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Sicko
Professional gadfly Michael Moore alights on the topic of the shortcomings of the American health-care system, and crafts his most widely accessible film to date.
"...resounding blow against Americans’ culturally ingrained resistance to the idea of socialized medicine. He does this not in his..."

June 29, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Bug
The Exorcist's William Friedkin directs this psychological thriller that never really gets under your skin.
"...you’ve been led to believe it is. Sure, the idea of microscopic vermin burrowing into the bodies of lovers..."

June 1, 2007 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Mr. Brooks
Serial killers are a dime a dozen in this often beguiling but essentially ludicrous movie that stars Kevin Costner in an unconventional role.
"...beguiling but essentially ludicrous movie that flirts with the idea that the urge to kill is just another one..."

June 1, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters
Absurdist non sequiturs and deadpan pauses emanate from an animated milkshake, a box of french fries, and a ball of ground beef.
"...name. And in all honesty, I have no real idea what it’s about, though I was able to piece..."

April 13, 2007 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Blades of Glory
This ice-skating comedy demonstrates that just because Will Ferrell is game for anything that might draw a laugh, it doesn't mean he should follow through with every idea that comes his way.
"...comedian and leading (funny)man should follow through with every idea that comes his way. Blades of Glory, although mildly..."

March 30, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Academy Award-Nominated Live Action Shorts 2006
And the Oscar goes to … see the five nominees and judge for yourself.
"...for the other Spanish film "Binta and the Great Idea," are mordant tales capped by tables-turned endings reflective of..."

Feb. 16, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Wal-Mart Belongs on Freeways
"...on a freeway or frontage road is a bad idea, because it's bad for pedestrian traffic...."

Dec. 21, 2006 News Post by Wells Dunbar

School for Scoundrels
Although it stars Billy Bob Thornton and Napoleon Dynamite's Jon Heder and is jam-packed with multitalented comedians and stars, School for Scoundrels is just not funny.
"...But in this sleepwalking turn, he clearly has no idea why he’s in this movie and is as eager..."

Sept. 29, 2006 Movie Review by Toddy Burton

Time to Leave
This oddly dispassionate film about a young man dying of cancer is the French antidote to those Hollywood weepies in which the heroine courageously faces her own mortality with every hair in place.
"...is masochistic – he seems to perversely relish the idea of dying alone. For him, an untimely death is..."

Sept. 22, 2006 Movie Review by Steve Davis

How To Eat Fried Worms
This kids movie, which was filmed in Austin, is not as wormy as it sounds.
"...Thomas Cavanagh, Kimberly Williams and Andrea Martin. Doubtless the idea of watching people eat worms for more than an..."

Aug. 25, 2006 Movie Review by Toddy Burton

An Inconvenient Truth
Al Gore’s zeal for spreading knowledge about global warming is inspiring and this documentary about his efforts also showcases the new, improved Gore.
"...science’s ability to change our thinking. The most potent idea he puts forth is that “in America, political will..."

June 2, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Passing Show
This rock documentary about musician Ronnie Lane can be described in one word (or is it three?): Ooh la la.
"...did buy a countryside home where he hatched the idea for the Passing Show, a vagabond entertainment troupe that..."

March 31, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Failure to Launch
This date movie is dude-friendly by design, but all its attention to hairdos and cute outfits does not make up for its lack of romantic spark.
"...appeal for both genders), it’s actually quite a good idea for a light comedy about love and family relationships..."

March 10, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

All That I Need
Movies this bad don’t often get released anymore, a circumstance that instantly raises the curiosity factor of All That I Need.
"...whether All That I Need is some reformed sinner’s idea of a community-service penance. The ultimate meaningless lesson in..."

Dec. 2, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Saw II
With nary a decent, connective character in sight, this nasty sequel quickly becomes little more than a strenuous battle for survival among the already damned.
"...outright sadism and dancing dangerously close to having no idea in its grimy head other than how best to..."

Oct. 28, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

In Her Shoes
Even if these Shoes are not perfectly stitched, the fit is nevertheless comfortable and the look is polished.
"...feels as though the film is clobbering home the idea of the women as each other’s complement, but even..."

Oct. 7, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Serenity
Joss Whedon’s Western/sci-fi hybrid (which was canceled from TV but greenlighted for the movies) evinces the kind of swashbuckling bonhomie that made so many of us fall in love with the original Star Wars films.
"...dollars – kept if not the series then the idea of Firefly alive, which was enough to convince Universal..."

Sept. 30, 2005 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Perfect Man
Less a feature film than 90 minutes of tweenage feminine wish fulfillment, The Perfect Man is like Teen People come to life.
"...improvement over single motherhood. The movie insists on this idea so strenuously as its ostensibly comic premise that it..."

June 17, 2005 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Brothers
This psychological drama from Denmark is interesting and well-performed, but it's no Cain and Abel.
"...minus the psychology, and is based on a story idea by Danish director Bier and a screenplay by Anders..."

June 3, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Schultze Gets the Blues
The life of a retired German miner and accordion player is spurred toward change by the sound of zydeco music.
"...on the viewer. Schultze, the character, remains more an idea or concept than a fleshed-out human being. What Schultze..."

March 25, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation 2005
Spike & Mike has always been a hit-or-miss program, and this year is no different, with a few genuinely brilliant pieces surrounded by examples of puerile fun and juvenile humor.
"...game parody "Baby Hunter" feels less like a comic idea than a demo reel (never a good thing), while..."

Jan. 28, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

A Day Without a Mexican
What if Californians awoke one day to discover that all the Mexicans in the state had mysteriously vanished overnight?
"...force – both legal and illegal? The filmmakers’ great idea, however, is undone by an unimaginative screenplay, weak acting,..."

Sept. 24, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Paparazzi
A vicious revenge fantasy produced by Mel Gibson, the Passionate filmmaker who last partnered with that turn-the-other-cheek fellow.
"...the brainchild of producer Mel Gibson, who hatched the idea while sharing paparazzi horror stories with some of his..."

Sept. 10, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Open Water
Is it wrong to root for the sharks?
"...of nowhere. It’s hard to argue with a high-concept idea like that – the dread of being left behind,..."

Aug. 20, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Return
A long-absent father returns to his family in this prize-winning Russian drama, and for his two young sons the unexplained reason for his return is as mysterious as his absence.
"...either dead or hibernating or nonexistent). This is nobody's idea of a happy family story, but it is a..."

June 18, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Dawn of the Dead
It's hard to keep a good zombie down.
"...with a classic is rarely, if ever, a wise idea, and when it comes to genre films such as..."

March 26, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Singing Detective
Robert Downey Jr. plays Dennis Potter's afflicted writer, who imagines a film noir musical to escape his misery.
"...movie perpetually feels as if it were a good idea that was never fully thought through. The film’s casting..."

Dec. 5, 2003 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Texas hills are again alive with the sound of chainsaws.
"...the time, which may have sounded like a good idea at the pitch meeting, but ultimately isn’t...."

Oct. 17, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Rivers and Tides
Andy Goldsworthy's art of the ephemeral in nature is granted permanence in this feature documentary.
"...themselves are hugely artistic. Rivers and Tides takes that idea and explodes it: both capturing the artistic process and..."

Sept. 19, 2003 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Versus
"...in this yakuza zombie movie, but, honestly, shouldn’t the idea of yakuza zombies be enough to tantalize the senses?..."

July 11, 2003 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

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