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Review: Killer Joe

Review: Killer Joe

Matthew McConaughey's comeback tour may have peaked with his title role in this Southern-fried screwball noir.
William Friedkin adapts the play by Tracy Letts
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  August 10, 2012
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Review: Brave

Disappointing on a story level, this fable in the feminist Disney Princess mold (unremarkably so) signals problems from the start.
Merely good
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 22, 2012
Short Take: Peace, Love and Misunderstanding

Review: Peace, Love & Misunderstanding

When her husband (Kyle MacLachlan) asks for a divorce, New York corporate lawyer Diane (Catherine Keener) takes her teenage children, brainy vegan Zoe (Elizabeth Olsen) and Werner Herzog-wannabe Jake (Nat Wolff), up to Woodstock to meet her estranged mo
Summer of free love
By ANN LEWINSON  |  June 08, 2012
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Review: The Hunter

Apparently extinct since the 1930s, the Tasmanian Tiger resembled an uncanny assortment of mismatched parts from other animals. Daniel Nettheim's film is equally weird and motley.
Weird and motley
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 18, 2012
Film Review: Girl in Progress

Review: Girl in Progress

As rites of passage go, Girl in Progress is a step backward for the genre.
Patricia Riggen's adolescent dramedy
By BRETT MICHEL  |  May 18, 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


Who Lives At Home

Review: Jeff, Who Lives at Home

The title slacker (Jason Segel) in the Duplass Brothers' meditation on fate and fatuity is obsessed with M. Night Shyamalan's Signs , and the filmmakers' gentle irony about his bad taste exemplifies their empathy and tonal skill.
Skillful contrivance
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 16, 2012
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Review: Pariah

Compared to the non-stop trauma of Precious , or even Gun Hill Road , Dee Rees's first feature plays like an episode of The Cosby Show .
Dee Rees's first feature
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 06, 2012
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Review: Margaret

Kenneth Lonergan offers no resolutions in this complex and moving parable, unless it's the observation that the only resolutions in life are in art.
Unexpected situations
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 07, 2011
Manhattan Short FF

Review: Manhattan Short Film Festival

This selection of 10 short films from around the world runs the gamut of genres, from a brisk actioner to a political documentary to playful horror.
Running the gamut
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  September 23, 2011
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Review: My Afternoons with Margueritte

European cinema doesn't have as many sure-fire formulas as Hollywood, but the one described, I think, by Pauline Kael as the "lonely child, clean old man" scenario has long endured.
Twisting the "lonely child, clean old man" formula
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 23, 2011


Chlotrudis 17

Chlotrudis 17


Once again, the Chlotrudis Society's annual awards ceremony at the Brattle Theatre on Sunday made up for the numbing, disappointing spectacle of the Oscars, though...
By Peter Keough  |  March 22, 2011
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The Forgotten Oscars 2011

It's Oscar time again, and, as usual, the Academy is trotting out the same old bullshit.
A slew of genre films that hold a special place in our hearts -- but not in the Academy's
By MICHAEL NEEL  |  February 25, 2011
The Last of the Bests and Not Bests

The Last of the Bests and Not Bests


 So it's time to close the books on 2010 and, like Johnny Hallyday in this still from Johnnie To's "Vengeance" (number 9 in A.S. Hamrah's...
By Peter Keough  |  January 13, 2011
More Bests, Not Bests

More Bests, Not Bests


But first the results of this year's "Where's Whitey?" award for Best Animal Performance of 2010. Despite a late surge from such newcomers as the...
By Peter Keough  |  January 05, 2011
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The Top 10 Films of 2010

Outsiders were in on screen in 2010
Outsiders were in on screen in 2010
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 24, 2010


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Review: The Mother

A girl is found murdered in this latest effort from Korean director Bong Joon-ho, and the police, at a loss, pin the blame on Do-joon (Bin Won), a childlike local with not much going on upstairs, alternately brutalizing and bamboozling him into a confess
The power of maternal love
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 19, 2010
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The Bong show

You have to wonder whether there's something in the drinking water in Korea that's caused the country to spawn so many prolific, inventive new filmmakers — directors like Park Chan-wook ( Oldboy , Thirst ) and Bong Joon-ho.
Korea's hottest new director comes to the HFA
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 26, 2010
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Jailed HIV-positive pregnant woman released - for now

Quinta Layin Tuleh, the HIV-positive pregnant woman a federal judge in Bangor, Maine, ordered jailed until her baby was delivered, has been released on bail while her appeal of her sentence makes its way through the courts.
Judicial Discretion
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 26, 2009