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Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief — Film Review

The film is notable for being Hollywood's latest attempt to turn a series of popular kid-friendly fantasy novels into the next "Harry Potter"-like film franchise.

Tooth Fairy — Film Review

Of all the heavyweight action heroes who have traded violent fight scenes for heart-tugging moments of family bonding, only Dwayne Johnson seems entirely at ease in PG-rated surroundings.

The Slammin’ Salmon — Film Review

The movie offers enough solid laughs to ensure a decent audience on DVD and cable. That audience could have been even larger, however, were the proceedings just a little smarter and a whole lot…

Ninja Assassin — Film Review

Chances are if you're willingly walking into a movie entitled "Ninja Assassin," you're expecting to see three basic things: 1) ninjas, 2) lots of them, 3) fighting each other with all sorts of cool…

Ninja Assassin — Film Review

Chances are if you're willingly walking into a movie entitled "Ninja Assassin," you're expecting to see three basic things: 1) ninjas, 2) lots of them, 3) fighting each other with all sorts of cool…

Skin — Film Review

Some true-life tales are better suited to documentaries than fictionalized feature films. That's the case with "Skin," which chronicles the fascinating story of Sandra Laing, an apparent black woman…

Off Jackson Avenue — Film Review

"Off Jackson Avenue" thankfully forgoes the overbearing melodrama that threatened to tip those movies into the realm of camp.

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Few things are more depressing than watching a talented ensemble of actors trying and failing to make the best of bad material.

What Goes Up — Film Review

Few things are more depressing than watching a talented ensemble of actors trying and failing to make the best of bad material.

‘Kobe Doin’ Work’

There have been a number of films about pro basketball, but none looks quite like "Kobe Doin' Work," Spike Lee's innovative and intense chronicle of one game in the life of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant.

Kobe Doin’ Work — Film Review

There have been a number of films about professional basketball made over the years, but none of them looks quite like "Kobe Doin' Work," Spike Lee's innovative and intense chronicle of one game in…