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OBSERVE AND REPORT
MAINE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Ascending filmmakers, dying formats
It's a precarious moment for lovers of classic films and, indeed, film itself.
As film itself fades, classics and breakthroughs take over Waterville
| July 13, 2012
Review: Charlie St. Cloud
Zac Efron should consider a new agent.
Efron, Steers go overboard
MICHAEL C. WALSH
| August 06, 2010
Review: Bad Cop
Title a book Bad Cop and brain-basher types like Harvey Keitel and Ray Liotta spring to mind.
Life as one of NYPD's not-so-finest
| June 05, 2009
Review: Observe and Report
Jody Hill's ambiguous and unsettling film is a comedy about law enforcement in much the same way that Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy is a comedy about comedy.
Seth Rogen calls security
| April 10, 2009
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.
| March 11, 2009
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
| September 23, 2008
With pundits already reading political significance into summer blockbusters like The Dark Knight (“Is Batman a stand-in for George Bush? Discuss.”), the meatier movies of fall arrive not a moment too soon.
Films with a full agenda
| September 08, 2008
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
In this chintzy exercise in mediæval conquest, taciturn martial-arts impresario Jason Statham takes on a maniacal Ray Liotta.
| January 16, 2008
Forget whatever you know about Guy Ritchie films.
Call the script doc
| December 05, 2007
A film that’s more of a frustrating near-miss than a disappointment.
Ridden with awful lines
| April 18, 2007
Four suburban males in the throes of midlife crisis decide the remedy is to don leather, saddle a Harley, and cruise across the county — with no rules.
Running on empty
| February 28, 2007
Perhaps Joe Carnahan pitched his follow-up to 2002’s Narc as It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World by way of Quentin Tarantino, Guy Ritchie, and bad wigs. Watch the trailer for Smokin' Aces (QuickTime)
An inept mess
| January 24, 2007
Fractured fairy tales
Times are tough when the Dream Factory has a better grip on what’s going on than the people in Washington.
Fantasy and reality compete for the box office in 2007
| December 28, 2006
In its third year, Veronica Mars , late of UPN, joins the new CW network as the most critically praised show on its roster.
Veronica Mars and 30 Rock go to the head of the class
| December 12, 2006
Mick and more
Everyone’s coming out of the woodwork this season. Ted Danson, Calista Flockhart, John Lithgow, and Amanda Peet are among the actors prepping for an effusive back-to-TV homecoming, and even Mick Jagger will be on screen.
The TV stars — and Jagger — come home to roost
| September 19, 2006
Though it doesn’t quite stack up to its PS2 brethren and definitely shouldn’t be mistaken for Grand Theft Auto 4 , at $20, it’s a solid budget title.
Grand Theft Auto goes back to Liberty City
| June 30, 2006
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