CRITIC DOCTOR IS IN: IS PETER TRAVERS’ REVIEW IN ROLLING STONE AN UNNATURAL DISASTER?

This week, our resident Critic Doctor, Herb Kane, takes a look at “The Day After Tomorrow.” “Mother Nature is the star of ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ and I enjoyed her performance…”



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CRITIC DOCTOR IS IN: DO STILLER AND WILSON MATCH UP TO “STARSKY & HUTCH”?

This week, our resident Critic Doctor, Herb Kane, takes a look at “Starsky & Hutch.” “In September of 2001, I exchanged email with David Soul, the original actor who played Hutch in the TV series. I told Soul I believed the original actors should have been reunited with their characters in the new movie. I still believe it would have worked…”



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CRITIC DOCTOR’S TOP 10 BEST & WORST FILM CRITICS OF 2003

CRITIC DOCTOR’S TOP 10 BEST & WORST FILM CRITICS OF 2003

While most of the nation’s film critics have announced their Top 10 best and worst movie lists for 2003, I’m releasing a different kind of year-end list called “Critic Doctor’s Top 10 Best & Worst Film Critics of 2003.” There were a few movies that caught my undivided attention in 2003 including “Bringing Down the […]



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CRITIC DOCTOR IS IN: IS IT “MONA LISA SMILE” OR “HILLARY CLINTON SMIRK?”

This week, our resident Critic Doctor, Herb Kane, takes a look at “Mona Lisa Smile.” “The film’s failings ultimately rest on the screenwriters. The actors are like cartoons drawn by liberal artists with intentions on pleasing both liberal and conservative viewpoints…”



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CRITIC DOCTOR IS IN: SHOULD “TIMELINE” GO BACK TO ITS WORMHOLE?

This week, our resident Critic Doctor, Herb Kane, takes a look at “Timeline.” “The idea of faxing our genetic makeup to another time is kind of cool. But the machine could not stop the wormhole from sucking out every creative thought from the filmmakers…



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CAN CROWE SAVE “MASTER AND COMMANDER”?

This week, our resident Critic Doctor, Herb Kane, takes a look at “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.” “This film would not have lasted 10 minutes without Russell Crowe…”



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IS “HALLOWEEN” STILL SCARY?

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! This week, our resident Critic Doctor Herb Kane takes a look at John Carpenter’s horror classic “Halloween.” “I remember the screams in the theatre back in 1978 and it was like an emotional rollercoaster ride in hell…”



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IS “GIGLI” AS BAD AS THE CRITICS SAY?

Listen, folks. I went into this movie hoping and praying I would love this film. Why? Imagine all the critics I could examine! But NOOOO! Now I find myself defending the majority of critics because a few are upset that other critics have opinions!



Posted on August 21, 2003 by

DO FILM CRITICS LACK HORSE SENSE?

“Seabiscuit” fans might think some critics should buzz off, but we must all remember: You don’t throw a whole film critics’ life away because one review is banged up a little…



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SHOULD ARIZONA DAILY STAR’S PHIL VILLARREAL WALK THE PLANK?

This week, our resident Critic Doctor Herb Kane takes a look at “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.” “The moment Captain Jack Sparrow pulls into port, we know someone unique just arrived and we’re in for something special…”



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SHOULD YOU WATCH “28 DAYS LATER” OR SOONER?

This week, our resident Critic Doctor Herb Kane takes a look at “28 Days Later.” “The humans end up becoming scarier than the zombies as their animal instincts take over without law or government to keep them in order…”



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WILL CRITICS MAKE THE HULK ANGRY?

This week, our resident Critic Doctor Herb Kane takes a look at “The Hulk.” A few critics out there had better hope Banner avoids reading their negative film reviews. They won’t like him when he’s angry…



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SHOULD “HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE” BE INVESTIGATED?

This week, our resident Critic Doctor Herb Kane takes a look at “Hollywood Homicide.” “The comedy in this film is hard to pull off because we’ve seen most of this stuff
before…”



Posted on June 25, 2003 by

EBERTFEST: THUMBAPALOOZA 2003

I have now completed my third year attending “Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival,” a special event of the University of Illinois College of Communications. In that time, I discovered Roger Ebert has a way of making this event more than just a film festival that screens 14 overlooked movies, genres or formats for your entertainment […]



Posted on May 20, 2003 by

EBERTFEST: THUMBAPALOOZA 2003

L 627 ^ By Jeff Westhoff ^ **** ^ Directed by Bertrand Tavernier For a long, meandering story about the futility of fighting a drug war, Bertrand Tavernier’s 1992 drama “L.627″ is supremely engrossing. During his post-screening discussion with Roger, Tavernier said he didn’t want the film to be ruled by “the tyranny of the […]



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