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Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

Ferris Bueller, sans the wit and charm
I don't know what the original wimp, Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon), in Jeff Kinney's novels is like, but in this second screen adaptation, he's less a nebbish than a self-interested conniver in the mold of Ferris Bueller, sans the wit and charm.
By: TOM MEEK  |  March 31, 2011

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Review: Battle: Los Angeles

Jerry Bruckheimer's version of a "Be All You Can Be" PSA
This alien-invasion thriller feels like something Jerry Bruckheimer might whip up if the Army asked him to take on its "Be All That You Can Be" campaign.
By: TOM MEEK  |  March 17, 2011

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Review: Mars Needs Moms

Animated morality lesson for earth children...in 3D!
In this animated morality lesson from Disney directed by Simon Wells, the Red Planet is ruled by a self-appointed megalomaniac guarded by a phalanx of heavily armed females and maintained by propaganda and spin.
By: TOM MEEK  |  March 10, 2011

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Review: Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son

Granny-panty flimsy plots a-poppin'
Family debate gets put on hold when Malcolm's grind as an FBI agent evokes the wrath of Eastern Bloc baddies with moles in the agency.
By: TOM MEEK  |  February 23, 2011

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Review: The Roommate

Bloodless, sexless (and tired) Single White Female riff
There's little in this girl-gone-wild thriller directed by Christian E. Christiansen that you haven't seen before and better - in SingleWhite Female, The Crush, and even Scream, to name a few.
By: TOM MEEK  |  February 15, 2011

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Review: The Mechanic

Hackneyed retooling of a 1972 thriller
Maybe films were better in the '70s.
By: TOM MEEK  |  March 25, 2011



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Review: The Dilemma

Note to Vaughn: it's time to move on.
Such defining efforts as Cocoon and Apollo 13 seem light years away for Ron Howard after his meanderings in the pages of Dan Brown ( The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons ) and this tripe about men behaving badly.
By: TOM MEEK  |  January 19, 2011

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Review: Casino Jack


Not to be confused with the insightful documentary Casino Jack and the United States of Money by the prolific Alex Gibney, this docudrama is nonetheless a fitting bookend.
By: TOM MEEK  |  January 06, 2011

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Review: The Warrior's Way

Dong-gun Jang's worst enemy: his director
Dong-gun Jang's worst enemy: his director
By: TOM MEEK  |  December 08, 2010

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Interview: Edward Zwick, director of Love and Other Drugs

Beyond Glory days
Ed Zwick on Glory , the go-go '90s, and Cialis-bathtub symbolism.
By: TOM MEEK  |  November 26, 2010

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Review: Made in Dagenham

Hawkins gets fiery as union leader
Back in the '60s, a ragtag lot of seamstresses at the Ford Dagenham auto plant in East London cast a rock at the glass ceiling by demanding equal pay.
By: TOM MEEK  |  November 23, 2010



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Review: Skyline

Think Plan 9 From Outer Space with better visuals
After a night of partying, a jaded crew of revelers wake up to find that the planet has been invaded by bloodthirsty aliens.
By: TOM MEEK  |  November 16, 2010

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Review: Unstoppable

Washington, Dawson, Pine can only hope it's containable
Runaway projectiles have always made for intriguing character studies.
By: TOM MEEK  |  February 24, 2011

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Review: Boxing Gym

Frederick Wiseman serves up blood, sweat, and hypnotic cadences
Whatever his subject matter, documentarian Frederick Wiseman has always been concerned with blood and sweat.
By: TOM MEEK  |  November 11, 2010

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Review: Saw VII 3D

Going out with a whimper
All the freshness of a hacked-off body part from Saw I.
By: TOM MEEK  |  November 02, 2010

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Review: Due Date

Phillips, Downey, Galifianakis just barely deliver
Phillips, Downey, Galifianakis just barely deliver
By: TOM MEEK  |  November 02, 2010



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As 'Superman' debuts, risks and rewards of school reform made plain

The Academy
The documentary Waiting for "Superman" opens this week — an ambitious film that aims to bring the debate over education reform into every household.
By: TOM MEEK  |  September 30, 2010

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Review: Waiting for Superman

Guggenheim suggests the wait will be long for America's schools
If you were wondering about the state of our education system, Davis Guggenheim's documentary won't make you feel very optimistic.
By: TOM MEEK  |  September 28, 2010

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Interview: Davis Guggenheim, director of Waiting for Superman

Out with the Old School
Davis Guggenheim has always been a man on a mission.
By: TOM MEEK  |  October 04, 2010

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Review: Easy A

Emma Stone brings her A game
At least Emma Stone gets high marks in this teen comedy.
By: TOM MEEK  |  September 21, 2010

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Review: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

Good Owls vs. Evil Owls — so who gives a hoot?
The screen adaptation of Kathryn Lasky's children's books takes familiar themes and puts feathers on them.
By: TOM MEEK  |  September 21, 2010


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