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Black and Blue
Corrupt cop drama feels awkwardly dated
"...Black and Blue falls short of being an outright disaster, but it sure as hell is one giant mess...."

Oct. 25, 2019 Movie Review by Matthew Monagle

Men in Black: International
The MiB stay Earthbound in a sequel saved by its stars
"...keep Men in Black: International from being an outright disaster...."

June 14, 2019 Movie Review by Matthew Monagle

2019 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live Action
Childhood trauma dominates this year's narrative short list
"...pair of adventurous boys on a collision course with disaster. It’s a master class in mounting dread, with an..."

Feb. 8, 2019 Movie Review by Matthew Monagle

The Journey
Settling peace in Northern Ireland?
"...every raised eyebrow is freighted with the potential for disaster or deliverance. Highly recommended...."

July 7, 2017 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

A Cure for Wellness
Gothic mystery is hard to swallow
"...Caribbean director Gore Verbinski following the creative and commercial disaster of his last film, The Lone Ranger. Not even..."

Feb. 17, 2017 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Incarnate
Demon possession thriller
"...a breather from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and B-grade action/disaster movies (San Andreas, the Journey … franchise) with this..."

Dec. 9, 2016 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Ben-Hur
We're (unfortunately) off to the chariot races again
"...itself just isn’t that interesting. It’s not the unmitigated disaster early reviews suggested. Instead, it is a blandly competent..."

Aug. 26, 2016 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Gods of Egypt
We already have a strong contender for the worst film of 2016
"...players, however, Gods of Egypt would be an unmitigated disaster on any level. Avoid it like the plagues...."

March 4, 2016 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Reopen for Business
With the RR12 bridge open, Wimberley begins to come back
"...interviewed flood-affected folks, we heard a recurring sentiment: This disaster event is not something that will magically heal overnight,..."

June 5, 2015 Emergency Post by Kate X Messer

Lost River
Ryan Gosling's controversial debut as a writer/director finally arrives
"...his accomplishment, but what he’s delivered is hardly a disaster. Like Dave the banker says: Everybody has to do..."

April 10, 2015 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Wedding Ringer
Kevin Hart and Josh Gad crank out this aggressively dumb and un-embarrassingly sophomoric wedding comedy.
"...a flooding river of obvious jokes and amateurishly executed, escalating-disaster scenes of the type of which we are all..."

Jan. 23, 2015 Movie Review by Louis Black

Vampire Academy
This month's flavor in the teen vampire continuum.
"...It’s not a complete disaster, but even the appearance of Gabriel Byrne, as Lissa’s..."

Feb. 14, 2014 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Prince Avalanche
Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch co-star in David Gordon Green's pleasing backcounty dramady, whose tone is heightened by its setting in burned-out Bastrop, Texas.
"...for recognizing the atmospheric potential of this unsettling natural disaster, as well as setting the film in the pre-electronic..."

Aug. 16, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

World War Z
This bio-disaster movie with zombies and Brad Pitt is smart and ambitious, even if it doesn't break the mold.
"...across as a smart and ambitious horror movie, a bio-disaster film along the lines of Contagion or 28 Days..."

June 21, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

This Is the End
Be mindful when partying at James Franco's house: You could get stuck there for the apocalypse with Seth Rogen and Co.
"...This Is the End is a comedy/disaster-film hybrid that’s written and directed by the team of..."

June 14, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Blancanieves
A period piece about two generations of matadors is fused with the Snow White fairy tale in this black-and-white Spanish charmer.
"...drops ominously to the dirt. The bout ends in disaster, resulting in his newborn Carmencita growing up estranged from..."

May 3, 2013 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Wreck-It Ralph
"...as a terrific idea. The end result isn't a disaster, but it is unfocused, and too many of the..."

Nov. 2, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Samsara
The director of Baraka returns with this wordless tone poem filled with stunning images and scant meanings.
"...with those taken in the film’s other main locales: disaster zones and industrial wastelands. It’s all part of life,..."

Sept. 14, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Battlefield America
It's You Got Served for a younger dance generation.
"...it burn. Maybe it'll collapse and wipe this ill-conceived disaster off the face of the earth...."

June 8, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Last Days Here
The three-decade descent into full-time drug-taking by Bobby Liebling, the theatrical lead singer of the hard-rock group Pentagram, is revealed in this moving documentary.
"...meth, and generally being a trollish rock & roll disaster. If Spinal Tap set it to 11, Liebling has..."

April 20, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Three Musketeers
Did we miss the memo asking for the umpteenth retelling of the Alexandre Dumas classic?
"...lessons of Hudson Hawk? Like that early Nineties comical disaster, The Three Musketeers hinges on the secret machinations of..."

Oct. 28, 2011 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The King's Speech
Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter act up a royal storm in this movie about King George VI of Great Britain overcoming his speech impediment.
"...Bad enough for any man, yes, but this royal disaster was followed by Germany's invasion of Poland and the..."

Dec. 24, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
The real Parnassus of this story is director Terry Gilliam, who salvaged his movie despite the sudden death of his star, Heath Ledger, midway through shooting.
"...m.o., Gilliam rescued his film from the jaws of disaster – this time when his star, Ledger, died abruptly..."

Jan. 8, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Crude
Expert documentarian Joe Berlinger sheds light on the epic environmental lawsuit filed by 30,000 Ecuadorans against the oil company Texaco, which is now owned by Chevron.
"...least 30 times more damage than the Exxon Valdez disaster and pumped toxic contamination into the rivers and rain..."

Oct. 9, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Push
This sci-fi actioner about warring clairvoyants is generically incomprehensible with cyberpunk overtones.
"...rogue federal agency.) Push, a generically incomprehensible paranoid action disaster with cyberpunk overtones, is like X-Men unhinged, minus Professor..."

Feb. 13, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Inkheart
This fantasy adventure, in which characters come to life when the books they're in are read aloud, boasts a strong cast and an ingrained love for reading and the well-told tale.
"...in the books they read aloud. This brings inadvertent disaster to the Folchart family when antiquarian book doctor Mo..."

Jan. 23, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Trouble the Water
This film about the human toll of Hurricane Katrina is one of the best and most inspirational things to come out of the disaster.
"...Deal. Miracles can occur, even in the face of disaster. Hurricane Katrina, a compound catastrophe caused by natural forces..."

Oct. 31, 2008 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Rocker
Rainn Wilson's goofy, puppylike charm makes this comedy about overage, overweight rockers passing on the glories of rock & roll to the next generation a palatable exercise.
"...goofy, puppylike charm renders what could have been a disaster merely an unfortunate event, on par with spilling your..."

Aug. 22, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

War Dance
In this acclaimed documentary, Ugandan schoolchildren, victims of the brutal 20-year civil war, compete in a national dance contest.
"...similar-in-tone imagery – unpleasantly serves to undercut the humanitarian disaster inherent in the children's stories themselves. They are posed..."

March 7, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Die With Your Boots On
"...before and after (Advent, Maylene & the Sons of Disaster, and headliner UnderØath). Hellraiser hooks, hammer and tong dual..."

Sept. 25, 2007 Music Post by Raoul Hernandez

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