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Documentary revives the AIDS fight in archival footage

More than 30 "archival cinematographers" are credited at the end of David France's Oscar-nominated documentary, How to Survive a Plague .
Fighting back
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 18, 2013

Interview: Andrea Arnold's romantic realism

People in love do crazy things, especially in Andrea Arnold's films. So adapting Emily Brontë's masterpiece of pathological love, Wuthering Heights , came naturally.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 19, 2012

Sushi: The Global Catch

Director Mark S. Hall begins his documentary by focusing on the traditions and history of raw-fish preparation, as demonstrated by Mamoru Sugiyama, master chef at Tokyo's Sushiko Restaurant.
Mark S. Hall's documentary
By BRETT MICHEL  |  August 24, 2012

Review: Sparkle

There have been worse swan songs committed to film, but Salim Akil's reinterpretation of the 1976 musical drama leaves much to be desired, since the meteoric rise and fall of a three-piece girl group is now well-tread, Oscar-nominated territory.
Salim Akil's reinterpretation of the 1976 musical drama
By MONICA CASTILLO  |  August 24, 2012

Review: Hit & Run

Are Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard destined for the ill-fated end that befalls most onscreen-and-offscreen couples?
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard star in this rom-com/heist
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  August 24, 2012

Review: Oslo, August 31

Thirty-four-year-old Anders considers himself "a spoiled brat who fucked up."
Surveying a failed life
By BRETT MICHEL  |  August 24, 2012

What it takes to make films in Maine

After being without one for more than six months, the state Department of Economic and Community Development has hired a new director of the Maine Film Office, which works to lure all image-interested folks, from catalog photographers to big-budget movi
Moving Pictures
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 17, 2012
Backtalk: RiffTrax

Interview: The RiffTrax crew revisit another 'classic'

MST3K took its curtain call in 1999 after 10 years on cable, but the show's end ultimately liberated host Mike Nelson and the revolving cast of cinematic satirists.
MST3K forever!
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  August 10, 2012

Box Office Duds

Films that coulda shoulda woulda succeeded ... but missed the mark.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  June 29, 2012

An interview with director Eric Toledano

While The Artist was busy scooping up accolades, adoration, and Oscars stateside, another film was busy winning the hearts and standing ovations of France.
Talking Intouchables
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  June 01, 2012

Review: God Bless America

The latest dark comedy from Bobcat Goldthwait tackles both vapid celebrity culture (i.e., Paris Hilton, the Kardashians and American Idol) and the indignity of being an office drone.
Bobcat Goldthwait's best work yet
By TOM MEEK  |  April 20, 2012


Review: Monsieur Lazhar

A Montreal elementary school is traumatized by a suicide in the classroom of a popular instructor.
Subtle, wise, and beautifully rendered
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 20, 2012
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Interview: Adam Green gets frightful laughs with 'Holliston'

Director and Holliston native Adam Green ( Frozen, Hatchet ) knows a thing or two about what it's like to be stuck in your hometown post-college, working a dead-end job, and pining for the high school girl of your dreams. Green parlayed all that angst i
Native son
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  March 30, 2012
BackTalk Tilda Swinton

Interview: Tilda Swinton talks about Kevin

You never know what you're going to get with a film starring Tilda Swinton.
Mother load
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 24, 2012
2012 Preview: Film

Hollywood offers botched operations and altered lives in 2012

Those who got a thrill last spring when the SEALS took out Osama bin Laden will have more of the same covert ass-kicking to look forward to in theaters as we enter 2012.
Change of plans
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 30, 2011

The best films of 2011 are not the ballyhooed

The films this year were kind of like the current field of Republican presidential candidates: some are entertaining, but there's no clear frontrunner, and there's more attention on the flashiest and least substantial than on the more thoughtful and genu
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 23, 2011

Review: Shame

Review: Shame

Director Steve McQueen has only made two films, but in them he explores two extremes of human experience.
Fassbender is a winner in the Shame game
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 09, 2011
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Review: Phase 7 [Fase 7]

Phase 7 distinguishes itself by its suffocating setting, its low-affect tone, and its cast of flaky characters.
Nicolás Goldbart's thriller
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 15, 2011
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Review: A Better Life

A Better Life  tells a tale of a father's love and his struggles to give his son the opportunities he never had.
The illegal immigrants keeping LA afloat
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 15, 2011
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Review: The Women On the Sixth Floor

Philippe Le Guay's '60s-set Gallic Upstairs/Downstairs has all the requisite elements: easygoing political correctness, staid platitudes, saucy comedy, and a romance between a middle-aged bourgeois and a life-affirming babe 30 years his junior.
A comforting charmer
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 01, 2011
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Buñuel continues to delight, confound, and shock

Openly, contentedly delighted with how our own dreams can appall us, and how close movies are to that appalling dreaminess, Luis Buñuel — the subject of an extensive survey at the HFA this month — may have been the greatest filmmaker of the medium's firs
Luis' world
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  June 11, 2011

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Kathryn Bigelow introduces her retrospective at MoMA

For the first woman ever to be awarded the Best Director Oscar, and who most recently has set out to make a film about the biggest triumph in the war against terror, the killing of Osama bin Laden, Kathryn Bigelow certainly is humble.  
Bin there, done that
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 10, 2011
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Review: L'amour Fou

Pierre Thoretton's lugubrious portrait of the late Yves Saint Laurent (he died in 2008) begins with a 2002 press conference in which the iconic designer announced his retirement from the world of fashion.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 27, 2011
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Review: Legends of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen

Fight sequences and jingoism propel Andrew Lau's period martial-arts melodrama, a formula that can be irresistible despite one's better judgment.  

By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 20, 2011
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Review: These Amazing Shadows

If movies are our kiss-kiss-bang-bang arenas of desire, then this addictive movie-centric documentary from Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton makes the Library of Congress sound like the Playboy Mansion.

By BETSY SHERMAN  |  May 20, 2011
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Review: Priest

Director Scott Stewart ( Legion ) helms this futuristic tale of a barren world under siege.

By PEG ALOI  |  May 20, 2011

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Review: The Princess of Montpensier

Like all religious wars, the conflict between Catholics and Huguenots in 16th-century France made a mockery of spiritual values.  

By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 20, 2011
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Review: Forks Over Knives

If Food Inc. didn't scare you off red meat, Forks over Knives just might do the trick.

By TOM MEEK  |  May 13, 2011
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Review: Prom

A teen pic aimed at the tween demographic, Prom turns what could have been a string of punch lines and lump-in-the-throat passages into an affecting group portrait.

By BETSY SHERMAN  |  May 06, 2011
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Kelly Reichardt and Michelle Williams explore the frontier

Had Samuel Beckett made a Western, it might have resembled Kelly Reichardt's inscrutable tale, which is based on a real incident from the great Westward Migration.  
Pioneer daze
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 06, 2011