All Good Things

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All Good Things

Review (-/10)
(By Brian Orndorf)

While watching the true crime saga “All Good Things,” I found myself having difficulty comprehending why anyone would want to build a movie from such a dull tale of murder, disappearance, and cross-dressing. Enter celebrated documentarian Andrew Jarecki, who stumbles throughout the entire picture.

While eager to slop around the salacious details of the crimes at hand, the filmmaker’s way with storytelling basics leaves ...


Black Swan

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Black Swan

Review (-/10)
(By Brian Orndorf)

“Black Swan” is a grotesque psychological horror film that provides pits of madness juxtaposed with the gilded, professional grace of the ballet world.

Furthering his study into the resilience of the human body kicked off in the 2008 stunner, “The Wrestler,” director Darren Aronofsky rummages around the pockets of Polanski for inspiration, turning a sparse screenplay into an orgy of injury and psychosis. It&rsquo ...


For Colored Girls

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For Colored Girls

Review (-/10)
(By Brian Orndorf)

With “For Colored Girls,” Tyler Perry looks to mature as a filmmaker, ready to rip off the Madea costume and employ proven material that doesn’t exhibit the same arch DNA as his personal work, challenging the mogul to make a movie that doesn’t scream bloody murder.

Well, Perry inches to the 50 yard line with this harrowing drama, but he can’t exactly give up on his favorite pastime: summoning cringing hyste ...


Megamind

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Megamind

Review (-/10)
(By Brian Orndorf)

With this gifted cast and production team, it’s a crime that “Megamind” isn’t a funnier, livelier picture. A flaccid superhero satire fashioned with stunning animation, the picture feels like a runaway farce that barely wheezes out of the starting gate.

The ingredients are there to make something uproarious, especially in the CG-animated realm where superhero business can assume an epic form, but there’s a ...


Due Date

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Due Date

Review (-/10)
(By Brian Orndorf)

Writer/director Todd Phillips found ungodly success last year with his cheery slapstick smash, “The Hangover.” It was a return to form for Phillips, who found his goofball chi again after losing his way with the abysmal 2006 comedy, “School for Scoundrels.”

His latest picture, “Due Date,” reminded me of “Scoundrels” to an unnerving degree, as once again the filmmaker blows his momentum on ...