Movie reviews for April 8
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The box office was all evil over the weekend as Evil Dead sliced and diced its way to 26 million dollars and the top spot on the chart. In second place The Croods and G.I. Joe Retaliation tied with 21.1 million and the rerelease of Jurassic Park in 3-D brought in 18.2 million for fourth place. Overall, ticket sales were up from a year ago. Check out the top 10 below:
1. "Evil Dead," $26 million
2 (tie). "The Croods," $21.1 million
2 (tie). "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," $21.1 million
4. "Jurassic Park" in 3-D," $18.2 million
5. "Olympus Has Fallen," $10.04 million
6. "Tyler Perry's Temptation," $10 million
7. "Oz the Great and Powerful," $8.2 million
8. "The Host," $5.2 million
9. "The Call," $3.5 million
10. "Admission," $2.1 million
Ginger and Rosa - A24 - Rated PG-13
Ginger and Rosa is about British Bohemians in 1962 when jazz was still cool. I loved the music, the exquisite cast and their amazing performances.
But Elle Fanning, (Dakota's little sister) comes into her own and delivers a performance that is simply jaw dropping. She makes the film her own, defying her age and giving a command of the screen that escapes many other, more famous actors. Ginger and Rosa is art…simply, art. 4 1/2 Stars Out of 5
Evil Dead - Tristar Pictures - Rated R
The remake of Evil Dead, has better effects, is more serious, and has the same basic story but twists it up. What it doesn't have is Bruce Campbell - who was the best part of the original. Now, I didn't expect him to reprise his role, but the lead male character in the remake isn't nearly as charismatic, or entertaining. But the film makes up for it in other ways. Goopy, gloppy, and splatterific, it's a lot of fun on its own. It pays suitable homage to the original, but stakes out a claim for itself. Still, I missed Bruce Campbell…but stay to the end of the credits and you'll see a little bit of Ash. 4 Stars Out of 5
The Gatekeepers - Sony Pictures Classics - Rated PG-13
Shockingly candid, The Gatekeepers exposes the Israeli war on terror, going back to the 1960's through the eyes of those charged to protect. We hear six leaders of the Israeli security agency tell of their victories, their failures and their misgivings. This interesting Oscar nominated documentary shows recent history in Israel - warts and all. 4 Stars Out of 5
Jurassic Park 3-D - Universal - Rated PG-13
While it was fun to see Jurassic Park on the big screen again, I wasn't so impressed with the 3-D. It adds nothing to the film, and in many spots takes away from it, making it fuzzy looking. I was surprised that the dinosaurs looked as good as they did, after all, the film is 20 years old. Overall. The experience was enjoyable, but the 3-D adds almost nothing.
The film gets 4 1/2 Stars Out of 5, but the 3-D conversion…nothing.
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