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Review: Year One

Not everything Judd Apatow touches is gold.
Mel Brooks and the lads from Monty Python stormed through this territory with fierce farce. Here there's little farce, just a fusillade of flaccid dick jokes.
By: TOM MEEK  |  June 23, 2009


Review: The Proposal

  Predictability and Betty White have much to do with the film's modest success
Anne Fletcher's comedy proves funnier and warmer than the dog-eared premise it hangs on: ice-bitch boss turns to her abused, resentful underling for an out-of-office favor, shows a shred of humanity, and love blossoms.
By: TOM MEEK  |  June 16, 2009


Review: Easy Virtue

Jessica Biel does Noël Coward!
Jessica Biel stretches beyond her usual bimbo persona to attain some class in Stephan Elliott's adaptation of the Noël Coward play.
By: TOM MEEK  |  May 27, 2009


Review: Dance Flick

Genre-bending crap
The Wayanses, purveyors of raunch and sharp social commentary on race, have a long tradition of assailing the mainstream for rich comedic farce.
By: TOM MEEK  |  May 27, 2009


Review: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Dusting off the same old display cases
In the three years since last he was on screen, Ben Stiller's bored night guard, Larry Daley, has become a well-to-do hawker of infomercial crap, but he's still not in the right place.
By: TOM MEEK  |  May 19, 2009


Review: Obsessed

Makes Fatal Attraction look like a masterpiece
As a troubled husband and wife, Idris Elba and Beyoncé Knowles don't lack for chemistry and credibility. You can't say as much for the film in which they play these roles.
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 29, 2009


Review: Every Little Step

Dancers willing to do anything for their dream
Dancing with the Stars may be all the rage, but what of those who dance their little hearts out in obscurity?
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 28, 2009


Review: The Soloist

Troubled reporter meets homeless musical genius
A small, real-life drama about a homeless musical genius set in the urban present.
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 21, 2009


Review: Hannah Montana: The Movie

Never gets too heavy
Okay, I'll admit it: I'm a sucker for Miley Cyrus and her Hannah Montana TV persona.
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 15, 2009


Review: The Lost Son of Havana

A fascinating look inside Cuba
Red Sox legend Luis Tiant left his native Cuba for pro baseball in 1961 and hadn't been back in 46 years.
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 15, 2009


Review: Of All the Things

A touching portrait of a forgotten songwriter
Dennis Lambert may be the biggest hit machine you never heard of.
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 15, 2009


Review: Shooting Beauty

Compassionate, and without pity
Sometimes just being a gifted artist doesn't mean you're the right person to tell the story.
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 15, 2009


Review: 17 Again

The Efron-to-Perry link is hard to swallow
Burr Steers, who showed promise with Igby Goes Down , appears to be slumming it for the paycheck.
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 15, 2009


Review: Fast and Furious

More fast stuff go boom
More fast stuff go boom
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 07, 2009


Review: Alien Trespass

Reto-monsters retro-rampage
If you were ever a fan of those '50s and '60s sci-fi flicks whose trademarks were hoky FX, an eerie theremin soundtrack, and a rubber-suited monster, then Alien Trespass should scratch your nostalgia bone.
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 01, 2009


Review: Monsters Vs. Aliens

A force to be reckoned with
Susan Murphy (voice of Reese Witherspoon) has it all: she's about to marry the love of her life and jet off to Paris.
By: TOM MEEK  |  March 24, 2009


Review: Knowing

The plot is a sham, and Proyas's slick visuals do little to dress it up.
Although he's an MIT astrophysicist, John doesn't use science to go at the mystery so much as pints of whiskey and lunatic calls to the FBI.
By: TOM MEEK  |  March 18, 2009


Review: Phoebe in Wonderland

An awkward yet rewarding wonderment
No, not every movie with a precocious, infectiously cute young girl has to star Dakota Fanning — there's also her sister Elle.
By: TOM MEEK  |  March 11, 2009


Review: Race to Witch Mountain

The film is no E.T. , though it does boast self-interested government agents as the baddies.
In Andy Fickman's blow-up of Alexander Key's book there's no venerable elder thespian, like Eddie Arnold or Bette Davis, rounding out his or her career.
By: TOM MEEK  |  March 10, 2009


Review: Madea Goes to Jail

Laughs in a tent dress
After a few Madea-less sojourns, Tyler Perry brings back his colossal cross-dressed caricature.
By: TOM MEEK  |  February 25, 2009
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