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Game Changer?(1)

For the worse part of two decades, Hollywood has been trying to discover the formula for successfully adapting video games to the big screen.
After decades of lackluster releases, the video-game-turned-film genre may have finally found its royalty
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 04, 2010
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Review: Iron Man 2

Maybe I’m just relieved that it wasn’t in 3-D, or maybe actor Justin Theroux (frequent David Lynch collaborator and co-scripter of Tropic Thunder ) is just a better writer than the law firm of scribes that pasted together the original, but Jon Favreau’s
Stark alternatives
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 07, 2010
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Review: Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too?

Just when you thought filmmakers were out of ideas  ...
Why did we get "Married Too"?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 09, 2010
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Review: Tooth Fairy

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson dons a pink tutu and wings as Derek, a hockey player who's earned the nickname "The Tooth Fairy" for his knack for knocking out opposing players' bicuspids on the ice.
It bites
By BRETT MICHEL  |  January 29, 2010
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Lite at the end of the tunnel?

If you had enough of the end of the world with 2012 , you might be relieved when it comes to 2010.
Fun and games in post-apocalyptic Hollywood
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 01, 2010
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Review: Planet 51

The opening for the latest animated kids’ fantasy is promising — but it’s for another movie.
Even aliens get paranoid sometimes
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 20, 2009


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October lite

We expected the vampires, the werewolves, the zombies, and the homicidal maniacs. Same thing with the android doubles, the alien abductors, the sexually abused pregnant teenager, the Apocalypse, and the post-Apocalypse. But kids' movies?
The outlook is still gloomy, but film finds time for childish things
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 18, 2009
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Review: Race to Witch Mountain

In Andy Fickman's blow-up of Alexander Key's book there's no venerable elder thespian, like Eddie Arnold or Bette Davis, rounding out his or her career.
The film is no E.T. , though it does boast self-interested government agents as the baddies.
By TOM MEEK  |  March 10, 2009
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Anti-depressant cinema

The screen offers relief from a world of woe
The screen offers relief from a world of woe
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 29, 2008
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Control freaks

Back in the ’60s, those crafty cranks Mel Brooks and Buck Henry spun the red-scare spook biz into a sit-com full of wit and absurdity featuring rival agencies KAOS and Control.
Get Smart dumbs down
By TOM MEEK  |  June 17, 2008
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Camera bluff

Even as critics and moviegoers alike have scorned the surge of movies related to the War on Terror and Iraq, Nina Davenport has quietly been making illuminating, fair-minded, and entertaining films on these topics.
Occupational hazards in Operation Filmmaker
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 17, 2008


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The wasted land

Richard Kelly’s wildly ambitious and widely loathed Southland Tales now seems among the most believable works of film futurism ever made in this country.
Richard Kelly goes for broke in Southland Tales
By ROB NELSON  |  November 16, 2007
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The Game Plan

Come for the end-around blitzes, stay for Rock’s dance as an enchanted tree, complete with tights.
Sweet in its misguided mawkishness
By RICHARD BECK  |  September 26, 2007
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Gridiron Gang

A former college football star turned prison guard trying to make a difference in a juvenile-detention lock-up turns kids onto the game. Sound like a cog out of the feel-good factory? Watch the trailer for Gridiron Gang  (QuickTime)
Got grit
By TOM MEEK  |  September 13, 2006