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MOVIE REVIEWS: HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA

September 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

What do monster movies and Adam Sandler movies have in common? Well, usually it’s that they both get lousy reviews. But Hotel Transylvania isn’t really a monster movie — the animated monsters in it are rather cute — and it’s not really an Adam Sandler movie — although Sandler does provide the voice of Dracula. […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: MAGIC MIKE

June 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It may seem surprising that a movie about male strippers would become one of the best-reviewed films of the year, but such is the case with Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike, starring Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey. Mick LaSalle in the San Francisco Chronicle compares the movie to the best of Howard Hawks and William Wellman. […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: PROJECT X

March 2, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Of all the major U.S. newspaper film critics, only one gives Project X a favorable review — Neil Genzlinger, who refers to himself as a “second tier” arts critic for the New York Times. And what a favorable review it is! “The Oscars are swell, but once in a while a film comes along that […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: NEW YEAR’S EVE

December 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

New Year’s Eve boasts a skillful comedy director, Garry Marshal, and an imposing cluster of stars, including Halle Berry, Hilary Swank, Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Cary Elwes, James Belushi, Penny Marshall, Matthew BroderickBon Jovi, Zac Efron, Ludacris, Abigail Breslin, Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Ryan Seacrest, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ashton Kutcher, and more. (Oh, and […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE HELP

August 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

For a film with such a charged subject matter — how African-American maids living in Mississippi during the 1960s viewed their employers — it seems odd that many critics focus their attention not on the plot of The Help but on the performances of the lead actors, in particular Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, who […]

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 […]