Carol Cling

Carol Cling joined the Las Vegas Review-Journal in November, 1983, and has been resident movie critic since June, 1984. She writes reviews, weekly columns and features. An honors graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, she also has studied film at the American Film Institute and the BBC.


Articles by Carol Cling


AWFJ Women On Film – Carol Cling’s Top Ten of 2009




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Women On Film – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” – Carol Cling reviews

“Benjamin Button” is nothing if not ambitious — especially in its consideration of the Big Picture. (Otherwise known as Life and What It All Means.) Read more>>

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“The Changeling” – Carol Cling reviews

If less is more, then it stands to reason that more is less. For proof, check out director Clint Eastwood’s latest, “Changeling.” Read more>>

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“The Women” – Carol Cling reviews

English treats “The Women” too much like a sitcom and not enough like a movie. Beyond her draggy pacing and prosaic visual style, English seems to think it’s enough to round up a bunch of characters and keep them talking. That only works when the characters are appealing and they’ve got something to say. (Murphy Brown and Co. were never at a loss for words — but we only had to listen to them bicker and banter for a half-hour at a time.) Read more>>

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“Hamlet 2″ – Carol Cling reviews

“Hamlet 2″ spoofs a lot more than the Bard, from putting-on-a-show satires to Hollywood’s seemingly endless fixation with inspirational teachers. Read more>>

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“The Dark Knight” – Carol Cling reviews

“The Dark Knight” wants desperately to be taken seriously. It certainly takes itself seriously — sometimes too seriously for its own good. Even without the real-life death of Heath Ledger, who plays the movie’s maniacal Joker, this sequel to 2005′s “Batman Begins” cloaks itself in funereal black. It’s almost as if somebody sprinkled ashes in the popcorn. Read more>>

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“Wanted” – Carol Cling reviews

“Wanted” is one of those movies that confuses quantity with quality, style with substance, adrenaline with artistry. Read more>>

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“Get Smart” – Carol Cling reviews

Missed it by that much. Read more>>

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“Sex and the City” – Carol Cling reviews

This cinematic finale to the beloved HBO comedy feels like watching an entire season of shoe love, true love and everything in between — all crammed into one loooooooooong sitting. Read more>>

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“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” – Carol Cling reviews

Stand up and cheer the welcome return of a cinematic hero for the ages. Read more>>

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Updating “Indiana Jones” – Carol Cling Comments

When the man with the hat unexpectedly appears in a dingy dive somewhere in Nepal, feisty proprietor Marion Ravenwood hardly seems surprised. Read more>>

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“21″ – Carol Cling reviews

For those besotted by visions of Pair-a-dice, “21″ serves up a suitably starry-eyed account of a young dreamer who dares to challenge the forces of darkness. And wins — for a time. Read more>>

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“Funny Games” – Carol Cling reviews

Funny, as in ha ha? Hardly. Read more>>

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“The Bank Job” – Carol Cling reviews

It’s not just a job, it’s an adventure. At least that’s what a good heist movie ought to be. And “The Bank Job” overcomes its generic title to prove exactly that. Read more>>

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“Bonneville” – Carol Cling reviews

“Bonneville” sticks to a soothingly familiar itinerary, providing a welcome showcase for a trio of terrific actresses. Read more>>

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“Vantage Point” – Carol Cling reviews

You gotta get a gimmick. But having one’s not enough. Once you’ve got a gimmick, you’ve gotta know what to do with it. And while “Vantage Point” definitely has its gimmick, it doesn’t always know how to capitalize on it. Read more>>

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“27 Dresses” – Carol Cling reviews

Thanks to a nimble cast and an insouciant spirit, “27 Dresses” also offers a more enjoyable time than its by-the-numbers plot would indicate. Read more>>

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“Sweeney Todd,” review by Carol Cling

There’s thrilling — as in “producing sudden, strong and deep emotion or excitement.” And there’s thrilling — as in enrapturing, “moving with rapture; delighting beyond measure.” Beyond that, there’s “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” which is both. Read more

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“I Am Legend,” review by Carol Cling

Three strikes and you’re out. Let’s hope that rule doesn’t apply when it comes to cinematic adaptations of “I Am Legend,” because the third time’s hardly the charm. Read more

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“No Country For Old Men,” review by Carol Cling

After the Coens’ misguided “Ladykillers” remake and their tepid romantic comedy “Intolerable Cruelty,” this return to the literal (and psychological) terrain of their arresting 1984 debut, “Blood Simple,” results in the Coens’ best movie since 1996′s “Fargo.” Read more

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“American Gangster,” review by Carol Cling

Alas, “American Gangster” fails to live up to its promise. And, even more damagingly, almost everyone involved with “American Gangster” behaves as if it does. Read more

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“The Heartbreak Kid,” review by Carol Cling

In “The Heartbreak Kid,” the yuks turn to yuck. Read more

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“The Kingdom,” review by Carol Cling

A kick-butt action thriller that takes a stab — but only one or two — at addressing complex international issues, “The Kingdom” would pack more of a punch if it could decide what kind of movie it really wants to be. < href= target="new">Read more

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“310 to Yuma,” review by Carol Cling

“3:10 to Yuma” is, alas, not the second coming of the Western — no matter how mightily it tries. Read more

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“Resurrecting the Champ,” review by Carol Cling

In addition to its fathers-and-sons focus, “Resurrecting the Champ” explores other provocative themes, particularly the fleeting glories of sport — and the symbiotic relationship between sports and the media types who cover it, celebrating the winners, then moving on to the next round of winners without so much as a backward glance at yesterday’s winners-turned-losers. Read more

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