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Features

Wednesday, January 6 2010

The Worst Films of 2009

What does it say about the last 12 months that two of the year's biggest blockbusters also find residence near the top of our annual compilation of cinematic abominations? Oh, and the rest are pretty rotten as well.


Wednesday, May 2 2007

Monkey Business (Part 3: July)

Finally, a month with only one remaining series contender. All wizard based Potter-y aside, this will be the most tenuous time for the business called show. After a strong start, the eccentric collection of entertainments here could make or break this potentially record shattering motion picture season.


Columns

Thursday, May 9 2013

'Spring Breakers', 'Pain & Gain' and Postmodern Folly at the Movies

Rather than exercise judgment or critical perspective on crime and punishment, Spring Breakers and Pain & Gain share their characters’ self-indulgence, making narcissism seem like a palatable or practical means to achieve goals.


Reviews

Thursday, April 25 2013

Manning Up in 'Pain & Gain'

The kidnappers are caught up in a mutual druggy, aspirational haze: when any one of them feels apprehensive, the nearest buddy encourages him to "get a pump", as they lose themselves in frenzy of bicep-curling and self-distraction.


Sunday, October 2 2011

Transforming Opinions of 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon'

You may think you know what you're getting by the third installment of the much maligned Transformers series, but Dark of the Moon bests the initial two offerings with a streamlined version of loud, visually bombastic mayhem.


Thursday, June 30 2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (US Premiere): 28 June 2011 – New York

Instead of splurging for 3-D screenings, it is wiser to use the extra cash to upgrade your concessions. Transformers is 2011’s blockbuster summer popcorn film.


Thursday, June 30 2011

'Transformers: Dark of the Moon': Peace, Out

As the Autobots and the human soldiers insist on their worthy cause, people seem incidental.


Sunday, June 26 2011

'The Island' Proves That Michael Bay is an Excellent B-Movie Director

Considering the ridiculously low quality of his other movies, how did one of Michael Bay's better films, The Island end up being his only bomb?


Blogs

Monday, July 7 2014

Jumping Off the Bay-Wagon

With his picture postcard imagery and similarly shorthanded scripting, Michael Bay's movies may be nothing more than a colorful crib mobile.


Friday, June 27 2014

It's Bay's Way or the Highway in 'Transformers: Age of Extinction'

This is what happens when the idea for a film must pitch itself to its audience over and over again until the audience is convinced.


Monday, April 29 2013

The Five Reasons Why 'Pain & Gain' Is Not 'Fargo'

Aside from the obvious one. Duh.


Thursday, April 25 2013

The Audience's 'Pain' Offers No Entertainment 'Gain'

(This movie is) Michael Bay talking down to his audience, addressing previous criticisms about excess and hyperbole by offering equal amounts of both.


Monday, July 11 2011

Michael Bay and the Five Tricks Up His Sleeve

Five ways the infamous director gets us to watch his awful movies again and again and again...


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News

Monday, July 2 2007

Will the new 'Transformers' film have 'The Touch'?

As someone who spent much of his childhood collecting and breaking Transformers, I'm approaching next week's movie version with a feeling that veers back and


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