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MOVIE REVIEWS: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

December 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Virtually every review of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug compares it with the previous installment of The Hobbit trilogy, An Unexpected Journey — mostly favorably. For example, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Steven Rea remarks that it “is not only eight minutes shorter than its forebear, it’s at least eight minutes better — less twee, less […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THOR: THE DARK WORLD

November 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s a good thing that Thor: The Dark World is the kind of movie that’s considered critic-proof, because the nation’s leading newspaper critics are giving it an awful hammering. The movie, writes Kyle Smith in the New York Post, “is low-stakes, low-emotion, low brow.” Joe Morgenstern in the Wall Street Journal considers it “so dumb […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: PRISONERS

September 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Virtually every major critic has praised the script, direction, and performances of Prisoners. But some are suggesting that the problem with it may be that it’s just too effective — a film about kidnapped children that will leave moviegoers unsettled even as they leave the theater. “A devastating psychological thriller, Prisoners pulls us deep into […]

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: WORLD WAR Z

June 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite arriving in theaters seemingly hobbled by horror stories about its onerous production problems, critics generally agree that World War Z amounts to, as Liam Lacey describes it in the Toronto Globe and Mail, “a perfectly decent thriller.” Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times remarks that “unless you knew about the film’s troubled past, […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE INTERNSHIP

June 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Anyone who has ever worked for a software company has probably dreamed at one time or another about getting a job at Google, which has managed to make virtually every list of best places on earth to work. Those dreamers are likely to form a core group of moviegoers who will turn out to see […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE PURGE

June 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Purge is one of those B-movies made on a microbudget of $3 million whose charm principally comes from the fact that it was made on a microbudget of $3 million. It’s about a future world in which all crime is forbidden for 364 days but is permitted on day 365. It has received quite […]

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 […]

NEBRASKA IMPRESSES AT CANNES

May 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Alexander Payne’s Nebraska immediately entered the frontrunner ranks at the Cannes Film Festival competition — a portrait of a Montana family in which the patriarch, played by Bruce Dern, is showing repeated signs of dementia and his son, played by Will Forte, wants to connect with the man before he loses it completely. Manohla Dargis […]

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 […]

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