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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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Review: The Killer Inside Me

Jim Thompson might be the darkest of noir writers, but Michael Winterbottom's version of Thompson's 1952 novel reduces its mirthful nihilism to lurid unpleasantness.
A killer with nothing inside him
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 02, 2010
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Review: Love Ranch

A worthwhile tale might lurk somewhere in Taylor Hackford's latest, but this flaccid look at the early days of Reno's legalized bordello business takes a fictionalized approach to history rather than the more fact-based strategy that enriched Hackford'
"There's no business like ho business!"'
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 02, 2010
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Review: Grown Ups

For a scant idea involving a potpourri of SNL alums, Grown Up s is a lot funnier than it should be.
Puerile adult humor ensues
By TOM MEEK  |  June 25, 2010
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Review: Jonah Hex

Think Will Smith’s Wild Wild West killed the Western?
Disfigured antihero shacks up with a prostitute
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 25, 2010
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Review: Knight and Day

With a mischievous grin, Roy Miller (Tom Cruise) gazes into the distrusting eyes of June Havens (Cameron Diaz), who’s spent the last 18 hours drugged unconscious, and explains why she’s not wearing her clothes.
Cruise's creepiness only  adds to the role
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 25, 2010


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Cinema paradisos

Here's the dilemma: you love movies, but you also love the idea of taking a vacation to one of the many inviting resorts that New England has to offer — the beaches of Cape Cod or the Islands, picturesque towns in Maine or Rhode Island, or even the cultu
As Hollywood's summer fare goes cold, local film festivals heat up
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 18, 2010
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Tilda Swinton's mixed metamorphoses

Most people know Tilda Swinton either from her role as the White Witch in the Narnia movies or as the striking-looking woman who in her speech accepting the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in Michael Clayton said she was going to gi
Indie-cinema luminary gets retrospective in P-Town
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 12, 2010
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Review: Killers

As a CIA operative in Robert Luketic's spy thriller/rom-com, Ashton Kutcher looks strapping, if nothing else.
Did we ask to see Ashton Kutcher as 007?
By TOM MEEK  |  June 11, 2010
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Review: The Karate Kid (2010)

What happens when Will Smith wants a franchise for his boy.
Shouldn't it be "The Kung Fu Kid"?
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 11, 2010
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Review: Solitary Man

By the fourth time Michael Douglas wakes up hungover and shirtless on a sour double bed, we get it: he's old.
Let's just move on
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 11, 2010


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Game Changer?(1)

For the worse part of two decades, Hollywood has been trying to discover the formula for successfully adapting video games to the big screen.
After decades of lackluster releases, the video-game-turned-film genre may have finally found its royalty
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 04, 2010
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Shake Your Booty for a Bounty

Like in other businesses, family connections are important in filmmaking. Just ask Kate Hudson and Michael Douglas.
Dance for Your Supper Dept.
By TOM MEEK  |  June 04, 2010
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The garden of Vittorio De Sica

Vittorio De Sica, the subject of a major retrospective at the Harvard Film Archive, "Vittorio De Sica — Neo-Realism, Melodrama, Fantasy," was a movie star in Italy before he became a filmmaker.
Mostly high points at the Harvard Film Archive
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 04, 2010

Crossword: ''Smoothie Mix''

Add these acts together and blend
Add these acts together and blend
By MATT JONES  |  June 04, 2010
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Today’s Chevy

Already this summer we’ve seen Richard Pryor and Sylvester Stallone turn up in tailor-made celluloid, and now here’s Chevy Chase in a fashionable conveyance of his own.
Fletch is a midsize star vehicle
By HENRY SHEEHAN  |  June 04, 2010


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Stockholm syndrome

With its low crime rate and socialized everything, Sweden doesn’t seem very noirish compared with, say, LA. Then again, much of the country spends the entire winter without sunlight.
Stieg Larsson’s Girl is stinging Swedish noir
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 28, 2010
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Living the dream

Movie stars aren’t the usual Symphony Hall crowd, but last week, two dark-suited ushers swung open the doors of the Hatch Room and out poured Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, and Cherry Jones.
De Niro Pops Off Dept.
By LLOYD SCWARTZ  |  May 28, 2010
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Sweaty Palmes

Apichatpong Weerasethakul must have done something right in one or more of his previous incarnations.
The Cannes 2010 jury picks some winners, but some head-scratchers, too
By LISA NESSELSON  |  May 28, 2010

Four to watch for

These Cannes-debuting films will soon be appearing in your local neighborhood googleplex.
From Cannes to the multiplex
By LISA NESSELSON  |  May 28, 2010
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Review: Shrek Forever After

For his fourth outing, Shrek has entered a midlife crisis.
Far, Far Away meets It’s a Wonderful Life .
By BRETT MICHEL  |  May 21, 2010


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Photos: Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman, and more with the Boston Pops

The Pops pays tribute to John, Robert, and Edward Kennedy by combining quotes from their speeches with original text and video, accompanied by a dramatic orchestral and choral score.
The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers , Symphony Hall, until June 20
By BOSTON POPS  |  May 21, 2010
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Review: Mother And Child

Elizabeth is a city-hopping attorney with plenty of career drive and no attachments — she treats her lovers with black-widow disdain.
Working through cinematic mother issues
By TOM MEEK  |  May 14, 2010
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Review: Robin Hood (2010)

“And so the legend begins . . . ”
  The more the merrier? Hardly.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 14, 2010
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Review: Please Give

Well, I’ve got my first candidate for Best Supporting Actress for 2010: Ann Morgan Guilbert, who plays Andra, the 90-year-old obstacle to the happiness of a disparate group of Manhattanites who range from the utterly selfish to the overly selfless.
Nicole Holofcener’s sweet charity
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 07, 2010
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Review: Iron Man 2

Maybe I’m just relieved that it wasn’t in 3-D, or maybe actor Justin Theroux (frequent David Lynch collaborator and co-scripter of Tropic Thunder ) is just a better writer than the law firm of scribes that pasted together the original, but Jon Favreau’s
Stark alternatives
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 07, 2010


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Review: Death at a Funeral

Once the enfant terrible of misogynistic movies (see 1997’s In the Company of Men ), Neil LaBute has moved on to remakes. His take on a 1973 horror classic ( The Wicker Man ) is either classically horrible or classically brilliant.
Farce in the age of Obama
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 23, 2010
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Review: Saturday Night

Actor James Franco’s debut feature, a behind-the-scenes look at the December 6, 2008, episode of Saturday Night Live , is kind of like Jean-Luc Godard’s Sympathy for the Devil with less music and more fart jokes.
Franco's debut documentary possibly better than an actual episode of Saturday Night Live
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 23, 2010
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Interview: Dakota Fanning

Dakota Fanning may be just 16 years old, but already she’s built a body of work that shames some starlets twice her age.
Runaway talent
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 16, 2010
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Review: Kick-Ass

It’s the greatest introduction of a movie character in at least 10 years, the moment when Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) makes the scene.
It’s Chloë Grace Moretz who kicks ass
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 16, 2010