| Jan 29, 2011
| 4:36 PM
In “Middle Men,” a couple of very good actors get into bed with a generally mediocre movie maker to deliver a tale of the birth of the Internet porn boom. It's not quite as gonzo than giddy as it needed to be, more realistic than it ever...
| Jun 16, 2010
| 4:34 PM
This has the look and feel of an August comedy, i.e. one that may have has aspirations of being a July comedy but wasn't quite out there enough to make the grade. Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi, James Caan, a movie about how Internet porn was born. Middle...
| Aug 5, 2010
| 11:29 AM
Far too much of the loosely factual Internet-porn origin myth "Middle Men," set on the fringes of the 1990s adult-entertainment industry in Southern California, is relayed through voice-over narration read by Luke Wilson. Nobody minded when Ray...
| Mar 23, 2012
| 1:28 PM
Mark Wahlberg is back in action mode, doing what he does well, in this melodrama about an ex-smuggler drawn back into that field when his brother-in-law (Caleb Landry Jones) runs into trouble with a drug kingpin (Giovanni Ribisi).
If he can't set...
| Oct 28, 2011
| 4:54 PM
I liked this movie, but it’s one of those rare films I like and can hardly recommend to my friends. You either have to be a fan of Hunter S. Thompson or madly in love with Johnny Depp, to really appreciate this. That being said, I was never that big...
| Jan 12, 2012
Playing a reformed cargo smuggler sucked back into the game, Mark Wahlberg is the star of "Contraband," a fairly entertaining remake of the 2008 Icelandic thriller "Reykjavik-Rotterdam." And a reliable star he is. Audiences develop relationships with...
| Jan 12, 2012
| 7:22 AM
Johnny Depp had encountered the writing of "gonzo" journalist Hunter S. Thompson before ("Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"), and in this round, he channels the writer again in the semibiography of a reporter who goes to work in Puerto Rico.
| Jan 15, 2012
In Warner Bros.' upcoming action drama "The Gangster Squad," based on a series of Los Angeles Times articles, Josh Brolin plays John O'Mara, a Los Angeles police officer in an elite unit devoted to cleaning up the city's criminal element, specifically...
| Jan 13, 2012
| 11:47 AM
Every three or four films, Mark Wahlberg does a straight-out action potboiler (“Max Payne,” “Shooter”); the latest is “Contraband.” This time around, Wahlberg plays Chris Farraday, a reformed New Orleans smuggler, who,...
| Jan 17, 2012
| 1:38 AM
Critics are idiots.
Now usually when I say that, it’s to complain about them praising a horrible French film. This time it’s for the bad reviews Contraband is getting.
Don’t get me wrong. This isn’t a great picture. It’s...
| Jan 19, 2012
| 9:12 PM
Once again, Meryl Streep gives an Oscar-worthy performance in a big role on the big screen.
Her acting credentials are on vivid display as she virtually channels the core persona of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. She delivers a brilliant...