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DVDs This Week – 01/02/10

Broken Embraces

Though far from his best work, Almodovar indulging himself has been earned and this, despite occasionally leaning close to self-parody, is him toying with his own form. Hitchcockian in plotting but completely Almodovar in execution, the film does include some great acting performances from its men and, in Penelope Cruz, an actress entirely in sync with her director and shot as if she is the quintessence of beauty. Not close to his finest (for me, Talk to Her) but undoubtedly worth watching and, coming in the wake of the difficult Bad Education, extremely fun.

In Treatment: Season One
HBO’s first half-hour drama series ran five nights per week for nine weeks. I’ve only sampled it, but I’m very interested to get stuck into this one.

Burma VJ
Intense documentary filmmaking on an entirely required subject.

The Invention of Lying
Slight misfire but reasonably enjoyable Ricky Gervais vehicle. Major atheist overtones.

Sin Nombre
Not seen, but reportedly a tough but tender love story.

Away We Go
Only-okay Sam Mendes quarter-life crisis movie which strays too close to cuteness but is saved by great performances by Maya Rudolph.

Surrogates
Pointless and witless sci-fi action starring Bruce Willis. Only beaten by Gamer as last year’s worst avatar-based film.

Also Out: The Firm, Aliens in the Attic, The Peter Serafinowicz Show, The Soloist, Avatar: The Last Airbender Book 3

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Wolverine Claws Way to Top

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which we will review on our podcast this week, kicked off the summer season in style from a business standpoint, racking up an impressive $87m opening weekend. It’s the second-best opening for an X-Men movie so far, only outdone by the third instalment, X-Men: The Last Stand. Note as well that the big box-office comes on the back of terrible buzz and bad reviews in the lead up to the release.

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, which many hoped would rack up a tidy sum through counter-programming against Wolverine, took $15.3m to take up the second spot.

Obsessed, the surprise box-office topper of last week, took a drop of 57 per cent to gross $12.2m and a ten-day gross of $47m, noted to be over twice its overall budget.

17 Again dropped again to fourth, taking $6.3m in its third week of release to have only $48m total, surely a disappointment in light of the success which could have been expected with Zac Efron on board.

Monsters vs Aliens retained a top five place with $5.8m, taking its total to $185m since release.

Meanwhile, The Soloist, the somewhat disappointment from last week managed to hold up quite well, taking a further $5.6m with Disneynature’s Earth documentary and Fighting, the Channing Tatum and Terrence Howard-starring, well, fighting movie, following on with $4.2m apiece.

Many Obsessed With Beyonce

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Beyonce Knowles-starring thriller Obsessed has taken a pretty impressive $28.5m over its opening weekend to top the US charts. The movie, which also stars The Wire’s Idris Elba and Heroes’ Ali Larter, took the second biggest opening for a Screen Gems movie ever, only defeated by the Exorcism of Emily Rose in 2005. It’s a pretty astonishingly high opening, probably a testament to the star power of Knowles in ostensibly her second profession.

Zac Efron’s 17 Again managed to remain relatively resilient in second place with $11.7m, a respectable second week total which allowed it just to pip the Channing Tatum-starring Fighting. That managed $11.4m to come in well above expectations for a minimum star movie.

That contrasted to the film in fourth place, Joe Wright’s The Soloist with Robert Downey Jr and Jamie Foxx. It seems that, unlike Knowles, the star power of Downey Jr doesn’t quite stretch across audiences to bring his Iron Man muscle to the film. It could also have been hurt by Jamie Foxx’s idiocy over the past week or so in insulting Disney star Miley Cyrus in such a childish and twattish manner. Mum’s don’t like stars who have a go at youngers, Jamie.

A notable entry in fifth came to Earth, the first film to come from the newly-formed Disneynature subsidiary of the Mouse House. It managed $8.6m over the weekend, the third best ever for a documentary, with a five-day gross of $14.2m.