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COEN BROS. FILM BECOMES CANNES FRONTRUNNER

May 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan, have directed the most talked-about film at the Cannes Film Festival thus far and are clearly the frontrunners at this point for the festival’s prestigious Palme d’Or trophy. Stories about talented entertainers who have faced punishing hardship before achieving success have been a stock item in Hollywood since the […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: SKYFALL

November 8, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

When the last 007 movie, Quantum of Solace, opened in 2008, critics railed at the decision to turn Bond into an action hero. “He is too good for that!” remarked Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times. “He is an attitude. Violence for him is an annoyance.” Peter Howell commented in the Toronto Star: “This is […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: LOOPER

September 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Critics are scrambling aboard the time machine that is Looper and are seemingly enjoying the ride. With few exceptions, they are praising the plot, the dialog, the direction, editing, and the performances of Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing the same character at different ages. Manohla Dargis focuses on the director in her New York […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: DREDD 3D

September 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Critics are assuring their readers that it’s OK to enter theaters showing Dredd 3D with low expectations — particularly if they already have seen the flop that Sylvester Stallone created out of the graphic-novel character. Indeed, comments Sean O’Connell in the Washington Post, the new Dredd “proves far superior to the corny misfire attempted by […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: ARBITRAGE

September 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Although it is opening in fewer than 200 theaters this weekend, critics are suggesting that you pass up the movies playing in thousands of them and take in Nicholas Jarecki’s Arbitrage starring Richard Gere. This is Jarecki’s debut as a writer-director, and it is an auspicious one. Writes Joe Morgenstern in the Wall Street Journal: […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: PREMIUM RUSH

August 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

A film about New York bicycle messengers hardly seems like the sort that would draw much praise from critics, but most of them agree that Premium Rush is in a class by itself. As Roger Ebert puts it in the Chicago Sun-Times: “I’m very weary of routine chase movies. There’s nothing routine about Premium Rush.” […]

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 2: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

July 18, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Rex Reed of the New York Observer and Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune have joined the exclusive clique of critics who have broken ranks with the overwhelming majority who are heaping praise on The Dark Knight Rises. It is the antonym of praise — scorn? ridicule? outrage? — that Reed heaps on the movie. […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER

June 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Possibly not since Snakes on a Plane has a movie come along that depended so much on its title to draw audiences as Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. “It’s too bad that the film’s concept is way more entertaining than what has ended up on-screen,” writes Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times. That sentiment is […]

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 […]

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