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Indie drama shot with an iPhone provides a riveting take on two transgender BFFs
"...Tangerine’s greatest accomplishment, however, lies with director Baker, who filmed the movie using an..."

July 24, 2015 Movie Review by Steve Davis

A cult deprogrammer needs some mental floss of his own.
" the leading role. Blame it on Orser. Faults lies entirely with this underrated character actor...."

March 6, 2015 Movie Review by Steve Davis

A Most Violent Year
Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain anchor this simmering drama set in the semi-lawless New York City of 1981.
"...struggles, the limits of the American Dream, and the lies we tell ourselves to reconcile reality with a preferred..."

Jan. 23, 2015 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Low Down
John Hawkes plays junkie jazz musician Joe Albany in this film based on his daughter's memoirs.
"...and it is a memorably bleak treatise on the lies we tell ourselves in order to love the beautiful..."

Nov. 14, 2014 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Vampire Academy
This month's flavor in the teen vampire continuum.
"...fill two Underworld outings, but the gist of it lies in a war between the Moroi and the Strigoi...."

Feb. 14, 2014 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Tyler Perry Presents Peeples
This likable comedy is equal parts silly and sweet.
"...the first in a tumble of omissions and outright lies that defines the family dynamic. Trying his best to..."

May 17, 2013 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

A galloping box-office success in its home country of South Korea, this film is a 17th century historical drama that, at heart, is really a comedy.
"...the real pleasure in this high-grossing South Korean film lies in its performances, which lighten the regal solemnity with..."

March 15, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Sleepwalk With Me
In his directorial debut, Mike Birbiglia plays a struggling comic who begins sleepwalking shortly after he moves in with his longtime girlfriend.
"...which makes sense, since so much of this comedy lies in his resistance to the adult world...."

Aug. 31, 2012 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
This third film in the tween series is funny without being in any way condescending to its target audience.
"...crushin' on supernice tween tennis ace Holly Hills (List), lies to his pop about his new "job" at Holly..."

Aug. 3, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Spanish filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo cloaks this romantic comedy within the promise of a science-fiction story.
"...up exploratory missions into the outside world to gather supplies and information...."

July 13, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

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.
"...sign a spiritual guru named Dr. Sinja (Curtis). Jack lies through his teeth to land the client, which is..."

March 16, 2012 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

In the Land of Blood and Honey
Angelina Jolie steps behind the camera to helm this picture she also wrote, which focuses on the emotional fallout of the Bosnian War.
"...of Blood and Honey, but the film’s true heart lies in its compendium of atrocities that occurred in Bosnia..."

Feb. 24, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Like a marriage of Cloverfield and Carrie, Chronicle blends faux-naif techniques with a teen telekinesis plot and gets fresh results.
"...the film, most of their home town of Seattle lies in ruin – the result of Andrew’s hubris (yes,..."

Feb. 3, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
This mad, muzzle-flash burst of ultraviolence from Brazil earned the director a shot at helming Hollywood's RoboCop reboot.
"...deeply rooted in Brazilian politics – power, corruption, and lies – only adds to the dreadful tension that permeates..."

Dec. 9, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice meets a considerably tamed Van Wilder for a mediocre romp in the Hamptons.
"...A Good Old Fashioned Orgy's comic strength lies in its well-rounded cast, most of them TV or..."

Sept. 2, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Just Go With It
Instead of seeming effortless, this Adam Sandler/Jennifer Aniston comedy has the lazy appearance of being effort-free.
"...The plot derives its momentum from a series of lies told by the characters that, without a frothy mixture..."

Feb. 18, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
The third book of Stieg Larsson's addictive Swedish trilogy is now onscreen.
"...the sexually turbocharged torque of its precursors, the fault lies not with Rapace or Nyqvist, but with a concluding..."

Nov. 19, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
Woody Allen sets his latest farce into action with a cast of one-dimensional, annoying characters played by a group of terrific actors.
" confronted with the inevitable fallout of so many lies. In theory, yes. But in practice, and played as..."

Oct. 15, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Let Me In
This terrific American remake of Swedish vampire stunner Let the Right One In retains the original's keen sense of adolescent angst and mystery.
"...loneliness, peer brutality, and the stark, moment-by-moment hell that lies at the palpating heart of so many misfit kids'..."

Oct. 1, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Please Give
The pleasure of Nicole Holofcener's film – which stars Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Rebecca Hall, and Amanda Peet – lies in the honesty of its conversations rather than its plot.
"...few other incidents, but the pleasure of Please Give lies in its conversations rather than its plot. In fact,..."

June 11, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

A Single Man
Tom Ford ditched fashion designing for filmmaking with this smart adaptation of the Christopher Isherwood story about a grieving gay man in 1962 California.
"...he resides. But beneath that mask of staid conventionality lies the real George, a heartsick shell of a man..."

Jan. 15, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Everybody's Fine
Robert De Niro is the father of grown children (played by Drew Barrymore, Sam Rockwell, and Kate Beckinsale) in a family that has trouble communicating.
"...Katherine Moennig. Everybody’s Fine – a movie about the lies grown children tell their parents – is, ironically, one..."

Dec. 4, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

This Oscar-winner for Best Foreign Language Film is a gentle and comedically nuanced exercise in mourning from Japan.
"...power at least since Isao Takahata's Grave of the Fireflies in 1988 and, prior to that, Mori Masaki's horrifically..."

Aug. 28, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Pride and Glory
Edward Norton and Colin Farrell top this predictable police procedural about clean and dirty cops who are also brothers in a family of Irish cops.
"...this one, Pride and Glory's only chance for individuality lies in the manner of its telling. Visually, the film..."

Oct. 24, 2008 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Bangkok Dangerous
The Pang brothers' remake of their own film is all cock and no bang.
"...Kar-Wai and not Sally Yeh. Much of the problem lies with Nicolas Cage and his Amazing Magical Wig-Hat, both..."

Sept. 12, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Incredible Hulk
Finally, the Hulk is truly incredible. As of right now, it's Marvel's universe; we just live in it.
"...At the film's core, under its rippling CGI/motion-capture musculature, lies the classic dramatic crucible of unrequited love, unaided and..."

June 13, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

A Four Letter Word
This tale of an unapologetically promiscuous New Yorker settles for the easy trifles of romantic comedy.
"...on an immortal stereotype and expose the insecurity that lies behind it and gives it life. Unfortunately, they lose..."

May 23, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Son of Rambow
Amid this endearing story about two boys in Eighties England who join together to make their own Rambo movie, lies an uncommon, unaffected portrayal of young male intimacy.
"...the sudden death of his father. His only solace lies in the outpourings of his imagination – in a..."

May 16, 2008 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

In this so-called erotic thriller, busy New York City power brokers partake in a decadent sex club that eventually proves fatal.
"...he playing a Midwesterner by way of Scotland? The lies in Deception unfold in a manner which assumes that..."

May 2, 2008 Movie Review by Steve Davis

The Year My Parents Went on Vacation
This Brazilian film is set against the twinned, opposing backdrops of the explosive 1970 World Cup and the human toll of the country's brutal military dictatorship.
"...characters that fuels the film's very large heart. Think Lies My Father Told Me meets Costa-Gavras by way of..."

April 4, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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