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  • 'Act of Valor' offers steely action, wooden acting, critics say

     
    "Act of Valor": The new action movie "Act of Valor," about an elite squad of commandos trying to foil a deadly terrorist plot, brings a novel addition to the genre: real Navy SEALs. Movie critics have found the film's action impressive, but not its...
  • 'The Lorax': not quite what the doctor ordered, critics say

     
    "The Lorax': The new animated take on "The Lorax" is receiving mixed reviews, one in a line of film adaptations of Dr. Seuss books that have failed to thrill movie critics....
  • Hollywood flop sweat: What caused the latest box-office duds?

     
    Box office flops: Is there something in common about the recent string of duds or have all these guys been drinking from the same poisoned well?...
  • 'Hunger Games': Jennifer Lawrence reaps praise from critics

     
    "The Hunger Games": The central figure in "The Hunger Games" is Katniss Everdeen, a brave and reluctant competitor in a dystopian televised death match. Katniss, as played by Jennifer Lawrence, is also the focus of many of the film's reviews, and most...
  • 'American Reunion': Critics not nostalgic for reheated 'Pie'

     
    "American Reunion": Thirteen years after the bawdy high-school comedy "American Pie," nearly the whole gang has gotten back together to relive the good old days in the sequel "American Reunion." For most movie critics, though, this reunion is safe to...
  • 'The Three Stooges' draws laughs, shrugs and rebukes from critics

     
    "The Three Stooges," a new comedy Peter and Bobby Farrelly opens today, and reviewers tend to fall into three camps: those who find it funny enough to appeal to Stooges fans and newcomers alike, those who find it harmless but mostly unnecessary, and those...
  • 'The Avengers': Superhero fun for many critics, and Fury for one

     
    Nick Fury of "The Avengers," or at least the actor who plays him, Samuel L. Jackson, was so upset by the New York Times' review of the film he had to tweet about it. But Jackson needn't worry too much, as many critics are finding the film a fun comic book...
  • 'Jackass 3D' review: The only harm is to your IQ

    'Jackass 3D' review: The only harm is to your IQ
    "Jackass 3D," a touching saga about a group of middle-aged pranksters trying to recapture their distant youth, mentions in its end credits that "some" of the stunts were monitored by the American Humane Assn. The bit where the pig eats the apple out of...
  • Movie review: 'The Social Network,' about Facebook founders

    Movie review: 'The Social Network,' about Facebook founders
    Across far too many stretches of our moviegoing lives, we see movie after movie without seeing one that really moves. At once stealthy and breathlessly paced, "The Social Network" scoots at a fabulous clip, depicting how its version of Facebook founder...
  • The runaway train that could

    The runaway train that could
    No matter how blue-collar or red-meat the story, director Tony Scott's movies revel in his luxe, glossy yet easily distracted technique that ensures every shot is trailer-ready, and every fractured moment strives for maximum coolness. He's an old-school...
  • 'Toy Story 3'

    If "Toy Story 3" had sprung, Slinky Dog-like, from any creative think tank besides Pixar Animation Studios, it might be considered a classic. As is, it's a good sequel to the 1999 "Toy Story 2" and the 1995 original. After a rather shrill and...