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Review: The Cabin in the Woods

Down the rabbit hole -- er, cabin
Youth will be served — as victims — in three movies in the theaters this week (four if you include the re-release of Titanic in 3D): The Hunger Games, Bully, and The Cabin in the Woods, the last being the most ingenious, entertaining, and sadistic.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 12, 2012


Review: L!fe Happens

Not much happening in L!fe Happens
In the opening scene of Kat Coiro's comedy, roommates Kim (Krysten Ritter) and Deena (Kate Bosworth), eager one-night stands waiting in their beds, both reach for a condom in the communal stash. But only one remains, and Deena grabs it.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 11, 2012


Review: American Reunion

The Pie returns
Just as predictable and appetizing as Jason Biggs's penis in a pie, the newest addition to the raunchy American Pie franchise comes to audiences half-baked by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg.
By: MONICA CASTILLO  |  April 11, 2012


Review: Detention

The Breakfast Club meets Scream 2
A knife-wielding maniac plots his exploits off of a popular slasher film.   If you were to call out Joseph Kahn for unabashedly ripping this plot straight from Scream 2 , he'd probably take it as a compliment.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  April 12, 2012


Review: Goon

Ode to the brawl
A Slapshot-worshipping, proudly raunchy ode to hockey's enforcers, Goon repeats a mock-poetic motif of blood and teeth wafting slo-mo towards the ice.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 12, 2012


Solid, authentic, unmanufactured American clips

The real YouTube
Whether you've heard his name or not, Alan Lomax is one of the most prominent cultural influences in US history.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  April 04, 2012

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Review: Mirror Mirror

The least magical adaptation of a fairy tale ever made
Had Tarsem Singh given his dwarves names that described his film they might be: Ugly, Creepy, Murky, Listless, Pathological, Sadistic, and Inane.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 03, 2012

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Review: The Wrath of the Titans

Sword & sandal frenzy
The folks who gave us the bombastic 3D remake of Clash of the Titans unleash Jonathan Liebesman's Wrath , and it's sensational — if you like being stuffed into a trash can and rolled down a hill.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 10, 2012


Two Jews, three opinions

A founder of America's first Jewish film festival takes stock of the big questions
The opening segment of Between Two Worlds deals with the bitter disagreement over the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival's 2009 decision to screen the controversial documentary Rachel , about an American activist crushed by an Israeli Defense Forces bulldozer near the Egyptian border in 2003.
By: ALEX IRVINE  |  March 14, 2012

Thousand Words

Review: A Thousand Words

The latest opus from auteur Brian Robbins
"What happens when all the leaves fall off?" celebrity guru Dr. Sinja (Cliff Curtis) asks Jack McCall (Eddie Murphy) after a Bodhi tree has magically sprouted in Jack's backyard.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 14, 2012

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Review: 21 Jump Street

More than just a rehash
Everyone bemoans the endless sequels and remakes, but occasionally a treasure like Phil Lord and Chris Miller's 21 Jump Street comes along that redeems the rehashing.
By: MONICA CASTILLO  |  March 15, 2012

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Review: Casa de Mi Padre

Matt Piedmont's spoof of Mexican cinema
Will Ferrell is the macho ranchero with a heart of gold in Matt Piedmont's parody.
By: MONICA CASTILLO  |  March 15, 2012

Review: Silent House

Review: Silent House

Quietly sinister
Shot in a single, continuous take, Chris Kentis and Laura Lau's Silent House crackles with a gnawing anxiety like that which defined their debut, Open Water .
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  March 08, 2012

Review: John Carter

Review: John Carter

Too many moving parts
Like its four-armed Tharks and its ten-legged Calot, this adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs's series of sci-fi novels has too many moving parts for its own good.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 08, 2012


Review: Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

3D animated spectacular
Regrettably, this team loses a lot of Seuss's quirkiness, though not the message about corporate greed and slash-and-burn imperialism.
By: TOM MEEK  |  March 01, 2012

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Review: Project X

Done before and better
When you start making negative comparisons to films like Porky's , you know a film has problems.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 01, 2012

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Review: Gone

Heitor Dhalia's moody but middling thriller
The Portland police department won't be too happy to see themselves outclassed by Amanda Seyfried's big-eyed, waifish Jill in Heitor Dhalia's moody but middling thriller.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 28, 2012

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Review: Act of Valor

The Navy SEALs' killing of Bin Laden, in film form
New York congressman John King is investigating alleged collusion between the CIA and those involved in Kathryn Bigelow's film about the Navy SEALs' killing of Bin Laden, pressuring the studio into holding up the release until after the Presidential election to avoid charges of partisanship.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 28, 2012

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Review: Tyler Perry's Good Deeds

Perry's latest melodrama
Tyler Perry is no Douglas Sirk. In his latest melodrama, his uptight exec, San Francisco software company CEO Wesley Deeds, is no Madea, either. Hell, Deeds doesn't even know who he is himself.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  February 28, 2012

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Review: Wanderlust

Goofy gags
Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston star as an unemployed New York couple who, while on the road, chance upon a commune and decide to try the make-love-not-money lifestyle.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  February 28, 2012


Will Harvey have his way with the Oscars again?

Beyond Help
Like Mitt Romney, the inevitable but unlovable Republican presidential nominee, The Artist looks like a sure bet for most of the top Oscars, which will be presented on February 26.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 27, 2012

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