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MOVIE REVIEWS: MEN IN BLACK 3D

May 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

One thing that the critics all agree on about Men in Black 3: It’s a significant improvement over the first sequel 10 years ago. Indeed, Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times argues that it’s better even than the 1997 original. “I wasn’t particularly looking forward to this belated sequel,” he writes, “But I had fun.” […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: DARK SHADOWS

May 11, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

The critics appear equally divided over Dark Shadows, and we’re referring not just to how they line up for or against the movie but also, in many cases, to how they render their individual reviews. Take Roger Ebert’s in the Chicago Sun-Times, for example. He hails Johnny Depp’s performance as “pitch perfect,” playing the character […]

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 THREE STOOGES

April 13, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

It’s likely that moviegoers’ reaction to The Three Stooges will depend a lot on how they regarded the original shorts that the Stooges turned out with assembly-line rapidity more than a half century ago, because, as Rafer Guzmán puts it in Newsday, The Three Stooges “is a virtual clone job.” Guzmán praises “the inspired impersonations […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: BULLY

March 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Weinstein Co.’s Bully is garnering some of the strongest reviews of the year, with several critics stepping out of their roles as appraisers and becoming advocates for it — many of them condemning the Motion Picture Association of America for its decision to slap the film with an R-rating because of language. (The Weinstein […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: WANDERLUST

February 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Critics always seem to have adulatory comments to express about Jennifer Aniston’s performances, even while castigating the makers of most of the films in which she has appeared. Such is the case with her latest one, Wanderlust, in which she stars with Paul Rudd. Aniston, writes Lou Lumenick in the New York Post “thrives in […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY

February 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Secret World of Arrietty is the latest in a long line of hand-drawn animated films from Japan’s Studio Ghibli that invariably garner rapturous reviews but disappointing receipts. Manohla Dargis in the New York Times welcomes the return of animation created by artists with pen and ink. “Computers create extraordinarily photorealistic visuals,” she writes, “but […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: RED TAILS

January 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

If, as George Lucas has announced, Red Tails, his take on the all-black Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, turns out to be his last Hollywood movie, he’s going out in a blaze of critical indifference. Wesley Morris, one of the few black film critics for a major publication, concludes his review in the Boston […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: JOYFUL NOISE

January 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Reviews for Joyful Noise are decidedly negative. It is, writes Stephen Holden in the New York Times, “a flimsy movie musical whose parts are pasted together with chewing gum and Scotch tape.” Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times concludes. ‘In trying so awkwardly to include a little something for everyone. Joyful Noise succeeds in finding […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN

December 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

After already garnering much critical praise overseas — as well as $230 million — Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin has arrived in America, and the reviews are decidedly mixed. The New York Times‘s Manohla Dargis calls it “a marvel of gee-wizardry” but suggests that represents a serious problem. The performance-capture technology that Spielberg employs, […]

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