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Review: Dark Horse
Todd Solondz has turned his audience's divisiveness into a calling card with his often hilariously upsetting films, so it's a surprise that his new movie is fairly tame.
| August 10, 2012
Review: The Queen of Versailles
You couldn’t invent a better metaphor for America’s economic injustice and insanity.
| July 27, 2012
Review: Natural Selection
So memorable as Ed Helms's harridan wife in The Hangover , Rachael Harris is a natural for a lead role.
Robbie Pickering's road movie
| July 06, 2012
Review: 5 Broken Cameras
Emad Burnat, a Palestinian villager, goes through five different cameras from 2005 to 2010, each one broken when the Israeli military or police assault him as he tries to record the ongoing turmoil.
| June 22, 2012
Review: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Nearly 15 years after Don McKellar ended it all in Last Night (1998), the world endures, and so does the question: how will doomsday affect one's love life?
| June 22, 2012
Roger (Aksel Hennie) is an Oslo yuppie with a gorgeous, blonde wife, a top-drawer job as a corporate headhunter, and a lucrative side employment stealing fancy paintings.
| May 11, 2012
Review: The Salt of Life
The Salt of Life deftly sprinkles wacky humor in with the melancholy, and Di Gregorio is a winning talent, both as the amusing star actor and as the film's co-writer and director.
Wacky humor mixed with melancholy
| March 16, 2012
Review: Kill List
Following up his impressive debut, Down Terrace , Ben Wheatley's Yorkshire-based crime thriller swerves with abrupt satisfaction into horror in its final moments.
Ben Wheatley's Yorkshire-based crime thriller
| March 02, 2012
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
| January 20, 2012
Review: Silent Souls
This is probably the only film we'll encounter about the Merja culture of West Central Russia, a Finno-Ugric tribe in which even the most modernized people pay allegiance to ancient customs.
Magic realism and Chekhovian melancholy
| January 20, 2012
Review: We Bought A Zoo(1)
Matt Damon plays Mee, a journalist who decides that he and his daughter (a precocious Maggie Elizabeth Jones) and sullen teenage son (Colin Ford) need a new start after the death of his wife, so he spends his life savings on a house in the country.
Cameron Crowe's film version of Benjamin Mee's memoir
| December 23, 2011
Review: Straw Dogs
Remaking, polishing, and in effect housebreaking what should've remained untamed and feral, Rod Lurie's new version of the Peckinpah classic follows the original's story beats closely, and so the devil is in the details.
Rod Lurie's new version of the Peckinpah classic
| September 23, 2011
Long after such an insight might do any good, Viorel, the mopey, truculent antihero of this second film in Cristi Puiu's "Six Stories from the Outskirts of Bucharest" observes that the justice system does not comprehend the complexity of his relationshi
Deepening the mystery
| August 26, 2011
Review: Point Blank
Samuel (Gilles Lellouche), a student nurse, gets sucked into a quagmire of murder and corruption when a thug kidnaps his pregnant wife, Nadia (Elena Anaya), to blackmail him into springing Hugo (Roschdy Zem), a wounded prisoner held by the police at the
| August 12, 2011
The MFA's Turkish Film Festival opens with Zeki Demirkubuz's stark and deliberate meditation on the title vice. Who envies who, however, becomes clear only gradually, and the reason for the malignancy remains, as in the case of Iago, inexplicable.
Who envies who? You'll want to stick around to find out
| March 18, 2011
Review: The Housemaid
In Kim Ki-young's 1960 original, one of the all-time South Korean classics, the title housemaid was a psychopathic femme fatale wrecking the lives of her employers, a composer and his hard-working wife
Korean remake fuses art and soft-core thrills in steamy class drama
| February 18, 2011
Monotonix with Wife + Mike Wilde and the Gentleman Callers at SPACE
This afternoon, the Portland Public Library reopens to show off its new renovations, but come nighttime, the monstrous Tel Aviv rock band Monotonix - whose...
| April 07, 2010
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