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Ladrones
Comic Mexican caper draws weight from its historical slant
"...constant motion. He should have another hit on his hands with Ladrones...."

Oct. 9, 2015 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Coming Home
Zhang Yimou's latest is a family drama set against the winds of history
"...would surely have been pure, grandiose schmaltz in lesser hands is instead achingly moving familial drama here. For a..."

Oct. 2, 2015 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Gift
Joel Edgerton moves to the director's chair for this white-knuckle suspenser
"...is one of the best directorial debuts in ages, hands down...."

Aug. 7, 2015 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Showing Black Lives Matter
Facing race then and now onstage in Pretty Fire and Hands Up Hoodies Down
"...Hands Up Hoodies Down is, as its title makes clear,..."

March 13, 2015 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The November Man
Pierce Brosnan stars in this spy thriller that's decently made, but lacks the sizzle of a 007 or Jason Bourne.
"...new spy thriller The November Man, but in the hands of seasoned pros at this kind of stuff –..."

Aug. 29, 2014 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2014: Live Action
Short films come in nice packages.
"...worse than death – sort of – by his hands. Director Esteban Crespo displays a deft hand while invoking..."

Feb. 7, 2014 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Labor Day
An escaped convict finds a family of sorts in this new drama by Jason Reitman.
"...Labor Day doesn’t just transcend its limitations; in the hands of Reitman and the cast, they become strengths...."

Jan. 31, 2014 Movie Review by Louis Black

I've Got Wendy Davis Nails
Nails Y'all's nail bling is making its way across the nation
"...Nails Y'all is the nail bling biz of local..."

July 4, 2013 Qmmunity Post by Kate X Messer

A Hijacking
This psychologically tense Danish drama about modern-day piracy doesn't cater to cliches or sentimentality.
"...amiable cook, Mikkel Hartmann (Asbæk), and the maritime company’s hands-on CEO, Peter Ludvigsen (Malling). Both actors are superb. At..."

June 28, 2013 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Jack the Giant Slayer
Despite a terrific cast, intelligent direction, and state-of-the-art special effects, this fairy tale's gigantic shoes remain unfilled.
"...from their hiding place and end up in the hands of a farm boy named Jack (Hoult), who trades..."

March 1, 2013 Movie Review by Louis Black

Snitch
A socially conscious action adventure that stars Dwayne Johnson, Snitch is an indictment of our federal minimum-punishment guidelines for drug offenses.
"...Matthews decides he must take matters into his own hands by finding and setting up a drug dealer of..."

Feb. 22, 2013 Movie Review by Louis Black

Portrait of Wally
UT film professor Andrew Shea’s documentary is an engrossing account of how this Egon Schiele painting changed hands over the years.
"...exhaustively detailed account of how Portrait of Wally changed hands over the decades. It started as the personal property..."

Sept. 7, 2012 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Hysteria
Good vibrations flow from this fictional story about the invention of the vibrator in Victorian England; Maggie Gyllenhaal stars.
"...down a job, which is how he finds his hands full with dissatisfied housewives in 1880s London. Having newly..."

June 15, 2012 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

CCA Considers Hank Skinner's Death-Case DNA Appeal
Should never-before evidence be tested for DNA?
"...girlfriend and her two sons is now in the hands of the Court of Criminal Appeals, which considered the..."

May 2, 2012 News Post by Jordan Smith

October Baby
This faith-based film soft-pedals the Christianity while playing to the anti-abortion faithful.
"...no one with the sin of abortion on their hands is actually forgiven. October Baby earns points for the..."

April 13, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Man on a Ledge
This semi-functional thriller tingles but never terrifies.
"...crime he didn't commit, takes matters into his own hands and onto the side of the Roosevelt Hotel. If..."

Jan. 27, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Adventures of Tintin
Steven Spielberg brings Hergé's comic books to animated life.
"...and you've got a huge holiday smash on your hands. What you don't have, however, is a great movie...."

Dec. 23, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Arthur Christmas
The folks at Aardman Animation, who gave us Wallace & Gromit, seve up an instant – and funny – holiday classic.
"...come up, you're in good, competent, and refreshingly funny hands. Arthur Christmas is an inspired take on the hoary..."

Nov. 25, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Buck
The real-life "horse whisperer," Dan "Buck" Brannaman, is the subject of this documentary that reveals how he derived his hard-won knowledge.
"...documentary features plenty of interviews with cowboys and ranch hands who've had their lives – and their horses' lives..."

June 24, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Step Up 3D
Not as exciting as the two previous installments, this new dance film is overwhelmed by the 3-D.
"...it's nifty enough to see dust particles swirling or hands swooshing at you, but mostly the 3-D muddles the..."

Aug. 6, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Jonah Hex
The disfigured Weird Western Tales antihero gets his own movie, which mixes elements of the Western and the supernatural.
"...the death of his wife and son at the hands of his former ranking officer, Quentin Turnbull (a ham-on-wry..."

June 25, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Boys Are Back
Clive Owen is a widower in Australia who learns to become a hands-on dad to his sons.
"...movie about a widower who learns to become a hands-on parent to his two young sons would be treacly..."

Oct. 2, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Fighting
This film is set amid the world of underground street fighting where the plays bob and weave for love and respect.
"...pitched against his shady past and pulverization at the hands of the brutal, uncaring present. That present includes rival..."

May 1, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Battle for Terra
An animated tale of a peace-loving race of creatures known as Terrians, who are invaded by alien humans.
"...as the Terrians, who face imminent extinction at the hands of murderous aliens from beyond the stars: mankind. Taking..."

May 1, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Informers
Bret Easton Ellis' collection of linked short stories are translated for the screen, but the result is less than zero.
"...yet anhedonic characters, then most likely throw up your hands (if not your lunch) trying to figure out why..."

April 24, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Ghost Town
A sweet, old-fashioned kind of picture content to burrow into the quiet spaces, where boring, ordinary adults live and fitfully try to love again. Oh, and occasionally talk to dead people.
"...Pincus discovers he can see dead people. But shaking hands with the reaper doesn’t make him any nicer; he..."

Sept. 19, 2008 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Surfer, Dude
Matthew McConaughey joins with the director of Hand on a Hard Body in this ode to near-naked bodies, weed, and surf-speak. Oh, and it's also a work of fiction.
"...Nordling, Sarah Wright, Scott Glenn and Willie Nelson. From Hands on a Hard Body to an 89-minute ogling of..."

Sept. 5, 2008 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Christmas Mountains Get Open(er)
GLO allowing access to remote property from Big Bend
"...acquiesce and arrange a sale or transfer to federal hands. As is, the ranch stays in state hands, but..."

April 10, 2008 News Post by Richard Whittaker

The Bank Job
When a gang of thieves break into some London safe-deposit boxes, they enter a world of police corruption, financial malfeasance, sexual degeneracy, political conspiracy, murder, torture, and upper-class salaciousness.
"...cold, hard realities of a life spent dipping your hands in other people’s pockets. Unlike the other great caper..."

March 7, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
Martin Lawrence is remarkably subdued in this story about a successful professional who returns home to rural Georgia and discovers that his family still makes him feel like a petulant teenager.
"...most boisterous, most scatological moments are left in the hands of other actors. They include Epps, who plays a..."

Feb. 8, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

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