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reviewed Here Comes The Boom (2012 film). October 22, 2012
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Here Comes The Boom (2012 film)
Star Rating:         It can be argued that Here Comes the Boom has its heart in the right place. That doesn’t change the fact that it plays like a cross between a second-tier …
reviewed Seven Psychopaths. October 22, 2012
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'Seven Psychopaths'
Star Rating:         That Seven Psychopaths is twisted, there can be no question. As to whether or not it’s successful, that’s open for debate. Here is a movie …
reviewed 'To Rome With Love' Directed By Woody.... July 04, 2012
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'To Rome With Love' Directed By Woody Allen
Star Rating:         To Rome with Love is a bad movie, and yet it employs exceptional talent and showcases many of writer/director Woody Allen’s best loved cinematic …
reviewed Moonrise Kingdom. May 26, 2012
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Moonrise Kingdom
Star Rating:         I know that somewhere within Moonrise Kingdom is a charming and poignant coming-of-age story. Unfortunately, whatever potential it had was ruined by …
reviewed American Reunion (2012 film). April 07, 2012
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American Reunion
Star Rating:         What I appreciate about the American Pie films is that, beneath the raunchiness and juvenile slapstick humor, there rests a kernel of truth. American …
reviewed Casa de mi Padre. March 17, 2012
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Casa de mi Padre
Star Rating:         Casa de Mi Padre is the most tedious film of its kind since MacGruber – a strained effort that has little to go on apart from its one-joke premise, …
reviewed The Innkeepers. February 04, 2012
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The Innkeepers
Star Rating:         I’ve noticed that when a filmmaker has the temerity to develop horror movie characters beyond what would be required of them in slashers, which …
reviewed We Bought a Zoo. December 27, 2011
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'We Bought A Zoo' Starring Matt Damon
Star Rating:         In August of 2006, the Mee family of Devon, England – consisting of DIY columnist and animal lover Benjamin, his brother Duncan, his mother Amelia, …
reviewed Happy Feet Two. November 19, 2011
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Happy Feet 2
Star Rating:         Like its predecessor, Happy Feet Two succeeds by reaching beyond the expectations of an animated family comedy. It’s not that there’s music; …
reviewed The Big Year. October 19, 2011
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The Big Year directed by David Frankel
Star Rating:         Unless I’m talking about garden variety birds like pigeons, sparrows, crows, turkeys, or chickens, I can say without any hesitation that I know …
reviewed Bucky Larson Born To Be A Star. September 13, 2011
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Bucky Larson Born To Be A Star
Star Rating:         Roughly thirty seconds into Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star, a very brief scene lets audiences know what type of movie they’ve gotten themselves …
reviewed Horrible Bosses. July 09, 2011
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Horrible Bosses
Star Rating:         Why do people think movies like this are funny? I’m not posing a rhetorical question; I really want to know what it is about these kinds of comedies …
reviewed Bridesmaids. May 14, 2011
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Bridesmaids
Star Rating:         I’m not going to make this about how women can be just as crude as men, since I’ve personally never believed otherwise. I guess I’m …
reviewed Arthur. April 09, 2011
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Arthur
Star Rating:         I won’t dispute the greatness of the original 1981 version of Arthur. I will say that, in its own right, this 2011 remake is funny and often times …
reviewed Hop. April 05, 2011
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Hop
Star Rating:         Hop is no more or less than an innocent, colorful kid’s movie about talking bunnies and candy. If you’re reading this, you’re probably …
reviewed The Butcher, the Chef, and the Swordsman. March 26, 2011
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The Butcher, the Chef, and the Swordsman
Star Rating:         The Butcher, the Chef, and the Swordsman is a cataclysmic mess – a story that seems intentionally made to be as aggressive and incoherent as possible. …
reviewed Mars Needs Moms. March 15, 2011
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Mars Needs Moms
Star Rating:         Mars Needs Moms, based on the book by Berkeley Breathed, is one of those rare films where style and substance go together like peanut butter and jelly. …
reviewed Hall Pass. February 25, 2011
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Hall Pass
Star Rating:         The simple fact is, I’m just not a fan of the Farrelly Brothers. I have to admit that right at the start so that you’ll understand why I …
reviewed The Green Hornet (2011 film). January 15, 2011
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The Green Hornet (2011 movie)
Star Rating:         You know something is wrong when the worst character in The Green Hornet is The Green Hornet himself. As portrayed by Seth Rogen, we see a twelve-year-old …
reviewed Morning Glory (2010). November 12, 2010
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MORNING GLORY (2010)
It isn’t often you see a film in which every actor is painfully misdirected. Rachel McAdams performs most of “Morning Glory” as if she were a little girl on a bad sugar high, always …
reviewed Megamind 3D. November 10, 2010
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MEGAMIND (3D Animated Movie)
Part of what makes "Megamind" so enjoyable is that it's both an homage to and a parody of "Superman." In this version, not one but two doomed planets send a newborn son to Earth. …
reviewed Due Date (2010 movie). November 10, 2010
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Due Date
At the start of "Due Date," Robert Downey, Jr.'s character leaves a message on his pregnant wife's cell phone. He describes a dream he had, one in which a bear chews through his child's …
reviewed The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975 m.... October 18, 2010
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25th Anniversary Special Edition DVD (front)
I was ten years old when I first saw “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at home. Those were the days of VHS, and I didn’t have access to the commercial version sold in stores. I instead …
reviewed Easy A. October 10, 2010
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Easy A
It's easy to like a character, but it isn't often you come across one that you would want to actually be friends with, or maybe even wish you could be like. For me, such a character is Olive Penderghast …
reviewed You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2.... September 25, 2010
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You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
"It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."      A narrator uses this Shakespeare quote to open Woody Allen's "You Will Meet a Tall …
reviewed Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. August 13, 2010
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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
If you love action, if you live for comedy, if you get a nostalgic high from the electronic beep-boop sounds of eight-bit arcade games like "Pac Man" and "Space Invaders," then "Scott Pilgrim vs. the …
reviewed Dinner for Schmucks. August 04, 2010
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Dinner for Schmucks
I'm missing something here. I understand that the real schmucks of "Dinner for Schmucks" are played by Bruce Greenwood, Larry Wilmore, and Ron Livingston, not Paul Rudd and Steve Carell, and that means …
reviewed Ramona and Beezus (2010 movie). July 23, 2010
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Ramona and Beezus
Ramona Quimby doesn't mean to cause trouble. If anything, her intentions are purely honorable. It's just that ... well, she's nine years old; she has a lot of energy, her imagination is vivid, and her …
reviewed Toy Story 3. June 18, 2010
Toy Story 3
What has always appealed to me about the "Toy Story" films, aside from the fantasy that toys are secretly able to speak, is that they add genuine emotion to scenarios real toys find themselves in. In …
reviewed MacGruber. May 26, 2010
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MacGruber (2010)
The best thing about the "MacGruber" skits on "Saturday Night Live" is that they end after a minute, no more than a minute and a half. The writers are smart; they know that no additional time is required …
reviewed Furry Vengeance (2010). May 05, 2010
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Furry Vengeance (2010)
"For centuries now, man has done everything he can to destroy, defile, and interfere with nature: Clear-cutting forests, strip-mining mountains, poisoning the atmosphere, over-fishing the oceans, polluting …
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