Tag Archive for Michael Goldberger

“Baby Mama” — 2 & ½ popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic At the outset of director Michael McCullers’s “Baby Mama,” about a snobbish single exec who has everything but the baby she so desires, there is hope. It looks like this tale of surrogacy just…

“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…

Popcorn: “Run Fatboy Run” – 1 & ½ popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic Arriving at long last at the conclusion of “Run Fatboy Run,” we’ve somehow grown enamored of Simon Pegg’s Dennis Doyle, a London slacker who, in the opening scene, left poor, pregnant Libby (Thandie Newton)…

“Under the Same Moon” – 3 Popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic Rooting for illegal Mexican émigré Rosario (Kate del Castillo) and the 9-year-old son who launches on a desperate journey to join her in L.A., we realize that “Under the Same Moon” places us at…