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2.5 yaps

Chernobyl Diaries

Despite sound, atmospheric production values, you get the fatalistic sleaze you pay for in a vaguely exploitative Eastern European take on “The Hills Have Eyes.” Continue reading

2 yaps

The Dictator

Based on “The Dictator,” I’d say Sacha Baron Cohen’s reign of funny has come to an end. Continue reading

3 yaps

The Dictator

People will be talking about “The Dictator” in 10 years — just about whether it emboldened Sacha Baron Cohen to greater challenges or mired him in mediocrity. Continue reading

4 yaps

Dark Shadows

Mostly self-assured in its silly-serious storytelling, “Dark Shadows” is pitched somewhere between a timeless play’s tragedy and ’70s pop-song punch. Continue reading

3.5 yaps

The Raven

This macabre, occasionally mournful tale of Edgar Allan Poe’s pain & fear doesn’t quite go into darkness peering. But it’s no thriller at which you’re jeering. Continue reading

4 yaps

The Cabin in the Woods

Clever and comical, but cold and clinical, “Cabin” is a pleasant, if passionless, puzzle — a fan dance for fanboys that delivers the goods while tweaking them. Continue reading

3.5 yaps

Lockout

Taken on terms of arrested-adolescence action movies, “Lockout” finds itself in pass-fail territory. Consider it a success by way of social promotion. Continue reading

2.5 yaps

21 Jump Street

Channing Tatum is an unexpected riot. The script has some fun, winking touches. The film is brazen, brash and blustery. Too bad it’s not more of a blast. Continue reading

2 yaps

The Three Musketeers (2011)

Always beautiful to look at, but always an empty shell, “The Three Musketeers” is a busy, noisy gobbledygook of goofy action and dopey dialogue. Continue reading

2 yaps

Silent House

Too arty to settle for home-invasion scares and too laughably literal to unsettle with subtext, all that’s left is an impressive technical exercise. Continue reading

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