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Fantastic Four (2005)

A minor, half-hearted, possibly unconvincing defense of the original Fantastic Four franchise

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Here is what I cannot say about Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, the JAlba-fronted, Chiklis-obscuring, Evil Space Cloud-lovin’ superhero-film duology, which entered the public consciousness in the summer of 2005 and left forever in the summer of 2007. I cannot say:

— That they are good movies.

— That you should pay any sum of money to watch them again.

— That they represent some kind of missing link in the history of superhero cinema.

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Fantastic Four honest trailer has a problem with cloud-based villains

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With the latest cinematic take on the Fantastic Four days away from hitting theaters, it only makes sense for Honest Trailers to debut its take on the 2005 attempt – and its sequel – to bring Marvel’s first family to life.

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Will the box office bounce back in 2006?

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Those sitting in a multiplex are used to many sounds: the crunching of popcorn, the annoying tweedle of a cell phone, the old-person mutterings of ”Who’s that guy? Was he the one with the hat in the last scene?” But this year a new sound could be heard in theaters: crickets.

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Michael Chiklis, Fantastic Four

I had a kidney infection during this scene,” Jessica Alba remarks on the Fantastic Four commentary. Oh yeah? What about the audience? We had migraines. The long-awaited movie version of Marvel Comics’ prize property was a box office bonanza but it remains a noisy, silly affair, with none of the pop grandeur of Batman Begins or the X-Men films. EXTRAS The disc gives you Alba’s video diary of the press tour, a few music videos, and pro forma making-of shorts.

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No. 1 again: Moviegoers gobble up more ''Chocolate''

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Thanks to pathetic showings by the weekend’s new releases, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Wedding Crashers maintained their hold on the top spots at the box office.

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''Charlie'' tops the weekend box office

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How’s this for a sweet result? Johnny Depp and Tim Burton’s eye-popping film version of Roald Dahl’s classic book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory grossed $55.4 million in its opening weekend, according to studio estimates.

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This chintzy comic-book movie is like something left over from the ’60s, with F/X that look dated the moment you see them. Michael Chiklis, growling like a Damon Runyon lug, makes the Thing a genial hellguy, but the other three actors play heroes who are far — too far — from super.

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''Charlie'' should have a sweet weekend at the box office

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How sweet will Charlie and the Chocolate Factory be at the box office this weekend? Thanks to the irresistible combination of Johnny Depp and Tim Burton, deliciously so.

Burton and Depp’s new movie version (don’t call it a remake) of Roald Dahl’s classic book should appeal to audiences of all ages and continue the upward box office trend kicked off last week by Fantastic Four.

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''Fantastic Four'' clobbers the competition

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A $56 million debut for a movie with no A-list stars? In a word, it’s fantastic.

Fantastic Four, the big-screen version of the old comic book and cartoon series, premiered with $56 million, according to studio estimates, an impressive opening that was helped by a round of midnight showings on Thursday night.

FF’s big debut easily scored the No. 1 position over Tom Cruise’s War of the Worlds, which slipped 52 percent in its second weekend to $31.3 million. After two weeks, the alien thriller has grossed a strong $165.8 million.

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''Fantastic Four'' will take on Tom Cruise

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Tom Cruise takes on a quartet of superheroes at the box office this weekend, as the movie version of The Fantastic Four storms multiplexes.

Though it features no A-list stars and is coming after Batman Begins, Fantastic Four (featuring Jessica Alba and Michael Chiklis) should manage a No. 1 debut with an opening-weekend gross of about $45 million, a figure that will certainly be helped by the film?s round of Friday midnight showings.

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