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MOVIE REVIEWS: ROCK OF AGES

June 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Over rock and roll’s “ages” since the 1950s — and especially since the 1980s — pop music lovers have split into separate in-groups, each one becoming a veritable religion unto itself, each one scorning the others. That sort of musical disunion is apparent in the reaction to Rock of Ages, even among the critics, many […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE RAVEN

April 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s as if the makers of The Raven were begging for trouble. After all, they’ve made the victim of a serial killer who recreates Edgar Allan Poe’s lethal pendulum — a critic! So now it’s time for the critics to strike a blow for one of their own — by slicing and dicing, not to […]

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: A THOUSAND WORDS

March 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Except for the fact that his latest movie will almost certainly turn out to be a flop, Eddie Murphy emerges virtually unscathed from the scathing reviews that A Thousand Words is receiving. Michael Phillips in the Chicago Tribune calls him “a first-rate talent stuck in yet another third-rate piece of blech.” The title of the […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THIS MEANS WAR

February 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

This Means War is taking a volley of shots from the nation’s leading newspaper film critics, many of whom suggest that it’s simply not worth the price of today’s admissions. With a series of “what if?” questions, Wesley Morris in the Boston Globe provides a summary of the improbable plot, then asks, “What if people […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE ARTIST

November 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The Artist is arguably the most enthusiastically reviewed movie of the year. Other movies may have received a similar amount of praise but not the kind of cheers that this black-and-white, mostly silent movie has garnered. Back in May, when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, Peter Bradshaw of Britain’s Guardian newspaper, wrote: “The […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: INSIDIOUS

April 3, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Generally speaking, critics give short shrift to horror movies produced on shoestring budgets. In fact studios rarely bother to schedule press screenings for them at all. So it’s no surprise that some of the reviews for Insidious are pretty frightful. What is surprising is that several critics have some positive things to say about it. […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: HOW DO YOU KNOW

December 17, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

There’s a lot of impressive talent on display in How Do You Know which returns James L. Brooks, famous for such movies as Broadcast News, Terms of Endearment and As Good as It Gets and the TV series The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Simpsons, to his place behind the cameras again. It’s the […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: FOR COLORED GIRLS

November 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

In her review in the New York Times, Manohla Dargis describes the challenges Tyler Perry faced in bringing Ntozake Shange’s acclaimed play, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf, to the screen, then remarks that all of the difficulties “might sound unbearable, but done right it’s thrilling — specific in its […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: HEREAFTER

October 22, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Moviegoers heading to the theaters this weekend to see Hereafter will no doubt be wondering, what, at the age of 80, is Clint Eastwood going to say about the hereafter? Well, quite a lot, say some critics; not nearly enough say others. Indeed rarely has a film evoked such clashing reaction from critics. Some are […]

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