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Review: Seven Psychopaths

As in his debut In Bruges , Martin McDonagh here plays self-reflexive games while undermining the gangster genre.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 12, 2012

Affleck on 'Argo'

Ben Affleck's Argo may be a 1970s period piece, but that doesn't mean his Iran-set thriller isn't timely.

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 12, 2012

Review: Unforgivable

Lucky for André Téchiné that he's so slick with exposition.
Voyeurism and narcissism
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 20, 2012
ShortTake: The Day He Arrives

Review: The Day He Arrives

"Stop copying me!" says Seong-jun (Yu Jun-sang), the has-been filmmaker at the center of the 12th cinematic Mobius strip from Hong Sang-soo.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 20, 2012

Review: Spec Ops: The Line

The recent release Spec Ops: The Line is as generic as its name — a competent, intermittently slick third-person shooter whose combat setpieces hold zero surprises for even the novice player.
Friendly fire
By MITCH KRPATA  |  July 20, 2012
Short Take: Madagascar 3

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

The franchise that began as a tame kiddie pleaser about four pampered zoo animals lost in the wild has matured and sharpened its teeth, perhaps thanks to Noah Baumbach ( The Squid and the Whale ) collaborating on the script.
The franchise matures
By TOM MEEK  |  June 08, 2012

Short Take: Nobody Else But You

Review: Nobody Else But You

A dried-up French crime novelist (Jean-Paul Rouve) finds sudden inspiration for a new mystery in the true-life story of a TV weathergirl (Sophie Quinton).
Nothing special
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 08, 2012
Short Take - Albert Nobbs

Review: Albert Nobbs

Lesbianism doesn't exist as a cogent category in 19th century Ireland, which could explain why Albert Nobbs (Glenn Close), a woman disguised for years as a man and employed as a Dublin waiter, has no personal understanding of who she is, her identity, o
Gender identity crisis
By GERALD PEARY  |  January 27, 2012
Blood and honey

Review: In the Land of Blood and Honey

Jolie has loosely reworked the story of Romeo and Juliet in an infamous setting familiar from CNN but here seen from the inside.
Angelina Jolie's feature directorial debut
By TOM MEEK  |  January 06, 2012
Killer Elite short take

Review: Killer Elite

First Point Blank and now Killer Elite — isn't there a copyright law about stealing the titles of a better movie? Gary McEndry's espionage thriller isn't bad, but it isn't Peckinpah; all the two films have in common are the title and lots of shootin
Narrative confusion
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 23, 2011
bellflower 4

Review: Bellflower

In addition to the flamethrower, they've also rigged up a whiskey-dispensing car dashboard, and as a piece de resistance have created the Road Warrior–inspired "Medusa," a 1972 Buick Skylark souped up to breathe fire.
Petal to the metal
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 09, 2011

Lisbon Mysteries

Review: Mysteries of Lisbon

Ruiz's gorgeous, painterly visuals are shot from startling angles and work alongside his precise, anarchic, and gleefully absurd narrative to evoke a heightened reality that plumbs the mysteries of life.
Raúl Ruiz's legacy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 26, 2011
point blank movie review

Review: Point Blank

Samuel (Gilles Lellouche), a student nurse, gets sucked into a quagmire of murder and corruption when a thug kidnaps his pregnant wife, Nadia (Elena Anaya), to blackmail him into springing Hugo (Roschdy Zem), a wounded prisoner held by the police at the
Diminishing returns
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 12, 2011
Sarah's Key film short take

Review: Sarah's Key

Sarah's Key is a superior "woman in the present becomes obsessed with woman in the past" narrative.
A compelling interplay of tensions
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  August 05, 2011

5 for '10

I love baby bands, and I hope the ones I mention here don't mind my calling them that.
New locals to love right away
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 22, 2010