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Review: The Day the Earth Stood Still

We're doomed
The scene set in McDonald's makes sense, unlike the rest of the plot.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  December 17, 2008


Review: Yes Man

The correct answer is "No"
Once the one-note joke's been established, everything else follows with plodding, mechanical predictability.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  December 16, 2008


Wish-fulfillment for a burning world

The 2008 heroic holiday DVD and Blu-ray gift guide
From the shining big-screen debut of Iron Man to the large amounts of green produced by the Incredible Hulk, this was the year the public couldn't get enough of their favorite heroes.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  December 11, 2008


Were the World Mine

A clumsy, queer take on the Bard
High School Musical 3 not quite the gay romp you were hoping for?
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  December 05, 2008


In the realm of Oshima

The HFA looks back at the bad boy of Japanese cinema
The HFA looks back at the bad boy of Japanese cinema
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  December 05, 2008


Four Christmases

Tests the audiences' tolerance of grim cheer
Rather than the typical snowstorm that strands characters in a Holiday-themed comedy, it's heavy cloud cover that keeps San Francisco couple Brad and Kate from catching their flight to Fiji.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  December 05, 2008


Drowning in a sea of red

Seeing Saw
As a film critic, I'm obliged to approach every film with an open mind.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  November 07, 2008


Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

An uninspired sit-com packed with Hollywood stars
It’s a light entertainment that can cash in with election-weary audiences.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  November 05, 2008


Pride and Glory

Overwrought, derivative police procedural
Here comes director Gavin O’Connor ( Miracle ) to demonstrate that threatening a baby — especially with a hot iron — will never be acceptable.  
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  October 31, 2008


Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Full of raunch and snappy dialogue
Kevin Smith’s ear for raunch is as piquant as ever, but he’s moved beyond his usual unconvincing leads to Judd Apatow regulars Rogen and Craig Robinson.  
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  October 28, 2008


Max Payne

Bloodless, PG-13-rated action noir
No longer the undercover DEA agent of the game, Max oversees NYPD “cold case” files. They don’t come much colder than this one.  
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  October 25, 2008


Body of Lies

Another forgettable thriller
For a film dealing with Intelligence, Body of Lies has little enough of its own.  
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  October 16, 2008


Eagle Eye

A credulity-be-damned plot
The trouble with Shia? He’s no Henry Fonda, Jimmy Stewart, or Cary Grant.  
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  October 02, 2008


Interview: Simon Pegg

Shaun of the Dead star on losing friends, alienating people, and wanking off to Gillian Anderson
Thirty-eight-year-old British actor Simon Pegg’s US star has been on the rise since his zombie-movie parody Shaun of the Dead shuffled into multiplexes back in 2004.  
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  October 01, 2008


My Best Friend's Girl

Predictability ensues. Hilarity doesn’t.
How many awful films must audiences sit through before producers realize that Dane Cook is not a romantic lead?
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 24, 2008


The Lucky Ones

A contrived film about the war in Iraq
A roller-coaster ride toward spurious patriotism; a road trip transporting unlucky viewers from hoo-rah to ho-hum.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 24, 2008



A grosteque and unbelievable adaptation
Towelhead is the type of tripe that poses as enlightenment in “important” Oscar winners like Crash and American Beauty .
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 17, 2008


Righteous Kill

A predictable, tedious thriller
It’s been nearly a decade since Al Pacino and Robert De Niro were choosing roles based on quality rather than cash.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 17, 2008


The Women

A Botoxed ode to Saks Fifth Avenue
Rewritten, directed, and produced by Diane English in a flat style that betrays both her TV roots and her status as a first-time director.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 09, 2008


Disaster Movie

Devoid of laughs or recognizable actors
Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (the hacks behind Date Movie and Epic Movie ) unleashed their second witless rehash of pop culture references this year.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 03, 2008


Devil at the Gate

Giving voice to Red Heroine
The ensemble has spent the better part of a decade composing and performing soundtracks for silent films, creating their own brand of musical alchemy.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 05, 2008

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