Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)

Sun Publications (Chicago, IL) is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Josh Larsen
Rating Title/Year Author
1.5/4 Scoop (2006) Josh Larsen Last year's Match Point marked a surprising return to vital filmmaking form for Woody Allen, but that movie had the distinct advantage of not being a comedy. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2015
1.5/4 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Josh Larsen A throw-everything-at-the-wall movie, in hopes that something - the romance, the action, a villain maybe? - might stick. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2014
3/4 The Bling Ring (2013) Josh Larsen ...an account of youthful disaffection being assuaged by excessive materialism. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2013
3/4 Iron Man 2 (2010) Josh Larsen ...may mark the beginning of Mickey Rourke's re-descent (cooing to a cockatoo in Russian will do that). EDIT
Posted May 5, 2010
1.5/4 Mamma Mia! (2008) Josh Larsen ...perhaps the worst example of what is known as a 'jukebox musical.' EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2008
2/4 Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) Josh Larsen There is a fundamental reason why 3-D technology doesn't work... EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2008
1.5/4 You Don't Mess With the Zohan (2008) Josh Larsen It's as if Sandler took a trip to Israel and came back with 6,000 jokes about hummus (the 6,000 penis jokes he didn't have to go anywhere to find). EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2008
4/4 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) Josh Larsen A blueprint for how a blockbuster sequel should be done. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2008
1.5/4 Deal (2008) Josh Larsen It's quite possible that I still would have been bored out of my mind during Deal even if I cared a lick about poker. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2008
3/4 Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) Josh Larsen ...acknowledges that there is an emotional component to sex - even for men. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2008
2/4 Chapter 27 (2007) Josh Larsen ...ostensibly about the last few days in Chapman's life, but it's really about how much Leto's belly bulges over his waistband. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2008
2/4 Drillbit Taylor (2008) Josh Larsen During the final showdown, there is almost as much teen pummeling going on as in Never Back Down. Unfortunately, Never Back Down was funnier. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2008
3/4 Snow Angels (2007) Josh Larsen ...something like an extremely elegant episode of 'The Jerry Springer Show.' EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2008
1/4 Witless Protection (2008) Josh Larsen Did someone give a starring role to a Matador, one of the obese male cheerleaders who perform during time outs at Chicago Bulls' games? EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2008
3/4 Charlie Bartlett (2007) Josh Larsen It's not much of a movie, but it is an impressive calling card for the young star. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2008
1.5/4 Vantage Point (2008) Josh Larsen ...a marketing hook first and a movie ... well, actually, never. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2008
3.5/4 Be Kind Rewind (2008) Josh Larsen ...makes you nostalgic for the early days of backyard moviemaking, before digital video cameras and desktop editing software turned everyone into mini-Spielbergs. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2008
3/4 Le Doulos (1961) Josh Larsen The macho criminal underworld of French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Melville has a nasty, nearly misogynistic edge here... EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2008
3.5/4 The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008) Josh Larsen ...a wonderful stand-in for childhood itself, when kids often have adventures involving things only they can see. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2008
1.5/4 Definitely, Maybe (2008) Josh Larsen ...one of ickiest framing devices in recent memory. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2008
2/4 Jumper (2008) Josh Larsen Director Doug Liman is after something ambitious here... EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2008
3/4 In Bruges (2008) Josh Larsen Could Colin Farrell's true calling be as a comedian? EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2008
4/4 The Manchurian Candidate (1962) Josh Larsen ...goes down the rabbit hole, though never too far to lose its satirical relevance to the insanity of real-world politics. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2008
1/4 The Godfather, Part III (1990) Josh Larsen Considering the way it inadvertently lampoons and nearly diminishes the earlier two films, this is nothing less than a travesty. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2008
4/4 The Godfather, Part II (1974) Josh Larsen Shadows lurk throughout the movie, as they do over the Corleones' lives. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2008
4/4 The Godfather (1972) Josh Larsen ...a metaphor for creating and protecting your own business in this country - only with the added glamour of guns. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2008
2/4 Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland (2006) Josh Larsen The performance footage is less engaging than your average standup act on Comedy Central, while the backstage interviews about the comedic craft are pointless. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2008
2/4 Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2008) Josh Larsen You can often gauge how desperate a comedy is by the number of attacking animals it features. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2008
2/4 Fool's Gold (2008) Josh Larsen McConaughey bravely rips off his shirt, throws himself in front of the women and selflessly absorbs the camera's leers. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2008
1/4 The Hottie & the Nottie (2008) Josh Larsen The multiple levels of self-delusion on display are astonishing. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2008
3.5/4 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) Josh Larsen The unique POV is not a gimmicky technique but a transferring of creative responsibility. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2008
3/4 The Eye (2008) Josh Larsen ...turns things upside down for a horror movie - you want to be alone in the dark. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2008
1.5/4 Over Her Dead Body (2008) Josh Larsen ...so bland, lifeless and unimaginative I wanted to poke the screen to make sure it was really there. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2008
1/4 Meet the Spartans (2008) Josh Larsen Frequently pauses to shower someone with vomit, pus, urine or excrement. It should be called Meet the Bodily Fluids. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2008
4/4 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007) Josh Larsen ...rises above any pro-choice or pro-life preachiness because the picture's first concern is for the humanity of its characters, born or not. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2008
0/4 Untraceable (2008) Josh Larsen When Lane isn't preaching about the heinous violence, she's babbling on in tech speak. It's like having a Dell rep describe the plot of Saw. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2008
3.5/4 She's Gotta Have It (1986) Josh Larsen From the start, it was less important whether or not you agreed with Lee than if you appreciated him for stirring things up. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2008
3/4 Cassandra's Dream (2007) Josh Larsen The cast makes the most of Allen's predetermined screenplay. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2008
4/4 Cloverfield (2008) Josh Larsen ...rescues the Godzilla genre from the realm of kitsch. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2008
2/4 27 Dresses (2008) Josh Larsen The trouble isn't that you can see exactly where this is going, but that none of the possibilities are anything other than clichéd EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2008
1.5/4 Mad Money (2008) Josh Larsen There is such a thing as overcasting. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2008
2/4 In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007) Josh Larsen Sort of like watching Lord of the Rings through a smudged television screen. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2008
1.5/4 First Sunday (2008) Josh Larsen ...isn't really funny until it turns sentimental at the end. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2008
2/4 The Bucket List (2007) Josh Larsen There is only one way this could possibly have been entertaining: if Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman had switched roles. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2008
1.5/4 One Missed Call (2008) Josh Larsen It's shameful how even when Hollywood looks in novel places for material, the studios manage to make that material mind-numbingly routine. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2008
3.5/4 There Will Be Blood (2007) Josh Larsen ...almost as if Terrence Malick had directed Citizen Kane. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2008
3.5/4 The Orphanage (2007) Josh Larsen Of all the fright flicks that came out in the last 12 months, this is the one that made us hardened critics in the screening room literally jump in our seats. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2008
3/4 The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (2007) Josh Larsen Etel ... has a wonderful face for the movies - it's as shiny as a kid's could be, yet also somehow tinged with darkness, as if he's busy processing adult concerns. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2007
3/4 The Great Debaters (2007) Josh Larsen ...enough to make you hope that one of these days Washington will forgo such conventional genre trappings and unleash his own Do the Right Thing. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2007
1/4 Youth Without Youth (2007) Josh Larsen If Coppola had started his career with this sort of mush, we might never have gotten Apocalypse Now or The Godfather. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2007