Linda Barnard

One big, frantic Euro crisis, with animals

The quick-quipping critters who escaped from the Central Park Zoo fashion a Euro crisis of their own, embarking on a third adventure in Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.

  • Jun 15, 2012

Fractured fairy tale lacks heart

The most interesting character in Snow White and the Huntsman is neither of the title characters. It’s Ravenna, the diabolical diva formerly known as the Evil Queen.

  • Jun 8, 2012

High action, poor acting in Act of Valor

Considering Act of Valor is, at its heart, a multimillion-dollar U.S. military recruitment video, it’s fitting that the film opens with a commercial message from directors Mike “Mouse” McCoy and Scott Waugh.

  • Mar 2, 2012

No dividends in this deal with the devil

Without being saddled with a plot, Nicolas Cage has an easy zoom down the devil’s highway in silly sequel Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.

  • Feb 24, 2012

Joyful Noise preachin’ to the choir

At the intersection of God and Glee, you’ll find Joyful Noise.

Strut loudly, and wear a funny hat

Come for the gore, stay for the headgear.

  • Nov 18, 2011

Gimmick stinks, but the movie’s not bad

It doesn’t make scents for Robert Rodriguez to add a scratch-and-sniff dimension he calls Aromascope to the fourth Spy Kids movie, All the Time in the World. It doesn’t work — most of the eight scented circles on the cardboard card to be scratched and sniffed when the appropriate number flashes onscreen smell the same, like papery bubble gum.

  • Aug 25, 2011

Big, bold bonehead

“I live. I love. I slay. I am content.” Well, that looks after you, Conan, but what about the rest of us who would like a little plot with our mindlessly splattering gore?

  • Aug 25, 2011

Fifth stop at Final Destination is getting close to overkill

Stick a fork in the Final Destination franchise — probably something that’s been done in some variation to a poor slob in every one of the ongoing series — it’s done.

  • Aug 18, 2011

Behold the power of glee

Who’d ever think a packed stadium of modern-day teens could lose their minds over nerds in Harry Potter-like school uniforms crooning forgettable ’70s sappy popper Silly Love Songs?

  • Aug 12, 2011

An old-fashioned hero

The 90-pound weakling does the heavy lifting in the otherwise lightweight World War II-set Captain America: The First Avenger.

  • Jul 22, 2011

Disney plays it old school

“Oh bother,” said Winnie the Pooh as he pulled his red shirt over his furry tummy, which was still round even though it was as empty as his hunny jar.

  • Jul 21, 2011

Spectacular colourfest Rio shows nerds still rule

The animation crew behind Ice Age heads south to shake a tail feather in riotously colourful Rio, but the by-the-books story shows Pixar’s spot at the top of the animation heap still remains supreme.

  • Apr 22, 2011

Arthur reboot a sobering affair

Time and compound interest haven’t done much for Arthur Bach’s bank account.

  • Apr 14, 2011

Hop can’t pull a rabbit out this hat

Easter was a holiday that has pretty much managed to stay under Hollywood’s radar — with the exception of the 1948 musical Easter Parade, which had no rabbits — and certainly none that poop jelly beans.

  • Apr 5, 2011

Diary shines as siblings grow up together

What’s worse than having a sarcastic, tormenting bully of an older brother?

  • Apr 1, 2011

A-plus, easy

Full marks to Easy A, a razor-sharp teen comedy that carries the world-weary angst and acerbic high-school social strata observations of John Hughes into 2010 with quick-witted success.

Surfing on bad taste

Hey Drew, this star’s for you. As Erin in Going the Distance, the ever-bubbly Barrymore is playing the same lovable loon — often with a fondness for booze — that she’s been doing since 1995’s Boys on the Side.