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  • 'Due Date'

    'Due Date'
    After showing gravitas in such recent projects as "Iron Man" and "Sherlock Holmes," Robert Downey Jr. goes for laughs again in this mildly amusing comedy from "The Hangover" director Todd Phillips. After getting booted off a plane and put on the no-fly...
  • 'Thin Ice' review: Sometimes it's more solid than you expect

    'Thin Ice' review: Sometimes it's more solid than you expect
    *** (out of four) Call me a sucker, but “Thin Ice” played me like a violin. In fact, a violin holds together a situation that seems like a retread through minor indie territory covered recently by “Cedar Rapids” and “Win...
  • Thin Ice

    Thin Ice
    Sometimes seeing so many movies can be a problem. How can a film lover or critic watch this movie and not think of Fargo, The Red Violin, House of Games, Criminal, and John Dahl’s The Last Seduction? Heck, even the violin shop is called Dahl’s...
  • 21 Jump Street

    21 Jump Street
    It’s not like I thought Jonah Hill would come off an Oscar nominated performance in Moneyball (it wasn’t deserved), and start doing serious roles. This is the perfect vehicle for him. He wrote, produced, and starred in this film that takes its...
  • Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

    Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
    I fell in love with Kristin Scott Thomas when I saw The English Patient in the theatres. She’s always fun in films but in this, but seemed to be the only one aware she was doing a comedy in this. Certainly director Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat) wasn&...
  • The Help

    The Help
    It has its heart in the right place. It has a great cast. It will get nominated for lots of awards. It’s an entertaining film, but very flawed. It’s the story of black maids in Mississippi in the ‘60s, working for rich white families...
  • The Change-Up

    The Change-Up
    If hack screenwriters are going to give us aliens coming to Earth and being amazed by all our wacky ways…or they’re going to give us yet another body switching comedy…they better be funny. The alien movie Paul earlier this year was...
  • The Muppets

    The Muppets
    Remember when John Belushi wanted to get the band back together in the Blues Brothers and how fun that adventure was? This is the kiddie version of that, with lots of jokes geared towards us older folks that remember The Muppets from the ‘70s...
  • City Lights: The Oscar pool is on

    Everyone has at least one skill that doesn't have a practical use. Mine is the ability to name every movie ever to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. I absorbed that knowledge from years of reading critical studies of the Oscars, to the point...
  • DVD Review: Get 'Hearts' on a shoestring

    One of the greatest home video developments in recent years has been a few studios' embracing of “manufactured on demand” DVDs — a way for film buffs to get their hands on favorites that have been deemed (rightly or wrongly) not likely...
  • 'Get Smart' 86s box-office rivals

    'Get Smart' 86s box-office rivals
    Would you believe . . . $39.2 million? The old espionage spoof trick worked to push Steve Carell's "Get Smart," the big screen update of the 1960s spy sitcom, to the top of the box office over the weekend. Although reviews were mixed, the Warner Bros....