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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


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


The Haunting of Molly Hartley

A flimsy ghostly-possession puff piece
It’s like a bad teen drama with a spook factor.
By: TOM MEEK  |  November 05, 2008



Plot holes spackled over with slick visual wizardry
Wilkinson and Butler put in game performances, and the rest of the eclectic ensemble perform with gusto.
By: TOM MEEK  |  November 06, 2008


Saw V

The previous entries have bled dry every variation on tormenting a victim
As always, several unluckies get to squirm through a maze of death; meanwhile, a rogue FBI agent (Scott Patterson) tries to make sense of it all.  
By: TOM MEEK  |  October 31, 2008


Sex Drive

The usual preoccupation with nut sacks and virgins
Sex Drive doesn’t venture anywhere new, but it makes the same old scenery amusing again.  
By: TOM MEEK  |  October 15, 2008



About as scary as a creaky door
Every second horror film these days seems to be shot by some desperate character with a hand-held digital camera who half the time is running for his or her life.  
By: TOM MEEK  |  October 15, 2008


Morning Light

A curio of a documentary
If it weren’t for the ritzy camera work and the trumped-up soundtrack orchestrated by directors Paul Crowder and Mark Monroe, this tub would be dead in the water.  
By: TOM MEEK  |  October 15, 2008


The Express

Football bio-pic offers a reflection on our not-so-proud past
Ernie Davis may be the greatest running back never to play in the NFL.  
By: TOM MEEK  |  October 09, 2008


Beverly Hills Chihuahua

A kooky Disney cross-breed
About the only one who unleashes any enthusiasm is Jamie Lee Curtis as Chloe’s obscenely rich owner.  
By: TOM MEEK  |  October 09, 2008


Appaloosa (2008)

A revisionist Western in the vein of Unforgiven
From its shaky start, you’d think Appaloosa a first-time effort, but director/star Ed Harris already has Pollock to his credit.  
By: TOM MEEK  |  October 02, 2008


Nights in Rodanthe

Weepy, made-for-TV material
Diane Lane has become typecast as the older, disenfranchised woman who runs away to find solace but instead rediscovers romance, or at least sex.
By: TOM MEEK  |  September 24, 2008


Bangkok Dangerous

Like a Nine Inch Nails video in need of trimming for YouTube
For genre fare Hollywood has long turned to Asia for a creative spark.
By: TOM MEEK  |  September 09, 2008



Unexpected and rewarding despite conventional scenarios
A revisionist Western in the vein of Unforgiven , it plumbs the gray areas in black-and-white frontier justice.
By: TOM MEEK  |  September 09, 2008


The House Bunny

Cheap gags and the requisite amount of T+A
Once again Anna Faris, the only reason to see the Scary Movie franchise, adds undeserved riches to an awful premise.
By: TOM MEEK  |  August 27, 2008



Sex and power dominate in this Roth adaptation
Cruz, who bares all in her finest performance since her days as Pedro Almodóvar’s muse.
By: TOM MEEK  |  August 20, 2008


Fly Me to the Moon

Doesn't muster much buzz
First chimps and now bugs get to go into orbit — that’s right, the title of this film refers to the common housefly.
By: TOM MEEK  |  August 13, 2008


Hell Ride

Spaghetti western and Hell's Angels turf war
Bishop the director loses touch with Bishop the actor, and then, as scriptwriter, he sails overboard with inane cunnilingus cockamamie.
By: TOM MEEK  |  August 05, 2008


Step Brothers

Farting sets the standard of good taste
Step Brothers should answer any doubts as to whether Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are cinema’s reigning lovable losers.
By: TOM MEEK  |  July 23, 2008


Space Chimps

Witty and ingeniously conceived
Audiences may be ga-ga over WALL•E these days, but as far as space-faring animation for the family goes, Space Chimps is a respectable also-ran.
By: TOM MEEK  |  July 16, 2008


Meet Dave

A humorless ET-tale
Murphy gives it his best shot, but the humorless script and the overuse of funhouse FX by director Brian Robbins implode Dave on the launch pad.
By: TOM MEEK  |  July 16, 2008

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