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El Cantante

El Cantante

¡Cómo terrible!Leon Ichaso's El Cantante, a frenzied and paper-thin attempt to lionize beloved salsa singer Hector Lavoe (played by Marc Anthony), convinced me it's time to put the musical-biopic genre on the shelf for a...

Movie Review posted on 3rd August 2007

The Simpsons Movie

The Simpsons Movie

Best. Animated. Movie. Ever? Not quite, Comic Book Guy, but the long-gestating and highly anticipated The Simpsons Movie does deliver a raucous feature-length venture that should satisfy faithful fans while still entertaining audience members who...

Movie Review posted on 27th July 2007

Hairspray (2007)

Hairspray (2007)

As Hairspray opens, director Adam Shankman's camera parts the clouds and peers down from the heavens on beautiful Baltimore. A star is born. Maryland's blue-collar port city deserves top billing in the Hairspray credits, for...

Movie Review posted on 20th July 2007

Evening

Evening

Evening enjoys prestigious name recognition. It is based on a novel by Susan Minot, and adapted by Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours. The movie's cast is Dream Team caliber, from Meryl Streep,...

Movie Review posted on 3rd July 2007

License to Wed

License to Wed

In an unorthodox kind of way, the comedy License to Wed bravely asks questions a couple needs to answer before tying the knot. How many children will you have? Who will balance the checkbook? And...

Movie Review posted on 3rd July 2007

Transformers

Transformers

For the first five minutes of Transformers -- a sound-and-fury tornado of effects that could only entertain during summer's dumb-dumb dog days -- you will believe that bombastic blockbuster director Michael Bay was the right...

Movie Review posted on 2nd July 2007

Live Free or Die Hard

Live Free or Die Hard

He's back. The fly in the ointment. The monkey in the wrench. The pain in the... well, since Len Wiseman's Live Free or Die Hard is the franchise's first installment saddled with an audience-friendly PG-13...

Movie Review posted on 27th June 2007

1408

1408

You do not have to read the original short story "1408," part of the longer anthology Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales, to know that the central idea comes from author Stephen King. In fact, one...

Movie Review posted on 22nd June 2007

Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer

Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer

The NBA hands out a Most Improved Player Award at the end of each season. Hollywood does not have an equivalent distinction, though Fantastic Four director Tim Story would be a worthy candidate for this...

Movie Review posted on 15th June 2007

Surf's Up

Surf's Up

The passionate pursuit of the perfect wave once inspired Bruce Brown to film the quintessential surfing documentary The Endless Summer. A loving ode to the unheralded beach-bum community, Brown's rambling tour of our planet's surfing...

Movie Review posted on 8th June 2007

Mr. Brooks

Mr. Brooks

Don't feel bad if, during the opening salvos of Mr. Brooks, you question whether you've sat down at the midpoint of the film.Director Bruce Evans structures his serial-killer thriller like a John Sandford or James...

Movie Review posted on 1st June 2007

Shrek the Third

Shrek the Third

I've never understood what children see in Shrek. Hardly a role model, the selfish and ornery ogre voiced perfectly by Mike Myers wears a defeated, sour puss only a mother could love. He constantly belittles...

Movie Review posted on 18th May 2007

The Ex

The Ex

Jesse Peretz's stitched-together comedy The Ex casts funny actors and provides funny scenarios but rarely matches talent to task. The movie, penned by David Guion and Michael Handelman, trades a traceable story arc for a...

Movie Review posted on 14th May 2007

Georgia Rule

Georgia Rule

We have reached the point where Lindsay Lohan's reputation eclipses her resume. The still-young actress, once recognized for her impressive acting ability, must now contend with an audiences' pre-conceived assumption that she is the party-hungry...

Movie Review posted on 14th May 2007

28 Weeks Later...

28 Weeks Later...

The grisly 28 Weeks Later... jettisons the director, cast, and recurring characters from the original film -- Danny Boyle's 2003 nightmare vision 28 Days Later -- and keeps only the franchise's dynamic plot device: a...

Movie Review posted on 14th May 2007

Spider-Man 3

Spider-Man 3

Did Batman & Robin teach us nothing?Universally considered the worst superhero sequel ever, Joel Schumacher's bloated monstrosity temporarily derailed Warner's lucrative Dark Knight franchise when it tried in vain to fill gaping plot holes with...

Movie Review posted on 4th May 2007

Lucky You

Lucky You

The characters in Curtis Hanson's Lucky You waste so much breath explaining their every move at the card table that the movie ultimately works better as a Texas Hold 'Em tutorial than a down-on-your-luck melodrama.Completed...

Movie Review posted on 4th May 2007

In the Land of Women

In the Land of Women

Should you visit the fictional land of women writer-director Jonathan Kasdan -- the second movie-directing son of Big Chill director Lawrence Kasdan -- has imagined?That depends. Do you go to the movies to escape your...

Movie Review posted on 28th April 2007

The Reaping

The Reaping

Trouble sleeping? Try The Reaping. As Stephen Hopkins' sinfully boring devil dance continues creeping, at your watch you'll be peeping. By the time you reach the preposterous conclusion, where a sequel-establishing twist looms like a...

Movie Review posted on 6th April 2007

Firehouse Dog

Firehouse Dog

Mistakenly sold as a family comedy, Todd Holland's uninspired Firehouse Dog throws most of its well-chewed bones to the youngest (read: most immature) of patrons and treats ticket-purchasing parents like hydrants.Because this old Dog is...

Movie Review posted on 6th April 2007

The Last Mimzy

The Last Mimzy

A mimzy -- to answer your burning question -- is a tattered, plush bunny stuffed with cotton and an alien nervous system that gives the doll artificial intelligence. Scientists from a dying future need a...

Movie Review posted on 23rd March 2007

Shooter

Shooter

As the hero of Shooter, Mark Wahlberg narrows his eyes into a piercing stare, delivers his bite-sized chunks of dialogue under his breath, and maintains a constant state of muscle flex so that each vein...

Movie Review posted on 23rd March 2007

Reign Over Me

Reign Over Me

We knew it was coming. Hollywood was destined to push a cloying and manipulative human drama that plays on our post-September 11 angers and fears to earn sympathies it doesn't deserve. I just didn't expect...

Movie Review posted on 23rd March 2007

Premonition

Premonition

Forgive me for treading lightly through this Premonition review, but the last time I tried to discuss the film in detail, Sony reprimanded me.The reason I find this so funny is because the out-of-order thriller...

Movie Review posted on 16th March 2007

I Think I Love My Wife

I Think I Love My Wife

Let's admit up front that Chris Rock can be very funny.The guy is vicious onstage, marching back and forth as he stares down his crowd. Rock usually grips the microphone like he's afraid someone's going...

Movie Review posted on 16th March 2007

300

300

Everything old is new again in 300, director Zack Snyder's account of the barbaric Battle of Thermopylae, a film that is ridiculously stylish and commendably substantive. I expected the former (Snyder's source material is a...

Movie Review posted on 9th March 2007

Zodiac

Zodiac

Talk about a tough sell. David Fincher's most accomplished film to date is a true-crime masterpiece about the Zodiac, an enigmatic serial killer whose random approach to murder terrified Northern California throughout the late '60s...

Movie Review posted on 2nd March 2007

Black Snake Moan

Black Snake Moan

Such an unfortunate title for this interesting movie about kindred spirits on a slow, low rumble to personal salvation. Yet for Memphis-bred filmmaker Craig Brewer, Black Snake Moan represents more than your conventional character study....

Movie Review posted on 2nd March 2007

Norbit

Norbit

Inside Eddie Murphy hides an overweight soul that's longing to swell to its full potential. Which is hilarious because on the surface, the physically fit funnyman hasn't gained a pound (or aged a day) since...

Movie Review posted on 9th February 2007

Hannibal Rising

Hannibal Rising

As bad as Hannibal Rising is -- and believe me, it's terrible - this fictional biography of the beloved Dr. Hannibal Lecter could have been worse. After all, financing studio MGM and its assorted producers...

Movie Review posted on 9th February 2007

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