"The Purge" scares up big bucks at the box office, Bob Richards reviews
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The Purge lit up the box office over the weekend and turned it's 3 million dollar cost into a better-than-expected 36.4 million for first place. Fast and Furious 6 kept chugging along adding 19.8 million for second place, Now You See Me was third, and The Internship was fourth with just over 18 million.
1. "The Purge," $36.4 million
2. "Fast & Furious 6," $19.8 million
3. "Now You See Me," $19.5 million
4. "The Internship," $18.1 million
5. "Epic," $12.1 million
6. "Star Trek Into Darkness," $11.7 million
7. "After Earth," $11.2 million
8. "The Hangover Part III," $7.4 million
9. "Iron Man 3," $5.8 million
10. "The Great Gatsby," $4.2 million
What Maisie Knew - Millenium Films - Rated R
What happens to a little girl whose self absorbed parents keep passing her off to others? That's the basic premise of What Maisie Knew. Loaded with conflict the film isn't always an easy one to watch. Julianne Moore is excellent as is the entire cast, but it is little Onata Aprile who completely captured my heart as 6 year old Maisie. Her performance is one of the best by a child that I've ever seen. 4 1/2 Stars Out of 5
Francis Ha - IFC Films - Rated R
Francis Ha is an unconventional comedy which features a minimal story that meanders along, not really going anywhere. But it also features an endearing performance by the terrifically appealing Greta Gerwig. Because of her, I was always interested, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to. But Gerwig's performance is delightful. 3 1/2 Stars Out of 5
The Purge - Universal - Rated R
If you accept the basic premise of The Purge - that of the government in the year 2022 declaring one night per year of lawlessness with no consequences - you might enjoy it IF you check your brain at the door. There are several haunting moments. The masks the bad guys wear are unnerving. The movie is quite tense, but there are plenty of stupid parts too. Still, I wasn't bored. 3 Stars Out of 5
The Internship - 20th Century Fox - Rated PG-13
I imagine the big wigs at Google were quite jealous after seeing the facebook movie, The Social Network. I also imagine their response was like Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka…"I want a movie too Daddy, and I want it now!
They immediately went to work collaborating with Vince Vaughn. Vince Vaughn? The guy who hasn't made a good movie since 2005? His collaboration with Google gave us The Internship. It's a tired, tedious, unfunny google infomercial. It's two hours of "Google will make your wildest dreams come true!" Blegh! Like Veruca, this one is a bad egg. 2 Stars Out of 5.