Mirror Mirror (Singh, 2012)

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But Mirror Mirror has Julia Roberts in it, so it must be a Julia Roberts movie. I like Julia Roberts. I found her charming in Notting Hill and I respect her work in other places. I think, however, her persona is wrong for the material. Her evil queen has neither the icy malevolence to be truly scary, nor the whiff of desperation to be at all sympathetic. [Read more...]

Big Miracle (Kwapis, 2012)

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Big Miracle is the kind of film you dread getting assigned to write about as a film critic, you go to by yourself because none of your friends will join you, you growl through the first half, and then you walk out smiling and when a snickering colleague asks you how bad it was say somewhat sheepishly, “Actually, I kinda, sorta, enjoyed it.” [Read more...]

Red Tails (Hemingway, 2012)

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Red Tails is an earnest, straight forward, somewhat generic, but easily likable war-action movie that will probably be both overpraised and overcritized due to it being produced by George Lucas. [Read more...]

The Rum Diary (Robinson, 2011)

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To say that Bruce Robinson’s The Rum Diary was an unfocused mess would be implying that it left me with some sort of feeling after leaving the theater. [Read more...]

The Thing ( van Heijningen, Jr., 2011)

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I don’t say that it was a poorly conceived or executed horror film. It certainly seemed competent and, for all I know, it may very well be more skillfully done than most horror films. I just mean that I found it more disgusting than scary. [Read more...]

Courageous (Kendrick,2011)

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I thought I was going to get away without having to write anything about Alex Kendrick’s Courageous, a film which is admittedly hard for me to be fair to at least in part because I’m not really the intended audience. [Read more...]


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