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Movie Review: “This Is 40″

Movie Review: “This Is 40″

Universal(NEW YORK) — It’s the sequel we never asked for, regarding two characters we didn’t really care much about, even when we saw and liked Knocked Up.  At least, we didn’t care enough to see an entire movie based on them.&n…

Movie Review: "Red Dawn"

Movie Review: "Red Dawn"

Comstock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) — Red Dawn is a remake of a mediocre film from 1984 that played on our fear of the Cold War possibly turning into a real war. How do you translate that to 2012? Well, you don’t. This movie was supposed to come…

Movie Review: "Rise of the Guardians"

Movie Review: "Rise of the Guardians"

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — What do One Direction and Justin Bieber have in common? Their fashion sense and various hairstyles were clearly influenced by Jack Frost! Really. Just check out Rise Of The Guardians and it’s clear the b…

Movie Review: "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2"

Movie Review: "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2"

Summit Pictures(NEW YORK) — To callously belittle the Twilight franchise is to insult thousands of people who have truly invested their hearts and souls into a movie franchise that, in many ways, has had a very real and profound impact on their lives….

Movie Review: "Skyfall"

Movie Review: "Skyfall"

MGM/Columbia Pictures(NEW YORK) — It only took three movies to get it absolutely right. In Casino Royale, Daniel Craig established himself as the new James Bond.  A different and sort of exciting Bond, yes, but he did nothing to convince the…

Movie Review: "Taken 2"

Movie Review: "Taken 2"

20th Century Fox(NEW YORK) — To quote Liam Neeson’s now-famous line from Taken, Taken 2 has a particular set of skills.  And it’s no good at any of them. Neeson is back in the sequel as former government super-agent Bryan Mills.  …

Movie Review: "End of Watch"

Movie Review: "End of Watch"

Open Road Films(NEW YORK) — Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena are very good at what they do. I’m not talking about their characters in End of Watch.  I’m talking about their vocation.  Gyllenhaal has had both critical and popular …

Movie Review: "The Master"

Movie Review: "The Master"

The Weinstein Company(NEW YORK) — In The Master, writer/director P.T. Anderson uses the founding of Scientology as the backdrop for his story.  But this is not a film about Scientology, nor does it ever refer to Scientology.  Instead, it is …

Movie Review: "The Words"

Movie Review: "The Words"

Jonathan Wenk/CBS Films(NEW YORK) — Hard work pays off, or so we’re told.  But for Bradley Cooper’s Rory Jansen, spending three years of his life writing a novel he’s sure is going to lead to success doesn’t pay off at all…

Movie Review: "Lawless"

Movie Review: "Lawless"

The Weinstein Company(NEW YORK) — If you put an ‘F’ in front of Lawless, you get flawless, and while I really like this movie, flawless it is not. Lawless is based on Matt Bondurant’s book The Wettest County in the World, the fictionalized story …

Movie Review: "Premium Rush"

Movie Review: "Premium Rush"

Columbia Pictures(NEW YORK) — Joseph Gordon-Levitt is an A-list actor with a Z-list attitude. He doesn’t look for publicity, doesn’t seem to like doing interviews and is focused on doing good work. The latest example is Premium Rush, in wh…

Movie Review: "The Expendables 2"

Movie Review: "The Expendables 2"

Frank Masi/Lionsgate(NEW YORK) — Explaining the plot of The Expendables 2 would be a lot like explaining the plot to MTV’s 16 and Pregnant.  It’s completely obvious and absolutely unnecessary.  Back for action following 2010′s The Expe…

Movie Review: "The Bourne Legacy"

Movie Review: "The Bourne Legacy"

Universal Pictures(NEW YORK) — When it comes to The Bourne Legacy, the natural first question is, “Will we miss Matt Damon?” Upon hearing Jeremy Renner was cast as a new agent — not Jason Bourne — to take over the franchise, I was t…

Movie Review: "The Watch"

Movie Review: "The Watch"

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Originally called Neighborhood Watch but re-titled The Watch in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, this comedy stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and newcomer (at least to U.S. audiences) Richard Ayoade….

Movie Review: "The Dark Knight Rises"

Movie Review: "The Dark Knight Rises"

Warner Bros. Pictures/TM and © DC Comics(NEW YORK) — The Dark Knight Rises is a case of love at first sight.
Part prologue, part teaser, at the beginning of The Dark Knight Rises we meet our antagonist, Bane. We don’t see him right away. In…

Movie Review: "Ice Age: Continental Drift"

Movie Review: "Ice Age: Continental Drift"

Blue Sky Studios/Fox(NEW YORK) — In Ice Age: Continental Drift, shift happens.  As in tectonic plates shifting, which means the land on which our friends Manny, Ellie, Sid and Diego live, is also shifting.  As the land breaks apart, Manny (v…

Movie Review: "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

Movie Review: "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — “They gonna know: once there was a Hushpuppy, and she lived with her daddy in The Bathtub.” That resonant proclamation is made by Hushpuppy, a six-year-old denizen of The Bathtub, a forgotten community …

Movie Review: "Katy Perry: Part of Me"

Movie Review: "Katy Perry: Part of Me"

Paramount Pictures(NEW YORK) — Katy Perry’s 3D concert film, Part of Me, definitely captures the candy-coated fun and excitement of Katy’s California Dreams concert tour, but it doesn’t shy away from the emotional turmoil the pop superstar experienced…

Movie Review: "Ted"

Movie Review: "Ted"

Indigo/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — I’m a year older than Seth MacFarlane. I think his show The Family Guy is one of the funniest ever created, but for an outlandish reason: Sometimes, it feels like McFarlane and his like-minded writers have been oc…

Movie Review: "Magic Mike"

Movie Review: "Magic Mike"

Claudette Barius/Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) — Magic Mike isn’t what you think it is, if you’ve seen the previews. It’s not a hilarious romp about male strippers. It’s a Steven Soderbergh movie, meaning it’s not going to be hilariou…

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