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Under the Shadow
A mother and her son are stuck in a war zone in this Iranian horror film
"...also set in wartime – fleeting apparitions make their presence known. And then there’s the wizened old crone who..."

Oct. 7, 2016 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Beauty and the Beast
Yet another take on the classic fairy tale
"...of the story but for the language, subtitles, and presence of Seydoux (Beauty) and Cassel (The Beast) in the..."

Oct. 7, 2016 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Max Rose
Screen legend Jerry Lewis stars in this drama's title role
" the drama Max Rose, particularly when considering the presence of nonagenarian screen legend Jerry Lewis in the title..."

Sept. 23, 2016 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Well-executed horror nightmare features sick torment of a deaf woman
"...are intelligently incorporated into the story. Siegel’s strong screen presence, despite the absence of auditory dialogue, also helps carry..."

March 25, 2016 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Lady in the Van
Dame Maggie Smith is stunning in the role of the titular homeless lady
"...this most unforgettable character from day one, but her presence in his insular life also tugs at him to..."

Feb. 12, 2016 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Point Break
Remake of 1991's action bromance
"...Bracey’s colorless performance makes you long for the rough-hewn presence and idiosyncratic line delivery of Keanu Reeves, who played..."

Jan. 1, 2016 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
Alex Gibney's doc penetrates the church's cloak of secrecy
"...truth will set one free. But it’s the nonparticipatory presence of Scientology’s most famous ambassador in the film that..."

Sept. 25, 2015 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Amira & Sam
Cross-cultural love between a U.S. soldier and an Iraqi girl flourishes in the Big Apple.
" a luminous, appealing performance). Initially bristling at Sam’s presence in their household – her brother was killed, accidentally,..."

Jan. 30, 2015 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Mr. Turner
Mike Leigh delivers a fascinating, period-rich portrait of the latter years of the painter J.M.W. Turner.
"...tousled, inelegant figure, Spall’s Turner creates a strong physical presence, and his vast vocabulary of grunts comprises his own..."

Jan. 30, 2015 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Endless Love
New era, same old story: young passions, forbidden love, and parents who just don't understand.
" has traveled through high school as a distant presence, removed from any normal social interactions by her beauty,..."

Feb. 14, 2014 Movie Review by Louis Black

Unfinished Song
Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp bring vitality to their roles in film otherwise filled with cliches about aging and the curative power of singing your heart out.
" utter rubbish were it not for the engaging presence of Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp as the couple..."

July 5, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

A Hijacking
This psychologically tense Danish drama about modern-day piracy doesn't cater to cliches or sentimentality.
"...a shrewd player in this criminal business. But their presence is nonetheless terrifying. One minute, the pirates enthusiastically cheer..."

June 28, 2013 Movie Review by Steve Davis

South Korea's Kim Ki-duk makes his most commercial film yet, but it's still full of queasy-making moments.
"...this point). Yet over time, he softens to her presence and shows glimmers of the child he never was...."

May 17, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Hypermasculine yet soulfully romantic, this coming of age story with thriller elements stars Matthew McConaughey.
"...begins with a boat in a tree. Its otherworldly presence lures 14-year-old best friends Ellis (Sheridan) and Neckbone (Lofland)..."

April 26, 2013 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The New Juarez
This partisan film essay attacks both the United States and Mexican governments for the massive violence in Juarez.
"...cooperating with the criminal cartels rather than fighting their presence...."

April 19, 2013 Movie Review by Louis Black

The Last Exorcism: Part II
In this sequel, the devil follows the same girl from the backwoods to New Orleans; sadly this follow-up has none of the smarts of its predecessor.
"...release Nell from his lustful clutch. He makes his presence known sometimes through the static on the radio, flocks..."

March 8, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The subject of this documentary is the colorful, former mayor of New York City, Ed Koch.
"...The former mayor is an alert onscreen presence, but the film surrounding him is not always so..."

March 1, 2013 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Death is part of love’s bargain, a fact filmmaker Michael Haneke lays bare.
"...the big, silver screen, but their vulnerable and unadorned presence commands our attention and sympathies nevertheless...."

Jan. 25, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Monsieur Lazhar
In a Montreal classroom, adolescent students and their Algerian substitute teacher help one another cope with grief. The film was an Oscar nominee.
"...His calm presence has a stabilizing effect on the children, whose improved..."

May 4, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
Michael Caine zips around on a giant bumblebee and Dwayne Johnson is a pectoral spectacle in this family-friendly, fantasy-island adventure tale.
"...lands unknown replaces Brendan Fraser with the pectorally spectacular presence of Johnson, and the result is a goofy-weird mishmash..."

Feb. 10, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

In this French film a 10-year-old girl moves into a new neighborhood and pretends to be a boy because, well, it seems like boys just have more fun.
"...matter-of-factness regarding its exposure. Zoé Héran has a commanding presence as the young girl, and her scenes with her..."

Dec. 9, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Finally, a remake that’s not a just a mindless retread.
"...Dancing With the Stars roots and reveals great screen presence, although her sexiness still seems a bit sophisticated for..."

Oct. 14, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Certified Copy
Juliette Binoche stars in this romantic drama about the value of originality by Abbas Kiarostami.
"...with interlaced characters. Were it not for the transcendent presence of Binoche (and her transfixing cleavage), I suspect Certified..."

April 29, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Filmmaker Sofia Coppola makes a dreamy, beautifully shot statement about the slow-burning dread of a truly hollow man, but Somewhere lacks the dry humor of Lost in Translation.
" an otherwise flameless grate). Marco revivifies in her presence, but even she barely raises his pulse, much less..."

Jan. 21, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Boxing Gym
Famed documentary maker Frederick Wiseman directs his camera on Richard Lord's Austin boxing gym.
"...often enough to suggest they were conscious of its presence, which in turn makes the viewer conscious, eroding some..."

Nov. 12, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Charlie St. Cloud
Zac Efron breaks free of his High School Musical routine with this unusual drama about a young man overcoming grief.
"...Yet there is a certain kineticism to Efron’s physical presence that may always make him a questionable choice when..."

July 30, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Joneses
David Duchovny and Demi Moore star in this partially successful comedy about consumer culture that turns uncomfortably moralistic part way through.
" with their generally sardonic line deliveries and cool presence. Kate is the team leader, who keeps her eye..."

April 16, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Last Song
Miley Cyrus steps out of her Hannah Montana comfort zone to play a rebellious teen in this Nicholas Sparks melodrama.
" long-term interest. Marked by her bubbly and assertive presence, smiley Miley is not the best choice to play..."

April 2, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Visual Acoustics
The architectural photographer Julius Shulman is the subject of this documentary, but through his work we learn an awful lot about modernist architecture.
"...record was completed. However, the near-centenarian is a dominant presence throughout, freely sharing his thoughts and opinions and serving..."

March 5, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Lovely Bones
Peter Jackson forgets to imbue his living characters with emotional weight, and instead focuses on this story's visually stylized netherworld between life and death.
"...and although her body is never recovered, her corporeal presence lingers in the in-between world observing her family. A..."

Jan. 15, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

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