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The Twilight Saga:
Breaking Dawn--Part 1
by Lisa Schwarzbaum | Nov 16, 2011

Bella Swan has had the benefit of my doubt for the previous three installments of The Twilight Saga…

by Owen Gleiberman | May 04, 2011

Can a blockbuster be momentous and lighthearted at the same time? Thor , Kenneth Branagh's rousing popcorn adventure…

by Lisa Schwarzbaum | Nov 23, 2010

Fairy-tale rescues by handsome princes are out. Collaborative adventures with cute bandits are in. That's the 411 from…

The Muppets Take Manhattan
by Chris Nashawaty | Aug 10, 2011

The Muppets are about to be everywhere again. In November, Kermit, Miss Piggy, and their fuzzy menagerie of…

The Karate Kid
by Owen Gleiberman | Jun 09, 2010

When a child star is cute and has a few instinctual acting moves, that's probably enough to get…

by Owen Gleiberman | Mar 30, 2011

It's Alvin and the Chipmunks with only one chipmunk, and (if possible) even less fun. In an Easter…

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
by Lisa Schwarzbaum | Dec 08, 2010

The third leg of the big-screen voyage through C.S. Lewis' magical kingdom of Narnia finds the intrepid Pevensie…

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
by Owen Gleiberman | Dec 23, 2009

If only for the sake of adults, couldn't the folks behind the Alvin films have had the good…

Alvin and the Chipmunks
by Owen Gleiberman | Dec 26, 2007

Consumerized kiddie flicks like The Cat in the Hat leech the soul out of children's classics. There's a…

Daddy Day Care
by Lisa Schwarzbaum | May 07, 2003

I have come to accept, if not to understand, that a movie starring Eddie Murphy can be ''Shrek''-tacular…

The Amazing Spider-Man
by Lisa Schwarzbaum | Jun 28, 2012

Five minutes into The Amazing Spider-Man , I got bitten. With pleasure. A friskier, sweeter-natured variation on the…

Iron Man 2
by Lisa Schwarzbaum | May 05, 2010

He may be out of the closet as a superhero and cheered around the world as a peacekeeper,…

Iron Man
by Owen Gleiberman | Apr 30, 2008

After Tobey Maguire's gawky boyishness and Christian Bale's glower, the ''offbeat'' casting of comic-book films is now the…

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
by Lisa Schwarzbaum | May 19, 2008

''What are you, like, 80?'' the brash young James Dean wannabe asks the familiar-looking professor of archaeology in…

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
by Owen Gleiberman | Jun 02, 2004

When we last saw Harry Potter on screen, he was going through a bit of an awkward phase.…

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
by Lisa Schwarzbaum | Jul 10, 2007

Ten days after Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix opens, the ultimate outcome of our hero's…

Harry Potter and the
Deathly Hallows - Part 2
by Lisa Schwarzbaum | Jul 11, 2011

The thrilling conclusion to a phenomenal cinematic story 10 years in the telling, Harry Potter and the Deathly…

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1
by Lisa Schwarzbaum | Nov 17, 2010

We all know the end is near. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1 breaks the…

The Dark Knight
by Owen Gleiberman | Jul 14, 2008

Our comic-book-movie culture is 30 years old (it kicked off in 1978, with the Christopher Reeve Superman ),…

Men in Black 3
by Lisa Schwarzbaum | May 23, 2012

When last seen, Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) were...well, can anyone remember what the…

The Hunger Games
by Lisa Schwarzbaum | Mar 20, 2012

Young people, selected by lottery, slaughter one another with kill-or-be-killed desperation in The Hunger Games . The savagery…

Batman Begins
by Owen Gleiberman | Jul 01, 2005

It's not just the birth of Batman we're seeing in this triumphant interpretation, it's also the dawning of…

The Adventures of Tintin
by Owen Gleiberman | Dec 09, 2011

Steven Spielberg is an audacious master of kinetic action poetry, and in The Adventures of Tintin (in theaters…

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
by Adam Markovitz | Dec 15, 2011

Good news: The shrill CG rodents, who last infested theaters in 2009's Squeakquel , are stranded on a…


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