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What Happens in Vegas...

What Happens in Vegas...

The battle for the human heart has official morphed from witty, sophisticated banter between star-crossed lovers to something akin to mixed martial arts. Or, in the case of the new Ashton Kutcher/Cameron Diaz romcom What...

Movie Review posted on 9th May 2008

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

They say that familiarity breeds contempt. No wonder sequels suck. Audiences are so ready for more of what made the first movie memorable that by the time part two delivers the repetitive goods, the sameness...

Movie Review posted on 25th April 2008

Baby Mama

Baby Mama

Ah, the infant: cinema's biological cure-all. Give a movie a messed up couple with a mountain of problems, or a young woman working on several self-esteem issues, and watch as reproduction works its zygote-induced magic....

Movie Review posted on 25th April 2008

The Visitor

The Visitor

The post-9/11 U.S. has always seemed like a grieving widow waiting for the other fatalistic shoe to drop. Part of this comes from a government selling fear as the foundation for its continued power. The...

Movie Review posted on 19th April 2008

Street Kings

Street Kings

Cops countermanding the law, using the close-knit nature of their badge to secretly settle scores on the street, have long since become a cinematic cliché. The police have gone from donut-munching jokes to felons in...

Movie Review posted on 11th April 2008

Meet the Browns

Meet the Browns

Whenever anyone mentions Tyler Perry, two questions almost always enter the conversation: Why is he so popular, and when will his 15 minutes of unearned fame finally end? The first is easy to answer --...

Movie Review posted on 4th April 2008

Superhero Movie

Superhero Movie

Anyone hoping for a ray of sunshine through all the dank, dark clouds that have made up the recent rash of genre spoofs -- Scary Movie, Epic Movie, Meet the Spartans -- should semi-celebrate. Superhero...

Movie Review posted on 3rd April 2008

21

21

With the ongoing popularity of high stakes poker, greenlighting a film like 21 would appear to be a Tinseltown no-brainer. After all, you've got the true story of how a group of MIT students broke...

Movie Review posted on 28th March 2008

A Stupid Movie For Jerks

A Stupid Movie For Jerks

If you're brazen enough to call your film A Stupid Movie for Jerks, you better be delivering something outrageous, or at the very least, wildly entertaining. The last thing you want to do is live...

Movie Review posted on 27th March 2008

Doomsday

Doomsday

Step aside, zombie films -- there's a new derivative genre in town. The post-apocalyptic thriller is out to trump your ongoing redundancy. Instead of bringing something new to the dystopian brave new world, writer/director Neil...

Movie Review posted on 15th March 2008

Funny Games (2008)

Funny Games (2008)

Have we grown this cynical? Is the world in 2008 so devoid of intellectual pursuits that the story of a couple of slap happy serial killers demands attention as revisionist art? That's the bottom line...

Movie Review posted on 14th March 2008

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Some film types die out because audiences no longer support them. Others disappear because no one has the talent or skill to successfully resurrect them. The witty, wacky screwball comedies of the '30s and '40s...

Movie Review posted on 7th March 2008

Why Did I Get Married?

Why Did I Get Married?

The issue of matrimony is not a new one to Tyler Perry. Almost all of his efforts, both for the stage and screen, have focused on relationships growing, struggling, dissolving, or playing out their post-breakup...

Movie Review posted on 2nd March 2008

The Other Boleyn Girl

The Other Boleyn Girl

If Shakespeare was writing the screenplay for The Other Boleyn Girl, he might have named it Much Ado About Nothing. In truth, a more fitting title would be Much Ado About Something Done Better Dozens...

Movie Review posted on 29th February 2008

Witless Protection

Witless Protection

First, he gave us the interesting but incoherent Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector. It was a film so completely devoid of intelligence that the screenplay consistently threatened to choke on its own drool. Not...

Movie Review posted on 23rd February 2008

Vantage Point

Vantage Point

When you hear that a film has been sitting on the shelf for a couple of years (since 2006, apparently), certain reactionary red flags go off in your head. Of course, the makers of the...

Movie Review posted on 22nd February 2008

Be Kind Rewind

Be Kind Rewind

Along with sound and color, the recordable magnetic tape has to be one of the most important technological advances in the history of cinema. It literally allowed the elitist conceits behind film fandom to become...

Movie Review posted on 22nd February 2008

The Spiderwick Chronicles

The Spiderwick Chronicles

It's time to declare the search for the next Harry Potter over and give J.K. Rowling and her boy wizard the title of ultimate family fantasy franchise in perpetuity. Perhaps that will keep audiences from...

Movie Review posted on 14th February 2008

Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins

Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins

In the growing list of potentially humorous backdrops, the African-American family reunion is rapidly becoming an overused archetype. Everyone from Tyler Perry to Red Grant has utilized the setting for their combination of slapstick and...

Movie Review posted on 8th February 2008

Meet the Spartans

Meet the Spartans

If Airplane! is the Mad magazine of cinematic lampoons, then Meet the Spartans is its subpar competitor, Crazy. Produced and directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, this feeble spoof of 2007's surprise hit 300...

Movie Review posted on 5th February 2008

Hairkutt

Hairkutt

Drug abuse is rarely seen from the viewpoint of the actual addict. Even in cases where the narrative tries to sympathize and humanize the junkie, there is always a smugly judgmental approach to the topic....

Movie Review posted on 5th February 2008

The Eye (2008)

The Eye (2008)

While it may be cliché to say it, the Asian horror phenomenon is officially dead -- and Jessica Alba killed it. Six years after Hong Kong's Pang brothers unleashed the original creepshow, those horror bottom...

Movie Review posted on 2nd February 2008

Rambo (2008)

Rambo (2008)

What do you do when Tinseltown no longer cares for your career, when your latest attempts at an artistic renaissance or cultural relevancy have failed miserably? Well, if you're one time box office king Sylvester...

Movie Review posted on 26th January 2008

The Game Plan

The Game Plan

Sure, it's maudlin and manipulative, about as realistic towards professional sports as it is in its insights regarding human relationships. And yes, its wit borders on the buffoonish, with slapstick so regressive that the late...

Movie Review posted on 21st January 2008

Sydney White

Sydney White

With all the attention paid to substance-abusing fame whores whose slight grip on reality leads to nightly news updates, the involvement of law enforcement, and endless takes on TMZ, it's nice to champion a good...

Movie Review posted on 21st January 2008

In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale

In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale

Uwe Boll has no soul. He has no moviemaking skill or artistic acumen, either. Yet somehow, thanks to a deal with the devil, someone trying to launder a buttload of illicit cash, or a back...

Movie Review posted on 12th January 2008

First Sunday

First Sunday

You're a studio boss and you want Tyler Perry, but Lionsgate ain't giving up its share of the profitable African-American phenomenon any time soon. So, after scouring the urban playwright landscape, you stumble upon David...

Movie Review posted on 11th January 2008

Wool 100%

Wool 100%

Though it's considered an artform by many, film rarely lives up to such a noble nomenclature. Instead, it's pedestrian or powerful, eliciting all kinds of emotional and aesthetic responses. But is there really the beauty...

Movie Review posted on 10th January 2008

Golden Door

Golden Door

The immigrant experience in the United States is typically viewed through two particularly rosy set of historical glasses. The first version pits strong-willed foreigners against the elements to hear freedom's sweet, sweet ring. The other...

Movie Review posted on 9th January 2008

The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep

The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep

It has to be the most incongruous concept for a family film ever. Take the myth of the Loch Ness monster, marry it to a near note-for-note take on E.T., and pepper the entire thing...

Movie Review posted on 25th December 2007

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