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Semi-Pro

Semi-Pro

Will Ferrell hasn't run out of sports to exploit in the name of comedy, but if Semi-Pro is any indication, he has run out of original ideas.The funnyman's stable of petulant and grossly overconfident buffoons...

Movie Review posted on 29th February 2008

Jumper

Jumper

Some kids break out in face-scarring acne. Most everyone's voice drops an octave or two. Yet right around the time David Rice (Max Thieriot) hit puberty, he discovered he could teleport. His first leap took...

Movie Review posted on 14th February 2008

Definitely, Maybe

Definitely, Maybe

Poor young Maya (Abigail Breslin) is having a difficult day. Her Manhattan public school just implemented a sexual education program, opening up a world of questions she's not ready to answer. She's still coming to...

Movie Review posted on 14th February 2008

Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland

Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland

Professional comics fascinate me. Why would anyone voluntarily stand before a firing squad? Yet the potential for laughter lures the most insecure, angry, objectionable, self-loathing, and hilarious personalities to the microphone stand on a nightly...

Movie Review posted on 9th February 2008

Fool's Gold

Fool's Gold

Matt Damon does a mean Matthew McConaughey impersonation. The two hung out when they were struggling actors trying to break into the business, giving the former ample opportunity to study the latter's casual mannerisms. According...

Movie Review posted on 8th February 2008

Over Her Dead Body

Over Her Dead Body

"'Til death do us part" rarely works in Hollywood, where screenwriters bring soul mates back as actual souls to haunt the loved ones they've recently departed.The latest spirit disturbed for the good of a joke...

Movie Review posted on 1st February 2008

Mad Money

Mad Money

Why should George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and their Las Vegas crew have all of the fun? Callie Khouri's clever Mad Money lets the girls in on the action for a change, as Diane Keaton, Queen...

Movie Review posted on 18th January 2008

Cloverfield

Cloverfield

We should have seen this coming. Team Cloverfield dropped more than enough hints suggesting they knew what they were doing, from the inspired viral marketing campaign to the seeds of a deeper mythology planted on...

Movie Review posted on 18th January 2008

27 Dresses

27 Dresses

Occasionally cute but consistently dim-witted, the romantic comedy 27 Dresses suffers the same number of generic clichés as it glides down the aisles toward a resolution that's as predictable as a wedding band's set list....

Movie Review posted on 18th January 2008

There Will Be Blood

There Will Be Blood

Ambitious as hell but irreparably flawed, Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood enthralls for half its run but balances precariously atop an epilogue that can't sustain the picture's dramatic weight. Picture a circus elephant...

Movie Review posted on 25th December 2007

The Great Debaters

The Great Debaters

Told with the against-all-odds mentality reserved for most underdog tales, Denzel Washington's The Great Debaters -- inspired by a true story -- recounts how a plucky debate team from all-black Wiley College systematically defeated anyone...

Movie Review posted on 25th December 2007

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Quite possibly the strangest holiday release since Miramax rolled out its bloodsucking Dracula update in December 2000, Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street reproduces Stephen Sondheim's moody musical as a theatrically...

Movie Review posted on 21st December 2007

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium

"Whimsy" is one of those things that's easier to write than to convincingly create. Several people are perfectly capable of scripting a scene where wide-eyed tots enter a room of perpetually bouncing balls, only to...

Movie Review posted on 16th November 2007

Lions for Lambs

Lions for Lambs

Lions for Lambs is an op-ed piece masquerading as a motion picture, a candid and cynical lecture series that indicts any institution remotely connected to the ongoing Iraqi conflict. The sentiments expressed should trigger discussions,...

Movie Review posted on 9th November 2007

Fred Claus

Fred Claus

One scene will stay with me for the next six Christmases. Vince Vaughn, playing Santa Claus' dishonest brother Fred, attends a support group for second-banana siblings. Frank Stallone is there, sheepishly admitting that his faith...

Movie Review posted on 9th November 2007

Martian Child

Martian Child

Who's your daddy? John Cusack, from the looks of things.In films released this year, the actor has played a divorced dad mourning his daughter's death in a haunted hotel room (1408) and a single father...

Movie Review posted on 2nd November 2007

Dan In Real Life

Dan In Real Life

It has been a while since I've seen an actor single-handedly elevate merely fair material with a transcendental performance.Steve Carell is the Dan of Real Life, and his touching turn as an unassuming newspaper columnist...

Movie Review posted on 26th October 2007

Things We Lost in the Fire

Things We Lost in the Fire

Complicated and raw, Things We Lost in the Fire observes those we lean on in times of loss. Because the story attracted acclaimed Danish director Susanne Bier, we assume that fate's cruel nature plays a...

Movie Review posted on 19th October 2007

Gone Baby Gone

Gone Baby Gone

Numerous articles have been written over the years criticizing Ben Affleck's poor choices pertaining to his acting career. Google Gigli if you care to sample some slams. But Affleck's Gone, Baby, Gone should temporarily reverse...

Movie Review posted on 19th October 2007

30 Days Of Night

30 Days Of Night

30 Days of Night amounts to two hours of missed opportunities.Director David Slade crams Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith's unusual graphic novel through the modern-horror meat grinder, falling back on tiresome flash cuts, routine audio...

Movie Review posted on 19th October 2007

Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Of the more than 15 sequels already released this year, Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth: The Golden Age is by no means the most unnecessary (that remains a three-way tie between Evan Almighty, Rush Hour 3, and...

Movie Review posted on 12th October 2007

The Jane Austen Book Club

The Jane Austen Book Club

You need neither a deep appreciation for author Jane Austen nor an understanding of her six novels to recognize that The Jane Austen Book Club stinks.A chick-lit-flick, Book Club is poorly directed by Robin Swicord...

Movie Review posted on 5th October 2007

The Heartbreak Kid (2007)

The Heartbreak Kid (2007)

While sibling filmmakers Bobby and Peter Farrelly have done enough over the years to sustain their joint career -- which, in this fickle industry, should be lauded -- the two have never come close to...

Movie Review posted on 5th October 2007

Michael Clayton

Michael Clayton

Slowly but surely, George Clooney is venerating different decades from Hollywood's storied past. His Ocean's larks with Steven Soderbergh are throwbacks to the swinging '60s. He resurrected the paranoia of 1950s McCarthyism in his directorial...

Movie Review posted on 5th October 2007

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

SPOILER ALERT! Brad Pitt dies.Shocking? Well. Anyone who reads Andrew Dominik's revealing sentence fragment of a title in its entirety already understands what's going to happen in this movie.The Assassination of Jesse James by the...

Movie Review posted on 21st September 2007

The Hunting Party

The Hunting Party

Despite the Western genre's resurgence -- and Hollywood's willingness to remake already acceptable examples of the classic format -- Richard Shepard's The Hunting Party has nothing to do with Don Medford's smoldering love-triangle-on-the-pioneer-trail from 1971...

Movie Review posted on 20th September 2007

Talk to Me

Talk to Me

Two biopics opened this year (within weeks of each other) that analyze gifted men who rise to powerful positions in their chosen professions before eroding beneath the fringe benefits of their unexpected success. Yet beyond...

Movie Review posted on 9th September 2007

The Nanny Diaries

The Nanny Diaries

Somewhere between Mary Poppins and Sex and the City lies The Nanny Diaries, an adaptation of Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus' sordid, cynical best seller that is able to coast on its working-grrl attitude and...

Movie Review posted on 30th August 2007

Superbad

Superbad

The Superbad bandwagon has grown overcrowded in recent weeks. Entertainment journalists are tripping over bloggers in a race to herald the low-budget laugher as the funniest teen comedy since fill-in-the-blank. Amy Heckerling's Fast Times at...

Movie Review posted on 17th August 2007

Stardust

Stardust

The tremendously enchanting Stardust runs on a double dose of star power.Traditional Hollywood stars are stockpiled in the cast. Michelle Pfeiffer, so villainous in Hairspray, leads a trio of selfish witch sisters. Robert De Niro...

Movie Review posted on 10th August 2007

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