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Review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Aside from the obvious differences — a knack for Quidditch for example — George Smiley might be considered the Cold War equivalent of Harry Potter.
Alfredson tinkers with le Carré's spy classic
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 16, 2011
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Review: The Tree

In a less drastic take on grief than her role in Lars von Trier's Antichrist, Charlotte Gainsbourg plays Dawn, a wife and mother of four children whose idyllic life on a farm in the Australian outback shatters when her husband drops dead.
Adjusting to loss
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 22, 2011
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Review: Zookeeper

Local viewers might be amused by director Frank Coraci's Boston geography in this slapdash comedy; for example, taking a right turn on Queensberry onto Storrow Drive and then over the Zakim Bridge en route to the airport. Makes as much sense as the plot
Slapdash comedy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 15, 2011
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Review: Green Lantern

A parlor game could be made out of how many times the word "fear" is uttered in Martin Campbell's superhero franchise non-starter.

By BRET MICHEL  |  June 24, 2011
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Review: Pianomania

You don't need to be knowledgeable about classical music to savor Pianomania any more than you need to know about Donkey Kong to enjoy The King of Kong. The Vienna-set documentary burrows into the professional life of Steinway & Sons' chief technici

By BETSY SHERMAN  |  June 24, 2011
movie review of X-Men: First Class

Review: X-Men: First Class

"Mutant and proud!" indeed
"Mutant and proud!" indeed
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 10, 2011

review of Disney movie African Cats

Review: African Cats

By ALICIA POTTER  |  April 29, 2011
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Review: Insidious

When young Dalton (Ty Simpkins) mysteriously falls into a coma, a doctor tells his parents Renai (Rose Byrne) and Josh (Patrick Wilson) that he's "never seen anything like it."
 Campy haunted-house knockoff
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 01, 2011
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Review: The Music Never Stopped

An exploration of music's power to heal, this maudlin movie (based on Oliver Sacks's essay "The Last Hippie") features go-to supporting player J.K. Simmons in a rare leading role.
An exploration of music’s power to heal
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 01, 2011

Review: Of Gods and Men

Xavier Beauvois co-wrote and directed this thoughtful true story of a small Trappist monastery situated in a poor Algerian Muslim village overrun with fundamentalist mercenaries.
Thoughtful true story about the search for peace and purpose in a chaotic world
By PEG ALOI  |  March 18, 2011

Review: Paul

American excess replaces the British austerity vibe that defined the Simon-Pegg-and-Nick-Frost-starring genre send-ups Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz in this love letter to Reagan-era Spielberg.
E.T. riff confuses fanboy-baiting references with actual gags
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 18, 2011


Review: Envy

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 18, 2011

Review: I Saw the Devil

Kim Jee-woon, whose previous film was the Sergio Leone spoof The Good, the Bad, the Weird, doesn't so much parody genres as he beats them senseless with a stick - much the way his hero, special agent Kim Soo-hyeon (Lee Byung-hun), does to those who piss
Gruesome repetition is a big part of serial killing and this Korean horror film
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 18, 2011

Review: Battle: Los Angeles

This alien-invasion thriller feels like something Jerry Bruckheimer might whip up if the Army asked him to take on its "Be All That You Can Be" campaign.
Jerry Bruckheimer's version of a "Be All You Can Be" PSA
By TOM MEEK  |  March 18, 2011

Review: The Lincoln Lawyer

As nondescript as its title, Brad Furman's slick legal mystery, adapted from a Michael Connelly novel, plays like an above-average TV pilot until it gets greedy and runs 20 minutes too long, with a few too many endings.
Slick legal mystery plays like an above-average TV crime show pilot
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 18, 2011

Review: Kill the Irishman

Jonathan Hensleigh's slick bio-pic of '70s Cleveland gangster Danny Greene (Ray Stevenson) starts with a scene out of Casino and continues to draw from the Scorsese playlist throughout.
"There's a bit o' good in every Irishman"...and in this slick gangster biopic
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 18, 2011

new movie Heartbeats

Xavier Dolan lowers the pulse in his second film

Although it opens with a quote from Alfred de Musset praising "love without reason," by the end, the movie is more about reasons than love.
Irregular Heartbeats
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 11, 2011

Review: Mars Needs Moms

In this animated morality lesson from Disney directed by Simon Wells, the Red Planet is ruled by a self-appointed megalomaniac guarded by a phalanx of heavily armed females and maintained by propaganda and spin.
Animated morality lesson for earth 3D!
By TOM MEEK  |  March 11, 2011

Review: Red Riding Hood

Sexy fairy tale adaptation with a bite
Sexy fairy tale adaptation with a bite
By PEG ALOI  |  March 11, 2011

Review: Elektra Luxx

Sebastián Gutiérrez joins the ranks of directors who have employed their wives or loved ones as sex objects in their pictures. Unfortunately, he has none of the talent of a Jean-Luc Godard or even a Brian De Palma.
Porn satire that's neither satiric nor sexy.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 11, 2011

REVIEW: The Strange Case of Angélica

Now 102 years old and still turning out movies at the rate of one a year, Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira seems destined to live forever. So perhaps it's appropriate that his newest film observes, with Olympian detachment, the tragi-comedy of mor
Manoel de Oliveira's haunting Angélica
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 11, 2011


Review: The Way Back

Peter Weir gets a lift out of prison
Peter Weir gets a lift out of prison
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  January 21, 2011

Review: The Dilemma

Such defining efforts as Cocoon and Apollo 13 seem light years away for Ron Howard after his meanderings in the pages of Dan Brown ( The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons ) and this tripe about men behaving badly.
Note to Vaughn: it's time to move on.
By TOM MEEK  |  January 21, 2011

Review: And Everything Is Going Fine

Want to know more about Spaulding Gray? Don't start here.
Want to know more about Spaulding Gray? Don't start here.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 14, 2011

Review: Somewhere

Sofia Coppola doesn't shy from dipping into the sophomoric, or indulging in the obvious, self-conscious metaphor.
Sofia Coppola is closer than you think
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 31, 2010

Review: Bhutto

The story of an extraordinarily compelling leader — who just might have been behind the assassination of her brother.
The story of an extraordinarily compelling leader — who just might have been behind the assassination of her brother.
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 17, 2010


Review: The Tempest

There are so many ways to stage The Tempest. Shakespeare's last and strangest play can be a meditation on aging, an exploration of S&M power dynamics, a critique of Western imperialism.
Taymor fails to cast a spell
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  December 17, 2010

Review: The King's Speech

Given that England's George III ran around pissing blue from porphyry, his great-great-great grandson, George VI, got off pretty easy with just a stutter.
Royal flush
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 17, 2010

Review: Burlesque

It's no great surprise that Christina Aguilera can sing.
A film that's been done before. Many times.
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  December 03, 2010

Review: Black Swan

Darren Aronofsky's bizarre and brilliant Black Swan might remind you of many other movies, from All About Eve to David Cronenberg's The Fly . But it's also like nothing you've ever seen before.
Fowl play: Aronofsky, Portman take flight
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 03, 2010