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MOVIE REVIEWS: PARANORMAN

August 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The animated ParaNorman is generally drawing favorable reviews, but those critics who dislike it do so intensely. Manohla Dargis, the generally tough critic for the New York Times, calls it “beautiful-looking, charmingly heartfelt.” Each scene, she writes, is turned “into an occasion for discovery and sometimes delight.” And Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune, who […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: SPARKLE

August 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Several critics wonder in their reviews why they even bothered remaking the 1976 version of Sparkle. “The ’70s original was a dark, confusing mess, but the remake lacks the little soul it had,” comments Wesley Morris in the Boston Globe. Likewise Peter Travers remarks in Rolling Stone: “Whitney Houston deserved better than to go out […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THAT’S MY BOY

June 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Critics have never figured out just what accounts for the box-office appeal of Adam Sandler. But if they’ve been critical of his performances in the past, they are reviling his latest one in That’s My Boy. Consider some of the adjectives used to describe this movie: bottom-of-the-barrel; moronic; lowbrow; puerile; mean-spirited; charmless; beyond bad; wince-inducing; […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN

June 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Somewhat surprisingly, given what several critics regarded as a put-offish title, there are only a handful of negative reviews for Snow White and the Huntsman, starring Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth in the title roles. One of them comes from Linda Barnard in the Toronto Star, who writes that “director Rupert Sanders makes all the […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: BATTLESHIP

May 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Stupid. That’s the general consensus of critics reviewing the big-budget, board-game-based, sci-fi epic Battleship, about aliens bent on destroying the world. Take Amy Biancolli’s review in the San Francisco Chronicle: “It’s loud, it’s large, it’s stupid, and its best gag involves a chicken burrito. It features Taylor Kitsch wearing many more clothes, and maybe one […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS

April 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The unlikely winner of the award for best-reviewed movie of the weekend is Aardman Animation’s The Pirates! Band of Misfits. Of the major critics, only Roger Moore of the Orlando Sentinel sends it to the plank. “Amusing in small doses, Pirates is the first Aardman film to suffer a serious shortage of sight gags, the […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE LUCKY ONE

April 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

“Sweet but not too syrupy” may not sound like much of a recommendation for The Lucky One, starring Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling. But that is Betsy Sharkey’s description of the movie in the Los Angeles Times, and it is one of the better reviews it has received. (Compare that with the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Steven […]

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: CONTRABAND

January 13, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Critics are divided almost equally over the merits of Contraband, the new thriller starring Mark Wahlburg as a retired smuggler forced to return to his old business. On the one hand, there’s Roger Ebert who dismisses the movie as “this crap” in his review in the Chicago Sun-Times. On the other hand, there’s Joe Morgenstern […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: WE BOUGHT A ZOO

December 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo seems to have divided critics down the middle. None of them have particular praise for it, but then again none are slamming it either. Linda Barnard in the Toronto Star describes it as “an average movie that’s clearly been crafted to bring holiday families together over the popcorn machine.” […]

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