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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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Review: Alpha and Omega

Talking-wolf movie includes one of Dennis Hopper's final performances
If Lionsgate wants to take a bite out of the animated film market dominated by Pixar and Disney, it’ll have to do better than this toothless stray.
By: TOM MEEK  |  September 16, 2010

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Review: Legendary

Cena holds his own
Indie-film fans could hardly have imagined the day that Patricia Clarkson would share the screen with the likes of WWE stud John Cena.
By: TOM MEEK  |  September 08, 2010

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Review: Takers

More like "Takers or Leavers"
Much of this LA-based actioner directed by John Luessenhop carries on like a generic TV crime drama propped up with a bristling score and rapid-fire flash cuts that redirect you from one disjointed situation to the next.
By: TOM MEEK  |  September 01, 2010

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Review: Nanny McPhee Returns

What lies beneath the prostheses?
This second entry in the Nanny McPhee franchise told me nothing further about the stoic title caretaker.
By: TOM MEEK  |  August 28, 2010

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Review: Step Up 3D

Pass the Dramamine
The third installment of the urban dance series takes one step forward and three back.
By: TOM MEEK  |  August 11, 2010



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Review: Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

Because the kiddies really need a spoof of Silence of the Lambs
If you missed C&D1 , not to worry — few of the original cast are back.
By: TOM MEEK  |  July 28, 2010

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Review: Grown Ups

Puerile adult humor ensues
For a scant idea involving a potpourri of SNL alums, Grown Up s is a lot funnier than it should be.
By: TOM MEEK  |  June 24, 2010

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Review: Killers

Did we ask to see Ashton Kutcher as 007?
As a CIA operative in Robert Luketic's spy thriller/rom-com, Ashton Kutcher looks strapping, if nothing else.
By: TOM MEEK  |  June 09, 2010

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Shake Your Booty for a Bounty

Dance for Your Supper Dept.
Like in other businesses, family connections are important in filmmaking. Just ask Kate Hudson and Michael Douglas.
By: TOM MEEK  |  June 02, 2010

Pedal promise

The ongoing perils and recent improvements en route to a riding renaissance.
Boston has its fair share of deserving bad reputations: the sports fans whined for some 86 years about a “curse” because the Red Sox couldn’t seal the deal; the drivers are terrible; and, thanks in no small part to those driving skills, the city’s streets were thrice voted by Bicycling Magazine as some of the worst in the country for cyclists.
By: TOM MEEK  |  May 13, 2010



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Review: Mother And Child

Working through cinematic mother issues
Elizabeth is a city-hopping attorney with plenty of career drive and no attachments — she treats her lovers with black-widow disdain.
By: TOM MEEK  |  May 12, 2010

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Cycle killers

With its own porn, polo, and personalities, bike culture in Boston isn’t just about getting to work any more
Clearly, this isn’t the sport of gentlemen unfolding at, say, the Myopia Hunt Club in Hamilton, but rather urban bike polo at a street-hockey pit in Allston. Many are dressed in black and look like refugees from a club Goth night. Participants sometimes wear Mexican-wrestler masks, while others have no shirts on at all. 
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 30, 2010

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Review: Oceans

Disney dumbs down nature yet again
Despite the talents of Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud — the Oscar-nominated duo behind Winged Migration , who once again contribute their amazing, in-the-midst-of photography — the most striking thing about Oceans is its banality.
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 21, 2010

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Bike Porn cranks your gears in Cambridge

Blown tires?
If you still want to view steamy cinema in a public setting, we have a festival for you
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 14, 2010

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Review: The Perfect Game

Knocking it out of the park
Hokum and maudlin manipulation abound in William Dear’s real-life drama about a team from Monterrey (here depicted as an impoverished Mexican shantytown) that goes on to win the 1957 Little League World Series.
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 14, 2010



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Review: Date Night

Like a full season of a sit-com packed into one movie
Must-see-TV leads Steve Carell ( The Office ) and Tina Fey ( 30 Rock ) team up in this night-out-gone-wrong comedy as a bored Jersey couple seeking to put some romance back into their marriage.
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 14, 2010

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Review: The Square

Stuntman directs a solid noir
Killing in the name of love, even if it’s accidental, has profound consequences in Nash Edgerton’s macabre Aussie noir.
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 14, 2010

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Review: When You’re Strange

Doesn’t open any new Doors
If you’re a Doors fan, your inner Jim Morrison will be stoked by the vast archival footage in When You’re Strange .
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 08, 2010

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Interview: Ray Manzarek of the Doors

The return of the Lizard King, sort of
It’s been nearly 40 years since the death of Jim Morrison, but the surviving members of the Doors, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and percussionist John Densmore have kept soldiering on, playing in various reformations of the ground-breaking band.  The meteoric rise of the band is chronicled in the new documentary, When You’re Strange.
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 05, 2010

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Review: The Last Song

Emotional kidney punches involving arson, divorce, and sea turtle eggs
Bestselling novelist Nicholas Sparks ( The Notebook , Dear John ) and effervescent ’tween queen Miley Cyrus hook up for one of Sparks’s patented tearjerkers.
By: TOM MEEK  |  March 31, 2010


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