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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Easy jokes? Absolutely
Stupid? Sure, but laced with a strange sense of logic.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  December 19, 2007

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Close shave

Tim Burton’s latest is bloody good
If it weren’t for his beloved turn as Jack Sparrow in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, Johnny Depp would best be known as the cinematic alter ego of Tim Burton.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  December 18, 2007

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What Would Jesus Buy?

Shopocalypse flop
As much as Talen believes his shill, he’s a performance artist posing as a preacher, on a mission conceived with and funded by his producers.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  December 12, 2007

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Outsourced

Ah, globalism
When Todd Anderson loses his job managing a Seattle catalogue-fulfillment call center, he soon finds himself on a plane to India . . . to train his own replacement.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  December 12, 2007

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How To Cook Your Life

Bring coffee
Adored by students, immune to his tantrums (he cries more than the cast of Spider-Man 3 ), Brown is still an easy-going charmer.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  December 05, 2007

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Undoing

Noir makes a return
Tom Bower is the grizzled glue that keeps the picture from coming undone.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  December 05, 2007



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Blade Runner: The Final Cut

A cohesive revision from Ridley Scott
Neither the dick nor the dancer is entirely “human,” but that’s the clever conceit of Ridley Scott’s dystopian vision of 2019 Los Angeles.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  November 14, 2007

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Exiled

Bloody shootouts nearly taint the broth
Johnny To’s pistol-blazing follow-up to Election and Triad Election reunites him with much of the cast from his cinematic diptych.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  October 31, 2007

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Sharkwater

The horrors of the "shark-fin mafia"
Watson is briefly shown here clashing with pirates, only to be sued for doing so.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  October 31, 2007

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The Final Season

Unintentional sports comedy
Sean Astin’s latest starring role finds him aiming to hit the emotional high he achieved in 1993’s Rudy .
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  October 17, 2007

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We Own the Night

Gritty, macho, and lacking in grace
James Gray’s film is in dire need of plausibility.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  October 10, 2007



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And justice for one . . .

Clooney cleans up as Michael Clayton
“I’m not a miracle worker, I’m a janitor.”
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  October 03, 2007

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The Heartbreak Kid

Dragging out funny
The only honor the remake is likely to vie for is “most athletic sex scene” at the MTV Movie Awards. That, or “most audible queef.”
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  October 03, 2007

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Resident Evil: Extinction

A nail in the RE coffin
Meanwhile, the deep-pocketed Umbrella Corporation continues its nefarious schemes — puzzling, given the lack of commerce in an undead society.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 26, 2007

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Non-starter

Opening night at the 23rd Boston Film Festival
George Clooney’s Hub stopover this past Saturday night  was designed to draw attention to the 23-year-old Boston Film Festival.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 20, 2007

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Sydney White

An obvious, labored fairy tale
Joe Nussbaum’s created a genre mash-up, grafting on the plot of Revenge of the Nerds and . . . the climax of Spartacus ?
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 19, 2007



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Death Sentence

They don't get much worse than this
An all-out war between Hume and his gangland prey culminates in a ridiculously over-the-top shootout in an abandoned mental hospital.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 05, 2007

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Halloween

Oh, the horror
I have seen the origin of evil, and it’s feral, yet strangely . . . adorable.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 05, 2007

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3:10 to Yuma

Claustrophobia
It seeped like a cancer into his modestly expanded take on Elmore Leonard’s short two-hander set within the confined time and space of a hotel room.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 05, 2007

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The 11th Hour

Global warming made boring
Remember the “myth” of global warming?
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  August 22, 2007

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Monkey business

Champ versus chump in The King of Kong
Florida lawyer/video game scapegoater Jack Thompson has it all wrong.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  August 22, 2007


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