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Roger Ebert, the Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic whose gladiatorial "thumbs-up, thumbs-down" assessments turned film reviewing into a television sport and whose passion for independent film helped introduce a new generation of filmmakers to...
Three years after Disney scored a $1-billion global hit with "Alice in Wonderland," the studio is back with another 21st century take on a beloved fantasy tale: "Oz the Great and Powerful," a sort-of prequel to the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz." The...
When it comes to kicking butt, Tom Cruise is an old hand. He's done it as an ace pilot in "Top Gun," a soldier-turned-samurai in "The Last Samurai," a globe-trotting super-spy in the "Mission: Impossible" movies, a futuristic cop in "Minority Report"...
24 FramesNick Fury of "The Avengers," or at least the actor who plays him, Samuel L. Jackson, was so upset by the New York Times' review of the film he had to tweet about it. But Jackson needn't worry too much, as many critics are finding the film a fun comic book...
24 Frames"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" has captivated audiences twice already in recent years and introduced an iconic heroine in hacker Lisbeth Salander. Now David Fincher's new English-language version has the challenge of bringing Salander to life while...
24 Frames"Act of Valor": The new action movie "Act of Valor," about an elite squad of commandos trying to foil a deadly terrorist plot, brings a novel addition to the genre: real Navy SEALs. Movie critics have found the film's action impressive, but not its...
24 FramesBox office flops: Is there something in common about the recent string of duds or have all these guys been drinking from the same poisoned well?...
24 Frames"The Hunger Games": The central figure in "The Hunger Games" is Katniss Everdeen, a brave and reluctant competitor in a dystopian televised death match. Katniss, as played by Jennifer Lawrence, is also the focus of many of the film's reviews, and most...
24 Frames"American Reunion": Thirteen years after the bawdy high-school comedy "American Pie," nearly the whole gang has gotten back together to relive the good old days in the sequel "American Reunion." For most movie critics, though, this reunion is safe to...
24 Frames"The Three Stooges," a new comedy Peter and Bobby Farrelly opens today, and reviewers tend to fall into three camps: those who find it funny enough to appeal to Stooges fans and newcomers alike, those who find it harmless but mostly unnecessary, and those...
Writer-director Rod Lurie's bird-brained remake of "Straw Dogs" doesn't work on its own terms, and it can't hold a candle to the unruly, unstable merits of Sam Peckinpah's 1971 original. It's miscast, barely functional in terms of technique, stupid and...
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