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On DVD: "Winnie the Pooh" Charms with Slight Twists on a Classic

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • October 25, 2011 2:18 AM
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On DVD: "“Captain America: The First Avenger” Captivates But Has Little Care for Character"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • October 25, 2011 1:24 AM
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"Bad Teacher" is Bad, but Not Necessarily Bad for Women

  • By Daniel Walber
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  • October 18, 2011 4:45 AM
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  • 6 Comments
This review was originally published on June 24, 2011. It is being reposted for the home video release. It’s hard to watch a movie like “Bad Teacher” without evaluating where it falls in the debate over women in Hollywood, especially in this summer of heightened sensitivity to the problem. “Bridesmaids” was essentially appointed the representative of women at the box office, which would seem entirely ridiculous if there were even one more film on the docket for the next few months led by or geared towards women. But as Manohla Dargis pointed out recently, this is a summer without much of a female presence on the big screen. “Bridesmaids,” despite its success, is hardly enough to fix what is now an even more discussed deficiency in Hollywood.
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"Red State" is Actually the Most Interesting Kevin Smith Film Since "Clerks"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • October 18, 2011 4:39 AM
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This review was originally published September 6, 2011. It is being reposted for the film's home video release.
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Guest Review: A Bride-to-Be Praises "Bridesmaids" for Equal Parts Hilarity and Relatabilty

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • September 20, 2011 12:15 PM
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The following guest review (from my now-wife) was originally published on May 10, 2011. It is being reposted for the film's home video release.
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"Make Believe" is a Magical Competition Documentary That Believes in Its Characters

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • September 20, 2011 1:45 AM
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This review was originally published on May 12, 2011. It is being reposted for the doc's home video release.
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"Everything Must Go" Except for Heavy Metaphors and Comfortable Narratives

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • September 6, 2011 3:36 AM
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This review was originally published at Spout on May 13, 2011. It is being reposted for the film's home video release.
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"Got the Facts on Milk?" Informs on a Necessary Issue Yet is Too Faulty and Goofy to Matter

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • August 30, 2011 7:12 AM
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  • 9 Comments
I get a lot of requests to review independent films, particularly documentaries. My primary qualification is that it must be something available to the public, via theatrical or DVD or VOD or online streaming release. Another factor, of course, is that it must sound completely worth the time it takes to watch and then write about a film. Hopefully there is a trailer so I can get a sense of filmic quality, also, not just an interest in the subject and story. So I'll first admit that the trailer for Shira Lane's "Got the Facts on Milk?" somewhat turned me off from accepting it for review.
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"Prom" Is an Entertaining Movie Built Around a Tired Cliché, But Do Tweens Care?

  • By Daniel Walber
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  • August 30, 2011 1:43 AM
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This review was originally published on Spout April 28, 2011. It is being reposted for the home video release.
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On VOD: "Beware the Gonzo" Feels Dated But Evokes the Charm of Minor 80s Teen Movies

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • August 25, 2011 6:28 AM
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If only Bryan Goluboff's debut feature, "Beware the Gonzo," were made in the 1980s. This tale of teen 'zine rebellion almost has a Savage Steve Holland feel to it, minus almost all of the humor and general absurdity, and I could easily picture John Cusack and Curtis Armstrong in lead roles filled instead by Ezra Miller (who seems more interested in emulating Justin Long and Max Fischer) and Griffin Newman, respectively. Though Newman's character, "Horny" Rob, is actually more like the Armstrong of "Revenge of the Nerds." It's quite the Reagan-era nerds-versus-jocks underdog teen comedy, but the lower tier stuff, not John Hughes. And about rival school newspapers rather than athletic or general popularity contests. It would have been better with William Zabka as the villain, and if not Cusack as the Hunter S. Thompson-worshipping "Gonzo" Gilman, then perhaps Casey Siemaszko or Keith Gordon.
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