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A Star Is Born
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga headline this remake of a remake of a remake
" at first sight, then the first time they sing together surely is. Their voices meld and pull each..."

Oct. 5, 2018 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Band Aid
A couple works out their problems through song
"...of performance art. The arguing develops a cadence, a sing-songy undertone. So much so that they decide to start..."

June 23, 2017 Movie Review by Danielle White

A Winter Rose
A star is born (again)
"...launch a worldwide search for an unknown young female singer to perform on the show, as part of her..."

Dec. 2, 2016 Movie Review by Steve Davis

P.T. Banks’ Real Love
Local songsmith outs BS in “Resurrection” video premiere
"...warmth and melancholy. Takes more than pretty pipes to sing a love song, however...."

March 7, 2016 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

Rock the Kasbah
Bill Murray is a music promoter who finds his next client in Afghanistan
"...story of the first young woman in Afghanistan to sing publicly on Afghan Star, that country’s televised version of..."

Oct. 23, 2015 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Indie filmmaker Andrew Bujalski enlists Guy Pearce and others for his new movie
" triangle emerges, but one that avoids pinging the sing-song obvious tones of the genre...."

May 29, 2015 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Fantastic Arcade: Day 4
Donuts, a banana sing-along, and a Barfcade, naturally
"...Arcade did not disappoint. There were donuts, an impromptu sing-along about mystical bananas, and the long awaited Barfcade hosted..."

Sept. 22, 2014 Screens Post by James Renovitch

A Joyful Noise
How Saengerrunde Hall learned to sing a new tune
"...made itself at home at Scholz's was a German singing society called the Austin Saengerrunde ("singer in the round"),..."

Sept. 19, 2014 Food Feature by Virginia B. Wood

Motown vs. Stax
Local covers showdown Friday at the Cactus Cafe
"...Locally soulful singer-songwriter Walter Tragert says, “When folks ask me the age-old..."

Dec. 3, 2013 Music Post by William Harries Graham

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.
"...sweet old people who brighten their retirement years by singing in the community choir and the one grump who..."

July 5, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow
Director Sophie Fiennes gives us this elegant examination of the highly personal artwork of German painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer.
"...overall tone of cataclysm and condemnation, Kiefer's monstrous works sing more than they shriek. This is highly personal artwork..."

Feb. 17, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Of Gods and Men
This Cannes Grand Prix winner is a spellbinding tale of Trappist monks amid Algerian civil chaos and finding purpose in faith.
"...than one in which the monks gather together to sing an ancient Gregorian chant as an Algerian Army helicopter..."

April 1, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Alpha and Omega
This 3-D animated film is about two wolves trying to find their way back to their pack.
"...And, yes, they do in fact dance – an embarrassing kind of disco boogie – and sing, too, with..."

Sept. 24, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

You Again
A high school loser who reinvents herself as a successful adult regresses when she returns home in this comedy starring Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, and Betty White.
"...curveball is buried under a lot of gunk: dance-offs, sing-alongs, awkward exes, and a dirty-talking White blasting through, I’m..."

Sept. 24, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Julie & Julia
Meryl Streep is irresistible as Julia Child as is Nora Ephron's direction, but Amy Adams' Julie Powell is a dud – a mousy, grouchy irritant.
"...tackled in a funny set-piece that concludes with Eric singing, with a tip of the hat to the Talking..."

Aug. 7, 2009 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

27 Dresses
We predict a happy union between 27 Dresses and cable TV, forever rerunning with commercial breaks tailor-made for laundry-loading and sandwich-making.
"...with all the spaz-tastic charm she brings to (the increasingly ludicrous) Grey’s Anatomy, although one hopes her feature film..."

Jan. 18, 2008 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
More than an appreciation, this documentary portrait of the great American folksinger and activist is an inspiration.
"...ages – want to get up and dance and sing along in harmony. To call it the "power of..."

Oct. 19, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

While there’s nothing offensive about the wholesomeness of this new version of John Waters' 1988 cult classic, you wish that it didn’t feel as if every hair were in place.
"...inevitable. As Tracy, Blonsky looks the part and can sing up a storm, but she lacks the spunk of..."

July 20, 2007 Movie Review by Steve Davis

La Vie en Rose
How do you tell the true story of the nearly mythical popular performer Edith Piaf? In epic proportions, of course.
"...Co-writer/director Dahan explores the majestic life of iconic French singer Edith Piaf in this sprawling biopic. Liberally mixing legend..."

June 22, 2007 Movie Review by Toddy Burton

The sense of total immersion in England's Glastonbury Festival is breathlessly complete in Julien Temple's everywhere-at-once music documentary.
"...and the need for more room, to dance, to sing, to carry on like a stark loony regardless of..."

April 13, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

John Trudell, the Native American rights activist and spoken-word artist and musician, is the subject of this reverential biographical portrait that feels more like a press package than a full-fledged biopic.
"...Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, and others all sing his praises, but by the time Redford suggests that..."

March 31, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

An admiring documentary about Robert Moog, the inventor of the music synthesizer.
"...Rick Wakeman of Yes, and funkmaster Bernie Worrell all sing Moog’s praises – both the man and the machine...."

Nov. 26, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Giving Voice
Students and colleagues sing in tribute to the late Martha Deatherage
"...piano Danielle Martin explains, about as well as any single sentence can, why this woman who spent more than..."

April 2, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Moulin Rouge
This musical sucks you in with its own brand of willful illogic and breathtaking visuals. Set in turn-of-the-century Paris, a penniless poet falls madly in love with a nightclub's star performer, a chanteuse-cum-courtesan who has a heart of gold and is an incipient consumptive. The music is a combination of restructured modern pop tunes manhandled into clever new forms.
"...the wonder. McGregor and Kidman, he arresting, she luminous, sing their own songs and do so surpassingly well. This..."

June 1, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Recess: School's Out
"...Andrew Lawrence. Ah, summer. A time for skipping rocks, sing-alongs with the gang, and thwarting the insidious plots of..."

Feb. 16, 2001 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Two Family House
"...throughout (by Buddy and by a Chet Baker soundalike), effusing the film with an immediate romanticism, and the way..."

Nov. 24, 2000 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

"...the mother. All this is established in the film's rousing opening minutes in which a shipwrecked human baby whose..."

June 18, 1999 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Barney's Great Adventure: The Movie
"...we come to laugh or weep, and maybe even sing (or clap for Tinkerbell, or whatever the circumstances require)?..."

April 3, 1998 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Saint of Gamblers
"...the great comic timing of part three's Stephen Chaiu Sing-chi. With that much already working against him, Chan compensates..."

March 13, 1996 Movie Review by Joey O'Bryan

Out of the Dark
"...fantasy director Jeff Lau and comedy superstar Stephen Chaiu Sing-chi, whose recent collaborative efforts include the ambitious Chinese Oydessy..."

Oct. 20, 1995 Movie Review by Joey O'Bryan

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