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Friday Aug 19, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Film critics are a cantankerous bunch. By the nature of their jobs they're opinionated and prone to argument. It seems the only things they can agree on are that the word "tropes" is underused in everyday conversation and they don't like graphic ratings on their reviews.
Friday Aug 12, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Final Destination 5 is a chronicle of carnage in which a group of good looking young people die in the most terrible ways imaginable, usually preceded by the telltale line, "Something's wrong!"
Friday Aug 5, 2011 30:00 AM ET
"The way to improve is to reject everything you're doing," he told me. "You have to create a void by destroying everything. You have to kill it. Otherwise you'll just say the same jokes every night for years and years."
Friday Jul 29, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Craig has four movies set for release 2011, which is a pretty movie star thing to do, but none of them could be described as "a Daniel Craig movie."
Friday Jul 22, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Is it possible to be nostalgic for the decade that gave us Milli Vanilli and crimped hair? Apparently so. Pop culture, having exhausted the 1960s and tired out the '70s, is now mining the Reagan years.
Friday Jul 15, 2011 30:00 AM ET
When Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 opened last year I called the movies, "a closed club, really for fans only." I have always felt the movies worked best as an addendum to the books; a big screen visualization of J.K. Rowling's words for Potterphiles who already understood why Harry would have to collect all the horcruxes before doing battle with He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.
Friday Jul 8, 2011 00:00 AM ET
The news that Johnny Depp is in talks to star in a fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie was met with glee from fans and a collective "arrgghh" from critics, some of whom have made a career of bashing the PotC movies.
Friday Jul 1, 2011 10:00 AM ET
This week I read with cringing amusement some of the more withering critical reactions to former underwear model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's performance in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
Wednesday Jun 29, 2011 30:00 AM ET
Remember when Charlie Sheen was headline news? Tiger's blood! Porn stars! Goddesses! These days his trademark "Winning!" battle cry sounds as au courant as "Where's the beef?"
Friday Jun 24, 2011 30:00 AM ET
Jerry Lewis didn't find Lucille Ball amusing. Not only that but the man who, ironically as it turns out, made a career of spastically yelling, "Laaa-dy!" at every opportunity says he doesn't "like any female comedians."
Friday Jun 17, 2011 00:00 AM ET
It was exciting, a giant leap forward, and I think, one of the worst things to happen to the film industry since Odor-Rama.
Thursday Jun 9, 2011 55:00 PM ET
During the tent pole seasons, and no, that's not an Anthony Weiner joke, movies are driven by marketing as much as by stars or storyline.
Friday Jun 3, 2011 05:00 AM ET
Want to know how to stop the cycle of abuse and prevent sequels from clogging up your local multiplex? Use your buying power to demand better movies. Want to know how? Read these easy-to-follow rules for sequel avoidance.
Wednesday Jun 1, 2011 10:00 PM ET
Box office success isn't always an indication of quality. Can you guess what Night of the Hunter, Metropolis, Blade Runner and Modern Times all have in common? Two things. They're all classics, films regarded as important cultural artifacts and they all flopped on their original release.
Thursday May 26, 2011 45:00 AM ET
It's possible to make sequels that improve on the source, so why doesn't Hollywood do it more often?
Friday May 20, 2011 45:00 PM ET
An actor as gifted as Depp needs stimulation (and frequently a funny hat, see: Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and the sooner he abandons the Pirate ship and leaves the family franchise phase of his career behind the better. It's hard to imagine that Depp is one of the least interesting aspects of this big budget monstrosity, but it's true
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