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MOVIE REVIEWS: 2016: BARACK OBAMA’S AMERICA

August 27, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

It was no match for Michael Moore’s anti-George Bush documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, but Dinesh D’Souza’s anti-Barack Obama documentary 2016: Obama’s America was surprisingly hot over the weekend. Widening to 1,091 theaters, it took in $6.51 million, amounting to $5,966 per theater. By contrast, The Expendables, the No. 1 film at the box office, averaged $4,024 […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THAT’S MY BOY

June 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Critics have never figured out just what accounts for the box-office appeal of Adam Sandler. But if they’ve been critical of his performances in the past, they are reviling his latest one in That’s My Boy. Consider some of the adjectives used to describe this movie: bottom-of-the-barrel; moronic; lowbrow; puerile; mean-spirited; charmless; beyond bad; wince-inducing; […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED

June 8, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Critics pretty much roared their disapproval at the first two Madagascar movies, but several are fairly beating the drums for the latest one, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted. Typical is Andy Webster’s review in the New York Times, which concludes. “Where Madagascar soars is in its visuals: A Monte Carlo chase is vertiginously madcap; a […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: AMERICAN REUNION

April 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Most of the reviews of American Reunion trash the film as if it were a stale, leftover pie, which, in a sense it is. It’s a ten-year follow-up to 1999’s American Pie, 2001’s American Pie 2, and 2003’s American Wedding. And even the less brutal reviews hardly serve as recommendations. Roger Ebert in the Chicago […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: PUSS IN BOOTS

October 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

DreamWorks Animation’s Puss in Boots is garnering the kind of reviews ordinarily reserved for films displaying the Pixar label. Among the country’s leading newspaper critics, only one, Lou Lumenick of the New York Post, has given it a negative review. In fact, Michael O’Sullivan in the Washington Post calls it “almost shockingly good. And not […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: IN TIME

October 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The critics all seem to agree: the premise of In Time, the sci-fi movie starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried, is intriguing. It concerns a future time when time is literally money — when everyone stops aging at 25. They then receive a year in the bank, but they must buy time to live any […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: STRAW DOGS

September 16, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

One gets the feeling from reading the reviews of Rod Lurie’s Straw Dogs that it will appeal in the main to cinema lovers who embraced the original film by Sam Peckinpah. Certainly the remarks of the critics — Lurie was once one of them — suggest that they found the film more interesting than engaging. […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THOR

May 6, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

Critics are almost equally divided over Thor, the latest from superhero factory Marvel Entertainment. Joe Morgenstern’s review in the Wall Street Journal is typical of those that scorn it. “Like Thor’s hammer,” he writes, “this ersatz epic bludgeons its victims into submission. What’s more, it requires them to stare at the source of their punishment […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: HANNA

April 9, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

To paraphrase the common cliché: You reads your critics and you takes your choice. Either Hanna is an intelligent top-of-the-line thriller, or its a pretentious over-the-top deceit — the critics are divided almost equally. Among those praising it is Roger Ebert, who writes in the Chicago Sun-Times: “Hanna is good, sound filmmaking. It depends on […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: ARTHUR

April 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Russell Brand is no Dudley Moore, just a dud. That’s the general consensus of critics reviewing Brand’s performance in the remake of the 1981 film Arthur, which starred Moore. “Brand is unable to charm,” Kyle Smith writes in the New York Post. “Without coming near a ukulele, he manages to be as odious as his […]

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