I did not hate "Hannah Montana: The Movie." That isn't the sort of critical praise Disney will quote on a poster or DVD cover, but it is praise nonetheless. Because all sorts of things had me ready to hate this movie. First, there is the absurd premise that no one in the world ever discovers Hannah's true identity. Second, the tabloid media is on Miley Cyrus overload. We hear about this girl constantly, so who ...
"Adventureland" is not what you expect. The publicity for this movie makes it look like a sequel to "Superbad," with all the vulgarity and body jokes we expect from a Judd Apatow production.
The highest compliment I can pay "Monsters vs. Aliens" is that it delivers on its promises. The title promises monsters fighting aliens, and that's what we get.
"I Love You, Man" has all the makings of a sleeper. The movie has gotten a minimal marketing push and is flying below the radar.
Remember when you were a kid and you'd imagine having special powers, like being able to move things with your mind? Or you'd pretend you were an alien coming to Earth as part of a mission to save the universe?
"Watchmen" is a force to be reckoned with. It's a sprawling, epic pop culture spectacle that refuses to let you ignore it.
This one time, at cheerleader camp, two stud football players pretend to become cheerleaders so they can score with as many girls as possible.
Writer/director Tom Tykwer announced his presence with authority back in 1998, thanks to his worldwide hit "Run Lola Run." It was his third feature, and he instantly seemed like the future of cinema.
There's something inspiring, beautiful even, about watching an actor rise to the occasion in what is unmistakably the role of his career.
It must be difficult living in Tim Burton's shadow. How nice that Henry Selick has managed to escape it.
By now, you've probably heard plenty of hype surrounding "Slumdog Millionaire," so there is no point in my lumping onto it.
The images the movies usually show us of Jews during the Holocaust are masses of huddled, emaciated, cowering victims.
If you read this column with any kind of regularity, you know I am rarely at a loss for a strong, clear opinion.
2008 was a good year for comedy, a great year for blockbusters and a so-so year for drama. We saw the return of satire and increasing success of the chick flick. We'll always remember it as the year we lost Heath Ledger. 2008 will linger in more literal ways, too: most award-nominated films used Oscar buzz as publicity, so they won't make it to Gainesville until later in 2009.
You never know what to expect from Tom Cruise these days. Cruise's Scientological couch jumping hovers over every project with which he's involved (why do you think the "Tropic Thunder" folks kept his role a secret?).
So much could be said about "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" it's difficult to know where to begin.
"American Hustle" is now officially one of the buzziest films of the awards season.
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