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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
| March 09, 2012
Review: Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie
It's standard sitcom stuff, and if homeopathic remedies by way of coprophilia aren't your idea of comedy, you'd best steer clear of this shit.
Adult Swim 's cult comedy duo
| March 02, 2012
As befits someone with jail time hanging over his head, Roman Polanski does his best work in close quarters. From Knife in the Water , to Repulsion , to The Tenant and The Pianist , he's a master of claustrophobic close encounters, and as such has
Claustrophobic close encounters
| January 13, 2012
Credit indie director Azazel Jacobs for building a case for Terri, so that — without manipulation or sentimentality — we begin to appreciate the clumsy lad at the same time that he starts to shed his self-loathing.
Subtle, sweet, and eccentric
| July 15, 2011
Review: Cedar Rapids
In his fourth film, aspiring maverick director Miguel Arteta ( Chuck & Buck ; Youth in Revolt ) follows Capra deeper into the cornfield with this slyly complex and broadly comic farce about innocence, corruption, and the gray areas between.
| February 18, 2011
Helicoptering parents and stay-at-home adult children have been popular issues of late, and at first, the Duplass Brothers' third feature (and their first made with a studio) seems poised to exploit them.
Umbilical discord: The Duplass Brothers get Oedipal
| June 25, 2010
Interview: Mark and Jay Duplass
"We took our caveman process and our telepathic speak and we had to learn how to share it with 70 crew members and a studio . . . "
The Cyrus writer-directors keep it simple
| June 25, 2010
Review: Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
You’ve seen it all before: a boy with a special destiny tangles with the occult and gets sucked out of his normal life and into the twilight realm of the supernatural, in the process setting the stage for paranormal war between good and evil.
Harry Potter it ain’t, but it’s fun all the same.
| October 30, 2009
Interview: Lars von Trier of Antichrist
Maybe it’s the blurring effect of the Skype technology through which I’m interviewing him as he sits worried and Buddha-like in his headquarters in Denmark (he has a phobia about airplanes, among other things), but Lars von Trier seems like an okay guy.
The director on the redeeming qualities of Antichrist
| October 23, 2009
We expected the vampires, the werewolves, the zombies, and the homicidal maniacs. Same thing with the android doubles, the alien abductors, the sexually abused pregnant teenager, the Apocalypse, and the post-Apocalypse. But kids' movies?
The outlook is still gloomy, but film finds time for childish things
| September 18, 2009
Step Brothers should answer any doubts as to whether Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are cinema’s reigning lovable losers.
Farting sets the standard of good taste
| July 23, 2008
Reilly is an actor who excels at both realism and caricature — too bad the director doesn’t have the chops to take advantage either way.
A bumpy seesaw ride
| June 11, 2008
Oddballs and noisemakers
Twenty years ago, the American Top 40 was nothing like Boston’s live music scene.
Looking back 20 years to the Pixies' Surfer Rosa and the beginning of the Best Music Poll
| May 07, 2008
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
Stupid? Sure, but laced with a strange sense of logic.
Easy jokes? Absolutely
| December 19, 2007
Aimee Mann has written many songs about heroin addiction so it’s pretty remarkable — even comic — that she launched a Christmas variety show last year.
Aimee Mann’s Christmas show hits the road
| December 10, 2007
Rock and roles
A good number of the jokes in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story are available for your amusement right now, well ahead of the film’s December 21 theatrical-release date.
Dewey Cox and Rufus Wainwright
| December 04, 2007
“In the sphere of thought, absurdity and perversity remain the masters of the world,” wrote Schopenhauer, “and their dominion is suspended only for brief periods.”
Tim and Eric’s 15 minutes
| December 04, 2007
Sending in the clowns
It sounds like John McCauley hasn’t had a sip of water in months.
Deer Tick’s whiskey-guzzling theater
| October 31, 2007
Year of the Dog
There’s almost nothing sadder than neglected dogs awaiting their fates.
Not too mangy
| April 18, 2007
Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny
I’m a Jack Black fan — let’s get that out of the way. Watch the trailer for Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny (QuickTime)
For hardcore fans
| November 21, 2006
Despite what the people behind Talladega Nights might tell you, the film makes its target audience — NASCAR fans, rednecks, Red Staters of various descriptions — look like a bunch of idiots. Watch the trailer for Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky
Talladega Nights will have some seeing red
| August 04, 2006
When I started off on the "summer of schlubs," I made a couple of rules.
The career of Patricia Clarkson
| July 06, 2006
I never listened to more than a few minutes of Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion .
Altman spins Keillor’s Companion piece
| June 07, 2006
Hollywood came to Boston last week.
The actress gets toasted (and roasted) and the Coolidge
| April 14, 2006
Phooey on the narrative-film judges at Austin’s 13th South by Southwest Film Festival for bestowing awards on suffocatingly conventional movies.
Our man at SxSW
| March 31, 2006
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