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2016 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentaries – Programs A & B
"...outright slaughter people of various ethnic backgrounds. David Darg’s “Body Team 12” follows Garmai Sumo as she and fellow..."

Feb. 5, 2016 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Victor Frankenstein
This version of the Frankenstein tale is told from Igor's perspective
"...turns out, is investigating the theft of various mammalian body parts from the London Zoo, and also the recent..."

Nov. 27, 2015 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Love
Gaspar Noé does the impossible: He gives us a boring, 3-D sex odyssey
"...with Love has nothing to do with boners and body fluids, but rather the fact that Noé has made..."

Nov. 13, 2015 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Addicted to Fresno
Natasha Lyonne and Judy Greer co-star as sisters in off-color comedy
"...one set-piece to the next trying to unload the body without getting caught. Some of the movie’s barbs draw..."

Oct. 2, 2015 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Still Alice
In an otherwise tepid film, Julianne Moore delivers a terrific performance as a woman beset by early-onset Alzheimer's.
"...there a more insidious disease than Alzheimer’s? Leaving the body intact but obliterating our memories, our words, and eventually..."

Feb. 13, 2015 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

21 Years: Richard Linklater
A subject as worthy of a documentary as this one is deserves a more thoughtful approach than this star-studded tribute.
"...considering how substantial, influential, and plain fucking brilliant his body of work is. In the meantime, 21 Years will..."

Nov. 14, 2014 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Force Majeure
Blackly funny, yet lightly brutalizing, this Swedish film observes a married couple for whom a passing threat turns into an existential crisis.
"...a decision is made – or, more charitably, a body’s automatic response takes over. Nature punches nurture in the..."

Nov. 7, 2014 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Lucy
Scarlett Johansson goes totally badass in this far-fetched but riveting Luc Besson action film.
"...a stash of a new, secret superdrug into her body. Her life threatened, she is forced to go along..."

July 25, 2014 Movie Review by Louis Black

Borgman
This Dutch film is a darkly nuanced fable that keeps us consistently off-balance.
"...1986, van Warmerdam has been crafting a richly distinctive body of work, full of absurdist humor, perverse psychological games,..."

June 13, 2014 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Words and Pictures
The story is rather creaky, but who cares when the actors Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche are so sublime together?
"...who comes with a barbed tongue and a failing body. One wonders if their pillow talk contains more words..."

June 6, 2014 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Locke
In this bravura movie, Tom Hardy plays a man who tries to mend the unraveling threads of his life while behind the wheel of a car for 85 minutes.
"...gimmick, he only has the upper half of his body to work with. No surprise to anybody who’s been..."

May 16, 2014 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Heaven Is for Real
Greg Kinnear plays a dad who believes his son's claim to have seen heaven.
"...matter-of-factly claimed he visited the celestial kingdom while his body lay on an operating table with a ruptured appendix...."

April 25, 2014 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Jayne Mansfield's Car
This Billy Bob Thornton vehicle hits the skids with its confessional monologues and confrontational encounters, even though Robert Duvall provides some redeeming moments.
"...is contrived: Two estranged families finally meet when the body of the free-spirited wife and mother they shared is..."

Sept. 13, 2013 Movie Review by Steve Davis

The Grandmaster
Visual master Wong Kar-Wai tells the story of the legendary martial-arts practitioner and teacher Ip Man.
"...entry in the canon – occasionally breath-catching, but never body-and-soul engrossing like so many of his other works. In..."

Aug. 30, 2013 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

You Gotta Have the Mettle
Legendary Texas doc 'Hands on a Hard Body' keeps on truckin'
"...Take "Hands on a Hardbody" contest veteran Benny Perkins, the most memorably outspoken subject..."

April 19, 2013 Screens Feature by Leah Churner

G.I. Joe: Retaliation
This overflowing action stew is loaded to the brim with half-formed ideas, action stereotypes, and hints of characters.
"...front. The president (Pryce) has been replaced by a body double, and agents of the evil Cobra are running..."

April 5, 2013 Movie Review by Louis Black

Reincarnated
In this documentary, Snoop Lion goes to Jamaica to cut a reggae album and reinvent himself – and smoke the ganja, too.
"...and love he professes in the present, and the body of work he will leave as his legacy. He..."

March 15, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Broken City
Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe mix it up in this mystery thriller directed by Allen Hughes.
"...to matters of the boudoir. Naturally, there’s a dead body, an iceberg of corruption, and a cloud of doom..."

Jan. 18, 2013 Movie Review by Leah Churner

The Comedy
Tim Heidecker (of Tim & Eric renown) plays a rich, cynical hipster who uses New York City as his playground.
"...in far-off lands and different economic circumstances than ours. Nobody would self-identify as such, except, perhaps, for that one..."

Nov. 30, 2012 Movie Review by Leah Churner

Damsels in Distress
Greta Gerwig stars in Whit Stillman's new film that's full of awkward artifice and – dance.
"...(MacLemore) and Rose (Echikunwoke), seek to elevate the student body at their college, Seven Oaks. Exactly what they are..."

April 27, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Gene Genie
Checking in on the frontlines of genetic research.
"...Fact: Every cell in your body contains exactly the same genes...."

March 1, 2012 Screens Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Haywire
A technically exemplary but otherwise unremarkable piece of fisticuffs filmmaking.
"...trust, Kane wields both her omnipresent guns and her body as fluidly as any ballerina, making for some of..."

Jan. 20, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Shame
Exquisite control and spasmed anguish mark the performances of Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan in this dark, NC-17-rated story about a sex addict.
"...off, Sissy is erratic, fairly lunging at any warm body that might warm her back. (Her film entrance is..."

Dec. 16, 2011 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Johnny English Reborn
Rowan Atkinson brings his particular brand of physical comedy to this James Bond spy spoof.
"...to rejoice as the comedian twists his face and body to and fro, but the rest of us will..."

Oct. 21, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Devil's Double
Saddam Hussein's decadent and monstrous eldest son Uday forced Latif Yahia to serve as his body double, and this movie recounts his experience.
"...recently published memoir about his experiences serving as Uday’s body double provides the source material for this film. Dominic..."

Aug. 12, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Change-Up
In this body-switcheroo movie, Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman star as pals each a little envious of the other's life.
"...too long on the supernatural hoo-ha required in a body-swap movie to get two persons – each disgruntled by..."

Aug. 5, 2011 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Nora's Will
This Mexican award winner is a melodrama with a darkly comic streak about a Jewish woman who masterminds her family's lives even after her death.
"...Moisés (Arreola) is sent over to pray over the body, while atheist José grows impatient and schedules a Catholic..."

May 27, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Win Win
Paul Giamatti stars in this dark comedy from the director of The Station Agent and The Visitor.
"...but withholding, a placid lake in a teenage boy's body – that is, until his junkie mom resurfaces and..."

April 8, 2011 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Mars Needs Moms
Based on a children's book by Berkely Breathed, this animated film looks good but lacks emotion.
"...“child-bearing hips.” Indeed, these premises regarding sex roles and body image seem very odd in a movie that ostensibly..."

March 11, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Black Swan
Darren Aronofsky and Natalie Portman whip things into a baroque frenzy in this crazed hybrid of drama and horror set amid a ballet corps.
"...Nina is a natural for the White Swan, but embodying the Black Swan is a stretch for her. Already..."

Dec. 10, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

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