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MOVIE REVIEWS: SHAME

December 2, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Steve McQueen’s Shame will not get you into the holiday spirit. “Critics by and large regard the movie as a difficult go — Michael Fassbender portrays Brandon Sullivan, a sex addict who no longer finds pleasurable — but nonetheless an admirable work of cinema craftsmanship. A handful disagree. A.O. Scott in the New York Times […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE MUPPETS

November 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

If George Lucas had been assigned the task of staging the motion-picture comeback of the Muppets, he might have done to them what he did to Yoda, his Star Wars character originally created in Jim Henson’s Creature Shop: convert them into digital likenesses. After all, Henson’s puppets looked positively crude compared with the realistic creations […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: IMMORTALS

November 11, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

They spent a lot of money on filming Immortals — reports say $80-100 million — and it shows. Would that they had invested similar resources in the script and cast, most critics complain. “The Immortals is without doubt the best-looking awful movie you will ever see,” remarks Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times. But the […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: PUSS IN BOOTS

October 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

DreamWorks Animation’s Puss in Boots is garnering the kind of reviews ordinarily reserved for films displaying the Pixar label. Among the country’s leading newspaper critics, only one, Lou Lumenick of the New York Post, has given it a negative review. In fact, Michael O’Sullivan in the Washington Post calls it “almost shockingly good. And not […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: JOHNNY ENGLISH REBORN

October 21, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

People either love Rowan Atkinson or hate him. Those among the former amount to a virtual cult in America — although he has a massive following overseas. Those among the latter — well, let’s just say that they represent the vast majority of U.S. moviegoers. Critics in this country are likewise divided over the comedian, […]

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: SHARK NIGHT 3D

September 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Movie critics finally had a chance to sink their teeth into Shark Night 3D on Friday night, lining up at the box office like everyone else after the studio decided not to show the film to them in advance. Their criticism of the PG-rated horror flick was actually rather subdued. It’s “a movie that isn’t […]

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 […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD IN 4D

August 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

It is rare, if not unprecedented, for a studio not to hold press screenings for a movie aimed at children. But The Weinstein Company was no doubt expecting the worst when it decided not to show Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D to critics in advance of this weekend’s opening. In […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: FRIGHT NIGHT

August 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Fright Night is one of those rare horror flicks that actually attracts — horrors! — several decent reviews. In the case of A.O. Scott’s in the New York Times, it’s even a jarringly cerebral one. He writes that “sociological and psychosexual implications hover around the edges of the frame and between the lines of the […]

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