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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
| July 27, 2012
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
| July 13, 2012
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
| June 01, 2012
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
| March 02, 2012
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
| 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...
| January 23, 2012
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
| 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:...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| December 15, 2011
Review: Burke & Hare
Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis are only faintly humorous as the titular team of assassins, Burke and Hare .
Mediocre black comedy
| 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...
| 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),...
| 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 -...
| 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...
| November 21, 2011
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...
| 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...
| November 08, 2011
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...
| 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...
| November 05, 2011
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...
| October 17, 2011
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...
| October 14, 2011
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!
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| September 09, 2011
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
| September 09, 2011
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
| 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...
| August 31, 2011
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