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Alvin and the Chipmunks
What's it all about, Alvin? This by-the-numbers attempt at a chipmunk revival is not bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
"...but bumbling songwriter aided and abetted in life and love (and icky-sweet pop music) by My Three Chipmunks. Mr...."

Dec. 14, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Signed Sealed Delivered
"...to humanity. The pure, unfettered joy and message of love the 57-year-old musician has spread worldwide since his youth..."

Dec. 5, 2007 Music Post by Raoul Hernandez

Romance & Cigarettes
John Turturro directs this oddball musical in which the stars (the eclectic cast of James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Steve Buscemi, Mary-Louise Parker, Christopher Walken, Aida Turturro, and Mandy Moore) lip-sync and dance to popular songs.
"...bite. Caught between wife Kitty (Sarandon), who maybe never loved him, and mistress Tula (Winslet), who only wants to..."

Nov. 30, 2007 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Heartbreak Kid
Ben Stiller stars in this smart and winning remake of a 1972 Neil Simon-penned comedy about a man who falls in love with another woman on his honeymoon.
"...his former fiancée, Eddie meets and falls madly in love with Lila (Akerman), an appealingly giddy blonde whose witty..."

Oct. 5, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With
Curb Your Enthusiasm's Jeff Garlin wrote, directed, and stars in this endearing schlub-in-Chicago movie that features contributions from Sarah Silverman, Bonnie Hunt, and other comic performers.
"...a character named James who just wants someone to love and to love him back – and perhaps the..."

Sept. 28, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

License to Wed
A couple seeks connubial advice from a celibate with an affinity for Popeye impressions.
"...The Office) and Sadie (Moore), who meet, fall in love, and get engaged during the film’s breezy, amusing opening..."

July 6, 2007 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

American Hardcore
Crammed with grainy, shot-on-the-fly mid-Eighties video footage, recent interviews, and a genuine love for its subject, American Hardcore encapsulates a largely forgotten moment in maximum rock & roll history.
"...a vivid glance back at a pre-Internet, pre-cell phone, post-peace-and-love youth movement that, for a moment, anyway, burned as..."

Nov. 17, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

A Good Year
It's difficult to reconcile this romantic trifle starring Russell Crowe with Ridley Scott, the director who made Blade Runner and The Gladiator.
"...Or I'll Brain You" Crowe in a sleeveless V-neck pullover with navy blue piping.) There's nary a trace of..."

Nov. 10, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Conversations With God
Life-affirming lessons about a generous, forgiving God and the redemptive possibilities of love and charity dominate this movie based on Neale Donald Walsch's bestseller.
"...a generous, forgiving God and the redemptive possibilities of love and charity. Czerny (Mission: Impossible, The Ice Storm) stars..."

Oct. 27, 2006 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Trust the Man
With distinct echoes of Woody Allen, Trust the Man follows fashionably neurotic New Yorkers in oversized apartments as they search for happiness, love, and sex.
"...Yorkers in oversized apartments as they search for happiness, love, and sex. As Moore’s husband and father of their..."

Sept. 1, 2006 Movie Review by Toddy Burton

The Illusionist
Surprisingly, this atmospheric movie starring some of the greatest actors of our time is a dull and enervating bore.
"...in Vienna, circa 1900, about a magician who's in love with a woman from a superior social class. The..."

Aug. 25, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green
This story of a young man in search of Mr. Right has a certain scrappy underdog charm but doesn’t flout any aspects of the romantic-comedy formula.
"...from the closet (soap star Serrano). Will Ethan find love in the last place he expected? Most likely. Eric..."

Aug. 4, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

The Lost City
Andy Garcia’s film is a Cuban exile’s lament – more a dirge for what has vanished than a celebration of the past.
"...which he also stars, is an obvious labor of love. The Lost City honors the filmmaker’s memory of the..."

June 16, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Adam & Steve
It’s an honest, refreshing comedy about love – gay, straight, or both – and is a date movie for all occasions and persuasions.
"...real surprise: a gay couples’ relationship movie with a lovely supporting cast, considerable insight into the trouble thirtysomethings have..."

April 7, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Transamerica
Felicity Huffman’s commanding, gender-bending performance is the primary reason to see Transamerica.
"...to see Transamerica. It’s the kind of performance we love to love in which we can tangibly see the..."

Jan. 27, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Family Stone
This likable romantic comedy runs the gamut of emotions – hitting tenderness, rage, remorse, and everything in between – but there are too many characters with too little chemistry to be a real keeper.
"...four, no matter how you pair them. The real love affair here is among the Stone family, a sharp..."

Dec. 16, 2005 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Walk the Line
Joaquin Phoenix is terrific as the musician Johnny Cash, whose rise, fall, and resurrection we watch as he does the Benzedrine 12-step in order to earn the love of country-and-gospel sasspot June Carter.
"...in the end) by giving up his one true love – little white speed pills – for his other..."

Nov. 18, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

National Lampoon's Adam & Eve
More collegiate humor released by the folks at the Lampoon that has more hormonal smarts than necessary and about as many sex and toilet gags as you suspect.
"...a modern guy endure in the name of true love? As directed by Jeff Kanew (Revenge of the Nerds),..."

Nov. 4, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Code 46
Cyberpunk meets renegade romance, à la Orwell.
"...his quarry, Maria Rodriguez (Morton), and promptly falls in love with her, necessitating a series of increasingly risky moves..."

Sept. 17, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Latter Days
A West Hollywood party boy and a Mormon missionary find love and understanding.
"...deserve props – big ones – for creating a love story in which the conflict goes beyond the circumstantial..."

March 12, 2004 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Yossi & Jagger
Gay lovers in the Israeli army also suffer the effects of a "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
"...in a remote, snowy outpost on the Israeli-Lebanese border, love grows between two male commanders. Yet they conduct their..."

Jan. 9, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

In My Skin
Disturbing French drama about a woman who cuts her own skin as a prelude to gnawing on her flesh.
"...blades and other sharp objects. Esther embarks on a love affair with her own flesh, locking herself away from..."

Dec. 12, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Brother Bear
A young Inuit hunter learns lessons when he is turned into a bear.
"...is, like, really bummed to receive the "bear of love" – a teddy bear on a string – as..."

Oct. 31, 2003 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

XX/XY
"...friends, and Sam (Strange) and Coles (Ruffalo) fall in love in only the way that twenty-somethings can. The recklessness..."

May 23, 2003 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Talk to Her
Gone, with one major exception, are the delicious hysterics of Almodóvar's earlier works; Talk to Her is a mostly restrained, though by no means unemotional, work about two men in love with comatose women.
"...a male nurse named Benigno (Cámara) – are in love with two comatose women. Despite the urging of the..."

Jan. 31, 2003 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Four Feathers
"...around, and he's just become engaged to his lady love Ethne (Hudson). Alas and alack, an uprising in the..."

Sept. 20, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India
"...have scoffed at the idea of my falling in love with a nearly four-hour-long movie from India's prolific Bollywood..."

May 24, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Bones
"...from the sort of B exploitation pics that he loved as a kid. 1995's Tales From the Crypt Presents:..."

Oct. 26, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Dreamer
The Protagonist of Denise Chávez's New Novel Is in Love With a Long-Dead Movie Star
"...a very different life from the screen lives and loves of her beloved Infante. Tere lives in Cabritoville, N.M.,..."

April 13, 2001 Books Feature by Belinda Acosta

All the Pretty Horses
"...comes across as a tepid abstraction, less a full-bodied love affair than someone's poetic idea of a love affair...."

Dec. 29, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

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