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Despite an overreliance on metaphor and symbolism, Loggerheads is an affecting little film about characters who struggle with issues connected with adoption, homophobia, and loss.
"...overarching sadness, few of them will cop to its presence. It’s like the comment made to Elizabeth (Harper) by..."

Jan. 13, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Naked in Ashes
This documentary follows a group of spiritual voyagers through a series of pilgrimages and trips to Indian ashrams and holy festivals in order to create a portrait of the yogi life.
"...narrative in her nonfiction to suggest a strong creative presence behind the camera. Fouce lets the yogis speak for..."

Nov. 25, 2005 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

The Chumscrubber
Teens, suburbia, five sets of dysfunctional parents, and the suicide that looms over it all.
"...Bell proves once again that he’s a compelling screen presence, but The Chumscrubber too often loses sight of him..."

Aug. 5, 2005 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Mail Order Wife
The premise of this gleefully jaundiced mockumentary is simple: A filmmaker pays the expenses of a Queens doorman buying a bride from Burma in exchange for the opportunity to film the proceedings.
"...Hong Kong actress Cheng Pei-Pei. She has great screen presence and invests Lichi with a mix of kitty-cat cuteness..."

April 8, 2005 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Ice Princess
This refreshingly femme-centric tale advocates on behalf of physics, feminism, and athleticism.
"...overcome her character’s perfectness by being a warm, ingratiating presence. Unlike Casey, Ice Princess is something slightly more pockmarked:..."

March 25, 2005 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Assault on Precinct 13
This new version of John Carpenter's classic is superfluous in the extreme, and while it’s not technically a bad movie, per se, viewers unfamiliar with the film’s lineage will likely write it off as yet another midwinter also-ran, the sort of action film that never quite takes off and instead focuses on random gun battles and cheesy dialogue.
"...had a certain no-budget panache and the très cool presence of Jostin’s righteously Hawksian Napoleon Wilson render this remake..."

Jan. 21, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Raise Your Voice
Raise your voice and just say "no" to Hilary Duff as a wannabe singing sensation.
"...that talent belongs to leading lady Hilary Duff, whose presence here seems more manufactured than ever, from her bottle-blond,..."

Oct. 15, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Forgotten
Julianne Moore is out of her mind with grief – or is she just out of her mind?
"...imply that Telly is being observed by some unseen presence. Sure enough, in a pseudo-scientific plot ripped straight from..."

Sept. 24, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Touch of Pink
This queercentric romantic comedy gets its inspiration from culture clash and the ghost of Cary Grant.
"...What’s more of a mixed bag is the gimmicky presence of MacLachlan as the ghost of Cary Grant (yes,..."

Sept. 17, 2004 Movie Review by Steve Davis

My Mother Likes Women
In this mildly daffy Spanish import, a woman's grown daughters react to the news that their mother has taken a woman lover 20 years younger than she.
"...chalkboard if the elvish Watling wasn't such an appealing presence. Similarly, the daughters' ongoing efforts to sabotage their mother's..."

Sept. 10, 2004 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

This is the original and uncut version of the 1954 Japanese monster picture.
"...arrive on our shores, neutered of the grating, pompous presence of Raymond Burr as Yank newsman Steve Martin that..."

July 23, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Broken Wings
Israeli family drama reveals that turmoil begins at home, not at the country's borders.
"...hangs in the air, although no one discusses its presence. Broken Wings focuses on these individuals without commenting or..."

April 30, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Cult comic book hero makes the transition to screen with much, but not all, of his charm intact.
" one comic-book figure who actually retains his pulp-paper presence on screen. The supporting cast, notably Hellboy’s love interest,..."

April 2, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
A guilty pleasure for thirtysomething stoners with ironic dispositions and large nacho platters.
"...make the Hollywood A-list but has a genuinely warm presence on camera and is lovely to watch. There’s something..."

March 26, 2004 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Secret Window
Even the powerful combination of Johnny Depp and John Turturro can't save this Stephen King film adapatation.
"...error is the critics’ gain, though, and even the presence of Johnny Depp, as novelist Mort Rainey, can’t save..."

March 12, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Welcome to Mooseport
Ray Romano, Gene Hackman, Maura Tierney, and Marcia Gay Harden search in vain for a laughtrack in Mooseport, Maine.
"...nowhere: It’s all concept and no execution. Despite the presence of screen greats Gene Hackman and Marcia Gay Harden..."

Feb. 20, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Last Samurai
Tom Cruise turns Japanese.
" of limited emotional resources, one who lacks the presence required for the film’s protagonist, a character intended to..."

Dec. 5, 2003 Movie Review by Steve Davis

The Fighting Temptations
Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beyoncé join the church choir.
"...and down-to-earth, and she’s nobody’s fool. Her warm screen presence gives the movie some much-needed heart. For the silly..."

Sept. 19, 2003 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

The Real Cancun
"'s cardinal rules: 1) Get interesting character "types" whose presence "pops" on the screen, and 2) Hand-held digital videography..."

April 25, 2003 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

It Runs in the Family
"...little while everyone else is phoning it in. Their presence adds a little flavor to what would otherwise be..."

April 25, 2003 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Joe Somebody
"...this intimacy with his audience; to be charitable, his presence is nondescript and lackluster in the movies. That may..."

Dec. 21, 2001 Movie Review by Steve Davis

The One
"...from a parallel universe, is a charismatic, surprisingly affecting presence. He can certainly act circles around the likes of..."

Nov. 2, 2001 Movie Review by Russell Smith

Bloody Angels
"...Hotten is the archetypal creepy backwoods township, and Ramm's presence is barely tolerated, and eventually outright dismissed. Bloody Angels..."

May 25, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

"...surely have languished in direct-to-video purgatory but for the presence of erstwhile teenybopper icons Ringwald and Minogue (whose billing,..."

April 27, 2001 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Me You Them
"...worth a look. Casé has an earthy, beguiling screen presence, and Breno Silveira's artful, often static and wide camera..."

April 13, 2001 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

The Family Man
"...Raising Arizona, but he's at least got the star presence to anchor the flyweight story, serving up slabs of..."

Dec. 22, 2000 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Red Planet
"...egregious nude scenes in recent memory, she's a striking presence and a major contributor to a film that neither..."

Nov. 17, 2000 Movie Review by Russell Smith

Meet the Parents
" comedy of late, and although the actor's intimidating presence and reputation seem to be just what the script..."

Oct. 6, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Art of War
"...plot development it serves to underscore Snipes' strong camera presence and magnetic appeal. Despite the stylishness of the camerawork,..."

Sept. 1, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Beau Travail
Claire Denis' deceptively dreamlike film about a French Foreign Legionnaire in Northern Africa
"...the military hierarchy who feels unaccountably challenged by the presence of a likable new recruit. Inherent in Denis' movie..."

July 28, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

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