Tag Archive for Popcorn movie reviews

“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…

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)…