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Thursday, August 7 2014

In 'What If', Another Adorable Couple Plays with Refrigerator Poetry

When the first scene in a movie has someone arranging refrigerator poetry, it's already out of ideas.

Monday, June 18 2012

'Goon': A Comedy that Punches Hard but Lands Soft

Goon, like its protagonist, is harmless dumb fun.

Tuesday, April 3 2012

'Goon': Smart and Stupid

A minor league hockey team's superstar enforcer, Doug is an embodied contradiction, sensitive and ferocious, smart and stupid.

Wednesday, July 27 2011

'Take Me Home Tonight' Is Not Just Out to Get Drunk and Find an Easy Hookup

Take Me Home Tonight remains as a good example of another film in the '80s-nostalgic, all-in-one-night, John Hughes-esque genre without ever becoming something greater.

Thursday, March 3 2011

'Take Me Home Tonight' Is Pure '80s Retread

Take Me Home Tonight sticks pretty close to the conventions of the genre, while managing to be harmlessly amusing.


Friday, April 15 2011

Rock On, You Hoser!: 'FUBAR: Balls to the Wall' (Blu-ray)

The translation of the title doesn't just refer to these loveable lunkheads. It refers to the state of arrested adolescence in general, especially the kind centered around leather and loud music.

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