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MOVIE REVIEWS: GLEE: THE 3D CONCERT MOVIE

August 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Fans of the TV series will come down hard on movie critics who have come down hard on Glee: The 3D Cconcert Movie. Kyle Smith of the New York Post is prepared for the abuse. Commenting on a line in the movie in which one Glee cast member tells the audience, “Stand up for what […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE CHANGE-UP

August 5, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Just as you are likely to have to do a lot of digging to find a negative review for Rise of the Planet of the Apes, you’re going to have to do the same to find a positive one for The Change-Up. It’s another one of those movies in which one character gets locked into […]

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: 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 […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: GNOMEO AND JULIET

February 11, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Tangled and Yogi Bear, which are still raking in millions after months in release, are finally getting some new competition for the family audience — the relatively low-budget Gnomeo and Juliet. The reviews aren’t half bad. That is, most are in fact quite good. Joe Morgenstern in the Wall Street Journal praises the “smart, spirited […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: MEGAMIND

November 5, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Among the major critics, there’s hardly a bad review of Megamind in the lot; mostly just various degrees of admiration. Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times awards it three stars and describes it as “an amusing family entertainment” with “clever dialogue.” As usual, he’s unimpressed with the 3D, even though he remarks that it is […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: YOU AGAIN

September 24, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

You Again is one of those films that people in the industry like to say was not so much released but allowed to escape. It is arriving with little promotion, suggesting that the studio was not about to throw good money after bad. Among critics in the major cities, there’s not a single positive review. […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: EASY A

September 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Judging from some of the critical raves, Easy A could turn out to be one of those low-budget films, tossed out between theatrical seasons with little expectation for success, which nevertheless becomes a sleeper hit. In the Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Ebert calls it “a funny, engaging comedy that takes the familiar but underrated Emma Stone […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: MACHETE

September 3, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Robert Rodriguez’s Machete is the kind of horror romp that critics like to call a gorefest. All of the Mexican characters in it, led by Danny Trejo in the title role, are inflated stereotypes of Mexican bad men; all of the Americans in it, save for one or two, are stupid and greedy. The film […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: “LOVE RANCH”

June 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Love Ranch is based on the real-life story of the folks who in 1967 opened the Mustang Ranch in Nevada, that state’s first legal brothel. It stars Helen Mirren as the ranch’s madam — and she gets far better critical notices than the movie itself. Stephen Holden in the New York Times remarks that Mirren […]

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