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No Hope for This R-Rated Change-Up

Hoping for Freaky Friday? Then you’ll want to opt out. The Change-Up plants this body-swap premise squarely in hard-R territory.

Roma Downey’s Entertaining Little Angels

Former “angel” Roma Downey delivers good news about Little Angels, her animated educational DVD series for preschoolers.

  • Laura MacCorkle |
  • November 01, 2011 |
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Cars 2 Kicks the Action into Overdrive

With a second installment that outshines the original, perhaps Pixar is hoping to prove that Cars wasn’t a bad idea.

  • Christa Banister |
  • November 01, 2011 |
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Heart, Humor Converge in Crazy Stupid Love

Ultimately examines why lasting love—not merely bed-hopping—is worth fighting for.

  • Christa Banister |
  • November 01, 2011 |
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Water for Elephants Has Old-Fashioned Charm

Water for Elephants not only has an old-fashioned feel, but also shows Robert Pattinson can play a character who’s not dead and brooding.

  • Christa Banister |
  • November 01, 2011 |
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Winnie the Pooh Wins Viewers’ Hearts

Disney resisted modernizing the characters or A.A. Milne’s gentle storytelling style.

  • Christian Hamaker |
  • October 25, 2011 |
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Captain America is Red, White and Blasé

With a milquetoast action hero and a relatively generic bad guy, Captain America: The First Avenger is a pretty dull movie.

  • Christa Banister |
  • October 25, 2011 |
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Pirates 4 Could've Used Even Stranger Tides

Pirates 4 should’ve leaned a little more heavily on the "strange." After all, it’s sad seeing Jack basically having nothing to do after the opening scene.

  • Christa Banister |
  • October 18, 2011 |
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Wish Fulfillment Falls Flat in Monte Carlo

Starring Selena Gomez, this slice of teen wish fulfillment ultimately falls prey to a slew of storytelling contrivances.

  • Christa Banister |
  • October 18, 2011 |
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Bad Teacher Skips Class, Among Other Things

Bad Teacher is painfully desperate for laughs. Its primary modus operandi is shock value, packaged in the usual suspects of pervasive language, drugs and sex.

Green Lantern Lights Up to Entertain

Green Lantern does have a lightness of spirit throughout much of it that makes it more fun than it might have been otherwise.

  • Christian Hamaker |
  • October 14, 2011 |
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James Talks to the Animals in Zookeeper

In this Dr. Doolittle/Night at the Museum mash-up, Kevin James plays Griffin Keyes, the titular keeper of a big city zoo.

Beautiful Boy: A Study in Emotional Inertia

Beautiful Boy, from co-writer and director Shawn Ku, is about the furthest thing from a summer blockbuster that could be imagined. It’s the “feel bad” movie of the summer—if not the year.

  • Christian Hamaker |
  • October 11, 2011 |
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Tree of Life a Mixed Bag of Beauty, Boredom

While The Tree of Life claimed the biggest prize at the Cannes Film Festival, it still received a decidedly mixed reaction—cheers and boos—from the screening audience.

  • Christa Banister |
  • October 11, 2011 |
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Black Comedy Goes Bawdy in Horrible Bosses

Despite its many comedic achievements, bawdy Horrible Bosses will probably still offend more than entertain.

  • Christa Banister |
  • October 11, 2011 |
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Fast Five Starts, Ends with a Bang

If it’s big, dumb and loud, it must be a summer movie. But if it’s the fifth film in a series, like Fast Five, chances are it won’t be enjoyably big, dumb and loud.

  • Christian Hamaker |
  • October 04, 2011 |
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3D Does Little to Improve The Lion King

Still a memorable story 17 years later, The Lion King in 3D format does little, if anything, to improve upon the original.

  • Christa Banister |
  • October 04, 2011 |
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Hard to Beat VeggieTales’ Drummer Boy

A solid addition to the VeggieTales collection, The Little Drummer Boy retells the classic story and its accompanying melody.

Storytelling Stays Light in Transformers 3

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is yet another instance where storytelling has been kicked to the curb by action scenes.

  • Christa Banister |
  • September 30, 2011 |
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Dumbo Restored for a New Generation

This 70th anniversary edition of Dumbo introduces new viewers to what movie producers called “Disney’s most emotional film.”

  • Kelley Mathews |
  • September 20, 2011 |
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