Watertown Daily Times
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Young Adult (2011)
Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody are taking a huge leap of faith with their latest collaboration, the offbeat and sometimes scintillating Young Adult.
Posted Dec 16, 2011
New Year's Eve (2011)
New Year's Eve actually has more in common with the day that proceeds the alcohol-soaked holiday ... it's the kind of experience that will leave you nauseated, give you a splitting headache and cause you to curl up on a couch in the fetal position.
Posted Dec 9, 2011
The Descendants (2011)
As the morally conflicted and mentally distraught Matt King, Clooney gives what could be regarded as the most well-rounded and emotionally raw performance of his distinguished career.
Posted Dec 2, 2011
The Muppets (2011)
Admittedly, there are a few misfires every once in a while, but with its barrage of self-referential humor, breaking through the fourth wall jokes, imaginative cameos and satirical winks at Hollywood conventions, The Muppets is a comedy lover's dream.
Posted Nov 30, 2011
Sappy melodramatics are constantly on full display, the performances are distractingly exaggerated and the dialogue is so ridiculously cheesy it could force Kraft to file for bankruptcy ... yet, for some odd reason, I was kind of entertained.
Posted Nov 18, 2011
Jack and Jill (2011)
No matter how difficult or painful it might be, Adam Sandler's closest friends really need to do the respectable and humane thing and sit him down for an intervention.
Posted Nov 11, 2011
Puss in Boots (2011)
Puss in Boots is certainly not the cat's meow, but it doesn't deserve a place in the litter box either.
Posted Nov 3, 2011
Take Shelter (2011)
Are his dreams a sign of things to come or are they simply the creation of an individual who is teetering on the brink of insanity?
Posted Oct 28, 2011
The Thing (2011)
Just make sure you stick around for the closing credits. The images and sounds should send chills down the spine of anyone who holds Carpenter's film in high regard.
Posted Oct 14, 2011
Now if only Zaillian and Sorkin could work their magic and make the actual game of baseball that exciting.
Posted Sep 23, 2011
The end result just emanates coolness. If Drive was a high school student, it would hang out with the popular kids, date the prom queen and have a permanent seat in detention.
Posted Sep 16, 2011
Our Idiot Brother (2011)
With the way the world is going right now, maybe it would be a better place if we were all idiots like Ned.
Posted Aug 26, 2011
Fright Night (2011)
Regardless, it's a nice change of pace to watch a film that takes the vampire mythology seriously and doesn't contain brooding hemoglobin-suckers that sparkle like diamonds in the sunlight.
Posted Aug 19, 2011
30 Minutes or Less (2011)
Still, with its highs and its lows, 30 Minutes or Less is an uneven mixed bag that doesn't quite explode off the screen. But the scales do tip to the positive side. Only slightly, though.
Posted Aug 12, 2011
The Smurfs (2011)
I can't smurfin' believe I'm actually going to say this, but "The Smurfs" is not a cinematic travesty. Far from it, in fact.
Posted Jul 29, 2011
Add all of those positive attributes together and you've got a motion picture that rivals X-Men: First Class as the most impressive comic book adaptation of the summer.
Posted Jul 22, 2011
As they say, all good things must come to an end. But in this instance, you can take solace in knowing the fat lady can belt out one heck of a final note. Thanks for the memories, Harry Potter. We'll miss you.
Posted Jul 15, 2011
Horrible Bosses (2011)
Horrible Bosses is not the kind of comedy that delivers many gut-busting laughs. You know the guffaws I'm talking about - the ones that leave your sleeves completely saturated from dabbing away the tears that stream down your face. But ...
Posted Jul 8, 2011
Even though the astonishing special effects and stunt work are a sight to behold, just remember this: Your eyes will be the only organ in your body that will receive any type of stimulation.
Posted Jul 1, 2011
Cars 2 (2011)
Not every Pixar feature needs to be deeply profound or lead you to the brink of tears for it to be a worthwhile experience. What's so wrong with just having a blast at the movies? Most of the time that's all my inner-child needs.
Posted Jun 24, 2011
Green Lantern (2011)
It is of my opinion that superhero movies are supposed to be super. Green Lantern is merely ordinary.
Posted Jun 17, 2011
Super 8 (2011)
It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. With Super 8, Steven Spielberg must be blushing like a reticent schoolgirl who just got asked to the formal.
Posted Jun 10, 2011
The Tree of Life (2011)
Similar to the great Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life is an awe-inspiring visual splendor that will leave you searching for answers long after the closing credits scroll across the screen.
Posted Jun 3, 2011
The Hangover Part II (2011)
I am not going to deny The Hangover Part II follows the same blueprint as the first film, but, to be honest, it didn't bother me one bit. The reason? I was too busy laughing to care.
Posted May 27, 2011
You know, there was a time when the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise supplied as many jaw-dropping thrills as the Disney theme park attraction by which it was inspired. But now it provides about as much enjoyment as waiting in line for said ride.
Posted May 20, 2011
Prepare yourself to hear this comparison often: Bridesmaids is like a female version of The Hangover. But don't ever expect those words, or any variation of them, to roll off my tongue.
Posted May 13, 2011
Thor has enough eye-popping visuals that slapping on a pair of 3-D glasses isn't even necessary.
Posted May 6, 2011
Fast Five (2011)
Finally, The Rock has come back to the action genre.
Posted Apr 29, 2011
Scream 4 (2011)
Still, I think it might be time to finally put the Scream series in its grave. At least that way it will go out on a high note. And isn't that what we all want?
Posted Apr 15, 2011
Born To Be Wild (2011)
This may make me sound like less of a man, but I'm going to say it anyway: Born to Be Wild is by far the most adorable movie I've seen in the theater in a long time.
Posted Apr 8, 2011
Source Code (2011)
Source Code is one of those infrequent movies that keeps you guessing at each and every turn.
Posted Apr 1, 2011
Red Riding Hood (2011)
Red Riding Hood is like 2010's The Wolfman covered in teenage bubble gum schlock.
Posted Mar 11, 2011
Rango might be the first animated feature film from Industrial Light & Magic, but in many ways it's easy to forget you are watching an actual cartoon.
Posted Mar 4, 2011
Hall Pass (2011)
Hall Pass gave me the best workout I've had in months.
Posted Feb 25, 2011
I Am Number Four (2011)
I Am Number Four could have been a whole lot worse.
Posted Feb 18, 2011
Gnomeo and Juliet (2011)
Rather than staying completely faithful to Shakespeare's literary work, the screenwriters appear to be more concerned with cramming the film full of tired sight gags, humorless pop culture references and uninspired wordplay.
Posted Feb 11, 2011
The Mechanic (2011)
If you've already seen the Bronson vehicle that was released almost 40 years ago (or if you're an action fan in general) you won't be in for many surprises, but that doesn't mean the new rendition is lacking in entertainment value or nail-biting suspense.
Posted Jan 28, 2011
No Strings Attached (2011)
[Ashton Kutcher] is not a horrible actor by any means - he just seems to suffer from a bad case of Nick Cage-icitis whenever he picks his films. It appears, for once, he has finally taken his medicine.
Posted Jan 21, 2011
The Green Hornet (2011)
As a journalist, I can't come down too hard on a film's action scenes when they include a half of a car speeding through a newsroom and a shootout in an area where massive spools of newspapers are stored.
Posted Jan 14, 2011
I Love You Phillip Morris (2010)
A few words of warning: I Love You Phillip Morris has nothing to do with the powerful tobacco company or the man it was named after.
Posted Jan 7, 2011
127 Hours (2010)
Any other filmmaker would have probably taken a minimalist approach in crafting 127 Hours, but Boyle uses his signature kinetic style and visual prowess to make the movie seem as enormous as the Chrysler Building.
Posted Dec 3, 2010
Fair Game (2010)
If I wanted to hear someone's slanted view on our past and present governments, I'd turn on the television and listen to any of the loud and brash blowhards on Fox News or MSNBC.
Posted Nov 26, 2010
Harry Potter fans, your bittersweet moment is here. Fortunately, the sweet far outweighs the bitter.
Posted Nov 19, 2010
Morning Glory (2010)
If Hollywood decides to do a remake of Grumpy Old Men in about 10 years, let me present you with the ideal candidate to fill one of the lead roles: Harrison Ford.
Posted Nov 12, 2010
Megamind isn't necessarily a bad movie - it just doesn't do much to distinguish itself from the rest of the pack.
Posted Nov 5, 2010
Conviction does have enough going for it in the way of acting, directing and editing, but the lack of chemistry and the predictable screenplay make it extremely difficult to connect with the material emotionally.
Posted Oct 29, 2010
The Mini (2007)
Overlooking low production values and shaky performances from unknown actors is one thing, but when you put together a comedy that isn't particularly funny, then we have a big problem.
Posted Oct 22, 2010
They had me at Helen Mirren firing automatic weapons.
Posted Oct 15, 2010
The Social Network (2010)
... it's Eisenberg's performance that helps make Zuckerberg the most fascinating and complicated movie character since Daniel Day-Lewis' Daniel Plainview.
Posted Oct 1, 2010
The Town (2010)