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MOVIE REVIEWS: GLEE: THE 3D CONCERT MOVIE

August 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Fans of the TV series will come down hard on movie critics who have come down hard on Glee: The 3D Cconcert Movie. Kyle Smith of the New York Post is prepared for the abuse. Commenting on a line in the movie in which one Glee cast member tells the audience, “Stand up for what […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE HELP

August 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

For a film with such a charged subject matter — how African-American maids living in Mississippi during the 1960s viewed their employers — it seems odd that many critics focus their attention not on the plot of The Help but on the performances of the lead actors, in particular Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, who […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

August 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

No critic has bestowed a four-star review on Rise of the Planet of the Apes. But they have been giving it a lot of three-star ones. In fact, there’s not a negative review among the major newspaper critics. There’s no great cinematic artistry here, no memorable lines, no Oscar-worthy performances, they say, but Manohla Dargis […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE CHANGE-UP

August 5, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Just as you are likely to have to do a lot of digging to find a negative review for Rise of the Planet of the Apes, you’re going to have to do the same to find a positive one for The Change-Up. It’s another one of those movies in which one character gets locked into […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE SMURFS

July 29, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

The Smurfs is receiving little of the admiration that critics bestowed on that other movie with characters who were blue and in 3D. But here and there it is picking up some mostly favorable reviews. Neil Genzlinger in the New York Times observes that the funniest moments in the movie “are either raunchy or scandalous,” […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: DRIVE ANGRY 3D

February 28, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

In his review of Drive Angry 3D, Tom Maurstad in the Dallas Morning News wrote that it is “so wantonly ridiculous, so aggressively stupid, it demands you make fun of it.” That’s just what most critics have done, including Maurstad himself, who wrote, rather mildly: “Take the title of this wheels-off action movie as a […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: NANNY MCPHEE RETURNS

August 20, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Many critics did not regard the terribly British Nanny McPhee as their cup of tea when it was released in 2005. They’re even less enthusiastic about Nanny McPhee Returns. The film’s star, Emma Thompson, “who made a vivid, even unsettling impression in Nanny McPhee, is relatively innocuous this time around, like a walk-on in her […]

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