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We Are What We Are
This effectively creepy horror story gives new meaning to the family film.
"...track somewhere in upstate New York. You can tell straight away there's something amiss with father Frank (Sage), who..."

Oct. 11, 2013 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

You're Next
What begins on a familiar slasher/home-invasion note quickly escalates into a hellishly suspenseful, take-zero-prisoners affair.
"...with the overall narrative of a family reunion gone straight to hell. Onscreen family bickering has rarely felt this..."

Aug. 23, 2013 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Blue Jasmine
Class difference and life's shambles are on Woody Allen's mind as he leads Cate Blanchett through a perfectly calibrated performance as a Park Avenue matron brought low by modern finance.
"...the strongest works from these two decades. Neither a straight-out comedy nor drama, the film dabbles in both modes,..."

Aug. 9, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

A charming, funny, and sentimental comedy/drama about former opera singers living in a home for retired musicians.
" Dustin Hoffman’s first directorial outing since 1978’s underappreciated Straight Time (the direction of which Hoffman – who also..."

Jan. 25, 2013 Movie Review by Louis Black

The Last Stand
Arnold Schwarzenegger plunges back into acting in this full-bore action vehicle helmed by the South Korean director Kim Jee-Woon.
"...Schwarzenegger still delivers quite a performance in this fun, straight-ahead action film. (This is unlike Sylvester Sallone’s starring role..."

Jan. 18, 2013 Movie Review by Louis Black

Taken 2
The action in this Liam Neeson thriller is frenetic and frequent, and keeps him in constant MacGyver mode.
"...its uninspired but succinct title, this competent actioner gets straight to the point with a modicum of exposition. It's..."

Oct. 5, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Hope Springs
A sincere, considered, and unembarrassed exploration of mature sexuality that's more drama than comedy.
"...with a celebrated relationship therapist, Dr. Feld (Carell, playing straight)...."

Aug. 10, 2012 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Watch
This comedy is awfully lightweight although Richard Ayoade lends some spark to the goofy quartet.
"...Costco manager named Evan, Stiller is once again the straight man, a bland model of American success who has..."

July 27, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Casa de mi Padre
Will Ferrell commits 100% to this goofy, all-Spanish-language soap opera-cum-horse opera.
"...cannot help but be funny even when playing it straight in his cowboy attire and dour, unfavored-son countenance. He..."

March 16, 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.
"...megahawt daughter (High School Musical's Hudgens), and then head straight into volcanic, monster island trouble. To be fair, this..."

Feb. 10, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Rooney Mara completely nails the role of Lisbeth Salander, and director David Fincher is no slouch either in this perhaps unnecessary remake of the Swedish thriller.
"...Mara's doomy gaze cuts through the hype and bores straight into your soul...."

Dec. 23, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

This movie about a gay hookup that becomes something more is perceptive, emotional, comical, and much more.
"...out but doesn't feel comfortable talking to his predominantly straight friends about his relationships. Glen (New), meanwhile, swings in..."

Oct. 14, 2011 Movie Review by James Renovitch

Glee: The 3D Concert Movie
They're on TV. They're on tour. And now they're onscreen in a concert film recorded during their summer tour.
"...cameras swoop in on. Me? I'll take my Glee straight (well, you know what I mean) and not watered..."

Aug. 19, 2011 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Kill the Irishman
The life of Danny Greene, an Irish mobster in Cleveland during the Sixties and Seventies, is recounted in this film.
"...mob characters who grow harder and harder to keep straight. Things escalate to the point that, during the summer..."

April 15, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

'A Tickle In Your Soul'
Chely Wright talks about Atticus Circle, allies, and more
"...Atticus Circle, the Austin-based, national agency that encourages straight people to stand up for gay rights, hosts their..."

Jan. 25, 2011 Qmmunity Post by Julie Gillis

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The third coming of C.S. Lewis' Narnia fantasy/allegory series has arrived.
"...and a vessel that appears to have been ripped straight from one of Ray Harryhausen's old Sinbad epics, you'd..."

Dec. 17, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Dwayne Johnson is an ex-con out to avenge his brother's death and Billy Bob Thornton is the junkie cop on his tail.
"...rubber and bloodstains. The former “Rock” plays it wicked straight throughout, as does everyone else involved, including Thornton, playing..."

Nov. 26, 2010 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.
"...can identify to justify Alpha and Omega not going straight to DVD, but it's a double-edged sword: While DreamWorks'..."

Sept. 24, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Jonah Hex
The disfigured Weird Western Tales antihero gets his own movie, which mixes elements of the Western and the supernatural.
", kinda) but that the inherent coolness of DC's straight-shootin', spook-talkin', bounty-huntin' killer with a conscience is totally lost..."

June 25, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Death at a Funeral
A remake of a 3-year-old British comedy, Death at a Funeral transfers its farce from a predominantly white cast to predominantly black.
"...charisma way down here for what is essentially the straight-man role, and Lawrence, all smooth-talking ladies' man in brand-name..."

April 23, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day
This long-awaited follow-up to Troy Duffy's violent, pulpy cult original is dead on arrival.
"...when it received a microrelease from Miramax before heading straight to video and developing a substantial following, in part..."

Dec. 4, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Fantastic Mr. Fox
Wes Anderson's delightful animated film has room for both existentialist dread and a grinning joie de vivre.
"...titular Mr. Fox, a former thief made to go straight by his wife (Streep) when they give birth to..."

Nov. 27, 2009 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Blind Side
John Lee Hancock, director of The Rookie, scores with another sports drama, this time concerning a true football story.
" an emotional signpost), and Bullock, as the prickly, straight-talking Memphis socialite who welcomes Michael into her home and..."

Nov. 20, 2009 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

More Than a Game
Before joining the NBA, LeBron James was a high school star who climbed the heights with a core of teammates, all of whom are documented here.
" Kristopher Belman. Basketball superstar LeBron James, who advanced straight from high school to the NBA, appears to be..."

Oct. 23, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
Unlike Twilight, the other vampire series based on young adult novels, Cirque du Freak isn't afraid to laugh at itself or the conventions of the genre.
"...they mirror and complete each other: Darren is the straight-A cream puff, while Steve dreams of cutting class and..."

Oct. 23, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Informant!
Soderbergh's corporate whistleblower comedy is tuned in the key of Richard Lester.
"...Maybe Soderbergh felt as though he already did a straight-ahead version of this story with Erin Brockovich and therefore..."

Sept. 18, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Shelton’s winner of Sundance’s Special Jury Prize starts an interesting conversation about sexuality, but ultimately doesn't add much to the dialogue.
"...they take on the film’s central question: If two straight dudes film themselves having sex, is it art? Is..."

Sept. 4, 2009 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Of Barflies & Allies
The story of Austin's straight allies and gay bars
"...bars and social clubs is the strong alliance with straight businesses that support gay and lesbian enterprise...."

June 5, 2009 Features Feature by Andy Campbell

This triptych of short films by directors Michel Gondry, Leos Carax, and Bong Joon-ho is a gorgeous, sprawling mess.
"...the sewers of Tokyo and goes on a rampage straight out of Godzilla. Carax, director of spellbinding The Lovers..."

April 10, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Alien Trespass
Taking its cues from several classic 1950s sci-fi films, Alien Trespass is a deeply affectionate homage to the era when every kid on the block knew what "Klaatu borada nikto" meant.
"...a terrific cast that plays the whole thing as straight and true as Jack Arnold (Tarantula, Creature From the..."

April 3, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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