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Miranda July takes a cookie break

July had just nabbed a chocolate-chip cookie from a table set up for a conference of visiting doctors. She was surprised — not only by the fact that one of the physicians had recognized her — but that the woman had also already seen July's latest, which
Meow!
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 29, 2011
Another IFFB review: Burma Soldier

Another IFFB review: Burma Soldier


 XXX BURMA SOLDIER 70 MINUTES | SOMERVILLE THEATRE MAY 1 @ NOON| ALSO BROADCAST ON HBO2 ON MAY 18 As shown in Nic Dunlop, Ricki...
By Peter Keough  |  April 30, 2011
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Two odd docs open the ninth Independent Film Festival of Boston

The Independent Film Festival of Boston — now in its ninth year, and the most exciting film event in town, if not in New England — opens this week with two outstanding documentaries about two very independent and inspiring individuals.  
Independent lives
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 22, 2011
Shorts notice

Shorts notice


 If highly paid and trained trained professionals can take a year or two and spend  $60 million or so to come up with a film...
By Peter Keough  |  April 19, 2011
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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
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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


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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.
Delightful
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 17, 2009
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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
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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
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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
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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


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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
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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
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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
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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
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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


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Review: Beeswax

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

Arriaga starts the story in the middle and moves sideways, so it may take you a while to realize it's bogus.
Why have burning plain when you can have burning fancy?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 17, 2009
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Review: That Evening Sun

Scott Teems's faux Faulkner melodrama scores for cinematography but falls short in originality and character development.
Illuminating familiar ground
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 17, 2009
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Review: Crude

Joe Berlinger returns with a documentary that follows through on the promise of 1992's Brother's Keeper .
Quietly compelling
By BRET MICHEL  |  April 15, 2009
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Opening Night

Independent Film Festival of Boston Vodcast: A daily immersion in the IFFB experience.
VIDEO: The Independent Film Festival of Boston Vodcast, Volume One.
By BOSTON PHOENIX VIDEO  |  April 28, 2007