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MOVIE REVIEWS: FINAL DESTINATION 5

August 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Horror movies rarely receive positive reviews, and the fifth Final Destination movie is no exception. (The previous four didn’t fare much better.) Mike Hale refers to a line in the movie in which a character remarks, “It’s just that I’ve seen this before.” Hale calls the line “too depressingly true to be funny.” Likewise Betsy […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE HELP

August 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

For a film with such a charged subject matter — how African-American maids living in Mississippi during the 1960s viewed their employers — it seems odd that many critics focus their attention not on the plot of The Help but on the performances of the lead actors, in particular Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, who […]

BLOCKBUSTER EXPRESS TAKES ON REDBOX

August 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

After making it known that it is looking for a buyer for its Blockbuster Express video rental kiosks, NCR said on Wednesday that it plans to launch a big ad campaign touting the advantages of its kiosks over those of its chief rival, Redbox. (The principal advantage, apparently, is that unlike Redbox users, those renting […]

TV REVIEWS: “24” FINALE

May 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Critics bade farewell to 24 with generally respectful reviews but little acclamation. “Taken simply as two hours of TV, it was exciting in its own insane way,” wrote Robert Bianco in USA Today. “And the ending was, at least, suitably bittersweet. … It just wasn’t the ending, or the last season, a great series deserved.” […]

BETTY WHITE SHINES AS “SNL” TURNS GOLDEN WITH GIRLS

May 10, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Betty White brought Saturday Night Live its highest ratings since last year’s pesidential election as she co-hosted the late-night show and appeared in virtually all of its satirical sketches. The episode scored an 8.8 rating and a 21 share in preliminary Nielsen ratings. (Final figures, including the estimated number of viewers, is due on Thursday). […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: “BABIES”

May 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Babies, which opens in about 500 theaters — many of them art houses — over the weekend, is receiving mostly positive reviews from critics. “It will be hard to watch this extraordinary film and its adorable stars without a goofy smile,” writes Claudia Puig in USA Today. A.O. Scott in the New York Times concedes […]