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Aug. 26, 1999 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Perez Family
"...Wallraff, Angela Lanza and Ellen Cleghorne. Before The Perez Family winds to its close, you may find yourself happily..."

May 12, 1995 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Addams Family
"...a worthy film version of Charles Addams' eerie cartoon family to the screen, but here it is. First-time director..."

Nov. 29, 1991 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys
One-man moviemaking machine Tyler Perry drops his usual cross-dressing comedics for this melodrama about two family dynasties – one black, one white – rocked by scandal.
"...messy and unfocused drama that purports to believe that family is everything, when all else fails. It’s as if..."

Sept. 19, 2008 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Addams Family Values
Uncle Fester finds love.
"...for the first half hour. This time out, the family is graced with a new addition, in the form..."

Nov. 26, 1993 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family
Madea is tasked once again with fixing a broken family.
"...debuted on Easter weekend, just like Madea’s Big Happy Family did this year. Maybe the logic is that people..."

April 29, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

One Family Won't Abandon Ship: The Last Holdout
"...towing company and has raised two generations of his family. Until someone makes the right offer, that is...."

Feb. 14, 1997 News Feature

The Plot Thickens
Funeral Scandal Is a Real Scene Stealer
"...Texas Funeral Service Commission (TFSC) has seen more bizarre plot changes than Melrose Place. And don't look for the..."

May 5, 2000 News Feature by Robert Bryce

Family Style
Fatherhood gives Bella director Alejandro Gomez Monteverde new insight
" It's one thing to think you know about family; it's another to actually weave together a family."..."

Oct. 26, 2007 Screens Feature by Joe O'Connell

Summer Stock Austin's The Addams Family
The company's young artists infuse the musical incarnation of those spooky, ooky Addamses with fresh blood by the buckets
" the most hair-raising shock delivered by the Addams Family's incarnation on the musical stage. Oh, Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday,..."

Aug. 5, 2016 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Fun for the Whole Family
Traversing the Texas Book Festival
" adult life has been a kind of ongoing all-family book swap. I got them started on Philip Roth;..."

Nov. 6, 2009 Books Feature by Kimberley Jones

The Collector
From the writer and director of Saw 4-6 comes this horror film about a handyman who tries to rob his employers' home but finds it rigged with a lethal maze.
"...pricey-looking mansion of the wealthy and entirely unsympathetic Chase family, headed by growly husband Michael (Burke) and Botox-injecting wife..."

July 31, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Ouija: Origin of Evil
This horror sequel is vastly superior to its cheesy precursor
"...friend’s house, the Hasbro phenom is incorporated into the family’s thriving spookshow chicanery. Thriving because the first thing the..."

Oct. 21, 2016 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

A Very Brady Sequel
"...well in its juxtaposition of America's favorite Seventies sitcom family against a backdrop of Nineties sensibilities, A Very Brady..."

Aug. 30, 1996 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

One Good Cop
"...premise and quickly lapses into cinematic schizophrenia as unnecessary subplots and plot complications are thrown in seemingly at random...."

May 10, 1991 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Inside Monkey Zetterland
"...transportation in Los Angeles. He views it as a plot by the auto industry and sees his script as..."

Nov. 19, 1993 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Zombieland: Double Tap
Zomcom sequel doesn't have the splattering charm of the original
"...Tap re-creates the 2009 film’s cheeky tone and the family-that-slays-together-stays-together vibe, the sequel does little to advance the story,..."

Oct. 18, 2019 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Not Forgotten
This unusual U.S.-Mexico border film is a thriller starring Simon Baker and Paz Vega, and it's screening in Austin prior to its national release.
"...appear to be a perfectly happy and ordinary integrated family, but then Toby (who narrates the story in voiceover)..."

May 1, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Rhythm Section
Blake Lively doesn't live up to her name in this flat spy romp
"...peculiar ways. For Stephanie Patrick (Lively), after her entire family perishes in a plane crash that she was supposed..."

Jan. 31, 2020 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

This high-tech heist thriller is like a For Dummies guide to the genre.
" a For Dummies guide to the genre: Corporate family man (Ford) and his family are trapped in their..."

Feb. 17, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles
"...grown a little weathered and he's morphed into a family man to his live-in, longtime love Sue (Kozlowski) and..."

April 20, 2001 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Boss Baby
Alec Baldwin voices corporate infant
"...Gordon Gekko merging with toddler Stewie Griffin in The Family Guy and you have The Boss Baby, right down..."

March 31, 2017 Movie Review by Steve Davis

"...if you're just waiting (like me) for Hollywood's hottest “family comedy” director/writer to pull off something as good as..."

July 19, 1991 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Servants of Twilight
"...hard to imagine an easier contemporary author to raid plot from, actually: Koontz's thrillers are fast paced little books..."

June 7, 1991 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Iron Orchard
Texas wildcatter literary classic is a sometimes too-faithful adaptation
"...private clubs of Dallas. With no money and no family name to leverage, McNeely throws himself into the oil..."

March 1, 2019 Movie Review by Matthew Monagle

Finding Dory
If only Dory had ruby slippers, she could click her heels and be home
"...any parents this time, but it does hinge its plot yet again on the total terror that derives from..."

June 17, 2016 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Daddy's Home
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg vie for the love of their shared family
"...their mom Sarah (Cardellini) in this tired but serviceable family comedy. The two dads are worlds apart, each man..."

Dec. 25, 2015 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Rio 2
The animated blue macaw family takes a trip back to the Amazon.
" macaws that turn out to be Jewel’s long-lost family. Jewel, meeting both her father (Garcia) and an old..."

April 18, 2014 Movie Review by Louis Black

Simon and the Oaks
This Swedish import is a family saga that's shaped by the looming Nazi invasion, forbidden love, and unsound decisions.
"...communes with. Beyond that, I’m not sure how much plot is too much plot to reveal, because the sometimes..."

Nov. 9, 2012 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Beverly Hills Chihuahua
It may be a family-friendly trifle, but it's nevertheless a silly, if guilty, pleasure to watch.
"...whistling distance of adolescence, you’ll howl at this lowbrow, family-friendly trifle. The plot … well, the plot plays as..."

Oct. 10, 2008 Movie Review by Margaret Moser

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