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MOVIE REVIEWS: THE WORDS

September 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Maybe in the environment of a theater showing art-house fair, The Words, starring Bradley Cooper, would have received more positive words from critics. Betsy Sharkey in the Los Angeles Times writes that it “tries too hard to be smart with its highbrow take on the old ‘gotcha’ theme. It is gorgeously shot to look highbrow […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: HIT & RUN

August 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Ordinarily studio execs, meticulous students of demographics all, target women with romantic comedies and men with car-chase thrillers. With Hit & Run, which opens today (Wednesday), they’re aiming to capture them all with a rom-com/car-chase flick. And critics aren’t sure whether the ingredients have effectively been blended. It makes for “a strange, but strangely entertaining […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: SPARKLE

August 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Several critics wonder in their reviews why they even bothered remaking the 1976 version of Sparkle. “The ’70s original was a dark, confusing mess, but the remake lacks the little soul it had,” comments Wesley Morris in the Boston Globe. Likewise Peter Travers remarks in Rolling Stone: “Whitney Houston deserved better than to go out […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

May 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It has been said that older women are more “review sensitive” when it comes to selecting a film than, say, most of the moviegoers who will be massing to see The Avengers this weekend. If that is the case, then The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which will be screening at about 27 locations, should pack […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE MUPPETS

November 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

If George Lucas had been assigned the task of staging the motion-picture comeback of the Muppets, he might have done to them what he did to Yoda, his Star Wars character originally created in Jim Henson’s Creature Shop: convert them into digital likenesses. After all, Henson’s puppets looked positively crude compared with the realistic creations […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: PUSS IN BOOTS

October 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

DreamWorks Animation’s Puss in Boots is garnering the kind of reviews ordinarily reserved for films displaying the Pixar label. Among the country’s leading newspaper critics, only one, Lou Lumenick of the New York Post, has given it a negative review. In fact, Michael O’Sullivan in the Washington Post calls it “almost shockingly good. And not […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: JOHNNY ENGLISH REBORN

October 21, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

People either love Rowan Atkinson or hate him. Those among the former amount to a virtual cult in America — although he has a massive following overseas. Those among the latter — well, let’s just say that they represent the vast majority of U.S. moviegoers. Critics in this country are likewise divided over the comedian, […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: REAL STEEL

October 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Of all the man-versus-giant-robots movies that have been released recently — and there have been virtually tons of them — Real Steel is faring best with critics. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times, a fan of science fiction as a youth, has not had many positive things to say about sci-fi movies as an adult, […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER?

September 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Producers of What’s Your Number? have dialed the wrong one with this latest R-rated raunch-com aimed at women and starring Anna Faris and Chris Evans, most critics argue. They suggest that except for good looks the two leading characters are not individuals whom you would want to spend 106 minutes with — not in real […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: ABDUCTION

September 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Taylor Lautner, the former teen werewolf of the Twilight movies, makes his starring debut in the John Singleton-directed Abduction. And critics, who are mostly excoriating the movie, are treating Lautner himself with a sizable degree of leniency. Despite the lameness of the plot, Roger Moore suggests in the Orlando Sentinel, “Lautner does not embarrass himself.” […]

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