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MOVIE REVIEWS: OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN

March 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Olympus Has Fallen, the first of two thrillers about a terrorist takeover of the White House, is being taken out by critics the way the terrorists are taken out by Gerard Butler’s character in the movie. Robert Abele in the Los Angeles Times describes it as “a typical slab of Hollywood action in which the […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: ADMISSION

March 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The stars of Admission — Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Lily Tomlin, Wallace Shawn — have all appeared in better funnier movies, the critics agree, making this one seem pretty lame by comparison. Several critics, in fact, don’t know quite how to describe it. Mick LaSalle in the San Francisco Chronicle settles on “a drama with […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: BULLET TO THE HEAD

February 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Sylvester Stallone is probably used to pummeling reviews, but with Bullet to the Head, critics are trying to do to him what Apollo Creed failed to do to Rocky Balboa — finish him off. Writes Scott Bowles in USA Today: “This marks a new low for Sly. Gratuitously violent and brimming with slurs against Asians, […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: PARKER

January 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Time was when director Taylor Hackford’s name appeared above the title of a film, where it would attract as many moviegoers as the names of the stars. His name still counts for a lot — he is, after all, the twice-elected president of the Directors Guild of America — but it does not appear above […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS

January 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters was not generally screened for critics. However, the New York Post‘s Lou Lumenick got a look at it, and his review may cast some light on why Paramount elected not to let critics see it in advance. Calling the movie, “direct-to-video-grade dreck,” Lumenick remarks: “January is a traditional dumping ground […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: MAMA

January 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Critics are fairly evenly divided over producer Guillermo del Toro’s PG-13 horror flick Mama, starring Jessica Chastain. But even many of those who find much to like about it, find much to criticize as well. Kyle Smith in the New York Post remarks that he had “an excellent time … for most of the movie” […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: GANGSTER SQUAD

January 11, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite a cast that includes Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Nick Nolte, critics are shooting down Gangster Squad as if it were some B-movie wannabe. Indeed, Peter Howell puts it this way in the Toronto Star: “The actors do their best, but they’re bringing their ‘A’ game to a decidedly ‘B’ […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: DJANGO UNCHAINED

December 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Brilliant but excessive — that would sum up the mixed reaction of most critics to Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained — as it would sum up their reaction to most of Tarantino’s previous films. Brilliant trumps the excessive in some reviews; in others, it’s the reverse. Take Ann Hornaday’s in the Washington Post, which praises the […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: LES MISERABLES

December 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

To borrow a line from the French national anthem, “Le jour de gloire est arrivée!” (The day of glory has arrived!) The debut of the musical film version of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables has touched off dozens of solid reviews that could help it with ticket sales and perhaps lift it past The Hobbit to […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: PARENTAL GUIDANCE

December 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Reviews for Parental Guidance, starring Billy Crystal and Bette Midler, are somewhat more positive than those for The Guilt Trip, starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen, which preceded it by four days. Manohla Dargis in the New York Times observes, “There are smiles and tears, love and affirmations, a few funny jokes and a lot […]

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