Popcorn Movie Reviews

“The Incredible Hulk” — A Comic Book of the Mind — 2 & ½ popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic Musing the inevitable inquiry–“What’s better, ‘Iron Man’ or ‘The Incredible Hulk?’”–a comic book of the mind transports me back to a couple of ten-year-olds who could give that weighty question its deserved contemplation. Gamboling…

“You Don’t Mess with the Zohan" — 2 & ½ popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic Lest you be thought a fool, you don’t recommend “You Don’t Mess With the Zohan” without prefacing. Stuff like, ‘Maybe I’m crazy. I know it isn’t good filmmaking and it’s completely stupid, but hey,…

Popcorn: “Sex and the City” – E.T. Phones for Help – 2 & ½ popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic Point of disclosure: I have never witnessed one episode of “Sex and the City.” Nope, not when it was first making waves for its frankness on HBO, nor during its extended life in rerun.…

“Speed Racer” Can’t Get out of its Own Way – 2 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic It is alas ironic that “Speed Racer,” the Wachowski Brothers’s live-action adaptation of the series that originated as the Japanese anime “Mach GoGoGo,” is anything but swift. For all its colorful, dizzying, quick-splice freneticism,…

“Smart People” – 3 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic An ambience of intelligence, even when the characters are pompously unbearable, makes director Noam Murro’s “Smart People” an often disarming delight. Set at Carnegie Mellon University, where Dennis Quaid’s widower-professor Lawrence Wetherhold jadedly holds…

Leatherheads – 2 & ½ popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic Director George Clooney’s “Leatherheads,” a sports comedy circa 1925, amuses in a rote fashion that manages to be consistently convivial without offering a novel nuance or saying anything of great consequence. It’s a testament…