I joked a few weeks ago that I'd let you know if I found an unexpected gem among the lame spring movies.
I'll be honest: "Semi-Pro" is the kind of movie reviewers hate. Not because it's so bad, but because it gives us so little to write. It's much easier - and more fun - to either rave or rant than to be lukewarm.
Remember how all of Ferris Bueller's schoolmates loved him? Ferris' popularity transcended cliques and made the entire high school class structure obsolete.
During these traditionally "down months" of late winter/early spring, when Hollywood dumps its undercooked clams into theaters, it's a genuine thrill to discover a hidden pearl.
Finally, we can see what everyone has been talking about!
Who says all action movies are made for men? "Fool's Gold" is an exception to that rule. The violence is minimal and tame, it's romantic (sort of) and mostly this is an excuse to watch People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive for 2005 run around without a shirt.
If you'd like to know what "Charlie Wilson's War" is all about, just take a look at Gust Avrakotos (Phillip Seymour Hoffman).
Movie publicity tends to promise far more than the movies actually deliver. That's why it's such a pleasant surprise when a movie actually pays off more than we expect. "The Great Debaters" is one of the few films of 2007 that underpromises and overdelivers.
Before I begin this week's review, I need to offer a big "thank you" to my editor for arranging a special, private screening for me this week. Reserving the entire theater for only me was a moving display of -
Worst pies in London, indeed.
The War on Terror has become a movie genre.
The Movies on Terror trend continues.
It's a good time to be named "Affleck." Bet you haven't heard that before, have you?
Sometimes a "slam dunk" isn't a slam dunk.
The holiday season is upon us, and it's time for movies to make us believe. Or, at least make us feel warm and fuzzy.
One thing I can virtually guarantee is "Man of Steel" will not receive a fair chance to succeed, either critically or commercially. And so much is riding on this movie.
"The Purge" suffers from an identity crisis.
Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are back in theaters trying to grow up again, and the result is about as good as the previous 10 times they've attempted it.
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