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Margaret A. McGurk

Margaret A. McGurk
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 80% Anthem (1997) Many themes emerge -- equality, justice, freedom, environmental crisis -- but weaving them into cogent insights is beyond the adventurers.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2007
B+ 82% Control (Kontroll) (2005) Quote not available.‐ Journal News (Westchester, NY)
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2005
C+ 37% Beauty Shop (2005) Quote not available.‐ Journal News (Westchester, NY)
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2005
2.5/4 7% Dragonfly (2002) The screenplay credited to Brandon Camp, Mike Thompson and David Seltzer starts out with energy and substance, but reverts to time-filling repetition before it reaches the last-minute climax.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2005
8/10 56% The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) It is messy, perplexing and weird, but in a good way.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2005
0/4 34% Resident Evil (2002) So bad it can't even steal effectively from good movies that came before.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2004
7/10 44% National Treasure (2004) Despite some preposterous twists, it is a treat to watch a movie with a hero who confronts enemies, threats and clues with wit and insight instead of guns and grenades.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2004
63% The Powerpuff Girls - The Movie (2002) The movie is just not fun enough.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2003
3/4 93% Blood Simple (1984) The story is haunting and violent, yet shot through with the Coens' signature brand of weird, deadpan wit and their peculiar melancholy about place and time.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2003
3.5/4 81% Shadow of the Vampire (2000) Horror is as old as movie pictures, but this film shows it still holds dark depths to explore.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2003
3/4 84% Meet the Parents (2000) Stiller has a gift for looking funny effortlessly, when he's doing nothing physical. With no mugging, no physical contortions, he turns his face into a palette of pain and confusion.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2003
3/4 68% Dancer in the Dark (2000) Though flawed, Dancer in the Dark is a worthy addition to the filmography of Mr. von Trier.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2003
1/4 26% Swordfish (2001) It calls itself a 'thriller,' apparently because it is loaded with pointless machinations that pile up into a tortured wreck of narrative desperation.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2003
2.5/4 63% Saving Grace (2000) [Blethyn] brings great heart to the role of Grace, injecting notes of surprising truth into what is otherwise a pleasantly nutty little film.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2003
3/4 42% How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days dishes up a healthy serving of the fun that should be -- and too often isn't -- at the heart of a good romantic comedy.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2003
3.5/4 92% Talk to Her (2002) Talk to Her is vintage Almodovar.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2003
3/4 66% Shanghai Knights (2003) It's all silly as a Saturday cartoon show -- and twice as much fun.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2003
3/4 40% Pay It Forward (2000) A fine, honest tale that gives full respect to the pain of yearning and the power of hope.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2003
3/4 75% The Way Home (Jibeuro) (2002) Not only is it a charming, funny and beautifully crafted import, it uses very little dialogue, making it relatively effortless to read and follow the action at the same time.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2003
3.5/4 79% Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2003) If nothing else, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind ought to make Sam Rockwell a star.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2003
0.5/4 9% Darkness Falls (2003) The kind of movie that gives horror a bad name.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2003
3/4 83% Narc (2002) The acting is outstanding -- Ray Liotta is as good as he has ever been, Jason Patric is notably better.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2003
3.5/4 77% Nicholas Nickleby (2002) The cast is a marvelous match for the characters, and the pared-down script preserves plenty of the luscious melodrama that makes Dickens so addictive.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2003
4/4 91% Adaptation (2002) A movie that proves all movies, like flowers, can evolve in exotic and delightful and utterly unpredictable ways into something worthy of passion beyond words.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2003
3.5/4 79% Antwone Fisher (2002) Both star and director acquit themselves with dignity, in a movie that treats the emotional life of a troubled man with uncommon sensitivity and insight.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2003
3/4 78% 25th Hour (2003) While 25th Hour is not a flawless movie, it packs a powerful wallop, thanks to the awe-inspiring Mr. Norton and his ever-artful director.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2003
3.5/4 96% Catch Me If You Can (2002) Production designer Jeannine Oppewall and Mr. Spielberg's favorite cinematographer Janusz Kaminski capture a near-flawless palette of period looks from the '50s and '60s.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2002
2.5/4 68% The Grey Zone (2002) An intelligent and deeply felt work about impossible, irrevocable choices and the price of making them.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2002
3/4 88% Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) When the camera focuses on the girls, the story is as riveting as the vast Australian skies that frame the journey.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2002
3/4 82% Drumline (2002) Devon's story is affecting, but it is the action on the field that makes the movie something special.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2002
2.5/4 40% Maid in Manhattan (2002) Despite its flaws, Maid in Manhattan is a perfectly serviceable date movie, and a decent showcase for a leading lady who clearly is ready for better things.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2002
3/4 37% Star Trek - Nemesis (2002) Star Trek fans like their philosophy deep, and Nemesis, the 10th big-screen episode, does not disappoint.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2002
1/4 22% The Hot Chick (2002) Jam-packed with literally bruising jokes. Every five minutes or so, someone gets clocked.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2002
3/4 83% Real Women Have Curves (2002) It treats Ana's journey with honesty that is tragically rare in the depiction of young women in film.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2002
3/4 69% Treasure Planet (2002) Abounds with kid-friendly thrills.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2002
3.5/4 92% Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002) It's poignant, surprising, triumphant, funny, and you can dance to it.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2002
1/4 12% Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights (2002) Every bit as violent, profane, mean-spirited and artificially sentimental as any live-action Adam Sandler movie.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2002
4/4 66% Solaris (2002) A lustrous and haunting work of art, and easily one of the year's best films.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2002
3/4 82% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) Overall, the movie feels brighter, smarter and sleeker than the first.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2002
3/4 88% Roger Dodger (2002) It is a testament to Mr. Kidd's skill that in his debut feature he makes such entertainment out of a character that could easily have seemed nothing more than an egotistical blowhard.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2002
3.5/4 96% Bowling for Columbine (2002) Bowling For Columbine should be required viewing for teenagers.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2002
3/4 76% Comedian (2002) An ironic and highly watchable look at the birth of a stand-up routine.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2002
2.5/4 15% I Spy (2002) This film does no favors to the memory of the I Spy TV series, a genuine original that knew how to pull off a surprise. On the big screen, it is as ordinary as they get.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2002
3/4 72% Auto Focus (2002) Auto Focus never explains the whys behind Bob Crane's addiction, but it recounts the disease and its toll on the man in vivid, sometimes shocking and always fascinating terms.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2002
4/4 97% Spirited Away (2002) A feast for lovers of animation.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2002
3/4 71% The Ring (2002) It may not be perfect, but The Ring makes a skin-crawling candidate for one of the scariest movies to hit the screen this year.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2002
2.5/4 25% Formula 51 (2002) Violence and whimsy make an uneasy blend, but Formula 51 comes closer than most to pulling it off.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2002
3.5/4 88% Gridlock'd (1997) Written and directed by actor Vondie Curtis Hall, the film blends savvy and sour-mash humor with bone-deep sadness that recalls predecessors as varied as After Hours and Trainspotting.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2002
3/4 46% Volcano (1997) On its own escapist terms, Volcano dishes up a textbook serving of low-I.Q., high-energy entertainment.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2002
2.5/4 83% There's Something About Mary (1998) The Farrellys work so hard to be outrageous they end up sacrificing story, characters, even comedy, to achieve maximum gross-out.‐ Cincinnati Enquirer
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2002