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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
The 13th Annual Provincetown International Film Festival
Henry Thoreau said of the song of the wood thrush: "Whenever a man hears it, it is a new world and a free country, and the gates of heaven are not shut. . . . " For some reason, Provincetown is full of these birds — appropriately so, given the avowed in
| June 24, 2011
Review: Henry's Crime
If you had to compare it to a Russian classic, Malcolm Venville's mild comedy about a nobody (Keanu Reeves) who gets busted for a crime he didn't commit might suggest half-baked Dostoevsky or lightweight Gogol.
| April 22, 2011
Oscar predictions 2010
After years of shrinking audiences and low-grossing Best Picture nominees, the Academy this year is hedging its bets.
With 10 Best Picture noms, is Oscar up in the air? Our critic predicts.
| January 29, 2010
Review: Up In the Air
No director pulls off the bait-and-switch as craftily as Jason Reitman. He gets you thinking that you're watching a hip, caustic comedy subverting the status quo, but by the end, he's vindicated all the platitudes he seemed to scorn.
Flight pattern: Reitman takes a familiar turn
| December 04, 2009
John (Peter Sarsgaard) and Kate (Vera Farmiga) don't have eight children to contend with, but after the miscarriage of their daughter, they adopt, bringing their brood to three. Perhaps they should have cut their losses.
| July 31, 2009
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The performances never falter, and even James Horner's heavy-handed score can't dim the film's unfathomable, unshakable ending.
A stirring glimpse at Europe's darkest hour
| November 11, 2008
Although Kim has her pulse on religious, racial, and social conflict, she relies too much on contrived plotting.
Sulky and not believable
| May 21, 2008
Something sure to please fans of Ratliff’s documentary Hell House.
Eschewing supernatural hysteria
| July 11, 2007
No wonder the cops and the feds can’t catch Whitey Bulger: they’re too busy beating the shit out of each other. Watch the trailer for The Departed (QuickTime) Whitey wash: Scorsese, Damon, and DiCaprio honor The Departed. By Brett Michel
Scorsese haunts the mean streets of Beantown
| February 20, 2007
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