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MOVIE REVIEWS: TO ROME WITH LOVE

June 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Critics seem to find little to dislike about Woody Allen’s latest film, To Rome with Love. But, they suggest, like the title, it’s more like an amiable postcard from afar than a substantive, homey comedy, like his most memorable New York-based movies. Rex Reed in the New York Observer compares it with a “Hallmark Valentine,” […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: PROMETHEUS

June 8, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Clearly, given the reputation that Ridley Scott’s Alien had as one of the great classics of sci-fi film, his prequel, Prometheus, has fostered high expectations. Several critics have suggested that they have gone unfulfilled. “Watching Prometheus is like opening a deluxe gift box from Tiffany’s to find a mug from the dollar store,” writes Ty […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: LOCKOUT

April 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The French-made (produced and co-written by Luc Besson) English-language Lockout is arriving without a single positive review from a critic at a major-market newspaper. It is, writes Manohla Dargis in the New York Times, “as dopey an entertainment as imaginable.” However, she allows, “it’s also a reminder that the film’s star, Guy Pearce, has always […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE CABIN IN THE WOODS

April 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Horror films rarely find a receptive response from critics — until the time they become classics. By and large, The Cabin in the Woods is no exception. But more than a few critics have something positive to say about it. Rafer Guzmán in Newsday, in fact, advises readers to “put it right at the top” […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: MIRROR MIRROR

March 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The verdict of most critics on Mirror Mirror: fair. No poison apples but plenty of daggers. We take it back — there are a few bad apples. Kyle Smith’s review in the New York Post is utterly lethal (and probably funnier than the movie itself, judging from the other critics’ remarks). “As garish-looking as Versailles […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: WRATH OF THE TITANS

March 30, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

The reviews for Wrath of the Titans are about as wrathful as those for Clash of the Titans were two years ago. Those negative reviews did not hinder the movie from earning nearly a half-billion dollars in 2010. And there’s a legitimate question about who actually reads reviews of movies like this. The best that […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE HUNGER GAMES

March 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

On the whole, critics’ reviews of The Hunger Games are overwhelmingly positive — but they’re not without reservations, plenty of them. Kyle Smith in the New York Post, for example, comments that while it “may be derivative … it is engrossing and at times exciting.” But he then goes on to remark, “Plotwise, the movie […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: 21 JUMP STREET

March 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s funny. That’s the two-word consensus of just about every newspaper film critic in the nation’s largest markets. Each has his/her own variation of stating that, some more enthusiastically than others, but there’s no denying that it’s one of the best-reviewed movies of the year. In particular, critics are praising the performances of Jonah Hill […]

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 […]

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