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A Brilliant Bomb: 'Smash: Season One'

Camp audiences have long recognized the pleasures of "bad", of the delectably ridiculous. We delight in their extravagant nonsense. We get disappointed if they fall into realism or normalcy. We like it bad. In fact, amp it up, will you?

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The Starter Wife: Season Premiere

We should feel better, Starter Wife implies, about our own small lives by knowing the privileged lead lives far more painful and scandalous than even TMZ could report.

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The Women

Despite its title, The Women is not an update of George Cukor's diva smackdown of the same name.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: November 2008

Like the sainted sigh of relief that comes after another shriek-filled All Hallow's Eve, November usually means the start of the 'nominate me' process for the proposed prestige pictures of 2008.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: September 2008

From wars both past and present to a number of nail-biting thrillers, September is sizing up as a potentially profitable one.

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Lucky You (2006)

A good movie about poker, but only good enough to appeal to those who enjoy watching card games on TV.

Brett Parker
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Lucky You (2006)

The cuts are obvious, the rhythms sluggish, and the dialogue redundant, as if the movie's afraid you've missed it the first time.

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Monkey Business (Part 1: May)

Talk about frontloading your approach. Each week in this first full month of patented popcorn movies finds another famous franchise icon making a major blockbuster bow. Only truly disastrous results from these guaranteed crowd-pleasers will keep the coffers from clogging with cash.

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The Wedding Date (2005)

More unnerving, he treats her to a front-and-center look at his penis, fresh out of the shower.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Along Came Polly (2004)

Though plainly Ben Stiller's vehicle, Along Came Polly features an endearing, oddly delicate performance by Jennifer Aniston.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Hollywood Ending (2002)

The reinvention of Hollywood Ending is not the film, but the 66-year-old Allen as self-promoter.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

As John (Richard Gere) begins to question his own journalistic rigor and even his sanity, a number of inconsistencies in the stories of the mothman crop up.

Todd R. Ramlow

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