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The Muppets
This Muppet reboot is an absolute delight and puts an end to the great Muppet diaspora.
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Film Review  November 25, 2011, by Marc Savlov
"...The Muppets was co-written by star Segel and fellow Judd Apatow pal Nicholas Stoller, and clearly, both have remained very much in love with the artfully absurd tone of the series they grew up with. True Muppet maniacs (including, ahem, punk rock supergroup Me First & the Gimme Gimmes and, ahem again, this reviewer) are advised to bring a hankie; the big musical showstopper will be as overwhelmingly familiar and emotionally front-loaded as the Gonzo cannon fodder gag, and I'm positive I'm not the only one whose eyes got misty from the memories it engendered...."

Tonight: The Dark Side of 'The Muppets'
'It's A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie' at Blue Starlite Drive-In
DAILY Screens  December 22, 2011, by Marc Savlov


Muppets Most Wanted
This re-energized franchise has found its second wind: The Muppets' eighth movie proves that eight is not enough.
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Film Review  March 21, 2014, by Steve Davis
"...It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights. Yes, those wacky puppets are back in Muppets Most Wanted, their eighth film to date..."

Muppets From Space
I'm sorry, but when did the Muppets get da funk? With a soundtrack featuring the likes of James Brown, the Commodores, George Clinton and P-Funk, and Earth Wind and Fire,...
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Film Review  July 23, 1999, by Marc Savlov
"...Murray Abraham, Ray Liotta, David Arquette, Rob Schneider, Andie MacDowell, Pat Hingle and Hollywood Hogan. I'm sorry, but when did the Muppets get da funk? With a soundtrack featuring the likes of James Brown, the Commodores, George Clinton and P-Funk, and Earth Wind and Fire, I kept expecting a Bootsy Collins-inspired Muppet to leap out and waggle its furry tongue at me, but sadly such was not the case..."

The Muppet Christmas Carol
The Muppets bring cheer to Ebenezer Scrooge.
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Film Review  December 11, 1992, by Pamela Bruce
"...Starring: Michael Caine. So many cinematic versions of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol have come and gone over the years, but the proverbial question still remains: do we really need yet another rendition of this overdone classic to officially promote holiday season cheeriness? Apparently Walt Disney and Jim Henson Productions thought that we needed one -- and or had visions of sugarplum dollar signs dancing in their heads -- when they joined forces to produce The Muppet Christmas Carol, a cute, and for the most part, imaginative take on Dickens' narrative that's sure to jumpstart the Muppets' commercial appeal, if achieving nothing else..."

The AggreGAYtor: July 24
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DAILY The Gay Place  July 24, 2012, by Brandon Watson
"...America mourns Sally Ride, the Muppets eat less "chikin,"� and Grindr drops the baton. Today's AggreGAYtor is going for the gold...."

The Wonderful World of Frank Oz
It’s time to meet the folks behind Muppet Guys Talking
Screens Story  March 9, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...Muppets. They taught us to count, the value of diversity, and what vaudeville was..."

Put the T and V in Thanksgiving
Holiday specials to ease you through the food coma and into the weekend
Screens Story  November 29, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...• 8:30pm, ABC: Lady Gaga & the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular: They both have wacky hairdos, wear funny furs, and like to get a little animated. Honestly, we're surprised this pairing didn't happen before now..."

The Lovers, the Dreamers, et al.
An April shower of Muppets programming at the Alamo Ritz
Screens Story  April 1, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...The Muppets settle in for a monthlong residence at the Alamo Ritz this April, with a half-dozen-plus opportunities to rediscover why C is for cookie, why it isn't easy being green, and why rubber duckie is still, eternally, the one...."

Muppets Treasure Island
Yo, ho, ho and a bottle of pop! Taking great liberties with Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel about pirates and buried riches, Muppet Treasure Island carries on the legacy of...
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Film Review  February 16, 1995, by Steve Davis
"...Even the usually animated Curry, in the role of Long John Silver, fails to upstage anyone except his fellow live actors. As in their previous movies, syndicated television program, and everything else they've done, the Muppets once again prove their appeal to kids and adults alike..."

Meet the Feebles
Imagine Kermit the Frog had been a junkie. Imagine Miss Piggy had been a grade-z torch singer with a preposterously ample bosom and a runaway case of manic depression. Imagine...
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Film Review  April 8, 1994, by Marc Savlov
"...It's a testimony to Jackson's deranged genius that he manages to pull the whole thing off as well as he does (although, to be honest, the film does have a few off-moments: choppy editing and the occasional odd lighting choice make for some hard-to-discern shots now and again). Anyone who was made to sit through The Muppets Take Manhattan or Follow That Bird has been waiting a long time to see Meet the Feebles (whether they admit it or not); thankfully, there are no inane human guest stars to wade through, either, but then, wouldn't it be great to know what Barry Manilow or Dom DeLuise would have made of this?! Like Jackson's two previous films (Bad Taste being both the first film and the apparent line of thought behind his proficient Wingnut Films Group), this one is patently adult in both tone and execution: blood, bullets, and suppurating sexual sores abound, while bathroom humor and high wit coexist simultaneously..."

Peter and the Wolf Go to Texas
Lionheart Youth Theatre's new adaptation unites the music of Mother Falcon with the puppets of Glass Half Full Theatre
Arts Story  December 10, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...To get from the Peter and the Wolf that you know (Russian folk tale, boy hero, Prokofiev, symphonic) to the one premiering this week at Stateside at the Paramount (Texan tall tale, girl hero, Mother Falcon, indie rock), you travel a long and winding road through grrrl power, punk rock, a Siberian labor camp, native Texas wildlife, and long-distance collaboration. But let's start with the Muppets...."

Austin and the Academy
'Tree of Life,' 'Bullhead' score Oscar nominations
DAILY Screens  January 24, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...Music (Original Song) "Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets" Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie "Real in Rio" from "Rio" Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett..."

The Other Stars in the Galaxy
Screens Story  May 20, 1999
"...MUPPETS FROM SPACE D: Timothy Hill; with Gonzo, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Rizzo, Jeffrey Tambor, F. Murray Abraham, David Arquette, Hollywood Hogan, Andie MacDowell...."

The Stepford Wives
Remake will quickly go from an idea that's misbegotten to a movie that's completely forgotten.
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Film Review  June 11, 2004, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Levin’s novels (Rosemary’s Baby, The Boys From Brazil, Sliver) have always had a knack for tapping into America’s subliminal fears, but the fear of "castrating, man-hating career bitches" seems a bit too inappropriate in the new millennium and a tough nut to turn into a comedy without alienating half its audience. (Maybe screenwriter Paul Rudnick, who moonlights as Premiere’s Libby Gelman-Waxner, lost track of whose side he’s rooting for in the battle of the sexes.) It also doesn’t help that Frank (voice of Yoda) Oz has a keener eye for directing Muppets than directing people..."

The Book of Mormon Movie, Volume 1: The Journey
The leaden acting, tablecloth wardrobe, and Sixties-era Star Trek set design are more likely to leave nonbelievers stupefied than awestruck.

Film Review  March 12, 2004, by Marc Savlov
"...Kirk to wander into frame with Spock and Bones in tow, seeking to avert the destruction of "Jerusalem 9" by the Romulans. All things considered, and strictly from a layman’s cinematic perspective, The Book of Mormon Movie would have been better served (and tremendously more engaging) had it been cast with Muppets..."

The AggreGAYtor: November 14
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DAILY The Gay Place  November 14, 2012, by Brandon Watson
"...• With Kevin Clash’s accuser recanting, we can now begin the long, painful process of rebuilding our faith in muppets...."

The Cult of Nick Curran Remembers His Guitar Genius
From rhythm & blues to rockabilly and punk, the late Austin shredder lived to subvert genres
Music Story  September 28, 2017, by Tim Stegall
"...Oh, boy! Every pot and pan in the cabinet came out, and that's all I heard for months. Then his father went on the road and came back with a Muppets drum set..."

DVD Bonus: Meet the Fraggles
Jim Henson's fantastical creations dance our cares away
DAILY Screens  May 15, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Creatively, it's a fusion of every aspect of Henson's work. There's the Sesame Street morality tales, the joyous hijinks of The Muppets, and then there's the first strains of the creative adolescence that he transmitted through Labyrinth (Henson even inserts a blatant piece of product placement for The Dark Crystal in the disc's third episode, Boober's Dream.) Puppetry aficionados will appreciate what a masterful step forward it was for the art..."

The Big Chill
Wild Thing Chip Taylor waxes political on 'New Songs of Freedom'
Music Story  June 27, 2008, by Margaret Moser and Chip Taylor
"...That includes the British hit by the Troggs, plus the famous version by Jimi Hendrix. Page after page also include renditions by the Ventures, Jeff Beck, Hank Williams Jr., the Runaways, Geno Washington, Manfred Mann, the Divinyls, Amanda Lear, the Kingsmen, the Muppets, and – yes! – the Green Bay Packers...."

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