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MOVIE REVIEWS: THE HUNGER GAMES

March 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

On the whole, critics’ reviews of The Hunger Games are overwhelmingly positive — but they’re not without reservations, plenty of them. Kyle Smith in the New York Post, for example, comments that while it “may be derivative … it is engrossing and at times exciting.” But he then goes on to remark, “Plotwise, the movie […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: SAFE HOUSE

February 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Several critics are drubbing the script for Safe House, starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, but they’re missing the point, other critics argue. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times suggests that the “business-as-usual” script is offset by “expert direction” by Daniel Espinosa. The Swedish director, says Turan, has given Safe House “an unmistakably stylish […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: CHRONICLE

February 3, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

There will be something other than the Super Bowl that will be super this weekend. A movie about three dorky Seattle teenagers — the sort who would never be seen dead in front of a TV set on Super Sunday — who are suddenly gifted with super powers. Chronicle begins when they discover a crystalline […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: RED TAILS

January 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

If, as George Lucas has announced, Red Tails, his take on the all-black Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, turns out to be his last Hollywood movie, he’s going out in a blaze of critical indifference. Wesley Morris, one of the few black film critics for a major publication, concludes his review in the Boston […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: CONTRABAND

January 13, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Critics are divided almost equally over the merits of Contraband, the new thriller starring Mark Wahlburg as a retired smuggler forced to return to his old business. On the one hand, there’s Roger Ebert who dismisses the movie as “this crap” in his review in the Chicago Sun-Times. On the other hand, there’s Joe Morgenstern […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: WAR HORSE

December 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Most film critics take a cold, analytical approach to what they see on the screen, and if the movie stirs deep emotions, they are likely to ascribe that reaction to “manipulation” by the director. Such is the case with Steven Spielberg’s War Horse, in both positive and negative reviews, as if manipulation were not the […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

December 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

As is the case with The Adventures of Tintin, which also opens over the Christmas holiday period, the critics are poles apart over The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Although he gives it 3 1/2 stars, Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times concedes that he prefers the 2009 Swedish version. David Fincher, he writes, “is […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE SITTER

December 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

While you may have to hunt to find the plethora of end-of-the-year movies with “potential Oscar nominee” writ all over them — most are appearing in a relative handful of theaters and, in many cities, not at all — you’ll have no trouble finding The Sitter, which is being released in thousands of theaters and […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: IN TIME

October 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The critics all seem to agree: the premise of In Time, the sci-fi movie starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried, is intriguing. It concerns a future time when time is literally money — when everyone stops aging at 25. They then receive a year in the bank, but they must buy time to live any […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: FOOTLOOSE

October 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

There haven’t been a lot of musicals that have managed to succeed at the box office since the advent of MTV. An exception was 1984’s Footloose, and it’s back — with virtually the same script if not the original stars (Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer). In fact, Roger Ebert remarks in the Chicago Sun-Times, “This […]

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