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Review: Tower Heist

Employees plot to take back what was rightfully theirs from an embezzling billionaire
Ruth Madoff's 60 Minutes interview last week might as well have been set up by the makers of Tower Heist .
By: ANN LEWINSON  |  November 08, 2011


Review: A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas

Harold and Kumar are back, still high
"Hasn't the whole 3D thing jumped the shark by now?"
By: ANN LEWINSON  |  November 08, 2011

Short Take: J. Edgar

Review: J. Edgar

DiCaprio as right-wing hero J. Edgar Hoover
Filmmaker Clint Eastwood, famously Republican, portrays right-wing hero J. Edgar Hoover, the late FBI head, as a self-aggrandizing, conniving bully and mama's boy who broke the law whenever he wanted to bring anyone down.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  November 08, 2011

Immortals Short Take

Review: Immortals

Tarsem Singh's "visionary" directing
In Ancient Greece a stonemason is plucked from obscurity to battle evil while a posse of beautiful gods looks on from their fabulous Olympian penthouse, before plunging earthwards to kick mortal butt.
By: SHEILA JOHNSTON  |  November 10, 2011

In time movie

Review: In Time

Andrew Niccol's sci-fi allegory
"I don't have time to explain," Will (Justin Timberlake) says at the beginning of Andrew Niccol's sci-fi allegory. Well, I've still got a few questions. Like, if this is the future, why is everyone driving a '63 Lincoln?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 01, 2011


Review: Martha Marcy May Marlene

Helter shelter
As implied by the title of Sean Durkin's coldly confident, insidiously haunting first feature, personal identity can be a fragile thing.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 26, 2011

The Rum Diary

Review: The Rum Diary

Depp as the younger Hunter S. Thompson
It's neat seeing Depp, more than a decade after his balding Raoul Duke in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas , as the younger Hunter S. Thompson, softening mannerisms later made brittle with cocaine, even if the performance is all surface.
By: ANN LEWINSON  |  October 25, 2011

Puss in Boots

Review: Puss in Boots 3-D

More from the best character of the  Shrek franchise
A mad scientist in The Skin I Live In and a talking cat in Puss in Boots : is there anything Antonio Banderas can't do?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 25, 2011

the three musketeers 2011

Review: The Three Musketeers

Paul W.S. Anderson's gimcracky adaptation
Despite an inspired climax, it's all for fun, but not fun for all.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 25, 2011

Paranormal activity

Review: Paranormal Activity 3

Little to offer
Aside from the fan-cam, 3 has little to offer: the camera is shakier and 2 's ludicrous backstory is continued.
By: ANN LEWINSON  |  October 25, 2011

short take anonymous

Review: Anonymous

Absurd entertainment
For most folks, if Shakespeare didn't write those plays, it wouldn't be the end of the world. Nor does it seem a likely topic for Roland Emmerich, whose films usually are about the end of the world.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 25, 2011

Faire in Love

Review: All's Faire In Love

Scott Marshall's Renn Faire stinker
It seems that before actually performing in a Renaissance Faire, actors first have to appear in a movie about one.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 25, 2011

The Thing 3

Review: The Thing

Alien meets 30 Days of Night
It's Alien meets 30 Days of Night when a crew of Americans and Norwegians dig up something otherworldly in the Antarctic ice.
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  October 18, 2011

Johnny English

Review: Johnny English Reborn

A small improvement
Like 2007's underrated Mr. Bean's Holiday, Johnny English Reborn, directed by Oliver Parker, improves on its unwatchable predecessor.
By: ANN LEWINSON  |  October 18, 2011

Mighty Macs 3

Review: The Mighty Macs

A study in stereotypes
Based on a true story, but drawing on every underdog sports movie ever made, Tim Chambers's tale of Immaculata College's 1971 championship women's basketball team had me going — up to the regional semi-finals.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 18, 2011

Norman 3

Review: Norman

Suburban settings
Cancer seems to be the breakout star of indie films this season. In Jonathan Segal's Norman , it gets its hands on the title character's father and is the catalyst for his emotional turmoil and social alienation, though you get the feeling he was never too well adjusted to begin with.
By: NINA MASHUROVA  |  October 18, 2011


Review: Puncture

Facing down fat cats
Though drawn from a true story, Adam and Mark Kassen's drama falls into the pattern of films like The Verdict in which a crapulous barrister gets a second chance by taking on a case of David-versus-Goliath injustice.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 18, 2011


Review: Footloose

Footloose gets a facelift
The original Footloose (1984) came at the dawn of the MTV era; its remake is driven by today's dance competitions.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  October 12, 2011


Review: The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence

Tom Six's version of a love train
Those who lost their cookies over "Two Girls, One Cup" should stay away from Tom Six's twisted follow-up to one of the sickest — and most ingenious — contributions to torture porn in some time.
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  October 13, 2011

Trespass 3

Review: Trespass

Home invasion
If Rod Lurie's errant remake of Straw Dogs didn't tickle your morbid fear of home invasion, then perhaps the latest from Joel Schumacher ( Falling Down ) might do the job.
By: TOM MEEK  |  October 13, 2011


Review: The Way

Martin Sheen embarks on a treacly sweet emotional hike
Charlie Sheen finally drops dead in The Way . Oh, my mistake — that might be the subject of a future documentary, and not of this treacly inspirational drama starring his 70-year-old dad, Martin.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  October 04, 2011

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