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A Summer's Tale
Eric Rohmer's 1996 film gets its first Stateside release – and the wait was worth it.
"...the beaches and wandering around town, he develops a friendship with Margot (the luminous Langlet, the titular character from..."

Sept. 5, 2014 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Person of Interest
Meg Wolitzer's latest book tracks six characters through three decades of friendship
"...the attentions of the group's most successful member. The friendship between Jules and Ethan is one of the most..."

Oct. 25, 2013 Books Feature by Amy Gentry

The Ultimate Life
This inspirational film based is both a sequel and prequel to The Ultimate Gift, and is based on Jim Stovall's novel.
"...modern-day parable about the virtues of gratitude, family, and friendship, The Ultimate Life will be best received as a..."

Sept. 6, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

LoneStarCon 3: The Howard and George Show
Howard Waldrop and George R. R. Martin really do like each other
"...To commemorate their half-century of improbable friendship, writers George R. R. Martin and Howard Waldrop spent..."

Sept. 1, 2013 Books Post by Robert Faires

Terminal Stage
With 'Adam Sultan,' playwright Steve Moore again reflects on friendship and mortality in Austin
"...and beauty and of the necessity of love and friendship...."

April 5, 2013 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Stand Up Guys
The film stars Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin as a trio of petty crooks who reunite postretirement to settle some old scores and rediscover the meaning of friendship.
"...settle some old scores and rediscover the meaning of friendship. As directed by character actor-turned-filmmaker Fisher Stevens, Guys has..."

Feb. 1, 2013 Movie Review by Leah Churner

Silver Linings Playbook
David O. Russell finds finds another family in distress; Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence kept it consistently fun.
", too: They speak the same language. A tentative friendship forms, and Pat’s days become newly powered with purpose..."

Nov. 16, 2012 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The House I Live In
Eugene Jarecki examines America's war on drugs and the collateral and self-inflicted damage it has caused within one African-American family.
"...closer to home, the Jeter family. Using his lifelong friendship with the Jeters as a jumping off point, Jarecki’s..."

Oct. 26, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Tim Burton’s animated, black-and-white movie about a boy and his dog is sweetly filtered through the lens of Frankenstein and other famous monsters.
"...its electrified heart, though, Frankenweenie is a story about friendship, family, and the importance of kidhood perseverance. Never say..."

Oct. 5, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Intouchables
The unlikely friendship that forms between a wealthy, white quadriplegic and a streetwise, black ne'er-do-well who becomes his live-in companion is the subject of this French film.
"...face of it, a simple story of the unlikely friendship – even love – that develops between a wealthy,..."

June 8, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Project X
In the vein of John Hughes, this movie celebrates that innocent time of life when a badass backyard party is the ultimate key to social success.
"...instantaneously elevate your social status, and cement bonds of friendship that would last a lifetime, and get you laid..."

March 2, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Something Borrowed
Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin co-star in this kicky portrait of narcissism unbridled.
"...Darcy's wedding, as Rachel weighs the value of her friendship against the wants of her heart. Oddly, the bond..."

May 6, 2011 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

There Be Dragons
Roland Joffé wrote and directed this drama set during the Spanish Civil War in which one of the protagonists is Opus Dei founder Josemaría Escrivá.
"...and the son. This is a story about faith, friendship, betrayal, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Joffé is trying to achieve..."

May 6, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

In a Better World
This Danish import by Susanne Bier deservedly won this year's Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
"...Elias (Rygaard), is bullied at school and starved for friendship – problems that vanish with the arrival of Christian..."

April 29, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Dilemma
Ron Howard's latest is a decidedly honest comedy-melodrama about love and friendship.
"...encapsulates all of the above facets of love and friendship while taking pain to dwell in the real world...."

Jan. 14, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Summer Wars
Charming anime about families, social media, and summer love
"...tropes that underlie Summer Wars’ the-future-is-now story. Family loyalty, friendship, self-sacrifice, and puppy love are all at the heart..."

Jan. 7, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

2010 Texas Book Festival
The epic friendship of two writers, dog-lovers, and ex-drunks
"...biggest issue was to re-create the quality of the friendship, because its intimacy was based on simple dailiness. It's..."

Oct. 15, 2010 Books Feature by Marion Winik

Red White & Blue
Filmed in Austin, this horror film is a love story and hyperviolent revenge freakout that is well-performed and well-made.
"...(a cadaverous Taylor) shows up, and a tentative platonic friendship evolves between the misfit pair. It's bound not to..."

Oct. 1, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Switch
Jennifer Aniston does the turkey-baster thing with a donor's sperm, but seven years later the joke is on her.
" this fact, but Kassie placed him in the “friendship zone" long ago and continues to view their relationship..."

Aug. 20, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Hangover
The Hangover is deliciously darker than Todd Phillips' previous comedies, Old School and Road Trip, but it isn't as thick with malice or drenched in the "bromance" creed of the present.
"...earlier films, The Hangover honors the significance of male friendship without insisting on its primacy. The occasion here is..."

June 5, 2009 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Billu Barber
New Bollywood film.
"...The Bollywood film is based on the story of friendship between Krishna and Sudama. It is a reimagining of..."

Feb. 13, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

In Notorious, the life of hip-hop artist Christopher Wallace, aka Notorious B.I.G. or Biggie Smalls, assumes the shape of the standard biopic formula.
"...(aka Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, et al.), and the friendship and falling out with West Coast hip-hop icon Tupac..."

Jan. 16, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Bolt is a canine who plays a cybernetically enhanced dog on TV but has no knowledge of how to cope in the real world in this new animated film.
"...and wistful revelations regarding the true nature of heroism, friendship, and love. Accompanying Our Hero on his peripatetic mad..."

Nov. 21, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
Female camaraderie, nostalgic sentimentality, and emotional catharsis are back in this sequel: The film hits its marks but lacks real depth.
"...the lesson to be learned is that love and friendship conquer all … and you’re going to learn it..."

Aug. 8, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Sleepwalking might have been a terrific character study of damaged adult siblings, but instead becomes a muddled road trip toward redemption.
"...incrementally giving into their shared desire for understanding and friendship. It’s a cross-generational trip toward redemption through the thick..."

March 21, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini’s bestselling novel is brought faithfully to the screen, although the melodramatics of the story's latter section undercuts the poetic drama of the first half.
"...The screen version of Hosseini’s phenomenally successful novel about friendship, betrayal, and redemption, set against the turmoil in Afghanistan..."

Dec. 21, 2007 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Bridge to Terabithia
This excellent screen version of the Newbery-winning novel is not about fairies and enchanted forests but about kids who feel as though they don't fit in.
"...through the bathroom door. The movie is about the friendship that begins when weird, new kid Leslie (Robb) offers..."

Feb. 23, 2007 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Charlotte's Web
E.B. White's sweet, simple, and timeless story about the power of friendship and the acceptance of loss is a story that’s faithfully told here with all the sentiment and only slight updating.
"...sweet, simple, and timeless story about the power of friendship and the acceptance of loss, a story that’s told..."

Dec. 15, 2006 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Open Season
The animated Open Season is long on manic energy and bathroom humor but short on real storytelling, emotion, and characters.
"...comic petulance), and stand back as bumper-sticker lessons about friendship and loyalty crowd the screen. Open Season follows this..."

Sept. 29, 2006 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

The story of the friendship and contrasting paths to success of two natural ballplayers, both of whom appear to be too old to be playing teens, Crossover tries hard but never makes the leap.
"...clichéd slice of Detroit life. The film features the friendship and contrasting paths to success of two natural ballplayers,..."

Sept. 8, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

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