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Review: Love Ranch

"There's no business like ho business!"'
A worthwhile tale might lurk somewhere in Taylor Hackford's latest, but this flaccid look at the early days of Reno's legalized bordello business takes a fictionalized approach to history rather than the more fact-based strategy that enriched Hackford's Ray .
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  June 30, 2010


Review: Knight and Day

Cruise's creepiness only  adds to the role
With a mischievous grin, Roy Miller (Tom Cruise) gazes into the distrusting eyes of June Havens (Cameron Diaz), who’s spent the last 18 hours drugged unconscious, and explains why she’s not wearing her clothes.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  June 24, 2010


Review: Jonah Hex

Disfigured antihero shacks up with a prostitute
Think Will Smith’s Wild Wild West killed the Western?
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  June 24, 2010


Review: The Karate Kid (2010)

Shouldn't it be "The Kung Fu Kid"?
What happens when Will Smith wants a franchise for his boy.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  June 11, 2010


Game Changer

After decades of lackluster releases, the video-game-turned-film genre may have finally found its royalty
For the worse part of two decades, Hollywood has been trying to discover the formula for successfully adapting video games to the big screen.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  June 04, 2010


Review: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Acrobatic loner thrust into the arms of a princess
This, the most artistically successful video game-to-screen translation yet (which isn’t saying much), could have used more of its own magical Sands of Time, which endow the possessor with time-rewinding, mistake-correcting powers.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  June 04, 2010


Review: Get Him To the Greek

Heroin-addled rocker stages his comeback
Jonah Hill and Russell Brand reunite with Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller in his boisterous new comedy.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  June 04, 2010


Review: Shrek Forever After

Far, Far Away meets It’s a Wonderful Life .
For his fourth outing, Shrek has entered a midlife crisis.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  May 21, 2010


Review: Just Wright

Bench this fairy tale
As glossy as you might expect, the film double-dribbles with its familiar story of the ugly duckling who wins the swan.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  May 12, 2010


Review: A Nightmare on Elm Street

Unnecessary remake a nightmare, indeed
The last of the ’80s horror icons to be murdered by producer Michael Bay’s “re-imaginings,” Freddy Krueger was the one least in need of a makeover.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  May 04, 2010


Review: House

Alas, weirdness had to wait
Just imagine, after viewing Nobuhiko Obayashi’s bona fide genre find, how a generation of moviegoers’ tastes might have deviated in wonderfully odd directions had they sampled the Japanese visionary’s comic-horror hybrid back in 1977.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  April 28, 2010


Review: Cairo Time

Gaza Strip tease
Patricia Clarkson projects great warmth as Juliette, a Canadian journalist who travels to Cairo to join her husband, a UN aid worker stationed in Egypt, for a scenic holiday among the Pyramids.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  April 21, 2010


Review: Death at a Funeral

Farce in the age of Obama
Once the enfant terrible of misogynistic movies (see 1997’s In the Company of Men ), Neil LaBute has moved on to remakes. His take on a 1973 horror classic ( The Wicker Man ) is either classically horrible or classically brilliant.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  April 21, 2010


Review: Exit Through the Gift Shop

Banksy makes his directorial debut. Or does he?
The art of underground prankster Banksy is hard to pin down.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  February 24, 2011


Interview: Dakota Fanning

Runaway talent
Dakota Fanning may be just 16 years old, but already she’s built a body of work that shames some starlets twice her age.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  April 13, 2010


Review: The Jonses

The Stepfords, these ain’t.
Keeping up with the Joneses is tough.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  April 14, 2010


Review: The Warlords

Band of blood brothers
Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro, stars of Zhang Yimou’s superlative House of Flying Daggers , reunite, joined by Jet Li (from Zhang’s Hero ), in Peter Chan’s handsomely mounted historical epic.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  April 06, 2010


Review: The Bounty Hunter

Dreadful, handcuffed to derivative
A bounty hunter chasing down Uncle Sam on the Fourth of July?
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 23, 2010


Review: How To Train Your Dragon

Also better than Avatar
Animation directors Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders have fashioned a family entertainment that functions as a copy of James Cameron’s most successful film of all time.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  February 24, 2011


Review: She’s Out Of My League

Earns a zero for originality
Can TSA employees really be as bad at screening travelers as the ones in Jim Field Smith's comedy?
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 17, 2010


Review: Neil Young Trunk Show

Traveling down no "No Hidden Path"
If a Neil Young neophyte can find himself rocking in a cinema seat to the spirited, soulful music performed in this second of a rumored triptych of Demme-directed, Young-starring concert documentaries, long-time fans are bound to break their armrests.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 17, 2010

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