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film: RedLights

Review: Red Lights

The third feature by the talented Spanish genre specialist Rodrigo Cortés (Buried) follows the brilliant Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and her protégé Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) methodically debunking claims of paranormal evidence as the inventi
Rodrigo Cortés' third feature
By PATRICK Z. MCGAVIN  |  July 27, 2012
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Review: Whore's Glory

Austrian documentarian Michael Glawogger takes his camera into three pitiable spots where there is open prostitution, and where painted ladies, desperate for a living wage, service the most craven clientele.
Painted ladies
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 15, 2012
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Review: For Greater Glory

Bring coffee, because director Dean Wright's dramatization of the 3-year-long Cristero War (1926-9) seems to last longer than the Mexican conflict itself.
Never-ending war
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 01, 2012
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Review: Anita

The young protagonist of Anita may grapple with Down syndrome, but Argentine director Marcos Carnevale wisely avoids advocacy melodrama territory.
The aftermath of a 1994 anti-Semitic terrorist bombing in Buenos Aires
By MILES HOWARD  |  April 20, 2012
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Review: Casa de Mi Padre

Will Ferrell is the macho ranchero with a heart of gold in Matt Piedmont's parody.
Matt Piedmont's spoof of Mexican cinema
By MONICA CASTILLO  |  March 16, 2012
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Review: Chico & Rita

This is the first animated movie nominated in that category to show pubic hair, and as a film for grown-ups it outclasses most of the nominees for Best Picture.
An animated film for grown-ups
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 02, 2012


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Review: Miss Bala

Gerardo Naranjo's superb new feature, Miss Bala , brilliantly draws on the conflicted personality of a young beauty pageant contestant as a tragically stark emblem of Mexico's all-enveloping drug wars.
Gerardo Naranjo's superb new feature
By PATRICK Z. MCGAVIN  |  January 27, 2012
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Review: The Skin I Live In

Pedro Almodóvar applies all his hypnotic control to a sensuous, sinister tale of a plastic surgeon who kidnaps a beautiful woman in order to shroud her in experimental skin.
A sensuous, sinister tale of a plastic surgeon
By SHEILA JOHNSTON  |  October 28, 2011
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Review: The Mill and the Cross

Clever CGI allows the effective recreation of a 16th century Flanders.
Conceptually confusing
By GERALD PEARY  |  October 21, 2011
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Review: Tres Gatos

I didn't like the idea of Tres Gatos, but turns out it's a very impressive restaurant.
A heartfelt tribute to Spanish tapas
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 14, 2011
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Review: The Women on the 6th Floor

Philippe Le Guay's '60s-set Parisian upstairs/downstairs, a kind of European version of The Help , has all the ingredients necessary for US consumption: political correctness, platitudes, saucy comedy; and a romance between a middle-aged bourgeois reac
A kind of European version of The Help
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 14, 2011


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Review: Blackthorn

This is one sequel superior to the original — if the original were Butch and Sundance: The Early Days .
Mateo Gil's prequel to Butch and Cassidy's tale
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 14, 2011

Review: Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

The latest action epic from Hong Kong new wave director Tsui Hark ( Once Upon a Time in China ) is a fact-based historical drama set in 689 AD, a period when "all hell was about to break loose," according to the dense narration that opens the film.
Exhilarating action
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 23, 2011
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Review: Taco Trio

The surest formula for greatness is to turn your weakness into a strength.
In search of Mexillence
By BRIAN DUFF  |  September 02, 2011
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Review: Atrocious

When a central character spends enough time looking through the distorting lens of a camera, eventually something very nasty is going to show up.
A dizzying, bumpy ride
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  August 12, 2011

Review: Café Zelda

Café Zelda is one of those places that feels elegant but homey; luxurious but not pretentious.
A truly memorable experience
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  August 12, 2011


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Review: Posto

Some places, no matter how good, manage to fly under the radar. And the recent trend of restaurateurs opening a pizza place, establishing a reputation as a lower-priced, "On the Cheap" joint, and then upscaling into a full-tilt sit-down spot (see: Nebo),
Top-notch Italian that's under the radar no more
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 05, 2011
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Review: Even the Rain

The first hour of Icíar Bollaín's film, which was written by Ken Loach's perennial screenwriter, Paul Laverty, is a first-rate political drama.
Movie-within-a-movie is almost a first-rate political drama
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 04, 2011
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Eat your way through 2011 at these 11 places not to miss

While new restaurants intrigue food critics and patrons alike, it's the tried-and-true, the places that have established themselves as mainstays in Portland, that shouldn't be forgotten in all the hype.
Screw resolutions
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  January 07, 2011
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Conga's

The first clue to a fake restaurant is a phony name. Conga's isn't owned by an Afro-Cuban dance rhythm, and doesn't serve drums. Instead, it has a Spanish and South American menu cooked by Central Americans for Thai owners whose previous Japanese restaur
Faking it, just not quite making it
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  February 26, 2010
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Bon appétit!

Luis Meléndez himself greets you at the outset of "Luis Meléndez: Master of the Spanish Still Life" at the Museum of Fine Arts. He seems a haughty 31-year-old in this 1746 self-portrait, standing in a fine silk coat and ruffled shirt and holding up a cha
The delicious art of Luis Meléndez
By GREG COOK  |  February 12, 2010