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Review: 50/50

In 50/50 , Jonathan Levine, whose The Wackness (2008) showed a talent for sardonic comedy, makes a halfhearted attempt to raise Will Reiser's script (partly autobiographical) above clever stereotype.
An edgy concept, and a fine cast
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 30, 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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Review: Hereafter

Forget Dirty Harry — this might be Clint Eastwood's most controversial and divisive film ever.
We all got it coming
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 16, 2010
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Review: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

No matter how many books she sells, no matter how many billions the movies make, no matter what significance her huge success has for the future of Western culture, there's no excuse for Stephenie Meyer's terrible writing.
Blood simpletons: Eclipse needs a transfusion
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 02, 2010
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Future schlock

The future has not been kind to the Terminator franchise.
Terminator Salvation is beyond salvage
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 22, 2009

Cinemania

It may be in Little Rhody, but the 11th Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival is the biggest film festival in New England.
The 11th annual Rhode Island International Film Festival
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 31, 2007


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Talent pool

Lady in the Water  is a fairy tale, so everything about it requires suspension of disbelief. Story ville: M. Night Shyamalan’s Lady . By Gary Susman
Lady in the Water makes a splash
By GARY SUSMAN  |  July 19, 2006
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Story ville

I was really afraid Lady in the Water was going to suck. Watch the trailer for Lady in the Water (QuickTime) Talent pool: Lady in the Water makes a splash. By Gary Susman
M. Night Shyamalan’s Lady
By GARY SUSMAN  |  July 19, 2006
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Apocalypse now and then

With Snakes on a Plane and World Trade Center opening on the same day, this summer won’t be offering the usual escapist fare.
Doom, damnation, and other summer fun
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 03, 2006
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Manderlay

Lars von Trier’s Manderlay has something to offend everyone: blacks, whites, conservatives, liberals, and those who, like myself, found Dogville a bold if flawed experiment.
Von Trier's trilogy continues, sans Nicole Kidman.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 16, 2006
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All-American?

Flash back to Cannes, 2003, the press conference for Dogville . Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier leaned toward his superstar lead, Nicole Kidman, and put her on the spot before the international press.
Lars von Trier at Cannes 2005
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 15, 2006


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Politics as usual?

Conspiracy, corruption, catastrophe — politics and world events sure can be exciting. Even the mainstream news is taking an interest.
Or will Hollywood cover the issues in 2006?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 26, 2006