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ACL Review: The Strokes
Is This It, new again perennially
"...fact, on Sunday at ACL (weekend one only), the Strokes came off perfectly preserved in that moment they strutted..."

Oct. 5, 2015 Music Post by Tim Stegall

“Vivid Strokes: Contemporary Paintings From Vietnam”
In our tumultuous moment, seeing work by artists from nations that have known tragedy our own has not can be enlightening
"...times and places. The Asian American Resource Center's "Vivid Strokes: Contemporary Paintings From Vietnam" gives us that opportunity. The..."

Nov. 25, 2016 Arts Review by Sam Anderson-Ramos

Texas in Bold, Dark Strokes
When Jack Jackson wasn't studying, researching, and presenting history in painstakingly drawn graphic novels, this wildly talented artist and scholar was making it himself
"...in that interview, this is "Texas in bold, dark strokes."..."

June 16, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Texas in Bold, Dark Strokes
Artist/Historian Jack Jackson
"...to tell the story of Texas in bold, dark strokes will burn just as brightly over the gulf of..."

Nov. 15, 1996 Books Feature by Jesse Sublett

Different Strokes for Different Folks
DIY Hump! Film Festival is back to flick your switch

Sept. 22, 2017 Screens Feature by Jessi Cape

Take It or Leave It
Are the Strokes great? The Chronicle's Christopher Gray says no, but talks to them anyway.
"...Yet, even after all that, the Strokes did not truly arrive until last month, when they..."

Nov. 15, 2002 Music Feature by Christopher Gray

Monsters University
This sequel is a prequel about the school days of the future Monsters, Inc. employees, Sulley and Mike.
"...already stale. There’s no invention here, no bold new strokes, only doodling on the dynamo concept of the first..."

June 21, 2013 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Girl in the Spider's Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story
Lisbeth Salander is back, and now she's James Bond
"...all the world’s nuclear missiles available with a few strokes of the keyboard...."

Nov. 9, 2018 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

A Most Wanted Man
This post-9/11 espionage thriller is adapted from John Le Carré’s 2008 novel and stars Philip Seymour Hoffman at the head of a top-notch cast.
"...head to the left, and maaaaaaybe all the discrete strokes make sense in wide focus. As the chain-smoking, poker-faced..."

July 25, 2014 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Obvious Child
Jenny Slate stars as a standup comic in this indie film about abortion that comes snuggled in the broad strokes of a quirky comedy.
"...film about abortion that comes snuggled in the broad strokes of a quirky relationship comedy. A grump might wonder..."

June 20, 2014 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Broken Embraces
Penélope Cruz stars in Pedro Almodóvar's latest, which plays like the lost love child of Douglas Sirk and Alfred Hitchcock.
"...Douglas Sirk and Alfred Hitchcock, with its dramatic broad strokes, iconic reds, and teasing narrative clues. In the third..."

Jan. 8, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Superman Returns
Superman returns to Earth seeming more like a humbled prodigal son than an invincible superhero.
"...Singer lays on the savior iconography with thick brush strokes. Various fans and critics are decrying the film’s casting..."

June 30, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Don't Move
Italian story of a surgeon who falls in love with a country girl (Penélope Cruz), flirts with the self-pitying mindset of the slumming elite, and becomes something of an apology for bourgeois classism.
"...Cruz, bravely essaying a borderline madwoman in broad, bold strokes, is never less than intense. Together they prove once..."

June 3, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Diary of a Mad Black Woman
The fitful story of how one black woman gets her groove back.
"...the movie’s melodramatic strife is leavened with broad slapstick strokes, which creates a bizarrely uneven tone that requires viewers..."

Feb. 25, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Thérèse: The Story of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
Saints alive! To each her own biopic.
"...in 1897 is fitfully told in dramatic and visual strokes lacking artistry and technique. Director Defilippis also plays one..."

Nov. 5, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Zatôichi
Beneath its layers of epic detail, this Zatôichi is cinematic cotton candy.
"...It’s wild and weird and wonderful, with the broad strokes and artistic signature of gore auteur "Beat" Takeshi, who..."

Aug. 20, 2004 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Marci X
A hip-hop artist and a Jewish American Princess discover that bling-bling makes the world go ’round.
"...topicality, but it’s presented in such broad and unrealistic strokes that Marci X ultimately bears no resemblance to any..."

Aug. 29, 2003 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Hulk
"...The Hulk is painted in the broad, flashing, manic strokes of its two-dimensional source material made real. It takes..."

June 20, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Deliver Us From Eva
"...is spot-on. The film’s major drawback is the broad strokes with which the henpecked trio of males is presented..."

Feb. 7, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Lucky Numbers
"...of these Harrisburg folk are drawn in huge, sloppy strokes, and their funny ways aren't so much funny as..."

Oct. 27, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Talented Mr. Ripley
"...Wim Wenders' The American Friend) but adds inspired new strokes to her monstrously beguiling creation. Just the thing to..."

Dec. 24, 1999 Movie Review by Russell Smith

The Insider
"...Bush boy, and painting the man in such broad strokes just seems too easy. Far more appealing is Crowe's..."

Nov. 5, 1999 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

God Said “HA!”
"...humor and compassion with which she tells their story strokes our funny bone and stirs something warm inside. Sweeney's..."

May 7, 1999 Movie Review by Robert Faires

Cucaracha, La
"...mouthfuls of sick giggles. Perez directs in bold, compelling strokes, drenching the dusty Mexican locales in the mad droning..."

April 23, 1999 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Once Upon a Time … When We Were Colored
"...with the film's messages instead hammered home in broad strokes via a hackneyed voiceover narration. Throw in a somewhat..."

May 17, 1996 Movie Review by Joey O'Bryan

White Man's Burden
"...So simple, so broad are White Man's Burden's paint strokes -- from the gritty camerawork of Pinnock's mean streets..."

Dec. 8, 1995 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

A Million to Juan
"...Rodriguez has painted his character in the broadest possible strokes: early on we find out that Juan is a..."

May 20, 1994 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Love Field
"...compassion and comprehension. Love Field falters in its broader strokes. The script becomes awkward and stagy every time it..."

Feb. 26, 1993 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Cape Fear
"...the Scorsese may have kept some of his bravura strokes in check with the goal of achieving more mainstream..."

Nov. 22, 1991 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Fisher King
"...is because it lays on its whimsy with bravura strokes. And it also succeeds because of its cast. Each..."

Sept. 27, 1991 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

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