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Answers to Nothing: Review

Review: Answers to Nothing(1)

The baleful influence of Paul Haggis's multi-narrative Oscar-winner Crash (2004) continues with Matthew Leutwyler's trite contraption.
Matthew Leutwyler's trite contraption
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 02, 2011
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Panahi update


 The turmoil in Egypt dominates the news from the Middle East, overshadowing the recent oppressive measures imposed by the Iranian despots. Apparently in an attempt...
By Peter Keough  |  February 07, 2011
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Review: The Next Three Days

More gripping and less pretentious than Crash (2004), Paul Haggis's remake of Fred Cavayé's Pour elle (2008) remains an implausible exercise in contrivance and bogus irony.
Surprisingly instructive for those wishing to help break someone out of jail some day
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 19, 2010
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Review: Paris

Cédric Klapisch's serendipitous interweaving of the lives of disparate characters in the title city never resorts to the contrivance and manipulation of Paul Haggis's Oscar winner, but there are some close calls.
What's the French word for Crash ?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 25, 2009
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Review: Crossing Over

Wayne Kramer's immigration melodrama fits into the glibly schematic, socially conscious multi-narrative niche usually filled by Paul Haggis.
Slickly political, while still offering hugs and tears and gratuitous nudity.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 11, 2009
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Quantum mechanic

Little Solace for Bond fans
Little Solace for Bond fans
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 11, 2008


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Battle in Seattle

Like Paul Haggis’s Crash , the film mistakes stereotypes for archetypes, staging absurd coincidences with timely epiphanies so everyone can learn a lesson.
A docudrama that overcomes it's obvious flaws
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  September 23, 2008

Crossword: ''And the last shall be first''


Or pretty close, anyway.
By MATT JONES  |  May 21, 2008
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Persian gulf

Another “Festival of Films from Iran” opens at the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Bush Administration still hasn’t started bombing Tehran.
Bridging it at the ‘Festival of Films from Iran’
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 07, 2007
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In the Valley of Elah

Few will deny that the war dehumanizes, but Haggis’s suggestion that everybody who comes back is a sociopath won’t win many friends.
A 90-minute Oscar wanna-be
By PETER KEOUGH  |  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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Everyday heroes

Despite the name, independent cinema has grown conventional.
Alternative cinema lives at the Independent Film Festival of Boston
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 17, 2007
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Flagging the truth

His ongoing beatification notwithstanding, Clint Eastwood has never lined up behind traditional notions of the hero. Watch the trailer for Flags of Our Fathers (QuickTime)
Clint Eastwood’s anti-heroic Fathers
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 20, 2007

Doom, gloom and zoom

Given the past year’s headlines, it can’t come as a surprise that some of the best films of 2006 had an edge of darkness to them.
A year in film
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 16, 2007
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New to DVD: December, 20 2006

Plus the Black Dahlia and The Last Kiss .
  The Descent, Factotum, Jackass: Number Two
By NEW TO DVD  |  December 19, 2006
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Five-card stud

Every era gets the James Bond it deserves. Ours gets a Bond who’s strong and forceful but also reckless and arrogant, who blunders into tricky situations in Third World countries and makes a bloody mess of things. Watch the trailer for Casino Royale
Daniel Craig delivers a meaty Bond
By GARY SUSMAN  |  November 15, 2006


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Bond traders

The latest casualty of the war on terror: Pierce Brosnan. Five car stud: Daniel Craig delivers a meaty Bond
Why Pierce got booted
By GARY SUSMAN  |  November 15, 2006
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The Last Kiss

There’s no want of misogyny in Tony Goldwyn’s film, which follows the romantic misfortunes of a group of buddies. Watch the trailer for The Last Kiss  (QuickTime)
A trip of romantic misfortunes
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 13, 2006
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Fest or famine?

Women filmmakers dominate this year’s festival, and an unflinching honesty marks their movies.
This year’s Boston Film Festival has a woman’s touch
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 08, 2006
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The Arab street

Watching the news lately, you can’t help thinking that nobody has an idea what’s going on in the Arab and Islamic world.
Merzak Allouache’s other world at the HFA  
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 23, 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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Hollywood gives Bush the finger - side


Our film editor's predictions
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 25, 2006