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"...Six tracks from Kydd Jones' The Sounds in My Head Pt. 2 deserve regular..."

June 22, 2012 Music Review by Chase Hoffberger

Friends With Benefits
This Mila Kunis/Justin Timberlake rom-com is smart enough to decry Hollywood’s romantic clichés but never savvy enough to truly subvert them.
"...romantic comedy starring an unbilled Jason Segel and Rashida Jones – only highlights Friends With Benefits’ chief frustration: that..."

July 22, 2011 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire
Much like the title character Precious, this rough-hewn movie overcomes the unlikely odds for its success.
"...the American mythmaking machinery loves to love. Claireece Precious Jones (Sidibe) is known by her middle name, a name..."

Nov. 20, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Confessions of a Shopaholic
Profligate spending may be out of step with the times, but don't short-sell the comic charms of Isla Fisher.
"...appears to be an immaculate conception born of Bridget Jones and the ladies from Sex and the City. Many..."

Feb. 20, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Nim's Island
This girls adventure story that stars Abigail Breslin, Jodie Foster, and Gerard Butler bears the reminder that we should all be the heroes of our own life stories.
"...of her imaginary alter ego, Alex Rover (an Indiana Jones-type fellow who is also incarnated by Butler). Contemporary in..."

April 4, 2008 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!
Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, and Carol Burnett provide just-right voices for these Seussian characters who offer the perfect antidote to the injustices experienced in childhood.
"...never seen anything much wrong with the animated Chuck Jones version of this Seuss tale, made for TV in..."

March 14, 2008 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Perfect Storm of Wingnuttery
Ron Paul and Alex Jones: Together again for the first time.
"...for Ron Paul supporter and conspiracy theorist entrepreneur Alex Jones.Which makes perfect sense when you thing about it. As..."

Nov. 21, 2007 News Post by Wells Dunbar

Writing Rawks!
Sitting in on Writing, Better.
"...included Greg Storey Principal/Creative Dir, Airbag Industries LLC, Bronwyn Jones from Apple Computer, Happy cog editor Erin Kissane, and..."

March 10, 2007 SXSW Post by Belinda Acosta

Everyone's Hero
Everyone's Hero displays its heart firmly on its sleeve as the pedestrian animation celebrates the pursuit of one's dreams.
"...little in the way of entertainment. A few Chuck Jones-inspired sequences of slapstick bring some much-needed energy in the..."

Sept. 22, 2006 Movie Review by Brian Clark

Metal: A Headbanger's Journey
Lots of information and finely honed arguments characterize this vicariously thrilling and joyous documentary that explores heavy metal’s many permutations and sheer endurance over the past 30-odd years.
"...in search of answers like some scrawny, long-haired Indiana Jones. What he discovers will likely come as no surprise..."

March 24, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

This Land Is Your Land
This muckraking populist grab bag of a film isn't so much a documentary as it is a harried piece of grassroots agitprop.
"...can yet foresee) despite its too-lengthy litany of Mother Jones-ian woes. On the one hand is straight-shootin' purebred populist..."

Feb. 3, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Something New
Think Bridget Jones' lovelorn but marriage-obsessed single woman, only make her a neat-freak, not a basket case, and a comely African-American, not a plumpish, pasty Brit in this genre-tweaking romantic comedy.
"...least familiar, with its easy-bake romantic-comedy trappings. Think Bridget Jones' lovelorn but marriage-obsessed single woman, only make her a..."

Feb. 3, 2006 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Howl's Moving Castle
The latest from animation master Hayao Miyazaki is ravishingly beautiful but narratively inferior to all his other films.
"...feels as if the story, adapted from Diana Wynne Jones’ novel, is merely a contrivance from which to dangle..."

June 17, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Kung Fu Hustle
Stephen Chow's chop-socky offering is a manic, hyperentertaining blend of classic kung-fu tropes, special effects, and outrageous comedy.
"...have all year: part chop-socky battle royale, part Chuck Jones-and-Buster Keaton-inspired gonzo romantic comedy, and part MGM musical run..."

April 22, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Sahara
Based on the popular Clive Cussler book, Sahara may be asinine, but it’s also goofy, good fun.
"...serials that plateaus before it manages anything approaching Indiana Jones’ rugged charm. McConaughey, miscast though Cussler may believe him..."

April 8, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Wedding Date
Inexplicable Fantasy Romances for the Harried Modern Gal 101 is a more fitting title for this shameless mediocrity.
"...Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, and Bridget Jones's Diary, any one of which has an easier way..."

Feb. 4, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Hidalgo
Old-time adventure in which both man and steed look good.
"...Pony Express rider, reminds us of a saddle-savvy Indiana Jones with his dark, rugged features and long leather duster...."

March 5, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra
An affectionate parody of 1950s sci-fi movies, The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra spoofs ’til it poops out.
"...plus side, the crisp black-and-white photography (courtesy of Kevin Jones) flawlessly matches that of its Fifties-era real-life counterparts, and..."

Feb. 20, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Some Came Running
"...is Some Came Running, a film adaptation of James Jones’ novel (the first to be published since his bestseller..."

July 15, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Tuvalu
"...and Sergei Eisenstein, or of Jean Vigo and Chuck Jones -- Delicatessen by way of Metropolis and Ubu Roi...."

March 1, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
"...Lara Croft, a British-born, gun-toting heroine in the Indiana Jones-meets-James Bond mold. The Croft character has risen to unparalleled..."

June 15, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Mummy
"...all that by turning the franchise into an Indiana Jones-style period adventure piece, and while this version suffers from..."

May 7, 1999 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Why Do Fools Fall in Love
"...credit is due to the actors too. Tate (love jones, Menace II Society) is close to Academy Award territory..."

Aug. 28, 1998 Movie Review by Russell Smith

Def Jam's How to Be a Player
"...recent African-American romantic comedies (see also Booty Call, love jones, and Sprung), Martin's film extends the venerable traditions of..."

Aug. 15, 1997 Movie Review by Russell Smith

Cats Don't Dance
"...characters recalls the cartoon work of the great Chuck Jones -- these are funny animals we can feel for...."

April 4, 1997 Movie Review by Robert Faires

"The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb"
"...a musical score by former Led Zepper John Paul Jones, and gorgeous, wrenching animation. Also billed with Tom Thumb..."

April 7, 1995 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Jerky Boys
"...Bartel and Ozzy Osbourne make cameo appearances, and Tom Jones even performs on stage. The soundtrack features lots of..."

Feb. 10, 1995 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Radioland Murders
"...on real radio acts: Buck Rogers, the Shadow, Spike Jones, etc. But on top of this Lucas also attempts..."

Oct. 28, 1994 Movie Review by Robert Faires

Love and Death in Saigon
"...along the lines of the opening to Lucas' Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade where we caught young Indy..."

June 10, 1994 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Meteor Man
"...best intentions. It is nice to see James Earl Jones in a foot-high Kid N Play fade, though...."

Aug. 13, 1993 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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