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MOVIE REVIEWS: TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE

September 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Trouble with the Curve isn’t a great Clint Eastwood flick, critics agree, but he certainly gives a more effective performance in it than he did at the Republican National Convention earlier this month, they say. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times calls it “a superior entertainment, moving down somewhat predictable paths with an authenticity and […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: HOPE SPRINGS

August 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Hope Springs is as much about a marriage between two masterful acting talents, Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, as it is about the unraveling marriage of the principal characters. “The characters aren’t fabulously dimensional, but the actors are,” writes Michael Phillips in the Chicago Tribune. Moreover, he concludes, “it’s gratifying to see a movie […]

MOVIE REVIEWS 2: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

July 18, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Rex Reed of the New York Observer and Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune have joined the exclusive clique of critics who have broken ranks with the overwhelming majority who are heaping praise on The Dark Knight Rises. It is the antonym of praise — scorn? ridicule? outrage? — that Reed heaps on the movie. […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: TO ROME WITH LOVE

June 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Critics seem to find little to dislike about Woody Allen’s latest film, To Rome with Love. But, they suggest, like the title, it’s more like an amiable postcard from afar than a substantive, homey comedy, like his most memorable New York-based movies. Rex Reed in the New York Observer compares it with a “Hallmark Valentine,” […]

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: BATTLESHIP

May 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Stupid. That’s the general consensus of critics reviewing the big-budget, board-game-based, sci-fi epic Battleship, about aliens bent on destroying the world. Take Amy Biancolli’s review in the San Francisco Chronicle: “It’s loud, it’s large, it’s stupid, and its best gag involves a chicken burrito. It features Taylor Kitsch wearing many more clothes, and maybe one […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE CABIN IN THE WOODS

April 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Horror films rarely find a receptive response from critics — until the time they become classics. By and large, The Cabin in the Woods is no exception. But more than a few critics have something positive to say about it. Rafer Guzmán in Newsday, in fact, advises readers to “put it right at the top” […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: BULLY

March 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Weinstein Co.’s Bully is garnering some of the strongest reviews of the year, with several critics stepping out of their roles as appraisers and becoming advocates for it — many of them condemning the Motion Picture Association of America for its decision to slap the film with an R-rating because of language. (The Weinstein […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: HAYWIRE

January 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Critics have by and large concluded that Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire has put a new wrinkle on the action flick, thanks mainly to the performance of Gina Carano. “Watching Carano kick, spin, flip, choke, crack and crush the fiercest of foes … is thoroughly entertaining, highly amusing and frankly somewhat awe-inspiring,” Betsy Sharkey remarks in the […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: JOYFUL NOISE

January 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Reviews for Joyful Noise are decidedly negative. It is, writes Stephen Holden in the New York Times, “a flimsy movie musical whose parts are pasted together with chewing gum and Scotch tape.” Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times concludes. ‘In trying so awkwardly to include a little something for everyone. Joyful Noise succeeds in finding […]

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