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February 2011
Lack of Laughs Stings in Just Go with It

Adam Sandler is Danny, a loser who, after being jilted by his bride-to-be 20 years earlier, learns that single women are easier to bed if he wears a wedding ring and pretends to be married.

  • Christian Hamaker |
  • February 14, 2011 |
  • comments
 
Never Say Never a Revealing Look at Bieber-Mania

Justin Bieber... force of nature or flash in the pan? Never Say Never attempts to examine the life of America's latest teen sensation.

  • Christa Banister |
  • February 12, 2011 |
  • comments
 
Gnomeo & Juliet is Kid-Friendly Shakespeare

An update of the Romeo and Juliet story for the young set, Gnomeo & Juliet has several laughs and a mostly gentle spirit. If that’s what it takes to expose kids to Shakespeare, I’m all for it. The film certainly could have been much worse than it is.

  • Christian Hamaker |
  • February 11, 2011 |
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Cameron's Sanctum Sinks and Stinks

Those excited to see James Cameron's name associated with Sanctum shouldn't be fooled. He produced, but direction was left to Alister Grierson, who has only one previous feature under his belt.

  • Christian Hamaker |
  • February 04, 2011 |
  • comments
January 2011
Male Bonding Goes to the Extreme in The Mechanic

As in The Transporter, Jason Statham is clearly in his element when executing grueling feats of ridiculousness. And The Mechanic is certainly no exception.

  • Christa Banister |
  • January 31, 2011 |
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Faith Flourishes, Communism Withers in The Way Back

It deals with oppressive governments, the will to survive and the evil that men do. But it also soars with the power of faith and the hope that can keep us moving forward.

  • Christian Hamaker |
  • January 31, 2011 |
  • comments
 
The Rite Gets Only Some Things Right

While The Rite’s conclusion is somewhat gratifying, the supernatural thriller botches enough spiritual points along the way to make one wonder about its intentions.

  • Christian Hamaker |
  • January 28, 2011 |
  • comments
 
Costner Enlivens Routine Company Men

Writer/Director John Wells tackles economic downturn head-on in The Company Men, a well-performed but curiously unaffecting tale of corporate callousness and career retrenchment.

  • Christian Hamaker |
  • January 24, 2011 |
  • comments
 
Sex Without Consequences in No Strings Attached

Playing out like When Harry Met Sally in reverse, No Strings Attached examines modern sexual mores by posing the following question: Can men and women just sleep together on a regular basis without the pesky inconvenience of falling in love getting in the way?

  • Christa Banister |
  • January 21, 2011 |
  • comments
 
Green Hornet Shakes Up the Superhero Genre

The Green Hornet is like the goofy twin to The Dark Knight. Both have billionaire protagonists who don masks, drive cool cars, and are in the pursuit of justice—except one is the brooding Christian Bale while the other is the guy from Knocked Up.

January 2011
Comedy or Not a Comedy? That's The Dilemma

Beyond the buddy-comedy dynamic of Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, The Dilemma is a rather serious story about romantic commitment, and the harsh realities of a crumbling marriage where intimacy between husband and wife is a fading memory.

  • Christian Hamaker |
  • January 14, 2011 |
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Season of the Witch Doesn't Slow Cage's Sad Slide

Nicolas Cage and director Dominic Sena have teamed up again for the torpid tale, Season of the Witch.

  • Christian Hamaker |
  • January 10, 2011 |
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Clichés Hamper Country Strong

If the movie industry thinks Country Strong is going to resonate with the same sizable audience that turned out for The Blind Side in 2009, it needs to think again.

  • Christian Hamaker |
  • January 07, 2011 |
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Mortality's Dark Shadow Dominates Biutiful

Alejandro Gonzales Innaritu's film starring Javier Bardem is a dark film about mortality and the struggle to exist in a harsh world.

  • Christian Hamaker |
  • January 03, 2011 |
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December 2010
Don't Bother Booking a Trip for Gulliver's Travels

Based very loosely on the classic novel, Gulliver's Travels borrows from Jack Black's rather limited supply of potty humor shenanigans and hopes that'll suffice.

  • Christa Banister |
  • December 27, 2010 |
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The King's Speech is Quietly Triumphant

In The King's Speech, there’s far more than meets the eye in this multi-layered story of a man who's reluctant to become King because of a humiliating speech impediment.

  • Christa Banister |
  • December 25, 2010 |
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Grief Movingly Portrayed in Rabbit Hole

Not only is it an honest portrayal of how people respond to grief so differently, but it also serves as an important reminder that pat answers aren't always the best medicine.

  • Christa Banister |
  • December 25, 2010 |
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True Grit Has Plenty of Fighting Spirit

Thanks to a whip-smart script by those ever-inventive Coen brothers, True Grit has plenty of substance and style, a formidable combination for any film, let alone a remake.

  • Christa Banister |
  • December 22, 2010 |
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Little Fockers Wallows in Below-the-Belt Humor

The third—and, let's hope, final—chapter in the series about Greg and Pam Focker fails to bring on the humor with one of the lowest laughs-to-attempted-jokes ratios in recent memory.

  • Christian Hamaker |
  • December 22, 2010 |
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Something of Substance Revealed in Somewhere

Sofia Coppola's Somewhere takes a long time to get anywhere. But don't be surprised if, weeks later, you find yourself thinking about the film and its depiction of a wayward soul.

  • Christian Hamaker |
  • December 22, 2010 |
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