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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: THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS

April 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The unlikely winner of the award for best-reviewed movie of the weekend is Aardman Animation’s The Pirates! Band of Misfits. Of the major critics, only Roger Moore of the Orlando Sentinel sends it to the plank. “Amusing in small doses, Pirates is the first Aardman film to suffer a serious shortage of sight gags, the […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: LOCKOUT

April 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The French-made (produced and co-written by Luc Besson) English-language Lockout is arriving without a single positive review from a critic at a major-market newspaper. It is, writes Manohla Dargis in the New York Times, “as dopey an entertainment as imaginable.” However, she allows, “it’s also a reminder that the film’s star, Guy Pearce, has always […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE THING

October 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

They’re calling the third rendition of The Thing, a prequel, but most critics indicate that there’s not much difference in the plot between the earlier Things and this one (including, obviously, the title). Several maintain that this version is no improvement on the earlier ones. David Germain of the Associated Press argues that “the new […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES

March 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Critics aren’t exactly beating up on Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. But most aren’t coming to its defense either. “About the most you can say for it is that it’s inoffensive, which isn’t necessarily what you want in a movie about the humiliations of being a seventh grader with a bullying older brother,” […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE MECHANIC

January 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

CBS Films simply can’t win for trying. The wannabe contender has produced a string of flops since it was launched early last year, and its latest release, The Mechanic, starring Jason Statham, seems destined to join them. Liam Lacey in the Toronto Globe and Mail compares it to “a jalopy with dirt in the fuel […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: ALPHA AND OMEGA

September 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Alpha and Omega, the critics suggest, is barely a step above the familiar fare found most hours of the day on Nickelodeon and Disney Channel or on just about any broadcast network channel on Saturday morning. Except that it’s in 3D. And people in the industry will be waiting to see the results, which should […]