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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
It is, in any guise, great fun, with a few slow places that should be filled with laughter. This is a "modern" swashbuckling film filled with derring-do, devilish good luck and a dozen non-forgettable exploits.
Posted Jan 9, 2018
Yet the film is charmless. While it abounds in action comedy, suspense and sight gags, the outrageous violence cancels the fun.
Posted Jan 9, 2018
Little Women (1933)
Refreshing lack of sex and sensationalism, plus that fact that Little Women has already broken all records for attendance and enthusiasm, may be an indication that the good old days of the family circle are firmly implanted within the hearts of America
Posted Jan 9, 2018
The Shape of Water (2017)
With visuals offering unique worlds that somehow weave into a fantastical whole, this film makes for one extraordinary water ballet.
Posted Dec 24, 2017
Big Stone Gap (2015)
Sure, the script can be simpler than a diner menu. And at times the nostalgia seems manufactured like the goodies at a Cracker Barrel gift shop, but...Big Stone Gap proves to be...a nice change of pace from the summer popcorn-movie season.
Posted Oct 9, 2015
Godzilla has run the gamut from campy action star hissing at throngs with poorly dubbed English to an even bigger joke - cough, hack, the 1998 monstrosity - to this sweet reinvention. Size doesn't matter. Acting matters. Writing matters. Cranston matters.
Posted May 16, 2014
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
Despite layers of borrowed source material, retread inspiration and Tobey Mcguire's red and blue voodoo doll, The Amazing Spiderman 2 manages to deliver a mostly fresh and enjoyable - if not quickly forgettable - superhero flick.
Posted May 2, 2014
The Lawnmower Man, Max Headroom and Johnny Depp walk into a bar. They get drunk and decide to make a movie.
Posted Apr 18, 2014
It wants to be serious, funny, jingoistic, independent-minded, poignant and a CGI fireworks show all at once in every scene. Even Michael Bay has a headache.
Posted Apr 4, 2014
"Noah" is a religious movie in the same way that "2012" was a documentary on Mayan culture. We might as well call it "Russell Crowe's Big Floating Petting Zoo."
Posted Mar 30, 2014
The Guard (2011)
The Guard is raw, modest and charming - maybe the only movie possessing all three characteristics.
Posted Sep 9, 2011
For 90 minutes, it could be a super-sized Hallmark Channel flick. The ape revolution teased in the trailer, all 30 minutes of it, is an afterthought. There are scrap-booking conventions with more action.
Posted Aug 6, 2011
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
Steve Carell already played a modern day Noah in titanically bad "Evan Almighty." In "Crazy, Stupid, Love" he redeems himself in his second Old Testament challenge: Job of the RomCom.
Posted Jul 31, 2011
Hating on Captain America just isn't American. Go ahead and move to Canada; I'm sure they have some magical Mountie who's thwarting evil loggers.
Posted Jul 23, 2011
It's a bucket of maraschino cherries and whipped cream after no supper. It's a two-plus hour climax without an ounce of foreplay. A fireworks grand finale without a single sparkler cooling off in Uncle Joe's Pabst can.
Posted Jul 16, 2011
Larry Crowne (2011)
It wants to be a subtle, inspirational message to those undergoing tough times. Even his name - half schmucky, half regal-ish - shows that second chances really happen! (Just ask Lonnie Millionbucks and Jerry Diamonde). The upshot? Meh.
Posted Jul 3, 2011
Michael Bay's third "Transformers" installment in four years is a rambling mess of bastardized news reel footage, over-stylized CGI talking toy jousts, and light-hearted scenes with the comedic timing of Dick Cheney's pacemaker.
Posted Jul 2, 2011
The Tree of Life (2011)
I admire The Tree of Life - in the same way I admire the white-haired lady in the Guinness Book of World Records with 28-foot fingernails. By the way, after "The Tree of Life," you'll probably have to cut your nails, just saying.
Posted Jun 18, 2011
Super 8 (2011)
E.T. texted a homey, Spielberg paid the earth-bound ticket, and now we have Super 8.
Posted Jun 10, 2011
The Hangover Part II (2011)
It isn't so much a sequel as it is a translation, a translation for those who prefer to drink up their humor garnished with a groin kick and a mid-coitis choke instead of a wink and a nod. Bottoms up.
Posted May 31, 2011
Captain Jack's roots aren't the only thing that's gone nappy; the 137 minutes of so-so swashbuckling and tired Tarzan-eque rope swinging packs the punch of Tylenol PM and coconut rum.
Posted May 22, 2011
Bridesmaids busts through the party movie glass ceiling with a steel-toed stiletto and a tepid magnum of Yellow Tail.
Posted May 14, 2011
If the rest of the popcorn movie entries exceed expectations on this level, then the forthcoming shirtless hero worship season might give me washboard abs - "Conan," "Captain America" and "Sinbad" are yet to come.
Posted May 7, 2011
In A Better World (2011)
I haven't seen two tougher hours tackling bullying since Meredith Vieira's five-part series on mixing Four Loco and passive-aggressive tween texting on "The Today Show."
Posted May 1, 2011
Scream 4 (2011)
You know a movie franchise has lost its pop culture clout when it goes from creating the most popular Halloween accessory to successfully tracing the arc of Courteney Cox and David Arquette's failed marriage.
Posted Apr 17, 2011
Your Highness (2011)
As far as stoner comedies go, Your Highness might as well be smoking schwag with the Hooters bus boy you just bought it from.
Posted Apr 9, 2011
Source Code (2011)
They might as well have set Source Code at Gobbler's Knob and queued up I Got You Babe every 10 minutes.
Posted Apr 3, 2011
Of Gods and Men (2011)
When you think of monks, you might think of martyrdom, fresh baked bread, 24/7 hoodies, unrelenting devotion or Tony Shaloub. Well, what about balls and bravery?
Posted Mar 30, 2011
Sucker Punch (2011)
It's kinda like a poor-man's Inception, with much more cleavage and plot holes.
Posted Mar 30, 2011
Casino Jack (2010)
Hollywood is getting obsessed with the growing financial porn genre, where white-collar criminals get fluffed by accounting firms and the slow-motion perp walk is the new money shot. They're exploitative, best watched alone, and let's admit it...hot.
Posted Mar 19, 2011
Barney's Version (2011)
Barney's candor, free spirit and giant heart - which may actually be bigger than his liver - are eventually intoxicating.
Posted Mar 11, 2011
Battle: Los Angeles (2011)
Alien invasion flick "Battle: Los Angeles" is basically a $100,000,000 recruitment video for the Marines that will help the Corps fill its ranks with gawky gamers who like laughably bad movies. Semper sigh.
Posted Mar 11, 2011
The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
When Facebook friends, credit histories and text message logs expose our every - and dictate 99 percent of our decision-making- "The Adjustment Bureau" has a point. Now you have a better excuse for losing your car keys than early-onset Alzheimer's.
Posted Mar 7, 2011
Cedar Rapids (2011)
No mere fish out of water tale - more akin to scraping oceanic plankton off the back of a humpback whale and slapping it on the glittered midriffs of Chuck Sheen's poolside bevy of goddesses.
Posted Mar 4, 2011
It's all so damn exhausting - countless chase scenes sucked dry of suspense by repetition and the fact that clues are deposited less frequently Scott Baio's Charles in Charge residuals.
Posted Feb 19, 2011
The Company Men (2011)
It's the kind of movie that rich, disconnected Hollywood filmmakers make about the recession, thinking they're committing some altruistic act of empathy for a nation struggling to pay the mortgage on its second home in Nantucket.
Posted Feb 13, 2011
Just Go with It (2011)
There are fewer kicks to the groin (there are still a lot) and the potty humor is kept to a minimum, relatively speaking, of course. Metaphorically speaking, someone lit a match in Adam Sandler's bathroom.
Posted Feb 11, 2011
The strong 3D visuals create a suffocating sense claustrophobia that makes you feel like you're locked in a closet at the DMV. But the characters are cardboard creations and the writing is less engrossing than faded cave drawings.
Posted Feb 6, 2011
Another Year (2010)
Another Year is two-plus hours of heavy dialogue and heavier uncomfortable silences. But if you can muddle through the tense moments, the pay-off is seeing one of the best written movies of the year.
Posted Feb 1, 2011
Blue Valentine (2010)
Rom-com haters finally got what they wanted: a brutally honest big-screen relationship on the rocks garnished with hickeys, regret, ripped panties, bruised chins and bruised egos.
Posted Jan 28, 2011
No Strings Attached (2011)
No Strings Attached is a better movie than its title, trailer and Kutcherness suggest.
Posted Jan 23, 2011
Made in Dagenham (2010)
I am woman, hear me roar! And by "roar," I mean drive the Ford Motor Company to such a slowdown that it just got passed in the left lane by Mr. Magoo on an exercise bike.
Posted Jan 21, 2011
The Green Hornet (2011)
The Green Hornet smoked crack with Superman and met CraigsList chicks with Wolverine. He's a bad influence and a good time. And he's much more entertaining on screen, too.
Posted Jan 14, 2011
Season of the Witch (2011)
It will probably be the worst reviewed movie of the year, it may break up couples mid-date night, and fraternities are sure to use it in tandem with contraband beverage Four Loko for Hell Week hazing. But come on, it's not that bad.
Posted Jan 8, 2011
Little Fockers (2010)
I'm guessing there will be a fourth and a fifth "Meet the Parents" sequel: "Stepfockers," and "Tween Fockers" or maybe even "As Long as She's Your Second Cousin, You Can Still Focker." Who knows, or cares.
Posted Dec 26, 2010
The King's Speech (2010)
In a 24-hour news cycle, it's hard to believe a man with the elocution of a Pet Rock could be crowned King of the World. But at a time when the phonograph was high-tech and British figureheads weren't doing karaoke with Elton John, it could happen.
Posted Dec 26, 2010
Black Swan (2010)
Black Swan isn't the feel good movie of the year. Heck, you may need to pop three Zolofts afterward and go to a happy place. But at least your personal potential rock bottom will plummet several hundred feet afterward.
Posted Dec 18, 2010
How Do You Know (2010)
Sometimes it's more jock than jocular. Occasionally, the camera lens lingers on Owen Wilson's crooked schnoz or Reese Witherspoon's prudish grimaces a bit too long. But it's is never too cute, except in omitting the question mark from its title.
Posted Dec 17, 2010
The Tourist (2010)
Depp can't sell the "tourist" look. At the very worst, he looks like he could be working as a coffee kiosk barista at the Alitalia terminal in Rome's Leonardo Da Vinci Fiumicino Airport.
Posted Dec 10, 2010
The Warrior's Way (2010)