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MOVIE REVIEWS (1): THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

July 17, 2012 by · 7 Comments 

Reviews have begun to trickle in for this weekend’s much anticipated The Dark Knight Rises, and some of them are as extravagant in their praise as audiences are expected to be in their spending. In the Hollywood Reporter, Todd McCarthy calls the movie a “blockbuster by any standard. … “[The] Batman trilogy makes everything in […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: MEN IN BLACK 3D

May 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

One thing that the critics all agree on about Men in Black 3: It’s a significant improvement over the first sequel 10 years ago. Indeed, Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times argues that it’s better even than the 1997 original. “I wasn’t particularly looking forward to this belated sequel,” he writes, “But I had fun.” […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE LUCKY ONE

April 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

“Sweet but not too syrupy” may not sound like much of a recommendation for The Lucky One, starring Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling. But that is Betsy Sharkey’s description of the movie in the Los Angeles Times, and it is one of the better reviews it has received. (Compare that with the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Steven […]

CRITICS: OSCARS AMOUNT TO TEDIUM TV

February 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Film critics wasted no time banging out reviews of Sunday night’s Oscars, with several of them posting their assessments of the affair within minutes after the ceremonies concluded. Indeed, Daily Variety‘s Brian Lowry posted his (negative) review of Billy Crystal’s opening as if he were racing a legion of tweeters. Actually, many of the reviews […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: MAN ON A LEDGE

January 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Virtually all the critics are avoiding using the term “gripping” to describe Man on a Ledge, the drama starring Sam Worthington in which for most of the film he is seen perched on a 14-inch ledge on the 21st floor of the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. The reason, it would seem, has less to […]

TV REVIEWS: THE GOLDEN GLOBES

January 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

In the end, the TV critics concluded, Sunday night’s Golden Globes telecast amounted to yet another letdown, not so much because of the choice of winners — best drama: The Descendants; best comedy or musical: The Artist — but because of the commonplace performance of host Ricky Gervais. All of the critics had sharpened their […]

EBERT’S AT THE MOVIES TO GO ON HIATUS THIS MONTH

December 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Roger Ebert, who has been paying to produce Ebert Presents At the Movies on public television out of his own pocket and who warned early last month that he could no longer do so without additional support from underwriters, said on Wednesday that he will put the program “on hiatus” at the end of this […]

CURTAIN MAY CLOSE ON EBERT’S AT THE MOVIES

November 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Roger Ebert said on Monday that he can no longer finance his public television movie review feature Ebert Presents At the Movies on his own and that unless he finds an underwriter, it will go off the air for good at the end of the season. Ebert revealed that since the new iteration of his […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: TERRI

July 1, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

The Sundance 2011 Film Festival hit Terri turns out to be a hit with film critics as well, at least in New York and Los Angeles, where the film opens this weekend. In particular, the performance of the film’s 21-year-old star, Jacob Wysocki (making his film debut), is particularly admired by all of them. “Wysocki […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: PROM

April 29, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Just to make sure that the tween/teen crowd is also covered at the multiplex this weekend — every other demo seems to be — Disney is rolling out Prom, its latest iteration of the High School Musical formula. The critics are yawning. “Essentially, this feels like a Disney Channel TV show stretched out to fit […]

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