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Scream 4
This reboot of the franchise is too self-referential for its own good.
"...(that was Scream 3), but it’s also a film idea out of time and out of steam. Blood, they’ve..."

April 22, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

As cautionary tales go, this is an entertaining take on finding your muse through chemical means.
"...only. Eddie Morra (Cooper, clearly having fun with the idea) is the down, down, down-on-his-luck author who, as the..."

March 18, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Hall Pass
Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis star in this Farrelly brothers comedy about two guys given a free pass by their wives from the vows of matrimony.
"...the unendurable tedium of flat-footed plotting and shudderingly antiquated ideas about gender relations. Wilson plays Rick, a pleated-pants soccer..."

March 4, 2011 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son
Martin Lawrence revisits his FBI undercover alter-ego, Big Momma.
"...the story’s MacGuffin. Hilarity ensues, but only if your idea of comic genius is, you know, Lawrence in a..."

Feb. 25, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Just Go With It
Instead of seeming effortless, this Adam Sandler/Jennifer Aniston comedy has the lazy appearance of being effort-free.
"...out of the park as of late, so the idea of pairing these likable stars in Just Go With..."

Feb. 18, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Tourist
Not even Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, and the Venice setting can rescue this would-be thriller from its slack storytelling.
"...all their technical gadgetry, these top cops have no idea what their suspect looks like, so in order to..."

Dec. 17, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

How Do You Know
Who would have guessed that a rom-com from the director of Broadcast News and starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, and Jack Nicholson would turn out this wan and dull?
"...wears a pinched, pained expression whenever she contemplates the idea of loving George (Rudd), an unfailingly decent businessman of..."

Dec. 17, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
Quite the opposite of treacly holiday fare, this European import features one very bad Santa.
"...scratches the surface of one hell of a great idea, but what this Christmas Tale does, it does with..."

Dec. 10, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Winnebago Man
Cast aside any preconceived expectations you might have regarding this documentary and remember simply this: Winnebago Man is one of the best films you’re going to see all year.
"...where Rebney lived as rather a hermit, with no idea that he was the star of one of the..."

Aug. 20, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Nolan's first film since The Dark Knight is a heist picture with an inventive twist.
"...hired to do the opposite: to plant an original idea in the head of an heir to an energy..."

July 16, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The makers of Winged Migration are behind this documentary about the creatures that live in the waters covering nearly two-thirds of the Earth's surface.
"...ocean's je ne sais quoi.) Brosnan sniggeringly dismisses the idea that Latin names will get you any closer to..."

April 30, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The End of Poverty?
This documentary argues against economic globalization and corporate imperialism.
"...when it offers something new – for instance, the idea that all poverty woes can be traced back to..."

Dec. 18, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Road
Cormac McCarthy's bleak, end-of-days novel survives the transition to the screen with remarkable veracity.
"...screen. The novel, by any standard, is no one's idea of a giddy, fun, summer beach read. It's the..."

Nov. 27, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Two crew members wake up aboard a spaceship with no knowledge of their identities or their mission in this horror/science-fiction amalgam.
"...that's powering down fast. Initially, neither astronaut has any idea of how they came to be in their present..."

Oct. 2, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Full metal racket.
"...score, this film is a poster child for the idea that more does not always equal more. Even though..."

June 26, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Naked Willie
Less is more
"...that hearing Let It Be … Naked sparked the idea in him...."

March 11, 2009 Music Post by Jim Caligiuri

Revolutionary Road
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio co-star in this drama set 50 years ago in suburban Connecticut about a married couple who yearns to stand out from its peers, but whose tragedy is that they are cut from the same cloth.
"...sandblast the myth of “specialness” – that very American idea that we are all destined for greatness. A seductive..."

Jan. 9, 2009 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Flash of Genius
Based on the true story of Robert Kearns, who invented the intermittent windshield wiper only to have his idea stolen by the Ford Motor Co., is a real David and Goliath story.
"...invented the intermittent windshield wiper, only to see his idea stolen by the Ford Motor Co. – it’s real..."

Oct. 3, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Pixar this animated outing isn't, but neither is it Mary Shelley's VeggieTales.
"...of entertaining children, Igor presumably seemed like a good idea at the time. (Children on their own are rarely..."

Sept. 26, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

My Best Friend's Girl
Dane Cook stars in this rom-com about a serial womanizer who accidentally falls in love with his best friend’s girl.
"...their ex-girlfriends and treat them like garbage – the idea being that after a date with him, those girlfriends..."

Sept. 26, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

The Edge of Heaven
This Turkish film is a transgenerational, transborder microcosm of modern cultural melding.
"...most of the time, most of us have no idea. The film, split into three chapters, is a transgenerational,..."

Sept. 19, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

The Little Red Truck
A chronicle of the work of the Missoula Children’s Theatre, which travels the country to introduce children to the joys of musical theatre.
"...towns and big cities all over the country, the idea being that in light of the nationwide decline in..."

Sept. 5, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Brideshead Revisited
It's a film, not a miniseries, but this rendition's attention to the steep divides of class and religion in prewar England remains as sharply etched as ever.
"...Sebastian’s homestead of Brideshead, which is as much an idea as it is a house (and more like a..."

Aug. 1, 2008 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Made of Honor
Heart-on-the-sleeve sweets mix with pure raunch as Dr. McDreamy stars in this mean-spirited and uncomfortably blue romantic comedy.
"...wall, and trying to come up with that killer idea that will get him out of debt and into..."

May 2, 2008 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead
Lloyd Kaufman's Poultrygeist is a campy zombie comedy that's full of jokes, chicken suits, spewing geysers of various bodily fluids, and barbs flung in the direction of the fast-food industry.
"...for good measure, and, actually, it seems that no idea has been tossed out once entered in the hopper...."

Dec. 7, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

For the Bible Tells Me So
Various men and women of the cloth provide a systematic dismantling of the idea that the Bible condemns homosexuality.
"...Archbishop Desmond Tutu – as they systematically dismantle the idea that the Bible condemns homosexuality. “Biblical literalists” (discussed in..."

Oct. 19, 2007 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Feel the Noise
In this overstuffed movie, an aspiring Harlem rapper finds his artistic calling and homeland pride with Puerto Rico's reggaeton.
"...It’s hard to fault a screenwriter for cramming every idea he’s ever had about anything into his first movie..."

Oct. 12, 2007 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

The Heartbreak Kid
Ben Stiller stars in this smart and winning remake of a 1972 Neil Simon-penned comedy about a man who falls in love with another woman on his honeymoon.
"...long run, may not be such a bad idea after all. Lila sings along, boisterously and well, with..."

Oct. 5, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising
This fantasy film, adapted from Susan Cooper's series of novels, is utterly devoid of anything but bombastically simplistic notions.
"...director Cunningham appear to have even the most rudimentary idea of what is going on from one sequence to..."

Oct. 5, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Brothers Solomon
With three great comic talents in Will Forte, Will Arnett, and director Bob Odenkirk working together in relatively untried and controversial comedy territory, the only result is a syrupy fable about love and family.
"...catalog of dashing Hollywood lead male characters who’ve no idea what to do with women – Longfellow Deeds, Felix..."

Sept. 14, 2007 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

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