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The human stain: life and death in Middletown

The New York Times dubbed Will Eno a “Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation.”

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 22, 2013
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Review: Amour

The master of bleakness, depravity, and bitter irony Michael Haneke has at last made an unabashedly romantic love story, and his most upbeat movie to date.
Amour is less
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 18, 2013
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Review: The Other Son

It's a far-fetched premise: two boys mixed up at birth, a Palestinian raised by an Israeli-army colonel and his French wife in Tel Aviv, a Jew brought up by a West Bank Muslim family who have had a son killed in the occupation.

By GERALD PEARY  |  October 26, 2012
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Review: End of Watch

Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña aren't exactly corrupt cops in this self-important police drama, they're just fascistic assholes.
Self-important police drama
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  September 21, 2012
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GSC commits Crimes of the Heart

It must have seemed a guilty pleasure to dramatist Beth Henley to win the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Crimes of the Heart.
Sister Act
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 07, 2012
Review: Pelotero

Review: Ballplayer: Pelotero

Ballplayer initially declares that it is about dreams, ambition, and family struggles, but by focusing almost entirely on money and market values, it strikes out.
Striking out
By MILES BOWE  |  July 13, 2012


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Review: Sleepless Night

"We're in deep shit," says one of the perpetrators of a bungled drug heist in Frédéric Jardin's expert thriller. It's about to get deeper.
Frédéric Jardin's expert thriller
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 13, 2012
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Review: Beasts of the Southern Wild

One of the most assured debuts in years, Benh Zeitlin's folk tale is a portrait of the wonder and heartbreak that comes with being too young to understand what you experience.
Benh Zeitlin's folk tale
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  July 06, 2012
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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
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 06, 2012
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Review: People Like Us

I, for one, would not want to be a person like the characters in Alex Kurtzman's creepy family melodrama.
Alex Kurtzman's creepy family melodrama
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 29, 2012
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Review: The Newsroom

The Newsroom is a dose of concentrated Sorkin, by turns maddening and exhilarating.
All in the family: Sorkin does Sorkin in 'The Newsroom'
By RYAN STEWART  |  June 22, 2012


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Review: The Matchmaker

Arik (Tuval Shafir), a restless Israeli teenager, struggles against the cultural limits of Haifa in 1968 — it's a provincial prism untouched by rock music or the sexual revolution.
Cultural limits
By MILES HOWARD  |  June 22, 2012
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2nd Story’s’ masterful A Few Good Men

Wow. A Few Good Men may take place in a courtroom rather than on a battlefield, but you wouldn't know that from the psychological carnage explosively inflicted.
Military precision
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 08, 2012
Film Review: Polisse

Review: Polisse

The third feature by French actress and filmmaker Maïwenn, about the inner-workings of Paris's Child Protection Unit (CPU), is certainly kinetic, though also mannered and hyperbolic.
Maïwenn's third feature film
By PATRICK Z. MCGAVIN  |  May 25, 2012
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Wit at the Players’ Ring honors life and death

An array of disciplines have taken on the puzzle of life and death.
For whom the bell tolls
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 25, 2012
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Review: I Wish

Two elementary school brothers living in southern Japan are forced to live in different cities due to the estrangement of their parents.
The estrangement of two brothers
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 25, 2012


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Review: Where Do We Go Now?

Lebanese director Nadine Labaki's whimsical film about internecine slaughter has a tone problem from the very start: a group of widows engage in a goofy line dance while the voiceover narrator bewails the death toll of religious warfare.
Nadine Labaki's whimsical film
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 25, 2012
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Review: Chimpanzee

Following in the footsteps of African Cats , this Disney-distributed documentary combines breathtaking wildlife footage with silly, self-conscious voiceover narration aimed at preschoolers.
Disney-distributed documentary
By MILES HOWARD  |  April 27, 2012
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Review: Kid-Thing

If Spirit of the Beehive took place in Napoleon Dynamite country, it might turn out like David Zellner's absurd and wrenching coming-of-age tale.
Absurd and gut-wrenching
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 20, 2012
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Not much 'magic' on Starz's new drama

Premium networks play by different rules from the rest of television, but Starz has taken things to a new extreme: they've twice renewed shows before episode one even aired.
City of blahs
By RYAN STEWART  |  April 06, 2012
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Review: Showtime’s The Borgias

The second season of The Borgias (Sunday at 9 pm, Showtime) enters a crowded Sunday night field: HBO's Game of Thrones , AMC's Mad Men , even AMC's much discredited The Killing .
Blood oaths
By JON GARELICK  |  April 06, 2012


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Mad Men tries to pick up the pieces

"Is it my imagination, or is the lobby full of Negroes?"
Morning after
By JON GARELICK  |  March 23, 2012
Review: We Need to Talk About Kevin

Review: We Need to Talk About Kevin(1)

Kevin (Ezra Miller) may not have his father's eyes, but Lynne Ramsay's adaptation of Lionel Shriver's novel rivals Rosemary's Baby , The Omen , and this year's Twilight installment as a negative advertisement for childbearing.
Lynne Ramsay's adaptation of Lionel Shriver's novel
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 09, 2012
Review: Forgiveness of Blood

Review: The Forgiveness of Blood

American filmmaker Joshua Marston ( Maria Full of Grace ) traveled to Albania to write and direct this thoughtful, subtle feature about the victims of a blood feud, with an all-Albanian ensemble.
Joshua Marston's thoughtful, subtle feature
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 09, 2012
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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
By PEG ALOI  |  March 02, 2012
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Good Theater wrestles with love and sin

There's only one major problem in the love between Adam (Rob Cameron), a sarcastic would-be teacher working in retail, and Luke (Joe Bearor), an aspiring young actor.
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By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 03, 2012


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Review: Luck

You get the feeling that Milch and Mann just want to show off what they know about horse racing. When one of Marcus's crew keeps screaming out during the big Pick Six race, "What's going on!?," he speaking for the audience.
HBO goes to the races
By JON GARELICK  |  January 27, 2012
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Review: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Too soon? For Stephen Daldry's 9/11 drama, the right time is "never."
An extremely exploitative and incredibly bad tale
By BRETT MICHEL  |  January 20, 2012
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Review: Joyful Noise

There's not much joy but there's plenty of noise of the rafter-rocking gospel singing variety in Tony Graff's musical dramedy.
Rafter-rocking gospel singing
By TOM MEEK  |  January 13, 2012
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Review: Answers to Nothing(1)

The baleful influence of Paul Haggis's multi-narrative Oscar-winner Crash (2004) continues with Matthew Leutwyler's trite contraption.
Matthew Leutwyler's trite contraption
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 02, 2011