Cats and Dogs
Avatar is returning to movie theaters next week in the hopes of reversing a disturbing trend in Hollywood: 3-D is fading at the multiplex. After some big hits like Alice in Wonderland and Toy Story 3, recent 3-D offerings including Cats and Dogs and Step Up 3D have withered.
But perhaps a bigger question Read More
When Buddy Holly and the Crickets performed at the Arthur Murray Dance Party in December 1957, Holly wore a tuxedo, a bowtie, and massive horn-rimmed glasses. He was, in short, a star disguised as a nerd.
In modern-day Williamsburg—or Bushwick, or Fort Greene—current nerds and future stars are indistinguishable. Every other kid just off Read More
Sobering statistic of the day: There have been 13 weekends in 2010, and in only four was a non-3D film the top choice for ticket buyers. Dreamworks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon was the beneficiary of the dimensional boom this weekend, leading the charts with over $43 million. As we do each Sunday, Read More
Just how big was the second weekend of Alice in Wonderland? The four new releases—Green Zone, She’s Out of My League, Remember Me and Our Family Wedding—could only account for 65 percent of Alice‘s total; somewhere, the Mad Hatter is doing a CGI-enhanced Irish jig to celebrate. As we do each Monday, here’s a Read More
Forget Kathryn Bigelow and The Hurt Locker, the big winners over the weekend were Johnny Depp and Tim Burton. Alice in Wonderland, the tandem’s seventh collaboration, crushed the competition with a ridiculous $116.3 million opening. For reference, that was roughly $50 million more than the other nine movies in the top-ten grossed combined. As we Read More
With the Academy Awards set for Sunday night, you might assume that Hollywood would keep the schedule light this weekend to avoid any possible conflicts of interest. But no! Two films hit theaters today, and one (the 3-D extravaganza Alice in Wonderland) is sure to siphon millions from what could wind up being the Best Read More
Alice in Wonderland
Running time 108 minutes
Written by Linda Woolverton (based on the books by Lewis Carroll)
Directed by Tim Burton
Starring Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover
1 Eyeball out of 4
It might be time for Johnny Depp and Tim Burton to start thinking Read More
Australian teenager Mia Wasikowska will follow the white rabbit into director Tim Burton’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. Even wife/muse Helena Bonham Carter probably had to admit she was a little long in the tooth for this one.
Ms. Wasikowska is best known for her performance as a troubled young gymnast on HBO’s In Read More