MOVIE CORNER

February 16, 2009

1. Friday the 13th (2009) – $43.6M

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Searching for his missing sister, Clay Miller heads up to the eerie woods of legendary Crystal Lake, where he stumbles on the creaky remains of rotting old cabins behind moss-covered trees. And that’s not the only thing lying in wait under the brush. Against the advice of police and cautions from the locals, Clay pursues what few leads he has in the search for his missing sister, Whitney, with the help of Jenna, a young woman he meets among a group of college kids up for an all-thrills weekend. But they are all about to find much more than they bargained for. Little do they know, they’ve entered the domain of one of the most terrifying specters in American film history — the infamous killer who haunts Crystal Lake, armed with a razor-sharp machete… Jason Voorhees.

5. Confessions of a Shopaholic – $17.8M

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Sophie Kinsella’s beloved bestseller gets the silver screen treatment with this comedy that transports the novel’s action from London to another world shopping capital: New York City. Isla Fisher (WEDDING CRASHERS) stars as Rebecca Bloomwood, a friendly fashionista whose star as a journalist is ascending–but not as fast as her credit card debt.

8. The International – $10.7M

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Interpol Agent Louis Salinger and Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Whitman are determined to bring to justice one of the world’s most powerful banks. Uncovering myriad and reprehensible illegal activities, Salinger and Whitman follow the money from Berlin to Milan to New York to Istanbul. Finding themselves in a high-stakes chase across the globe, their relentless tenacity puts their own lives at risk as their targets will stop at nothing — even murder — to continue financing terror and war.

February 9, 2009

2. He s Just Not That Into You – $22.3M

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Boasting enough marquee names for three films, HEÂ’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU is a star-studded comedy about love and relationships. Director Ken Kwapis (LICENSE TO WED) reigns over an impressive cast: Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, Justin Long, Bradley Cooper, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Connelly, producer Drew Barrymore, Kevin Connolly, and Scarlett Johansson. Each of the nine major characters has his or her own plot–a woman desperate to get married after seven years of dating, a man tempted to cheat on his wife, a young woman who just wants her date to call her, etc.–but everyone is connected through work, marriage, or friendship, drawing the characters and their stories together. <br><br>Goodwin might be flanked by much larger stars–especially Aniston, Affleck, Barrymore, Connelly, and Johansson–but the adorable actress is the highlight of this film. Though her characterÂ’s borderline obsessive efforts at love invite squirms and cringes from the audience, GoodwinÂ’s fine portrayal also earns the viewersÂ’ sympathy, especially since many people can identify with her struggles. In fact, HEÂ’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU is based on a popular self-help book that many women bought–and bought into–and the book itself grew out of an episode of SEX AND THE CITY. With its portrayals of numerous relationship issues, this romantic comedy is sure to appeal to the fans of Carrie & Co.

4. Coraline – $18.9M

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As covetous children are often warned: “Be careful what you wish for.” ItÂ’s this very cautionary wisdom that sets the stage for Henry SelickÂ’s CORALINE, an eerily eye-popping stop-motion animation tale of fractured dreams and families made whole. As the films opens, Coraline Jones (voiced by Dakota Fanning) and her parents (Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman) have moved into the Pink Palace, a once-vibrant boarding house thatÂ’s turned drab and dilapidated. As her parents work feverishly on a new gardening catalog, the bored and belligerent Coraline is admonished to explore her new worldÂ’s possibilities. Along the way she meets her fellow tenants, including two aging English showgirls and a mouse-training Russian acrobat, as well as an outcast neighborhood boy named Wybie. But it is a mysterious hidden door that most piques CoralineÂ’s interest–a gateway to a parallel world where her “other” parents and neighbors live only to see Coraline well fed and endlessly entertained. All is not cakes and carnivals for Coraline, though, and the black buttons that have replaced the eyes of these otherworldly imitations hint at darker intentions. When these intentions are revealed, Cora and a friendly magical cat use their wits and willpower to defeat CoralineÂ’s wicked “other mother” and restore balance in the real world. Based on Neil GaimanÂ’s beloved childrenÂ’s novel, director Selick (THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS) uses the stop-motion technique to bring CORALINE to life with amazing visual and emotional depth. The result is a frightfully magical adventure that will give the whole family plenty to shriek, cheer, and talk about.

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