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Movie criticAn 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!!!!!!!!...
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...
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...
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...
Chicago Tribune Movie critic2 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....
Chicago Tribune Movie critic3 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...
Movie critic2 1/2 stars Set in Manhattan, "The Switch" is all over the place, but around the halfway point it starts getting interesting and the people who put it together are at least working in a realm of reasonable intelligence and wit and respect for the...
Zap2It.comRugged individualism made this country. Didn't it? Then again, there are those who argue that the same classical American trait, minus concern for our neighbors, has gone an uncomfortably long way toward unmaking it. Either way, "The Astronaut Farmer" is...
Tags: Science and Technology, Bruce Dern, Entertainment, Texas, NASA
Chicago TribuneFor half a century, hot or cool, the trial dramas of director Sidney Lumet have established a clean, gliding visual order even when there's disorder in the court. Before "Twelve Angry Men" (1957), Lumet worked in live television, a medium not conducive...
Tags: Lawyers, Vin Diesel, New Jersey, Crimes, Spike Lee
Chicago TribuneTwo elements of "Beowulf & Grendel" make a mixed-up and unbalanced picture nearly worthwhile. One is Iceland. Shooting in various, epically craggy corners of a country that hasn't been location-scouted to death, the film's makers resort to not a single...
Tags: Death, Gerard Butler, Forehead, Gaming, Heroism
Zap2It.comEvery third movie or so, Meryl Streep does something swell--and effortless, which isn't one of her defining qualities--to renew her membership in the Great Actress pantheon. "The Devil Wears Prada," a surprisingly sharp adaptation of the Lauren Weisberger...
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