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Keep the Lights On avoids stereotypes but not shame

Keep the Lights On is only one hour and 42 minutes long, but by the conclusion of this 2012 indie film by director Ira Sachs, you feel that you've known the main characters, Erik and Paul, for much longer.
A decade of dysfunction
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 09, 2012
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Karen Schmeer: 1970-2010

Karen Schmeer, the brilliant local film editor whose work on Errol Morris's documentary The Fog of War helped win it the Best Documentary Oscar in 2004, died January 29 in a tragic accident, struck by a getaway car as she was crossing a street in Manha
In Memoriam
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 01, 2010
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The plots thicken

Eight years after the destruction of the World Trade Center — the result of one of the most devastatingly successful conspiracies in history — Americans still take comfort in paranoia.
9/11 Truthers, Tea Parties, Birthers — conspiracy is in the air. No wonder Hollywood is embracing paranoia.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 11, 2009
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Rí!

In Kings , which is getting six screenings at the MFA, it’s 1977, and six spry Irish lads are sailing toward London, buoyed by grand expectations.
Kings  in Gaelic, plus Brattle Staff Picks
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 31, 2007
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And justice for one . . .

“I’m not a miracle worker, I’m a janitor.”
Clooney cleans up as Michael Clayton
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 03, 2007
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Off with their heads

The signs are getting bleak for the man in the White House and the party in power.
Recent polls are giving the GOP the willies. So should the movies.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 20, 2006


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Learning by doing

The way kids say, “I wanna be an astronaut, I wanna be a fireman,” Cambridge’s Karen Schmeer insisted, “I can be a film editor.”
Karen Schmeer, Sidney Pollack, Frank Gehry
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 23, 2006
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The Lost City

In 1990, Sydney Pollack refashioned Michael Curtiz’s Casablanca , setting the action during a period of political upheaval in Havana , with Robert Redford doing little to erase memories of Humphrey Bogart.
Awful
By BRETT MICHEL  |  May 10, 2006