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Review: Detention

The Breakfast Club meets Scream 2
A knife-wielding maniac plots his exploits off of a popular slasher film.   If you were to call out Joseph Kahn for unabashedly ripping this plot straight from Scream 2 , he'd probably take it as a compliment.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  April 12, 2012


Review: Goon

Ode to the brawl
A Slapshot-worshipping, proudly raunchy ode to hockey's enforcers, Goon repeats a mock-poetic motif of blood and teeth wafting slo-mo towards the ice.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 12, 2012

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Review: Mirror Mirror

The least magical adaptation of a fairy tale ever made
Had Tarsem Singh given his dwarves names that described his film they might be: Ugly, Creepy, Murky, Listless, Pathological, Sadistic, and Inane.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 03, 2012

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Review: The Wrath of the Titans

Sword & sandal frenzy
The folks who gave us the bombastic 3D remake of Clash of the Titans unleash Jonathan Liebesman's Wrath , and it's sensational — if you like being stuffed into a trash can and rolled down a hill.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 10, 2012

Review:Being Flynn

Review: Being Flynn

Father complex
If you're a fan of Nick Flynn's stunning 2004 memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, you're probably concerned about whether Being Flynn director Paul Weitz will do justice to Flynn's exploration of grief, homelessness, and father-son relationships on the streets of '80s-era Boston.
By: THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  March 28, 2012

Thousand Words

Review: A Thousand Words

The latest opus from auteur Brian Robbins
"What happens when all the leaves fall off?" celebrity guru Dr. Sinja (Cliff Curtis) asks Jack McCall (Eddie Murphy) after a Bodhi tree has magically sprouted in Jack's backyard.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 14, 2012

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Review: 21 Jump Street

More than just a rehash
Everyone bemoans the endless sequels and remakes, but occasionally a treasure like Phil Lord and Chris Miller's 21 Jump Street comes along that redeems the rehashing.
By: MONICA CASTILLO  |  March 15, 2012

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Review: Casa de Mi Padre

Matt Piedmont's spoof of Mexican cinema
Will Ferrell is the macho ranchero with a heart of gold in Matt Piedmont's parody.
By: MONICA CASTILLO  |  March 15, 2012

Review: Silent House

Review: Silent House

Quietly sinister
Shot in a single, continuous take, Chris Kentis and Laura Lau's Silent House crackles with a gnawing anxiety like that which defined their debut, Open Water .
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  March 08, 2012

Review: John Carter

Review: John Carter

Too many moving parts
Like its four-armed Tharks and its ten-legged Calot, this adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs's series of sci-fi novels has too many moving parts for its own good.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 08, 2012


Review: Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

3D animated spectacular
Regrettably, this team loses a lot of Seuss's quirkiness, though not the message about corporate greed and slash-and-burn imperialism.
By: TOM MEEK  |  March 01, 2012

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Review: Project X

Done before and better
When you start making negative comparisons to films like Porky's , you know a film has problems.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 01, 2012

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Review: Gone

Heitor Dhalia's moody but middling thriller
The Portland police department won't be too happy to see themselves outclassed by Amanda Seyfried's big-eyed, waifish Jill in Heitor Dhalia's moody but middling thriller.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 28, 2012

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Review: Act of Valor

The Navy SEALs' killing of Bin Laden, in film form
New York congressman John King is investigating alleged collusion between the CIA and those involved in Kathryn Bigelow's film about the Navy SEALs' killing of Bin Laden, pressuring the studio into holding up the release until after the Presidential election to avoid charges of partisanship.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 28, 2012

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Review: Tyler Perry's Good Deeds

Perry's latest melodrama
Tyler Perry is no Douglas Sirk. In his latest melodrama, his uptight exec, San Francisco software company CEO Wesley Deeds, is no Madea, either. Hell, Deeds doesn't even know who he is himself.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  February 28, 2012

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Review: Wanderlust

Goofy gags
Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston star as an unemployed New York couple who, while on the road, chance upon a commune and decide to try the make-love-not-money lifestyle.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  February 28, 2012


Will Harvey have his way with the Oscars again?

Beyond Help
Like Mitt Romney, the inevitable but unlovable Republican presidential nominee, The Artist looks like a sure bet for most of the top Oscars, which will be presented on February 26.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 27, 2012

Ghost Rider 3D: Spirit of Vengeance

Review: Ghost Rider 3D: Spirit of Vengeance

Movie hell
The filmmakers deliver some gorgeous landscape shots of Asia Minor and leverage the 3D perspective to good effect, but the time between such moments of relief can seem like an eternity of movie hell.
By: Tom Meek  |  February 21, 2012


Review: This Means War

Spy vs. Spy territory
What promises to be a modern Jules and Jim (until you realize it's directed by a 43-year-old who calls himself "McG") quickly devolves into Spy vs. Spy territory, only with incompetently staged and edited action and little of that ol' Mad magazine zing.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  February 16, 2012


Review: Safe House

Daniel Espinosa's spy thriller
Daniel Espinosa's over-edited but engaging spy thriller delves into edgy territory untouched by any of the numerous movies it imitates: it has Brendan Gleeson do an American accent.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 15, 2012


Review: The Vow

Notebook knock-off
Michael Sucsy's The Vow's tag line, "based on a true story," is the only sincere moment in a film that will bring you to tears — of boredom.
By: MONICA CASTILLO  |  February 15, 2012

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