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MOVIE REVIEWS: EVIL DEAD

April 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The general concensus among film critics is that if you’re a dyed-in-the-wool horror-film fan, you’ll love the remake of Evil Dead. (Well, the original was called The Evil Dead.) If not, you’re likely to leave early. Of course, the warning is there in the title. Lou Lumenick admits in his review in the New York […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: ADMISSION

March 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The stars of Admission — Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Lily Tomlin, Wallace Shawn — have all appeared in better funnier movies, the critics agree, making this one seem pretty lame by comparison. Several critics, in fact, don’t know quite how to describe it. Mick LaSalle in the San Francisco Chronicle settles on “a drama with […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: WRECK-IT RALPH

November 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The reviews are overwhelmingly positive for the videogame-themed Wreck-It Ralph, something that will come as a welcome relief to the workforce at Disney Animation, who have had to endure years of negative comparisons with their corporate siblings at Pixar. Several critics complain that there’s much too much videogame-like running around and crashing in the movie, […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: BRAVE

June 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Pixar’s latest entry, Brave, is not receiving the unanimous praise from critics that the studio’s early entries did, but it is not receiving the slams that Cars 2 did, and the criticism that it does encounter is not particularly brutal. For example, Joe Morgenstern in the Wall Street Journal finds it “enjoyable, consistently beautiful, fairly […]

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. […]

CAMERON CROWE: AN INNOCENT BYSTANDER IN EMBARGO FEUD

December 15, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Director Cameron Crowe, who once earned his livelihood as a journalist — when he was a teenaged writer for Rolling Stone, his celebrity interviews were a regular feature of the magazine — and who still occasionally writes for the print media, doesn’t know what to make of New Yorker critic David Denby’s defense for breaking […]

BOX OFFICE RESULTS ARE DOWNRIGHT PARANORMAL (Updated)

October 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Box-office pundits could use a few more paranormal powers these days. Many, if not most, of their predictions have turned out to be wide of the mark in recent weeks, this weekend included. To be sure, they had predicted that Paranormal Activity 3 would be the top ticket seller, but their sales forecasts ranged from […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: KILLER ELITE

September 24, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

For the most part, U.S. critics are assassinating Killer Elite (no relation to Sam Peckinpah’s 1975 film The Killer Elite), which stars Jason Statham, Robert De Niro and Clive Owen. With such names on the marquee, notes Elizabeth Weitzman in the New York Daily News, “we should be able to expect something special. Or at […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK

August 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Most critics seem to agree that Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, a remake of a 1973 made-for-TV movie, is more creepy than frightening, but then critics are notoriously unfrightenable. Indeed Michael Phillips in the Chicago Tribune comments on filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s remark that the scariest movie ever made for TV was the original […]

WILL MORGAN BE “DANGEROUS” TO KING?

February 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

CNN announced Tuesday that Piers Morgan’s interview with Larry King will air on Wednesday night. It did not indicate whether the interview had been — or will be — pre-taped. However, it comes after King’s surprising criticism during a BBC radio interview that CNN had oversold Morgan as an unpredictable and “dangerous” interviewer. Whether Morgan […]

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