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MOVIE REVIEWS: THINK LIKE A MAN

April 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite its peculiar provenance, Think Like a Man is receiving a fare share of positive reviews. It “will entertain women and amuse men,” Carrie Rickey predicts in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Roger Moore in the Orlando Sentinel suggests that the movie is all about “funny people in funny situations deliver[ing] funny lines with … zippy timing.” […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: WANDERLUST

February 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Critics always seem to have adulatory comments to express about Jennifer Aniston’s performances, even while castigating the makers of most of the films in which she has appeared. Such is the case with her latest one, Wanderlust, in which she stars with Paul Rudd. Aniston, writes Lou Lumenick in the New York Post “thrives in […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY

February 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Secret World of Arrietty is the latest in a long line of hand-drawn animated films from Japan’s Studio Ghibli that invariably garner rapturous reviews but disappointing receipts. Manohla Dargis in the New York Times welcomes the return of animation created by artists with pen and ink. “Computers create extraordinarily photorealistic visuals,” she writes, “but […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: JOYFUL NOISE

January 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Reviews for Joyful Noise are decidedly negative. It is, writes Stephen Holden in the New York Times, “a flimsy movie musical whose parts are pasted together with chewing gum and Scotch tape.” Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times concludes. ‘In trying so awkwardly to include a little something for everyone. Joyful Noise succeeds in finding […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR 3-D CHRISTMAS

November 4, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

The third Harold & Kumar movie is in 3D — and that technology is sent up for laughs by the writers and stars, John Cho and Kal Penn in A Very Harold & Kumar 3-D Christmas. “Leave it to a Harold & Kumar’ movie to expose modern 3D for the tawdry gimmick it is while […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: REAL STEEL

October 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Of all the man-versus-giant-robots movies that have been released recently — and there have been virtually tons of them — Real Steel is faring best with critics. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times, a fan of science fiction as a youth, has not had many positive things to say about sci-fi movies as an adult, […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: 50/50

September 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

50/50 are the odds of surviving a rare form of cancer that the main character in the movie with those odds in the title is diagnosed with. It’s loosely based on screenwriter Will Reiser’s personal experiences. Given its premise the odds of its being praised by critics were probably a lot lower than those in […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: DOLPHIN TALE

September 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Several critics suggest that when acting awards are handed out this year, the star of Dolphin Tale should not be overlooked. That’s not Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, or Harry Connick Jr. but Winter the dolphin whose tale is told in this calculatedly uplifting movie. Writes Ty Burr in the Boston Globe: “The dolphin is, quite […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE HELP

August 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

For a film with such a charged subject matter — how African-American maids living in Mississippi during the 1960s viewed their employers — it seems odd that many critics focus their attention not on the plot of The Help but on the performances of the lead actors, in particular Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, who […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE CHANGE-UP

August 5, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Just as you are likely to have to do a lot of digging to find a negative review for Rise of the Planet of the Apes, you’re going to have to do the same to find a positive one for The Change-Up. It’s another one of those movies in which one character gets locked into […]

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