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Mermaids, Pirates, and Swords

Having dropped the dead-weight of Orlando Bloom and his guilty-by-association co-star Keira Knightley, the fourth installment of the "Pirates" franchise has finally discovered a way to be coherent.
City Pulse  |  Cole Smithey  |  05-16-2011  |  Reviews

'Nine' Turns Camera on Visionary Filmmakersnew

New films about filmmaking put plenty of talent on display without fully engaging their audiences.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Curt Holman  |  01-12-2010  |  Reviews

'Sherlock Holmes' and 'Nine': Downey Shines, Day-Lewis is Atrociousnew

Daniel Day-Lewis may normally choose parts in which he can do no wrong, but as the tormented film director in Rob Marshall’s musical, he doesn’t come close to drinking anyone’s milkshake. And since Guido is the essence of the story, that makes Nine a bright, shiny snooze.
Washington City Paper  |  Tricia Olszewski  |  12-31-2009  |  Reviews

'Nine': Rob Marshall Tries to Connect the Dance Numbersnew

An assault on the senses from every conceivable direction—smash zooms, the earsplitting eruption of something like music, the spectacle of a creature called Kate Hudson—Nine thrashes about in search of “cinema” the way a child thrown into the deep end of a pool flails for a flotation device.
L.A. Weekly  |  Scott Foundas  |  12-18-2009  |  Reviews

Happy Hookernew

Memoirs of a Geisha inappropriately tells the clean, beautiful story of a girl sold into sex slavery.
Tucson Weekly  |  Bob Grimm  |  01-05-2006  |  Reviews

Girls, Interruptednew

Well, we’re not in Chicago anymore, or even its soundstage approximation, but that hasn’t stopped Oscar-nominated director Rob Marshall from fashioning another epic spectacle out of two squabbling women in (a sort-of) show business.
Austin Chronicle  |  Kimberley Jones  |  12-21-2005  |  Reviews

Pronounced Dead

Like The Last Samurai, Memoirs of a Geisha is a well-researched, if misguided, tribute to Japan's bad old days of patriarchy and strict social hierarchy.
Washington City Paper  |  Mark Jenkins  |  12-19-2005  |  Reviews

Spurning Japanese

Memoirs of a Geisha finds general beauty, but loses the cultural specifics.
Salt Lake City Weekly  |  Scott Renshaw  |  12-16-2005  |  Reviews

Asia Minornew

Given that this movie is aimed at the art-house crowd, would it not have been possible to make it in Japanese? You never think you'll miss subtitles until a movie like this comes along.
SF Weekly  |  Luke Y. Thompson  |  12-14-2005  |  Reviews

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