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Review: Higher Ground

True to the film's title, Vera Farmiga tries to elevate the bitter dialogue between secularism and fundamentalism to higher ground, regarding both sides with compassion and clarity.
Farmiga's directorial debut
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 09, 2011
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Review: Seven Days in Utopia

Maybe the best of the bunch is Caddyshack, though Matthew Dean Russell's creepy parable, an adaptation of David Cook's novel, is almost as funny, if not intentionally.
Matthew Dean Russell's creepy parable
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 02, 2011
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Nominal success


 This year I feel less embarrassed than I normally do after the Oscar nominations announcements, getting fewer prognostications wrong - four - than my usual...
By Peter Keough  |  January 25, 2011
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Review: Get Low

Somewhere it must be written that once a veteran actor starts pushing 80, he has to play the role of a curmudgeonly hermit — preferably armed.
Duvall goes full hermit
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 06, 2010
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A world of cinema

The 13th Maine International Film Festival begins in Waterville next Friday, and along with the usual unusual array of (political, music, and eco-)documentaries, Amerindies, classic and foreign films, and a special night at the drive-in, MIFF has a coupl
Young filmmakers shine at this year's Maine International Film Festival
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 02, 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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Oscar predictions 2010: Locker is a lock

Except for some pipe-dream scenarios in which the 10-nominee/weighted-voting system could turn out a victory for Inglourious Basterds or some other dark horse, everyone concedes that this year's winner for Best Picture and just about every other sign
Bigelow, Bullock, and Bridges also will win gold
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2010
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Review: Crazy Heart

Every great actor has at least one washed-up, alcoholic, award-winning-country-singer role in him. For Jeff Bridges, it's "Bad" Blake, a former C&W legend now reduced to playing bowling alleys and dive bars in tiny towns in the Southwest.
Country discomfort: Jeff Bridges can't be beat
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 08, 2010
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Lite at the end of the tunnel?

If you had enough of the end of the world with 2012 , you might be relieved when it comes to 2010.
Fun and games in post-apocalyptic Hollywood
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 01, 2010
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Review: The Road

John Hillcoat doesn't stray from Cormac McCarthy's Road For those who found the Coen Brothers' adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men too lighthearted, John Hillcoat's relentlessly faithful version of the author's post-apocalyptic Puli
No country for all men: John Hillcoat doesn't stray from Cormac McCarthy's Road
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 27, 2009
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Review: Public Enemies

The gangster movie ruled Depression-era cinema — and that might be cause for concern about our present economic difficulties should the genre make a comeback.
Michael Mann's reheated crime waive
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 03, 2009


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Four Christmases

Rather than the typical snowstorm that strands characters in a Holiday-themed comedy, it's heavy cloud cover that keeps San Francisco couple Brad and Kate from catching their flight to Fiji.
Tests the audiences' tolerance of grim cheer
By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 25, 2008
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We Own the Night

James Gray’s film is in dire need of plausibility.
Gritty, macho, and lacking in grace
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 10, 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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Lucky You

Curtis Hanson’s latest directorial effort sat on a shelf for two years, emitting a whiff of failure.
Hanson puts his money on Hollywood clichés
By BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  May 03, 2007
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Operation Homecoming

If you want to find out what war is like, ask those who fight it.
Good literature, spotty film
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 03, 2007


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Tango talk

Argentine tango has a strong tradition. Which is both good and bad news for Bernardo Monk.
Bernardo Monk steps out
By JON GARELICK  |  January 23, 2007
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Crossword: 'Not so great'


Water you looking at?
By MATT JONES  |  August 02, 2006
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The best dick on the silver screen

On Tuesday, I mentioned the death of Paul Gleason, who had died May 28, 2006 of a form of lung cancer, to several of my co-workers.
Paul Gleason, 1944-2006
By RYAN STEWART  |  June 02, 2006
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Jung at heart

Standing in front of the blossoming AV screens, Maynard Keenan is Col. Kilgore on the beach in Apocalypse Now , an apparition of stolid derangement, now and again accenting a particularly colossal time-change with a slow-motion karate kick.
Tool at the Orpheum
By JAMES PARKER  |  May 25, 2006
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GTA goes Gotti

Last year, when EA announced a video game based on The Godfather , I wanted to give Sonny a fighting chance at the toll booth.
The Godfather takes the cannoli
By BILL JENSEN  |  March 25, 2006