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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 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 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: LOCKOUT

April 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The French-made (produced and co-written by Luc Besson) English-language Lockout is arriving without a single positive review from a critic at a major-market newspaper. It is, writes Manohla Dargis in the New York Times, “as dopey an entertainment as imaginable.” However, she allows, “it’s also a reminder that the film’s star, Guy Pearce, has always […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE CABIN IN THE WOODS

April 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Horror films rarely find a receptive response from critics — until the time they become classics. By and large, The Cabin in the Woods is no exception. But more than a few critics have something positive to say about it. Rafer Guzmán in Newsday, in fact, advises readers to “put it right at the top” […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: MIRROR MIRROR

March 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The verdict of most critics on Mirror Mirror: fair. No poison apples but plenty of daggers. We take it back — there are a few bad apples. Kyle Smith’s review in the New York Post is utterly lethal (and probably funnier than the movie itself, judging from the other critics’ remarks). “As garish-looking as Versailles […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE HUNGER GAMES

March 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

On the whole, critics’ reviews of The Hunger Games are overwhelmingly positive — but they’re not without reservations, plenty of them. Kyle Smith in the New York Post, for example, comments that while it “may be derivative … it is engrossing and at times exciting.” But he then goes on to remark, “Plotwise, the movie […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THIS MEANS WAR

February 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

This Means War is taking a volley of shots from the nation’s leading newspaper film critics, many of whom suggest that it’s simply not worth the price of today’s admissions. With a series of “what if?” questions, Wesley Morris in the Boston Globe provides a summary of the improbable plot, then asks, “What if people […]

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: CHRONICLE

February 3, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

There will be something other than the Super Bowl that will be super this weekend. A movie about three dorky Seattle teenagers — the sort who would never be seen dead in front of a TV set on Super Sunday — who are suddenly gifted with super powers. Chronicle begins when they discover a crystalline […]

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