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MOVIE REVIEWS: SKYFALL

November 8, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

When the last 007 movie, Quantum of Solace, opened in 2008, critics railed at the decision to turn Bond into an action hero. “He is too good for that!” remarked Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times. “He is an attitude. Violence for him is an annoyance.” Peter Howell commented in the Toronto Star: “This is […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: FLIGHT

November 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

While virtually every review of Flight, starring Denzel Washington, is positive, those reviews are mostly tempered by some hard-edged criticism. Mick LaSalle in the San Francisco Chronicle spends the first 90 percent of his review praising the performances, Robert Zemeckis’s direction, and the taut script by John Gatins. “Now for the bad news,” he writes […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: TAKEN

October 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Most critics are clearly not taken with Taken 2. Some, in fact, are downright derisive. “There’s no need to wait for the “Mad” magazine parody of Taken 2, writes Peter Howell in the Toronto Globe and Mail. “It’s already hilariously up there on the screen.” Wesley Morris in the Boston Globe is a little kinder, […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: WON’T BACK DOWN

September 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Won’t Back Down is sort of a Norma Rae in reverse. This time, it’s the union — a teachers’ union in Pittsburgh — that’s the villain, and your judgment of the film may very well be colored by the way you regard the performance of unions in general and teachers’ unions in particular. Even if […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE MASTER

September 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Master opens tonight in just three theaters in New York and two in Los Angeles. Presumably they’re among the few in the country — perhaps the only ones — that remain capable of projecting 70mm film. While some critics praise director Paul Thomas Anderson’s commitment to the medium of film, others suggest that the […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE BOURNE LEGACY

August 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

OK, let’s get the obvious puns over with without further ado: Critics are about equally divided over whether The Bourne Legacy is a Bourne winner or was Bourne to lose. In the camp of the former is Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times. “Complex, unexpected and dazzling, alternating relentless tension with resonant emotional moments,” […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE CAMPAIGN

August 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Kyle Smith, the politically conservative film critic for the New York Post lets loose a torrent of zingers at The Campaign, starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, concluding with the unkindest jibe of all: “Put it this way,” he writes, “Jimmy Carter was funnier than this movie.” He concludes: “My friends, I’ve seen some terrible […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: TOTAL RECALL

August 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

A remake of a movie titled Total Recall practically begs for puns. And the press has obliged with an outpouring of groaners. Ty Burr in the Boston Globe quips: “In the end, here’s the worst sin of this slick, high-octane memory play: It’s forgettable.” The headline of Joe Morgenstern’s review in the Wall Street Journal […]

MOVIE REVIEWS 2: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

July 18, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Rex Reed of the New York Observer and Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune have joined the exclusive clique of critics who have broken ranks with the overwhelming majority who are heaping praise on The Dark Knight Rises. It is the antonym of praise — scorn? ridicule? outrage? — that Reed heaps on the movie. […]

MOVIE REVIEWS (1): THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

July 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Since The Amazing Spider-Man is opening in a handful of locations tonight (Monday) some U.S. critics are getting a head start by releasing reviews of the movie a day earlier than the film’s national release. Most have been positive if not enthusiastic. The latest Spidey movie begins where the now-ten-year-old original did — at the […]

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