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Miss Banks
"...Of course, the real star of the movie is Elizabeth Banks. I say that not because her role is..."

Oct. 20, 2008 Screens Post by Josh Rosenblatt

The Uninvited
A generic creeper that does nothing to improve upon the South Korean original.
"...Guard and Charles Guard. Starring: Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel, Elizabeth Banks, David Strathairn, Maya Massar and Kevin McNulty. Somewhere..."

Feb. 6, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Next Three Days
Russell Crowe plays a man who improbably springs his wife from prison where she's been incarcerated for life.
"...Directed by: Paul Haggis. Starring: Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Ty Simpkins and Olivia Wilde. Maybe taking a..."

Nov. 26, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

People Like Us
More Ordinary People Like Us than anything terribly original, this drama starring Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, and Michelle Pfeiffer still scores some good points along the way.
"...Directed by: Alex Kurtzman. Starring: Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Hall D'Addario, Mark Duplass, Olivia..."

June 29, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Man on a Ledge
This semi-functional thriller tingles but never terrifies.
"...Directed by: Asger Leth. Starring: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Anthony Mackie, Genesis Rodriguez, Afton Williamson..."

Jan. 27, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Our Idiot Brother
Paul Rudd plays a well-meaning pothead who couch-surfs among his family, leaving nothing but chaos and good vibes in his wake.
"...Directed by: Jesse Peretz. Starring: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Steve Coogan, Rashida Jones,..."

Sept. 2, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Pitch Perfect 2
Lightning may not be rebottled the second time around, but it's still a toe-tapping good time
"...Directed by: Elizabeth Banks. Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany..."

May 15, 2015 Movie Review by William Goss

Power Rangers
A new generation of teens with superpowers must save the world
"...RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, Bryan Cranston, Bill Hader and Elizabeth Banks...."

March 31, 2017 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Seabiscuit
"...Gary Ross. Starring: Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Gary Stevens and William H. Macy. Adapted from..."

July 25, 2003 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

SXSW Film Announces 2015 Lineup
Circling the Thunderdome
"...A Woman Like Me Directors: Alex Sichel, Elizabeth Giamatti By creating a fictional character based on herself,..."

Feb. 3, 2015 Screens Post by Kimberley Jones

Heights
This intersecting story that follows a half-dozen New Yorkers over the course of one long day and night is intellectually engaging and genuinely surprising, although not terribly risky.
"...Directed by: Chris Terrio. Starring: Glenn Close, Elizabeth Banks, James Marsden, Jesse Bradford, John Light, Matt Davis,..."

July 15, 2005 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Good Vibrations
Bill Pohlad offers Love & Mercy
"...beginning of his relationship with Melinda Ledbetter (played by Elizabeth Banks), whom he would later marry, beginning the process..."

June 5, 2015 Screens Feature by Marjorie Baumgarten

For Mature Audiences Only
How did Kevin Smith prep to make a movie about two kids making a porn? Years of research.
"...Clerks., Chasing Amy, and Dogma, that's saying a lot. Elizabeth Banks and Seth Rogen play best friends from childhood..."

Oct. 31, 2008 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Meet Bill
Aaron Eckhart stars in this middle-aged wake-up call whose message – trust yourself and find your inner child – is tired but expressed with a whole lot of enthusiasm.
"...Goldmann and Melisa Wallack. Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Jessica Alba, Elizabeth Banks, Logan Lerman, Holmes Osborne, Todd Louiso, Timothy Olyphant,..."

May 2, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

SXSW Adds 102 Movies to 2019 Film Festival Lineup
After Us, what else does the film fest have in store?
"...Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy D: Elizabeth Carroll (UK, U.S.) Award-winning cookbook author, diehard environmentalist and..."

Jan. 16, 2019 SXSW Post by Richard Whittaker

Pitch Perfect 3
Third time really isn't the charm for the Bellas
"...Directed by: Trish Sie. Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Camp, Ester Dean, John Michael Higgins, Alexis..."

Dec. 22, 2017 Movie Review by Danielle White

Love & Mercy
Paul Dano anchors an ambitious vision of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson
"...Directed by: Bill Pohlad. Starring: Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti, Bill Camp, Jake Abel, Kenny Wormald,..."

June 5, 2015 Movie Review by William Goss

Role Models
In this comedy, two cranky men, played by Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott, are forced by court order to take part in a child-mentoring program.
"...Rudd, Seann William Scott, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bobb’e J. Thompson, Elizabeth Banks, Jane Lynch, Ken Jeong and Ken Marino. Misanthropy..."

Nov. 7, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Kevin Smith finds a new soulmate in actor Seth Rogen, who stars in this movie that blends Smith's telltale comedic raunch with large dollops of sweetness.
"...Directed by: Kevin Smith. Starring: Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Traci Lords, Jason Mewes, Ricky Mabe, Craig Robinson,..."

Oct. 31, 2008 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

W.
Oliver Stone’s Bush portrait is a tale of two movies: one a humanizing portrait of a failure as a young man, the other a damning but unsurprising look inside an administration gone loopy on ideological zealotry.
"...Directed by: Oliver Stone. Starring: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Banks, James Cromwell, Ellen Burstyn, Jeffrey Wright, Toby Jones,..."

Oct. 17, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Meet Dave
Eddie Murphy reteams with his Norbit director for this new extraterrestrial comedy in which miniature aliens operate a spaceship that has a human form.
"...Directed by: Brian Robbins. Starring: Eddie Murphy, Elizabeth Banks, Gabrielle Union, Austyn Lind Myers, Scott Caan, Ed..."

July 18, 2008 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Definitely, Maybe
Before giving in to romantic frippery, Definitely, Maybe functions as a believable, era-zagging retelling of one man’s overlapping love affairs with three women.
"...Adam Brooks. Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Abigail Breslin, Rachel Weisz, Elizabeth Banks, Isla Fisher, Kevin Kline and Derek Luke. There’s..."

Feb. 15, 2008 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Invincible
Mark Wahlberg plays footballer Vincent Papale in this story about how he captured a spot on the Philadelphia Eagles team in an open tryout.
"...Directed by: Ericson Core. Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks, Kevin Conway, Mike Rispoli and Michael Kelly. Disney..."

Aug. 25, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Slither
Writer-director James Gunn knows what makes horror fans howl, and is one heck of a writer to boot.
"...Directed by: James Gunn. Starring: Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Rooker, Gregg Henry and Tanya Saulnier. James..."

April 7, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Daltry Calhoun
Johnny Knoxville stars in this slapdash tale of wacky Southerners and midlife crises that feels like a compilation reel of Blue Collar TV outtakes and Coen Brothers-lite quirkiness.
"...Directed by: Katrina Holden Bronson. Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Elizabeth Banks, Juliette Lewis, David Koechner, Kick Gurry, James Parks..."

Sept. 23, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Baxter
Director Showalter (Comedy Central's Stella) misses a terrific opportunity to pull back the curtain on "the other guy" – the Baxter is the lead man's second fiddle in your standard romantic comedy – and ends up making a pretty good case for why the sad sack never gets the girl.
"...Directed by: Michael Showalter. Starring: Michael Showalter, Elizabeth Banks, Michelle Williams, Justin Theroux, Zak Orth, Michael Ian..."

Sept. 16, 2005 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Stacey Abrams, Beastie Boys to Speak at SXSW
Nile Rodgers, Gwyneth Paltrow and more join the roster
"...• Actress and producer Elizabeth Banks with Saturday Night Live star Aidy Bryant. •..."

Feb. 12, 2019 SXSW Post by Richard Whittaker

The Happytime Murders
Puppet comedy crime caper is less Feebles, more just feeble
"...Brian Henson. Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale, Elizabeth Banks, Jimmy O. Yang and Leslie David Baker...."

Aug. 24, 2018 Movie Review by Matthew Monagle

Austin's Most Famous Atheist
The life and death of Madalyn Murray O'Hair, The Most Hated Woman in America
"...that much about it until [producers] Max Handelman and Elizabeth Banks approached [Irene and me] after they had just..."

March 17, 2017 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

I’ll Take You There
Wally Lamb's novel spotlights a spirit of early Hollywood, but its Metabook edition gives her a 21st century showcase
"...Sincerely, Lois Weber," directed by Svetlana Cvetko and starring Elizabeth Banks; a documentary narrated by Lamb; 360-degree photo galleries;..."

Dec. 2, 2016 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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