50/50 (Levine, 2011)


Does it really fall on me to be the dissenting voice on this film? Grimace. I don’t want to be. I want to respect it (in fact I do respect it) for its earnestness and good intentions. But… [Read more...]

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Wyatt, 2011)


But rise they must, and rise they will, and when when the film remembers that fact (about twenty-five minutes from the end), Will Rodman (James Franco) does an abrupt 180 from gung-ho risk taker to cautionary Cassandra figure. [Read more...]

Winnie the Pooh (Anderson and Hall, 2011)


There is a difference, I suppose, between feeling genuine delight at a film and simply being grateful the makers didn’t mess it up. [Read more...]

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Bay, 2011)


My advice: don’t sleep for a day before you go and drink about two liters of your favorite caffeinated beverage. Then see how long you can go without blinking. [Read more...]

Bad Teacher (Kasdan, 2011)


Bad Teacher has a lot of problems.

Or, rather, it has one problem that could be described a lot of different ways: it isn’t funny. [Read more...]

Super 8 (Abrams, 2011)


Many years ago, an exasperated student asked me “What is Pulp Fiction about?” After thinking for a few moments, I finally conceded, “It’s about how much Quentin Tarantino likes making movies.” I thought briefly after the screening of Super 8 how I would answer the same question. That one is a little easier: “It’s about how J.J. Abrams likes him some Steven Spielberg.” [Read more...]