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10,000 B.C. (2008)

Prehistoric Low Camp. The archetypal Hero’s Journey, at its earliest starting point: the outcast of a mountain clan, who appear to wear bird droppings on their faces, wending his way past woolly mammoths, giant man-eating gobblers, a saber-toothed tiger, across the Sea of Sand to the Head of the Snake ... (PG-13)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

Just serviceable bunker thriller that asks the question, “Would you want to survive The Big One if it meant being stuck in a windowless concrete cottage with the kind of guy who spent his life preparing to survive The Big One?” (Heck, his own wife and daughter couldn’t stand the ... (PG-13)

1.0 starsMatthew Lickona

10 Years (2012)

The graduating class of Lake Howell High meets for its ten-year reunion. The student body appears to have been created in a petri dish: Hitler couldn't have engineered a more physically unblemished graduating class. In addition to the Tatums (Channing and Jenna Dewan), there's Ari Graynor, Justin Long, Max Minghella, ... (PG-13)

3.0 starsScott Marks

12 (2008)

Russian revision of Twelve Angry Men, slightly “opened up” to no benefit (the makeshift jury room is a gymnasium), still stagy, wordy, overacted, mired in lengthy monologues, spun out in excess of two and a half hours. With Sergey Makovetsky, Sergey Garmash, Sergey Gazarov, Valentin Gaft, Alexey Petrenko, Yuri Stoyanov, ... (PG-13)

0.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

13 Going on 30 (2004)

With a sprinkle of Wishing Dust, the disaffected young heroine, on her first day of teenhood, is spirited into her future life as a "thirty and flirty and thriving" editor of her favorite fashion magazine, Poise. Yet she's still thirteen in her head, with none of the knowledge, the experience, ... (PG-13)

0.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)

Not just was Christopher Columbus: The Discovery faster into the marketplace (for the quincentenary of the voyage of the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria); it was also clearer in story, in character, in actors' diction, in photography. Bad as it was, sometimes amusingly so, this is worse -- ... (PG-13)

0.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

The 15:17 to Paris (2018)

Director Clint Eastwood goes from flying first class (Sully) to riding the rails in unreserved coach for another real-life tale of transitory heroism. And this time, instead of relying on Oscar-winner Tom Hanks to land his Airbus in the freezing waters of the Hudson River, he turns to the actual ... (PG-13)

3.0 starsScott Marks

16 Blocks (2006)

The title specifies the distance over which an NYPD detective must transport a garrulous witness from jail to courthouse in Lower Manhattan, weaving through a whole platoon of murderously corrupt cops; and the hour-and-a-half duration approximates the time limit allotted to get him there. Overextended even at that tidy length, ... (PG-13)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

17 Again (2009)

Second-chance fantasy that, through the agency of a bewhiskered supernatural school janitor, sends the middle-age-crazy hero not back in time, but back in age, back to the high school of his youth, so that he must fend off the incestuous flirtations of his teenage daughter and make age-inappropriate advances to ... (PG-13)

0.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

2012 (2009)

Roland Emmerich's widest view of disaster to date: the sky-high eruption of Yellowstone (Old Faithful gone Vesuvius), the toppling of the Washington Monument and St. Peter's Basilica (the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower would be so old-hat), the block-by-block collapse of Los Angeles (a rented limo outrunning the ... (PG-13)

2.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

20 Feet from Stardom (2013)

Darlene Love is the Jackie Robinson of session groups, a black backup singer who worked furiously to crack the majors by lending her formidable talent (and tonsils) to everyone from Bobby "Boris" Pickett to the Chairman of the Board. Forced to "ghost" for Phil Spector under whatever band name he ... (PG-13)

3.0 starsScott Marks

21 (2008)

Takeoff from a true story, presumably far, far off, about a team of MIT math whizzes who, drilled by a Mephistophelean mentor on the faculty, visit Vegas on weekends to beat the house at blackjack. The film is not able to make the frowned-upon practice of “card counting” comprehensible, much ... (PG-13)

0.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

23 Blast (2014)

A high school football star goes blind but decides to return to the game. Based on a true story. (PG-13)

None stars

27 Dresses (2008)

Girly fairy tale to do with the proverbial always-a-bridesmaid, twenty-seven times by actual count, with a closetful of once-worn gowns to prove it, who stands mutely by as her slutty younger sister returns home and steals her dreamy boss right out from under her nose. Screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna and ... (PG-13)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

28 Days (2000)

Four weeks in rehab: laughs, tears, quips, platitudes, and Sandra Bullock. Or Sandra Bully, for all the chance that anyone else has. Viggo Mortensen, Dominic West, Steve Buscemi, Elizabeth Perkins; directed by Betty Thomas. (PG-13)

0.0 starsDuncan Shepherd