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  • '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...
  • '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...
  • 'Despicable Me'

    An agreeable jumble, the animated feature "Despicable Me" sells its 3-D in ways you wouldn't call sophisticated or witty. But you certainly notice it. Front car in a roller coaster, up, up, up, then down, down, down — aaaaahhhhAAAAAAAHHHH!!!!!!!!...
  • 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice'

    'The Sorcerer's Apprentice'
    My son and I attended a screening of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" at a schmantzy new multiplex, and heading out to the car afterward he observed that the only thing louder than the film was the supersonic hand dryer in the restroom. He enjoyed both for...
  • 'Inception'

    Sometimes the first adjective spoken in a movie speaks volumes. The first one you hear in the new thriller "Inception" is "delirious," describing the psychological state of a man, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, who has washed up (or awakened) on a beach and...
  • Middle Men

    Middle Men
    2 stars Far too much of the loosely factual Internet-porn origin myth "Middle Men," set on the fringes of the 1990s adult-entertainment industry in Southern California, is relayed through voice-over narration read by Luke Wilson. Nobody minded when Ray...
  • 'The Expendables'

    2 stars The cinematic equivalent of Ribfest, Sylvester Stallone's "The Expendables" is all gristle and meat, featuring more leathery tough guys than "Cruising," "The Dirty Dozen" and the '80s and '90s Cannon films canon put together. Is it fun? Sort of....
  • 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World'

    3 stars It's easy to make a movie in a style approximating that of a comic book or graphic novel. "Sin City" did it. "Road to Perdition" did it. "Watchmen" and "Kick-Ass" did it. As did "Ghost World." Except for that last one, the others fell short as...
  • Come hang out with me in the `Living Room'

     
    Roland Martin, The author I was supposed to interview at the Printers Row Lit Fest this weekend, pulled out at the last minute -- fear of my relentless inquisitorial style? Insulted by not getting a higher ranking interrogator? I'm not......
  • Will negative 'Eclipse' reviews keep 'Twilight' fans, other moviegoers away?

     
    The much-anticipated third installment of the "Twilight" franchise opened last night at midnight across the country. Unfortunately, "Eclipse" is not getting the best reviews from film critics across the country. Rotten Tomatoes is tracking critics at only...
  • REVIEW: 'Predators' doesn't fight to the finish

     
    Film critic Michael Phillips says "Predators" is a cinematic stab in the dark. "Predators," plural, starts well and ends poorly, and in the middle it's in the middle. The original 1987 "Predator," featuring future politicians Arnold Schwarzenegger and...