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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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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

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RocknRolla

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

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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

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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

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Quarantine

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



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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

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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

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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

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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

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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



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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

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Appaloosa

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

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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

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Elegy

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

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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



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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

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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

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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

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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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Wanted

A knockoff lacking zing
Leveraging the graphic novel by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones, the film manages one juicy nugget of inspiration with its bland protagonist.
By: TOM MEEK  |  June 25, 2008


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