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MOVIE REVIEWS: CHRONICLE

February 3, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

There will be something other than the Super Bowl that will be super this weekend. A movie about three dorky Seattle teenagers — the sort who would never be seen dead in front of a TV set on Super Sunday — who are suddenly gifted with super powers. Chronicle begins when they discover a crystalline […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE GREY

January 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Box-office forecasters are predicting that The Grey, starring Liam Neeson, will become this weekend’s box office champ. Kyle Smith in the New York Post is not so sure. “It may be too conventional for the art-house crowd, yet too arty for the megaplex. I prefer to call it an unusually reflective blood-and-guts saga,” he writes. […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN

December 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

After already garnering much critical praise overseas — as well as $230 million — Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin has arrived in America, and the reviews are decidedly mixed. The New York Times‘s Manohla Dargis calls it “a marvel of gee-wizardry” but suggests that represents a serious problem. The performance-capture technology that Spielberg employs, […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: ARTHUR CHRISTMAS

November 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Arthur Christmas has already brought the gift of smiles to the faces of generally hard-boiled critics. It’s one of those animated films, they say, that parents don’t have to merely endure but can actually enjoy. There are “plenty of sly jokes for grown-ups,” Neil Genzlinger assures his readers in the New York Times, while Amy […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON

June 29, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Reviews for Transformers: Dark of the Moon read like, well, reviews for the other Transformers movies: that is, they’re replete with complaints about a senseless plot, senseless mayhem, and senselessness in general. But a couple of reviewers make the point that that’s the whole point of a Transformers movie. As Betsy Sharkey observes in her […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: BRIDESMAIDS

May 13, 2011 by · 6 Comments 

Critics are going out of their way to assure their male readers that, despite the title, Bridesmaids is not just a chick flick. Writes Joe Morgenstern in the Wall Street Journal: “If this is only a chick flick, then call me a chick.” Calling it “an unexpectedly funny new comedy,” Manohla Dargis remarks in the […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: GNOMEO AND JULIET

February 11, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Tangled and Yogi Bear, which are still raking in millions after months in release, are finally getting some new competition for the family audience — the relatively low-budget Gnomeo and Juliet. The reviews aren’t half bad. That is, most are in fact quite good. Joe Morgenstern in the Wall Street Journal praises the “smart, spirited […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE RITE

January 28, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

What we have with The Rite is another horror movie of the exorcist variety — with a difference. That difference is Anthony Hopkins, who plays the exorcist. “Mr. Hopkins gives the production what he was hired for,” writes Joe Morgenstern in the Wall Street Journal. “At least you can count on Mr. Hopkins … to […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: HOW DO YOU KNOW

December 17, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

There’s a lot of impressive talent on display in How Do You Know which returns James L. Brooks, famous for such movies as Broadcast News, Terms of Endearment and As Good as It Gets and the TV series The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Simpsons, to his place behind the cameras again. It’s the […]

CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER

December 10, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Like its predecessors, the latest Narnia movie, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, is being greeted with mixed reviews by critics. “20th Century Fox has taken up the franchise [from Disney] with largely dreary results,” writes Manohla Dargis in the New York Times. She goes on to remark, “Though there are times when the movie […]

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