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MOVIE REVIEWS: THE EAGLE

February 13, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

The Eagle, say most critics, is one of those Roman-era swords, sandals, and muscles epics that test the determination of the audience to remain awake during the action, or inaction, as the case may be. “All roads lead to boredom,” writes Joe Neumaier in the New York Daily News. “The Eagle is a long slog,” […]

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: SECRETARIAT

October 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Roger Ebert is one of the critics cheering loudest in their reviews for Secretariat. In today’s Chicago Sun-Times, he recalls that his onetime TV colleague, the late Gene Siskel, once told him that his favorite movies were about what people do all day. “That’s what Secretariat is,” Ebert writes. “It pays us the compliment of […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE AMERICAN

September 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

On the Wednesday before Labor Day, the only major holiday that regularly produces lackluster box-office returns, Focus Features, Universal’s specialty division, has chosen to debut The American, starring George Clooney. The thriller is receiving widely disparate reviews. On the one hand is the Chicago Sun-Times‘s Roger Ebert, who remarks that it is “so rare to […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: “SPLICE”

June 4, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley play the human oddities in Splice, a horror movie about two scientists who create an intelligent part-human, part-animal monster. Rick Groen in the Toronto Globe and Mail credits the actors for making the Frankenstein story believable. “These typically aren’t actors’ movies, yet Polley and Brody both round out their characters […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: “PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME”

May 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Films based on the videogames have mostly had a dreadful track record at the box office and an even worse one with critics. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time appears to be no exception. Some critics observe that there appear to be as many digital effects in the film as in the game. One […]