Tag Archive for Popcorn movie reviews

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – 4 popcorns

  By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic  Happily ensconced in the magical, mystical, love- and life-affirming world of Benjamin Button, you won’t want director David Fincher’s film to end. Even after two hours and thirty-nine minutes, when the tub of…

“The Day the Earth Stood Still” – Has a Contemporary Spin – 2 & ½ popcorns

  By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic  Considering “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” I am transported back to Dr. Halberstodt’s “Reviewing Remakes” course at Olde Ivy Film Criticism College, 1968. “Beware your prejudice,” he warned in his Viennese accent.…

“Cadillac Records” – Spins a Moving Saga – 3 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic If the Oscar qualification read “Best Performed Classic Song” rather than “Best Original Song,” then Beyonce Knowles would be in line for an Academy Award. Playing Blues/Rock firebrand Etta James in Darnell Martin’s “Cadillac…

“Australia” – Out of Down Under – 2 & ½ popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic  Bent on achieving a mystical aura at every turn yet too rarely magical, Baz Luhrmann’s colorful, would-be epochal “Australia” is a bargain basement cross between “Out of Africa” (1985) and any number of cattle…

“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” – Dressed for Nightmares – 3 & ½ popcorns

  By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic  If a reincarnated Aesop were inclined to pen a parable about the Holocaust, odds are it would resemble “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.”  The story of an eight-year-old German boy, circa 1943,…

“Quantum of Solace” — More Quantity than Quality — 2 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic After injecting the 007 franchise with a novel bit of leaner, meaner James Bond in “Casino Royale” (2006), Daniel Craig’s second assignment in producer Barbara Broccoli’s service finds its way home to the same…

“Role Models” – Doesn’t Make Much of an Impression – 2 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic Director David Wain’s “Role Models” uneventfully reminds that in the movies no good deed, especially as concerns children, is ventured unless mandated by the court system. Which is precisely how and why soft drink…

“Zack and Miri Make a Porno” – Good Dirty Fun – 3 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic It is doubtful Guinness World Records will cite Kevin Smith’s “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” as the most profanity-filled movie of all time. However, any deliberation thereof without at least the suggestion of…

“Pride and Glory” – Shamelessly Typical – 2 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic You’ve seen multi-generational, good cop/bad cop tales like “Pride and Glory” before, though perhaps not so predictable and murky. Boy is it gloomy. N.Y.C. streetlights barely illuminate the night; the daytime winter setting is…

“W.” – As in Woe is Us – 3 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic Whew and omigosh. Or, as my great, great grandfather was probably prone to say, “Oy, yoy, yoy.” Either will do as you exit from the theater after seeing director Oliver Stone’s adaptation of writer…