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One last surprise at the box office as the summer winds down.
Like the three burglars in 'Don't Breathe,' box office experts expected to find a windfall when the new horror thriller opened this weekend, but they weren't sure how big it would be. After all, it's a low-budget film with no stars, dropping in at the bi
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Before you see the new "Ben-Hur," learn what made the 1959 version one of the biggest movies of all time.
The new 'Ben-Hur' (opening August 19) has mighty big sandals to fill. After all, the beloved 1959 version starring Charlton Heston as the title character was one of the most lavish epics in movie history. Not only was the 3-hour, 32-minute film the most e
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This weekend's box office, explained.
It must be back-to-school time already because the kids have apparently cleared out of the multiplex. This was a weekend for grown-ups -- as Disney discovered, thanks to the underperforming family movie 'Pete's Dragon.' Then again, we're talking about gr
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Harley Quinn, Deadshot, and the rest of the supervillains of Task Force X had an even tougher mission this weekend than the one they're assigned in 'Suicide Squad': overcoming recent bad buzz to turn the Batman spinoff movie into (for now) a hit. So, how
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Suicide Squad's hero-turned-heavy Will Smith is in good (well, evil) company.
If you're Will Smith, it's good to be bad.
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Happy 30th Anniversary, "Howard the Duck."
Sure, Marvel rules the cinematic universe now, but the first attempt to bring a Marvel Comics character to the big screen was anything but a smash. In fact, 'Howard the Duck' (released 30 years ago this week, on August 1, 1986) was a legendary flop. Even
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You know the box office has become an arena of misguided drama when the most intense conflict is the bitter battle for third place. With 'Suicide Squad' threepeating at the top of the chart (with an estimated $20.7 million) and last week's surprise hit '
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Happy 30th anniversary to "The Fly"
'Be afraid. Be very afraid.' And we have been, for three decades, ever since the release of 'The Fly.' Upon its release 30 years ago this week (on August 15, 1986), the remake of the 1958 Vincent Price horror film was recognized instantly as a modern cla
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In honor of "Sausage Party"...
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Happy 30th anniversary, "Manhunter."
Michael Mann's 'Manhunter' has been such a vastly influential crime thriller that you'd hardly know it was a massive flop in theaters. Released 30 years ago this week, on August 15, 1986, 'Manhunter' cost $15 million to make but returned only $8.6 million
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What kind of movie is 'Stand by Me?' Depends on your age. If you're a kid, it's a bit of an adventure movie. If you're a Boomer, it's a nostalgia piece about growing up in the 1950s. And if you're a Gen Xer, it's a different kind of nostalgia piece, abou
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Remember what we noted last week about sequel fatigue? The seemingly strong return of the 'Bourne' franchise with 'Jason Bourne' doesn't disprove that. Indeed, it might have done even better if it didn't have to compete for women's attention against a non
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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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    English and American Languages and Literature, 1985 - 1989
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