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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
| September 09, 2011
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
| September 02, 2011
This year I feel less embarrassed than I normally do after the Oscar nominations announcements, getting fewer prognostications wrong - four - than my usual...
| January 25, 2011
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
| August 06, 2010
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
| July 02, 2010
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
| June 18, 2010
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
| March 05, 2010
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
| January 08, 2010
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
| January 01, 2010
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
| November 27, 2009
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
| July 03, 2009
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
| November 25, 2008
We Own the Night
James Gray’s film is in dire need of plausibility.
Gritty, macho, and lacking in grace
| October 10, 2007
The party’s over. Time for the lessons to begin.
Fall films face terror at home and abroad
| September 12, 2007
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
| May 03, 2007
If you want to find out what war is like, ask those who fight it.
Good literature, spotty film
| April 03, 2007
Argentine tango has a strong tradition. Which is both good and bad news for Bernardo Monk.
Bernardo Monk steps out
| January 23, 2007
Crossword: 'Not so great'
Water you looking at?
| August 02, 2006
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
| June 02, 2006
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
| May 25, 2006
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
| March 25, 2006
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