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Review: Step Up Revolution
The ne plus ultra of “guilty pleasures,” the Step Up movies are willfully naive, awkward, and irresistible.
PATRICK Z. MCGAVIN
| July 27, 2012
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
| July 27, 2012
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.
| July 13, 2012
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
| July 06, 2012
Review: That's My Boy
Director Sean Anders does nothing to mop up this gross-out comedy mess about a middle-school boy who gets molested by his teacher and ends up raising their love child — with disastrous results.
'90s pop culture
| June 22, 2012
Review: Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Eighty-five-year-old Jiro, with his unchanging expression and bald pate, resembles a wizened turtle. Leaving home at age 9 and forced to fend for himself, he would become the world's greatest sushi chef.
A quest to sushi chefdom
| April 06, 2012
As one-sided rivalries go, Eliezer Shkolnik (Shlomo Bar Aba) has it bad.
| March 23, 2012
Review: Casa de Mi Padre
Will Ferrell is the macho ranchero with a heart of gold in Matt Piedmont's parody.
Matt Piedmont's spoof of Mexican cinema
| March 16, 2012
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
| January 20, 2012
Among the world's masterpieces of misanthropy, Jean-Luc Godard's 1967 opus follows a loathsome, greedy, sexually perverse bourgeois married couple on a weekend jaunt into the French countryside during which they plan to murder the wife's dying father,
Jean-Luc Godard's 1967 opus
| December 09, 2011
Review: The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby
"My father lived in shadows," says filmmaker Carl Colby in voiceover. "He liked being invisible." His documentary is a valiant but ultimately futile attempt to understand William Colby, the ex-CIA head who died in 1996.
Carl Colby documents his father's life
| November 18, 2011
Review: Janie Jones
Borrowing the name of a Clash song with which it has nothing in common, this generic riff on the Crazy Heart template by writer/director David M. Rosenthal ( Falling Up ) also cribs from Sofia Coppola's Somewhere .
A generic riff on the Crazy Heart template
| November 11, 2011
Cancer seems to be the breakout star of indie films this season. In Jonathan Segal's Norman , it gets its hands on the title character's father and is the catalyst for his emotional turmoil and social alienation, though you get the feeling he was never
| October 21, 2011
Review: My Name Is Asher Lev at the Lyric
As the late Chaim Potok might have said, "Oy!"
| February 18, 2011
Awful covers, WTF Line and Big Jim's dad!
We take your calls about the worst cover songs ever, check the WTF Line, which is (781) 595-1017, chat it up with Julie Kramer and...
| June 24, 2008
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