September 5th, 2011
10:59 AM ET
Did anyone go see "Shark Night 3-D" this weekend? Because according to our timeline - and according to the box office - everyone's apparently still buying tickets to see "The Help."
The controversial adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's novel may have had a somewhat bashful opening, but it's been the No. 1 movie in the country for three weekends in a row, reports Entertainment Weekly.
Helen Mirren's "The Debt," meanwhile, came in second place, but with strong reviews. Both @TraceyM1991 and @LovingLeopard had praise for the cast, which also stars Sam Worthington and Jessica Chastain. ("Apollo 18" and the aforementioned "Shark Night 3-D" landed in third and fourth place, respectively.)
"The Debt," which draws from the 2007 Israeli film "Ha-Hov," stars Mirren and Tom Wilkinson as retired Mossad secret agents who went on a dangerous and costly mission with another agent to track down a Nazi war criminal. The story jumps between 1997 and 1966, and while critics admire the strength of the cast, the storyline isn't without its flaws, both The Atlantic and the Wall Street Journal warn.
Primarily, it sounds like the scenes containing Chastain, Worthington and Marton Csokas as the '60s version of the secret agent trio win out over the more contemporary part of the plot.
And then there's Zoe Saldana's "Colombiana" - a thriller that sounds like it will entertain if you're looking for more action and less acting. While both @MississippiMarc and @AtoDa were taken by Zoe Saldana's moves as a trained assassin, few critics were.
The 33-year-old actress stars in "Colombiana" as Cataleya, a girl who grows up to avenge the murder of her parents. "The child actress who plays Cataleya when her parents are slain by a Bogota crime lord is strikingly robotic, and Saldana is only marginally more animated," says New York Magazine's review.
However, if you're more concerned about seeing Saldana show off her slaying skills, USA Today says you won't be disappointed. "This is a showy flower of an action film," critiques the review. "Saldana doesn't get much of a chance to emote, but her action skills blossom."
What'd you see at the movies this weekend? Leave us a review - in 140 or less, if you can do it - in the comments below!
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