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Mortal Engines
Dystopian YA adaptation relies on spectacle over character
"...Jackson. Now, Rivers is making his feature debut with Mortal Engines, the long-awaited adaptation of Philip Reeve’s award-winning young..."

Dec. 14, 2018 Movie Review by Matthew Monagle

Mortal Thoughts
" that when it fails to deliver, it's a mortal disappointment. Start with the basic plot elements of two..."

April 26, 1991 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Mortal Kombat: Annihilation
"...Mcbee and James Remar. More “sensory bombardment” than “movie,” Mortal Kombat: Annihilation is the franchise's follow-up film to its..."

Nov. 28, 1997 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Mortal Kombat
"...based on a popular, relentlessly violent video game -- Mortal Kombat isn't half bad. Sure, there's wooden acting, wooden..."

Aug. 25, 1995 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
"...Cassandra Clare’s bestselling series of young adult novels, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is clearly designed to be..."

Aug. 23, 2013 Movie Review by Louis Black

Mortal Kombat
Blood knives! Fatalities! GORO!
"...the third and most successful attempt at turning the Mortal Kombat gaming franchise into a film franchise. That "most..."

April 30, 2021 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Norwegian attempt to reclaim old myths from Marvel is Brightburn 2.0
"...last year’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Mortal is less its own film and more a miscellany..."

Nov. 13, 2020 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

America's Mortal Goddess
AFS Essential Cinema enchants with Marilyn Monroe
"...approval all her life, according to Marilyn Monroe: The Mortal Goddess, the 1994 documentary that kicks off the series..."

May 31, 2013 Screens Feature by Margaret Moser

ACL Review: Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Pop hooks to catch barracudas
"...Multi-Love, third LP and magnum opus of his Unknown Mortal Orchestra project, he’d traded in the lo-fi psych elements..."

Oct. 4, 2015 Music Post by Michael Toland

Idiotic Neo-Leftist Mortal Coward
"...morally bankrupt ideologies aid and abet the most recent mortal enemies of civilization – devotees of Islamist fascism? Don't..."

Jan. 30, 2006 Postmarks

Mortal Music
Tom Moon has some recordings he would like you to listen to

Dec. 2, 2008 Music Post by Audra Schroeder

'The Purest Treasure Mortal Times Afford, is Spotless Reputation'
How (not) to handle getting libeled on the Internet

March 10, 2008 SXSW Post by Richard Whittaker

A Mere Mortal Doesn't Find Minutemen Threatening, So Why Did We Write About Them?
"...seem to be obvious to you, but us mere mortals need some guidance...."

Oct. 31, 2005 Postmarks

The Kid
The tale of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid gets a worthwhile if workmanlike retelling
"...approaches manhood. Having killed his father, Rio shares a mortal identification with both men, but he takes to heart..."

March 8, 2019 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

A moving and colorful addition to the Pixar filmography
"...shuffled – well, danced – their way off this mortal coil, and Mexic-culturally specific traditions and attitudes, is one..."

Nov. 21, 2017 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Phantom Boy
Hand-drawn animation is the hallmark of this animated French film
"...hideously scarred supervillain (Marielle/D’Onofrio), he’s determined to untether his mortal coil and help the reluctant lawman track down the..."

July 29, 2016 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Green sewer-dwellers battle purple ooze. Big, dumb fun
"...Having bested their mortal enemy Shredder (Tee) in their last outing, the four..."

June 10, 2016 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Last Days in the Desert
Ewan McGregor plays both Jesus and the devil in this secular imagining
" seen in Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ, mortal but not physically scourged like he is in The..."

May 20, 2016 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

This sassy superhero movie is not your child’s comic-book origin tale
" the Green Lantern and as Wade Wilson, Deadpool’s mortal former self in X-Men Origins: Wolverine) is perfectly cast..."

Feb. 12, 2016 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

If I Stay
A mixture of hollow heartache and honest feelings mark this teen drama that stars Chloë Grace Moretz as a cello prodigy caught in medical limbo between life and death.
"...romantic woes of cello prodigy Mia (Moretz) with a post-mortal limbo from which her stranded spirit observes the aftermath..."

Aug. 22, 2014 Movie Review by William Goss

The Hangover: Part III
The hard-R comedy trilogy concludes with more mortal peril and questionable taste.
"...the series’ quartet of friends forever finding themselves in mortal peril – but it also makes it clear from..."

May 24, 2013 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's
This doc about the storied department store stays relentlessly on-message.
"...connotation rears its ugly head: Having somebody sprinkle your mortal remains on the marble floor is the only way..."

May 24, 2013 Movie Review by Leah Churner

Beautiful Creatures
She's a witch, he's a mortal, and they both read Charles Bukowski: Some teens will never make it to heaven.
"...of its storyline about the forbidden love between a mortal and a witch – or a “caster,” as they..."

Feb. 15, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

NBA star Kevin Durant appears as himself in this family film wherein a stroke of magic causes him to swap talents with a klutzy 16-year-old.
"...championship and an Olympics gold medal enough for one mortal to achieve in 2012? Isn’t movie stardom pushing the..."

Aug. 31, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Law Abiding Citizen
Vigilante justice may be just what the law requires in this film starring Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx.
"...point and all its circumlocutions – legal, moral, and mortal – as an assiduous flaying of the criminal justice..."

Oct. 16, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Haunting of Molly Hartley
A frighteningly dull updating of The Omen and Rosemary's Baby for the Gossip Girl set.
"...set. Seriously, given the possibilities for high school evils (mortal, venal, and pretty much any other kind you can..."

Nov. 7, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Peter O'Toole, in an Oscar-caliber and -nominated performance, pulls off the tricky May-December relationship at the heart of Venus with colossal panache and sublime craft.
"...would very much rather fuck his way off this mortal plain, embraced by and embracing that which he loves..."

Jan. 26, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Final Destination 3
It’s not going to nab any golden statuettes, mind you, but this shocker takes such exuberant, gleeful delight in the unspeakably gory dispatch of assorted teenagers that it may well be the most fun you’ll have at the movies all week.
"...are sliced, skewered, mushed, and mashed off of this mortal coil in some of the cleverest and, if the..."

Feb. 10, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

El Crimen Perfecto
This new black comedy by Spanish absurdist De la Iglesia involves murder and the plight of a playboy blackmailed into marriage.
"...manager of the women’s clothing department, and he’s in mortal competition with Don Antonio (Varela) the manager of the..."

Sept. 23, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Tupac: Resurrection
More popular dead than alive, the hip-hop Tupac Shakur is remembered in this authorized documentary.
" years since hip-hop superstar Tupac Shakur left this mortal coil at age 25 in a hail of Las..."

Nov. 14, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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