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Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams
"...fare: It's lively and fun, its youthful leads are engaging and authentic, and there's not a single fart joke..."

Aug. 9, 2002 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

The Master of Disguise
"...the movie's most audibly successful laugh-getter and a recurring gag throughout: Every time the villain (Spiner) laughs his hideously..."

Aug. 2, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Halloween: Resurrection
"...That film, at least, featured a smart (well, semi-smart) gag or two featuring Curtis' real-life mom Janet Leigh, late..."

July 19, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Men in Black II
"...though, who steals the show with a throwaway cameo gag. You just knew the guy was involved with aliens..."

July 5, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Undercover Brother
"...orange Big Gulp. What would have been a throwaway gag in any other film is here raised to high..."

June 7, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Importance of Being Earnest
For better or worse, Oliver Parker's adaptation of Oscar Wilde's comedy of mistaken identities liberates the play from its drawing-room trappings.
"...invokes in order to skip out on distasteful social engagements with his dour aunt, Lady Bracknell (Dench). Alvy, aware..."

May 31, 2002 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?
"...Jayne Mansfield, whose exaggerated body is already a widescreen gag. Tony Randall stars as the jaded ad exec, who..."

May 28, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Hollywood Ending
"...DP's translator (Cheng), as co-conspirator in a profitable running gag. But in the film's last third, Allen drops the..."

May 3, 2002 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Other Side of Heaven
"...or flatulence funny business. (There is a running burp gag, but even that feels like something out of Cricket.)..."

Feb. 1, 2002 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Snow Dogs
"...into said ads, but the truth is, that particular gag falls under the rubrik of bizarre hallucination sequence and..."

Jan. 18, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Postmarks
Our readers talk back.
"...who had recently resigned because Kennedy had placed a "gag order" on him at faculty meetings. Mr. Kennedy told..."

Dec. 21, 2001 Column

St. Michael's Passion
Whose truth prevails at Austin's Catholic high school?
"...The board of trustees felt the need to include gag orders in key administrators' severance packages. Even the students..."

Dec. 14, 2001 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Black Knight
"...time barrier the film coasts through all its obvious gags and fish-out-of-water hijinks that were old when Twain first..."

Nov. 23, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Man Who Wasn't There
The story is rife with the Coens' ripe ambivalence, a black seriocomic opera of fouled-up American dreams, and a meditation on ambivalence that is itself often as ambiguous as the emotional meanderings of its protagonist, a small-town barber. The film's black-and-white image processing is stunning.
"...overpacked mix, and Michael Badalucco is one long running gag as Ed's boss-in-snips Frank, who yammers on, endlessly debating..."

Nov. 2, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Haiku Tunnel
"...firm will be abbreviated to “S&M,” with dream-sequence sight gag appertaining). The inevitable employee-orientation sequence (which features Harry Shearer)..."

Oct. 19, 2001 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Hearts in Atlantis
"...turn as Bobby's worrisome mom elicited a similar mental gag reflex. There's too much of everything in these performances,..."

Sept. 28, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Jurassic Park III
"...you realize what's going on. However, when a cell-phone gag is the most exciting or inventive thing in a..."

July 20, 2001 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.
"...along is funny for a moment, but the main gag -- endlessly repeated -- is the bizarre stream of..."

July 6, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Ugly Kid
"...trundled in from a Coen Brothers' loud fat guy gag), Lloyd's pre-teen hellhole is disarmingly on-target and rife with..."

June 15, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Tailor of Panama
"...the most obvious of which is the James Bond gag. The film also references the great Carol Reed comedy..."

April 20, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Rugrats in Paris: The Movie
Fun for kids and grownups.
"...while being equally able to toss off the occasional gag for mom and dad sitting up there on the..."

Nov. 17, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Ladies Man
"...radio show, the film is filled with dead air. Gags that sputter to a frazzled close like a wet..."

Oct. 13, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Best in Show
In Guest's parodic hands, the Westminster Dog Show goes to the hounds.
"...the husband-and-wife owners of a Norwich Terrier. The running gag here is that the wife has apparently slept with..."

Oct. 13, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Autumn in New York
"...scenes with a discreetness that effectively suppresses any potential gag reflex. The heroine-with-dread-disease element, though a standard bit of..."

Aug. 18, 2000 Movie Review by Russell Smith

Nutty Professor Ii: The Klumps
"...was amusingly innocuous fare. One of the more interesting gags in that film had Murphy portraying the entire Klump..."

July 28, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Scary Movie
Keenan Ivory Wayans' broad spoof of the horror/comedy Scream series.
"...your throat with enough semen and fart jokes to gag a maggot. What's more, Scary Movie has enough just..."

July 7, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle
"...and verbal -- from a seriously bizarre Supertramp (!) gag to countless riffs on politics, mass consumerism, and the..."

June 30, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

All the Gory Details
The Maestro of movie make-up Tom Savini talks about George Romero, the increasing popularity of CGI, and what it felt like to shoot a crotch-gun.
"...Pittsburgh with his fiancée, daughter, and cat. The outgoing, engaging Savini is scheduled to appear at the Alamo Drafthouse..."

March 24, 2000 Screens Feature by Jerry Renshaw

What Planet Are You From?
"...pocket pager whenever he's around a prospective mate. The gag, like Kingsley's soggy exits, wears thin with enormous speed..."

March 4, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

WWF Smackdown, Frank Erwin Center, February 8
"...is shilling $20 to be extras in a farcical gag that's better on TV anyway. At least Jerry Lawler's..."

Feb. 25, 2000 Music Review by Greg Beets

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