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Nymphomaniac: Volume 2
Second verse, not as good as the first.
"...than before. If Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 was von Trier’s idea of foreplay, then rest assured Volume 2 could end..."

April 4, 2014 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Wind Rises (English dubbed)
The swan song of master animator Hayao Miyazaki appeals to the head and heart.
"...person, Jiro Horikoshi, a young boy entranced by the idea of flight who grew up to be the man..."

Feb. 28, 2014 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Her
In the near future, Theodore upgrades his operating system and subsequently falls in love; Spike Jonze conceives the romance, Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlet Johansson sell it.
"...and experience, she rapidly evolves and tangles with the idea of her own personhood. Also: She and Theodore start..."

Jan. 10, 2014 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Dallas Buyers Club
Matthew McConaughey gives a searing performance in this true-life story set in the early years of the AIDS epidemic.
"...Mexican drugs across the border and seizes on the idea of a buyers club to redistribute the drugs to..."

Nov. 15, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

'Words Become Actions'
Austinites protest Jimmy Kimmel Show’s hate speech
"...Table” skit suggested that it might be a good idea to “Kill everyone in China.”..."

Nov. 12, 2013 News Post by Manzhi Wu

Fill the Void
In this fascinating Israeli film set within a community of ultra-Orthodox Jews, a young woman grapples with whether to marry her dead sister's husband.
"...keep what’s left of her family together. Gradually, the idea forms within Rivka and the community that Shira and..."

July 19, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Monsters University
This sequel is a prequel about the school days of the future Monsters, Inc. employees, Sulley and Mike.
"...Remember the nifty idea behind Monsters, Inc., wherein the city of Monstropolis was..."

June 21, 2013 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Iceman
Michael Shannon stars as a contract killer with a double life.
"...also a devoted family man, his family having no idea of his professional life...."

May 17, 2013 Movie Review by Louis Black

Starbuck
A sperm donor learns 20 years after the fact that he is the father of 533 children in this mild, French-Canadian comedy.
"...What begins as a cute idea grows annoyingly sentimental before it is through. David Wozniak..."

April 19, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

G.I. Joe: Retaliation
This overflowing action stew is loaded to the brim with half-formed ideas, action stereotypes, and hints of characters.
"...overflowing action stew loaded to the brim with half-formed ideas, action stereotypes, and hints of characters. There is no..."

April 5, 2013 Movie Review by Louis Black

Wrong
Quentin Dupieux, the director of Rubber, is back with another film brimming with encounters with the bizarre and surreal.
"...Dupieux’s Wrong, a Drafthouse Films release predicated on the idea that willful weirdness equals high surrealism. Having enjoyed Dupieux’s..."

March 29, 2013 Movie Review by Leah Churner

Movie 43
This raunchy collection of short films drew A-list talent behind and in front of the camera.
"...a twitchy screenwriter pitching each short as a screenplay idea to studio exec Greg Kinnear...."

Feb. 1, 2013 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

This Is 40
Growing old gracefully is not an option in Judd Apatow's world.
"...after turning 40. Is happiness a choice? It’s an idea worth exploring, but writer/director Judd Apatow isn’t exactly laserlike..."

Dec. 21, 2012 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Killing Them Softly
Some great performances punctuate the odd pacing in this adapatation of George V. Higgins' Cogan's Trade, set within the criminal underworld.
"...Orleans provide an Anywasteland, USA, vibe that enhances the idea of Killing Them Softly as a metaphor for the..."

Nov. 30, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Red Dawn
This remake's inspiration comes more from Call of Duty and other first-person-shooter games, rather than the 1984 original.
"...Movie remakes are rarely a good idea (at least from an artistic point of view, although..."

Nov. 23, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

ATX Television Festival Launches Pitch Competition
Clock's ticking: You've got 90 seconds to sell a TV show
"...suddenly you've only got seven floors to sell your idea and kickstart a career. No, the ATX Television Festival..."

Nov. 2, 2012 Screens Post by Kimberley Jones

SXSW Eco: Beyond the Burlap Bag
Environmentalists ponder how to mainstream eco-culture
"...Eco conference, it’s what burlap bags represent – the idea that green means scratchy, dull, substandard, or just plain..."

Oct. 10, 2012 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Hotel Transylvania
There's no need to put a stake in the heart of this animated film full of familiar monsters; it's already deadly dull.
"...relationship as the linchpin might've seemed like a good idea on paper, but onscreen Hotel Transylvania is as generically..."

Sept. 28, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Last Ride
The last few days in the life of Hank Williams are portrayed in this plausible film re-creation.
"...who has never left the state and has no idea who his famous passenger is. All he knows is..."

Aug. 31, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Chernobyl Diaries
When adventuresome tourists visit the town that housed most of the workers at the Chernobyl nuclear plant, they discover they are not alone.
"...it melted down in 1986, seems like an inspired idea. Although the surrounding area is a mecca for "extreme"..."

June 1, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

A Thousand Words
Eddie Murphy plays a truth-challenged literary agent who learns his lesson when a bizarre set of circumstances allow him to utter only 1,000 words before dying.
"...a thousand words, then it’s curtains for Jack. The idea of Murphy, that famously motormouthed actor, suddenly tongue-tied is..."

March 16, 2012 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Act of Valor
Navy SEALs conduct a rescue mission in this film that employed actual soldiers and their experiences in its making.
"...the lead roles must have sounded like a good idea in the film’s planning stages, but there is a..."

March 2, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Darkest Hour
Five young people lead the advance against an alien attack in Moscow.
"...with a blackout – of power, information, and any idea what exactly is going on (shades of the immediate..."

Dec. 30, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Ra.One
In this Bollywood film, a video-game character comes to life and causes lots of destruction.
"...Bollywood action comedy, this film is predicated on the idea of a video-game character coming to life and causing..."

Nov. 4, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Paranormal Activity 3
Turns out that the third time is the charm: This one delivers the jolts with subtlety and brio.
"...and Schulman, Paranormal Activity 3 is still no one's idea of a classic horror film, but it delivers the..."

Oct. 21, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Way
Emilio Estevez directs this film about a spiritual pilgrimage, which stars his father Martin Sheen.
"...into a kind of movie-friendly pack of strays whose idea of a bon camino involves lots of laughter and..."

Oct. 14, 2011 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Life, Above All
In this South African drama, a township overcomes its fear of AIDS by the example of a courageous young girl.
"...diminish the emotional impact of Manyaka's performance and the idea that courage can be infectious, too...."

Sept. 23, 2011 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Attack the Block
Smart, quick, funny, and economical, Attack the Block is an alien-invasion movie that's a breed apart.
"...a London housing project, the film turns on the idea that its young hoodlum protagonists can also become the..."

July 29, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Horrible Bosses
While this comedy aims for new nadirs in raunchiness, the rest of its humor coasts on obvious gags and recycled jokes.
"...commiserate about their troubles, which is where their half-baked idea of killing their bosses is hatched. They are three..."

July 8, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

X-Men: First Class
The origins of the bad blood among Marvel's mutants is explored in this new film from the franchise.
"...overfamiliar plot points – humans fearful of mutants, the idea of forced identification of mutants, a mad genius recruiting..."

June 10, 2011 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

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