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His Presence Was a Lovely Thing
James Welch: 1940-2003
"...of his mentor, Ripley Hugo, so aptly said, "his presence was a lovely thing." So was his writing, and..."

Aug. 22, 2003 Books Feature by Paul Stekler

The Replacement Killers
"...realize how gravely mistaken they were. Apart from the presence of pug-faced superstar Chow Yun-Fat, there's not much here..."

Feb. 6, 1998 Movie Review by Russell Smith

Grumpy Old Men
"...life should be experienced. She is a warm, explosive presence in their dark, alone lives and they both fall..."

Dec. 24, 1993 Movie Review by Louis Black

Help upEats ATX Help Austin’s Small Restaurants
The community-built list is geared toward those without PR
"...don’t have publicist help or a large social media presence...."

April 21, 2020 Food Post by Jessi Cape

Adrift
True-life survival adventure stays afloat because of Shailene Woodley
"...which adventures of the heart are stymied by the presence of physical disease. Even more curious is that each..."

June 1, 2018 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Monsieur Ibrahim
Omar Sharif makes a welcome return to the screen in this gentle French film about a Jewish adolescent and an elderly Muslim shopkeeper.
"...Momo, a young teenager who lacks a meaningful paternal presence in his life. The typical alienation that the 15-year-old..."

March 26, 2004 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Sylvia
Sylvia Plath biopic is sad dirge.
"...is a tough assignment. Writers rarely convey a captivating presence on screen, their work so solitary, quiet, and action-free...."

Oct. 31, 2003 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Climb
"...ice axe; not even the extreme-sports angle or the presence of stalwart thespians Vaughn and Coleman is likely to..."

Feb. 22, 2002 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Along Came a Spider
"...material held in place by the gravity of his presence. Despondent after a bad CGI car crash claims the..."

April 6, 2001 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

The Thief
"...boy in Stalinist Russia who longs for a masculine presence in his life so much that the silent apparition..."

Aug. 28, 1998 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Space Jam
Dexterously mixing live action and animation, Space Jam tosses NBA champ Michael Jordan onto the 2-D court with the entire Looney Tunes gang and the opposing Monstar team of cartoon characters from another planet.
"...together as a basketball franchise almost makes their ganged-up presence believable -- or as believable as a cartoon is..."

Nov. 15, 1996 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Heavy
"...New York, no one would predict the effect her presence will have on the tavern regulars and how she,..."

Sept. 27, 1996 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Mike Wallace Is Here
The 60 Minutes newsman's legacy makes headlines of its own
"...be laid at the feet of Mike Wallace? His presence has been a constant for decades, from the groundbreaking..."

Aug. 2, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

The Chaperone
The fascinating true story of Louise Brooks falls out of focus in this anachronistic fiction
"...her formative years prior to becoming an iconic screen presence and universal symbol of the era’s new independent woman...."

April 12, 2019 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Everybody Knows
Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem charm in this slight tale of lost loves and kidnapping
"...joyful scene grows more radiant and buoyant with her presence. It’s a return to the home she left years..."

Feb. 22, 2019 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Go see the actual ballet instead
"...Sugar Plum is one thing, but it is Mirren’s presence as the so-called villain, Mother Ginger, that telegraphs the..."

Nov. 2, 2018 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Kusama: Infinity
The colorful world of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama
"...it seems a little too late for this fierce presence, a woman who had her vision stolen multiple times..."

Sept. 28, 2018 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Peppermint
Jennifer Garner assumes an Alias to get revenge
"...keeping Peppermint from being dumped on VOD is Garner’s presence in the lead role. Our familiarity with the actress’..."

Sept. 14, 2018 Movie Review by Matthew Monagle

Kin
Gritty sci-fi road trip has teen appeal
"...ray-gun’s decimating consequences. The performances are solid, and Quaid’s presence lends an extra solemnity to the family-drama aspect of..."

Aug. 31, 2018 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat
Portrait of the artist as a young man is more a portrait of NYC.
"...of hip-hop. Both topics are certainly interesting, but Basquiat’s presence remains a ghostly whisper just outside the frame. And..."

May 18, 2018 Movie Review by Danielle White

Measure of a Man
Even Donald Sutherland reciting fortune cookie wisdom doesn't save this YA snore.
"...property of Dr. Kahn (Sutherland). Kahn is an overbearing presence whose obsessive meticulousness about his lawn is only overshadowed..."

May 11, 2018 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami
Cultural icon Grace Jones, caught raw and wondrous.
"...a near perfect document of Jones’ boundless creativity, live-wire presence both on and off stage or screen, and utterly..."

April 27, 2018 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Finding Your Feet
Upper class British rom-com plays for laughs.
"...that the character has turned an emotional corner. The presence of Timothy Spall (Life Is Sweet and the aforementioned..."

April 20, 2018 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Foxtrot
Israeli drama brings offbeat levity to anti-war narrative.
"...are soldiers from the Israel Defense Forces, and their presence means that the couple’s son has died in service...."

April 6, 2018 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Lemon
"...– is there such a thing? – but Long’s presence lightens the tone a tad from morose, indulgent, and..."

Sept. 15, 2017 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Hero
Sam Elliott plays a cowboy actor dying of cancer
"...in The Big Lebowski.) After a biopsy reveals the presence of virtually inoperable pancreatic cancer, Hayden declines to share..."

June 23, 2017 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Personal Shopper
A ghost story exploring the ineffable
"...movie’s surreality to understand the importance of this unearthly presence in Maureen’s life. In terms of narrative events, Personal..."

March 24, 2017 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Bye Bye Man
A group of teens unleash the bogeyman
"...King: A quartet of college students unwittingly summon the presence of the titular boogeyman by invoking his name during..."

Jan. 13, 2017 Movie Review by Steve Davis

El Jeremías
A boy genius searches for his destiny
"...yet kind of obnoxious. He has a natural screen presence. Although a cutesy prologue is dead weight on the..."

Oct. 28, 2016 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Masterminds
Heist comedy stars Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, and Kristin Wiig
"...Despite the presence of numerous Saturday Night Live cast members, both old..."

Oct. 7, 2016 Movie Review by Steve Davis

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