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Review: The Descendants

George Clooney puts in what may be his best performance as Matt King, scion of a wealthy Hawaiian family that can trace its pedigree back to the 19th century Princess Margaret Ke'alohilani, descendant of King Kamehameha, and bride of Matt's great, great,
For Clooney, it's all Payne, all gain
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 18, 2011
An Interview with Shailene Woodley of "The Descendants"

An Interview with Shailene Woodley of "The Descendants"

  As good as George Clooney is as beleaguered Hawaiian nabob and family man Matt King in Alexander Payne's "The Descendants," 20-year-old Shailene Woodley still...
By Peter Keough  |  November 16, 2011

Toronto International Film Festival III

  Okay, maybe I'm being a little harsh about the diminished role of women in the studio films at this year's Toronto Film Festival. True,...
By Peter Keough  |  September 12, 2011

Review: Up In the Air

No director pulls off the bait-and-switch as craftily as Jason Reitman. He gets you thinking that you're watching a hip, caustic comedy subverting the status quo, but by the end, he's vindicated all the platitudes he seemed to scorn.
Flight pattern: Reitman takes a familiar turn
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 04, 2009


Comparisons with Alexander Payne’s Election won’t fly.  
A very entertaining documentary
By GERALD PEARY  |  October 21, 2008

Difficult people

As a reader of fiction, at this point in life I’m sort of in my late Imperial phase — a sensationalist, easily distracted, with a vulgar appetite for brilliance.
Tom Perrotta keeps his characters company through the bumps and bumbles of American life
By JAMES PARKER  |  October 03, 2007


Yankee know-how

Back from the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, I proclaim a renaissance of American cinema.
Telluride’s new American wave?
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 12, 2007

I Now Pronounce You Chuck + Larry

Who knew that Adam Sandler had a political movie in him?
Mainstream gay-marriage endorsement
By TOM MEEK  |  July 24, 2007

Better transformers

Maine film buffs have it tough.
MIFF 10 honors cinema’s past and future
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 11, 2007

Paris je t'aime

The concept for this anthology was a short film representing each of Paris’s 20 arrondissements, from the Jardins des Tuileries (#1) to the Cimitière du Père Lachaise (#20).
A whirlwind tour of 18 arrondissements in 120 minutes
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 23, 2007

The varied charms of a DVD magazine

Wholphin , the DVD magazine from the creators of literary journal McSweeney’s and quarterly culture magazine the Believer , serves to provide the viewer with sights they had no idea they needed to see.
Wholphin serves up aces
By JOE BERNARDI  |  February 08, 2007


The future of an illusion

When I first realized that movies would, for better or worse, dominate my imagination forever, I really gave no thought to the forces at work creating these transfiguring images on a screen.
Reflections on 40 years spent in the dark
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 15, 2006