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Conversations With God
Life-affirming lessons about a generous, forgiving God and the redemptive possibilities of love and charity dominate this movie based on Neale Donald Walsch's bestseller.
"...a different Oprah-approved spiritual guidebook. Conversations With God the movie probably shouldn’t have been made, or if it had..."

Oct. 27, 2006 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

The Best of Me
It's getting hard to tell one Nicholas Sparks adaptation from another amid all the dross.
"...Already hobbled by an overwrought story that turns positively Hallmark-Movie-preposterous in its third act, journeyman director Michael Hoffman (Soapdish,..."

Oct. 17, 2014 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

First Daughter
This movie's tortured young protagonist and clueless dad just happen to be members of the First Family of the United States.
"...himself, First Daughter both looks and feels like a Hallmark Movie of the Week, replete with a tortured young..."

Oct. 1, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Holiday Viewing: The Spirit of Christmas
A ridiculous delight in the Hallmark movie pantheon
"...Christmas tradition: the inundation of holiday romances. Almost 30 movies were made for the Hallmark and Lifetime channel’s 2017..."

Dec. 12, 2017 Screens Post by James Renovitch

Where Hope Grows
A sinner finds redemption with the help of a a young man with Down syndrome
"...ends up being a couple of notches above a Hallmark film in which all the pieces of the puzzle..."

May 15, 2015 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

It's My Party
"...and relationships, and dialogue so transparently hollow that even Hallmark would reject these lines outright, what we're left with..."

April 12, 1996 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Often cited as the first true horror movie and one of the first films to tell its story through the eyes of a delirious madman, the techniques of this film milestone are rarely imitated. Eschewing naturalism, the movie's sets are all painted in hallucinatory black-and-white designs and the acting, as well, follows Expressionistic techniques popular in Germany at the time.
" original soundtrack composed by Price exclusively for this movie and performed live at each screening by Price and..."

July 15, 1994 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Little Women
The Louisa May Alcott classic charmlessly updated
"...The production has the attributes of a Hallmark Channel made-for-cable movie: a serviceable cast of unfamiliar actors..."

Sept. 28, 2018 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Mother's Day
The movie is a moneymaking contrivance, just like the holiday itself
"...of having her think you’re as lazy as the movie. You’ll make a better impression with the old standbys..."

April 29, 2016 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

"...sort or another. On that you can count. The movies show in either Hogg Auditorium or the Union Theatre..."

Sept. 22, 1995 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Language of a Broken Heart
Actor/writer/co-producer Juddy Talt fashions a tale about a romance writer who's unlucky in love, and filmed it largely in Dallas.
"...of a Broken Heart might have made a passable Hallmark or Lifetime TV movie, cushioned by the TV-movie context...."

March 29, 2013 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

3:10 to Yuma
3:10 to Yuma puts the lie to the presumptive myths that Westerns are dead and remakes are always a bad thing.
"...whose reputations have sagged in the modern age of moviegoing. 3:10 to Yuma is the movie that puts the..."

Sept. 7, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

A Dog’s Purpose
Reincarnated dog film is full of cliches
"...control. Clear that from your mind, because the actual movie? This thing we call A Dog’s Purpose? Well, it..."

Jan. 27, 2017 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Black Nativity
Kasi Lemmons’ adaptation of this Langston Hughes work is a muddled church-time reverie.
"...the unfolding familial drama. In fact, it stops the movie dead in its tracks. Even the poetic vision of..."

Nov. 29, 2013 Movie Review by Steve Davis

The Blue Butterfly
The Hallmark homilies are all there in this family-friendly feature about a cancer-stricken 10-year-old searching for the elusive morpho butterfly, but when the principals arrive in rainforest country, the film shifts gears and begins to breathe.
" film starts in the vein of a TV Movie of the Week, quickly establishing Kid With Cancer –..."

Feb. 10, 2006 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Bollywood romance glosses over the cultural ramifications of marriage and adultery, but is heavy on the music and melodramatics.
"...which has tentative plans to bring in more Indian movies in the future). Bewafaa (Unfaithful), is a lengthy romantic..."

March 4, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Akeelah and the Bee
This story about a girl from the ghetto who wins the national spelling bee has lofty if sometimes unfulfilled goals, but is a rewarding tale nevertheless.
"...the film, Ashley says her life is like a movie: She struggles and she overcomes. Akeelah and the Bee..."

April 28, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

The Vanishing
"...A few years ago there was this haunting Dutch movie about a woman who vanishes from a crowded highway..."

Feb. 5, 1993 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Mrs. Doubtfire
In order to spend more time with his kids, a divorced dad dons drag and plays nanny.
"...complete with body suit and latex mask. A thinking moviegoer might suspect Daniel is initially a jerk so Mrs...."

Nov. 26, 1993 Movie Review by Robert Faires

Battle of the Sexes
Billie Jean King takes on Bobby Riggs
", the shock of King’s naked vulnerability is the movie’s defining moment...."

Sept. 29, 2017 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Because I Said So
With a lazy, cliché, and rabid plot and paper-thin character development, this comedy's idea of fun involves the intergenerational discussion of orgasms.
"...Milly (Moore). So she does what any over-the-top meddling movie mom would do and places a personal ad, which..."

Feb. 2, 2007 Movie Review by Toddy Burton

About Last Night
Sexual perversity is released with gleeful abandon in this second film outing for Mamet's 40-year-old play.
"...come with cohabitation. There are two different tracks of movies traveling in parallel here – a broad sex comedy..."

Feb. 14, 2014 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Christmas in the Clouds
This Native American romantic comedy, which won the Audience Award at the 2001 Austin Film Festival, arrives in theatres four years late but seasonally right on time.
"...only a real grump could deny. This is a Hallmark movie with high production values – and so what?..."

Dec. 2, 2005 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

From Hell
" opium den, his oily, languid face the very hallmark of debauch. Little other information is given -- he's..."

Oct. 19, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Fantastic Fest 2015: Anomalisa
Charlie Kaufman measures the weight of human consciousness
"...visual characteristic of Anomalisa – never interferes with the movie’s distinctive narrative characteristic: There is no mistaking Anomalisa for..."

Sept. 28, 2015 Screens Post by Marjorie Baumgarten

Animation Revelation
Charging toward a movie, TV, or computer screen near you: HorseBack Salad Entertainment
"...Comedy is a hallmark of both HBS's four-man team and their work, the..."

Nov. 21, 2003 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

George Ensle
'Small Town Sundown'
"...Subtitled A Movie in Song, George Ensle here tells the tale of..."

July 13, 2012 Music Feature by Jim Caligiuri

Our readers talk back.
"...Shut Up and Watch the Movie!..."

July 2, 2004 Column

Mother's Little Monster
Lynne Ramsay and Tilda Swinton on the complexities of their Columbine-inspired collaboration
"...Swinton has also been featured in many popular American movies, appearing as the White Witch in The Chronicles of..."

Feb. 3, 2012 Screens Feature by Marjorie Baumgarten

Happy Death Day 2U
Comedy-horror sequel is less Halloween, more Groundhog Day
"...dialogue is clingy and cliched, the stuff of a Hallmark card. Yet, it’s not wholly ineffective; I was rolling..."

Feb. 15, 2019 Movie Review by Danielle White

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