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MOVIE REVIEWS: NEW YEAR’S EVE

December 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

New Year’s Eve boasts a skillful comedy director, Garry Marshal, and an imposing cluster of stars, including Halle Berry, Hilary Swank, Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Cary Elwes, James Belushi, Penny Marshall, Matthew BroderickBon Jovi, Zac Efron, Ludacris, Abigail Breslin, Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Ryan Seacrest, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ashton Kutcher, and more. (Oh, and […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE MUPPETS

November 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

If George Lucas had been assigned the task of staging the motion-picture comeback of the Muppets, he might have done to them what he did to Yoda, his Star Wars character originally created in Jim Henson’s Creature Shop: convert them into digital likenesses. After all, Henson’s puppets looked positively crude compared with the realistic creations […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: JACK AND JILL

November 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Adam Sandler may easily be among America’s 1 percent after starring in a record number of films that have grossed more than $100 million. But many critics are betting his latest one, Jack and Jill, won’t make it past that mark. In fact he doesn’t even have 1 percent of the critics on his side. […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: SHARK NIGHT 3D

September 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Movie critics finally had a chance to sink their teeth into Shark Night 3D on Friday night, lining up at the box office like everyone else after the studio decided not to show the film to them in advance. Their criticism of the PG-rated horror flick was actually rather subdued. It’s “a movie that isn’t […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE DEBT

September 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The season of the superhero has ended; it’s time for ordinary, thinking folks to populate the screens of movie theaters across the country again. Such is the case with The Debt, starring Helen Mirren, Jessica Chastain, Sam Worthington, and Tom Wilkinson. Virtually all the critics are giving it positive reviews — some more positive than […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD IN 4D

August 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

It is rare, if not unprecedented, for a studio not to hold press screenings for a movie aimed at children. But The Weinstein Company was no doubt expecting the worst when it decided not to show Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D to critics in advance of this weekend’s opening. In […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: CONAN THE BARBARIAN

August 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The new Conan the Barbarian is getting the same sort of reviews that Arnold Schwarzenegger did when he … left office as governor of California: pretty awful. “Conan the Barbarian is a brutal, crude, witless high-tech CGI contrivance, in which no artificial technique has been overlooked, including 3-D,” comments Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times. […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE HELP

August 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

For a film with such a charged subject matter — how African-American maids living in Mississippi during the 1960s viewed their employers — it seems odd that many critics focus their attention not on the plot of The Help but on the performances of the lead actors, in particular Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, who […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: ZOOKEEPER

July 8, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

The MGM lion is the first animal audiences see in Zookeeper. It’s real. The others in the movie are computer generated and they talk, in the voices of Nick Nolte, Sylvester Stallone, Cher, Don Rickles and Adam Sandler. All of them give the character portrayed by Kevin James advice about love. Lou Lumenick gives the […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: PAUL

March 18, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

British comics Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, who received abundant praise — and laughter — for their previous films, Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead, are receiving much of the same for their latest film, Paul, with Seth Rogen in the title role of a computer-created alien. “After the sharp bite and harsh light […]

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