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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

Blade: Trinity
Originality is in as short supply as shirt buttons as Snipes' high tech vampire slayer meets up with what appears to be a steroidal Eurotrash pimp playing Dracula.
"...style and substance, resulting in a choppy mélange of straight-to-video editing and a surfeit of disintegration effects. Even Blade..."

Dec. 10, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Faster
Loud, swooping documentary about the sport of motorcycle racing follows 24 riders on the international circuit.
"...2001-2002 season (running from April to November), is the straight dope for speed junkies and fans of the art..."

Oct. 8, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Forgotten
Julianne Moore is out of her mind with grief – or is she just out of her mind?
"...unseen presence. Sure enough, in a pseudo-scientific plot ripped straight from the building blocks of The X Files, Telly..."

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.
"...Indian girl, or should he pretend to play it straight and alienate his live-in boyfriend? Like Doris’ dilemma, it’s..."

Sept. 17, 2004 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid
A Hollywood vessel of doom hunts for the Big Squeeze.
"...forest stink bomb Anaconda? This unasked-for sequel plays it straight, whereas its predecessor left no scenery unchewed: Jon Voight’s..."

Sept. 3, 2004 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Saved!
Teen satire softly pokes at the hypocrisies of organized religion.
"...my whole life," 17-year-old Mary (Malone) introduces herself with straight-faced solemnity. In addition to being a Baptist and a..."

June 11, 2004 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Super Size Me
In his cheeky but incendiary documentary about our fast food nation, Morgan Spurlock chronicles the deterioration of his body after a 30-day "McDiet."
"...three times a day, every day, for 30 days straight, and record the effects for his camera. The effects..."

May 14, 2004 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Punisher
Strictly from the so-bad-it's-good school of entertainment.
"...isn’t), plays this broad vendetta of a character ramrod straight, which turns The Punisher into an overwrought, melodramatic comedy...."

April 16, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Tom Dowd & the Language of Music
Dowd recorded and engineered the legendary Atlantic sound. He recorded and engineered Bird, Coltrane, Aretha, and Skynyrd. Introduced Allman to Clapton. Standardized 8-track recording. Oh, and he helped make the atomic bomb.
"...Jerry Wexler scouted talent, Dowd, a young physics student straight out of the university, recorded it and engineered it...."

March 5, 2004 Movie Review by Raoul Hernandez

The Big Bounce
There's very little bounce in this new Elmore Leanard adaptation that stars Owen Wilson and Morgan Freeman.
"...for the ladies and a halfhearted wish to go straight, he’s so easygoing and relaxed that there’s not much..."

Jan. 30, 2004 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Paycheck
Affleck and Uma race to descramble the past in this futuristic thriller based on a Philip K. Dick short story and directed by John Woo.
"...might as well have been directed by any journeyman straight-to-video helmer out there. This is nothing like the Hong..."

Jan. 2, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Millennium Actress
This Japanimation import is a sweeping romantic saga full of big, lush ideas.
"...why settle for animation that looks like it came straight off of Cartoon Network’s grade-B manga block?..."

Oct. 24, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Jeepers Creepers 2
This horror sequel is more snooze than nightmare.
"...his background) feels more like one of those awful straight-to-video spookshows that tends to crop up on Cinemax ’round..."

Aug. 29, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

American Wedding
"...Jim’s buddies are back, too: the bookish Finch (Thomas), straight man Kevin (Nicholas), and crude, lewd, abrasively hilarious Stifler..."

Aug. 1, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde
"...legit, with smart suits (albeit, in pink), hair blow-dried straight, and a wholesomeness that is no longer kooky but..."

July 4, 2003 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The In-Laws
"...dealer Jean-Pierre Thibodoux (Suchet), and Jerry’s a neurotic dentist straight out of Woody Allen’s Big Book o’ Stuttery Tics...."

May 23, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Laurel Canyon
"...a shift for this actress, most famous as the straight-talking sheriff in Fargo; and isn’t it marvelous that she’s..."

April 11, 2003 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Guru
"...the cunning naiveté to rip his New Age verbiage straight from the book o’ love by porn star Sharonna..."

Feb. 14, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Left Behind II: Tribulation Force
"...dangerous mission to show the world the Truth. This straight-to-video Christian sequel hopes to further this apocalytic franchise. Christian..."

Feb. 14, 2003 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Friday After Next
"...species. The Friday series is a silly, cornball affair straight through its FUBU and down to its scruffy Nikes,..."

Nov. 22, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Happy Times
"...is a film strictly for hardcore sentimentalists, despite its straight-ahead depiction of the harsh urban landscape in contemporary China...."

Sept. 13, 2002 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

The Cockettes
"...troupe made up of gay men, a sprinkling of straight women, one baby, many, many hits of acid, and..."

Aug. 9, 2002 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Dagon
This H.P. Lovecraft-inspired fish story is so extreme that it borders on camp.
"...Paoli) and middling performances. Filmed in Spain as a straight-to-video feature, Dagon demonstrates that the filmmakers still ascribe to..."

June 28, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Burnt Money
"...of energetic sexual couplings that run the gamut from straight to queer to somewhere in between. If the characters..."

Feb. 8, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Mothman Prophecies
"...few. More of a two-hour mood piece than a straight horror film, Pellington tries to get by on style..."

Feb. 1, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation 2002
"...Twisted tag lets the animators cut through the bullshit straight to the social commentary, with funny, audacious takes on..."

Jan. 25, 2002 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Ocean's Eleven
"...his pure-entertainment muscles, creating a heady, goofy zone of straight artifice and sporadic comedy. It's hard to think of..."

Dec. 7, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Mulholland Drive
"...from his last film, the wonderful but atypical The Straight Story, will likely find their heads exploding somewhere into..."

Oct. 19, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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