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Review: Sorority Row

Inadvertent murder leads to inadvertent camp
You can't fault young actresses (here including Rumer Willis, the daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, and Briana Evigan, who's nearly Moore's double) for jumping into a mindless movie like this one from Stewart Hendler.
By: TOM MEEK  |  September 16, 2009

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Review: Whiteout

CSI: Antarctica?
The title of this thriller from Dominic Sena ( Swordfish ) is supposed to describe a brutal Antarctic storm, but what's more likely to come to mind is the goop the film's phalanx of writers used to blot out boos-boos while revising the script.
By: TOM MEEK  |  September 16, 2009

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Review: The Final Destination

Can-we-cheat-death exercise takes a fourth go-round
David R. Ellis, who helmed Final Destination 2 , pretty much reworks the exact same shebang here.
By: TOM MEEK  |  September 02, 2009

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Review: My One and Only

A side of George Hamilton seldom seen these days
If you've thought of George Hamilton only as a B-celeb with a Day-Glo perma-tan, think again.
By: TOM MEEK  |  September 02, 2009

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Review: Shorts

Pre-pubescent palaver from Robert Rodriguez
Along with Grindhouse partner Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez is the reigning auteur of pulp cinema — but he also has a weakness for gonzo, FX-laden kiddie entertainment, like his Spy Kids trilogy.
By: TOM MEEK  |  August 19, 2009

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Review: GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra

 If only they'd brought Mr. Potato Head into the mix.
In the hands of director Stephen Sommers, who did better with the Mummy series, Joe looks like a cheap video game brightened by good actors.
By: TOM MEEK  |  August 13, 2009



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Review: The Ugly Truth

Not so much ugly as bland
The biting revelation promised by the title of Robert Luketic's fluff never bares its teeth.
By: TOM MEEK  |  July 22, 2009

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Review: My Sister's Keeper

Not quite the sum of its parts
Nick Cassavetes ( The Notebook ) gives competent direction to this weepie of the highest order, and there's an eclectic cast headed by Cameron Diaz, Jason Patric, and Little Miss Sunshine, Abigail Breslin.
By: TOM MEEK  |  July 01, 2009

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Review: Year One

Not everything Judd Apatow touches is gold.
Mel Brooks and the lads from Monty Python stormed through this territory with fierce farce. Here there's little farce, just a fusillade of flaccid dick jokes.
By: TOM MEEK  |  June 23, 2009

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Review: The Proposal

  Predictability and Betty White have much to do with the film's modest success
Anne Fletcher's comedy proves funnier and warmer than the dog-eared premise it hangs on: ice-bitch boss turns to her abused, resentful underling for an out-of-office favor, shows a shred of humanity, and love blossoms.
By: TOM MEEK  |  June 16, 2009

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Review: Easy Virtue

Jessica Biel does Noël Coward!
Jessica Biel stretches beyond her usual bimbo persona to attain some class in Stephan Elliott's adaptation of the Noël Coward play.
By: TOM MEEK  |  May 27, 2009



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Review: Dance Flick

Genre-bending crap
The Wayanses, purveyors of raunch and sharp social commentary on race, have a long tradition of assailing the mainstream for rich comedic farce.
By: TOM MEEK  |  May 27, 2009

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Review: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Dusting off the same old display cases
In the three years since last he was on screen, Ben Stiller's bored night guard, Larry Daley, has become a well-to-do hawker of infomercial crap, but he's still not in the right place.
By: TOM MEEK  |  May 19, 2009

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Review: Obsessed

Makes Fatal Attraction look like a masterpiece
As a troubled husband and wife, Idris Elba and Beyoncé Knowles don't lack for chemistry and credibility. You can't say as much for the film in which they play these roles.
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 29, 2009

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Review: Every Little Step

Dancers willing to do anything for their dream
Dancing with the Stars may be all the rage, but what of those who dance their little hearts out in obscurity?
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 28, 2009

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Review: The Soloist

Troubled reporter meets homeless musical genius
A small, real-life drama about a homeless musical genius set in the urban present.
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 21, 2009



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Review: The Lost Son of Havana

A fascinating look inside Cuba
Red Sox legend Luis Tiant left his native Cuba for pro baseball in 1961 and hadn't been back in 46 years.
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 15, 2009

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Review: Of All the Things

A touching portrait of a forgotten songwriter
Dennis Lambert may be the biggest hit machine you never heard of.
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 15, 2009

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Review: Shooting Beauty

Compassionate, and without pity
Sometimes just being a gifted artist doesn't mean you're the right person to tell the story.
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 15, 2009

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Review: Hannah Montana: The Movie

Never gets too heavy
Okay, I'll admit it: I'm a sucker for Miley Cyrus and her Hannah Montana TV persona.
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 15, 2009

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Review: 17 Again

The Efron-to-Perry link is hard to swallow
Burr Steers, who showed promise with Igby Goes Down , appears to be slumming it for the paycheck.
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 15, 2009


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