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MOVIE REVIEWS: PARANORMAL ACTIVITY

October 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Paranormal Activity 4 accomplishes pretty much what its predecessors did — it makes its audience feel creepy about empty rooms. “There’s virtually nothing new” in the found-footage movie, Claudia Puig remarks in USA Today, a common theme of most of the reviews, although she notes, “Most of the creepy stuff is recorded via a laptop […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE POSSESSION

August 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It is a brave horror film producer indeed who allows his work to be screened by critics, most of whom generally show little charity toward the genre. But the producers of The Possession and Lionsgate, their studio, apparently had enough confidence in their product to let critics see it, and they have been rewarded with […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: OOGIELOVES IN THE BIG BALLOON ADVENTURE

August 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

How does a grownup critic seriously review a movie titled Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure? The answer, judging from those who did: with serious distaste. “If only there were something on screen to keep your adult brain from dissolving into strained peas,” Rafer Guzmán yearningly remarks in Newsday, while acknowledging that the movie is […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: STEP UP REVOLUTION

July 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Clearly one doesn’t go to the Step Up movies expecting a compelling story, gripping performances, or awesome special effects. They’re all about one thing: the dancing. More Bollywood than Hollywood. And they’re clearly not most critics’ cup of Darjeeling. So, how’s the dancing in Step Up Revolution? Frank Levece in Newsday says it’s OK. “While […]

DEVIL‘S SUCCESS BEDEVILS PUNDITS (Updated)

January 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

According to the playbook of most Hollywood executives, the weekend after New Year’s is a time to let moviegoers take in some of the movies they may have missed during the bombardment of new releases in December. If new films are to be released at all at that time, they should be cheapos — usually […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: PARANORMAL ACTIVITY III

October 21, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

The producers of Paranormal Activity III might just as well have knocked on the doors of movie critics and yelled, “Trick or treat!” As it turned out, they have got both. A week before the Halloween weekend, they are being treated to some quite favorable reviews by several top-drawer critics. Mark Olsen in the Los […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: DREAM HOUSE

October 2, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

It’s always a bad sign when a studio fails to screen a movie for critics in advance of its release. But how bad could a film starring the likes of Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts, and directed by Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father, In America, Brothers) really […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD IN 4D

August 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

It is rare, if not unprecedented, for a studio not to hold press screenings for a movie aimed at children. But The Weinstein Company was no doubt expecting the worst when it decided not to show Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D to critics in advance of this weekend’s opening. In […]

MOVIE TO DEBUT SAME DAY IN THEATERS AND VOD

April 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Passion Play, starring Mickey Rourke, Bill Murray and Megan Fox will be available on video-on-demand on May 6, the same day that it debuts in theaters, DISH Network said on Wednesday. Moreover, it won’t bear a premium pricetag. DISH said the movie can be viewed in high definition for $5.99 or $4.99 in standard definition. […]

CBS FILMS MAY FINALLY HAVE ITS FIRST NON-LOSER

March 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The relatively low-budget Beastly, starring Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens, may finally make some money for CBS Films, whose initial releases have amounted to a string of flops. The film, a contemporary take on Beauty and the Beast set in high school, earned an estimated $10.1 million at the box office, a respectable amount given […]

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