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Inception set to fend off three box office rookies

Friday, July 30th, 2010

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Leonardo DiCaprio is set to remain king of the North American box office for a third weekend, despite the arrival of three new films led by the 3D sequel, “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore“.

DiCaprio’s dreams thriller “Inception” is likely to earn $25 million-$30 million during the three days beginning Friday. The Christopher Nolan saga boasts more than $167 million in domestic earnings entering the weekend.

Besides “Cats & Dogs“, new releases include Dinner for Schmucks, a comedy starring Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, and the Zac Efron paranormal fantasy Charlie St. Cloud.

Both Inception and Cats & Dogs come from Warner Bros., which is expecting a 1-2 weekend. The first Cats & Dogs bowed in July 2001 with $21.7 million, and ended up with $93.4 million domestically. Expect Kitty Galore to open a bit higher but just below the weekend tally for Inception.

The $85 million live-action picture features talking animals voiced by James Marsden, Nick Nolte, Christina Applegate, Roger Moore, Neil Patrick Harris and Sean Hayes. Brad Peyton gets a first feature-directing credit on the Village Roadshow co-production.

Director, Jay Roach’s Schmucks should do best with younger men while topping $20 million through Sunday. The Paramount-DreamWorks-Spyglass co-production totes an estimated $55 million cost.

St. Cloud, the $44 million story of a young man (Efron) who can still see his dead younger brother, could woo as much as the midteen millions from young women. Burr Steers (Efron’s “17 Again“) directed the Relativity-Universal project.

In a notable expansion, The Kids Are All Right hits wide distribution for the first time, quadrupling to 847 theaters in its fourth weekend. Focus Features had planned to broaden the lesbian-themed comedy-drama to at least 500 locations but upped its expansion plans amid continued high screen averages and rave reviews. The film boasts a $6 million total.

In a limited bow, Sony Pictures Classics’ period dramedy Get Low — starring Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek and Lucas Black — opens Friday in two New York locations and two in Los Angeles.

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Inception Is a Critic’s Dream

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

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The long awaited Chris Nolan directed film, Inception arrive in theaters, July 16th and it’s already getting rave reviews. The movie rates 100% on the Rotten Tomatoes, Tomatometer! That is unheard off and the critics are loving it. Here is a samping of what some of them are saying:

“If movies are shared dreams, then Christopher Nolan is surely one of Hollywood’s most inventive dreamers, given the evidence of his commandingly clever Inception.” ~ Justin Chang (Variety)

“Inception doesn’t just dream bigger than most movies even dare, but it leaves the audience feeling inspired to do the same.” ~ Katey Rich (CinemaBlend.com)

“A devilishly complicated, fiendishly enjoyable sci-fi voyage across a dreamscape that is thoroughly compelling. ” ~ Kirk Honeycutt (Hollywood Reporter)

“A wildly entertaining and dazzling mind-trip not to be missed. Kubrick would have been proud.” ~ Pete Hammond (Boxoffice Magazine).

“I expected a lot,but still walked out hypnotized. Here’s a movie that’s 3 steps ahead of you, on 4 different levels, at 5 blinding speeds. Best of 2010 thus far. (No Spoilers)” ~ Steven Snyder (Techland)

“Inception is an exhilarating cinematic experience that suggests there is still room, even in the blockbuster world, for big ideas and dangerous emotions, and that may be the single most thrilling thing about it.” ~ Drew McWeeny (Hitfix)

“a stunning achievement and the most completely entertaining film I’ve seen in years.” ~ Todd Gilchrist (Cinematical)

“Inception is a masterpiece. Making a huge film with big ambitions, Christopher Nolan never missteps and manages to create a movie that, at times, feels like a miracle.” ~ Devin Faraci (Chud)

“There are times in Christopher Nolan’s somnolent crime caper where you’ll find yourself recognizing moments from your own subconscious on the screen, to a thrilling, frightening and ultimately inspiring effect. ” ~ Jordan Hoffman (UGO)

“As intricate as the script is—Nolan worked on it for a decade—the movie is not just a feat of cinematic wizardry, even though it comes close to the level of technological derring-do carried off by the likes of Stanley Kubrick. (Indeed Nolan works in repeated homages to the late great auteur beyond the obvious use of moving sets on gimbles to allow athletic Gordon-Levitt to bounce weightless and walk on walls and ceilings.) The movie also has heart. So that even if you do get confused (as I did in the James Bond snow section, filmed in the Canadian Rockies), the emotional through-line pulls you along. It’s as simple as The Wizard of Oz: The Extractor wants to go home.” ~ Anne Thompson (IndieWIRE).

There you have it. If that’s not enough to make want to see this movie – well I can’t help you.


 
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