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Chicken Little
Disney's first all-CGI, made-in-house, animated feature is painful for all ages, despite a voice-talent roster to make the angels weep.
"...the fancy visuals barely register, as if animated family fare can be cranked out on somebody’s lunch hour and..."

Nov. 11, 2005 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Screen Door Jesus
Kirk Davis’ slick, locally produced film, adapted from the stories of Christopher Cook, plunges into Texas' small-town religious mores and comes up with some insightful revelations in this character-driven pastiche.
"...Film Festival) is overflowing with storylines, some of which fare better than others but all of which are given..."

Oct. 14, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Roll Bounce
Hot-wiring a penchant for sports film truisms to some seriously spot-on Seventies nostalgia, this Bow Wow vehicle is an easygoing portrayal of teenage camaraderie and its attendant difficulties.
"...wall), Roll Bounce is the sort of teenage summer fare that just doesn’t get made that much anymore, a..."

Sept. 23, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Chumscrubber
Teens, suburbia, five sets of dysfunctional parents, and the suicide that looms over it all.
"...facades with the occasional stab at profundity. The kids fare better, especially that one-time dancing scamp, Billy Elliot’s Jamie..."

Aug. 5, 2005 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Herbie: Fully Loaded
This deluxe retread is sort of annoying, but it’s so scrappy and persistent that it seems kind of cute in spite of itself.
"...it is not altogether bad. Like most general-audience studio fare for the summer months, it was written by perhaps..."

June 24, 2005 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Hitch
What should be a battle of the sexes is more like a brief skirmish without any of the romantic tension that makes for an interesting – much less great – screen pairing.
"...setups but one that is occasionally amusing. Their interactions fare better than those between Smith and Mendes, the love..."

Feb. 18, 2005 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Because of Winn-Dixie
There are no big surprises in this family picture, but neither is the admonition against working with children and animals appropriate here.
"...Lopez starrer Maid in Manhattan, generally tends toward adult fare. His new movie is truly family-friendly: It has a..."

Feb. 18, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Taxi
Queen Latifah and Jimmy Fallon comedy stalls at the starting gate.
"...behind Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update desk, tend to fare poorly when transposed to the big screen. Fallon plays..."

Oct. 15, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Mr. 3000
This Bernie Mac baseball flick is standard genre fare.
"...collegiate marching bands – this is your standard genre fare: Smart-ass player gets schooled, finds love, and is redeemed..."

Sept. 17, 2004 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Last Flight Out
Righteously mediocre stuff from the "film ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association"
"...was created as a spiritually healthy alternative to such fare. By aping those graying genre tropes so faithfully, Last..."

Aug. 13, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Big Bounce
There's very little bounce in this new Elmore Leanard adaptation that stars Owen Wilson and Morgan Freeman.
"...hand in some juicy nuggets of exploitation and cult fare, such as Gas-s-s-s. The worst thing about Bounce isn’t..."

Jan. 30, 2004 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Agent Cody Banks
"...Daniel Roebuck and Cynthia Stevenson. Almost all Hollywood kids fare can be assessed with a single sentence: The youthful..."

March 14, 2003 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Ted Bundy
"...gifted enough to combine elements of schlock and exploitation fare with an arthouse sensibility, but Bundy is muddled. A..."

Oct. 18, 2002 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Spirited Away
Spirited Away, about a young girl who is trapped between the real and the ghost-worlds, melds bits of Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz with Eastern-angled spookiness and an outré sensibility that borders on the indescribable.
"...millennium, ones that don't skimp on such traditional children's fare as loss of parents, the fear of the unknown,..."

Oct. 11, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams
"...romp stands head and shoulders above the usual family fare: It's lively and fun, its youthful leads are engaging..."

Aug. 9, 2002 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Kate & Leopold
"...for more from the creator of more complex, character-driven fare (such as Heavy and Cop Land)...."

Dec. 28, 2001 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Texas Rangers
"...is more ambitious than the usual strenuously middling genre fare from Dimension Films, Miramax's youth-oriented production arm, but it's..."

Dec. 7, 2001 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Down From the Mountain
"...and longtime collaborator Hegedus), deservedly noted for more probing fare (among them rock-doc staples like Don't Look Back and..."

Aug. 24, 2001 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Dr. Dolittle 2
"...for besotted primate antics. Sadly, however, this is tepid fare that suffers from a majority of the problems that..."

June 22, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Moulin Rouge
This musical sucks you in with its own brand of willful illogic and breathtaking visuals. Set in turn-of-the-century Paris, a penniless poet falls madly in love with a nightclub's star performer, a chanteuse-cum-courtesan who has a heart of gold and is an incipient consumptive. The music is a combination of restructured modern pop tunes manhandled into clever new forms.
"...the film itself is hardly what I'd call serious fare, it's so enamored with the very idea of Love..."

June 1, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

See Spot Run
"...this strenuously mediocre and joyless effort off as family fare just because it's puerile...."

March 2, 2001 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Recess: School's Out
"...the film never gets too far beyond disposable youth fare, best consumed like mouthfuls of sugary cereal...."

Feb. 16, 2001 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Just Looking
"...dangers of working with children and animals. The adults fare better, with several nice turns among them and a..."

Dec. 15, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Man on the Moon
"...technical marvel, yet it dazzles without edifying. Carrey's co-stars fare less charitably. As his girlfriend Lynne Margulies, who was..."

Dec. 24, 1999 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Another Day in Paradise
"...of Clark's critics who called his debut cheap exploitation fare (not that there would be anything wrong with that)...."

Feb. 26, 1999 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Lolita
"...Lyne (whose sexually exploitative works include such popular box-office fare as Flashdance, 9 1/2 Weeks, Fatal Attraction, and Indecent..."

Oct. 16, 1998 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Mulan
"...Disney's latest animated feature hearkens back to its heyday fare, a sweet and captivating tale that pits gentle, enduring..."

June 19, 1998 Movie Review by Hollis Chacona

Can't Hardly Wait
This better-than-average teen sex comedy looks at a bunch of seniors on the night of high school graduation.
"...at Ridgemont High) than any of that genre's lesser fare. That is to say, when it's not busy being..."

June 12, 1998 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Newton Boys
"...women in the story (played by Margulies and Webb) fare worse, having little to do but play the “love..."

March 27, 1998 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Twilight
"...discuss their frailties and diminished capacities is refreshing film fare indeed. In many ways Twilight echoes some of the..."

March 6, 1998 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

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