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Clerks II
Kevin Smith is on solid footing with this sequel, which finds the filmmaker and his raunchy protagonists at the precipice of maturity but moving ahead with cautious baby steps.
"...of their own volition – as the film's opening gag so brilliantly demonstrates. However, fate has landed the compliant..."

July 21, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Scary Movie 4
What's new in this fourth edition of the popular-culture spoof machine? Well, Shaquille O'Neal and Dr. Phil, for starters.
"...very humorous. It's such a weak collection of strung-together gags that it would barely have filled an episode of..."

April 21, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Shaggy Dog
There are precious few surprises here, but this breezy remake starring Tim Allen is a painless affair.
"...monks-in-training (a mixed blessing, the “peeing on the mandala” gag never arrived) – by evil pharmaceutical-company mouthpiece Dr. Kozak..."

March 10, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Hills Have Eyes
This remake ratchets up the gore while subtly rewiring some of the characters, but it never manages the nagging subtexts Craven so handily injected into the original horror film.
"...what remains for many his most subversive and freakishly engaging work: 1977’s The Hills Have Eyes. That film’s plot..."

March 10, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Failure to Launch
This date movie is dude-friendly by design, but all its attention to hairdos and cute outfits does not make up for its lack of romantic spark.
"...good, although I regret to inform there’s a sight gag involving Bradshaw almost full frontal while feeding fish in..."

March 10, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation 2006
Know this going in: Sex and violence are the currency of Spike & Mike’s gory, twisted economy.
"...apparently) of its cruel existence. It’s a single joke gag, but the payoff is one of this year’s more..."

Jan. 27, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Casanova
Hallström’s latest is fine but unambitious, content with what it is – an arthouse trifle with tricorner hats, corsets, and powdered wigs.
"...chest, that he can’t be squeezed into a crude gag. (Nobody makes a schlemiel out of Platt.) Hallström’s camera..."

Jan. 6, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

The Weather Man
In this heartfelt comic drama, a wonderfully controlled Nicolas Cage plays a man who, despite the appearance of success, is despondent over his superficiality.
"...too painfully trite. Also bothersome is the film’s running gag of people throwing food remnants at the local weatherman:..."

Oct. 28, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Four Brothers
A scrappy Seventies throwback about vigilante justice in the corrupt urban jungle.
"...offhand and more effective than you’d think; the running gag is that the local crime boss (Ejiofor) and his..."

Aug. 12, 2005 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Sky High
An adolescent superhero can't find his niche.
"...is Sky High’s unflappable principal is such an easy gag that it fails to elicit much of a laugh..."

July 29, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
Veering from moments of breathtakingly visualized valor to outright stupidity, Sith is a vast improvement over the previous two outings, but still and all, it’s no Star Wars.
"...Kenny Baker and Peter Mayhew. There’s a wonderful running gag in the BritCom Spaced, which, should you be so..."

May 20, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Kicking & Screaming
Will Ferrell, Robert Duvall, and Mike Ditka all appear together in a film that sings the praises of kids soccer and caffeine addiction.
"...all of the film’s comic highlights, including one snappy gag that has a wired-to-the-gills Phil suggesting that his team..."

May 13, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Inside Deep Throat
This documentary about the heady days of porn – when "deep throat" became a household expression and everyone viewed the movie Deep Throat as a breath of fresh air – is informative yet lacking historical rigor.
"...a great movie. But, hey, at least there's no gag order anymore...."

Feb. 18, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Balistica
Texas platters
"...BalisticaThe Jungle Science e.p. In a gag audio clip on Balistica's debut EP, an interviewer describes..."

Sept. 3, 2004 Music Review by Belinda Acosta

White Chicks
Wayans brothers' comedy depends on latex and whitewash.
"...tangled and pointless plot that redefines vapidity, they’re the gag writer’s equivalent of sprinkles on a doughnut hole, an..."

June 25, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Soul Plane
Everything is lewd and crude at this mile-high club.
"...of an airplane toilet, or a nonstop barrage of gag reflex-triggering sexual hijinks rules the show, then this is..."

May 28, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Intermission
Irish ensemble interweaves a dozen characters and their affairs of the heart.
"...even exploited, throughout at the service of a running gag involving her manly mustache (the punchline being that she..."

April 9, 2004 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Red Trousers: The Life of the Hong Kong Stuntmen
This double-layered documentary examines the creation of a Hong Kong action film and the impossible feats performed by the Asian stuntman.
"...sequence, we see stuntman Wang Hua perform a wire-harness gag three stories over a gulch needled with uninvitingly pointy..."

April 2, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
A guilty pleasure for thirtysomething stoners with ironic dispositions and large nacho platters.
"...school of family entertainment – the low tech fart gag got a better reception than any of the costly..."

March 26, 2004 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

New Year's Eve Events
"...GAG REFLEX AT THE HIDEOUT Comedic cutups (and really, are..."

Jan. 2, 2004 Features Feature by Wells Dunbar

New Year's Eve Events
"...GAG REFLEX AT THE HIDEOUT Comedic cutups (and really, are..."

Dec. 26, 2003 Features Feature by Wells Dunbar

Cabin Fever
A festival breakout shocker that twists genre conventions into a jarring battery of scares.
"...enough inexplicable shenanigans to make poor old Agent Cooper gag on his beloved cherry pie. Ultimately, Cabin Fever isn’t..."

Sept. 12, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

American Wedding
"...American Wedding clearly suffers from a lack of good gags. That’s not to say there aren’t scads of chuckles..."

Aug. 1, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Alex & Emma
"...the line "Hitler had edge" tossed off as a gag (ah, yes, how could I forget the old genocidal-dictator..."

June 20, 2003 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Italian Job
"...a wealth of modern flourishes, including a clever running gag on Napster (featuring no less than the Napster himself,..."

May 30, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Bruce Almighty
"...on the toilet, with the sports section (a sight gag that, God help me, splits my side every time)...."

May 23, 2003 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Dancer Upstairs
"...from the novel by Nicholas Shakespeare. The great running gag in Spike Jonze’s Being John Malkovich was that everybody..."

May 16, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Analyze That
"...simultaneity with the first season of The Sopranos central gag now seems unavoidably dated and tired. Tony Soprano and..."

Dec. 13, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Barbershop
"...sell you out back. Barbershop is peopled with an engaging assortment of peripheral characters, from Michael Ealy's two-time loser..."

Sept. 13, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Simone
"...my filmmaker friend and I could barely stifle our gag reflexes. It's not just that Simone -- which features..."

Aug. 23, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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