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MOVIE REVIEWS: IN TIME

October 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The critics all seem to agree: the premise of In Time, the sci-fi movie starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried, is intriguing. It concerns a future time when time is literally money — when everyone stops aging at 25. They then receive a year in the bank, but they must buy time to live any […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE THING

October 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

They’re calling the third rendition of The Thing, a prequel, but most critics indicate that there’s not much difference in the plot between the earlier Things and this one (including, obviously, the title). Several maintain that this version is no improvement on the earlier ones. David Germain of the Associated Press argues that “the new […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE IDES OF MARCH

October 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Several reviews of The Ides of March are putting first things first. While Ides of March is a political drama and director/co-star/co-screenwriter George Clooney is a card-carrying liberal Democrat, it is not a movie that attacks Republicans or conservatives. All of the leading characters are Democrats and liberals. Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: DREAM HOUSE

October 2, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

It’s always a bad sign when a studio fails to screen a movie for critics in advance of its release. But how bad could a film starring the likes of Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts, and directed by Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father, In America, Brothers) really […]

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: DRIVE

September 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Once again Ryan Gosling is drawing exceptional notices, this time for his performance in Drive, playing a race-car driver (referred to, as it so happens, as “Driver” — who also moonlights as a getaway driver for a criminal gang. “Anyone watching Drive won’t be able to take their eyes off Gosling. … He rocks like […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: CONTAGION

September 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Critics can’t seem to resist a pun or two when reviewing Contagion, despite their generally positive reactions to it. It’s “nothing to sneeze at,” remarks Mick LaSalle in the San Francisco Chronicle. His conclusion: Don’t expect great cinema ingenuity despite the fact that it comes from director Steven Soderbergh and boasts an impressive cast. “It’s […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: CAPTAIN AMERICA

July 22, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

Critics have been tough on the plethora of superheroes who have muscled into the megaplexes this year. But they seem to have a warm place in their heart for the latest one, Captain America. “I hope Captain America finds an audience,” Michael Phillips says in the Chicago Sun-Times, seemingly an odd critical comment. Roger Ebert […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE TREE OF LIFE

May 27, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt, which won the top prize, the Palme d’Or, at the Cannes Film Festival last weekend, continues to attract much applause from critics as it opens in limited release this weekend. Ironically, most of the positive reviews anticipate that the film will also receive a negative reaction […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: RIO

April 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Twentieth Century Fox’s Rio is the latest animated family film contrived to appeal to “children of all ages” and pack ‘em in at the box office. Reviews are mostly positive but restrained. Joe Neumaier in the New York Daily News uses adjectives like “enjoyable,” “gorgeous-looking,” and “sweet-hearted” to describe it. But in the end, he […]

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