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Sony Animation's Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation continued the franchise tradition of debuting atop the weekend box office and doing so with over $40 million over the three-day. The weekend also featured a strong expansion from Annapurna's Sorry to Bother You, which landed in seventh position on the weekend chart, but unfortunately for Universal's Skyscraper, the weekend's other new wide release, it struggled over its opening weekend, failing to meet the studio's expectations, delive...

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A different kind of record was set this weekend in that it was the first weekend ever where eight of the top ten films at the weekend box office were sequels. Of those eight, two of the weekend's new follow-up films are locked in a tight race at the top with Sony's The Equalizer 2 pulling off a surprise upset, edging out Universal's Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, which looked as if it might top $40 million at one point over the weekend, but settled down well below that mark. Overall, the wee...

It never forgives. It never forgets. It never improves.
A review of The Grudge
by Matt Mason

Wow. Thank God for double-features at the drive-in, otherwise I would have given this movie a grade lower than "D" as I would have flushed $7 down the toilet for this alone.

Director: Takashi Shimizu

Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Behr, Clea DuVall

Rating: PG-13

Release: 10-22-2004

Time: 96 minutes

Buy Movie at OK, let's summarize: A bunch of people die. Why? Well, it's complicated... actually, no, it's not, they die because it was in the script of a crappy movie that they should die at the hands of wet Japanese people who were murdered and now walk the earth because Bill Pullman was a hot hunk o' man. Or something.

Really, okay, the special effect thing with the ghost-gal is creepy. So creepy we see it over and over. And over again until we get so desensitized it might as well be a vase of petunias stalking every person in the movie who ever set foot in some creepy house (what's in the sequel? The janitor, the plumber and the mailman all get hunted down and murdered, boo ga boo ga?).

Even so, it's Buffy the Vampire Slayer here, maybe something interesting'll happen... no. Okay, it KINDA holds together, so if the ending is good, if it nails the landing, it could still come out a winner... no. In fact, the ending is perhaps the worst part of the movie, a scene so horribly contrived (the shaken survivor of a murder let in alone to see the body of someone close to her while everyone else wanders away for no rational reason? Gee, that's not just a lame-ass setup for something lamer and with more ass is it?) that the only thing a viewer has left to hope for are the credits.