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Madness Explicitly Depicted in Black Swan

Director Darren Aronofsky likes his darkness. This film about a ballet dancer stretched to the breaking point will further cement his reputation.

A Tricky Point of View in All Good Things

All Good Things recounts a high-profile disappearance case from the early 1980s that was opened again in the early 2000s, but the names have been changed in this telling.

The Quest for Truth Fuels Fair Game

Based on the memoirs written by Joe Wilson and his CIA agent wife Valerie Plame, Fair Game showcases their side of a controversial story.

No Question, How Do You Know Disappoints

Rom-coms of the past few years have been particularly stale, as if all churned out by the same studio assembly line. How Do You Know is no different, as indistinguishable as them all.

Yogi Bear Isn't Smarter Than Your Average Movie

Yogi Bear is anything but a pic-a-nic to sit through. In fact, while Yogi has always proclaimed he's "smarter than the average bear," the same doesn't exactly apply to the film's screenplay.

Not Worth Visiting The Tourist

Considering what might have been expected of a big-budget romance featuring two top stars, The Tourist is rather slight. The lead characters' banter starts with promise, but the film shortchanges the romance as it struggles to incorporate its espionage and gangster storylines.

Sweet and Sour Mix in The Switch

This is a comedy about bodily fluids, with a few funny moments that unfold during the switch that give the film its title. But this is also a character-driven comedy about a man's slow awakening to the possibility that he's found someone he can spend his life with, and a responsibility to someone other than himself.

Hereafter is a Hollow Examination of Life and Death

While celebrated director Clint Eastwood certainly has a knack for choosing compelling thematic hooks for his films, Hereafter, like last year's plodding, passion-starved Invictus, is simply too hollow, hokey and one-sided to make any sort of lasting impact.

The Fighter Doesn't Deliver a Knockout Punch

The cobbled-together story is weighed down by far too much family drama and not enough of the protagonist's journey against the ropes. Good, but not great.

Morning Glory is a Mostly Sunny, Satirical Take on TV News

Much like 1987's Broadcast News, there's actually a deeper debate that elevates the light and sunny romantic comedy of Morning Glory into something more substantial, namely the discussion of what's "real" news.

The Next Three Days Stretches All Bounds of Believability

Unlike in Conviction, where the protagonist places her hope in the law and becomes her brother's own defense counsel, in The Next Three Days Russell Crowe's character decides to go rogue instead by basically borrowing a page from TV's Prison Break.

Gospel Message Shines Bright in VeggieTales’ ‘Twas the Night Before Easter

‘Twas the Night Before Easter contrasts the popular sentiment that “bigger is better” with the gospel truth that Jesus’ sacrificial death and resurrection is our true source of hope. The writers did not flinch from including the Bible’s themes of hope and salvation. In this tale, the gospel message shines bright and clear.

Burlesque Alternates Between Laughable, Spectacular

Burlesque will play better or worse depending on what you like to see in a musical—a well told story or big-screen, razzle-dazzle music numbers. The best musicals have both, the biggest failures neither. Burlesque splits the difference.

Boyle Takes You through the Ringer in 127 Hours

Danny Boyle's 127 Hours takes you through the ringer, sure to elicit audible (and collective) gasps, groans and shrieks before concluding in one cathartic exhale of relief and redemption. It's not the kind of movie to engender multiple viewings, but one is enough to sear it into your mind forever.

Dwayne Johnson is Definitely Furious in Action-Packed Faster

For those who enjoy nothing more than a big, loud, escapist flick with a little takeaway value on a holiday weekend, don't worry. Faster isn't a turkey. If anything, it's the right move forward for the actor formerly known as The Rock.

Love & Other Drugs Never Recovers from an Identity Crisis

Part Love Story, part Up in the Air with a smidge of the satirical spirit of Thank You for Smoking, Love & Other Drugs never quite knows what it is, and the story ultimately suffers for it. Truth be told, bothering to label it "good" is probably too strong of praise.

Uplifting Get Low Gets High Marks

An uplifting story of guilt, repentance and reconciliation, Get Low is a low-key work that is profound in its simplicity.

  • Christian Hamaker |
  • February 22, 2011 |
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Dreamworks' Megamind a Familiar but Funny Trip

It's déjà vu all over again with Megamind, yet another superhero story in which super-villains go to great lengths to undermine the good guys. Think The Incredibles, Despicable Me, Shrek Forever After or… well, we've seen a lot of this sort of story recently.

  • Christian Hamaker |
  • February 22, 2011 |
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This Generation's Planes, Trains & Automobiles Arrives in Due Date

Much like its R-rated Planes, Trains & Automobiles predecessor that starred Steve Martin and the late John Candy back in 1987, Due Date is also the madcap tale of two guys who would never take a cross-country road trip together, if extenuating circumstances weren't involved.

  • Christa Banister |
  • February 22, 2011 |
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Extreme Situation, One-Note Characters Work in Unstoppable

The premise is simple, the execution is competent and the film delivers the requisite amount of crowd-pleasing thrills. And yet, the film feels a little too easy in the depiction of its main characters, who are sketched out with scant information about their motivations.

  • Christian Hamaker |
  • February 15, 2011 |
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