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Review: Machine Gun Preacher

Jesus does funny things to people: one day you're sitting on a toilet shooting heroin; the next you're building an orphanage in war-torn southern Sudan.
White-savior storyline
By ANN LEWINSON  |  September 30, 2011

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

Voodoo economics

To paraphrase The Communist Manifesto , a specter is haunting Hollywood. Actually, two of them: zombies and vampires. The undead.
What vampire and zombie movies can tell us about the future of capitalism
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 21, 2010

Review: The Back-Up Plan

As a pregnant single woman, Jennifer Lopez glows spectacularly. Director Alan Poul’s bland baby comedy, however, appears to have been a light labor.
It's laughing all the way to the sperm bank
By ALICIA POTTER  |  April 30, 2010

Review: How To Train Your Dragon

Animation directors Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders have fashioned a family entertainment that functions as a copy of James Cameron’s most successful film of all time.
Also better than Avatar
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 26, 2010

Review: The Bounty Hunter

A bounty hunter chasing down Uncle Sam on the Fourth of July?
Dreadful, handcuffed to derivative
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 26, 2010


Silly season

Now that the Oscars are over, let's get dumb.
Spring pimps for summer
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 12, 2010

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

Review: Law Abiding Citizen

If a thousand commenters chained to a thousand typewriters produced a movie script, it would probably read an awful lot like F. Gary Gray’s vigilante-revenge thriller.
Kind of fun, if you can ignore its politics
By SHAULA CLARK  |  October 16, 2009

Review: Gamer

This film from Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor features two fictional games: Society and Slayers , and both involve the mind control of volunteers by gamers who pay to play.
It's a bit tough to swallow
By MADDY MYERS  |  September 11, 2009

Review: The Ugly Truth

The biting revelation promised by the title of Robert Luketic's fluff never bares its teeth.
Not so much ugly as bland
By TOM MEEK  |  July 24, 2009



Wilkinson and Butler put in game performances, and the rest of the eclectic ensemble perform with gusto.
Plot holes spackled over with slick visual wizardry
By TOM MEEK  |  November 06, 2008

Nim's Island

Nim is home-schooled, her covert classroom an uncharted isle she inhabits with her scientist father, Jack.
Ubiquitous Abigail Breslin in a mildly diverting adventure
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 09, 2008

P.S. I Love You

Gerry is the perfect dead man, showing up shirtless à la Ghost or in stagy flashbacks.
A middling effort for Hilary Swank
By ALICIA POTTER  |  December 19, 2007

Trouble at the top

The back of our limo has one of those yellow ribbon decals that say “Support Our Troops” — just above the “Impeach Bush” sticker.
The Walter Reed fiasco is a national disgrace
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 14, 2007


Outside a Chippendale show you’ll never see this many half-clad beefcakes in a single gander.
So much testosterone...
By TOM MEEK  |  March 06, 2007


Fractured fairy tales

Times are tough when the Dream Factory has a better grip on what’s going on than the people in Washington.
Fantasy and reality compete for the box office in 2007
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 28, 2006

Beowulf & Grendel

Icelandic director Sturla Gunnarsson treats the Old English epic about a foreign warrior enlisted by a broken Dane king to rid the land of a scourge with both respect and irreverence. Watch the trailer for Beowulf & Grendel
Beguiles, thanks largely to the sparse Icelandic landscape
By TOM MEEK  |  August 09, 2006