Archive for April, 2009

Dumbed-down romantic comedy hasn’t a ‘Ghosts’ of a chance

Thursday, April 30th, 2009
Picture from Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Connor (Matthew McConaughey) tries to stop the wedding of his girl Jenny (Jennifer Garner) in “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.”

“Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” strikes me as the kind of superficial, witless romantic comedy conceived on a dare between a director and a screenwriter during a weekend bender. (Read more…)

Effects, buff Jackman highlight a flawed ‘Wolverine’

Thursday, April 30th, 2009
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine Hugh Jackman bares his aggression as the most popular mutant in the action thriller “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”

“X-Men Origins: Wolverine” begins as a dark and foreboding tale of two brothers on the run, then slams into high gear as a high-energy action film before veering out of control into such overwrought silliness that it resembles a satire of itself. (Read more…)

Films this summer go a few places they haven’t gone before

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009
Image from "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”

As expected every year at this time, a big chunk of the summer movie season serves up an unimaginative mix of sequels, prequels, remakes, juvenile comedies, TV adaptations, book adaptations and even a film based on an action figure. (Read more…)

Nine summer movies Dann’s dying to see

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009
Image from "Drag Me to Hell." “Drag Me to Hell”

Here are the nine 2009 summer movies I’m so stoked to see, I would actually buy a ticket to watch them: (Read more…)