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Review: Cloud Atlas

The most disappointing film of the year, Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer's adaptation of David Mitchell's 2004 novel fails on nearly every level.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 26, 2012
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Review: War of the Buttons

Based upon Louis Pergaud's beloved and much adapted 1912 novel, this retread by Christophe Barratier ( Paris 36 ) is flawed but has its charms.

By PEG ALOI  |  October 26, 2012
Review: Killer Joe

Review: Killer Joe

Matthew McConaughey's comeback tour may have peaked with his title role in this Southern-fried screwball noir.
William Friedkin adapts the play by Tracy Letts
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  August 10, 2012
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Review: Farewell, My Queen

The gifted French director Benoît Jacquot specializes in movies about the emotions of young women.
Adapted from Chantal Thomas’s novel
By PATRICK Z. MCGAVIN  |  July 27, 2012
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Review: Trishna

If nothing else, Michael Winterbottom's updating of Tess of the D'Urbervilles to present-day India proves that Thomas Hardy will depress you no matter what the setting.
Tess of the D'Urbervilles set in present-day India
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 20, 2012
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Review: Rock of Ages

In retrospect, 1987, the year in which this adaptation of Chris D'Arienzo's hit Broadway show is set, might have been the moment that pop culture shit the bed.
Soft mock
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 15, 2012


Movie review: Bel Ami

Review: Bel Ami

The title is the term of endearment given to a charming young reporter by a series of influential Parisian women.
The film adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's 1885 novel
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  June 08, 2012
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What to Expect When You're Expecting

What should you expect from Hollywood's latest ensemble adaptation of a self-help book? In short, a lot of beautiful starlets — Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Cameron Diaz, and Anna Kendrick among them — joking about farting, circumcision, unintention
Expect a lot of silliness
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  May 18, 2012
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The Boston Ballet’s Don Quixote

In the long string of ballet productions extracted from Miguel de Cervantes's novel Don Quixote, the delusional Don has become a minor character, charging into situations where he shouldn't go and causing trouble instead of good works.
Old Don, old tricks
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 04, 2012
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Review: Mirror Mirror

Had Tarsem Singh given his dwarves names that described his film they might be: Ugly, Creepy, Murky, Listless, Pathological, Sadistic, and Inane.
The least magical adaptation of a fairy tale ever made
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 06, 2012
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Review: The Hunger Games

More powerful than fear in subduing a society, says President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in this overstuffed adaptation of the first book in Suzanne Collins's trilogy, is hope.
Jennifer Lawrence is the big winner here
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 23, 2012


Review: We Need to Talk About Kevin

Review: We Need to Talk About Kevin(1)

Kevin (Ezra Miller) may not have his father's eyes, but Lynne Ramsay's adaptation of Lionel Shriver's novel rivals Rosemary's Baby , The Omen , and this year's Twilight installment as a negative advertisement for childbearing.
Lynne Ramsay's adaptation of Lionel Shriver's novel
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 09, 2012
Review:Being Flynn

Review: Being Flynn

Adaptations are always difficult to pull off, but this one had the extra baggage of being based on a lyrical book with chapter titles like "The Piss of God," and a tendency to jump back and forth through time as Flynn unpacks his life story.
Father complex
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  March 09, 2012
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Interview: Tilda Swinton talks about Kevin

You never know what you're going to get with a film starring Tilda Swinton.
Mother load
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 24, 2012
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Review: One for the Money

TV director Julie Anne Robinson's insipid adaptation of this first volume in Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series has more in common with Young Adult than with the average gumshoe yarn.
Julie Anne Robinson's insipid adaptation
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 03, 2012
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Review: Carnage

As befits someone with jail time hanging over his head, Roman Polanski does his best work in close quarters. From Knife in the Water , to Repulsion , to The Tenant and The Pianist , he's a master of claustrophobic close encounters, and as such has
Claustrophobic close encounters
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 13, 2012


Short Take: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Review: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Unfortunately, Fincher doesn't add much to Niels Arden Oplev's Swedish version: more Googling and plot-compressing montages and an altered but still convoluted ending.
Flamboyantly grisly sex crimes
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 23, 2011
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Review: Moneyball

Adapting Michael Lewis's bestseller of the same title, director Bennett Miller and screenwriters Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian take up Beane's story in 2002, when the A's, fresh from the previous season's playoff loss to the Yankees, try to rebuild af
The game's plays are numbered
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 23, 2011
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Review: The Hedgehog

Eleven-year-old Paloma (Garance Le Guillemic) agrees, and plans to kill herself on her 12th birthday because she doesn't want to end up like the other members of her family — goldfish in a bowl.
Mona Achache's adaptation of Muriel Barbery's best-seller
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 02, 2011
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Review: Brighton Rock

For Graham Greene, the Catholic Church served more as a scourge than a comfort, but in Rowan Joffe's dreary, incoherent adaptation of Greene's 1939 novel, it merely offers an excuse to add choirs to the soundtrack.
Rowan Joffe's adaptation of Graham Greene's 1939 novel
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 26, 2011
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Review: One Day

Following her stunning coming-of-age tale, An Education, Danish director Lone Scherfig returns to London for this adaptation of the bestselling novel about a love that spans 20 years.
A love that spans 20 years
By PEG ALOI  |  August 19, 2011


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Review: The Help

As it turns out, according to Tate Taylor's adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's bestseller, the Jim Crow era was not due to centuries of institutionalized racism, but to Hilly Holbrook (Bryce Dallas Howard) and her hang-up about "colored" servants going to
Steel Magnolias  version of the civil rights movement
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 12, 2011
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Hollywood's apes: monkey puzzle or intelligent design?

For nearly a century apes have haunted the screen, and the link between man and ape has obsessed filmmakers.
Primate directive
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 05, 2011
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Review: Captain America: The First Avenger

Joe Johnston's adaptation of the Marvel comic book exalts the virtues of optimism, decency, and perseverance in a rousing adventure of old-fashioned adolescent exuberance.
Rueful innocence and sneaky humor
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 29, 2011
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Review: Atlas Shrugged

Actor Paul Johansson, in his directorial debut, sets his adaptation of Ayn Rand's 1957 novel — now a Libertarian sacred text — in a near-future (2016) plagued by socialism.
Not all books should be made into movies
By TOM MEEK  |  April 15, 2011
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Elevator Repair Service tackles Hemingway

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Road trip
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 18, 2011


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Jane Eyre redux

Jane Austen has been a movie and television icon for some time now, and yet the Jane that both big and small screens just can't get enough of is the "poor, obscure, plain, little" heroine of Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel.  
Cary Fukunaga and Mia Wasikowska hold forth
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 18, 2011
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Review: The Lincoln Lawyer

As nondescript as its title, Brad Furman's slick legal mystery, adapted from a Michael Connelly novel, plays like an above-average TV pilot until it gets greedy and runs 20 minutes too long, with a few too many endings.
Slick legal mystery plays like an above-average TV crime show pilot
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 18, 2011
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Uninvited

A woman croupier drifts like a ghost through languidly lit hotel spaces, or submits to jackhammer missionary intercourse while an I'm-not-here expression hardens her turned-away face.
The phantom worlds of Nina Menkes
By CHRIS FUJIWARA  |  February 25, 2011
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Review: My Name Is Asher Lev at the Lyric

As the late Chaim Potok might have said, "Oy!"
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By ED SIEGEL  |  February 18, 2011