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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

Review: Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

Takashi Miike seems to be single-handedly bringing the samurai movie back to its former glory; first with 13 Assassins , and now this gripping remake of Kobayashi’s classic attack on the honor code within the samurai class.
Takashi Miike brings back samurai movies
By MILES BOWE  |  July 27, 2012
Short Takes: Sleepless Night

Review: Sleepless Night

"We're in deep shit," says one of the perpetrators of a bungled drug heist in Frédéric Jardin's expert thriller. It's about to get deeper.
Frédéric Jardin's expert thriller
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 13, 2012
ShortTake: The Whole World Waiting

Review: The Whole World Waiting

They thought America was a glittering land of wealth and fame . . . they were wrong. Fifteen immigrant and refugee teenagers tell their stories of coming to New England and share their perspectives in The Whole World Waiting , a compilation of document
Fifteen immigrant and refugee teenagers tell their stories
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 01, 2012
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Authors strut their stuff

Literary gossip columnists, political poets, cranky lefties, and singing novelists are just some of the characters traipsing through Boston this spring to promote their new books.
Live and in person
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 02, 2012
Review: Battle Royale

Review: Battle Royale (2000)

In a not-so-distant future society that has devolved into chaos, Japan's youth run amok, Clockwork Orange –style, and the government has passed an act decreeing that one unruly grade-school class will face off in a battle from which only one will emerg
A not-so-distant future society
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  February 24, 2012

Attend this film event: Balagan Presents: A Visit From Daichi Saito @ the Brattle


Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis Balagan continues to represent the cutting edge in avant-garde cinema in these parts, as demonstrated in their latest program...
By Peter Keough  |  January 23, 2012


Silent Souls 3

Review: Silent Souls

This is probably the only film we'll encounter about the Merja culture of West Central Russia, a Finno-Ugric tribe in which even the most modernized people pay allegiance to ancient customs.
Magic realism and Chekhovian melancholy
By GERALD PEARY  |  January 20, 2012

See these films: The Innkeepers + House by the Cemetery @ the Brattle [Dead of Winter: Haunted Houses on Film series]


The House by the Cemetery (1981) That mingling of coziness and terror that we call home is the subject of the Brattle's Dead Of Winter:...
By Peter Keough  |  January 12, 2012

See these film: Badlands + Days of Heaven at the Brattle


Long before he was tackling the big questions with cosmic imagery and ceaseless voiceovers in The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick had made one of...
By Peter Keough  |  January 08, 2012

See these films: Gold Diggers of 1933 + 42nd Street @ the Brattle


 42nd Street (1933) Back in the Depression days Hollywood knew how to turn economic and social injustice into entertainment. Mervyn LeRoy's  Gold Diggers of 1933...
By Peter Keough  |  December 27, 2011

See this film: City of Lost Children at the Brattle


Spoiled boys and girls demanding extravagant gifts for the holidays might better appreciate their good fortune by watching Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet's City of...
By Peter Keough  |  December 19, 2011


See this [holiday] film: It's a Wonderful Life @ the Brattle


The holidays inspire both romantics and cynics, and the Brattle Theatre is offering films for both points of view. If you decide to catch the...
By Peter Keough  |  December 15, 2011
Burke & Hare: Review

Review: Burke & Hare

Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis are only faintly humorous as the titular team of assassins, Burke and Hare .
Mediocre black comedy
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 02, 2011

See this film retrospective: Seeing Is Believing: The Non-Fictions Of Errol Morris @ the Brattle


Nobody dances the fine line between truth and fiction as skillfully as the filmmaker celebrated in the Brattle retrospective Seeing Is Believing: The Non-Fictions Of...
By Peter Keough  |  November 26, 2011

See this film: Labyrinth @ the Brattle


Before the tryptophan from your roast turkey does you in, you might want to top off your Thanksgiving Day by treating yourself to Labyrinth (1986),...
By Peter Keough  |  November 23, 2011

See this film: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles @ the Brattle


Sometimes it's hard to explain why something becomes a pop-cultural phenomenon. Like the chimerical heroes of Steve Barron's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), which -...
By Peter Keough  |  November 22, 2011


See this film: Muppets From Space @ the Brattle


It's been a dozen years since the last Muppet movie. But a new one will be opening in a couple of days, and you can...
By Peter Keough  |  November 21, 2011
See this film: The Observers @ the Brattle

See this film: The Observers @ the Brattle


Unlike Werner Herzog, New Hampshire filmmaker Jacqueline Goss didn't need to go to Antarctica to experience the end of the world. Instead she climbed the...
By Peter Keough  |  November 14, 2011

See this film: They Live @ the Brattle


In what might be every Republican's worst nightmare, the aliens in John Carpenter's They Live (1988) are not only illegal, but they've disguised themselves as...
By Peter Keough  |  November 08, 2011
Have a Drink with Jonathan Lethem

Have a Drink with Jonathan Lethem


  Jonathan Lethem will be very busy on Wednesday. First, he'll appear at the Brattle to discuss his new essay collection. But dude's like a...
By Eugenia Williamson  |  November 07, 2011

See this film: Mom & Dad: I Have Something To Tell You @ the Brattle


No matter what country you're from, telling your parents you're gay can be difficult. Assi Azar, popular Israeli TV personality, host of that country's Big...
By Peter Keough  |  November 05, 2011


See this film series: Balagan Film Series revival @ the Brattle

See this film series: Balagan Film Series revival @ the Brattle


Chores (2011) When the Balagan Film Series went on hiatus a few years back, Boston cinephiles who had come to love its offbeat, eclectic programming...
By Peter Keough  |  October 17, 2011
Attend this film fest: Boston Bike Film Festival @ the Brattle

Attend this film fest: Boston Bike Film Festival @ the Brattle


Given the recent introduction of rental bikes to the city, this should be a banner year for the Boston Bike Film Festival, now in its...
By Peter Keough  |  October 14, 2011
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Documentary films get some love at a great Maine festival

We've all had that irritating waitress who, asked what she'd suggest on the menu, answers cheerily, "Everything is great!" Thanks for the help — and what credibility!
Hello, Camden!
By GERALD PEARY  |  October 07, 2011

See this film: Jimmy Tingle's American Dream @ the Brattle


Local icon Jimmy Tingle, one of the few bonafide practitioners of the great tradition of political comedy, now adds a film to his credits. Directed...
By Peter Keough  |  October 06, 2011

See these films: Duck Soup + Dr. Strangelove @ the Brattle


Dr. Strangelove (1964) Here's a cinephile's dream: Stanley Kubrick directing a Marx Brothers movie. The next best thing might be this twin bill of the...
By Peter Keough  |  October 04, 2011


See this film: Frontline's Top Secret America [with panel discussion] at the Brattle


Just one day before the 10th anniversary of the biggest intelligence failure in US history is the Frontline screening of Top Secret America, a look...
By Peter Keough  |  September 09, 2011
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Crispin Glover brings his 'Big Slide Show' to town

Crispin Glover made a calling out of being the weirdly jittery guy in big, loud movies like Back to the Future and Hot Tub Time Machine . But it's what he did with that career that's bringing him to Boston.
Hellion on wheels
By ROB TURBOVSKY  |  September 09, 2011
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In his new graphic novel, Craig Thompson wins an argument with God

This book is a gorgeous object; to make it, Thompson apparently covered himself in honey and rolled around in a thousand years of Arabic calligraphy and Islamic art, and the result is breathtaking — the amount of ink expended on one resplendent panel aft
Illuminated manuscript
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  September 02, 2011

See this film: 8 1/2 at the Brattle


After seeing Federico Fellini at his most tragic in La Strada earlier this week, you can catch him at his most cynical, self-reflective, and satiric...
By Peter Keough  |  August 31, 2011