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Review: The Conspirator

Robert Redford's The Conspirator draws parallels between the extra-constitutional methods applied then to protect the country from possible terrorism and those employed in today's War against Terror.
Redford doesn't do justice to his theme
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 15, 2011
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Following the blighted example of Gulliver, Kelly Asbury's vapid adaptation takes a great classic and makes it stupid for the kids.
Inevitable movie allusions and a hideous flamingo don't do this animated flop any favors
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 11, 2011
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Review: The Last Station

Traversing the spectrum from farce to tragedy, Michael Hoffman's magnificent The Last Station suggests what the story of Count Leo Tolstoy's final days would look like if Chekhov had told it.
Lions in winter: a Tolstoyan feast
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  February 05, 2010
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Wanted

Leveraging the graphic novel by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones, the film manages one juicy nugget of inspiration with its bland protagonist.
A knockoff lacking zing
By TOM MEEK  |  June 25, 2008
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Penelope

Palansky’s winning visuals can’t make up for the story’s silliness.
Christina Ricci is still coming of age
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  February 27, 2008
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Do the write thing

Writers grow tiresome when they (a) write about writers, (b) write about writing, or (c) write about the difference between “fiction” and “reality.”
The redemption of fictional reality in Atonement
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 05, 2007


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Born again

Four years ago, Scottish actor James McAvoy starred in an adaptation of the Frank Herbert classic Children of Dune for the Sci-Fi channel.
James McAvoy and Atonement
By COLE HADDON  |  December 05, 2007
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The girls of summer

It’s summer, so no one’s surprised at the onslaught of sequels, adaptations, or even movies based on toys. But films with Oscar-caliber women’s roles?
The season for blockbusters, sequels, and . . . great roles for women?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 18, 2007
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Learning experience

“You’re not going to turn into a wanker?” It’s 1985, and homie Spencer is worried that his pal Brian is going to put on airs when off at university.
The predictable curve of Starter for Ten and Islander
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 07, 2007
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The Last King of Scotland

After watching basically the same stump speech in both All the King’s Men and The Last King of Scotland , I’d have to say that if Sean Penn’s Willy Stark and Forest Whitaker’s Idi Amin appeared on the same ballot, my vote would go to Idi. Watch the
More Hollywood, less human
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 20, 2007