Sam Raimi’s absurdly entertaining return to his horror roots is a movie that fans of the genre will love n full of dark humor, gross out moments and even a few scares.
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (C)
An overbearing romantic comedy that features interesting supporting characters n included a delightful performance from Michael Douglas n but a pair of dull leads in Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner.
The Hangover (B)
Riding a wave of prerelease buzz and a marketing campaign that helped propel it to a surprisingly strong opening weekend, “The Hangover” proves to be one of those films that is worthy of all the attention.
Like Judd Apatow’s films, here’s a comedy that understands how to be raunchy and smart n and isn’t afraid to get a laugh at any expense.
Hannah Montana: The Movie (C-)
The Disney cash cow known as the “Hannah Montana” franchise continues to thrive with the new film “Hannah Montana: The Movie” which took in an impressive $32.3 million during the Easter weekend.
But a huge payday doesn’t exactly point to a film worthy of seeing (“Fast and Furious” is a perfect example of that), and “Hannah” brings nothing to the table that will interest anyone but her rabid fan base.
Land of the Lost (C)
Thanks to the work of Will Ferrell and Danny McBride this uneven comedy based on a popular Saturday morning television series is way better than it deserves to be n but still not good enough to make an effort to see in theaters.
My Life in Ruins (D)
The latest from Nia Vardalos (the star of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) is a lifeless romantic comedy full of stereotypical performances that feels more like a bad sitcom pilot than it does a feature film.
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (B)
It’s rare when a sequel manages to surpass the original, but that is the case with “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.”
This follow-up to the 2006 smash takes all the elements that worked in that film and adds some new layers that makes this even more charming and family friendly.
The Proposal (D+)
Another predictably romantic comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, with practically no redeeming factors, except for the inclusion of the great Betty White.
If you’ve seen the trailer for “The Proposal” n or any other romantic comedy in the past 100 years n you’ll know exactly where this is headed.
Star Trek (B)
After the summer season got off to a slow start with “Wolverine” last week, “Star Trek” arrives in theaters giving sci-fi action fans a film worthy of the hype.
With J.J. Abrams directing, this restart of the popular franchise is fresh and exciting and will please its rabid fan base as well as entertain viewers who don’t know the difference between a Romulan and a Vulcan.
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (C+)
Denzel Washington and John Travolta star in this thriller about a train dispatcher (Washington) matching wits with a criminal mastermind (Travolta) who has hijacked a New York subway car.
Washington is fine, although Travolta is miscast. Still, the film works until the final act n when the subway tension is traded for a pretty standard chase sequence.
Terminator Salvation (C)
A quarter-century after “The Terminator” first blazed onto movie screens, the fourth installment of the popular series arrives with “Terminator Salvation,” an impressively crafted but somewhat disappointing film that’s as lifeless as its cyborg villains.
By Micheal Compton, The Daily News, firstname.lastname@example.org
With films like “Toy Story,” “Finding Nemo,” and “Wall-E,” Pixar has already raised the bar on animated feature films.
Now comes the latest entry, “Up,” a delightful and touching experience that isn’t just one of the best films from the studio n it’s the best film to date in 2009.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (C-)
The summer movie season is off and running with the latest in the “X-Men” series n “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”
But unlike last year, when “Iron Man” paved the way for a pretty good summer at the movies, “Wolverine” fails to live up to its promise, with a film that feels more like one of those failed comic book adaptations, than one that helps elevate the crowded genre.