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Over Her Dead Body
In this DOA romantic comedy, Eva Longoria Parker plays a ghost who haunts her former fiancé-to-be when it's time for him to move on.
"...advantage of being alive – and in the right hands it could have been something. Imagine what Rosalind Russell..."

Feb. 1, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

There Will Be Blood
This powerful character study and origin story is rooted in American soil.
"...might have imagined at the outset. His Plainview is, hands down, the most gripping film performance of the year,..."

Jan. 18, 2008 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Bobcats, Bears, and Boko
"...A friendly Baylor fan pulls out two tickets and hands them to us gratis. So we stalk the perimeter..."

Sept. 17, 2007 Sports Post by Joe O'Connell

Triad Election
When the time comes for an aging gangster godfather in Hong Kong to step down, a bloody battle for control ensues in this vivid story about thug life.
"...overhead camerawork, romantic montages of boxing and men shaking hands. There’s also a certain amount of English-language karaoke, including..."

Aug. 3, 2007 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

I'm Reed Fish
The ultimate indie self-indulgence, this film (with a script by Reed Fish) is weighed down in its own coming-of-age angst.
"...anticipation of another narrative interruption. Perhaps in more experienced hands, this self-reflection could achieve insight, but as director Adler’s..."

June 8, 2007 Movie Review by Toddy Burton

Lucky You
This romantic drama is set against a Las Vegas background and stars Eric Bana and Drew Barrymore, but it rolls snake eyes all the way.
"...so he can start all over again. In between hands, he speaks in inspirational poker platitudes that would make..."

May 11, 2007 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

The Namesake
Mira Nair's complex meditation on family, relationships, and identity traces the saga of two generations of an Indian-American family, as outlined in Jhumpa Lahiri's bestselling novel.
"...under Nair’s intimate and bold direction, we’re in good hands. When the beautiful Ashima first arrives in New York..."

March 30, 2007 Movie Review by Toddy Burton

Volver
No working male director loves the community of women more than Almodóvar, and Volver is his ode of love to women’s congress and fortitude.
"...visual palette lends a brightness to what in other hands might have taken the form of a sordid tale...."

Jan. 12, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Freedom Writers
Although based on a true story, this is another movie in which the cute white lady goes into an irascible high school and makes everybody love learnin'.
"...High School is true. Yet when placed in the hands of writer/director LaGravenese, it becomes indistinguishable from what my..."

Jan. 5, 2007 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Barnyard: The Original Party Animals
Yet another computer-animated film about talking animals offers a fine message for the kids, but little originality.
"...rebellious children take heed: Otis' father dies at the hands of murderous coyotes soon after his son ignores the..."

Aug. 4, 2006 Movie Review by Brian Clark

The Celestine Prophecy
The New Age metaphysics-cum-pulp thriller novel is now a movie.
"...tough to convey onscreen, and near impossible in the hands of wooden actors (many of whom hail from television,..."

May 12, 2006 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

One Last Thing …
A 16-year-old with terminal cancer just wants to have sex before dying in this sweet, if overly earnest feature.
"...– Disease-of-the-Week and Poppin’ the Cherry – meet, shake hands, and mostly play nice in this sweet, if overly..."

May 5, 2006 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

16 Blocks
Richard Donner still has it. 16 Blocks may be a formulaic good-cops/bad-cops actioner, but it’s rarely stereotypical.
"...good-cops/bad-cops actioner, but it’s rarely stereotypical. In another director’s hands, this yarn about a battle fatigued NYPD detective (Willis,..."

March 3, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Hostel
In this horror film, three backpackers check in to the wrong hostel where, unbeknownst to them, very bad things happen from dusk till dawn.
"...to our boorish antiheroes when they finally get their hands on "the good stuff." And to top it all..."

Jan. 13, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Rumor Has It ...
Fans of The Graduate should skip this strange comedy, which posits that the real-life inspiration for counterculture icon Benjamin Braddock grew up to be a cheesy, brainless high tech zillionaire doing yoga and driving a Mercedes around Half Moon Bay.
"...fluffy farce, which is probably a mistake. In the hands of a more innovative director, we’d be invited to..."

Dec. 30, 2005 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Secuestro Express
This Venezuelan film about the kidnappings that are endemic in Caracas bursts with stylish technique and gruesome tension.
"...of the torments Carla and Martin suffer at the hands of their kidnappers. It’s gruesome stuff, and all the..."

Oct. 21, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Palindromes
Nominally the story of a 13-year-old girl who longs for a baby, Todd Solondz's latest is provocative, wicked, even bleakly funny, and ultimately empty.
"...every carefully tended shrubbery, wait until he gets his hands on the Midwest. The scenes with Mama Sunshine’s gimpy..."

May 6, 2005 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Cursed
The latest from the Scream team hardly merits a weak yelp.
"...werewolf and promptly begin sprouting pentagrams on their right hands, while leaking wolfy pheromones all over the place. Über-nerd..."

March 4, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Boogeyman
Don't go into the closet.
"...and a penchant for underlighting sets, which, in the hands of a more skillful team might work dreadful wonders..."

Feb. 11, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Forgotten
Julianne Moore is out of her mind with grief – or is she just out of her mind?
"...existential dread and distinctly modern anxieties. But in the hands of rote thriller director Joseph Ruben (Sleeping With the..."

Sept. 24, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Love is never having to say "I erased you."
"...big issues regarding memory and identity – is the hands-down winner. Eternal Sunshine tells the story of the beginning..."

March 19, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The School of Rock
In Linklater's studio-financed comedy hit, Jack Black brings his rock & roll vibe to riff-needy prep students.
"...bag and all over the audience. And in the hands of almost anyone else, it might not have worked...."

Oct. 3, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large
The City Council takes a hard look at the budget crisis -- and blinks.
"...this again next year. But instead of dirtying its hands making the actual policy changes that will translate into..."

Sept. 12, 2003 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Respiro
It's the story of a wife and mother living on a Sicilian island, who is prone to increasingly bizarre behavior, and the family who must cope with her.
"...Pasquale (Casisa) who finally takes matters into his own hands and goes to the grand lengths to hide his..."

July 25, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Eye
"...thriller puts a stylish new spin on the old Hands of Orlac horror motif: transplanted body parts causing havoc..."

June 27, 2003 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Bruce Almighty
"...actors of color). God needs a vacation, so he hands the reins over to Bruce, who frankly doesn't deserve..."

May 23, 2003 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

House of 1000 Corpses
"...fan with too much time (and money) on his hands, eagerly awaited but best forgotten...."

April 18, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

May
"...Bad advice. As an adult, May’s attraction to the hands of one person, the neck of another, and the..."

Feb. 7, 2003 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Alias Betty
"...seem fair. Based on Ruth Rendall's The Tree of Hands, Alias Betty is told in a sketchy fashion that..."

Dec. 27, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Gangs of New York
The Lower East Side gang wars of the 1860s are brought to life by Scorsese.
"...avenge his father's death 16 years earlier at the hands of Bill the Butcher (Day-Lewis), the barbarous leader of..."

Dec. 20, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

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