“Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters 3D,” a re-imagining of the Grimms’ fairy tale, opened as the top weekend film in U.S. and Canadian theaters, collecting $19.7 million in receipts for Viacom Inc.’s Paramount Pictures.
The horror tale “Mama” opened as the top weekend film in U.S. and Canadian theaters, displacing Oscar contender “Zero Dark Thirty” as the two films starring Jessica Chastain vied for the top spot in the holiday weekend.
The masterly cinematographer Caleb Deschanel gives “Jack Reacher” something of a grainy look, which is just right. Expensive production values weren’t a hallmark of the 1940s noir this thriller efficiently emulates.
In 1975, David Mamet’s play “American Buffalo” used three foul-mouthed lowlifes planning a petty theft to portray the sordid state of the American soul. It had a huge influence on the vernacular of theater and film in the decades following.
Not long before an explosion that she doesn’t see coming, a CIA operative in Kathryn Bigelow’s extraordinary “Zero Dark Thirty” offers a toast: “To big breaks, and the little people who make them happen.”
In 1995, four years before he became famous as Tony Soprano, James Gandolfini filmed a small part as a New York landlord in “ Mint Julep .” When the movie finally premiered last month, “The Sopranos” had long since ended its eight-year run.