Tag Archive for Popcorn movie reviews

“Watchmen” – Alternate Entertainment – 3 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic Finally, someone’s gotten this comic book-to-film thing right, or at least as right as the transport of different mediums, philosophies and the very definition of art itself will allow. “Watchmen,” Zack Snyder’s adaptation of…

“Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li” – The Movie, Lost in Translation – 2 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic Several years back, a N.Y. Times columnist eloquently worried that emerging writers concerned with those lucrative motion picture rights would be making sure, consciously or not, that their novels were cinematic. Would literature lose…

“Madea Goes to Jail” – Too Severe a Sentence – 1 & ½ popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic When you were little and the cartoon’s protagonist didn’t realize who the villain was, it drove you nuts. You screamed at the TV, “Watch out, she’s bad.” Happily, the hero always heard you. If…

“The International” — Sleuther Not Quite World Class — 2 & ½ popcorns

by Michael S. Goldberger, film critic Funny, how it works. When you’re hungry but too hurried to stop, you can’t help but pass one enticing food joint after the next. When love throws you a curve, every song intimately echoes…

“Getting The Oscars All Wrong”

  By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic  By now you’ve been inundated with Oscar picks. It has become a full-fledged pastime, a key component of that unofficial holiday between St. Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day. No one is without…

“New in Town” – Same Old, Same Old – 2 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic  Too bad for Renée Zellweger. Plopped into a production company of virtual unknowns, aided only by co-star Harry Connick, Jr., she’s expected to make beguiling the seen-it-before triteness of director Jonas Elmer’s “New in…

“Underworld: Rise of the Lycans” – No Place for Crybabies – 1 & ½ popcorns

  By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic  The great thing about Patrick Tatopoulos’s “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans” is that you really don’t need to pay attention. Sure, it’s complicated as logarithms, its dramatis personae a hodgepodge of vampires, werewolves…

“The Wrestler” – No-Holds-Barred Storytelling – 4 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic  You couldn’t tell my Dad wrestling was fake. In his favorite chair, our little dog Tibble on his lap, he’d root with a fervor that we feared would kill him. Here was a man…

“Bride Wars” – Something Old, Nothing New, Everything Borrowed, and Sure to Make you Blue

  By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic  Hearing yourself utter the plot description of “Bride Wars” makes you wonder if either you or the world has gone insane. At minimum, certainly it must cause you to lose millions of brain…

“Doubt” – Casts Compelling Shadows – 3 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic  You know that boring couple you’ve been promising to double with, but keep putting off for fear of the dead air that might permeate the evening? Call them now. Suggest you see “Doubt.” The…