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Sundance Review: My Idiot Brother
Thursday, January 27 by

Seemed more like the average studio comedy than a Sundance movie. There were a few inspired moments but mostly embarrassing misfires.

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Sundance Review: The Convincer
Wednesday, January 26 by

Wants to be a quirky indie comedy, but it’s so unlikeable that even the clever parts don’t work.

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Sundance Review: Margin Call
Wednesday, January 26 by

It’s not really a detailing of the factors in the economic crisis. It’s more of a drama about the people dealing with it.

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Sundance Review: Cedar Rapids
Wednesday, January 26 by

Midwesterners going wild may not sound like an original idea for a comedy, but they really become a team.

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Review: The Mechanic
Wednesday, January 26 by

The characters take it all seriously, but the story just goes wildly over the top for the sake of creating awesome set pieces.

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Sundance Review: Homework
Tuesday, January 25 by

There’s nothing offensive about it, I just found it completely unmoving.

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Sundance Review: I Melt With You
Tuesday, January 25 by

Exactly the kind of indie movie I was worried about seeing at Sundance. 46 people walked out during the press and industry screening.

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Sundance Review: Red State
Monday, January 24 by

Would be a great film if anyone had made it but it’s no surprise to me that it came from Kevin Smith.

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Sundance Review: ‘The Greatest Movie Ever Sold’
Sunday, January 23 by

Explains how product placement works, by trying to make an all product placement movie. I’m still left with a few questions, but the film ultimately succeeds.

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Sundance Review: Like Crazy
Sunday, January 23 by

This relationship study is raw, honest and brutal, yet beautiful.

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Sundance Review: The Music Never Stopped
Saturday, January 22 by

Really a TV movie of the week, but it manages to work on levels above just an interesting disease.

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Sundance Review: Hobo With A Shotgun
Saturday, January 22 by

Exactly the kind of movie I want out of cinema. Take a high concept and just do the hell out of it.

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Sundance Review: Kaboom
Friday, January 21 by

The plot in this one is just an excuse to linger on lots of sex scenes with beautifully shot naked bodies.

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Sundance Review: The Ledge
Friday, January 21 by

The Ledge is a big misdirect. You think it’s going to be a standoff movie where a cop has to talk a jumper down. That’s really just the hook.

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Sundance Review: Project Nim
Friday, January 21 by

For opening night of Sundance, there were only a few selections. I chose the one with a monkey.

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Review: The Dilemma
Friday, January 14 by

From Academy Award winning director Ron Howard comes a January movie. The Dilemma is about a dilemma that’s very real, but it’s not funny.

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Review: The Green Hornet
Tuesday, January 11 by

The Green Hornet is as good as any Green Hornet movie could probably be, which is to say he’s not a very interesting superhero.

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Review: Country Strong
Friday, January 7 by

Another story of a has-been alcoholic country singer, but Country Strong just revels in the show of tragedy to show off some “intense” performances.

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Review: Blue Valentine
Thursday, December 30 by

Blue Valentine is like (500) Days of Summer for the people who ended up marrying Summer. And Summer’s the guy in this.

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Review: Biutiful
Thursday, December 30 by

The cancer stricken human trafficking movie of the year is here.

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Review: Somewhere
Wednesday, December 22 by

We love inside Hollywood stories, whether it’s The Player or Entourage. Each one offers a different perspective on the movie star fantasy. Coppola’s perspective is bitter and resentful, but still fascinating to watch.

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Review: Little Fockers
Monday, December 20 by

I actually liked Meet the Parents and The Fockers. By Little Fockers, it’s even worn off on my forgiving nature. Little Fockers is a clear example of a trilogy running out of steam and repeating itself in part three.

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Review: Yogi Bear
Friday, December 17 by

The free screening of the Yogi Bear movie was almost too much for me. Now I have no attachment to the original cartoon but for anyone who did like it, this can’t be what you wanted.

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Review: Casino Jack
Friday, December 17 by

The story of Jack Abramoff is interesting and relevant, so if you make a movie about that you’ve almost got a safety net. Casino Jack is more of a re-enactment than a cinematic experience.

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Review: How Do You Know
Friday, December 17 by

James L. Brooks lost most people after Spanglish so they probably won’t like How Do You Know either, but I appreciate a romantic comedy where people talk about what’s actually going on.

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Review: True Grit
Thursday, December 16 by

It’s a good thing True Grit is a good movie, otherwise the critics would have had a field day rhyming with Grit.

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Review: Cher – The Film Collection
Wednesday, December 15 by

This is a site geared toward men, or so I’ve been told. I guess that brings up the question of what makes a man? If I’m not into cars and…

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Review: The Tempest
Friday, December 10 by

The interesting visuals are minimal in The Tempest so the film relies mostly on the text. The story of an island hermit’s manipulative games with some shipwreck survivors isn’t quite as deep as star crossed lovers or political treachery.

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Review: The Tourist
Friday, December 10 by

One of those movies where you know exactly what you’re going to get, but if you’re looking for that sort of thing it’s exactly what you want.

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Review: Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Friday, December 10 by

Sure, all these movies are the same. The kids have to find some magical artifacts so they can stop an evil force from wreaking havoc on the land. What makes Dawn Treader fun are the individual magical encounters. The sum of the parts adds up to more than the whole.