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Levitation Live Shot: The Arcs
Black Keys frontman rejuvenates
"...Dan Auerbach has emphasized that the Arcs are more than just another solo outing, last year’s..."

April 30, 2016 Music Post by Doug Freeman

SXSW Review: The Arcs
Another “Dan band” delivers at the post office via Samsung
"...Thus, the setting and scene preceding the Arcs’ first Austin appearance – opening for the Strokes at..."

March 12, 2016 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

Extraordinary Measures
Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford play a parent and a scientist who fight time, man-made obstacles, and each other to find a cure for a rare childhood disease.
"...and near-insurmountable odds give Extraordinary Measures all the dramatic arcs necessary for this type of thing. Yet the very..."

Jan. 22, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Adult Beginners
After failing in enterprise, a man returns to his childhood home
"...Danny (Cannavale)? The story is littered with simplistic character arcs, obvious metaphors (the title comes from a swimming class),..."

April 24, 2015 Movie Review by William Goss

Mother and Child
Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, and Kerry Washington lead a wonderful ensemble cast in this muzzy look into the rigors of adoption.
"...bring some sense of unity to the various narrative arcs. This shift to sappy melodrama, however, pierces the film’s..."

June 18, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Smart People
Smart people, dumb choices: It's true for both the characters and the filmmakers in this acerbic comedy that stars Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker, Thomas Haden Church, and Ellen Page.
"...that often makes commercials directors ill-equipped to handle character arcs. Yet there's something amiss in Smart People that fails..."

April 11, 2008 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Girls Rock!
"How do you teach a teenage girl how to like herself?" is the key question that drives Portland, Ore.'s Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls, as well as this documentary survey of the experience.
"...both men – absolutely succeed at crafting characters and arcs from these marvelous little girls, but they don't leave..."

March 21, 2008 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Garfield: The Movie
Garfield Declawed is the result of taking this comic strip to the big screen.
"...the animal actors of yore, who had real plot arcs and personalities. Much has been made over Garfield’s high..."

June 11, 2004 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Hit and Runway
"...are their alter egos, with their tightly scripted character arcs. In Hit and Runway, the write-what-you-know ethos means a..."

May 4, 2001 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Emperor's New Groove
"...Disney's stock-in-trade is, by necessity, broad in both character arcs and definition, but Emperor suffers from a persistent case..."

Dec. 15, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Peacemaker
"...right through those ever-present plot holes and isoscelean character arcs. This is due in large part to first-time feature..."

Sept. 26, 1997 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

When the Game Stands Tall
It's all teamwork to the impediment of characterization in this sports drama based the 151-game winning streak of high school football coach Bob Ladouceur.
"...charisma to overcome the anemic characterizations and abandoned story arcs. (The script makes much hay of Ladouceur’s sort-of estranged..."

Aug. 22, 2014 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

A Comic-Book Sidekick of Your Very Own?
Without ever having to wear a single bit of Spandex
"...we're especially jonesing for back issues & old story arcs of our favorite superhero mags, that Sidekick Store is..."

July 5, 2012 Books Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Green Book
Jim Crow road trip may be simplistic, but it's heartfelt
"...journey. There are kernels of truth in their dramatic arcs in which social and racial prejudices are erased by..."

Nov. 21, 2018 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Seagull
Chekhov's tale of Muscovite misery takes unsteady flight.
"...embodied by its hapless titular bird and the narrative arcs to which today’s audiences are accustomed, much less adapt..."

June 1, 2018 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Back to Burgundy
French drama tries to find life lessons in the vineyard.
" is the most interesting of all the siblings’ arcs, yet it is the one that’s frustratingly given the..."

April 6, 2018 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

“Island Oasis Mirage” at Big Medium
The exhibit by Michael Krueger, Kathleen McShane, and Barbara Weissberger seems a planned mess, but one that echoes a greater scheme
"...37" framed photograph of a stack of brown cardboard "arcs" leaning against a bare white wall. Attached to the..."

June 30, 2017 Arts Review by Sam Anderson-Ramos

The Neon Demon
Cinema's bad boy, Nicolas Winding Refn, strikes again
"...Sarah (Lee) and Gigi (Heathcoate), two models whose career arcs appear to be waning. There are creepy fashion photographers..."

June 24, 2016 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Levitation Picks & Sleepers
Blurbing the under and overcard
"...The ArcsFri., 9:55pm, Reverberation stage Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach struts..."

April 29, 2016 Music Feature

Playback – SXSW 2016: FOMO
Fear of Missing Out at SXSW Music 2016? Best pack it in now.
"...guitarist Dan Auerbach debuted his groovy soul-psych outfit the Arcs – previewing next month's Levitation fest (starring Brian Wilson..."

March 18, 2016 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

A Roman soldier is sent to track a rumor about the Christ's resurrection
"...Clavius’ agnosticism is tested time and again, he gradually arcs from stoic soldier to potential believer. Not exactly “born..."

Feb. 26, 2016 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Mr. Turner
Mike Leigh delivers a fascinating, period-rich portrait of the latter years of the painter J.M.W. Turner.
"...away to Tahiti make it easier to create narrative arcs in a biopic. But what of the painter J.M.W...."

Jan. 30, 2015 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Jon Favreau and a bunch of ready collaborators find the heart in this story about a chef who rediscovers what's important when he turns to a food truck.
"...on its own merits is intrinsic to both story arcs. Favreau serves up a tasty dish with Chef. So..."

May 23, 2014 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Million Dollar Arm
Jon Hamm stars in this story of a sports agent who hits on the idea of turning Indian cricket bowlers into talented baseball stars.
"...the perspective exclusively to these young men. Instead, their arcs play out in service to another timeless trope: the..."

May 16, 2014 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2013: Animation
A dog in Eden, Maggie Simpson in an Ayn Rand daycare center, and creative guacamole making are some of the ideas conjured in this collection.
"...sound design is exquisite). As the titular dog swiftly arcs from guarded to frisky to forever devoted, the initially..."

Feb. 8, 2013 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Marvel's The Avengers
Excelsior! This Marvel adventure knocks it out of the universe.
"...original vision: fast, furious action; layered characters with surprising arcs and surprisingly humanistic nuances; and a villain who's not..."

May 4, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Letters at 3AM: Katniss Everdeen's Grandmothers
Katniss Everdeen's Grandmothers
"...but the show sneaks in Renée O'Connor's Gabrielle and arcs her from clever sidekick to sexy knife-fighter. In Buffy..."

May 4, 2012 Column by Michael Ventura

A Better Life
An undocumented Mexican worker in Los Angeles who struggles to earn a living and keep his teenage son from joining a gang is the subject of this heartfelt drama.
"...Life rarely transcends its programmatic structure and predictable character arcs, although its immigrant, working-class milieu is drenched in realism..."

July 8, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Please Give
The pleasure of Nicole Holofcener's film – which stars Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Rebecca Hall, and Amanda Peet – lies in the honesty of its conversations rather than its plot.
"...fact, the film’s attempt to bring all the character arcs together toward the end results in frustrations similar to..."

June 11, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Fish Tank
In this raw and award-winning film, a prickly British teenager hurls herself into scenarios fraught with danger.
"...shooting – none of them knew where their story arcs were headed. That gambit gives the film an on-the-edge-of-a-knife..."

March 5, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

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