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Review: Crank: High Voltage
A heartless thrill ride
Chinese triads. Corey Haim. Porn actors on strike. REO Speedwagon. Yes, the creators of this nearly unwatchable sequel will use anything to achieve their twisted goal: to shock ADHD teenagers.
| April 21, 2009
Review: Sunshine Cleaning
Not “completely pie free,” but close
What lifts this tasty little dramedy above Sundance mediocrity is a pathos that overcomes all the "quirky" dysfunctional contrivance.
| March 18, 2009
If Dakota Fanning were truly clairvoyant, she might not have made this movie.
Teens with special powers? A government conspiracy?
| February 11, 2009
Review: Chandni Chowk to China
Unoriginal, even by Bollywood's standards
Director Nikhil Advani's quirky Chinese-Indian collaboration is the widest release ever of a Bollywood film, and the first ever kung fu Bollywood comedy.
| January 13, 2009
Muddies the Waters, but in a Good Way
Cadillac Records writer/director Darnell Martin lets the music speak for itself
| December 12, 2008
Pixarian technical wizardry and Disney schmaltz
The celebs are okay under the direction of Chris Williams and Byron Howard, but the best lines belong to animator Mark Walton as Rhino, a fanboy hamster who fogs up his plastic ball when excited.
| November 24, 2008
Amitav Ghosh's Sea of Poppies
India, 1838. The opium business is booming, and drug money fills the British Empire’s coffers, offsetting a trade imbalance created by imports of Chinese tea and silk. But now the emperor wants the drug trade stopped.
| October 08, 2008
A fill-in-the-blanks, DOA comedy
As a comedian, Ricky Gervais is like an endangered panda: he can perform only under specific circumstances.
| September 16, 2008
A less gory and more clichéd remake
It would all be funny if it didn’t mirror the same burnt-out ideas every one else is using.
| August 20, 2008
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Empire
A flashy, ludicrous threequel
Lines like “I will crush any idea of freedom!” may or may not be intended to reflect current Chinese leadership.
| August 05, 2008
Slideshow: Found in translation
A new book looks at the golden age of international movie marketing
As movies began to gain worldwide attention, Hollywood studios tailored their marketing to specific geographic locations, allowing local distributors to create their own publicity campaigns.
| August 01, 2008
Politically neutral father/daughter drama
Some clever scenes lay bare the excesses of campaign TV culture, but overall the humor is as lame as anything on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour .
| July 30, 2008
The Love Guru
Derivative, crass, and boring
Guru Pitka is a self-help mogul with origins in Mike Myers’s now tired vision of the groovy ’60s.
| June 25, 2008
When Did You Last See Your Father?
Much more than a Lifetime Movie for Men
Director Anand Tucker's focus on compromise and memory over pre-fab, end-of-life resolutions is realistic and powerful.
| June 11, 2008
The Young@Heart Chorus was formed in Northampton in 1982 by whip-cracking director Bob Cilman.
| April 16, 2008
Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns
Brenda is a newly jobless mother of three, and she’s getting no child support from her baby daddies.
| March 25, 2008
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep
Hard to knock it
Another shy, fatherless kid in need of a space alien or a pet dragon to help him cope.
| January 03, 2008
Simplified Runner not up to speed
In spite of being lovingly realized and creatively cast, The Kite Runner is a simplistic adaptation of a powerful, multi-layered story.
| December 12, 2007
Incompetent Jessica Alba
“Do you think my new heart will love you as much as my old one?”
| December 05, 2007
Mr. Bean's Holiday
An uncalled-for sequel
He appears to be on a holiday of his own — from any faintly realistic notion about his audience.
| August 22, 2007
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