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Still in the Game
AFF to honor The Wire creator David Simon
"...Festival just announced that it will bestow its Outstanding Television Writer award on the one and only, his honor..."

June 30, 2010 Screens Post by Cindy Widner

Here's an idea that hasn't been tried in a few years: Turn a Saturday Night Live skit into a feature film.
"...or his discomfort with his son's homosexuality. The succinct television sketches, which unspooled in three parts with setup/complication/punch line..."

May 28, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Aliens in the Attic
A group of kids save their vacation home from extraterrestrials while keeping their clueless elders out of the loop.
"...affairs when even films that aren’t remakes of old television series or Eighties-era sci-fi/horror semiclassics still arrive in theatres..."

Aug. 7, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Dragonball: Evolution
Live-action versions of animé/manga hits are notoriously hard to pull off, and Dragonball: Evolution proves no exception.
"...wildly popular Japanese manga Dragonball Z (and its attendant television animé version), it should be director Wong (former The..."

April 17, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

State of Play
Starring Russell Crowe, this American redo of a great BBC miniseries about investigative journalism and nefarious institutions neither embarrasses the original nor is superior to it in any way.
"...and ideals from Fleet Street to Downing – was television at its finest. Why mess with greatness? Turns out..."

April 17, 2009 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail
Just what's needed in the big house – Perry's pistol-packing granny.
" of the Perry multimedia empire (with outposts on television and Broadway) – with the maudlin melodrama of Candace..."

Feb. 27, 2009 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Leffingwell, Shade: Stanford Behind Culleton Ads
Meeker's newly-former campaign manager colluding with his former campaign treasurer in attack ads
"...almost immediately began orchestrating a well-funded "independent" print and television advertising campaign "doesn't pass the smell test."..."

April 29, 2008 News Post by Wells Dunbar

Fast Times With Darondo
Doin' the splits with a lost soul singer
"...early 1980s Darondo starred on several Bay Area cable television shows before disappearing all together. His rare 1973 single,..."

March 25, 2008 Music Post by Thomas Fawcett

Sleepwalking might have been a terrific character study of damaged adult siblings, but instead becomes a muddled road trip toward redemption.
"...a construction crew and his nights staring at the television. When the husband of his equally distraught but far..."

March 21, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

City of Men
This Brazilian followup to the award-winning City of God tells a new story but continues its look at gangster life and the cycle of poverty in the slums of Rio de Janeiro.
"...more precisely, it's a followup to the popular Brazilian television series City of Men, which was a well-reviewed outgrowth..."

Feb. 29, 2008 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Signal
The Signal is an audacious horror film that nonetheless veers on occasion into surreal black comedy.
"...The theory among the survivors is that a bizarre radio/television/cell-phone transmission is the source of the sudden explosion of..."

Feb. 22, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Grown Man Wears Spandex, Touches Balls ...
The Defuser takes to the court.
"...Sci-Fi Channel's Who Wants To Be A Superhero? reality television show by transforming himself into a no-deadly-weapons wielding dude..."

Jan. 31, 2008 News Post by Andrea Grimes

Reno 911!: Miami
The gang from the Comedy Central show attend a national police convention in Miami Beach during spring break.
"...they total 84 minutes. It makes for an overlong television episode with the wrong kind of pacing. (The same..."

March 2, 2007 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Man of the Year
Instead of being the hippest kid on the block, this comedy plays like a schizophrenic exercise in shrill cinematic politics.
"...What if the shoot-from-the-hip host of a wildly popular cable-television fake-news program ran for the American presidency and won?..."

Oct. 20, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Miami Vice
Perhaps vice isn't what it used to be, or maybe Crockett and Tubbs don't belong in this new time slot, but Michael Mann's movie turns out to be dreary and monochromatic.
"...Mann's edgy (read: underlit) take on the vacuous Eighties television cop-opera takes perhaps one too many cues from its..."

July 28, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Twelve and Holding
This disturbing but emotionally authentic story about adolescent life treats its subjects with bravery and compassion.
"...recklessly. (Blue Öyster Cult is involved.) The story (by television scribe Anthony Cipriano, who’s steadier than Cuesta was with..."

June 30, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

A clunker if there ever was one, Doogal is so mind-numbingly incoherent that parents and children alike will stare dazedly at the movie screen wondering what the heck is going on.
"...going on. Ostensibly based on the venerated British children’s television series The Magic Roundabout, this lamely executed telling of..."

March 3, 2006 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Joss Whedon’s Western/sci-fi hybrid (which was canceled from TV but greenlighted for the movies) evinces the kind of swashbuckling bonhomie that made so many of us fall in love with the original Star Wars films.
"...their enduring ire over the cancellation of his 2002 television show, Firefly. Critics savaged the Western/sci-fi hybrid, viewers stayed..."

Sept. 30, 2005 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Ingmar Bergman’s final film continues his exploration into mankind’s willful inability to accept the inevitable, whatever that may be.
"...the inevitable, whatever that may be. Shot for Swedish television on hi-definition digital video, Saraband is a sequel, a..."

Aug. 12, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Ray Charles, we can't stop loving you, even though this formulaic biopic lacks your original style.
"...that has become familiar to any casual watcher of television’s Behind the Music-type shows. However, director Hackford is no..."

Oct. 29, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Woman Thou Art Loosed
Based on a novel by Bishop T.D. Jakes, a black evangelical preacher and author who also co-stars, this unusual film is part revivalist sermon, part narrative drama, and wholly urgent and engaging.
"...blaxploitation movement (Car Wash) who has been working in television since the late Eighties. The film was produced by..."

Oct. 22, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

A Day Without a Mexican
What if Californians awoke one day to discover that all the Mexicans in the state had mysteriously vanished overnight?
"...plays like a Twilight Zone episode conceived for Mexican television and padded out to three times its half-hour storyline...."

Sept. 24, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2
Let’s just call SuperBabies what it is: child abuse.
"...note, SuperBabies takes unwarranted swipes at the evils of television and the Internet. If Kahuna were really a hero..."

Sept. 3, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Bush's Brain
Bush's so-called brain is Karl Rove, whose mastery of dirty tricks deserves clearer scrutiny than it gets in this documentary.
"...(Aesthetically, the production values are on par with a television attack ad, bold-faced, reactionary title cards and all.) Bush’s..."

Aug. 27, 2004 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Last Flight Out
Righteously mediocre stuff from the "film ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association"
"...originality. Jameson's been laboring in the Aegean stables of television just lately and it shows: Last Flight Out has..."

Aug. 13, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Facing Windows
Overburdened domestic drama from Italy still features some great performances.
"...between melodrama and the flat tone of an "issues"-oriented television miniseries...."

July 30, 2004 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Control Room
A timely documentary look at Arab news network al Jazeera.
"...that we haven’t been permitted to see on American television: prisoner-of-war interviews, bombed Iraqi children, and so on. Noujaim..."

June 11, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Arzak Rhapsody
Arzak Rhapsody is a gorgeous and easily digested slice of Gallic animé by Heavy Metal magazine creator Moebius. American premiere.
" is also something else." It’s an animated French television series from the mind (and pen) of legendary artist..."

April 30, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Once Upon a Time in the Midlands
British romantic tale uses the gunslinger mythos as a means to explore romance and regret.
" boyfriend Dek (Ifans of Human Nature) on national television. Meadows has a knack for capturing the queasy daytime..."

Nov. 14, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

OT: Our Town
"...subjects, director Kennedy juxtaposes scenes of George Schaeffer’s 1977 television version of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town with a group..."

Aug. 15, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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