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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
Takashi Miike remakes Masaki Kobayashi's 1962 film about a penniless samurai who commits the ritual act of suicide.
"...freakout Gozu – might not appreciate the solemn, stately pace of this, the director's remake of Masaki Kobayashi's 1962..."

Aug. 31, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Dictator
Sacha Baron Cohen opts for scripted comedy this time and lands many good jokes and new offenses, but the target is soft and unmissable.
"...are delivered along the way, but the film’s overall pace is fitful and its targets soft. Playing Admiral General..."

May 18, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Tyler Perry's Good Deeds
Tyler Perry also stars in his latest film, playing a wealthy businessman whose orderly life comes undone as the result of a good deed.
"...While going through his paces, Wesley meets Lindsey (Newton), an Iraq war widow and..."

March 2, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Hugo
Martin Scorsese steps outside his comfort zone to create an effects-heavy children’s film set in France – and winds up creating one of his most splendid and personal films.
"...a tuck here and there might improve Hugo’s overall pace, there is no denying that this love letter to..."

Nov. 25, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Blackthorn
Sam Shepard stars in this film which imagines what might have happened if Butch Cassidy had survived and lived on in Bolivia.
"...cinematographer Juan Ruiz Anchía) coupled with a drowsy, doomy pace which, emboldened by the salt-licked Bolivian settings and the..."

Oct. 21, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Point Blank
In this frenzied French thriller, a man races to save his wife's life – and then races some more.
"...Point Blank opens at a frantic pace – unknown men running and chasing in a confined..."

Sept. 2, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Smurfs
Line up for your innoculations: We've been Smurfed.
"...chasing and escaping of Smurfs occurs at a frenzied pace, which, instead of an organic thing, seems designed to..."

July 29, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Cars 2
This Pixar sequel pops on the screen, but the story line is stuck in neutral.
"...the wrongdoings uncovered in Cars 2.) The film’s frenetic pace will keep the kids from getting bored but overall..."

June 24, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Thor
Marvel Comics' muscle-bound mook with delusions of demi-godhood is well-played by Chris Hemsworth.
"...The Destroyer: WTF? Discuss. Thor moves at a breathless pace, taking zero time for anything resembling the endearingly nuanced..."

May 6, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Fair Game
The performances of Sean Penn and Naomi Watts make this film rendition of the Valerie Plame affair a study in acting.
"...front, Liman keeps things moving along at a frantic pace. Still, this is recent and public history, and Fair..."

Nov. 5, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Piranha 3D
Finally, 3-D is being put to its optimum use. Who cares how it holds up as a remake?
"...fish regurgitate a gnawed-off male member – and the pace is appropriately breathless. Granted, this poisson rouge is not..."

Aug. 27, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Lottery Ticket
Bow Wow stars in this comedy about a guy with a winning lottery ticket who must protect it over a long weekend.
"...of solid laughs, Lottery Ticket doesn’t sustain a steady pace of jokes, and the violence wreaked by Lorenzo seems..."

Aug. 27, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Middle Men
Middle Men journeys backward in Internet history to 1995 when two coked-up ne'er-do-wells created the first dial-up, porn-on-demand website.
"...furious, and funny but never slows the gloriously crazed pace of this coke-fueled rocket ride to Planet Sin. With..."

Aug. 6, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Harmony and Me
This Austin-made gem by Bob Byington is a sharply written and acted observational piece about a heartsick guy played by Justin Rice.
"...dialogue and performances are sharp and amusing; the shambling pace provides an arena for observational backbeats and conversational fillips..."

Jan. 8, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Fame
Fame: Some stories live forever. It's more or less the same story as before, just a different generation.
"...artfully layering the kids’ auditions to mimic the frenzied pace of the day. But that freneticism never really goes..."

Oct. 2, 2009 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

12 Rounds
WWE superstar wrestler John Cena teams with once-exciting action director Renny Harlin for this New Orleans-set action film.
"...as you keep the action moving at a blistering pace, your story doesn’t need to make any sense, your..."

April 3, 2009 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

The Duchess of Langeais
Jacques Rivette adapts a Balzac novel and creates a period piece that's also a timeless tale about obsessive love and hate.
"...The Duchess of Langeais moves at an often languid pace that's reflective of an era in which horse-drawn carriages..."

June 20, 2008 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

I Don't Want to Sleep Alone
Although Tsai Ming-Liang's I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone is nearly wordless and slow moving, the film’s characters are compelling and its pace hypnotic. (AFS@Dobie)
"...slow moving, the film’s characters are compelling and its pace hypnotic. The Kuala Lumpur in which the story is..."

July 20, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

La Vie en Rose
How do you tell the true story of the nearly mythical popular performer Edith Piaf? In epic proportions, of course.
"...career. As the story jumps rapidly through time, the pace can be exhausting. But then again, that’s the point...."

June 22, 2007 Movie Review by Toddy Burton

Fast Food Nation
Richard Linklater and Eric Schlosser's noble and worthy film about meat processing and consumption smacks of good-guy agitprop and fails as a character-driven narrative.
"...among workers desperate to keep up with the impossible pace of the mechanized inspection lines, and the daily loss..."

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.
"...these films, to my memory, featured such a languid pace, so much gustatory deliciousness, or Russell "Put My Call..."

Nov. 10, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

John Tucker Must Die
Teen female-revenge comedy doesn't live up to the edginess promised by its title.
"...audience demographics, but she keeps things moving at a pace that occasionally distracts from the paper-thin plot. For better..."

Aug. 4, 2006 Movie Review by Steve Davis

The Da Vinci Code
Faithful adaptation of Dan Brown's bestseller treats the novel as if it were a sacred text even though it's basically a Hardy Boys mystery dressed up in provocative attire.
"...does a serviceable job of keeping up the film's pace (by the third act, however, the movie falters badly),..."

May 26, 2006 Movie Review by Steve Davis

L'Enfant
This Cannes Palme d'Or winner presents a maelstrom of grit, crime, poverty, and bureaucratic gridlock.
"...away the plot, but the story picks up the pace in its second and third acts, transforming itself from..."

May 5, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Running Scared
Wayne Kramer's follow-up to his crime drama The Cooler has no moral compass, and swings wildly out of control while blanketed in hyper-violent digital gore effects and a thick, black nausea of the soul.
"...(and unnecessary) to get into here – and the pace is bizarrely, almost cartoonishly, frenetic, as though someone had..."

March 3, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Night Watch
Russia's highest box-office grosser (until the release of its sequel) is a stylish sci-fi thriller that's filled with adrenaline-fueled pacing, an abundance of gory effects, a death metal soundtrack, and a convoluted narrative that puts The Matrix to shame.
"...will greet Night Watch with similar enthusiasm. The adrenaline-fueled pace, death metal soundtrack, convoluted narrative, and abundance of computer..."

March 3, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D
Robert Rodriguez adds a dimension with this kids fantasy movie, but only in the most literal sense – 3-D.
"...is generally amateurish and clunky, and so is the pace, which moves from one concept to the next at..."

June 10, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Madagascar
Animated zoo animals head back to the wild
"...After its leaden beginning, Madagascar launches into a lunatic pace of left-field pop-culture references and physics-defying physical comedy worthy..."

May 27, 2005 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

One Missed Call
Takashi Miike's latest is a disappointing, second-rate Japanese horror film.
"...a steady stream of genre-hopping films at a record pace of late – nearly 20 movies bearing his directorial..."

April 22, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Schultze Gets the Blues
The life of a retired German miner and accordion player is spurred toward change by the sound of zydeco music.
"...trip – is marked by its deadpan humor, slow pace, and storyline that places a foreigner in a new..."

March 25, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

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