A lot of people hate Paul Haggis -- the director and screenwriter behind The Next Three Days -- because he also wrote 2004's Crash, a bad movie that was wildly overrated at the time of its release. Fair enough, I guess, but since Crash's reputation has been readjusted so effectively over the past six years, I'm personally over its ludicrous Oscar win and focusing more on the fact that Haggis also wrote a damn good Bond movie (Casino Royale), and this thing, The Next Three Days, which is a much better thriller than its over-the-top trailers make it out to be.
Beverly Hills Chihuahua stayed atop the box office for the second week in a row. Apocalypse to follow, but not before we see more movies about talking dogs and the 'hoods from whence they came. You know how Hollywood works: If a movie makes money, they make 50 clones of it. So I invite you to play the Location Movie Dog game with me. Take a city or town, add a dog breed and voila! You have a multi-million dollar grossing movie. The title alone causes the script to write itself. The winner gets a contract at Disney and a free copy of that CGI mouth-moving software, the one that makes the baby on those E-trade commercials look like the Anti-Christ. Here are my game submissions.