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December 4th, 2000

Weekend Box Office Report, New Reviewer!

A decent weekend at the box office, however, nothing new opened in wide release, so moviegoers were stuck to seeing some movies they haven't already checked out. In first came Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas, this year's holiday hit, with an astounding 27.1 million, giving the film a really, really nice 172 million gross so far. In second was Unbreakable with 15 million, which did drop a good amount, and will be interesting to see how steady it holds during the next few weeks, hopefully breaking "Sixth Sense" numbers... in third was 102 Dalmatians with 8.2 (guess it's not this year's holiday hit, it's only made about 37 million so far), in fourth was Rugrats in Paris with 6.5 million and in fifth was Charlie's Angels with 5.2 million.

However, this Friday, the holiday movie season begins to heat up with such entries as Proof of Life, Vertical Limit and the one I've been really looking foward to see (with a lot of Oscar® buzz already), the foreign film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, by director Ang Lee. Interestingly enough, Sony Pictures Classics has put out two trailers for the film, one toward indie fans and the other toward mainstream movie goers. While the film opens in limited release this coming Friday in New York (where I live, I'll try to go this weekend actually), and will expand to other cities during the next few weeks before going wide in January. This is a movie to watch for...

On to site news, I'm proud to introduce a new member to the team. He specializes in Japanese Animation, so let us all welcome Anime Master (AKA Ronald O.). Ron is actually a friend of mine (and don't think that got him on the team!), so be on the lookout for some reviews by him in the near future. You can check out his review of DragonBall Z: Showdown.

Other new reviews include American Beauty, From Dusk Till Dawn 2 (both by yours truly) and Buena Vista Social Club courtesy of James.

That's it for now, so um, keep watching those DVDs. I'll try to get some more Playstation reviews up soon as well...

- Zach B.

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