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Movie Buzz: 2008 Year in Review

2008: Year of the Superhero? With no major movie releases on January 2, this week's Movie Buzz reflects on the truly buzz-worthy flicks of 2008.
Metro Spirit  |  Mariah Gardner  |  12-29-2008  |  Movies

I, Robot: Robert Downey Jr. proves the man makes the

Iron Man is the best summer action film this year — at least until the release of The Dark Knight.
Eugene Weekly  |  Jason Blair  |  05-30-2008  |  Reviews

'Iron' Deficiencynew

The plot is thoroughly stupid, but fun enough here and there, and Gwyneth Paltrow has never looked lovelier.
Gambit  |  Rick Barton  |  05-20-2008  |  Reviews

'Iron Man' Ushers in the Season of Big-Budget Escapism with Stylenew

The heart of the film's success belongs to its central star, Robert Downey Jr., who raises glib murmuring to an art form and serves as a reminder that true charisma is a rare gift indeed.
Santa Fe Reporter  |  Emiliano Garcia-Sarnoff  |  05-08-2008  |  Reviews

'Iron Man' is One of the Most Genuinely Enjoyable Superhero Films Evernew

Like most true Americans, I've spent a lot of time in the past 45 years imagining what the perfect Iron Man movie would be like. Now I feel like all that time has been wasted, because the perfect Iron Man movie has been made. (Note to film fans: It's called Iron Man, and can be viewed at local cinema-vending establishments.)
Tucson Weekly  |  James DiGiovanna  |  05-07-2008  |  Reviews

Heavy Meta: Smiling Through 'Iron Man'new

Neither narcotic nor hallucinatory in form, Favreau's film still bestows behavior and awareness and small smirking joys within the display of the genius of a self-involved id-on-the-run, tactile, motile, in-the-moment Robert Downey, Jr.
Chicago Newcity  |  Ray Pride  |  05-07-2008  |  Reviews

Jon Favreau's 'Iron Man' Has a Heartnew

Rather than cutting directly to the chase, it takes its time to involve us in the characters, who are relatively three-dimensional as comic book movies go, and who are played by the kinds of actors who know how to make a lot out of not very much.
L.A. Weekly  |  Scott Foundas  |  05-02-2008  |  Reviews

'Iron Man' Hits All the Requisite Superhero Beatsnew

Summer-blockbuster season kicks off adequately and predictably with Iron Man, a perfectly entertaining superhero movie that fulfills all the requirements of its genre admirably, but never rises beyond the level of baseline satisfaction.
Las Vegas Weekly  |  Josh Bell  |  05-02-2008  |  Reviews

My Only 'Iron Man' Complaint?new

With all of Iron Man's blockbuster-y action and sharp banter, only one thing's missing: Unlike in the comics, where Tony can't ever seem to put down the bottle, not once does he get drunk in Iron Man.
The Portland Mercury  |  Erik Henriksen  |  05-01-2008  |  Reviews

Aboard Gamenew

Neither pandering nor dull, Zathura plays exactly like a no-limits replica of the kind of space adventure that imaginative kids left to their own devices might enact.
Dallas Observer  |  Luke Y. Thompson  |  11-14-2005  |  Reviews

Alien-Busting Adventuresnew

Jon Favreau's sort-of-sequel to Jumanji is full of nonsense physics and missed opportunities, though it almost redeems itself via its realistically fractious portrayal of brothers forced into a playtime gone weirdly cosmic.
Orlando Weekly  |  Steve Schneider  |  11-11-2005  |  Reviews

Love in Space

Ultimately, though, this is a story about love -- with robots, reptilian monsters, and unfriendly spaceships that try to shoot the kids' home into oblivion.
Washington City Paper  |  Tricia Olszewski  |  11-10-2005  |  Reviews

Anything Can Happennew

Jon Favreau and Dax Shepard discuss Zathura.
Austin Chronicle  |  Marc Savlov  |  11-10-2005  |  Profiles & Interviews

Game Onnew

With his follow-up to Elf, director Jon Favreau sticks with family-friendly filmmaking, this time delivering a bang-up version of Chris Van Allsburg's bestselling children's book Zathura.
Austin Chronicle  |  Marjorie Baumgarten  |  11-10-2005  |  Reviews

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