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The Week in Review:

3:10 to Yuma:

  • Starring Russell Crow, Christian Bale, Ben Foster, Gretchen Mol, and Peter Fonda and directed by Walk the Line headman James Mangold, this western, based on the 1957 film of the same name (that was based on an Elmore Leonard short story), is getting some pretty rave reviews, as evidenced by an 81% mark from Rotten Tomatoes.
  • However, at Past the Popcorn Greg Wright, a lover of westerns, is disappointed, contending that it is “poor, poor film-making.”
  • But, Peter Travers from Rolling Stone liked it despite the fact that it might be a little overdone.
  • The great Roger Ebert does like it a lot, giving it four full stars and saying that it “restores the wounded heart of the western.”
  • In the L.A. Times Kenneth Turan has good things to say about 3:10, particularly the direction of Mangold and the performances of Bale, Crow, and Foster.
  • Paste critic Tim Basham awards it 4.5 out of 5 stars and critic Brandon Fibbs says in his review that the film is “riveting, exciting, and rare- a thinking person’s western.”

Shoot ‘Em Up:

  • Starring Paul Giamatti, Clive Owen, and Monica Bellucci; Directed by Michael Davis.
  • Roger Ebert says that it goes too far, so far too far in fact that it works and is enjoyable- assuming you like over the top violent and action flicks- extreme action as, Ebert calls it.
  • Most other reviewers who enjoy the film consider it a “guilty pleasure” film for action junkies, noting that there is little plausible plot or character development. Consider: Peter Travers, and Frank Scheck with the Hollywood Reporter.
  • But some critics have taken the film to task: In the Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips goes as far as to say that it is “vile” and the aforementioned A.O. Scott from the New York Times slams it, calling it a “worthless piece of trash.”
  • Wright with Past the Popcorn says that this movie will forever ruin his affection for Giamattie, Owen, and Bellucci, and that because of this film he will never watch the Passion of the Christ (in which Bellucci played Mary Magdalene) or Children of Men (in which Owen starred) again.

The Brothers Solomon:

  • Just go to Rotten Tomatoes and let this film’s abhorrent score guide you. 06%: enough said.

Happy Movie-going everyone!

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