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MOVIE REVIEWS: THE AVENGERS

May 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Even many of the critics who had long ago grown weary of the typical superhero movie appear delighted by The Avengers. Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times says that the difference between this superhero movie and the ones that came before is that it “gives us much, much more of the same.” He concludes that […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE RAVEN

April 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s as if the makers of The Raven were begging for trouble. After all, they’ve made the victim of a serial killer who recreates Edgar Allan Poe’s lethal pendulum — a critic! So now it’s time for the critics to strike a blow for one of their own — by slicing and dicing, not to […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: SAFE

April 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Safe is expected to bomb at the box office this weekend. If it does, however, it won’t be because of the performance of its star, Jason Statham, which is being praised even by many critics who hate the movie. “There’s nothing terribly original about Safe, but it’s a suitably grimy playground for action cinema’s reigning […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT

April 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

In 2012 a movie with a title like The Five-Year Engagement hardly seems as provocative as one with a title like The 40-Year-Old Virgin but, despite the innocuous title, the movie is picking up some decent reviews, and even those that aren’t overwhelmingly positive aren’t exactly caustic. “Perhaps the tale of a couple who love […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE THREE STOOGES

April 13, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

It’s likely that moviegoers’ reaction to The Three Stooges will depend a lot on how they regarded the original shorts that the Stooges turned out with assembly-line rapidity more than a half century ago, because, as Rafer Guzmán puts it in Newsday, The Three Stooges “is a virtual clone job.” Guzmán praises “the inspired impersonations […]

TITANIC SAILS AGAIN — IN 3D

April 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Although the public’s declining interest in 3D has been blamed in great measure for the box office disasters of some recent releases — the epic failure of the $250-million John Carter a particular case in point — it now appears that the 3D-enhanced Titanic may resurface over the Easter weekend as the holiday’s top film. […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE LORAX

March 2, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Having already transformed most of Theodor Geisel’s most popular Dr. Seuss books into successful movie and TV versions, Hollywood has now turned to a less-loved book, The Lorax, which delivered an environmental message long before such messages became controversial. It was regarded as one of Geisel’s “serious” kids books when it was published in 1971. […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: ACT OF VALOR

February 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Film critics seem to be having difficulty getting a handle on Act of Valor — understandable given the fact that the movie reportedly started out as a training and recruitment film for Navy SEALs. It uses real-life SEALs in the cast, not professional actors — and some critics say that the lack of acting experience […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE VOW

February 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Vow Is the kind of movie that requires a package of Kleenex to sit through — a “weepie,” the critics call it. The problem, some of them say, is that it’s not weepie enough. Writes Betsy Sharkey in the Los Angeles Times: “This is a movie that leaves you wanting more. To care more, […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE IRON LADY

December 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Meryl Streep is receiving high praise for her performance as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady; the movie itself, not so much. Consider the closing paragraph of Betsy Sharkey’s review in the Los Angeles Times: “What helps elevate the film is the searing insight Streep brings to Thatcher’s aging; she catches […]

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