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MOVIE REVIEWS: ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US

August 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

In London’s Daily Mail, critic Christopher Tookey commented about the One Direction concert documentary This Is Us: “This pretty much defines the kind of movie that is critic-proof.” Actually, the personable young members of the group had nothing to worry about from the critics. The reviews are overwhelmingly positive. Most agree that the film amounts […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: GETAWAY

August 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Reviews don’t come any worse than those for Getaway, starring Selena Gomez and Ethan Hawke. Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle warns that “you’ve probably seen this movie before, watching a child play with his toy Hot Wheels cars after eating multiple bowls of sugary breakfast cereal.” In fact, several critics suggest, the movie […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE GREAT GATSBY

May 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Throughout the week, reports spread that initial reviews of The Great Gatsby were far from great. One website, TheBusinessInsider.com, even headlined, “‘The Great Gatsby’ Could Be The Biggest Disappointment Of The Year.” But in fact, the movie is receiving quite a number of favorable reviews. Indeed, The New York Times‘s A.O. Scott remarks in the […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: CLOUD ATLAS

October 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Many of the early reviews for Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis’ Cloud Atlas seemed downright lofty. The latest ones from the major critics are mixed — often in the same reviews. Joe Morgenstern in the Wall Street Journal, for example, allows that the film is “beautifully photographed, elegantly crafted and adventurously cast.” But that’s not […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: ROCK OF AGES

June 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Over rock and roll’s “ages” since the 1950s — and especially since the 1980s — pop music lovers have split into separate in-groups, each one becoming a veritable religion unto itself, each one scorning the others. That sort of musical disunion is apparent in the reaction to Rock of Ages, even among the critics, many […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: CONAN THE BARBARIAN

August 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The new Conan the Barbarian is getting the same sort of reviews that Arnold Schwarzenegger did when he … left office as governor of California: pretty awful. “Conan the Barbarian is a brutal, crude, witless high-tech CGI contrivance, in which no artificial technique has been overlooked, including 3-D,” comments Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times. […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: ONE DAY

August 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Critics appear to have a love-hate relationship with One Day. Some love it, others hate it. It’s about an even split. Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times admires the movie’s “style, freshness, and witty, bantering dialogue.” A.O. Scott in the New York Times writes that “One Day turns an episodic story into an anthology of […]

NO REVIEWS FOR SPY KIDS 4

August 19, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Robert Rodriguez’s Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World was not screened for U.S. critics. It was screened for British critics, however, and their unanimously negative reviews may explain why it was not for their American cousins. Typical is the one appearing in the London Daily Telegraph, which begins: “Robert Rodriguez’s children’s films […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: 30 MINUTES OR LESS

August 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

You’ve got to figure that the filmmakers behind 30 Minutes or Less were just asking for it when they came up with that title. Critics have pounced on it with glee (that’s another movie they’ve pounced on; see Glee: The 3D Concert). For example, Ann Horniday in the Washington Post: “Would that 30 Minutes or […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: FINAL DESTINATION 5

August 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Horror movies rarely receive positive reviews, and the fifth Final Destination movie is no exception. (The previous four didn’t fare much better.) Mike Hale refers to a line in the movie in which a character remarks, “It’s just that I’ve seen this before.” Hale calls the line “too depressingly true to be funny.” Likewise Betsy […]

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