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Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
The director of Doom takes on another video-game franchise, this time one about a female martial artist seeking justice.
"...Michael Clarke Duncan. Based, in name only, on the classic Capcom video game, this kinda-sorta sequel to 1994's Jean-Claude..."

March 6, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Academy Award-Nominated Animated Shorts 2009
The Academy gets animated.
"...Quentin Marmier, and Emud Mokhberi of France) are both classic short works. In “Lavatory” a female turnstile operator at..."

Feb. 13, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Coraline
An unparalleled master of the phantasmagoric image returns with this children's film.
"...Neil Gaiman’s prize-winning young-adult novel. The storyline is a classic “grass is always greener” fable that perfectly reflects a..."

Feb. 6, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Slumdog Millionaire
Danny Boyle's crowd-pleasing Slumdog Millionaire may be drenched in the saffron and violet palettes of its Mumbai setting, but it plays like a classic Hollywood rags-to-riches love story.
"...of its Mumbai setting, but it plays like a classic Hollywood rags-to-riches love story, albeit one with Bollywood roots..."

Dec. 12, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Lake City
A heavy-handed melodrama that features a young, brooding antihero and Sissy Spacek as his emotionally paralyzed mom.
"...with a heavy-handedness bordering on absurdity. Billy is a classic movie fuckup, the bad boy you can see coming..."

Dec. 5, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Bolt
Bolt is a canine who plays a cybernetically enhanced dog on TV but has no knowledge of how to cope in the real world in this new animated film.
"...City, the stage is set not only for a classic Disney road trip but also for a series of..."

Nov. 21, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Repo! The Genetic Opera
This cyber-gothic opera set in an unsavory world of the near-future stars Sarah Brightman, Paul Sorvino, and Paris Hilton, among others.
"...Terrance Zdunich. What could be more suited to the classic operatic format than a cyber-gothic story of family treachery,..."

Nov. 7, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

RocknRolla
Director Guy Ritchie once more delivers a kinetic and consequence-free tribute to the criminal lifestyle.
"...you’d be forgiven for thinking so, as all the classic Ritchie tropes are present: the herky-jerky MTV editing, the..."

Oct. 31, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Burn After Reading
The Coen brothers may be masters of black comedy, but there are times when there’s no point in taking them seriously.
"...who might be interested. Litzke and Feldheimer are a classic ditzy comedy pair, and their pathological dopiness allows the..."

Sept. 12, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Flight of the Red Balloon
Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-hsien directs this contemporary homage to the classic international short, "The Red Balloon."
"...sweaters in an overheated room watching the near-silent 1956 classic short on a day too cold and snowy to..."

June 27, 2008 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Mongol
Kazakhstan's Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film is an epic drama about the early years of Genghis Khan.
"...Asian Edition. Asano's Khan is a hero in the classic mold, and the portrayal is riveting. Not entirely so..."

June 20, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Incredible Hulk
Finally, the Hulk is truly incredible. As of right now, it's Marvel's universe; we just live in it.
"...film's core, under its rippling CGI/motion-capture musculature, lies the classic dramatic crucible of unrequited love, unaided and unabetted by..."

June 13, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Forbidden Kingdom
There are plenty of comic moments and some seriously kickass fight scenes in this film that co-stars Jackie Chan and Jet Li.
"...of Liu), and the results are respectable, if not classic. With its many, many references to Hong Kong's cinematic..."

April 18, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Mingering Mike, Superstar
An real singer with imaginary albums takes the stage.
"...at the White House, the soundtrack to the kung-fu classic Brother of the Dragon, and a benefit album for..."

March 4, 2008 Music Post by Thomas Fawcett

Vantage Point
Like Rashomon, this Dennis Quaid vehicle replays a single event – the assassination of the U.S. president – from multiple points of view.
"...of which there are many. Like the Akira Kurosawa classic, Vantage Point replays a single event – in this..."

Feb. 22, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The 2007 Academy Award Nominated Short Films: Animation
See the five animated shorts in competition for the Oscar, and judge for yourself.
"...by confusion and desperation, this latest version of the classic tale is a triumph of emotional ambiguity and shifting..."

Feb. 15, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Sleuth
Surprisingly, this powerhouse combination of writer Harold Pinter, director Kenneth Branagh, and co-stars Michael Caine and Jude Law adds up to a load of nonsense.
"...by Anthony Shaffer, is a remake of the 1972 classic starring Laurence Olivier and a young comer named Michael..."

Nov. 9, 2007 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Death Sentence
Vigilantism is alive and flourishing in this revenge thriller from James Wan, the so-called Splat Pack director of the original Saw movie.
"...Death Wish, was the source material for the the classic dad-on-a-rampage movie of the same title. This sequel of..."

Sept. 7, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Invasion
This fourth film telling of Invasion of the Body Snatchers appears to be made by pod people themselves.
"...a textbook example of how not to remake a classic (or three). It's the pod people's version of a..."

Aug. 24, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Brass Ring Lessons
How TexARTS' first two go-rounds in staging classic musicals are helping to make its new Carousel ride a winner
"...23, 2006) – is to mount new productions of classic American musicals in the true tradition of the Great..."

June 22, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Hostel: Part II
Roth has accomplished the near impossible: He's crafted a vastly superior sequel to Hostel, one that supersedes the original's sadistic quotient, gore effects, and narrative subversiveness.
"...sequel to a film already considered something of a classic by genre aficionados, one that supersedes its predecessor's sadistic..."

June 8, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

28 Weeks Later
This continuing story of a populace that fears infection from a "rage virus," forges ahead with panic-paced sequences of graphic, random violence.
"...and while 28 Weeks Later ultimately falls shy of classic status (it's no Panic in Year Zero!), there are..."

May 11, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Puccini for Beginners
A lesbian on the rebound falls for both a guy and a gal in this rom-com with roots in old Hollywood screwball comedies.
"...takes her lead from the antics seen in the classic screwball comedies of Thirties-era Hollywood and updates them slightly..."

April 6, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Page Two: The Heroic and the Holy
Grindhouse squeezes transcendent kicks from a classic form
"...Not one of them was by any means a classic, but, surprisingly, they were pretty much fun. On the..."

April 6, 2007 Column by Louis Black

The Hills Have Eyes II
This sequel to last year’s remake is as witless and simpleminded as the irradiated humanoids that serve as the franchise’s bad guys.
"...sequel to last year’s remake of the 1977 horror classic The Hills Have Eyes is as witless and simpleminded..."

March 30, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Dead Silence
A supernatural thriller about a ventriloquist who goes mad, from the team that brought us Saw.
"...his film with some of the subtle unsubtleties of classic Euro-horror outings, chief among them the palpable, dreamlike sense..."

March 23, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Unaccompanied Minors
Calling John Hughes: Former Freaks and Geekster Paul Feig has got your number.
"...picture that’s neither good enough to be an instant classic nor bad enough to disappear from video stores’ seasonal..."

Dec. 8, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
How much you'll love (or loathe) JB and KG's passion for the power chord and all it entails will depend, most likely, on your familiarity with the duo beforehand.
"...(kinda). JB's hallucinatory romp with the furry one is classic Tenacious D weirdness: It's stoner comedy of the most..."

Nov. 24, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Confetti
Even if it's not quite an affair to remember all year, this BBC Films mockumentary about three wacky weddings is pleasant and enjoyably diverting.
"...the Dead), who plan to exchange vows in a classic Hollywood musical number. Of course there are complications –..."

Sept. 22, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

How To Eat Fried Worms
This kids movie, which was filmed in Austin, is not as wormy as it sounds.
"...complexity and wit to achieve the status of a classic, How to Eat Fried Worms, which was filmed in..."

Aug. 25, 2006 Movie Review by Toddy Burton

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