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    Weekend Box Office Top Ten: Falling 'Fast & Furious' and Sleeper 'Now You See Me' Trounce Shyamalan/Smith Combo 'After Earth'

    With the help of an unexpected sleeper success ("Now You See Me") and a continued decent showing for "Fast and Furious 6," the combined weekend gross for the top 10 again rose above last year's ($150 million, up from $133) even with the disappointing initial numbers from "After Earth," which was exp...

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    Box Office: Will Smith Tumbles With 'After Earth'; 'Fast & Furious 6' Holds On To #1

    Has there ever been any franchise quote like the "Fast And Furious" films? Since Justin Lin took over the series, the grosses have risen with each installment. His "The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift" collected $158 million globally seven years ago, and now, three movies later, "Fast And Furious ...

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    'After Earth' Fails to Open at Number One, Lags Behind 'Now You See Me' As Top Newcomer

    As Sony's "After Earth" opened Friday, an irresistible force (Will Smith, with a two-decade record of #1 openings) met an unmovable object (director M. Night Shyamalan's declining box office and critical appeal), and the latter won. "After Earth," top-heavy with Smith family involvement (Smith's co-...

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    What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Kings of Summer,' 'The East,' 'After Earth' & 'Now You See Me' All Coming

    The summer season is upon us and, despite the lack of J.R.R. Tolkien adaptations, it's all magic and monsters moving forward. For this weekend, at least. Between the magician cons, straight up cons, Euro spies, underground terrorist cells, underground plastic surgeons, lethal mutant creatures, and p...

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    After Earth

    Hollywood keeps telling us that the earth is doomed in such movies as "Oblivion," "The Host" and even the upcoming comedy "This is the End." But if anyone can survive a depleted planet, you’ve got to figure it would be Will Smith—

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    Will Smith's 5 Best Performances

    When you reach the level of stardom that Will Smith has achieved, it can almost feel like you might have more to lose than gain (except in monetary terms) by embarking on anything as risky as a new film project. And indeed, the multi-hyphenate Smith had been largely absent from our screens over the ...

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    Weekend Preview: Head to 'The East' and Must-See 'Hannah Arendt'; Critics Skewer Shyamalan's 'After Earth'

    If you live in a "limited release" city, then you've got a fine array of moviegoing options for the weekend. Zal Batmanglij's "The East," starring co-writer Brit Marling, Ellen Page and Alexander Skarsgard, is a smart anti-establishment thriller gaining good reviews from critics. Same goes for Sunda...

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    Review Roundup: M. Night Shyamalan Makes a "Non-Happening" with 'After Earth,' Starring a Sparkless Jaden and Will Smith

    Critics aren't impressed with either M. Night Shyamalan's directorial work or the Jaden and Will Smith pairing in new apocalyptic sci-fi entry "After Earth" (June 7). The venom towards Shyamalan is strong (Sony all but cut his name from the film's marketing), with Variety calling his film a "non-hap...

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    Review: 'After Earth' Provides Father-Son Counseling Within Generic Sci-Fi Trappings

    In regards to summer blockbusters, there’s a sense that we should grade on a curve. So count a couple of wins in M. Night Shyamalan’s column: “After Earth” is not one of those movies where you have to keep track of a million characters, each one having some sort of individual, arcane plot significan...

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    Watch: New Clips From 'After Earth' & 'Now You See Me'

    It’s that time of year again folks, the time when the temperature rises and every weekend sees the studios slug it out for the top of the box office. Later this month, on the same day no less, two wildly different films open opposite one another and now the studios have released two new clips to lur...

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