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Monday
Jul042011

'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' Has Mega Opening

Comstock Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Transformers: Dark of the Moon had a smashing opening over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, finishing at the top of the box office.

The third installment of the Transformers franchise netted $116.4 million over the weekend, beating out Cars 2, which finished in second place with a tally of $32.1 million.

Bad Teacher ($17.6 million), Larry Crowne ($15.7 million) and Super 8 ($9.5 million) round out the weekend's top five at the box office, in that order.

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Friday
Jul012011

'Larry Crowne,' 'Monte Carlo' Open Friday

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Transformers: Dark of the Moon opened earlier this week, reportedly earning a total of $42.3 million on Tuesday night and Wednesday.

On Friday, it's joined in theaters by two other new films.  Here's a closer look:

-- Larry Crowne: Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, who previously co-starred in 2007's Charlie Wilson's War, reunite for this story about a middle-aged man who loses his job and enrolls in college, where he develops an attraction to his public speaking teacher.  Hanks also directed the film, which features Bryan Cranston, Cedric the Entertainer, Taraji P. Henson and Wilmer Valderrama.  Rated PG-13.

-- Monte Carlo: Selena Gomez is an American girl in Paris who's mistaken for a socialite.  She, along with two companions, decide to play along and travel to Monte Carlo, where they're treated like royalty.  Leighton Meester, Katie Cassidy, Cory Monteith, and Andie Macdowell also star. Rated PG.

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Thursday
Jun302011

Movie Review: ‘Larry Crowne’

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Imagine being a nine-time winner of Employee of the Month at the imaginary U-Mart retail chain, only to be suddenly let go because you never went to college. That's exactly the situation in which Tom Hanks' Larry Crowne finds himself. Unable to find a new job and in danger of defaulting on his house, he enrolls in the local community college. Realizing gas is expensive, Hanks and his co-writer, Nia Vardalos, endow Larry with a scooter...and on his very first scooter day, he meets the adorable, overzealous, flirty Talia, played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw. She turns the unemployed, divorced, Navy vet into a cool guy. Happens all the time!
 
On the advice of a school dean, whose sole purpose in the movie is to tell Larry to take a speech class, Larry enrolls in that class. Can you guess who plays his professor? If you guessed Julia Roberts, you probably:
 
A -- Looked it up.
B -- Have seen the trailer.
C -- Have seen the commercial.
D -- Are very good at Trivial Pursuit.
 
Roberts plays Mercedes Tainot, who’s in a loveless marriage, is having an existential crisis and likes to drink. She also carries her issues into her classroom and is obsessed with Shakespeare. Total recipe for romance with Larry!
 
How can you not root for Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts? If you can't you probably:
 
A -- Don't have a heart.
B -- Hate animals.
C -- Think Forrest Gump and Pretty Woman are overrated.
D -- Don't like Tom Hanks or Juila Roberts.
 
But no matter how much you may like Hanks or Roberts, with the exception of Larry getting laid off at the beginning of the movie, nothing in Larry Crowne rings true. This is Hanks' second directorial effort -- the first being 1996’s That Thing You Do! -- and there are a few funny and poignant moments, but he can't string enough of them together to make it a good movie.

Two out of five stars.

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