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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: March 9, 2010

Up in the Air DVDHere are some of the options available today:

  • The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Capitalism: A Love Story: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Hachi: A Dog’s Tale: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Old Dogs: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Paris: DVD, Blu-ray *releases March 10*
  • Planet 51: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Precious: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Stoning of Soraya M: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Tapeheads: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Up in the Air: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Who: The Kids are Alright: Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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The Hurt Locker Racks Up More Critics Awards

The Hurt Locker

It’s time to hurry up and adjust your Netflix queues. In just one week, will finally become available on DVD.

Why should you hurry? Because if you don’t, you might just have to wait to watch one of the most critically-acclaimed movies of 2009. The Kathryn Bigelow-directed drama has already nabbed wins from critics in New York, Boston and Los Angeles. Now the Iraq-war set film has got a few other cities behind it as well.

After the jump, you can view year-end picks from the National Society of Film Critics as well as honors from Chicago, Florida, Las Vegas, Phoenix and San Francisco.

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Box Office Breakdown: Audiences Escape to Couples Retreat

Couples Retreat

Depending on how you look at the numbers, the winner this weekend was either or Paranormal Activity.

In the comedy corner, we have a Peter Billingsley-directed film that earned $35.3 million and a first-place finish. The movie - which combined the efforts of Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau and Jason Bateman - pulled in the best numbers for any Columbus Day weekend entry ever. It also gave Vaughn his 2nd best opening behind The Break-Up.

Meanwhile, on the horror front, made a huge splash despite being in limited release. The Blair Witch-esque movie scared up a shocking $49,000 per screen average. It also raked in nearly 500 times more than its budget. (It only cost less than $16,000 to produce.)

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Box Office Breakdown: No Sluggish Start for Zombieland

Zombieland

Watch out, vampires…there’s still life in the other undead.

Although he was previously known as a director for Jimmy Kimmel Live, Ruben Fleischer now has a new title: box office champ. This past weekend, Ruben saw his first major feature, , attack the competition with a $24.7 million debut. The movie - which only cost approximately $24 million to make - had the highest open for any zombie-themed flick since Dawn of the Dead in 2004.

Meanwhile, another director had an entirely different result with her debut feature. , a roller derby comedy helmed by Drew Barrymore, rolled into 6th place finish with only $4.7 million. (When your film’s been topped by Pixar entries from 10+ years ago, there might have a problem.) Hopefully in a few more weeks, the Ellen Page vehicle will at least cover its $15 million production tab.

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In Theaters This Weekend: October 2, 2009

The Invention of Lying

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Capitalism: A Love Story** (R): starring Michael Moore (directed by Michael Moore)
  • The Invention of Lying (PG-13): starring Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill (directed by Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson)
  • Toy Story/Toy Story 2 in 3D (G): starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, John Ratzenberger (directed by John Lasseter)
  • Whip It! (PG-13): starring Ellen Page, Drew Barrymore, Juliette Lewis (directed by Drew Barrymore)
  • Zombieland (R): starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone (directed by Ruben Fleischer)

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Box Office Breakdown: Meatballs Rolls to Another Victory

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

was no substitute for meatballs.

Despite competition from a Bruce Willis film, a music-based remake and a sci-fi horror entry, remained the theatergoers’ order of choice for the second week in a row. The children’s book adaptation had Sony dining to the tune of $25 million—over $10 million more than the second place finisher.

Many thought Willis, who hasn’t had a major role since 2007’s Live Free or Die Hard, was on track to take first this weekend. Unfortunately, his

hair

movie was considered a big letdown given its $15 million gross and $80 million budget. Meanwhile, , a remake of the 1980 hit, had no one feeling like they wanted to live forever. The MGM feature only rung up $10 million for third place.

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In Theaters This Weekend: September 25, 2009

Surrogates

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Fame (PG): starring Megan Mullally, Kelsey Grammer, Bebe Neuwirth (directed by Kevin Tancharoen)
  • Pandorum (R): starring Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster, Cam Gigandet (directed by Christian Alvert)
  • Surrogates (PG-13): starring Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Rosamund Pike (directed by Jonathan Mostow)

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Michael Moore’s Romantic New Film

Michael MooreIs looking to broaden his audience?

Less than three months before the debut of his new project, the director has finally chosen a name. His project about the global financial crisis will now be known as Capitalism: A Love Story.

“It will be the perfect date movie. It’s got it all—lust, passion, romance, and 14,000 jobs being eliminated every day,” Michael explained in a statement. “It’s a forbidden love, one that dare not speak its name.  Heck, let’s just say it: It’s capitalism.”

Capitalism will open in theaters on October 2nd. You can watch a teaser trailer here.

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