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Hotel Artemis
A bleak but stylish future, where only criminals can afford healthcare
"...stripped-down era of action movies in which a good idea was a sufficient platform on which to drape fine..."

June 8, 2018 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Unexpected remake of the Eighties' most questionable rom-com
"...her hit TV series Mom) sounds like a good idea, but the partnership sparks only a tepid chemical reaction...."

May 11, 2018 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Israeli drama brings offbeat levity to anti-war narrative.
"...same place they started. That should give you some idea of the themes the film traffics in. Moaz has..."

April 6, 2018 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Sardonic coming-of-age comedy never really matures.
" up. Even though fellatio and extortion are Erica’s idea of fun, she keeps a record of her “earnings”..."

March 23, 2018 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Strangers: Prey at Night
Home invasion classic becomes a franchise.
"...trailer community overseen by Cindy’s aunt and uncle. Bad idea. Those masked spooksters who committed the home invasion in..."

March 16, 2018 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Death Wish
Bruce Willis picks up where Charles Bronson left off.
"...Why did anyone think it was a good idea to remake Michael Winner’s film vigilantism classic Death Wish?..."

March 9, 2018 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Father Figures
On a road to nowhere with Ed Helms and Owen Wilson
"...a literal pissing match with a 6-year-old is your idea of humor, then here’s your Christmas gift...."

Dec. 29, 2017 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Infinity Baby
Babies (young and old) who can't grow up
"...for these ageless tykes for consumers who want the idea of being a parent without the responsibility of actually..."

Sept. 15, 2017 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Wish Upon
A music box leads to deadly wish fulfillment
" return. Unfortunately, the filmmakers here have no earthly idea how to execute this nifty supernatural conceit (Barbara Marshall’s..."

July 14, 2017 Movie Review by Steve Davis

The Wedding Plan
A rom-com with a twist
"...her eye). The Wedding Plan will be no one’s idea of a Western rom-com starring a sexy Hollywood ingenue,..."

June 2, 2017 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Promise
The Armenian Genocide as seen through a love triangle
" – is a respectable offering. Even if the idea of giving focus to a romantic triangle as the..."

April 21, 2017 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Luv Doc: A Success Story
You can't hold her hand all the way to the altar, and it would be a terrible idea if you did
" the altar, and it would be a terrible idea if you did. At some point, she is going..."

Sept. 30, 2016 Column by The Luv Doc

Connecting More Than Dots With Cloud Tree Artist Brian David Johnson
Wood and resin beautifully encode philosophies in this new solo show
"...“There’s an idea I’ve been exploring for the last few years,” says..."

Sept. 13, 2016 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
Edina and Patsy hit the big screen with mixed results
"...Can we talk? Was it really such a good idea to inflate the brilliant British comedy of bad manners..."

July 22, 2016 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Mad Tiger
The ups and downs of Japanese punk band Peelander-Z
"...appears to be ripe with backstage drama and the idea of moving on, or perhaps to the squares, “growing..."

May 20, 2016 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Busco Novio Para Mi Mujer
Mexican romantic comedy fails to seduce
"...a Boyfriend for My Wife is a patently bad idea, no matter the language...."

Feb. 26, 2016 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

He Named Me Malala
Doc about the famous champion of girls' eduction, Malala Yousafzai
"...profile than a marketing tool. Certainly, marketing the insidious idea of equal education for girls throughout the world is..."

Oct. 9, 2015 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

American Ultra
This stoner action rom-com stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart
"...telegraphed early on. What kicked off as a bong-on idea for a tale of two tokers in love and..."

Aug. 21, 2015 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Lambert & Stamp
Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp were two would-be filmmakers who wound up managing the Who
"...Wave who, in postwar London, struck upon the ingenious idea of shooting footage of London’s “grotty” underground mod scene..."

May 15, 2015 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Goodbye to Language
Jean-Luc Godard makes his best film in years – and in 3-D, no less.
"...a few seconds long. If this sounds like your idea of hell, I’m not about to convince you otherwise,..."

Feb. 6, 2015 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Jupiter Ascending
The Wachowskis' space opera starring Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum is a visual dazzler but a narrative splice-and-dice.
"...for greater things, although how “great,” she has no idea. As it happens, she’s the reincarnation – “recurrence” in..."

Feb. 6, 2015 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Although it's dramatically uneven, this film is a commendable historical drama about Martin Luther King Jr. that sidesteps the common pitfalls of adulatory biopics.
"...Most revealing in Selma is its demonstration of the idea that the strategy of nonviolent protest cannot exist in..."

Jan. 9, 2015 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The performances by Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo anchor this drama, which nearly sinks from its weightiness.
"...ultimately an unsatisfying experience, largely because you have no idea what to make of it. Is it a commentary..."

Dec. 19, 2014 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Top Five
Chris Rock is on a roll with this funny yet pointed comedy, which he wrote and directed, and also stars in.
"...America these days, people pay lip service to the idea of conducting open and honest conversations about race. Due..."

Dec. 12, 2014 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Horrible Bosses 2
Common work-related frustrations erupt into a fitfully funny wish-fulfillment comedy.
"...average Joes everywhere, Horrible Bosses 2 seizes upon the idea of being one’s own boss at any cost and..."

Nov. 28, 2014 Movie Review by William Goss

Dear White People
This idea-packed comedy pokes holes in the notion of a post-racial America.
"...shatters all illusions of a post-racial America with this idea-packed comedy that pokes face value in the eye. This..."

Oct. 24, 2014 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Based on a book by Trainspotting's Irvine Welsh, this film keeps close company with a nihilistic character, but unwisely pulls its punches.
"...ways, disregarding police protocol, and, well, you get the idea...."

June 6, 2014 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Blue Ruin
Writer, director, and cinematographer Jeremy Saulnier colludes with actor Macon Blair to create an unusual spin on this revenge tale.
"...we witness his solitary routine, and we have no idea whether the man is merely eccentric, down on his..."

April 25, 2014 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Wally Phister, the Oscar-winning Inception lenser, takes the directing reins for this sci-fi puzzler that stars Johnny Depp.
"...engaging in either boring and/or incomprehensible acts. A bright idea, disappointingly dulled in the execution...."

April 18, 2014 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Final Member
An Icelandic museum of mammalian penises is documented while seeking its final member – a human specimen.
" farmer from California. He’s so enamored of the idea of his johnson being in a museum, that he..."

April 18, 2014 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

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