Stories by Christy Lemire

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012

Scorsese's 'Hugo' leads Oscars with 11 nominations

Hugo, War Horse, The Help and Moneyball among those nominated for best picture.
By Christy Lemire

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Final 'Potter' film is sad and satisfying

If last year's Deathly Hallows: Part 1 marked the beginning of the end with doom and gloom, Part 2 wraps things up once and for all on a note of melancholy.
By Christy Lemire

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

'Toy Story 3' is lacking only freshness

Toy Story 3 is a gorgeous film, but because it comes from Pixar's nearly flawless tradition, including two Toy Story predecessors, the expectations naturally are inflated.
By Christy Lemire

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009

The animated Astro Boy is 'pretty forgettable'

LOS ANGELES --- The animated Astro Boy is a shiny hodgepodge of Pinocchio, WALL-E, Oliver Twist, Gladiator and Superman with some obvious visual touches taken from The Iron Giant . As its own ...
By Christy Lemire

Monday, Sept. 14, 2009

Tyler Perry has good opening with 'Bad'

LOS ANGELES -- Being bad is good for Tyler Perry, whose latest movie, "I Can Do Bad All By Myself," opened at the top of the box office this weekend with more than $24 million.
By Christy Lemire

Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009

'Extract ' is a bland, unappetizing concoction

LOS ANGELES --- Ten years ago, Mike Judge satirized the absurdities of the workplace experience from the perspective of put-upon employees with Office Space . It became a cult favorite on cable ...
By Christy Lemire

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Review: You've met 'Beth Cooper' before

LOS ANGELES - Somewhere inside "I Love You, Beth Cooper," there lies a high-school comedy in the same vein as the great John Hughes movies of the 1980s.
By Christy Lemire

Thursday, June 25, 2009

'Transformers' shape-shifts into noise, nonsense

LOS ANGELES - A joyless cacophony, an insistent and seemingly endless onslaught, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," director Michael Bay's follow-up to the 2007 smash "Transformers" plays more ...
By Christy Lemire

'Sister's Keeper' raises tough questions

LOS ANGELES - "My Sister's Keeper" is a shameless weepy, one of the most manipulative and fundamental of genres, but it also raises some surprisingly difficult and thought-provoking ethical questions.
By Christy Lemire

Thursday, May 7, 2009

'Star Trek' bold, but with some trouble

LOS ANGELES - J.J. Abrams' hugely anticipated summer extravaganza "Star Trek" boldly goes to the past within the distant future of the "Trek" universe, years ahead of the TV series and the myriad ...
By Christy Lemire

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008

'Cadillac Records'

Darnell Martin could have made an entire movie about Muddy Waters. Or Etta James. Or Chuck Berry.
By Christy Lemire

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008

Stone's presidential biopic 'W.' is not so one-sided, after all

All he wanted to do was watch baseball and drink beer all day. Instead, George W. Bush ended up being chosen as leader of the free world. Twice.
By Christy Lemire

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008

'Miracle at St. Anna' is casualty of Spike Lee's ponderous touch

In Spike Lee's long, eclectic career, Miracle at St. Anna is easily his most technically ambitious film.
By Christy Lemire

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008

'The Women' dishes out fluff instead of substance

Somehow, Diane English has managed to make the Sex and the City movie look like a documentary.
By Christy Lemire

The humor begins to boil quickly in the wacky 'Burn After Reading'

Burn After Reading , the latest offering in the eclectic filmography of Joel and Ethan Coen, is not to be taken seriously -- one look at Brad Pitt's blond-streaked pouf of hair tells you that -- ...
By Christy Lemire

Thursday, Aug 28, 2008

'Traitor' never quite hits mark

Traitor is the kind of movie so many of us yearn to see: It's intense and intelligent, has something to say without being pedantic and presents complicated issues without condescension.
By Christy Lemire

Thursday, July 24, 2008

'Step Brothers' can't rise to challenge

The title is Step Brothers . You know, because there are two of them, but Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are playing the same person, which is the movie's fundamental, irreparable flaw.
By Christy Lemire

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Review: 'Iron Man' a blockbuster with a brain

Much of the allure of "Iron Man" comes from the fact that we are indeed talking about a man - a real man who has lived a life and made mistakes and experienced regret - not some scrawny, teenage ...
By Christy Lemire

Thursday, March 20, 2008

'Drillbit' keeps going into same monotonous vein of comedy

Do you hear that? That shrill, shrieking sound coming from your local multiplex? That would be the Judd Apatow machine slowly, steadily winding down after humming along so brilliantly for so long.
By Christy Lemire

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007

Film is 'Feast' of melodramatic nonsense

That Feast of Love is an overstuffed melodrama, better suited for broadcast as a TV movie of the week than a theatrical release is bad enough.
By Christy Lemire
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