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The Golden Compass
The special effects are mostly spectacular in this story of a 12-year-old orphan whose fate is connected to a holy, multiverse war yet to come.
" Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy? The Golden Compass trades in the novels' evil Magisterium – a society-controlling..."

Dec. 7, 2007 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Compass: Mexican Institute of Sound & Toy Selectah
Pachanga Fest preview
"...If there's one word that sums up Compass, the new project from Toy Selectah and Mexican Institute..."

May 15, 2015 Music Feature by Thomas Fawcett

McDonald's Moral Compass Just Spins
"...problems or not depends on which way your moral compass is pointing...."

Dec. 7, 2006 Postmarks

Black's Moral Compass Shattered; McDonald a True Patriot
"...missed it somehow. Whatever the case, Mr. Black’s moral compass is shattered. Only brutally honest self-realization can mend it...."

Dec. 3, 2006 Postmarks

Austin Eastciders Expands Its Compass to Barton Springs Road
Chef Page Pressley leads new restaurant with cider-studded menu

Aug. 14, 2020 Food Feature by Selome Hailu

Bill & Ted Face the Music
Can we all finally just be excellent to each other?
"...armored from the world by with a profound moral compass and a vocabulary that still belies their undeniable cluelessness...."

Aug. 28, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Pike & Sutton Album Review
Heart Is a Compass
"...and Sutton's subtly ripped guitar, yet Heart Is a Compass bestows a maturity and trust to let their compositions..."

May 1, 2020 Music Feature by Doug Freeman

John Hamm sweats stylishly in gritty, grim spy thriller.
"...suit and still look stylish, sends the film's moral compass spinning – exactly as it should...."

April 6, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Swiss Army Man
This infamous "farting corpse" movie is all gassed up with nowhere to go
"...silly ideas about using the corpse’s hard-on as a compass or wondering what else a friend might be hiding..."

July 1, 2016 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

London Has Fallen
This jingoistic blow-’em-up takes no prisoners
"...that takes no prisoners and has a nonexistent moral compass; it makes The Siege, True Lies, and even the..."

March 4, 2016 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Bridge of Spies
Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks revisit the Cold War
"...more than the Red Threat ever did.) Spielberg’s moral compass is Brooklyn attorney James B. Donovan, who unsuccessfully defended..."

Oct. 16, 2015 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Brad Pitt commands a Sherman tank in the waning days of World War II, and teaches his men the simple algorithm of war: Kill or be killed.
"...his crew’s literal and figurative “Wardaddy” and the moral compass of the film. “This is war, there is no..."

Oct. 17, 2014 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Counselor
Cormac McCarthy pens his first screenplay, and Ridley Scott directs the tasty cast.
"...of Desire) and, more important, to the character’s moral compass that points wherever he feels it should, until, of..."

Oct. 25, 2013 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Jake Gyllenhaal is a detective working a troubling case, and Hugh Jackman's wound-up father of the victim is just one of his problems.
"...torture, the film stutters all over the human moral compass, rarely if ever landing on true north. It's a..."

Sept. 27, 2013 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger is a Western without a compass.
"...Lone Ranger is stuck inside a Western without a compass. The tone of this film wanders and is at..."

July 5, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Richard Gere stars in this thriller as a duplicitous hedge-fund manager who, nevertheless, has all the right moves.
" grid. With these opening scenes, the collective moral compass of Arbitrage begins spinning wildly – long before the..."

Sept. 14, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Eagle
This sword-and-sandals epic is an old-fashioned boys' adventure tale about Roman warriors in the second century.
" sketchy as the film’s soft-focus backgrounds and moral compass, The Eagle tepidly takes flight but fails to soar...."

Feb. 11, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Edward and Bella are back for more thwarted young vampiric love.
"...ones Weitz supervised in his last film, The Golden Compass), and New Moon excels in two centerpiece action sequences,..."

Nov. 27, 2009 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Essentially a Russianized version of the courtroom drama 12 Angry Men, 12 is a moral powerhouse that's both intellectually riveting and indescribably poetic.
"...also doubles as a deconstruction of the human moral compass that I've ever seen. It's that good. It's also..."

April 10, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Austin-shot horror pic about a girl who discovers that her naughty bits are bitey.
"...script or muddled directorial viewpoint, but Teeth's whirling moral compass actually provides the perfect metaphor for the teenage sexual..."

Jan. 25, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Iorek Is Hot! The Sun Is Gay!
Andy hearts Iorek!
"...Confession time: I love the Golden Compass! The books and the movie, and I have to..."

Dec. 12, 2007 Qmmunity Post by Andy Campbell

Running Scared
Wayne Kramer's follow-up to his crime drama The Cooler has no moral compass, and swings wildly out of control while blanketed in hyper-violent digital gore effects and a thick, black nausea of the soul.
"'s truly good at all, and the film's moral compass swings wildly out of control, blanketed in all manner..."

March 3, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation 2006
Know this going in: Sex and violence are the currency of Spike & Mike’s gory, twisted economy.
" also be crowing, "No brains!" or "No moral compass!" But, heck, that’s cool – precious few of us..."

Jan. 27, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Munich is dense, thoughtful filmmaking that nonetheless flies along: Seething not only with multilayered, subtextual arguments, it’s also a heck of a thriller.
"...who organized the killings. With its deeply ambiguous moral compass swinging from one extreme to the next, it’s also..."

Dec. 30, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Herod's Law
Unflinching satire is diminished by overwritten messages.
" be a spaghetti Western but lacks the moral compass required of a more evolved philosophical statement...."

Sept. 5, 2003 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Boiler Room
"...desperate to be good that he loses his emotional compass for a while. In fact, none of these twentysomething..."

Feb. 18, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Anywhere But Here
"...but Here isn't directionless, by any means, but its compass is slightly off-kilter. It's a shortcoming, however explainable, that..."

Nov. 19, 1999 Movie Review by Steve Davis

"...simple unromantic rutting), and generally acting without any moral compass whatsoever. They're kids playing at being grown-ups playing at..."

Sept. 1, 1995 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Crossing the Line
"...bunch of righteous indignation, drug scum treachery and moral compass reading. The story is based on Willim McIlvanney's 1985..."

Oct. 11, 1991 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Luv Doc: The Next Eva Braun
It’s probably not smart to tie the knot with someone who regularly bends your moral compass
"...the knot with someone who regularly bends your moral compass. Where does it end? One day you're shaving a..."

March 24, 2017 Column by The Luv Doc

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