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The Reluctant Fundamentalist is Fascinating but Flawed

Tense, well-acted and intriguing, but fails to complete the picture of a complicated man or a lesson about tolerance.

Pain & Gain: Lots of the First, None of the Second

Michael Bay's version of this true-crime story crashes and burns because, like Transformers, there’s no discernible human connection.

Epic Never Quite Lives Up to Its Name

With such a title, the bar is immediately set too high for what’s a fairly conventional good vs. evil battle with spectacular visuals.

Brutal Olympus Has Fallen Insults Our Intelligence

Not the mindless action fun you've been hoping for. What makes the stupidity vile is the level of blood lust that fuels the good guy.

Like Redford, The Company You Keep Harkens to an Earlier Era

A captured fugitive says, "We made mistakes. But we were right." That’s the film’s view in a nutshell: sort of a Sympathy For Radicals.

Don't Crash The Big Wedding (it Crashes Just Fine on Its Own)

It’s called The Big Wedding but it’s really not about a wedding. It’s about sex (and some very unhappy people).

Derivative Oblivion Moves Too Slowly

For all its star power, futuristic talk and sci-fi imagery, the film is ponderous, mundane and ultimately forgettable.

  • Christian Hamaker |
  • August 06, 2013 |
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Love Theme Emerges Clear as Mud

Director Jeff Nichols effectively blends genres, numerous subplots and character dynamics – and does so with emotional weight and power.

Malick's To the Wonder Wrestles with Love Itself

The core ideas, conflicts, and yearnings resonate so sincerely that it makes the occasional weight of self-import easy to forgive.

Place Beyond the Pines is Both Bleak and Beguiling

If points were awarded strictly on ambition, it's nothing short of epic. Unfortunately, director Clanfrance doesn't know when to say when.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation Low on Plot, High on Action

Lots of fighting and explosions punctuated by moderately clever dialogue. "Pretty much exactly what I want," my male friend told me.

By-the-Numbers 42 Still Hits for the Cycle

Like The Blind Side, faith is integral and is presented unapologetically. And like The Blind Side, 42 isn't appropriate for all ages.

The Oogieloves Get Families Dancing

The Oogieloves were created with a child’s best interests in mind, giving them something to do as well as watch.

The Host Feeds on Two Hours of Your Time

If this sci-fi/romance mash-up is representative of the current state of either genre, those genres are in big trouble.

Fascinating Admission Makes the Grade

While most of the marketing suggests that it’s a charming romantic comedy with two likeable leads, that’s really only half of the story.

Melodrama Hampers Anything Positive about Temptation

A film so poorly plotted that it makes anything featuring Perry’s obnoxious Madea seem downright genius in comparison.

Dead Man Down Defies a Few Action Movie Stereotypes

As unsatisfying as the conclusion is, the journey itself makes for a pretty fascinating morality tale... as far as action movies go.

Into the White a Stark Tale of Enemy-Friendship

Does nothing original while exploring an age-old question about what makes humans enemies, but manages to hold our interest anyway.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is Short on Magic

A few genuine laughs along the way as Carell's Burt tries to forge a path forward, but this film’s third act is truly a head-scratcher.

The Call Hits Most of the Right Numbers

Proving that sometimes the best ideas are, indeed, the simplest ones, this nervy new thriller dials up a promising first two acts.

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