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I am a veteran editor and journalist specializing in pop culture. I currently write columns for Moviefone, Rolling Stone, and Time.
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Happy 10th Anniversary to "X-Men: The Last Stand"
When it was released 10 years ago (on May 26, 2006), 'X-Men: The Last Stand' seemed like the end of an era -- the conclusion of the 'X-Men' trilogy, the end of director Bryan Singer's involvement with the franchise, and the last time we'd see the original
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So much for the three-peat. 'Captain America: Civil War' could have come out on top for the third straight weekend. It could even have lost 45 percent of last weekend's business (when it earned $72.6 million) and still outdistanced this weekend's three n
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Happy 30th anniversary, "Top Gun."
Could there be a more quintessentially 1980s movie than 'Top Gun?' All that lovingly-photographed military hardware, that synth-pop soundtrack featuring two Kenny Loggins tunes, and a grinning Tom Cruise at his cockiest. He felt the need for speed, and f
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Released 20 years ago this week (on May 10, 1996), 'Twister' wasn't just a blockbuster special-effects spectacle that made viable movie stars out of Helen Hunt an Bill Paxton. It was also the 'Apocalypse Now' of weather-themed disaster movies. The film's
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Many box office analysts predicted that 'The Jungle Book' would not only three-peat atop the box office this weekend, but that it would earn more than three new wide releases combined. In fact, it earned nearly twice the combined total of those new relea
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What were they thinking? That's the question you have to ask Universal and the makers of 'The Huntsman: Winter's War.' As expected, the messy prequel-sequel to 2012's 'Snow White and the Huntsman' failed to topple Disney's live-action 'Jungle Book' from
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Happy 20th Anniversary to Brian De Palma's "Mission: Impossible"
Before 1996, 'Mission: Impossible' was a long-since-cancelled TV spy series, beloved by Boomers but forgotten by anyone younger. Today, of course, it's a popular Tom Cruise movie franchise, known for its twisty plotting and jaw-dropping stunt sequences, w
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15 years ago, a movie starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts would have been automatic box office gold -- a guaranteed $35 million opening weekend. This weekend, however, the pair's 'Money Monster' opened in third place, with an estimated $15.0 million
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Happy 5th anniversary, "Bridesmaids."
You can pinpoint the moment almost precisely when 'Bridesmaids' changed comedy. Upon the movie's release five years ago this week (on May 13, 2011), it was that one notorious food-poisoning scene -- you know the one -- that proved that an all-female ense
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Ho-hum, another first weekend of the summer movie season, another blowout by a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie featuring an all-star cast of superheroes. 'Captain America: Civil War' premiered with an estimated $181.8 million, boasting the fifth-largest
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Twenty years ago this week, four teenage girls dabbled in magic powers and unleashed forces more powerful than they could have imagined. We're not just talking about the plot of 'The Craft' (released on May 3, 1996), but also the wave it launched of prett
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How "Jungle Book" outperformed expectations by $30 million.
It wasn't a big surprise that Disney's new live-action 'The Jungle Book' opened at No. 1 this weekend. What was a shocker, however, was just how big the latest version of Rudyard Kipling's tale turned out to be. Going into the weekend, positive buzz for
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