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Review: The Paperboy

A Russ Meyer roughie meets The Help in Lee Daniels's lurid follow-up to Precious , in which a paperboy (Zac Efron) gets promoted to driver when his brother Wade (Matthew McConaughey), a Miami Times investigative reporter, returns home to exonerate a

By ANN LEWINSON  |  October 12, 2012
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Review: Seven Psychopaths

As in his debut In Bruges , Martin McDonagh here plays self-reflexive games while undermining the gangster genre.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 12, 2012
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Review: Butter

Any real-world comparisons between the Sarah Palin-like Laura Pickler (Jennifer Garner) and her African-American opponent, Destiny (Yara Shahidi), are encouraged in this over-churned movie that presents itself as a "cutthroat story of greed, blackmail,

By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 12, 2012
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Review: Argo

There are many heroes in Ben Affleck's spunky, polished political thriller. But the biggest hero is Hollywood itself.
Escapist cinema
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 12, 2012
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Review: Wake In Fright (1971)

Combining elements of Heart of Darkness , After Hours , and Groundhog Day , Ted Kotcheff's brutally brilliant Outback thriller follows the moral degradation, or perhaps redemption, of a snooty schoolteacher (Gary Bond) traveling from the backwater w

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 12, 2012
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Review: Keep The Lights On

Ira Sachs's picture is many things: a snapshot of gay culture at the turn of the century, a brutally personal dramatization of his relationship with author Bill Clegg, a messy look at the realities of addiction, a formally audacious work in the tradition

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 12, 2012


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Review: Girl Model

As seen in David Redmon and Ashley Sabin's somber, sometimes poetic, Fred Wiseman-like documentary, the international model trade ranks just above human trafficking in legitimacy.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 12, 2012
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Review: Taken 2

Retired CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) is still trying to remain an active part of the lives of his ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) and his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace).

By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 12, 2012
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Review: The Other Dream Team

American audiences will be delighted to see how the Grateful Dead helped pay for the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic team, including supplying tie-dyed T-shirts. But only Lithuanians will thrill to the movie's climax...

By GERALD PEARY  |  October 12, 2012
Review: Step Up Revolution

Review: Step Up Revolution

The ne plus ultra of “guilty pleasures,” the Step Up movies are willfully naive, awkward, and irresistible.
Abstractly beautiful
By PATRICK Z. MCGAVIN  |  July 27, 2012
Film: The Queen of Versailles

Review: The Queen of Versailles

You couldn’t invent a better metaphor for America’s economic injustice and insanity.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 27, 2012


Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

Review: Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

Takashi Miike seems to be single-handedly bringing the samurai movie back to its former glory; first with 13 Assassins , and now this gripping remake of Kobayashi’s classic attack on the honor code within the samurai class.
Takashi Miike brings back samurai movies
By MILES BOWE  |  July 27, 2012
Review: The Well-Digger's Daughter

Review: The Well-Digger’s Daughter

Daniel Auteuil ( Manon of the Spring ) directs and stars in this melodrama set in Provence during World War I.
Based on the novel by Marcel Pagnol
By PEG ALOI  |  July 27, 2012
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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: Farewell, My Queen

The gifted French director Benoît Jacquot specializes in movies about the emotions of young women.
Adapted from Chantal Thomas’s novel
By PATRICK Z. MCGAVIN  |  July 27, 2012
Review: Sacrifice

Review: Sacrifice

Adapted from a 13th-century stage play, this historical melodrama seems torn between trying to be a theatrical fable and a flashy action film.
Historical melodrama
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  July 27, 2012


Film Review: Double Trouble

Review: Double Trouble

David Chang's inept martial arts comedy confirms the genius of Jackie Chan.
Inept martial arts comedy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 08, 2012
Movie review: Bel Ami

Review: Bel Ami

The title is the term of endearment given to a charming young reporter by a series of influential Parisian women.
The film adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's 1885 novel
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  June 08, 2012
Short Take: Nobody Else But You

Review: Nobody Else But You

A dried-up French crime novelist (Jean-Paul Rouve) finds sudden inspiration for a new mystery in the true-life story of a TV weathergirl (Sophie Quinton).
Nothing special
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 08, 2012
Short Take: High School

Review: High School

A pot comedy that won't reward even the most easily satisfied stoner, High School is just as inane and ignorant as the Reefer Madness -style films it aims to satirize.
Inane and ignorant
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  June 08, 2012
Short Take: Hysteria

Review: Hysteria

Struggling physician Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy) has struck pay dirt assisting Dr. Robert Dalrymple (Jonathan Pryce), whose London waiting room is packed with bourgeois housewives suffering from "hysteria."
Tanya Wexler's enjoyable, fictionalized period piece
By ANN LEWINSON  |  June 08, 2012


Short Take: Snow White and the Huntsman

Review: Snow White and the Huntsman

Hers is not the old clichéd path towards romance, but the new clichéd path towards becoming a kickass girl warrior.
Not the old clichés
By  |  June 02, 2012
Review: Tyrannosaur

Review: Tyrannosaur(1)

In his directorial debut, actor Paddy Considine has learned that the best way to develop sympathy for someone who kicks his dog to death is by comparing him to another character (Eddie Marsan) who urinates on his wife.
Paddy Considine's directorial debut
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 24, 2012
Review: Bullhead

Review: Bullhead(1)

What this cattle farmer at the center of talented writer/director Michael R. Roskam's debut feature – Belgium's foreign-language Oscar nominee – lacks, he tries to make up for with steroids.
Michael R. Roskam's debut feature
By BRETT MICHEL  |  February 24, 2012
Review: Battle Royale

Review: Battle Royale (2000)

In a not-so-distant future society that has devolved into chaos, Japan's youth run amok, Clockwork Orange –style, and the government has passed an act decreeing that one unruly grade-school class will face off in a battle from which only one will emerg
A not-so-distant future society
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  February 24, 2012
Review Addiction Inc

Review: Addiction Incorporated

Much of the first half of Charles Evans Jr.'s muckraking documentary is annoyingly gimmicky, relying on unneeded graphics, animation, and imitation-Errol-Morris effects to tell the tale of a Philip Morris scientist, Victor DeNoble, who became a key gove
Charles Evans Jr.'s muckraking documentary
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 24, 2012


Man on a Ledge - Review

Review: Man on a Ledge

Pablo F. Fenjves might not be Sidney Lumet, but his clever if absurd heist film does acknowledge its debt to the late, politically inclined director's Dog Day Afternoon .
Clever if absurd heist film
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 27, 2012
Review - The Grey

Review: The Grey

At the center of this superior stranded-men-picked-off-by-external-threat thriller is Ottway, an anguished loner powerfully played by Liam Neeson.
Man vs. wolves
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  January 27, 2012
Review - A Separation

Review: A Separation

Somehow, despite an increasingly repressive regime that has jailed many prominent filmmakers, including the world renowned auteur Jafar Panahi, Iranian cinema continues to produce some of the world's subtlest and most illuminating films about the relati
Family drama
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 27, 2012
Short Take - Albert Nobbs

Review: Albert Nobbs

Lesbianism doesn't exist as a cogent category in 19th century Ireland, which could explain why Albert Nobbs (Glenn Close), a woman disguised for years as a man and employed as a Dublin waiter, has no personal understanding of who she is, her identity, o
Gender identity crisis
By GERALD PEARY  |  January 27, 2012