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But You Can Win Her Yet
TexARTS revives a classic musical and a big musical theatre dream
"...to settle in Austin and start an arts company. Classic musicals at the Paramount. Guest artists from Broadway. Performing..."

June 23, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story
Tristram Shandy’s inspired, breakneck madness provides a good forum for Michael Winterbottom’s chief talent: the illumination of human nature, with all its messes and occasional marvels.
"...novel, previously believed to be unfilmable. Called a “postmodern classic before there was any modern,” Sterne’s chronologically wacked novel..."

March 24, 2006 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Match Point
Unoriginal but pleasantly prosaic, Woody Allen's latest is a diverting story of crime, love, and luck that conducts itself with a refreshing absence of moral judgment and omniscience.
"...more obvious model for Match Point is Theodore Dreiser’s classic novel An American Tragedy, which was made into A..."

Jan. 20, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

King Kong
Jackson's remake is a corker of an action/monster movie: part RKO serial; part square-jawed, manly romp; and part classic journey into the unknown that recalls and references Heart of Darkness.
"...(natch); part square-jawed, testosterone infused manly romp; and part classic journey into the unknown that recalls and references, surprisingly..."

Dec. 16, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Three ... Extremes
This lush and horrific anthology film from three of the finest craftsmen working today – Fruit Chan, Chan-wook Park, and Takashi Miike – is an instantly memorable and squirm-inducing assemblage.
"..."Cut" is beautiful to behold and only misses the classic mark by dint of its thematically overcrowded script. Regardless,..."

Oct. 28, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
Burton's best work in ages is eye candy of the highest order and as eminently watchable as a hilltop Halloween pyre or a Día de los Muertos parade run amok.
"...treat. As in the director’s previous animated outing, the now-classic The Nightmare Before Christmas, this is a musical romantic..."

Sept. 23, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Exorcism of Emily Rose
Derrickson’s film, based on a real event in which a priest was charged with negligent homicide because of a death that occurred during an exorcism, flirts with relevance and assorted hot-button topics but fails to amount to much more than an overlong exercise in Jesuit Theosophy 101, played against the backdrop of Law & Order.
"...it), but hardly as entertaining as William Friedkin’s pulp classic The Exorcist or even Ovidio Assonitis’ 1974 grindhouse possessor..."

Sept. 16, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Burton and Depp's screen version of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book is truer to the source material and generally splendid, artful, and often sinister, yet it doesn't completely displace the earlier screen version.
"...artful, and often sinister screen version of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book with an enormous grin on my face..."

July 15, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

War of the Worlds
Spielberg and the gang at Industrial Light & Magic have knocked the ball not only out of the park but out of Earth orbit as well.
"...Robbins and Miranda Otto. Spielberg’s adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic sci-fi novel is, in its own way, a model..."

July 1, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Sahara
Based on the popular Clive Cussler book, Sahara may be asinine, but it’s also goofy, good fun.
"...conservatism and Boys’ Own shenanigans in favor of Seventies-era classic rock (you know you’re in the presence of goofiness..."

April 8, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Guess Who
Bernie Mac gets punk'd by Ashton Kutcher.
"...Who is a contemporary takeoff on the Stanley Kramer classic of socially relevant filmmaking Guess Who's Coming to Dinner...."

March 25, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Son of the Mask
Sequel has absolutely none of its predecessor’s manic charm.
"...everything-and-the-kitchen-sink humor. While it tries mightily to parrot the classic animated worlds of Tex Avery and Chuck Jones, it..."

Feb. 25, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Assault on Precinct 13
This new version of John Carpenter's classic is superfluous in the extreme, and while it’s not technically a bad movie, per se, viewers unfamiliar with the film’s lineage will likely write it off as yet another midwinter also-ran, the sort of action film that never quite takes off and instead focuses on random gun battles and cheesy dialogue.
"...Byrne. It’s never wise to try to one-up a classic, although in this case it’s more like twice-upping. John..."

Jan. 21, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Aviator
Scorsese's best film in years is a work of bravura, classic Hollywood filmmaking.
"...after the last decade’s occasionally self-indulgent stumbles. It’s bravura, classic Hollywood filmmaking, and you like to think that Hughes..."

Dec. 24, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Seed of Chucky
Over-the-top gore is the rule when Chucky and Tiffany are resurrected by their anatomically incorrect offspring.
"...Spearritt. You know you’re watching some sort of bizarre classic when King of Trash John Waters gets half his..."

Nov. 19, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Shark Tale
Animated Shark Tale lacks bite.
"...and Bernie, a running gag on Michael Schultz’s bicentennial classic Car Wash (now a whale wash), and some of..."

Oct. 8, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Friday Night Lights
H.G. Bissinger’s classic book about the secular religion of high school football was lovingly adapted for film prior to becoming a TV show.
"...several years and several screenplay drafts for H.G. Bissinger’s now-classic book about the secular religion of high school football..."

Oct. 8, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Benji: Off the Leash!
New dog. Old tricks.
"...say this: Joe Camp is one hell of a classic filmmaker. In his best scenes (the ones with just..."

Aug. 27, 2004 Movie Review by Nick Barbaro

Alien Vs. Predator
An asinine grudge match between two of the most memorable Eighties-era screen bugaboos
"...once, is virtually flawless. Nifty beasts do not a classic make, however, and by the end of the film,..."

Aug. 20, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Story of the Weeping Camel
A story about a Mongolian camel and her newborn calf becomes a transfixing lesson about the rhythms of life.
"...made in much the same way as Robert Flaherty’s classic documentaries, Nanook of the North and Man of Aran,..."

July 16, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Van Helsing
Hugh Jackman's mysterious monster hunter is pittefd against nearly the entire pantheon of Universal’s classic monsters, including Dracula and and the Wolf-Man.
"...X-Men’s Wolverine) against nearly the entire pantheon of Universal’s classic monsters, including Dracula and his brides, the Wolf-Man (Will..."

May 7, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Walking Tall
Contemporary remake of the 1973 grassroots classic retains and updates the basic plot while losing much of the original’s heart and soul.
"...basic storyline, this contemporary remake of the 1973 grassroots classic retains and updates the basic plot points while losing..."

April 2, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

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.
"...Havana Nights retains from the original Dirty Dancing the classic teen formula of the Romeo and Juliet love affair..."

Feb. 27, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Hulk
"...that, while it finally flies wide of its intended "classic" mark, is shockingly ambitious in nearly everything it attempts,..."

June 20, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Spellbound
This multi-award-winning documentary captures the suspense of the spelling bee in all its drama.
"...rounds barrel on, Spellbound becomes as tense as any classic nail-biter, and as good, old-fashioned drama goes, it doesn't..."

June 13, 2003 Movie Review by Sarah Hepola

Biker Boyz
"...Luke’s military turn in Antwone Fisher than outlaw AIP classic The Wild Angels...."

Jan. 31, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Great Escape
One of the all-time great action movies also features an all-star international cast. Steve McQueen is unforgettable as the "Cooler King" in the drama about an Allied prisoner escape from a Nazi POW camp.
"...Steve McQueen as the "Cooler King" is a genuine classic...."

Jan. 16, 2003 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

8 Women
"...the combined talents seen onscreen. The movie is a classic whodunit in which everyone gathers in a snowstorm for..."

Dec. 11, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Treasure Planet
"...to you, Emperor's New Groove). Robert Louis Stevenson's buccaneering classic hit a high water mark with Disney's pitch-perfect 1950..."

Nov. 29, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Ring
An urban myth about a videotape that causes the death of anyone who watches it is given a good workout in this American remake of the Japanese horror sensation.
"...common with Blair Witch -- it's far more a classic tale of urban paranoia and unseen (or briefly seen)..."

Oct. 18, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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