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Review: God Bless America

The latest dark comedy from Bobcat Goldthwait tackles both vapid celebrity culture (i.e., Paris Hilton, the Kardashians and American Idol) and the indignity of being an office drone.
Bobcat Goldthwait's best work yet
By TOM MEEK  |  April 20, 2012

Review: Sleepwalk With Me

What compels people to perform comedy?
Comedy and sleep disorders
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 20, 2012

Review: Wuthering Heights

Unlike in her harsh romances set in Britain's urban wastelands, it's nature that rules in British director Andrea Arnold's audacious adaptation of Emily Brönte's Wuthering Heights .
Back to the moors
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 20, 2012

Review: Burn: One Year on the Front Line of the Battle to Save Detroit

In case you haven't heard, Detroit is in shambles — 39 percent unemployment, 50 percent illiteracy.
BURN takes on Detroit
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 20, 2012

Review: The Revisionaries

Here's a scary thought: Texas and its massive purchasing power set the standard for which school textbooks are used across the country.
Setting the bar
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 20, 2012

Review: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Chinese activist Ai Weiwei combines the chutzpah of Michael Moore, the antic iconoclasm of Duchamp, and the humility of Gandhi, and it's not enough.
China's most famous artist
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 20, 2012


Review: I Am Love

Italian cinema has come a long way from Marco Bellocchio’s Devil in the Flesh .
Sumptuous, overheated, and ridiculous
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 23, 2010

Review: Life During Wartime

You can’t get enough Happiness — or so Todd Solondz must have thought when he spun off this sour sequel to his 1998 misanthropic ode to suburban perversion.
Solondz's return to Happiness is — surprise! — really depressing
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 23, 2010

Review: Taqwacore: The Birth Of Punk Islam

At first, Taqwacore seems like a gratuitous yet sympathetic social prognosis served up by a righteous gang of Muslim punks.
Follows the Kominas (and other) from Boston to Austin to Pakistan
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 23, 2010

Review: Marwencol

It takes a village to save a mind.
The resistance of memory
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 23, 2010
IFFB review: "Soul Kitchen"

IFFB review: "Soul Kitchen"

  The Independent Film Festival of Boston started yesterday, and it's stuffed with so much fine viewing that reviews overflow into this blog space. Here's...
By Peter Keough  |  April 22, 2010


Review: Secrets Of The Tribe

The tribe of the title, as José Padilha’s deft and outrageous documentary makes clear, are not the Stone Age Yanomami people of the Amazon but the anthropologists themselves.
 Their secrets are indeed disturbing
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 16, 2010

Review: In the Loop

Six years ago, Armando Iannucci's slick and merciless political satire might have drawn more blood, but even now it blows away the recent satiric competition with its sharp, sardonic screenplay and uncompromising cynicism.
Armando Iannucci wags the war
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 24, 2009

Review: Shooting Beauty

Sometimes just being a gifted artist doesn't mean you're the right person to tell the story.
Compassionate, and without pity
By TOM MEEK  |  April 17, 2009

Review: Trinidad

In contrast to its eloquent subjects, director P.J. Raval's documentary about Trinidad, Colorado — the "Sex Change Capital of the World" — seems uncertain about its aspirations.
Vacillates between revelation and reality-show shtick
By ALICIA POTTER  |  April 17, 2009

Review: Still Walking

By now, it's a bit of a cliché to compare the work of Hirokazu Koreeda to the masterful films of Yasujiro Ozu — something of which I've certainly been guilty.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 17, 2009


Review: Pontypool

Bruce McDonald's ambitious shaggy-dog story combining elements of Talk Radio , William Burroughs, and Night of the Living Dead succeeds about as well as could be expected.
Bruce McDonald deserves some credit for trying
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 17, 2009

Review: World's Greatest Dad

Robin Williams is Will Hunting good in Bobcat Goldthwait's dark comedy about a failed novelist whose fantasy of becoming a literary lion comes true in a way that's just plain wrong.
You've read the mug — now see the movie!
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 17, 2009

Review: Of All the Things

Dennis Lambert may be the biggest hit machine you never heard of.
A touching portrait of a forgotten songwriter
By TOM MEEK  |  April 17, 2009

Review: Nollywood Babylon

You may have never heard of Living in Bondage , Desperate Billionaire , or any other works coming out of Nigeria's exploding homegrown film scene, but Nollywood has become the world's third-largest movie industry.
Covering vast territory at breakneck speed
By SHAULA CLARK  |  April 17, 2009

Review: Mine

Early in Geralyn Pezanoski's documentary, a news clip shows George Bush proclaiming, "The world saw this tidal wave of disaster descend upon the Gulf Coast, and now they're gonna see a tidal wave of compassion."
Watch, animal lovers, and be stupefied.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 17, 2009


Review: For the Love of Movies

Like Trekkies and other documentaries that examine what makes particular nerd legions tick, For the Love of Movies beams viewers to a planet that outsiders only think they know about.
Why do some people get to watch movies for a living?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 17, 2009

Review: The Lost Son of Havana

Red Sox legend Luis Tiant left his native Cuba for pro baseball in 1961 and hadn't been back in 46 years.
A fascinating look inside Cuba
By TOM MEEK  |  April 17, 2009

Review: We Live in Public

Josh Harris might not have contributed as much to the Internet as Al Gore, but as Ondi Timoner's lively and chilling documentary reveals, he did embody its excesses of narcissism and puerility and its delusions of grandeur.
Call it Woodstock crossed with Salò and The Real World
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 17, 2009

Review: Trust Us This Is All Made Up

“Trust us, this is all made up,” begins TJ Jagodowski, addressing a capacity crowd at New York’s Barrow Street Theater.
But should we trust them?
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 17, 2009

Review: Automorphosis

What kind of person would dedicate his or her life to creating "Art Cars," vehicles that have been transformed into mobile art installations by their proud owners?
A light-hearted look at auto fetishists
By BRET MICHEL  |  April 17, 2009


Review: Children of Invention

Chun's is an eloquent and restrained study of the fine line between respectability and desperation.
Powerfully moving and rigorously intelligent
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 17, 2009

Review: Big Fan

"He's another Martin Scorsese!" crows mom when her son screens an awful ad for his ambulance-chasing law firm in this unimpressive debut from Robert Siegel.
Run-of-the-mill, cheap laughs
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 17, 2009

Review: Bronson

From Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn comes a fantasy bio-pic of Britain's notorious Charlie Bronson, a larger-than-life character who, after swiping his identity from Charles Bronson transformed from bare-knuckle prizefighter into "Britain's most
Tom Hardy is mesmerizing
By SHAULA CLARK  |  April 17, 2009

Review: Beeswax

Beeswax as in, mind your own . . . ?
Don't expect intensity of any kind
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 17, 2009