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MOVIE REVIEWS: COURAGEOUS

October 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The reason that Sony’s Affirm Films — the studio unit that distributes “faith based” movies — didn’t screen Courageous to critics may have had nothing to do with worries about how they might have reacted to its content. The movie, which cost just $2 million to produce and probably became profitable with a slim take […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: KILLER ELITE

September 24, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

For the most part, U.S. critics are assassinating Killer Elite (no relation to Sam Peckinpah’s 1975 film The Killer Elite), which stars Jason Statham, Robert De Niro and Clive Owen. With such names on the marquee, notes Elizabeth Weitzman in the New York Daily News, “we should be able to expect something special. Or at […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: SHARK NIGHT 3D

September 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Movie critics finally had a chance to sink their teeth into Shark Night 3D on Friday night, lining up at the box office like everyone else after the studio decided not to show the film to them in advance. Their criticism of the PG-rated horror flick was actually rather subdued. It’s “a movie that isn’t […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK

August 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Most critics seem to agree that Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, a remake of a 1973 made-for-TV movie, is more creepy than frightening, but then critics are notoriously unfrightenable. Indeed Michael Phillips in the Chicago Tribune comments on filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s remark that the scariest movie ever made for TV was the original […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: LARRY CROWNE

July 1, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Who would have thought that a movie starring Hollywood nice persons Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts — and produced and directed by Hanks — would be dumped on by most critics? Well, that has turned out to be the case with Larry Crowne. Consider Peter Howell’s review in the Toronto Star: “Somewhere in a dark […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: MONTE CARLO

July 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

You win some, you lose some, the saying goes, and Monte Carlo, starring Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester and Katie Cassidy, does both so far as the critics are concerned. Mick LaSalle in the San Francisco Chronicle begins his review by writing that the movie is “unpleasant where it should be pleasant, convoluted where it should […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON

June 29, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Reviews for Transformers: Dark of the Moon read like, well, reviews for the other Transformers movies: that is, they’re replete with complaints about a senseless plot, senseless mayhem, and senselessness in general. But a couple of reviewers make the point that that’s the whole point of a Transformers movie. As Betsy Sharkey observes in her […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: JUMPING THE BROOM

May 6, 2011 by · 5 Comments 

Jumping the Broom is another one of those movies about a couple from different social strata whose upcoming marriage is regarded with no enthusiasm by their parents. The difference in this film is that the two families are African-American. Indeed the phrase “jumping the broom” dates back to wedding rites during the days of slavery. […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: MADEA’S BIG HAPPY FAMILY

April 25, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

While it was not screened in advance for critics, Madea’s Big Happy Family was viewed by a handful of them at their local multiplexes over the weekend. Their common complaint is that, aside from the Madea character (producer-director-writer-star Tyler Perry in a fat suit, a print dress and a wig), nearly all of the women […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: WATER FOR ELEPHANTS

April 22, 2011 by · 5 Comments 

Sara Gruen’s novel Water for Elephants has managed to maintain a foothold on one New York Times best seller list or another for more than three years. Even now, the novel, set in a 1930s traveling circus, tops the Paperback Mass-Market Fiction list and is No. 2 on the Paperback Trade Fiction list. So it […]

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