But nobody has any idea why
And... it's not heinously awful!
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"Stoker" (Fox) - Hollywood is always drafting new talent from abroad, especially from thriving cinema cultures. From Mexico, we received an injection of new blood thanks to Guillermo Del Toro, Alfonso Cauron, and Alejandro González Iñárritu. Back in the nineties, it was the Hong Kong action stars on both sides of the camera, from Jackie Chan and Chow Yun-fat to John Woo and Corey Yuen.
For the past few years, South Korea has been leading the Asian wave of hit action movies, horror films, and thrillers and Hollywood has once again taken notice. 2013 marks the respective American debuts of three top South Korean directors: Kim Jee-woon ("The Good, the Bad, the Weird," "I Saw the Devil"), who made the Arnold Schwarzenegger come-back film "The Last Stand" (released earlier this year on disc and reviewed here); Bong Joon-ho ("The Host"), whose end-of-the-world thriller "Snowpiercer" is due for release later this year; and Park Chan-wook ("Oldboy," "Thirst"), director of "Stoker," a film that doesn't fit within the usual genre parameters.
I like to think of "Stoker" as a vampire movie without a vampire. At least not in the mythic sense of the term. Mia Wasikowska is dreamy and uneasy as India Stoker, a teenage girl who is preternaturally attuned to the world and disconnected from the kids around her. Matthew Goode is creepily calm and seductive as the uncle she never even knew existed until he arrives for a funeral and stays on in the family manor (he is her Uncle Charlie, in fact, an offhanded reference to Hitchcock's take on another dark uncle-niece relationship). Nicole Kidman is dizzy and disconnected as her weak and ineffectual mother. She seems to want to be there for her daughter, but she hardly seems present in the world at all.
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'Man of Steel' wastes no time trouncing the competition
It’s not exactly a big surprise that the much-anticipated “Man of Steel” came out on top of the North American box office this weekend. A more impressive achievement may be the second place showing of the modestly budgeted “This Is the End.” True, the apocalyptic comedy trailed that guy from Krypton by almost $100 million but it’s still good news for the much smaller Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen film.
Leaping to the top of the list in a single bound, Warner Bros.’ “Man of Steel,” directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill and Amy Adams, raked in a whopping $116.6M domestically (at 4,207 theaters) over the three-day weekend. I’m sure plans are already underway for sequels featuring our rebooted friends. At #2, Sony’s “This Is the End” scored $20.7M (at 3,055 theaters) as well as great word of mouth. “Now You See Me” remained the #3 film this week, adding $11M (at 3,082 theaters) to its now $80.7M domestic total. “Fast & Furious 6” slipped to #4 with $9.8M in ticket sales (at 3,375 theaters) and a hefty domestic gross of $219.7M in its fourth week while last week’s “The Purge” dropped to #5 with only $8.3M (at 2,591 theaters) and a domestic total of $51.9M.
In its second week, “The Internship” fell to #6, earning $7.1M (at 3,399 theaters) while “Epic,” at #7 in its fourth week, brought in $6.2M (at 3,151 theaters) for a domestic total of $95.7M. “Star Trek Into Darkness” moved to #8, also with $6.2M (at 2,331 theaters) and a domestic gross of more than $211M. The abysmally reviewed “After Earth” continued its slide to #9, adding only $4M (at 2,432 theaters) to its less-than-expected $54.5M domestic total while “Iron Man 3,” in its seventh week, came in at #10, with $2.9M (at 1,649 theaters) and a whopping domestic gross of $399.6M.
In terms of per-screen averages, Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring,” though only at five theaters, beat “Man of Steel” by a wide margin. Can you say Girl Power? I’d be surprised if Clark Kent and his pals didn’t stick around at #1 for a while but they’ll have some stiff competition next week from the students at Disney’s “Monsters University” and a little film called “World War Z” in which an irritated Brad Pitt tries to save the planet from a nasty infestation of zombies.