturally assumes it's because the movie probably sucks -- a perfectly reasonable assumption, given the remarkable consistency of the actor's suckage over the last decade.
Not so fast. Variety reports that the U.K. release of Affleck's directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone, has been delayed indefinitely due to its similarity to the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, a four-year-old British girl who went missing while on holiday in Portugal.
Talk about bad timing.
Based on the bestselling novel by Dennis Lehane, Gone Baby Gone is enjoying tremendously good buzz, and is being touted by many as a potential Oscar contender. Ben Affleck, Oscar-winning director? Not sure if I could handle that. I was just starting to get used to Ben Affleck, Oscar-winning screenwriter. Posted 09.13.07 by reelz