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Review: Abduction

Taylor Lautner plays characters with mysterious origins and makes them boring.
Beautiful but boring
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 30, 2011
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Review: Beautiful Boy

Is there an audience for this finely acted, sensitively directed film of unhappiness and sorrow?

By GERALD PEARY  |  June 17, 2011
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Review: Grown Ups

For a scant idea involving a potpourri of SNL alums, Grown Up s is a lot funnier than it should be.
Puerile adult humor ensues
By TOM MEEK  |  June 25, 2010
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Review: The Yellow Handkerchief

Like Tony Orlando & Dawn's 1973 #1 single, "Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Old Oak Tree," Udayan Prasad's Southern-fried sudser descends from a 1971 column Pete Hamill penned for the New York Post .
William Hurt and his killer ex-con ’stache give you something to brood about
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 12, 2010
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Towelhead

Towelhead is the type of tripe that poses as enlightenment in “important” Oscar winners like Crash and American Beauty .
A grosteque and unbelievable adaptation
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 17, 2008
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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Empire

Lines like “I will crush any idea of freedom!” may or may not be intended to reflect current Chinese leadership.
A flashy, ludicrous threequel
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  August 05, 2008


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The Jane Austen Book Club

Robin Swicord’s film posits a book club of six Californians meeting once a month to discuss Jane Austen’s novels.
Jane would find another movie
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 19, 2007
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War zones

The party’s over. Time for the lessons to begin.
Fall films face terror at home and abroad
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 12, 2007
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Flicka

Director Michael Mayer’s tedious adaptation of Mary O’Hara’s 1941 novel about a boy and his filly swaps the lad for a teenage girl with daddy issues. Watch the trailer for Flicka  (QuickTime)
Not worth saddling up
By ALICIA POTTER  |  October 18, 2006
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Off Center

The result is emotional pornography not unlike that produced by cable stations when they pump up the “human” angle of catastrophe for higher ratings. Watch the trailer for World Trade Center (QuickTime) Feel-good movie of the summer: Oliver Stone:
Oliver Stone’s trite take on 9/11
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 09, 2006
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Below the surface

It’s another hot day in Boston, and Paramount has taken over the 10th floor of the Ritz Carlton to host a press junket for Oliver Stone’s sunny take on 9/11, World Trade Center . Feel-good movie of the summer: Oliver Stone: from the Hollywood crackpot
Checking WTC for conspiracies
By BRETT MICHEL  |  August 09, 2006


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Apocalypse now and then

With Snakes on a Plane and World Trade Center opening on the same day, this summer won’t be offering the usual escapist fare.
Doom, damnation, and other summer fun
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 03, 2006
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Thank You For Smoking

As Nick Naylor, chief lobbyist for Big Tobacco, Aaron Eckhart tempers his gleefully loathsome persona from Neil LaBute’s In the Company of Men with a seductively serpentine charm and wit.
Satire gets some things right, begs for a point of view
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 22, 2006
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Seasonal adjustment

After weeks of tormenting audiences with gems like Failure To Launch and The Shaggy Dog , Hollywood seems ready to shake off the Oscar doldrums and unveil its spring collection.
Hollywood springs back
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 07, 2006