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Big Fat Whale
Taylor Lautner plays characters with mysterious origins and makes them boring.
Beautiful but boring
| September 30, 2011
Review: Beautiful Boy
Is there an audience for this finely acted, sensitively directed film of unhappiness and sorrow?
| June 17, 2011
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
| June 25, 2010
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
| March 12, 2010
Towelhead is the type of tripe that poses as enlightenment in “important” Oscar winners like Crash and American Beauty .
A grosteque and unbelievable adaptation
| September 17, 2008
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
| August 05, 2008
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
| September 19, 2007
The party’s over. Time for the lessons to begin.
Fall films face terror at home and abroad
| September 12, 2007
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
| October 18, 2006
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
| August 09, 2006
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
| August 09, 2006
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
| May 03, 2006
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
| March 22, 2006
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
| March 07, 2006
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