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MOVIE REVIEWS: LAWLESS

August 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s hard to remember a movie that received such divergent reviews as Australian director John Hillcoat’s Lawless, which opens today (Wednesday). That’s how it was at Cannes, when it was screened in competition last May, drawing boos and applause during the closing credits. The film, adapted by rock musician Nick Cave and starring Shia LaBeouf, […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE BOURNE LEGACY

August 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

OK, let’s get the obvious puns over with without further ado: Critics are about equally divided over whether The Bourne Legacy is a Bourne winner or was Bourne to lose. In the camp of the former is Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times. “Complex, unexpected and dazzling, alternating relentless tension with resonant emotional moments,” […]

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 […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE WATCH

July 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Watch was originally titled Neighborhood Watch until the incident in which a neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, shot and killed Trayvon Martin last February. Ty Burr in the Boston Globe is one of several critics who comments that instead of merely retitling the Ben Stiller comedy, “better they should have canned the whole thing. […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: MAGIC MIKE

June 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It may seem surprising that a movie about male strippers would become one of the best-reviewed films of the year, but such is the case with Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike, starring Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey. Mick LaSalle in the San Francisco Chronicle compares the movie to the best of Howard Hawks and William Wellman. […]

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: FOR GREATER GLORY

June 1, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

For Greater Glory, which tells the story of the Christero War, the Mexican government’s purported effort to stamp out the Catholic Church in 1926, has been nearly stamped out by the critics. Mick LaSalle in the San Francisco Chronicle dismisses it as “a scattered mess.” To Robert Abele in the Los Angeles Times, it’s “a […]

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 BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

May 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It has been said that older women are more “review sensitive” when it comes to selecting a film than, say, most of the moviegoers who will be massing to see The Avengers this weekend. If that is the case, then The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which will be screening at about 27 locations, should pack […]

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 […]

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