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MOVIE REVIEWS: THE COUNSELOR

October 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The movie may be directed by three-time Oscar nominee Ridley Scott, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy, and star Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, and Brad Pitt, but all that star power simply doesn’t gel in The Counselor, according to most reviewers, who genuinely seem surprised that it doesn’t. For example, […]

ONE DIRECTION’S FILM LIKELY TO GO DIRECT TO NO. 1

August 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s a rare occurrence when a documentary winds up as the No. 1 film at the box office, but that’s what is likely to occur this Labor Day weekend with the debut of Morgan Spurlock’s (Supersize Me) 3D documentary One Direction: This Is Us. Tracking studies indicate that the Sony/TriStar movie, which features interviews and […]

FAST AND FURIOUS WILL LIKELY MOW DOWN WILL SMITH

May 31, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Box office forecasters are predicting that this will be one of those rare weekends when a Will Smith movie will open well below the leader. After Earth, a sci-fi action flick starring Will Smith and 14-year-old son Jaden, is likely to earn just $30-35 million this weekend, according to tracking studies. Not bad, but the […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: FAST AND FURIOUS 6

May 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Unlike The Hangover Part III, the sixth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise has attracted overwhelmingly positive reviews. Not that the critics are jumping up and down and whooping it up with excitement as some members of the audience will likely do over the Memorial Day weekend. Neil Genzlinger in the New York Times […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE HANGOVER PART III

May 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The latest Hangover movie is getting a jump on its primary rival — the latest Fast and Furious movie — at the Memorial Day weekend box office by opening tonight (Thursday). It may need it. Writes Stephen Holden in the New York Times: “As the expectant audience at the screening I attended waited for The […]

COMING SOON (MAYBE): ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT: THE MOVIE

May 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite the fact that producer Mitchell Hurwitz has been able to revive Arrested Development as a 15-episode TV series for Netflix, he’s still aiming for a movie version. Today’s (Thursday) Los Angeles Times is reporting that Hurwitz designed the Netflix episodes as the first act of a three-act story that will conclude with Arrested Development: […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

May 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Several critics are writing at great length about how Star Trek Into Darkness is not the last generation’s Star Trek. The film, writes Claudia Puig in USA Today, “may not go boldly back to the archives, but it serves up an exhilarating spectacle.” Joe Neumaier in the New York Daily News comments that “this go-all-out […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: IRON MAN 3

May 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

As superhero movies move from one sequel to another, they appear to grow “darker,” to use a description that pops up a lot in the current reviews of Iron Man 3, with Robert Downey Jr. again in the title role. Critics generally appear to applaud the darkness. Says Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times: […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: EVIL DEAD

April 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The general concensus among film critics is that if you’re a dyed-in-the-wool horror-film fan, you’ll love the remake of Evil Dead. (Well, the original was called The Evil Dead.) If not, you’re likely to leave early. Of course, the warning is there in the title. Lou Lumenick admits in his review in the New York […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE CROODS

March 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Reviews of DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods can be described as pretty good overall. But none of the critics are particularly thrilled with it, either. Neil Genzlinger in the New York Times devotes just four short paragraphs to the movie, remarking that “it’s colorful and has an appealing central character and — who knows? — might […]

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