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Review: Contraband

True to its name, this standard heist thriller is a composite of knock-offs, but when Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in America is among the sources ripped off, the quality is pretty high.
A high-quality composite of knock-offs
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 20, 2012
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The films of Sergio Leone at the HFA

He's best known for his westerns, which traditionally are sagas about how civilization begins, how ruthless and cynical men rip it out of the throat of the wilderness. But the end of civilization is what really fascinated Sergio Leone, and the pois
The good, the bad, and the brilliant
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 04, 2011
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Review: I Saw the Devil

Kim Jee-woon, whose previous film was the Sergio Leone spoof The Good, the Bad, the Weird, doesn't so much parody genres as he beats them senseless with a stick - much the way his hero, special agent Kim Soo-hyeon (Lee Byung-hun), does to those who piss
Gruesome repetition is a big part of serial killing and this Korean horror film
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 18, 2011
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Review: The American

Why so many movies this year about aging secret agents? Probably to accommodate all the aging lead actors.
Gun for hire: Clooney's aim is true
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 03, 2010
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Review: The Good, The Bad, The Weird

There’s a little of each of the title qualities in Korean director Kim Jee-woon’s revision of Sergio Leone’s 1966 classic, but not enough to warrant its punishing two-hours-plus length.
East meets Western
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 30, 2010
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Annie in Wonderland

There wasn't much to know about St. Vincent when I first happened upon her in concert, in the middle of July 2007.
St. Vincent gives an otherworldly performance on Actor
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 23, 2009


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Review: Inglourious Basterds

From the beginning, Tarantino's obsessive self-referentiality and movie allusions never let you forget that you're watching a film.
Payback for Hitler in Inglourious Basterds
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 21, 2009
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Interview: Kathryn Bigelow

Although everyone makes a point of Kathryn Bigelow's gender and height and good looks, what's germane is that even if she were short and had bushy eyebrows like Martin Scorsese, she still would be directing action pictures like no one since Sam Peckin
The Hurt Locker director breaks out
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 10, 2009
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Mother of Tears: The Third Mother

Horror impresario Dario Argento rounds out his “Three Mothers” trilogy some 30 years after he titillated gore fanatics with Suspiria and Inferno .
Schlock of the finest cult caliber
By TOM MEEK  |  June 04, 2008
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Twenty-first-century syndromes

Simon Field and Keith Griffiths, who commissioned the series, found four directors who responded to the call with brilliant films.
The “New Crowned Hope” series at the MFA
By CHRIS FUJIWARA  |  August 28, 2007
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Land of the dead

Clint Eastwood does not say that war is hell. He says that war is shit. Watch the trailer for Letters from Iwo Jima (QuickTime)
Eastwood’s Japanese war epic
By CHRIS FUJIWARA  |  February 20, 2007


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Waist Deep

In this hip-hop urban Bonnie and Clyde wanna-be, charismatic rapper/actor Tyrese ( Baby Boy , 2 Fast 2 Furious ) plays O2, a recent parolee whose efforts to go straight are derailed when a Crenshaw drug lord inadvertently kidnaps his son during a carj
A sugar buzz
By TOM MEEK  |  June 28, 2006
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Outdoor living

The Outback might be rough and wild, but it’s the architecture that takes a real beating in The Proposition .
Nick Cave’s loaded Proposition
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 26, 2006
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Theater of war

Saving Private Ryan reprised the glory days of GI Joes fighting nobly at Normandy, but it certainly didn’t spawn a comeback of World War II combat flicks.
The HFA brings back the good old days of combat movies
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 02, 2006