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Graves Update: Judge thumbs nose at feds
Lawyers for Graves fire back at Burleson Co. District Judge Reva Towslee-Corbett, who, in an apparent screw you to federal bench, set $1 million bond for Graves to be released from jail
"...fair trial." Moreover, while Towslee-Corbett has instituted a sweeping gag order in the case – denying herself, the attorneys,..."

Dec. 29, 2006 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Graves Appeals Prohibitively High Bond
"...trial.” Moreover, while Townslee Corbett has instituted a sweeping gag order in the case – denying herself, the attorneys..."

Dec. 22, 2006 News Post by Jordan Smith

The Hightower Report
Librarians Battle For Freedom; and a Gusher From Exxon Mobil
"...or what e-mails we've sent. It also slaps a gag order on America's librarians, making it a crime for..."

May 12, 2006 News Column by Jim Hightower

Gag Reflex
The sketch comedians of Gag Reflex have lots of interesting ideas and deliver some funny performances in their new revue, but all the bits aren’t as tasty as you’d like.
"...Gag Reflex..."

Aug. 19, 2005 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

Somebody Has to Die
The conviction of Robert Springsteen in the yogurt shop murders leaves many questions unanswered.
"...15, were found inside the shop -- stripped, bound, gagged, shot in the head, and horribly burned in a..."

June 15, 2001 News Feature by Jordan Smith

In the Earth
Ben Wheatley's unexpected eco-horror is sinister and hilarious
"...folklore will get a quick chortle from a throwaway gag about the Aarne–Thompson–Uther Index). Such details mean everything and..."

April 16, 2021 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Shiva Baby
Wry observational comedy puts the fun in funeral
"...Danielle's parents, bickering lovingly about lost phones (a recurrent gag and source of stress) and dementia...."

April 9, 2021 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Bob Odenkirk gets gritty in this bloody, smart John Wick riff
" the know, as illustrated by a hilarious sight gag about a door. Suitably for Odenkirk, there’s a silly..."

March 26, 2021 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

The Courier
A forgotten Cold War spy story gets a very British, very tragic retelling
"...solid, a little doughy (as noted by a running gag about his inability to pull off a push-up), good..."

March 19, 2021 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Frank Ferrante's Groucho
Groucho lives in this filming of Ferrante's one man show
"...good enough, anyone could be Groucho (there's even a gag in here about that), but few will ever be..."

March 12, 2021 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Bloody Hell
Australian horror-comedy is deliciously twisted riff on the eurotrip
"...use up every definition of the noun and verb "gag." Yet, at the same time, it's a ridiculous romance..."

Jan. 15, 2021 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Shadow in the Cloud
WWII creature feature is a Frankenstein’s mess
"...WWII shorts. There is a full-blown Wile E. Coyote gag that may be this year’s most accidentally audacious moment...."

Jan. 1, 2021 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Hillbilly Elegy
Redneck rehab drama is better intentioned but more tone-deaf than the book
"...institutional barriers that face the poor is a sniffy gag about bourgeois dining habits, you just don't understand the..."

Nov. 20, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Appalachian hoodoo horror flips the switch on hillbilly cinema
"...Spell's nature, as shown by one great, ghoulish visual gag of Marquis removing a nail that deliberately swoops over..."

Oct. 30, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Sacha Baron Cohen's satirical creation remains hit-or-miss, but those hits ...
"...Ali G, because he'd become too (in)famous for the gag to work any more, and he makes a nod..."

Oct. 23, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Comedy about raising the dead doesn't raise too many laughs
"...a story with a gay protagonist, some of the gags would fit in a clumsy 1970s sitcom, leaving the..."

Sept. 25, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Cringe-inducing and clunky intergenerational black comedy
"...emotional revelation. In flat cringe comedy Homewrecker, it's a gag that just feels like it will never end...."

July 10, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

“Marianne Levy: Grimm Re-Articulated” at the Dougherty Arts Center
This exhibition of ceramic sculptures recasts fairy tales with animals who are more human than the people in the originals
"...of 1940's Fantasia – and Levy builds on the gag with the ostrich's feet sticking out from under the..."

July 10, 2020 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Dance your way through this genderfluid examination of relationships
"...fall apart, their relationship increasingly complicated by the old baggage they brought with them, and the new tensions they..."

June 19, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

The Gentlemen
Guy Ritchie insists on ruining our fond memories of Snatch
"...a Vietnamese man’s name of “Phuc” is an extended gag; and a Jewish double-crosser’s punishment is positively Shylockian. Come..."

Jan. 24, 2020 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
The saga ends … in fan service
"...that it feels purely like a setup for a gag at the expense of a beloved character. Even the..."

Dec. 20, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Frozen II
Back to Arendelle, but has the story grown up with the audience?
"...Nineties boy band choreography and a throwaway Queen sight gag; lyrically, it’s numbingly straightforward, and so bereft of wit..."

Nov. 22, 2019 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Before You Know It
Theatre family gets more drama than they expected in this sweet tragicomedy
"...and shade of its characters, with the odd broader gag (especially from Tullock, who is unafraid to go big..."

Sept. 6, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Ne Zha
Chinese animated legend tells a recognizable story with gusto
"...culture references (the opening sequence throws in an ahistorical gag about fingerprint log-in and a straight-up Terminator riff), and..."

Aug. 30, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Men in Black: International
The MiB stay Earthbound in a sequel saved by its stars
"...universe as we know it, taking a lighthearted running gag and turning it into something sadder and significantly more..."

June 14, 2019 Movie Review by Matthew Monagle

Late Night
Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling spark and bond in this timely and charming media satire
"...Hauser predictably steals the show there as the dopey gag writer Mancuso) and moments of true pathos (most especially..."

June 7, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral
The original mad black woman faces her mortality, and the end of the series
"...woman in a hotel room. The movie’s flaccid running gag? The corpse has a Viagra-induced boner, necessitating an open..."

March 8, 2019 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Gaspar Noé's acid freakout dance-a-thon teaches us that drugs are bad, m'kay
"...door, trying to shock people. Climax may be that gag coming true...."

March 1, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Johnny English Strikes Again
Time to revoke this agent's license
"...via thoroughly analog methodology. Wackiness ensues. There’s a memorable gag revolving around a trio of aging, former “double-Os” also..."

Oct. 26, 2018 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Assassination Nation
Dark satire lets social media tear us apart
"...a high school senior in some kind of delayed gag about Jason Priestley in Beverly Hills, 90210, that’s a..."

Sept. 21, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

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