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Apocalypto
The ever-astonishing filmmaker Mel Gibson continues his (probably unintentional) study of the mortification of the flesh through the ages.
"...language, and city-building, is rife with assaults on the body – be they the tearing out of a living..."

Dec. 8, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Return
Sarah Michelle Gellar plays a woman who keeps seeing a dead murder victim in her dreams, so of course she must get to the bottom of this mystery.
"...the past and the present when Joanna has her out-of-body experiences, most confused moviegoers will conclude, at least at..."

Nov. 17, 2006 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Happy Feet
Raise your flippers in praise of these animated yet flightless fowl, who sing and dance and fight the eco-wars.
"...filmed through motion-capture techniques and grafted onto the penguin's body). His mom, Norma Jean (Kidman), and dad, Memphis (Jackman),..."

Nov. 17, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Lunacy
Jan Svankmajer's creepy-crawl slowly becomes one of the most mordantly beautiful of the director's films, an asylum-set anti-love story with mobile body parts and splashy theatrics.
"...the director's films, an asylum-set anti-love story with mobile body parts and splashy theatrics. Its view of mankind is..."

Sept. 15, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Phat Girlz
Comedian Mo’Nique’s first starring film vehicle, Phat Girlz, suffers from a bad case of undernourishment.
"...twist, they are also frequently the subjects of slo-mo body scans by the camera. However, the movie’s double standard..."

April 14, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Room
Room wears the skin of a psychological thriller, but plays out as something far darker, weirder, and more distancing. The film was invited to Cannes and earned Independent Spirit Award nominations for its Austin artists, Kyle Henry and Cyndi Williams.
"...Dominating nearly every frame and communicating largely through her body language (watch her walk – it’s a revelation), Williams..."

April 7, 2006 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Les Saignantes
This Cameroonian-French science fiction satire with Godardian influences is as fascinating as it is obscure.
"...to help her get rid of the important official’s body. The rest of the movie follows them from one..."

Feb. 24, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Ringer
A Farrelly brothers comedy that purports to have a message about treating the intellectually challenged as regular human beings and stars Johnny "Jackass" Knoxville is about as disingenuous as a comedy that urges us to see past a person’s body size to appreciate the beauty within and stars Gwyneth Paltrow in a fat suit.
"...comedy that urges us to see past a person’s body size to appreciate the beauty within and stars Gwyneth..."

Dec. 23, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Where the Truth Lies
Master filmmaker Atom Egoyan goes for the mainstream with this new murder mystery, but sadly his aim is way, way off.
"...fashioned after Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, and the body of a nude dead woman that turns up in..."

Nov. 11, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Separate Lies
Julian Fellowes is two for two: The English actor’s first big screenwriting credit, Gosford Park, netted him an Oscar, and with this directorial debut, he again demonstrates a mastery of British uppercrust dramas.
"...only the English can, Separate Lies throws in a body for good measure. Amidst midlife stasis in the lush..."

Oct. 28, 2005 Movie Review by Raoul Hernandez

Flightplan
Aiming to be a Hitchcockian-type thriller set within the tight quarters of a jetliner, this Jodie Foster vehicle runs aground.
"...6-year-old daughter Julia (Lawston), is accompanying her dead husband’s body home for burial on a intercontinental flight from Berlin..."

Sept. 23, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Hustle & Flow
A rousing Rocky story set on the mean streets of Memphis.
"...like the beads of sweat that pour from his body in the sweltering Memphis summer. That swelter and the..."

July 22, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Howl's Moving Castle
The latest from animation master Hayao Miyazaki is ravishingly beautiful but narratively inferior to all his other films.
"...is the story of Sophie (Mortimer), a teenager with body issues who lives in what looks like turn-of-the-century Bavaria...."

June 17, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Ladies in Lavender
Even though grande dames Maggie Smith and Judi Dench share the screen in this drama, their immense talents are mostly wasted.
"...the appearance of a young Polish man’s barely breathing body on the beach, following a tumultuous storm the night..."

June 17, 2005 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Memories of Murder
This Korean cop film is based on the country's first real serial-killer case in 1986, a case that flummoxed the police along with everyone else.
"...cops, led by Detective Park (Song Kang-ho), uncover the body of a woman in a rural drainage ditch. Raped,..."

May 13, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

National Treasure
Odd casting and unimaginative, workmanlike direction make the painfully overlong National Treasure an exercise in mediocrity.
"...gunpowder, while maintaining a very Disneyfied (and virtually nonexistent) body count and a gravely silly respect for off-kilter Americana...."

Nov. 19, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Birth
If your dead husband returned to you in the body of a 10-year-old boy, would you seize the opportunity for your romance to be born again or would you call Child Welfare?
"...husband dying suddenly and reappearing years later in the body of a 10-year-old boy is touchy material. Many viewers..."

Oct. 29, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Twilight Samurai
A near masterpiece, this atypical samurai movie is more an epic of the heart than the battlefield.
"...both a down-at-the-heels samurai scoffed at for his heady body odor (surely a sign of a good day’s work..."

Aug. 6, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Door in the Floor
Jeff Bridges shines in this new adapatation of a John Irving work.
"...taken so long, and especially with such an able body as Bridges around. To do no disservice to the..."

July 23, 2004 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Young Adam
A finely observed moral drama from Scottish filmmaker David Mackenzie, one of the rare directors who is equally adept at composition and working with his actors.
"...worker, and his employer (Mullan) fish a woman’s lifeless body, clad in a full slip, out of the river...."

May 14, 2004 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights
The story is similar to the popular original – but its Borscht Belt setting has been relocated to pre-revolutionary Cuba in 1958.
"...music must be felt in the depths of the body, lines that are delivered with a coy naiveté to..."

Feb. 27, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation 2004
The boys are back for their annual ’toon fest, highlighting the best of the rude and lewd.
"...of ’toons hits all the usual sex, violence, and body-humor notes. Familiar cartoons, such as Shane Acker’s "The Hangnail"..."

Jan. 30, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Calendar Girls
Middle-aged British women bare all for charity.
"...without ever really challenging cultural ideas about propriety and body image. The story gets under way when Chris (Mirren)..."

Jan. 2, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

In My Skin
Disturbing French drama about a woman who cuts her own skin as a prelude to gnawing on her flesh.
"...human contact, to spend hours carefully slicing open her body to probe the mysteries beneath. It sounds horrific, I..."

Dec. 12, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Brother Bear
A young Inuit hunter learns lessons when he is turned into a bear.
"...Whoa, dude! Events conspire to cast Kenai into the body of a bear so he can get totally schooled...."

Oct. 31, 2003 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Whole
This documentary explores the hidden world of amputee fetishism.
"...movie ventures no numbers) suffer from a form of body dysmorphia in which they would feel more normal or..."

Oct. 3, 2003 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Freaky Friday
"...trading places. As the teenager in an almost-middle-aged woman’s body, Curtis plays the part as if she were gulping..."

Aug. 8, 2003 Movie Review by Steve Davis

The Cremaster Cycle: Part 3
Despite its numeric designation, Part 3 is the concluding installment of Barney's art cycle. It fuses mysticism and modernism and was filmed in New York's Chrysler Building and Guggenheim Museum, among other places. Barney plays the apprentice who endures torture and travails while ascending each building.
"...pollutes the elevator shafts with concrete) is David Cronenberg-esque body-mutation transplanted to a design aesthetic. Cremaster 3’s determinedly surreal..."

July 11, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Eye
"...on the old Hands of Orlac horror motif: transplanted body parts causing havoc for their innocent recipients. Here the..."

June 27, 2003 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Wrong Turn
"...rating, and none the better for it. It seems everybody’s taken a whack at it by now, and when..."

June 6, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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