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MOVIE REVIEWS: THE WOMAN IN BLACK

February 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The reviews for Daniel Radcliffe’s first post-Harry Potter film are decidedly mixed. The Woman in Black is a period piece, a ghost story and a stage for Radcliffe to prove that he can transform himself into a far different character than Harry. Manohla Dargis in the New York Times suggests that he has only partially […]

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD TAKES TOP PRIZE AT SUNDANCE

January 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Benh Zeitlin’s critically applauded Beasts of the Southern Wild has won the top Grand Jury Prize for drama at the Sundance Film Festival. The fantasy/reality film, picked up by Fox Searchlight for a reported $2 million, had been favored to win following adulatory reviews by many critics attending the festival, several of whom used the […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: CONTRABAND

January 13, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Critics are divided almost equally over the merits of Contraband, the new thriller starring Mark Wahlburg as a retired smuggler forced to return to his old business. On the one hand, there’s Roger Ebert who dismisses the movie as “this crap” in his review in the Chicago Sun-Times. On the other hand, there’s Joe Morgenstern […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: WE BOUGHT A ZOO

December 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo seems to have divided critics down the middle. None of them have particular praise for it, but then again none are slamming it either. Linda Barnard in the Toronto Star describes it as “an average movie that’s clearly been crafted to bring holiday families together over the popcorn machine.” […]

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, […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY

December 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Los Angeles Times critic Kenneth Turan writes in his review of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy that its director, Tomas Alfredson, “has come up with a film that is endlessly rich in incident, atmosphere and personality, a film that leaves us hanging on by the barest skin of our teeth as we try to figure out […]

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: HUGO

November 23, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Most critics are hailing Martin Scorsese’s Hugo with the passion of confirmed acolytes. Among all of them, Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle stands out as the apostate. Scorsese, he writes, is trying to live up to his “own legend,” trying “to impress us with a deluge of 3D effects.” The result, he writes, […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: HAPPY FEET 2

November 18, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

You may be surprised to learn that Happy Feet 2 does have something in common with the weekend’s box-office steamroller, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: mostly lousy reviews. Indeed many of the critics who cheered on the happy penguins in the first movie have greeted the second one with the coldness of the 3D ice […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: J. EDGAR

November 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In an apparent effort to stir up word-of-mouth for a difficult film to market, Warner Bros. is releasing the controversial J. Edgar, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, today (Wednesday), in advance of the Veterans Day weekend. The film was directed by Clint Eastwood, who himself has called it one of his “anti-tentpole” movies, referring to the big-budget […]

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