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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



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


The Happening

Shyamalan has lost his sixth sense
If you’ve ever seen a M. Night Shyamalan film, you know what’s happening.
By: TOM MEEK  |  June 18, 2008


Control freaks

Get Smart dumbs down
Back in the ’60s, those crafty cranks Mel Brooks and Buck Henry spun the red-scare spook biz into a sit-com full of wit and absurdity featuring rival agencies KAOS and Control.
By: TOM MEEK  |  June 17, 2008


Mother of Tears: The Third Mother

Schlock of the finest cult caliber
Horror impresario Dario Argento rounds out his “Three Mothers” trilogy some 30 years after he titillated gore fanatics with Suspiria and Inferno .
By: TOM MEEK  |  June 04, 2008


The Strangers

A home-invasion nightmare
Bryan Bertino’s psycho-thriller gets the job done for nearly two-thirds of its length. But when it shows its hand, it folds.
By: TOM MEEK  |  May 28, 2008


What Happens in Vegas

Clunky and predictable
Despite its aching predictability, Kutcher’s clunkiness, and Tom Vaughan’s jerky direction, the film and the couple actually grow on you — mostly thanks to Diaz.
By: TOM MEEK  |  May 14, 2008


Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantánamo Bay

Too much melodrama
The tone shifts erratically, but not enough to blunt the appeal of a bottomless bikini party or Neil Patrick Harris downing ’shrooms and ravaging a whorehouse.
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 30, 2008


88 Minutes

Beat the clock or die
Al Pacino may have The Godfather and Dog Day Afternoon to rest his laurels on, but some of his later endeavors, like this ill-conceived thriller, are best forgotten.
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 23, 2008


Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?

Nobody knows
Last time we saw documentarian Morgan Spurlock, he was downing McDonald’s fries in Supersize Me.
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 16, 2008


Prom Night

 A bloodless slasher flick
The original Prom Night (1980) wasn’t all that original.
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 16, 2008


Forgetting Sarah Marshall

A limp comedic effort
Judd Apatow gave the dick joke a shot of Viagra in Knocked Up and Superbad .
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 16, 2008


The Forbidden Kingdom

Big screen fairy tale
Hong Kong action stars Jackie Chan and Jet Li don’t stray too far from type in this big-screen fairy tale: Chan plays a drunken kung fu master and Li’s a stoic monk with lethal reflexes.
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 16, 2008


The Ruins

Vegetation and gore
A group of archæologically minded twentysomethings check out an ancient Mayan temple in the Mexican jungle and wind up with hell to pay.
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 09, 2008



A plucky play that takes its eyes off the ball
Behind the camera and in front of it, George Clooney has glorified screwjobs (Chuck Barris) and romanticized bygone eras.
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 09, 2008



Strange but slickly done
Demi Moore in a British heist caper and dressed like Jackie O?
By: TOM MEEK  |  March 27, 2008


College Road Trip

Another Martin Lawrence shtick
Every time I go to see a Martin Lawrence movie, I keep thinking, when are they going to finally pull the plug?
By: TOM MEEK  |  March 12, 2008


Cidade dos Homens|City of Men

A chilling gangland epic
Beneath the gunfire, Morelli captures the horror of drugs, poverty, and doomed lives, in particular the intergenerational turmoil of fathers and sons.
By: TOM MEEK  |  February 27, 2008



A grand idea
This Will Ferrell send-up attempts to do for bush-league basketball what Bull Durham did for baseball and Slap Shot for hockey.
By: TOM MEEK  |  February 27, 2008


Step Up 2:The Streets

A step ahead of the rest
The ambiguous commentary on race and class takes second billing once director Jon Chu lights up the back-alley sets and lets the dancers loose.
By: TOM MEEK  |  February 20, 2008


Charlie Bartlett

A rich kid on the road to comeuppance
Yelchin can claim a breakthrough, and Hope Davis adds sass as Charlie’s pill-popping mom.
By: TOM MEEK  |  February 20, 2008

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