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Review: The Dictator
Though his PR campaign might suggest otherwise, Sacha Baron Cohen has actually made (with director Larry Charles) a sweet movie, not unlike Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator , if less sentimental.
| May 18, 2012
Review: Shutter Island
I read Dennis Lehane's Shutter Island , a 336-page throat-grabbing mystery thriller, in two nearly sleepless nights.
Brain drain: few shudders
| February 19, 2010
Review: Fifty Dead Men Walking
In the 1980s in Northern Ireland, a petty hustler named Martin McGartland (Jim Sturgess) went from street-corner obscurity to playing a major role in the war in Belfast between Catholics and Protestants, as he swore allegiance to the militant branch of
Fast-paced but uninvolving
| August 21, 2009
Cruz, who bares all in her finest performance since her days as Pedro Almodóvar’s muse.
Sex and power dominate in this Roth adaptation
| August 20, 2008
The payoff might be superficial, but the suspense and the intrigue compel.
A sleekly crafted Hitchcockian thriller
| August 13, 2008
This is the stoner comedy that might make people take adolescence — and getting stoned — seriously again.
The Wackness looks back in languor
| July 09, 2008
In at least one of its toss-away scenes, Joshua Seftel’s War, Inc. rises to the level of brutal bad taste that distinguishes master satirists from Jonathan Swift to Stanley Kubrick.
War, Inc. cuts its losses
| June 11, 2008
Signs of life
Gone are the days when documentaries were regarded as the scruffy relatives of “real” films.
A full slate of compelling fare at the 11th annual Newport International Film Festival
BILL RODRIGUEZ AND JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ
| May 28, 2008
The Last Legion
The battle scenes look ho-hum in the wake of 300 , as director Doug Lefler sticks stolidly to the old school.
A load of poppycock
| August 22, 2007
Tour de force
Two movies push at each other within Jasmine Dellal’s Gyspy Caravan, which opens this Friday, July 6, at the Kendall Square.
Gypsy Caravan, You Kill Me
| July 03, 2007
Glee and venom
Of the great modernist playwrights, Harold Pinter has had the most intimate relationship with film.
Lacerating Harold Pinter at the Harvard Film Archive
| May 08, 2007
Get on Dubus
The literary rise of Andre Dubus III was certainly not made via any academic fast-track.
PSC Affiliate Artists showcase novelist's work
| March 28, 2007
The importance of being Ridiculus
You wouldn’t think that an effective way into the heart of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest would be to play down the comedy’s slapstick farce, stentorian wit, fast pacing, or romantic heterosexuality.
Oscar Wilde at the ART
| January 02, 2007
Lucky Number Slevin
“It all starts with a horse,” begins wheelchair-bound Mr. Goodkat (Bruce Willis), describing a “Kansas City shuffle” — hipster slang for elaborate misdirection, this film’s MO.
Just another Pulp Fiction wannabe
| April 05, 2006
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