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Rize
Celebrity photographer David LaChapelle casts his lens toward the newest L.A. dance craze.
"...Rize conveys itself to viewers almost as a news flash rather than an investigative documentary, which helps the film..."

July 1, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

dot the i
In his English-language debut, Gael García Bernal plays one of the sides of a twisted love triangle
"...all with a rock & roll panache: lots of flash edits, temporal jumps, and jittery camerawork. Yet it just..."

June 17, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Jacket
This mix of amnesia, time travel, and Adrien Brody adds up to a fairly forgettable experience.
"...personal oblivion. Visually, The Jacket has a lot of flash, but it hardly compensates for the fuzzy story. Not..."

March 4, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
This CGI adventure yarn is a loving tribute to all things retro-futuristic.
"...more recent counterparts, Raiders of the Lost Ark , Flash Gordon, and The Rocketeer. Conran’s film encompasses everything that..."

Sept. 17, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Bus 174
A bus-hijacking in Rio becomes a microcosm of the city's ills in this on-the-scene documentary.
"...light to reveal them would come from a muzzle flash...."

Feb. 6, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Kangaroo Jack
"...gets its strongest firepower from camel flatulation, nor the all-flash, no-substance camerawork that resembles nothing so much as a..."

Jan. 17, 2003 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Empire
"...as Puerto Rican drug boss Victor, he's roughly 50% flash and 50% cunning. Sporting a mammoth gold “G” on..."

Dec. 6, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Like Mike
"...the result is this powerhouse play that has more flash than substance. The film is essentially a showcase for..."

July 5, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Pootie Tang
This is a nutty story about the life of the fictional ghetto hero Pootie Tang, whose struggles against corporate America after selling out become the stuff of legend.
"...seem downright arty when compared to Pootie), is a flash-dressing ghetto superstar, part James Bond, part Superfly, and general..."

July 6, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

West Beirut
"...Ziad Doueiri's 1998 film, West Beirut, comes as a flash of insight, his semi-autobiographical story serving as a window..."

March 24, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Boys
"...use in The Boys. Cutting between real-time action and flash-forwards that grimly hint at some unspecified horror presumably to..."

Oct. 22, 1999 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Story of Us
"...cruel irony. Certainly, Reiner knows this isn't a news flash, yet he stages this movie as though he's discovered..."

Oct. 15, 1999 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Stigmata
"...Vac. Ultimately about as resonant and satisfying as the flash 'n' trash music videos it closely resembles, Stigmata is..."

Sept. 17, 1999 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Eel
"...one but two Palmes d'Ors; The Eel is a flash of quiet brilliance that resonates long after the images..."

Nov. 20, 1998 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Belly
DMX and Nas star as a couple of highly successful drug dealers who have spiritual awakenings.
"...directorial debut shows that he knows a lot about flash and much less about narrative. Belly teems with glamorized..."

Nov. 6, 1998 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Fast, Cheap & Out of Control
"...other themes -- ideas that reveal themselves in the flash of an edit; commonalities, contrasts, and discoveries that rise..."

Nov. 14, 1997 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

When We Were Kings
This documentary Oscar winner is a vivid retelling of the "Rumble in the Jungle," in which Muhammad Ali bested George Foreman in a storied boxing match in Kinshasa, Zaire.
"...central figures in a miraculous confluence of pop culture flash and deep sociopolitical import that seems, if anything, more..."

March 28, 1997 Movie Review by Russell Smith

Devil in a Blue Dress
"...crowds of African-Americans bustling along Central Avenue. These moments flash. In them, Tak Fujimoto's cinematography seems to catch the..."

Oct. 6, 1995 Movie Review by Robert Faires

Tank Girl
A movie that combines Busby Berkeley chorus lines with killer mutant kangaroos and the wildest female action hero this side of La Femme Nikita.
"...to mind everything from Mad Max to Star Wars, Flash Gordon to Buckaroo Banzai: That is to say, it..."

March 31, 1995 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Squanto: A Warrior's Tale
"...Pankin, Donal Donnelly and Mandy Patinkin. Here's a news flash: Native Americans get the shaft… again. This movie about..."

Dec. 16, 1994 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Project S (aka Once a Cop)
"...film moving with some beautifully choreographed hand-to-hand combat and muzzle-flash ballet, but he's no John Woo (or, for that..."

June 17, 1994 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Ruby in Paradise
"...Director Nunez, whose previous films (Gal Young 'Un, A Flash of Green) are also set in Florida, has an..."

Feb. 4, 1994 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

City Hunter
"...an inspired parody on the line of the Eighties Flash Gordon (in an amusing, loopy homage to that film,..."

Sept. 3, 1993 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Hard Target
"...with his trademark candles, doves, and 9mm semi-auto muzzle flash. Literally thousands upon thousands of blank rounds were expended..."

Aug. 20, 1993 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Full Contact
"...moving at somewhere close to lightspeed, with fireballs and muzzle-flash galore. This may be the first Hong Kong action..."

May 7, 1993 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

A Chinese Ghost Story III
"...Demon within the confines of the moldering Orchid Temple. Flash forward 100 years, and a similar priest/acolyte team stumbles..."

Feb. 19, 1993 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Afraid of the Dark
"...suspense. What chills it has are mostly distressingly gory, flash images. The rest is a moving cryptogram. Somehow, this..."

Nov. 13, 1992 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Traces of Red
"...most major problem is the fact that after a flash forward opening scene which Belushi plays prone and with..."

Sept. 4, 1992 Movie Review by Kathleen Maher

Diggstown
"...and poor Graham serves no discernible purpose but to flash some female thigh early on in this “all-guy” story...."

Aug. 14, 1992 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Mom and Dad Save the World
"...intended as a sustained parodic riff on those old Flash Gordon serials, or was it meant to be a..."

July 31, 1992 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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