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Latest Video: FilmCrunch 067: Hairspray, Chuck & Larry, Premonition reviewed

Veronica Santiago and Neil Estep review Hairspray, Chuck & Larry, and Premonition in this episode of FilmCrunch.
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The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

Athough much buzz was drummed up for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (not to mention all the appearances Will Ferrell made as Ron Burgundy for promotional purposes), it was not enough to overshadow the draw of the sequel to last year's The Hobbit.

The latest installment of the Lord of the Rings series took in $31.5 million, securing its second consecutive week at number one. Anchorman 2 took in a respectable $26.7 million in its debut weekend while Frozen fell one spot to number three with $19.6 million. After having been added to more than 2,500 theaters this weekend, American Hustle jumped from #15 to #4 with $19.1 million. Saving Mr. Banks also received quite a bit of help with an increased theater count, taking in $9.3 million to round out the top five.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Despite an impressive jump from its debut at the twenty-second spot to number two this week, Frozen didn't make enough money to overtake last week's number one winner The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

The sequel to The Hunger Games took in $74.5 million, a good $8 million more than Frozen, which earned $66.7 million this weekend. Thor: The Dark World fell one spot to number three with $11.1 million while The Best Man Holiday also fell one spot to number four with $8.4 million. Newcomer Homefront debuted at number five with $6.9 million.

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Vin Diesel as 'Riddick'

This summer has been good to Vin Diesel. His film Fast & Furious 6 dominated the box office in the beginning of the season, and now Riddick looks to rake in film-goers' cash in the tail end of it.

Earning $19 million secured the sci-fi thriller the top spot while Lee Daniels' The Butler remained at number two with $8.4 million. Instructions Not Included jumped one spot to number three with $8.1 million, bumping We're the Millers down to number four with $7.6 million. Planes stayed at number five with $4.1 million.

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One Direction

Oscar buzz-worthy dramas like Lee Daniels' The Butler are apparently no match for One Direction fans.

The concert documentary - which debuted this Labor Day weekend - took in $17 million, reducing Lee Daniels' The Butler to second place with $14.7 million. We're the Millers also dropped one place - from two to three - with $12.6 million in its fourth week while Planes also fell one spot to number four with $7.7 million. Instructions Not Included debuted in fifth place with $7.5 million.

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Post Tenebras Lux

What I mistook as ambition and mythology for Carlos Reygadas' decision to title his film, Post Tenebras Lux, in Latin ("Light After Darkness") was simply pretentiousness. Though the movie - shot in a 1:33 ratio - was undoubtedly as stunning as a Terrence Malick film, the semi-autobiographic pic was as self-indulgent as a Tyler Perry flick.

The Mexican film - which won the Best Director award at last year's Cannes Film Festival - is comprised of a series of vignettes, mostly centering on the lives of a family who has made the transition from city to country life. Reygadas' meditation on both internal and external human conflicts is too ambitious, resulting in a film lacking cohesion and theme.

(Do not read past the jump if you wish to avoid spoilers.)

Click to continue reading Review: ‘Post Tenebras Lux’ Lacks Heart, Underwhelms


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Vin Diesel in 'Fast & Furious 6'

Neither magic tricks nor an futuristic-yet-abysmal Will Smith vehicle were enough to bring Fast & Furious 6 down from its number one position. The car thriller held its own in its second week at the theaters with $34.5 million while newcomers Now You See Me and After Earth just couldn't make the cut to the top spot.

The Louis Leterrier-helmed Now You See Me placed second with $28 million while M. Night Shyamalan's After Earth debuted with $27 million (even removing Shyamalan's name from promotional material for the film couldn't guarantee a better debut). Epic stayed put at number four in its second week with $16.4 million while Star Trek Into Darkness fell two spots to number five.

Click to continue reading Box Office Breakdown: ‘Now You See Me,’ ‘After Earth’ Trail Behind

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LincolnLincoln leads the Oscar nominations after being named in 12 categories.

Emma Stone and Seth MacFarlane unveiled the shortlist for this year's Academy Awards earlier today, and the Steven Spielberg-directed biopic - which stars Daniel Day-Lewis as pioneering President Abraham Lincoln - leads the way, followed closely by Life of Pi, which is up for 11 honors.

Both movies are up for the prestigious Best Picture Oscar, but will face competition from Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Silver Livings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty to take home the statuette.

Lincoln stars Daniel, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones are all up for awards, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor respectively, while Spielberg is in the running for Best Director.

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Will FerrellWill Ferrell is the "Muhammad Ali of improv."

The comedian stars in Matt Piedmont's Casa de mi Padre, a Spanish language Mexican telenovela, and although the motion picture was a huge challenge for Will, the director says he rose to the occasion beautifully.

"For Will it was surely a Heart of Darkness in that he pulled off something almost impossible that surely caused him night sweats: having to act in a very specific Northern Mexican accent in a language he does not speak. He is the Muhammad Ali of improv and we tied one hand behind his back and threw him to the lions covered in barbeque sauce. For me it was pure joy and a grand psychedelic trip down a crazy rabbit hole, like being strapped to a rocket ship of love made of liquid lightning."

Will stars as the brother who must save his family's ranch from an evil, cigarette-smoking drug lord (Gael Garcia Bernal), and rescue his brother (Diego Luna) from a life of crime and Matt revealed he was delighted his feature film directorial debut was an R rated Spanish language satire.

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Kristen Stewart as Snow White

Is it Chris Hemsworth's amazing hair? Was it the aggressive marketing campaign? Is Kristen Stewart actually a box office draw? Whatever it was, something prompted movie-goers this weekend to spend their dollars towards Snow White and the Huntsman -- approximately $56.2 million of them.

Men in Black 3, therefore, was bumped down from its short-lived number one spot to number two with $29.3 million. Marvel's The Avengers dropped to number three with a decent $20.2 million. Battleship dipped down one spot to number four with $4.8 million while The Dictator rounded out the top five with $4.7 million.

Click to continue reading Box Office Breakdown: Snow White Slays Competition

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21 Jump Street

It took a few weeks, but a new film has finally pushed The Lorax off its perch at number one: 21 Jump Street.

The reimagined film adaptation of the popular 80's television series of the same name, 21 Jump Street took in $35 million at the box office this weekend, well ahead of the $22.8 million last week's top film -- The Lorax -- earned. Disney's latest live-action film John Carter was bumped back one spot from last week, landing at number 3 with $13.5 million. The party hard film from the folks behind The Hangover, Project X, fell one spot to number 4 with $4 million while Eddie Murphy's A Thousand Words took the fifth spot with $3.8 million in its second week.

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