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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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Review: Fast and Furious

More fast stuff go boom
More fast stuff go boom
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 07, 2009

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Review: Alien Trespass

Reto-monsters retro-rampage
If you were ever a fan of those '50s and '60s sci-fi flicks whose trademarks were hoky FX, an eerie theremin soundtrack, and a rubber-suited monster, then Alien Trespass should scratch your nostalgia bone.
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 01, 2009

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Review: Monsters Vs. Aliens

A force to be reckoned with
Susan Murphy (voice of Reese Witherspoon) has it all: she's about to marry the love of her life and jet off to Paris.
By: TOM MEEK  |  March 24, 2009

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Review: Knowing

The plot is a sham, and Proyas's slick visuals do little to dress it up.
Although he's an MIT astrophysicist, John doesn't use science to go at the mystery so much as pints of whiskey and lunatic calls to the FBI.
By: TOM MEEK  |  March 18, 2009

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Review: Phoebe in Wonderland

An awkward yet rewarding wonderment
No, not every movie with a precocious, infectiously cute young girl has to star Dakota Fanning — there's also her sister Elle.
By: TOM MEEK  |  March 11, 2009



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Review: Race to Witch Mountain

The film is no E.T. , though it does boast self-interested government agents as the baddies.
In Andy Fickman's blow-up of Alexander Key's book there's no venerable elder thespian, like Eddie Arnold or Bette Davis, rounding out his or her career.
By: TOM MEEK  |  March 10, 2009

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Review: Madea Goes to Jail

Laughs in a tent dress
After a few Madea-less sojourns, Tyler Perry brings back his colossal cross-dressed caricature.
By: TOM MEEK  |  February 25, 2009

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Review: The Pink Panther 2

An all-too-familiar stink
Part "deux" of the resurrected Blake Edwards's franchise returns Steve Martin as the hapless Inspector Clouseau.
By: TOM MEEK  |  February 04, 2009

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Review: Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

Sinks to the same level as the other Underworlds
This third Underworld installment actually makes some sense.
By: TOM MEEK  |  January 27, 2009

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Review: New In Town

Predictable squalls of melodrama and touching resolve flow like "poop through a tall Swede"
In the teeth of the recession, this fluffy Renée Zellweger vehicle uncorks a fairy-tale panacea for the latest CNN economic update.
By: TOM MEEK  |  January 27, 2009



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Review: My Bloody Valentine 3-D

Not for the squeamish
Back in the early '80s, before Michael, Jason, and Freddy took off as slasher all-stars, there were other less famous genre seedlings, like the homonymous source for this pedestrian hack-'em-up about a pickax-wielding wonk gone berserk in a sleepy mining town.
By: TOM MEEK  |  January 20, 2009

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Review: Outlander

It's the viewer who's in real danger
One can only imagine writer/director Howard McCain on vacation at a Norwegian fjord and gazing up into the starry night and hatching this brilliant idea: Beowulf from Outer Space.
By: TOM MEEK  |  January 20, 2009

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Review: Hotel for Dogs

Aw-shucks cuteness
In Thor Freudenthal's heartwarming wag based on Lois Duncan's book, the strays aren't your usual mangy curs but well-groomed pedigreed show dogs.
By: TOM MEEK  |  January 20, 2009

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Review: The Unborn

Oy
'Tis the season of the Hollywood dumps.
By: TOM MEEK  |  January 13, 2009

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Holding firm

Bill Duke's Not Easily Broken
 It's an uneven yet affecting effort, clotted with cliché and stereotype early on but becoming confluent and even provocative as it places a salient spin on responsibility, race, and going the distance.
By: TOM MEEK  |  January 09, 2009



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Review: The Tale of Despereaux

A glorified hunk of cheese
This animated mouse epic aspires to grand scale but falters in its execution.
By: TOM MEEK  |  December 16, 2008

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Review: Delgo

Somewhat less impressive than the Geico gecko
In a far-away animated land resembling Middle-earth by way of George Lucas's Clone Wars , two races clash over a common territory in a situation akin to the current conflict in the Middle East.
By: TOM MEEK  |  December 16, 2008

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Punisher: War Zone

Punishment level high
As former commando turned Cosa Nostra terminator Frank Castle, Ray Stevenson is pretty much what you'd expect — all business.
By: TOM MEEK  |  December 11, 2008

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Nothing Like the Holidays

A fruitcake is a fruitcake is a fruitcake
Alfredo De Villa's uneven regifting of Home for the Holidays wraps up a Latin family Christmas in familiar paper and bows.
By: TOM MEEK  |  December 11, 2008

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Transporter 3

A poor man’s version of the latest James Bond outing
The new Transporter spills out in a jumble of frenetic action vignettes.
By: TOM MEEK  |  November 26, 2008


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