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Review: Rock of Ages

In retrospect, 1987, the year in which this adaptation of Chris D'Arienzo's hit Broadway show is set, might have been the moment that pop culture shit the bed.
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By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 15, 2012
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Review: The Ides of March

Though more contemporary than Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005), George Clooney's new directorial effort seems less topical.
George Clooney's new directorial effort
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 07, 2011
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Thomas McCarthy's game plan for Win Win

As an actor, he usually plays the colorful minor character. Which might explain why when he's a director, Thomas McCarthy's movies feature leading roles that would be bit parts in any Hollywood picture.
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By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 25, 2011
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Review: Win Win

Back in the '30s, with directors like Frank Capra and John Ford, Hollywood showed great sympathy for the forgotten men and women laid low by the economy.
Ring tone
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 25, 2011
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Review: Barney's Version

The title narrator of Mordecai Richler's novel has the virtues of consistency and a compelling, comic voice — a TV producer with three blighted marriages and a murder rap behind him, he's a prick and proud of it.
Tale of a sad-sack chick magnet
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 29, 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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Review: Cold Souls

What if human souls were as interchangeable as hearts, kidneys, movie concepts, and auto parts? Writer/director Sophie Barthes's feature debut toys with the notion, but instead of breaking new ground, Cold Souls settles for rehashing elements from oth
Paul Giamatti can't heat up Cold Souls
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 14, 2009
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Festival atmosphere

Summer traditionally has been the happy hunting ground for Hollywood studios — the time when they unleash their big-budgeted, f/x-heavy warhorses on armies of newly freed schoolchildren and frazzled adults trying to beat the heat.
Between the Blockbuster and the beach there are the film festivals of New England
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 12, 2009
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Review: Duplicity

Like Steven Soderbergh in his Oceans series, Tony Gilroy seems to have decided to take a break from making serious movies like 2007's Oscar-nominated Michael Clayton .
Let's just say that Gilroy is no Ernst Lubitsch when it comes to sophisticated, saucy effervescence. Or a Hitchcock, either.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 18, 2009
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Wish-fulfillment for a burning world

From the shining big-screen debut of Iron Man to the large amounts of green produced by the Incredible Hulk, this was the year the public couldn't get enough of their favorite heroes.
The 2008 heroic holiday DVD and Blu-ray gift guide
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 08, 2008
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Trumbo

Peter Askin’s movie about the left-wing Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo is fine when it’s in standard-bio-documentary mode.
An epistolary embarrassment
By GERALD PEARY  |  August 13, 2008


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Raising Hellboy

Got bad guys? Call Hellboy.
Mike Mignola’s sympathetic devil
By KRISTINA WONG  |  March 26, 2008
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Fred Claus

As for infusing the ol’ ho-ho-ho, the most Christmasy moments for this reviewer arose whenever a nearby critic groaned, “Oh Christ!”
Bad Santa ripoff
By ALICIA POTTER  |  November 08, 2007
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Buddy Cianci

Vincent Albert Cianci — called Buddy by friends and foes — is back.
A candid conversation
By JOE VILENO  |  September 24, 2007
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Shoot 'Em Up

I had hoped, America, that you and I had outgrown a knife in the face and a one-liner coup de grâce equal parts Elmore Leonard and Bruce Vilanch.
Screwing America one gun-slinger at a time
By CHIRS BRAIOTTA  |  September 12, 2007
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War zones

The party’s over. Time for the lessons to begin.
Fall films face terror at home and abroad
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 12, 2007


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The Nanny Diaries

The rich may be different from you and me, but they’re probably not much like the grotesque stereotypes in this adaptation of the glib bestseller.
A shrill disappointment
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 22, 2007
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The Illusionist

What is it about magicians that they’re able to conjure the most stunningly attractive women, only to have them disappear? Watch the trailer for The Illusionist   (Quicktime)
A not so magical story
By BRETT MICHEL  |  February 20, 2007
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Alchemist Lounge

The bar critics — is that a tautology or an oxymoron?
An old space with new flair  
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  September 13, 2006
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Talent pool

Lady in the Water  is a fairy tale, so everything about it requires suspension of disbelief. Story ville: M. Night Shyamalan’s Lady . By Gary Susman
Lady in the Water makes a splash
By GARY SUSMAN  |  July 19, 2006
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Story ville

I was really afraid Lady in the Water was going to suck. Watch the trailer for Lady in the Water (QuickTime) Talent pool: Lady in the Water makes a splash. By Gary Susman
M. Night Shyamalan’s Lady
By GARY SUSMAN  |  July 19, 2006


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Apocalypse now and then

With Snakes on a Plane and World Trade Center opening on the same day, this summer won’t be offering the usual escapist fare.
Doom, damnation, and other summer fun
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 03, 2006
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Turning green

We are usually forced to endure either beer-specific holidays or wine-specific holidays, but now, for one day only, St. Patty’s Day will be a wine feast.
Wines for St. Patrick’s Day
By LAYNE WITHERELL  |  March 15, 2006
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Brokeback breakdown

The most politically loaded Oscar race since Gandhi versus E.T. in 1982 seems to have come down to a contest between the gay-cowboy movie that isn’t really a gay-cowboy movie and the drama about racial conflict that’s really a glib exercise in screenwrit
Mountain ’s Oscar hopes come down with a Crash
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 07, 2006
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Hollywood gives Bush the finger

Except for a few agitators like Sean Penn and Barbra Streisand, people in Hollywood prefer to play down their liberal bent.
Why lefty films look good for Oscar
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 26, 2006
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Our film editor's predictions
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 25, 2006