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Voters support pay raise
"...a property-tax increase necessary to provide a 3% pay raise for teachers and staff. AISD released a statement thanking..."

Nov. 7, 2008 News Feature by Michael King

Hamlet 2
The manic comedian Steve Coogan plays a high school drama teacher who pens a scandalous remake of the Bard's classic in an attempt to save his Tucson class from budget cuts.
"...a sequel to Hamlet, hoping that its performance will raise enough money to keep the show (and the class)..."

Aug. 22, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns
Tyler Perry's latest feel-good drama about African-American family relationships scores its best casting with Angela Bassett in the lead, but otherwise falls prey to Perry's slipshod filmmaking technique.
"...far, and although she's terrific to watch, she can't raise Meet the Browns from the doldrums in which the..."

March 28, 2008 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Charlie Wilson's War
Despite a script by Aaron Sorkin, direction by Mike Nichols, and star turns by Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, this good-natured geopolitical romp falls flat.
"...boozing and keeping company with Playboy Playmates, managed to raise $1 billion with the help of socialite Joanne Herring..."

Dec. 21, 2007 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Lars and the Real Girl
This movie's high-concept premise would be easy to dismiss were it not so flawlessly executed.
" said. It takes a village not only to raise a child but also, in this case, to aid..."

Oct. 26, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Abandoned
Creepy Eastern European atmospherics encase this horror film, which nevertheless suffers from an anemic script.
"...comes with enough genuinely creepy Eastern European atmospherics to raise goosebumps but suffers mightily from an anemic storyline that..."

March 2, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Stranger Than Fiction
A good movie but not a great one, Stranger Than Fiction is reminiscent of the films of Charlie Kaufman but lacks that writer’s conceptual rigor and imaginative power.
" tackle some of the juiciest questions those ideas raise: How come Eiffel doesn’t narrate those parts of Harold’s..."

Nov. 10, 2006 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

The Devil Wears Prada
A fresh and caustic take on the fashion industry is hobbled by a threadbare plot about a girl learning that it's wrong to sell her soul for designer shoes.
"...the part so that her Miranda never needs to raise her voice to get what she wants. If anything,..."

June 30, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Omen
Julia Stiles is miscast, although Mia Farrow delights in this unnecessary remake of a perfectly good child-as-Antichrist movie.
"...stepmom. Lee Remick was 41 when she tried to raise hell, and at 25, Stiles is still too cheerfully..."

June 9, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Physics and metaphysics mingle in this minimalist yet intriguing fiction about inventor-scientists who discover a technique of time travel.
"...themselves. The time travel leads to plot complications that raise philosophical questions about what the two men should do..."

Oct. 22, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

If Douglas Sirk had made martial arts movies they probably would have looked something like Zhang Yimou's stunning new opus.
"...lavish films of his earlier career (Ju Dou and Raise the Red Lantern, for example). In many ways, Hero..."

Aug. 27, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

A Home at the End of the World
Michael Cunningham's novel is the basis for this story of a love triangle in which everyone's in love with Bobby (played by Colin Farrell).
"...when Clare becomes pregnant and the three decide to raise the child together. But in order to appreciate their..."

Aug. 6, 2004 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Mother
From the director of Notting Hill comes this story about a middle-aged woman who reignites her sex life with a much younger man.
"...(Notting Hill) and writer Hanif Kureishi (My Beautiful Laundrette) raise the stakes in The Mother by posing the question:..."

July 2, 2004 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Day After Tomorrow
A new Ice Age cometh
" shelves to calve off of the poles and raise sea levels precipitously. Cue nature’s wrath at the United..."

May 28, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Pokémon 4ever
"...same name, in which kids compete to tame and raise various species of wily little “pocket monsters” and become..."

Oct. 11, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Tuck Everlasting
"...inhabiting a kiddie movie, but the combined talent helps raise Tuck Everlasting to the realm of quality children's entertainment...."

Oct. 11, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Master of Disguise
"...retired “master of disguise” Frabbrizio (Brolin), who decided to raise his son without knowledge of his inherited trait of..."

Aug. 2, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

" are all the other actors, and together they raise the stakes of this sharply written black comedy-cum-tragedy. Macy..."

March 2, 2001 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Cast Away
"...Hanks, this is essentially a one-man show, and the much-praised actor proves himself most able. All the popular stories..."

Dec. 22, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Bless the Child
"...(and equally bad) Stigmata, Bless the Child fails to raise even a single hackle. Not only that, but it..."

Aug. 11, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Not One Less
"...reputation. In such previous films as Ju Dou and Raise the Red Lantern, Zhang focused on melodramatic stories whose..."

March 31, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Next Best Thing
"...of unmarried, sexually incompatible people as they struggle to raise their child (a precocious and engaging Malcolm Stumpf) in..."

March 4, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Tea With Mussolini
"...lesbian (Tomlin). These colorful women, expatriates living in Florence, raise the motherless Luca (Zeffirelli's alter ego) in a way..."

May 14, 1999 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Six Ways to Sunday
"...Harry every chance he gets)? Mob capers ought not raise as many questions as this, and if perchance they..."

April 16, 1999 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Guy Ritchie's turbocharged debut.
"...silent Barry the Baptist (McLean), the boys have to raise the offending amount or end up floating face down..."

March 19, 1999 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

A Night at the Roxbury
"...and pointless as A Night at the Roxbury do raise the question of how long the gods will keep..."

Oct. 9, 1998 Movie Review by Russell Smith

Dirty Work
"...Pops) suffers a heart attack, the pair scheme to raise the cash for a coronary transplant via the vendetta..."

June 19, 1998 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist
"...with it. For Flanagan, the solution was to defiantly raise nature's ante by subjecting himself to agonies greater than..."

Jan. 16, 1998 Movie Review by Russell Smith

Slaves to the Underground
"...Jimmy (Bortz), a political newsletter publisher whose dwindling finances raise the awful specter of 9-5 employment. Suzy and Shelly..."

Dec. 12, 1997 Movie Review by Russell Smith

"...of menagerie-owning Trudy Lintz (Russo) and her efforts to raise a Congolese gorilla in her household -- with predictably..."

June 6, 1997 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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