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Sep 02nd

New Moon rakes in over $72 million on opening day

New Moon rakes in over $72 million on opening day The Twilight Saga: New Moon, the second installment from a children’s book series that has found major success in the world of motion pictures, next to the unstoppable Harry Potter, has already shattered a box office record that was previously set by last summer’s smash hit The Dark Knight. The film raked in over $72 Million in its first day at theatres and $140 Million gross in its opening weekend. Those are pretty incredible stats for a teenage thriller about Vampires.
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Book review: “Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage” by Christopher Anderson

You were definitely ill-prepared. There you were, ready to “take the plunge” and get married, when you suddenly realized you didn’t know a thing about where you were diving.
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OPENING THIS WEEK: For movies opening November 25, 2009

Kam's Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun   
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(Book review) Between Good and Ghetto: African-American Girls and Inner-City Violence

“The lives of the inner-city girls and young women profiled in this book are deeply influenced by violence of various kinds. It is not uncommon for adolescent, inner-city girls to witness or directly encounter gun violence associated with drug dealers’ disputes, threats of interpersonal violence, or sexual and dating violence. The everyday world that shapes their ideas and actions is not, however, likely to be familiar to many readers...
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Roland emmerich releases another apocalyptic adventure

Roland Emmerich’s name is closely associated with overblown apocalyptic adventures like Independence Day (1996) and The Day after Tomorrow (2004). Regrettably, the German-born director’s latest, 2012, fails to measure up to his earlier offerings, despite its being filled with his trademark bombastic special effects coming courtesy of a quarter-billion dollar budget.
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Disney releases a couple of charming animated adventures on DVD

Although they first arrived in movie theaters 8 years apart, Walt Disney has a darn good reason to release Up and Monsters, Inc. on DVD simultaneously. After all, both these heartwarming modern fairy tales are fun for the whole family, and are animated adventures written and directed by Pete Docter.
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Monosyllabic meditation on coming-of-age in Mississippi

New developments arrive fast and furiously in this contemplative character study before it finally settles down into an examination of the motivations of James (JimMyron Ross), a very troubled, black, poor and criminally-inclined 12 year-old coming-of-age in a rural region of the Mississippi Delta. At the point of departure, we meet Lawrence (Michael J. Smith, Sr.), a middle-aged black man despondent over news of the death of his identical twin by drug overdose. Larry is then caught in the midst of his own suicide attempt by a kindly neighbor (Johnny McPhail) who has no idea he’s distraught enough to shoot himself in the chest.
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