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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

Miss March
Two-fifths of the Whitest Kids U'Know comedy troupe wrote, star in, and co-directed this nubile sex romp about a road trip to the Playboy mansion.
"...long for the wit of Mad TV. As the straight-man virgin, Cregger is almost entirely devoid of personality; as..."

March 20, 2009 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

House
In this Christian horror film, a mad killer who claims to have slain God, torments two couples seeking shelter.
"...Emery) and the house's owners, a freakish, familial clan straight out of Southern Gothic. Menaced by a gun-toting maniac..."

Nov. 14, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

American Teen
A princess, jock, rebel, heartthrob, and geek: It could be The Breakfast Club, but American Teen is instead a documentary that ducks the consequences of its own making.
"...she chooses as her main subjects could have come straight from Central Casting – or The Breakfast Club: They..."

Aug. 8, 2008 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Wackness
An odd-couple pairing between a teenage pot dealer and the shrink with whom he trades weed for sessions anchors this story about coming of age in New York City during the Nineties.
"...of a break from the norm" – it's standard, straight-outta-Sundance indie fare, but it's also a crowd-pleasing portrait of..."

July 25, 2008 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Get Smart
A giggly summer movie, Get Smart is a well-cast chip off the old block, although the toothless action sequences detract from the comedy.
"...of his bumbling, but he can shoot his gun straight when necessary and assess situations with intelligence. Carell’s Smart..."

June 20, 2008 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Son of Rambow
Amid this endearing story about two boys in Eighties England who join together to make their own Rambo movie, lies an uncommon, unaffected portrayal of young male intimacy.
"...no kiddie pool splashing for him – he goes straight for the deep end, by way of Sylvester Stallone's..."

May 16, 2008 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Big Man Japan
Midnight madness doesn't begin to categorize this bizarre Japanese superhero/monster movie.
"...closing credits, for example), Matsumoto generally plays the film straight – all the better to sustain the illusion created..."

April 25, 2008 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour
The men don't know, but the little girls understand.
"...sparkle, her energy is boundless, her teeth are perfectly straight and white, and she does have a modicum of..."

Feb. 8, 2008 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Cassandra's Dream
Woody Allen is still making movies at the rate of at least one a year. The problem is that he doesn’t make good movies at the rate of one a year.
"...return for enough money to set both their lives straight, the brothers respond by indulging in lengthy discussions about..."

Jan. 18, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
Apocalyptic monster mash makes big crash.
"...bodies, alien misanthropy, and slobbering carnage designed to bore straight into the pleasure centers of 13-year-old boys and leave..."

Dec. 28, 2007 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Rocket Science
On the surface, Rocket Science is yet another quirky high school movie, but its story of a stutterer who's enticed into joining the debate team is special in its own way.
"...Rocket Science is yet another quirky high school movie straight out of Sundance (garnering the Dramatic Directing prize for..."

Aug. 24, 2007 Movie Review by Toddy Burton

Right at Your Door
Harrowing doesn't even begin to describe this low-budget exercise in siege paranoia, which builds on our current terrorist-related night sweats.
"...bizarre, third-act plot twist that seems to have come straight from The Twilight Zone. That's not necessarily a bad..."

Aug. 24, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Death at a Funeral
Pure farce served straight up and directed by the man who moonlights as the voice of Yoda and Miss Piggy.
"...comedy in the good old-fashioned sense: pure farce served straight up. Smartly conceived and executed, the jokes arrive with..."

Aug. 17, 2007 Movie Review by Toddy Burton

Joshua
The privileged nuclear family becomes a hellish dystopia as a result of a 9-year-old child's subtle, nuanced, unspoken manipulations.
"...– Brad (the excellent Sam Rockwell, playing it very straight for a change) and Abby Cairn (Farmiga) – to..."

July 13, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Syndromes and a Century
Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul creates a baffling yet intriguing film of meandering abstractions. (AFS@Dobie)
"...and Andrei Tarkovsky keep summer homes), there was a straight enough current amidst all those reveries for me to..."

July 13, 2007 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Delta Farce
In this multination offender, Larry the Cable Guy and two friends are Army reservists who are shipped off to Iraq but mistakenly wind up in Mexico – and can't tell the difference.
"...subversive potential is wasted on Harding, and even the straight-ahead farce is joyless...."

May 18, 2007 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Avenue Montaigne
A young Frenchwoman moves to Paris from with nothing but the knapsack on her back and the innocent gleam in her eye.
"...unnecessary years spent paying dues in garrets, she heads straight to the city’s famous Avenue Montaigne in search of..."

April 20, 2007 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Are We Done Yet?
Who could have foreseen that Ice Cube's path Straight Outta Compton would lead to family-friendly movies about the complications of life in the suburbs?
"...– the rapper who announced his music career with Straight Outta Compton and his subsequent acting career with Boyz..."

April 13, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Confessions of a Baylor Team That Got Oh-So Naughty in Austin
"...is a lot more fun when it’ll send you straight to hell. (Hell, by the way, is located somewhere..."

Oct. 16, 2006 Sports Post by Joe O'Connell

Cavite
This rocketing thriller that pits an unseen Filipino terrorist against an unwitting Filipino-American dupe is one of the purest examples of no-budget, seat-of-the-pants, gloriously DIY filmmaking since The Blair Witch Project.
"...emotions it conjures from the audience can be traced straight back to Shockers 101. It intrinsically poses the question,..."

July 14, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Nacho Libre
This sophomore outing from the director of Napoleon Dynamite is full of cheesy goodness, courtesy of Jack Black, but a little goes a long way.
"...of good, old-fashioned heart and soul. Plotwise, this is straight out of the Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland "Let's Put on..."

June 16, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story
This SXSW recipient of the 2004 Audience Award for Best Narrative stars The Daily Show's Rob Corddry as a professional paintball athlete looking to reclaim his former glory.
"...in which Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn lead a straight-faced cast through a spoof of athletic competition in general,..."

April 21, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Adam & Steve
It’s an honest, refreshing comedy about love – gay, straight, or both – and is a date movie for all occasions and persuasions.
"...the most honest, refreshing comedy about love – gay, straight, or both – I’ve seen in many moons, and..."

April 7, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Gay Sex in the 70s
Little more than a series of interviews with those who survived those times, interspersed with titillating soft-core clips from the archives, this documentary offers a sympathetic perspective of the post-Stonewall sexual liberation years in New York City.
"...virus derailed the sexual revolution for both gay and straight alike – and this documentary dutifully notes how things..."

March 10, 2006 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Rumor Has It ...
Fans of The Graduate should skip this strange comedy, which posits that the real-life inspiration for counterculture icon Benjamin Braddock grew up to be a cheesy, brainless high tech zillionaire doing yoga and driving a Mercedes around Half Moon Bay.
"...bizarre and uncomfortable scenario, but Reiner plays it like straight fluffy farce, which is probably a mistake. In the..."

Dec. 30, 2005 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Wedding Crashers
The film’s sour tone, unremarkable direction, and bewildering characterizations of sexuality and race will probably not not hurt the comedy's charm at the box office.
"...where he goes with maple syrup). But Wilson, playing straight man, is a dud, badly straddling the twin demands..."

July 15, 2005 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Bewitched
Again Kidman goes for another nose-centric role, yet Nora Ephron's very meta remake of the old TV show still misfires.
"...make a comeback. Isabel, meanwhile, is trying to go straight (and the movie gets some laughs out of Isabel’s..."

June 24, 2005 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

dot the i
In his English-language debut, Gael García Bernal plays one of the sides of a twisted love triangle
"...Bernal’s first English-language film, and would probably have gone straight to video by now if Bernal’s star weren’t on..."

June 17, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Pooh's Heffalump Movie
It’s not big and bright and busy and boffo, but it's a perfectly marvelous matinee option for young children. It’s a sweet little story, from a kid’s-eye view, about the anguish of being too little to do stuff.
"...hardly a movie, and was originally intended as a straight-to-video release. The reasons we decided against it, ironically, are..."

Feb. 18, 2005 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

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