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Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Shazam! (2019) Michael Smith Sometimes these types of movies are only as good as their villains, but "Shazam!" rises above because the comedy, courage and family elements are super-strong. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/4 The Holiday (2006) Michael Smith The Holiday is what you want out of a romantic comedy, without expecting the moon. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
1.5/4 The Aftermath (2019) Michael Smith Watching "The Aftermath" leaves a bad aftertaste. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
1.5/4 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) Dennis King Put a leash on Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and call it a dog. This mangy comedy showcase for funnyman Jim Carrey trots through virtually every lowbrow laugh-getter imaginable, short of hiking its leg over a fire hydrant. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
2/4 In the Cut (2003) Dennis King There's nothing terribly involving or enlightening in this brooding fever dream about life and death on the dingy margins of the city. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/4 Die Hard With a Vengeance (1995) Dennis King On a pure production level, Die Hard With a Vengeance is first-rate work. Its highly elaborate stunts and explosions are expertly choreographed and executed. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/4 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Michael Smith The live-action adaptation of a very simplistic 1941 animated Disney movie has the magic of misfits to convince me that "Dumbo" actually needed a remake to remind us of the story's wonder. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
2.5/4 The Cell (2000) Dennis King Even if "The Cell" doesn't stand up to deep examination, it's nevertheless a strongly engrossing thriller that delivers ample chills and thrills with its hellish, Hieronymus Bosch-like images alone. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
1.5/4 Marie Antoinette (2006) Michael Smith It's nearly impossible to find anyone in the film who does have a heart, only one-dimensional, calculating poofs, none of whom are memorable. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
2.5/4 Stepmom (1998) Dennis King Stepmom is highly effective filmmaking, eliciting its fair share of laughter and sobs, even though the least gullible moviegoers will be able to see all the melodramatic machinery cranking and groaning behind the curtains. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/4 I, Robot (2004) Dennis King ...it does operate with a crisp, impressive, nuts-and-bolts efficiency as its robots do their best song-and-dance to provide us with a smooth summer diversion. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
American Dreamz (2006) Dennis King Truth is, American Dreamz could have used a bracing dose of Simon Cowell's cruel, sharp-tongued venom. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/4 The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004) Dennis King And spending time in the company of Murray, the deadpan brilliant humanist clown and his washed-up but still-seeking sea explorer, is an existential hoot. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
2/4 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) Dennis King As with the two previous "F&F" films, "Tokyo Drift" is mainly an adolescent fantasy about big, brassy, belching cars and bodacious babes. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
3/4 Reign of Fire (2002) John Wooley Look too closely at it, and you'll find a question or two that aren't satisfactorily answered by film's end. But it deserves high marks for not being quite like anything else -- for being, in fact, just different enough to impress. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
2/4 Billy Madison (1995) Dennis King The tepid moments far outnumber the truly wacky ones, and in the end Billy Madison earns a trip to comedy detention. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
2/4 Practical Magic (1998) Dennis King Without a consistent tone or any real measure of emotional consistency, Practical Magic occasionally manages to bubble, but it's barely worth the toil and trouble. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
Burlesque (2010) Michael Smith Burlesque is so old-fashioned in its storytelling that it feels like what's happening inside the club is a time-warp from 50 years ago, while everything outside the Burlesque Lounge feels like "Dancing With the Stars" present-day in tone. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
1/4 Step Brothers (2008) Michael Smith Oh, Brothers, this is one of the worst movies of 2008. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
2/4 MacGruber (2010) Kim Brown In the film version, the shaggy-mullet-sporting action hero took a detour from stupidly funny to just plain stupid. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/4 Bad Boys (1995) Dennis King With its loose-limbed, wisecracking rhythms and its energetic stars, Bad Boys manages to overcome its shopworn premise and turn the old cop-buddy movie formula in a fresh and funny direction. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
2.5/4 I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) John Wooley A fresh look at the '80s-style slasher film, substituting characterization and suspense for the graphic violence and nudity that marked the earlier genre entries. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/5 See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) Dennis King And while it's not lightning this movie captures, it does generate more than the regular output of high-concept wattage usually expected from such calculated, commercial comedies. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
1/5 Road House (1989) Dennis King It's pointless, mean-spiritede, excessively violent and, perhaps worst of all, just plain dumb. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
2/5 Harlem Nights (1989) Dennis King "Harlem Nights" is billed as an action-comedy, but it doesn't blend the two very smoothly. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
2/5 Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) Dennis King "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" is lightweight summer fun. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
2/5 The 'Burbs (1989) Dennis King There are a few genuine laughs along the way, but the story eventually falls apart at the seams and the movie's ending is patently ridiculous. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
3/5 Hook (1991) Dennis King "Hook" is a huge and impressive movie. One could say it's the ultimate baby-boomer fantasy. Sadly, it's too loaded down with grown-up compromises and calculated Hollywood devices to really makes us think happy thoughts ... and fly. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
3/4 Us (2019) Michael Smith I understand why Peele wants us questioning, and talking, and perhaps looking inward. And why he wants us to be afraid. That's what he expects of "Us." EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
3/4 Space Jam (1996) Dennis King The animation is eye-popping. And the co-mingling of 'toons and people is dazzling. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
3.5/4 Gloria Bell (2018) Michael Smith Take a chance on "Gloria Bell" because your argument that her life and challenges "sound like my life, and I go to the movies to escape" isn't good enough with this wonderful movie. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
2.5/4 Cruel Intentions (1999) Dennis King The film plays out as a lurid, mean-spirited and entertaining piece of teen tomfoolery. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/4 Five Feet Apart (2019) Michael Smith Those seeing the heartfelt "Five Feet Apart" may laugh, they may cry, and they might even swoon, sometimes all at the same time. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
2.5/4 Captain Marvel (2019) Michael Smith It's too bad [Captain Marvel's] debut movie isn't better, and less convoluted, because the character seems to have great potential, and Oscar winner Brie Larson looks like a great fit for the role. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
2.5/4 Greta (2018) Michael Smith "Greta" is dangerous if you get to know her, but watching her from a distance for a couple of hours offers dark fun. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/4 American Beauty (1999) Dennis King American Beauty wields its title as a double-edged sword -- as a profoundly harsh and ironic assertion of misplaced values and wasted lives on one side; but as a subtle statement of hope and kindness on the other EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
4/4 The English Patient (1996) Dennis King Minghella doesn't so much adapt the novel as he translates it wondrously to a different medium, with its mysteries and passions intact. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
3/4 Braveheart (1995) Dennis King Despite some obvious excesses and a few notable flaws, [Gibson's] Braveheart is a brawny, heart-pulsing and intelligent work that bears worthy comparison to such big-screen battle cries of visionary warriors as El Cid, Spartacus and Dances With Wolves. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
3/4 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Michael Smith This is the reason-we-go-to-the-movies visual filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/4 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Michael Smith "Mary Poppins Returns" should make most everyone smile. It's the kind of family-film fun that can change the heart of even the most cynical this holiday season. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/4 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Michael Smith The two women are such a delight to watch (with Ronan having twice as much screen time as Robbie) that they offset a few flaws. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
3.5/4 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Michael Smith "If Beale Street Could Talk" should be considered the second chapter in what appears to be a long career for Jenkins making socially important films about oppressed minorities that should be seen by all classes of people. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
2.5/4 Glass (2019) Michael Smith The movie is more entertaining than it is haunting, and with Shyamalan, I'm greedy enough to want both, like in his best movies EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
2.5/4 Stan & Ollie (2018) Michael Smith "Stan & Ollie" tells what is, essentially, a love story between a pair of performers who love to make each other, and other people, laugh. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
2.5/4 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Michael Smith The storyline is all over the place, and the action is too often manic, but at least "The Second Part" retains enough pop-culture references aimed at parents to go with the slapstick humor that makes the kids chuckle. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
2.5/4 The First Wives Club (1996) Dennis King It pretends to sympathize with dumped women and displaced homemakers everywhere, but given these gals' level of obvious affluence, membership in ``The First Wives Club'' is quite exclusive. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
2.5/4 Volcano (1997) Dennis King Movies like ``Volcano'' exist for their gigantic, humongous, eye-popping special effects and this picture delivers those -- Big Time. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
3/5 Death Becomes Her (1992) Dennis King Certainly, "Death Becomes Her" is macabre and mean. But it's also wise and cuttingly witty. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
2/4 Clifford (1994) Dennis King Short's bizarre casting is the only reason for Clifford to exist. Aside from that, this is an unimaginative, ill-begotten comedy about a bad little boy. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
3/4 Vice (2018) Michael Smith To watch a movie about this secretive man, and to laugh frequently throughout, is an impressive accomplishment. Especially when it delivers a lesson in political history in the form of a cautionary tale. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018