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A Starry Night of Brian Wilson
Pet Sounds’ magic act still animates its author
"...the furthest away. At a baby grand piano, the Beach Boy’s brain added to pristine harmonies, layered like a..."

May 15, 2017 Music Post by Abby Johnston

"...Directed by: John Woo. Starring: Nicolas Cage, Adam Beach, Christian Slater, Peter Stormare, Noah Emmerich, Mark Ruffalo and..."

June 14, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Smoke Signals
This voyage of discovery based on Sherman Alexie's novel tells a story about friendship and father-and-son knots among Couer d'Alene Indians, a tale that resonates on the reservation and off.
"...Directed by: Chris Eyre. Starring: Adam Beach, Evan Adams, Irene Bedard, Gary Farmer, Tantoo Cardinal, Cody..."

July 17, 1998 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Passion inflamed in this study of women repressed and resurgent
"...notices Marianne’s attentive looks while they walk on the beach and begins to look back. Eventually, she discovers the..."

Feb. 21, 2020 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Come to Daddy
Family freakout with Elijah Wood in this slick and twisted thriller
"...hipster-mustachioed man-child who arrives at the looming Pacific Ocean beach home of the father who abandoned his family decades..."

Feb. 7, 2020 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

21 Bridges
Chadwick Boseman brings Manhattan to a halt as a corruption-busting cop
"...novel, you’d read the entire thing during a three-day beach weekend. When offered as in-flight entertainment, countless people will..."

Nov. 29, 2019 Movie Review by Matthew Monagle

Fifty Shades Freed
Mr. and Mrs. Grey break out the whips one last time
"...opening credits before we’re whisked away to the sun-baked beaches of an idyllic honeymoon on the Mediterranean, where Christian..."

Feb. 16, 2018 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Kong: Skull Island
The big ape is back
"...War II navy pilot whose P-51 ditched on the beach way back in 1945. That’s the prologue. Here’s the..."

March 17, 2017 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

War Dogs
Jonah Hill and Miles Teller star in this true tale about gun smuggling
"...A South Beach massage therapist, so polite in his pink polo shirt,..."

Aug. 19, 2016 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Dirty Grandpa
Robert De Niro and Zac Efron go on a raunchy road trip
"...a lesbian (he's very pretty), the milieu of Daytona Beach at spring break and all that it implies, and..."

Jan. 29, 2016 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Knock Knock
Keanu Reeves stars in Eli Roth's latest horror film
"...wife and their two perfect children head to the beach. He’s got to finish a project under deadline, but..."

Oct. 9, 2015 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Love & Mercy
Paul Dano anchors an ambitious vision of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson
"...the midcentury American pop landscape with his band, the Beach Boys, and the film suggests that the seemingly humble..."

June 5, 2015 Movie Review by William Goss

The Luv Doc: Underappreciated
A beach house in Malibu is really sweet, but not if you have to share it with an ingrate who doesn’t pick up after himself
"...hands … or a winning smile … or a beach house in Malibu? You know what? A beach house..."

June 27, 2014 Column by The Luv Doc

SXSW Film Review: 'Fort Tilden'
2 (not) broke girls
"...Rockaways. It's a long bicycle ride to an obscure beach at Fort Tilden from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, but it's worth..."

March 12, 2014 SXSW Post by Anne Harris

The Way, Way Back
In this indie comedy, a young teen finds confidence at a local water park after suffering emotional abuse from his insensitive, would-be stepfather.
"...this contemporary coming-of-age tale taking place in a sleepy beach town on Cape Cod. Each way-back reference exists for..."

July 12, 2013 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Step Up Revolution
A tired story is enlivened by dance happenings – essentially flash mobs with killer physiques.
"...of any number of better travelogues for Miami’s South Beach, but this fourth entry in the improbably popular "underground"..."

July 27, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Battlefield America
It's You Got Served for a younger dance generation.
"...preadolescent dancers kicking and splitting their way through Long Beach, Calif.'s (apparently) wicked, underage dance-battle scene. Weird up, yo...."

June 8, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

I Love You Phillip Morris
Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor star in this tale of Texas con man Steven Russell, which walks an unsteady line between outright farce and redemptive gay love story.
"...wife (Mann, fine and bubbly), Russell decamps to South Beach, where he discovers, as that irksome narration reveals, "being..."

Dec. 17, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Road
Cormac McCarthy's bleak, end-of-days novel survives the transition to the screen with remarkable veracity.
" no one's idea of a giddy, fun, summer beach read. It's the story of a father and son..."

Nov. 27, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Cocaine Cowboys
Documentary shows how Miami was once a sleepy seaside hamlet with a permeable border and largely unprotected coastline before the cocaine economy took over.
"...Colombian pot from the Medellín cartel materialized on the beach in secret spots, and small-timers like Jon Roberts sold..."

Nov. 10, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

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.
"...Hinds. Very nearly as electrifying as one of South Beach's ubiquitous pastel-peach beachfront cabanas or, alternately, an iridescently deceased..."

July 28, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Ladies in Lavender
Even though grande dames Maggie Smith and Judi Dench share the screen in this drama, their immense talents are mostly wasted.
"...a young Polish man’s barely breathing body on the beach, following a tumultuous storm the night before. In the..."

June 17, 2005 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Starsky & Hutch
Seventies TV shows live on through Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, and Snoop Dog.
"...legendarily violent, frequently homoerotic adventures in distributing beat-downs and beach-bunny beddings in equal and profligate measure. The film’s plot,..."

March 5, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Broken Lizard's Club Dread
Broken Lizard (the comedy group that gave us Super Troopers) spoofs summer-camp slasher flicks and lowbrow beach farces.
" hybridizes summer-camp slasher flicks with those goofball lowbrow beach farces (think Private Resort or the Hardbodies oeuvre). Nubile..."

Feb. 27, 2004 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Out of Time
Denzel does a Southern-fried potboiler.
"...Whitlock, the chief of police in a dismal Florida beach town who discovers all fingers point to him when..."

Oct. 10, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

City by the Sea
" the decaying New York boardwalk resort of Long Beach, City by the Sea means well in its depiction..."

Sept. 13, 2002 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Snow Dogs
"...wasteland of writing, plays the pleasant and respected Miami Beach dentist Ted, who is summoned one day to the..."

Jan. 18, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Nico and Dani
This Spanish import is a coming-of-age dramedy whose (nearly) teenage stars are natural actors, whose direction is unforced, and whose sexual themes are treated with candor and humor.
"...smoke weed, sleep late, and cruise chicks at the beach, they're also exploring their attraction to each other. Seventeen-year-old..."

March 23, 2001 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Dr. Akagi
"...And indeed, there goes Akagi (Emoto), racing across the beach -- past the tussling couple of local prostitute Sonoko..."

July 23, 1999 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Jackie Brown
Based on Elmore Leonard's novel Rum Punch, this is a fairly straight-ahead, Seventies-styled caper film.
"...Louis (De Niro, hilariously stoned throughout) and Ordell's pet beach bunny Melanie (Fonda) in a letter-perfect scam that's as..."

Dec. 26, 1997 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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