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'Hancock' Dive Bombs

Hancock attempts a high degree of difficulty, but hits the pool flat.
Salt Lake City Weekly  |  Scott Renshaw  |  06-27-2008  |  Reviews

Why 'Wall-E' is Fucking Phenomenalnew

Wall-E won't only be one of the best films of the year, but may become one of the best science-fiction films ever made.
The Portland Mercury  |  Erik Henriksen  |  06-27-2008  |  Reviews

Director Timur Bekmambetov's Stock Rises with Action Fansnew

Bekmambetov happily agrees that the movie may be the year's fastest, bloodiest and chattiest Hollywood picture, but he denies that it's a celebration of ruthlessness.
L.A. Weekly  |  Ella Taylor  |  06-27-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

'Wanted' is Pure Popcorn Entertainmentnew

What is surprising is that it's also one of the most appealing movies of its kind since The Matrix, a blend of kinetic style, incredible special effects and mild social commentary that succeeds as pure popcorn entertainment.
San Diego CityBeat  |  Todd Kroviak  |  06-25-2008  |  Reviews

'War, Inc.' has Flashes of Brilliancenew

It features parodies that are dead on, but all told it's scattered, tackling too many subjects and ideas -- including the Iraq War, the Bush administration, Dick Cheney, Halliburton, Blackwater, the CIA, the media and celebrity worship, to name just a few.
San Diego CityBeat  |  Anders Wright  |  06-25-2008  |  Reviews

Blood-drenched Underdog 'Wanted' Should have Stayed on the Porchnew

In a summer of Dark Knights and Iron Men, Wanted is a movie version of titular football lameass Rudy.
Willamette Week  |  AP Kryza  |  06-25-2008  |  Reviews

'Get Smart' is Better Than the TV Shownew

While series creators Mel Brooks and Buck Henry were mostly interested in poking fun at the espionage dramas of the day with Marx Brothers-style nonsense and physical comedy, the Steve Carell-helmed adaptation aims to take on the real-world intelligence community.
Willamette Week  |  Ben Waterhouse  |  06-18-2008  |  Reviews

'The Incredible Hulk' Fails in the Shadow of 'Iron Man'new

Edward Norton, try as he does with an almost heroic effort to make Bruce Banner as interesting as his towering, verdure-shaded beefcake within, doesn't possess Robert Downey's casual radiance.
Dallas Observer  |  Robert Wilonsky  |  06-17-2008  |  Reviews

Alan Arkin on 'Get Smart'new

The film, which opens June 20, sees him playing the Chief, a senior agent for CONTROL who decides to promote one of his researchers, Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell), to field agent despite some strong misgivings about his abilities.
The Georgia Straight  |  Ian Caddell  |  06-13-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

With Ed Norton, Marvelites Get the Movie Monster They Deservenew

This Bruce Banner has the same soft-voiced, nerdy naturalism Ed Norton brought to Fight Club. The idea is to upgrade The Hulk from comic book teen dream to boomer alter ego.
New York Press  |  Armond White  |  06-12-2008  |  Reviews

Uwe Boll Goes 'Postal'new

Notorious German director spars with his critics, makes an intentional comedy.
L.A. Weekly  |  Luke Y. Thompson  |  05-27-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Indiana Jones Wants You Damn Kids to Get off His Lawn!new

Harrison Ford is, once again, funny and tough and cool, able to crack a bullwhip and punch out a stooge with the best of 'em. But the film doesn't feel the same. There's CG and sci-fi.
The Portland Mercury  |  Erik Henriksen  |  05-23-2008  |  Reviews

How to Stop Worrying and Love Lucas, Spielberg and 'Raiders'new

When I reviewed Raiders, I wrote not so much about its contents -- which struck me as aggressively inane -- but about the experience of seeing it at the Village Twin. To me, everything that night was of a piece, all of it depressing evidence of a tripartite decline.
INDY Week  |  Godfrey Cheshire  |  05-22-2008  |  Reviews

Uwe Boll's 'Postal' Fails to Comprehend Its Own Corrupt Naturenew

Based on the mindlessly violent series of first-person shooters, Postal contains the same intensely farcical bloodshed, but it's Boll's knuckleheaded misinterpretation of topical humor that really gets me.
New York Press  |  Eric Kohn  |  05-22-2008  |  Reviews

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