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Review: The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2012: Animated

One film stands out among the Animated Shorts, Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby's Wild Life .
Standouts
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 10, 2012
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Review: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

For 50 years, Alvin and the Chipmunks have been driving parents nuts with their helium-infused banter and shrill bastardizations of pop music.
Helium-infused banter
By TOM MEEK  |  December 16, 2011
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Review: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

A new game is afoot in director Guy Ritchie's return to the world of Sherlock Holmes, but Robert Downey Jr.'s first outing as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famed sleuth puts Shadows in the shade.
Guy Ritchie's return to the world of Sherlock Holmes
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 16, 2011
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Review: The Sitter

David Gordon Green's latest finds him working in the scruffy comic realm that's shrouded his past couple of pictures in a pot-smoke haze.
Tale of a Robitussin-addicted man-child
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 16, 2011
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Review: The Conquest

Xavier Durringer's dramatized recreation of the rise of France's Nicolas Sarkozy to the presidency is generally fair-minded and ambiguous.
Xavier Durringer's recreation of the rise of Sarkozy
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 16, 2011
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Review: Glee: The 3D Concert Movie

The little TV series with the can-do pipes rolls out a concert tour that's essentially a love-in with its fan base.
First-rate fluff
By TOM MEEK  |  August 19, 2011


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Review: The Change Up

You know the summer movies are bottoming out when they resort to the old body-switch premise.
The old body-switch premise
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 05, 2011
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Review: Love, etc.

Jill Andresevic's simply photographed documentary springs from an equally simple premise: shoot a varied bunch of New Yorkers, young to aging, who are thinking hard about love or are involved in relationships, and see what happens to them over a few mon
Jill Andresevic documents a collection of real relationships
By GERALD PEARY  |  July 29, 2011
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Review: Septien

What can be done with this unhappy home? Enter a self-appointed minister with messianic impulses.
A magnificent exorcism
By GERALD PEARY  |  July 15, 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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A cinematographer and his masterpiece

It's fitting that the last image of Cameraman: The Life & Work of Jack Cardiff — a film containing interviews with the great British cinematographer but not released until after his death — is of Cardiff.
Young Eyes
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  June 24, 2011


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Review: The First Beautiful Thing

As a child in the Tuscany port town of Livorno, Bruno was understandably anxious and unsettled as he and his sister scooted after their hot mamma (Micaela Ramazzotti) because all three had been bounced from their home by a jealous father.

By GERALD PEARY  |  June 10, 2011
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The Independent Film Festival Boston trends to greatness

 Cures for pain
 Cures for pain
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 29, 2011
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Review: Sucker Punch

The director of 300 and Watchmen has plenty of visual panache, but when it comes to storytelling, he's a bombastic hack.
Loud, sexy, and inane
By TOM MEEK  |  April 01, 2011
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Review: Hop

This candy-colored, candy-pushing combo of animation and live action imagines an Easter Bunny who's a cross between Santa Claus and Willy Wonka and an Easter with no mention of the Passion of the You Know Who.
Candy-colored, candy-pushing combo of animation and live action
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 01, 2011

Basking in Justin Bieber's Never Say Never

Our nation is still reeling from Bieber's inexplicable Grammy loss — have the judges gone mad? Did Bieber and Drake split the vote? Is this yet another shocking example of the Grammys' longstanding prejudice in favor of jazz bassists?
Afterglow
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 25, 2011


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Review: Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

John Chu's account of Bieber's rise from YouTube urchin to arena-packing teen Adonis is as impeccably groomed as our hero's hairdo, but that's fine - anyone looking for a gritty, warts-and-all Bieber bio is probably a miserable
Bieber's hair in 3D is a thing of a beauty
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 18, 2011
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Review: Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

John Chu's account of Bieber's rise from YouTube urchin to arena-packing teen Adonis is as impeccably groomed as our hero's hairdo, but that's fine - anyone looking for a gritty, warts-and-all Bieber bio is probably a miserable
Bieber's hair in 3D is a thing of a beauty
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 18, 2011
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Review: Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

John Chu's account of Bieber's rise from YouTube urchin to arena-packing teen Adonis is as impeccably groomed as our hero's hairdo, but that's fine - anyone looking for a gritty, warts-and-all Bieber bio is probably a miserable
Bieber's hair in 3D is a thing of a beauty
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 18, 2011
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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
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Review: The Company Men

Call it compassion fatigue, but I can't muster a lot of sympathy for Bobby Walker when he gets laid off and has to sell his Patriots season tickets.
We're supposed to feel sorry for this guy?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 21, 2011


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Review: The Green Hornet

If The Green Hornet were a car, it would be less like the lethally loaded '65 black Chrysler Imperial driven by the film's heroes and more like the homonymous shitbox discontinued by Dodge in 1987.
Seth, where is thy sting?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 14, 2011
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Review: Country Strong

Too-soon-out-of-rehab country star Kelly Canter (a bronzed Gwyneth Paltrow) attempts to twang her way back from a drunken stage dive in Dallas that resulted in a miscarriage.
Pretty weak
By BRETT MICHEL  |  January 14, 2011
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Review: Season of the Witch

Dominic Sena ( Kalifornia ) directs a wooden Nicolas Cage and an uncomfortable Ron Perlman as jaded Crusade knights whose desertion lands them in hot holy water with the Church.
Nic Cage can't save this one
By PEG ALOI  |  January 14, 2011
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Review: True Grit (2010)

Those who saw John Wayne's Oscar-winning, scenery-chewing turn as "Rooster" Cogburn in Henry Hathaway's 1969 adaptation of True Grit might have a hard time shaking that off when it comes to appreciating Jeff Bridges in the same part.
The Coen brothers are True to Grit
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 24, 2010
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Review: Gulliver's Travels

Jonathan Swift's epitaph reads, "Where savage indignation can no longer lacerate his breast." Rob Letterman's adaptation of the great man's satire might nonetheless have him spinning in his grave.
This travesty is so pitiful, it isn't even worth getting indignant over
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 24, 2010


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Review: Rabbit Hole

Rabbit Hole takes its title from a graphic novel about alternate realities written by one of the film's characters.
In a parallel universe this might be a much better movie
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 24, 2010
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Review: Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

Pietari (Onni Tommila) lives in the icy mountains of Finland.
Could it be: a non-campy holiday-themed horror film?
By S. I. ROSENBAUM  |  December 24, 2010
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Review: All Good Things

One thing is clear from Andrew Jarecki's account of the mysterious career of David Marks (Ryan Gosling): David should never have left the Vermont country store of the title.
Andrew Jarecki's vague space
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 24, 2010
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Review: The Legend of Pale Male

Strictly for the birdwatchers
Strictly for the birdwatchers
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 24, 2010