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ROGER EBERT LISTS HIS FAVORITE FILMS OF 2012

December 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Until Roger Ebert was sidelined recently by a hairline hip fracture, he had been on a tear, turning out 300 reviews this year — an average of nearly one review a day — a personal record, he said on his blog Thursday. The venerable Chicago Sun-Times columnist, who has been sidelined in the past by […]

BURNS’S CENTRAL PARK FIVE EXPANDING INTO VOD

December 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Ken Burns’s The Central Park Five, which received the New York Film Critics Circle’s Best Documentary award this week, is being released on video-on-demand Friday, two weeks after its theatrical opening, even as IFC expands its platform release. The film is due to open in Chicago on Friday, where Roger Ebert of the Sun-Times and […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: SKYFALL

November 8, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

When the last 007 movie, Quantum of Solace, opened in 2008, critics railed at the decision to turn Bond into an action hero. “He is too good for that!” remarked Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times. “He is an attitude. Violence for him is an annoyance.” Peter Howell commented in the Toronto Star: “This is […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: WRECK-IT RALPH

November 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The reviews are overwhelmingly positive for the videogame-themed Wreck-It Ralph, something that will come as a welcome relief to the workforce at Disney Animation, who have had to endure years of negative comparisons with their corporate siblings at Pixar. Several critics complain that there’s much too much videogame-like running around and crashing in the movie, […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: TAKEN

October 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Most critics are clearly not taken with Taken 2. Some, in fact, are downright derisive. “There’s no need to wait for the “Mad” magazine parody of Taken 2, writes Peter Howell in the Toronto Globe and Mail. “It’s already hilariously up there on the screen.” Wesley Morris in the Boston Globe is a little kinder, […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: FRANKENWEENIE

October 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The last time we saw Tim Burton’s name in movie reviews, he was being kicked around painfully for a movie that eventually flopped despite the fact that it starred Johnny Depp. But most critics agree that Frankenweenie is no Dark Shadows. In fact, many are suggesting that Burton has come forth with a classic. Amy […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: LOOPER

September 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Critics are scrambling aboard the time machine that is Looper and are seemingly enjoying the ride. With few exceptions, they are praising the plot, the dialog, the direction, editing, and the performances of Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing the same character at different ages. Manohla Dargis focuses on the director in her New York […]

ANOTHER SILENT FILM LOOKING FOR OSCAR VOTE

September 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Only months after The Artist received the best picture award at the Oscars, another black-and-white silent film produced by a European company is garnering rapturous reviews and could wind up competing with Hollywood’s best in the awards voting next year. On Wednesday, Spain selected Pablo Berger’s Blancanieves as its entry in the competition for the […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: END OF WATCH

September 21, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Once again, a small, auteur work is garnering over-the-top praise from critics even while they are pummeling far more lavish productions. ¬†With a handful of dissents, they generally agree that writer-director David Ayer has again created a classic police drama. End of Watch is, writes Betsy Sharkey in the Los Angeles Times, “rare in its […]

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 […]

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