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Movie Review: High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Posted by on Nov 9, 2008 in Movies |

4 stars (out of 4) So you think you know pressure. Ever review a movie under the baleful glare of your preteen daughter? I was told as the credits rolled that this would be a four-star review. I wonder if this ever happened to Pauline Kael. Baleful glare or no, there are plenty of nice things about High School Musical 3: Senior Year. To wit: The move to...

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Movie review: Sex Drive

Posted by on Oct 27, 2008 in Movies |

3 stars (out of 4) I pondered this review for a few days – thought a fever might be clouding my judgment. Decided my judgment is no worse than usual, so here goes: Sex Drive is a fine, fine movie, one of the best I’ve seen in 2008. Yes, the title makes simply buying a ticket an embarrassment. Yes, it’s another horny-teen flick chock full...

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Movie review: Max Payne

Posted by on Oct 20, 2008 in Movies | 2 comments

2 stars (out of 4) (Caution: there’s a spoiler a few paragraphs down.) First the good stuff, sans spoilers: The look of this movie is very noir-cool. New York, nighttime exteriors, light snow lazing horizontally. It’s effective, especially when a rainy scene pops up – I found myself hunching my shoulders, feeling that miserable 34-degree...

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119-word movie reviews: An American Carol

Posted by on Oct 8, 2008 in Movies |

1 star (out of 4) Rats. I wanted to like this one. I tried to like this one. But awful is awful, and this is an awful movie. Moreover, conservatives who try to tap-dance around that awfulness take a real intellectual-honesty hit as far as I’m concerned. Recap: An American Carol is David Zucker‘s Christmas Carol riff in which left-wing...

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119-word movie reviews: Beverly Hills Chihuahua

Posted by on Oct 7, 2008 in Movies | 3 comments

2 stars (out of 4) I wanted to give it one star. My daughter, with whom I saw it, pushed hard for three. And she busted me for falling asleep during the flick, so my hands are tied: we’ll split the difference and give it two stars. I will say that making-animals-look-like-they’re really-talking technology is now flat-out astonishing. I...

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Open the cardboard box, HAL

Posted by on Aug 12, 2008 in Movies |

I was never a big 2001 guy, but I was more or less obsessed with A Clockwork Orange during my senior year in college. There’s a new documentary out on late director Stanley Kubrick. Apparently the nutjob, er, eccentric Kubrick made like a pack-rat, stuffing production ephemera, fan mail and more in cardboard boxes, which then sat around his...

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