Critics Consensus

Thursday, Mar. 19 2009, 04:20 PM

This week at the movies, we've got a bromantic comedy (I Love You, Man, starring Paul Rudd and Jason Segel), ominous numerology (Knowing, starring Nicolas Cage and Rose Byrne), and corporate mischief (Duplicity, starring Julia Roberts and Clive Owen). We've also got a thriller about immigration from Central America (Sin Nombre), a showbiz dramedy (The Great Buck Howard, starring John Malkovich and Emily Blunt), a doc about an Italian fashion icon (Valentino: the Last Emperor), an indie crime caper comedy (Skills Like This), and a cinematic essay about artist/filmmaker Michel Auder (The Feature). What do the critics have to say?

Thursday, Mar. 12 2009, 04:08 PM

This week at the movies, we've got a supernatural quest (Race to Witch Mountain, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and AnnaSophia Robb), a vengeance thriller (Last House on the Left, starring Sara Paxton and Garret Dillahunt), and playmate pratfalls (Miss March starring Zach Cregger and Trevor Moore). What do the critics have to say?

Thursday, Mar. 05 2009, 04:16 PM

This week at the movies, we've got Watchmen, the long-awaited adaptation of Alan Moore's classic graphic novel directed by Zack Snyder and starring Billy Crudup and Carla Gugino. So, is it worth watching? The answer, say critics, is a qualified yes. The film is set in a dystopian 1985, in which Richard Nixon is still president and the future looks bleak. A group of retired superheroes is forced back into action when one of their colleagues is murdered and suspicions of an anti-hero conspiracy arise. A number of critics find Watchmen to be excessively reverent to Moore's book, as well as overlong and dark bordering on dour. However, others say this ambitious, sprawling superhero epic is emotionally weighty and visually stunning.

Thursday, Feb. 26 2009, 04:10 PM

This week at the movies, we've got teenybop pop (Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience, starring Jonas Brothers) and a video game adaptation (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (starring Kristin Kreuk and Michael Clarke Duncan). Plus, we've got an offbeat take on the tale of the Three Wise Men (Birdsong), a death penalty doc (Robert Blecker Wants Me Dead), some philosophical discussions (Examined Life, featuring Cornel West and Slavoj Zizek), and indie relationship comedy (The Trouble with Romance) a coming-of-age conspiracy flick (An American Affair, starring Gretchen Mol), and an immigration drama (Crossing Over, starring Harrison Ford and Ashley Judd). What do the critics have to say?

Thursday, Feb. 19 2009, 04:25 PM

This week at the movies, we've got spirited scoundrels who join a cheerleading squad to meet girls (Fired Up!, starring Nicholas D'Agosto and Eric Christian Olsen) and a septuagenarian scofflaw who brings her brand of no-nonsense candor to the slammer (Madea Goes to Jail, starring Tyler Perry and Derek Luke). And that's just what's going wide. In the world of limited releases, we've got a powerful documentary about family dysfunction (Must Read After My Death), a Polish World War II drama (Andrzej Wajda's Katyn), and a documentary about Project Runway winner Jay McCarroll (Eleven Minutes). What do the critics have to say?

Thursday, Feb. 12 2009, 04:20 PM

This week at the movies, we've got creepy campers (Friday the 13th, starring Jared Padalecki and Danielle Panabaker), conspicuous consumption (Confessions of a Shopaholic, starring Isla Fisher and Hugh Dancy ), and corporate criminality (The International, starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts). What do the critics have to say?

Thursday, Feb. 05 2009, 04:18 PM

This week at the movies, we've got dark whimsy (Coraline, with voice work by Dakota Fanning and Teri Hatcher); love mishaps (He's Just Not That Into You, starring Jennifer Aniston and Scarlett Johansson); a bumbling detective (The Pink Panther 2, starring The Pink Panther 2 and Aishwarya Rai) and some paranormal antagonists (Push, starring Chris Evans and Djimon Hounsou). What do the critics have to say?

Thursday, Jan. 29 2009, 04:25 PM

This week at the movies, we've got a kidnapping plot (Taken, starring Liam Neeson and Famke Janssen); haunted teens (The Uninvited, starring Emily Browning and Elizabeth Banks); and cold comfort (New in Town, starring Renee Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr.). What do the critics have to say?

Thursday, Jan. 22 2009, 04:20 PM

This week at the movies, we've got living literature (Inkheart, starring Brendan Fraser and Eliza Hope Bennett); political intrigue (Frost/Nixon, starring Michael Sheen and Frank Langella); domestic strife (Revolutionary Road, starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio); and werewolf/vampire conflict (Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, starring Rhona Mitra and Bill Nighy). What do the critics have to say?

Thursday, Jan. 15 2009, 04:25 PM

This week at the movies, we've got a guard with insecurity (Paul Blart: Mall Cop, starring Kevin James); pampered pooches (Hotel for Dogs, starring Emma Roberts and Jake T. Austin); a crazed killer (My Bloody Valentine 3D, starring Jensen Ackles and Jaime King); Brooklyn's finest (Notorious, starring Jamal Woolard and Angela Bassett); and wartime heroics (Defiance, starring Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber). What do the critics have to say?

Thursday, Jan. 08 2009, 04:04 PM

This week at the movies, we've got a bridal battle (Bride Wars, starring Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson); a cranky car enthusiast (Gran Torino, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood); mystic monsters (The Unborn, starring Odette Yustman and Gary Oldman); and marital mishaps (Not Easily Broken, starring Taraji P. Henson and Morris Chestnut). What do the critics have to say?

Tuesday, Dec. 23 2008, 03:20 PM

This week at the movies, we've got a full slate of new flicks: Bedtime Stories, starring Adam Sandler and Keri Russell; The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett; Valkyrie, starring Tom Cruise and Kenneth Branagh; Marley and Me, starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston; and The Spirit, starring Gabriel Macht and Scarlett Johansson. This is the time of year when studios start churning out the movies they deem award-worthy; some have already begun generating positive buzz, while other hopefuls have fallen flat. What do the critics have to say? Read this week's Critics Consensus and find out!

Thursday, Dec. 18 2008, 03:30 PM

This week at the movies, we've got self-improvement (Yes Man, starring Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel), mysterious altruism (Seven Pounds, starring Will Smith and Rosario Dawson), and rodent adventures (The Tale of Despereaux, with voice work by Matthew Broderick and Dustin Hoffman). What do the critics have to say?

Thursday, Dec. 11 2008, 04:20 PM

This week at the movies, we've got an alien invasion (The Day the Earth Stood Still, starring Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly), forbidden CG love (Delgo, with voice work by Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Jennifer Love Hewitt), and seasonal dysfunction (Nothing Like the Holidays, starring John Leguizamo and Debra Messing). What do the critics have to say?

Thursday, Dec. 04 2008, 02:40 PM

This week at the movies, we've got red-hot rhythm and blues (Cadillac Records, starring Adrien Brody and Beyonce Knowles), vigilante justice (Punisher: War Zone, starring Ray Stevenson and Dominic West), and a kidnapping caper (Nobel Son, starring Alan Rickman and Eliza Dushku). What do the critics have to say?

Tuesday, Nov. 25 2008, 04:01 PM

This week at the movies, we've got yuletide yucks (Four Christmases, starring Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon), an epic from Down Under (Australia, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman), and deadly deliveries (Transporter 3, starring Jason Statham). What do the critics have to say?

Thursday, Nov. 20 2008, 04:03 PM

This week at the movies, we've got angst-ridden teen vampires (Twilight, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson) and celebu-mutts (Bolt, with voice work from John Travolta and Miley Cyrus). What do the critics have to say?

Thursday, Nov. 13 2008, 04:12 PM

This week at the movies, we've got a brand new dose of Bond... James Bond. Quantum of Solace, directed by Marc Forster and starring Daniel Craig and Olga Kurylenko, is the only wide release hitting theaters; will it leave critics shaken and stirred?

Thursday, Nov. 06 2008, 03:58 PM

This week at the movies, we've got Big Brothers (Role Models, starring Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott), wild animals (Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, with voice work by Ben Stiller and Chris Rock), and R&B vets (Soul Men, starring Bernie Mac and Samuel L. Jackson). What do the critics have to say?

Thursday, Oct. 30 2008, 04:14 PM

This week at the movies, we've got adult film amateurs (Kevin Smith's Zack and Miri Make a Porno, starring Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks); a missing persons mystery (Clint Eastwood's Changeling, starring Angelina Jolie and John Malkovich); gangster gunplay (RockNRolla, starring Gerard Butler and Thandie Newton); and an unhappy birthday (The Haunting of Molly Hartley, starring Haley Bennett). What do the critics have to say?


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