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MOVIE REVIEWS: MIRROR MIRROR

March 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The verdict of most critics on Mirror Mirror: fair. No poison apples but plenty of daggers. We take it back — there are a few bad apples. Kyle Smith’s review in the New York Post is utterly lethal (and probably funnier than the movie itself, judging from the other critics’ remarks). “As garish-looking as Versailles […]

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: JOHN CARTER

March 9, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Critics are suggesting that while Tarzan and John Carter were both created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the latest Disney movie is as far removed from the simple apeman tale as Earth is from Mars. Indeed, they’re suggesting that John Carter may be yet another instructive warning about what can happen when a studio devotes millions […]

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: 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: HUGO

November 23, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Most critics are hailing Martin Scorsese’s Hugo with the passion of confirmed acolytes. Among all of them, Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle stands out as the apostate. Scorsese, he writes, is trying to live up to his “own legend,” trying “to impress us with a deluge of 3D effects.” The result, he writes, […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR 3-D CHRISTMAS

November 4, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

The third Harold & Kumar movie is in 3D — and that technology is sent up for laughs by the writers and stars, John Cho and Kal Penn in A Very Harold & Kumar 3-D Christmas. “Leave it to a Harold & Kumar’ movie to expose modern 3D for the tawdry gimmick it is while […]

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: PARANORMAL ACTIVITY III

October 21, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

The producers of Paranormal Activity III might just as well have knocked on the doors of movie critics and yelled, “Trick or treat!” As it turned out, they have got both. A week before the Halloween weekend, they are being treated to some quite favorable reviews by several top-drawer critics. Mark Olsen in the Los […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE BIG YEAR

October 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

If you think you have seen a movie about every sport that has ever existed, think again. The Big Year is a movie about competitive bird watching and stars Owen Wilson as the champion — a man who has spotted more than 700 bird species in a single year — and Steve Martin and Jack […]

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