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The Iron Lady short take

Review: The Iron Lady

Streep's not enough to save this one
Meryl Streep's two films with Phyllida Lloyd, Mamma Mia and this silly biopic, demonstrate that even when the world's greatest actress is at the peak of her powers — whether dramatic, comic, or musical — it's not enough.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  January 10, 2012

The Devil Inside short take

Review: The Devil Inside

William Brent Bell's limp mockumentary
William Brent Bell's film opens with a disclaimer that "the Vatican does not endorse this movie." No kidding — the Catholic Church isn't exactly known for its sense of humor.
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  January 10, 2012

Joyful Noise short take

Review: Joyful Noise

Rafter-rocking gospel singing
There's not much joy but there's plenty of noise of the rafter-rocking gospel singing variety in Tony Graff's musical dramedy.
By: TOM MEEK  |  January 10, 2012


Review: Dragonslayer

The perils and virtues of slackerdom shape the arresting Dragonslayer
Josh "Skreech" Sandoval is a slacker. A onetime professional skateboarder both admired for and limited by the "random chaos" of his technique, Sandoval abandoned sponsorships and relative fame in search of greater freedom.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 04, 2012

2012 Preview: Film

Hollywood offers botched operations and altered lives in 2012

Change of plans
Those who got a thrill last spring when the SEALS took out Osama bin Laden will have more of the same covert ass-kicking to look forward to in theaters as we enter 2012.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 28, 2011


The best films of 2011 are not the ballyhooed

The films this year were kind of like the current field of Republican presidential candidates: some are entertaining, but there's no clear frontrunner, and there's more attention on the flashiest and least substantial than on the more thoughtful and genuine.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 21, 2011

Short Takes: Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol

Review: Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

Worthy of an IMAX screen
Impossible Missions Force agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) returns to the screen in dramatic fashion as new teammate Jane (Paula Patton) and the returning Benji (Simon Pegg) break him out of a Russian prison.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  December 20, 2011

Short Take: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Review: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Flamboyantly grisly sex crimes
Unfortunately, Fincher doesn't add much to Niels Arden Oplev's Swedish version: more Googling and plot-compressing montages and an altered but still convoluted ending.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 20, 2011

Movies: We Bought A Zoo

Review: We Bought A Zoo

Cameron Crowe's film version of Benjamin Mee's memoir
Matt Damon plays Mee, a journalist who decides that he and his daughter (a precocious Maggie Elizabeth Jones) and sullen teenage son (Colin Ford) need a new start after the death of his wife, so he spends his life savings on a house in the country.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  December 20, 2011

Short Take: War Horse

Review: War Horse

A veritable, old-fashioned story
War Horse is corny, sentimental, overlong, but also spectacular at times, even stirring.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  December 20, 2011

Short Take: The Adventures of Tintin

Review: The Adventures of Tintin

Spielberg's second-rate animated Indiana Jones
I don't know how fans of the title hero are going to take this adaptation, since I'm not familiar with the classic Hergé comic strip on which it's based, but followers of Steven Spielberg might regard it as a second-rate, animated Indiana Jones.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 20, 2011

Review: A Dangerous Method

Review: A Dangerous Method

Cronenberg's dramatization of the rise of psychoanalysis
Perhaps the three characters in David Cronenberg's handsome, eloquent dramatization of the birth and near demise of psychoanalysis represent the parts of the psyche that the movement would eventually hypothesize.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 20, 2011


Review: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

Helium-infused banter
For 50 years, Alvin and the Chipmunks have been driving parents nuts with their helium-infused banter and shrill bastardizations of pop music.
By: TOM MEEK  |  December 13, 2011


Review: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Guy Ritchie's return to the world of Sherlock Holmes
A new game is afoot in director Guy Ritchie's return to the world of Sherlock Holmes, but Robert Downey Jr.'s first outing as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famed sleuth puts Shadows in the shade.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  December 13, 2011


Review: Young Adult

Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody's first re-teaming since Juno
A baby, a high school, and esoteric pop culture references once again figure prominently — albeit less glibly — in director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody's first re-teaming since Juno.
By: ALICIA POTTER  |  December 13, 2011


Review: The Sitter

Tale of a Robitussin-addicted man-child
David Gordon Green's latest finds him working in the scruffy comic realm that's shrouded his past couple of pictures in a pot-smoke haze.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  December 13, 2011

Review: New Year's Eve

Review: New Year's Eve

Feast of forced fun
Lately Garry Marshall has shown a certain genius for turning miserable holidays into terrible movies.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 06, 2011

Answers to Nothing: Review

Review: Answers to Nothing

Matthew Leutwyler's trite contraption
The baleful influence of Paul Haggis's multi-narrative Oscar-winner Crash (2004) continues with Matthew Leutwyler's trite contraption.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 29, 2011


The director of Immortals could be Hollywood's most misunderstood blockbuster auteur

Tarsem revealed
When I first saw the trailer for Immortals, I wondered how Tarsem's newest film would be misinterpreted.
By: S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  November 30, 2011


Review: My Week with Marilyn

The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) didn't distinguish the résumés of either Marilyn Monroe or Laurence Olivier. It did mark a highpoint in the life of 23-year-old Colin Clark.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 21, 2011


Review: Hugo

A valentine to early cinema
Martin Scorsese goes Spielberg with Hugo, as dumbed-down as the shortening of the title of Brian Selznick's Caldecott winner implies.
By: ANN LEWINSON  |  November 21, 2011

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