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Review: Seven Psychopaths
As in his debut In Bruges , Martin McDonagh here plays self-reflexive games while undermining the gangster genre.
| October 12, 2012
Review: Cowboys & Aliens
As Dolarhyde, the cattle baron lording over the frontier town in Jon Favreau's pastiche of Western and sci-fi movies, Harrison Ford has the best lines. Like: "That's ridiculous!" — said when someone explains why Independence Day -like aliens are blasti
Favreau's pastiche of Western and sci-fi movies
| August 05, 2011
Six Boston accents worthy of Oscar
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Pahk the awahds in Hahvahd Yahd
| December 10, 2010
Innocence lost, but not forgotten
In film, the demands of art and of history are often in conflict. The aptly-titled Conviction , opening this Friday in theaters, is the rare feature film that satisfies both demands.
HARVEY SILVERGLATE AND KYLE SMEALLIE
| October 15, 2010
Is the Boston Film Festival on the road to recovery?
In recent years, the Boston Film Festival has alternated between catastrophe and semi-revival.
Or is it flirting with disaster?
| September 10, 2010
Bristol’s crusading lawyer goes Hollywood
If you haven’t heard of Betty Anne Waters, the Bristol pub owner and single mother of two who put herself through college and law school in a nearly three-decade crusade to overturn her brother’s murder conviction, you will soon.
| July 16, 2010
Review: Iron Man 2
Maybe I’m just relieved that it wasn’t in 3-D, or maybe actor Justin Theroux (frequent David Lynch collaborator and co-scripter of Tropic Thunder ) is just a better writer than the law firm of scribes that pasted together the original, but Jon Favreau’s
| May 07, 2010
Review: Everybody's Fine
You'll be forgiven if you mistake Robert De Niro's face for Robert Young's next to Kate Beckinsale's, Drew Barrymore's, and Sam Rockwell's on the poster for Kirk ( Waking Ned Devine ) Jones's remake of Stanno tutti bene .
It's . . . fine, we guess
| December 11, 2009
Review: Gentlemen Broncos
Having peaked with his debut, Napoleon Dynamite , Jared Hess has settled into being a family-friendly John Waters — which is redundant, since Waters is already rated PG-13.
Jared Hess's latest geek fantasy
| November 06, 2009
We expected the vampires, the werewolves, the zombies, and the homicidal maniacs. Same thing with the android doubles, the alien abductors, the sexually abused pregnant teenager, the Apocalypse, and the post-Apocalypse. But kids' movies?
The outlook is still gloomy, but film finds time for childish things
| September 18, 2009
A hero named Darwin and a convoluted plot about "global extermination" are the first clues that director Hoyt Yeatman isn't taking the cute route with his cast of animated guinea pigs.
| July 31, 2009
Duncan Jones begins his first feature with an infomercial for "Lunar Industries, Ltd" that celebrates Lunar's solution to global warming: strip-mining the surface of the moon for "Helium 3," an isotope that can provide a limitless source of non-pollutin
Duncan Jones's debut is more alienation than Alien
| June 19, 2009
Dick gets off easy in Frost/Nixon
| December 09, 2008
Dotty old women, idiots in powder wigs, a fat guy beating off, and disgorged chunks of food — they aren’t as funny as you might think.
“Gag” might be a better title
| 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
When a film opens with a shotgun blast that interrupts a lousy high-school-band practice on a miserable winter day, the prospects for a happy ending don’t look good.
Call it American Ugly
| March 21, 2008
Funny how spring movies can mirror the options of spring break.
Spring Arts Preview: Some diversions before the summer onslaught
| March 10, 2008
Something sure to please fans of Ratliff’s documentary Hell House.
Eschewing supernatural hysteria
| July 11, 2007
Dots and dashes
Just about any list of the greatest character actors working today would include David Morse. And with good cause.
The career of David Morse
| June 22, 2006
Die Another Day
How often do you get a second chance at making a first impression? In Hollywood, it’s likely never.
Director Richard Shepard hopes The Matador revives his career, too
| January 05, 2006
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