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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: JOHN CARTER

March 9, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Critics are suggesting that while Tarzan and John Carter were both created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the latest Disney movie is as far removed from the simple apeman tale as Earth is from Mars. Indeed, they’re suggesting that John Carter may be yet another instructive warning about what can happen when a studio devotes millions […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: WANDERLUST

February 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Critics always seem to have adulatory comments to express about Jennifer Aniston’s performances, even while castigating the makers of most of the films in which she has appeared. Such is the case with her latest one, Wanderlust, in which she stars with Paul Rudd. Aniston, writes Lou Lumenick in the New York Post “thrives in […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: MAN ON A LEDGE

January 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Virtually all the critics are avoiding using the term “gripping” to describe Man on a Ledge, the drama starring Sam Worthington in which for most of the film he is seen perched on a 14-inch ledge on the 21st floor of the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. The reason, it would seem, has less to […]

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: WAR HORSE

December 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Most film critics take a cold, analytical approach to what they see on the screen, and if the movie stirs deep emotions, they are likely to ascribe that reaction to “manipulation” by the director. Such is the case with Steven Spielberg’s War Horse, in both positive and negative reviews, as if manipulation were not the […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

December 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

As is the case with The Adventures of Tintin, which also opens over the Christmas holiday period, the critics are poles apart over The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Although he gives it 3 1/2 stars, Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times concedes that he prefers the 2009 Swedish version. David Fincher, he writes, “is […]

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 […]

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