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Review: The Muppets

A Muppets for our ironic age
It's tough when your brother Gary is played by Jason Segel and you're only three feet tall and made of felt.
By ANN LEWINSON  |  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


Review: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

Unfilmable and inscrutable
How do you film Stephenie Meyer's unfilmable Breaking Dawn ?
By ANN LEWINSON  |  November 22, 2011


Review: Tower Heist

Employees plot to take back what was rightfully theirs from an embezzling billionaire
Ruth Madoff's 60 Minutes interview last week might as well have been set up by the makers of Tower Heist .
By ANN LEWINSON  |  November 08, 2011


Review: A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas

Harold and Kumar are back, still high
"Hasn't the whole 3D thing jumped the shark by now?"
By ANN LEWINSON  |  November 08, 2011

The Rum Diary

Review: The Rum Diary

Depp as the younger Hunter S. Thompson
It's neat seeing Depp, more than a decade after his balding Raoul Duke in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas , as the younger Hunter S. Thompson, softening mannerisms later made brittle with cocaine, even if the performance is all surface.
By ANN LEWINSON  |  October 25, 2011

Paranormal activity

Review: Paranormal Activity 3

Little to offer
Aside from the fan-cam, 3 has little to offer: the camera is shakier and 2 's ludicrous backstory is continued.
By ANN LEWINSON  |  October 25, 2011

Johnny English

Review: Johnny English Reborn

A small improvement
Like 2007's underrated Mr. Bean's Holiday, Johnny English Reborn, directed by Oliver Parker, improves on its unwatchable predecessor.
By ANN LEWINSON  |  October 18, 2011

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Review: Margin Call

Dumbed down
The financial crisis of 2008 awaits its Social Network; until then we have Margin Call, which zaps its credibility from the get-go when a downsized risk analyst (Stanley Tucci) openly passes a flash drive to an underling (Zachary Quinto) as he's escorted him from the building by security.
By ANN LEWINSON  |  October 18, 2011


Review: Real Steel

Boxing robots. Enough said.
Charlie Kenton is America.
By ANN LEWINSON  |  October 05, 2011

short take Machine Gun Preacher

Review: Machine Gun Preacher

White-savior storyline
Jesus does funny things to people: one day you're sitting on a toilet shooting heroin; the next you're building an orphanage in war-torn southern Sudan.
By ANN LEWINSON  |  September 27, 2011


Review: I Don't Know How She Does It

Having it all
Sarah Jessica Parker plays a Boston investment manager — not a baker or a caterer — in a this movie by Douglas McGrath ( Emma ) that's otherwise as retro as a Katherine Heigl chick flick.
By ANN LEWINSON  |  September 13, 2011

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Review: Circumstance

Schoolgirls in hijabs
Circumstance begins like an early Kiarostami film, but with schoolgirls in hijabs instead of schoolboys in sweaters.
By ANN LEWINSON  |  September 06, 2011
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