Review: ‘Four Kids and It,’ Appealing, Robust Adventures, and Charm to Boot

Paula Patton, Matthew Goode, Russell Brand and Michael Caine's voice star in the family film, directed by Andy De Emmony.  Ros (Teddie-Rose Malleson-Allen) loves books. Smash (Ahsley Aufderheide) throws rocks. They are both 13 years of age. Otherwise, they don't appear to have much in common, except that they are both children of divorce.  Introduced... Continue Reading →

Review: ‘Despicable Me’

Delightful and droll, Despicable Me is also refreshingly modest. And it's fun. All animated films fall under the shadow of mighty Pixar, which has set the gold standard. But that doesn't mean that every animated film must follow the same pattern. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud, Despicable Me is less story-driven and more... Continue Reading →

Review: Get Him to the Greek

"Your life's to-do list must be a baffling document." Get Him to the Greek begins with an uproariously bad music video starring Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) and his longtime lover Jackie Q (a deliriously skanky Rose Byrne).  So bad is the video with its misbegotten save-the-children-as-self-interest message that it is considered "the worst thing to... Continue Reading →

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