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April 23, 2010
‘The City of Your Final Destination' MPAA rating: PG-13 for a brief sexual situation with partial nudity Running time: 1 hour, 58 minutes Playing: Laemmle's Royal, Town Center and Pasadena Playhouse
April 18, 2010 | By Mark Olsen
The phrase "Merchant Ivory" has become so synonymous with upscale art-house filmmaking that it is easy to forget that there were two actual people behind it, producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory. Together, they made more than 20 films over more than 40 years; "The City of Your Final Destination," which opens Friday in L.A., marks the first film Ivory has shot since Merchant died in 2005. An adaptation of a novel by Peter Cameron, the screenplay for the romantic drama was written by longtime Merchant Ivory collaborator Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.
October 15, 2009 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
If there were ever a movie that shouldn't end up making as much as $190 million around the world, it is "The Final Destination," a homely horror thriller that is the fourth and least-loved film in New Line's low-budget "Final Destination" horror franchise. The first three movies, released from 2000 to 2006, were modest successes, each one earning around $50 million in the U.S. and only slightly more overseas. It's a sign of the franchise's below-the-radar consistency that "FD3," released in 2006, had virtually the same exact box-office numbers as the original film, earning $54 million domestically and $58.7 million overseas.
August 31, 2009 | Ben Fritz
Two horror movies weren't too much to handle this weekend as "The Final Destination" proved a winner at the box office and "Halloween II" came in just a bit below expectations. The only bust was "Taking Woodstock," from Universal Pictures' specialty films unit Focus Features. The Ang Lee-directed look-back at the 1969 music festival cost nearly $30 million to produce but opened at ninth place with a weak $3.7 million in receipts. "The Final Destination," from Warner Bros.' New Line label, was No. 1 with an estimated $28.3 million worth of tickets sold in the U.S. and Canada, boosted by sales at pricier 3-D screens.
August 31, 2009 | Gary Goldstein
It doesn't take 3-D trickery to see everything coming at you from a mile away in "The Final Destination," the silly and predictable fourth installment in the lucrative thriller series about pretty young people attempting to cheat death. Director David R. Ellis and writer Eric Bress, who previously collaborated on "Final Destination 2," unimaginatively rehash the earlier films' basic premise: Someone foresees a gruesome group death that may or may not play out in reality if the order of the originally envisioned victims can be disrupted.
September 12, 2007 | Denise Martin, Special to The Times
No one is searching for pirate's booty or competing with a dozen other women for Mr. Right. There are no aspiring karaoke superstars and no one gets fired. In fact, since the inception of the Emmy Award for top reality competition series four years ago, only one show has ever won -- for being more of a National Geographic travelogue than today's typical cutthroat elimination show. CBS' 11-seasons-old "Amazing Race" sends its contestants globe-trotting in hopes of winning a cool $1 million.
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