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Review: Rust And Bone

One image from Jacques Audiard's overwrought melodrama suggests what a shimmering, mysterious movie it might have been.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 21, 2012

Review: Barbara

In this brilliant Cold War political drama set in the GDR in 1980, a doctor, Barbara (the extraordinary Nina Hoss), is exiled from East Berlin to a provincial town by the Baltic Sea because she has requested to move to the West.

By GERALD PEARY  |  December 21, 2012

Review: Django Unchained

Tarantino reconfigures that classic American genre, the Western, setting his new film in the Deep South, creating what he terms a "Southern," while infusing it with the spaghetti sensibilities of Sergio Leone (director of Tarantino's favorite film, The
Spaghetti southern style
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 21, 2012

Review: This Is 40

I'm at a loss to empathize with the middle-aged plight of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann), supporting players in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up , now front and center in the writer/director/producer's kinda-sorta sequel.

By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 21, 2012

Review: Les Misérables

For his adaptation of the kitsch-fest known as Les Miz, Tom Hooper ( The King's Speech ) bets heavily on his cast, and mostly wins.

By BETSY SHERMAN  |  December 21, 2012

Review: The Guilt Trip

Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand make a snappy comic duo in this road movie about a tetchy mother-son relationship.

By BETSY SHERMAN  |  December 21, 2012


The Hobbit: Ringing it dry?

These were questions raised at the press conference for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An UnexpectedJourney.
Are 13 dwarves too many? Is one book not enough?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 14, 2012

Interview: History lesson with Ken Burns

Many recall the "wilding" incident in 1989, in which five non-white teenagers were convicted of raping and nearly killing a woman jogging in Central Park.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 14, 2012

Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Some things were meant to be shorter, like Hobbits, and The Hobbit.
Short subject
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 14, 2012

Review: The Central Park Five

It wasn't the Mississippi Delta but enlightened, liberal New York City where, in 1989, five Harlem and Bronx teenage boys, black and Latino, were arrested, bullied by the police, and intimidated into making false confessions that they had raped and brut
Rough justice
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 14, 2012

Review: My Worst Nightmare

The storyline of Anne Fontaine's French comedy is mainstream: a yuppie art dealer, Agathe (Isabelle Huppert), finds her condescending values challenged and her sexuality opened up by a crude but "natural" laborer (Benoît Poelvoorde).
Dream casting
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 07, 2012


Buy buy Brazil

The new transfer of Gilliam's 142-minute final cut is stunning, and the two-disc set includes all of the content from the earlier release, including his original commentary track, plus buffed-up, hi-def versions of a video "production notebook."
DVD Review
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 07, 2012

Review: Killing Them Softly

Though Andrew Dominik shot his follow-up to 2007's The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford in N'awlins, it's a Boston movie through-and-through.

By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 07, 2012

Review: The Collection

Marcus Dunstan's second outing brings back Arkin (Josh Stewart), the only man to have escaped the masked figure's meat grinders.

By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 07, 2012

Review: The Comedy

Many in the audience rankled as Rick Alverson's The Comedy played in competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

By GERALD PEARY  |  December 07, 2012

Review: Deadfall

To his credit, director Stefan Ruzowitzky seems to be attempting a critique of patriarchy, since all the men are assholes and the women are victims.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 07, 2012


Review: Addicted To Fame

In this documentary, a pop culture curio that plays out like a pulpy exposé, director David Giancola investigates the mayhem that took place on the set of his troubled 2007 indie picture, Illegal Aliens , a movie that would be all but forgotten if not

By MONICA CASTILLO  |  December 07, 2012

Review: Mahler On The Couch

Mahler on the Couch , from the father-and-son directing team of Percy and Felix Adlon, offers some creative speculation, with flashbacks detailing the crisis points of the marriage and snatches from the anguished first movement of Mahler's unfinished T
Couch potato
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 30, 2012

Review: The Waiting Room

 If people believe Mitt Romney's assertion that emergency rooms are a solution for the uninsured, this is a powerful rebuke.

By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 30, 2012

Review: Tristana

Though one was an atheist and the other a churchgoer, both Luis Buñuel and Alfred Hitchcock were obsessed with their Catholicism.
Papist plot
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 23, 2012

Review: Hitchcock

At his lowest, Hitch refers to an early edit of Psycho as "stillborn." That description also applies to this film.

By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 23, 2012


Review: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

As vampire/teen heartthrob Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) embraces his bride, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), for the first time since she died (and awoke as a new member of the bloodsucking Cullen clan) while giving birth to the rapidly aging Renesmee

By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 23, 2012

Review: Red Dawn

High-school football players trade Friday-night lights for AK-47s when North Korea invades Spokane in this remake of John Milius's 1984 hit, whose rallying cry is no longer "freedom" but "family."

By ANN LEWINSON  |  November 23, 2012

Review: Rise of the Guardians

A true surprise, this feature directing debut from storyboard artist Peter Ramsey isn't the lump of coal I expected. Instead it's a computer-animated crowd pleaser featuring unique interpretations of mythical childhood characters reinvented as the kiddi

By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 23, 2012

Review: Brooklyn Castle

Katie Dellamaggiore's sweet, winning documentary spends one year with the chess team at Intermediate School 318, an inner-city junior high in Brooklyn, where despite a 70 percent poverty rate, the kids, grades 6-9, routinely win national championships.

By GERALD PEARY  |  November 16, 2012

Review: Possession

A Cold War of body and soul is waged in this 1981 English-language horror film by Polish director Andrej Zulawski, set in a nearly deserted Berlin.

By BETSY SHERMAN  |  November 16, 2012


Review: Photographic Memory

Near the conclusion of Ross McElwee's 1993 film, Time Indefinite , we witnessed the birth of his son, Adrian.

By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 16, 2012

Review: Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters

Photographer Gregory Crewdson makes pictures that do everything a movie does except move.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 16, 2012

Review: Anna Karenina

Judging from Joe Wright's adaptation, Tolstoy's big book would have made a pretty good opera, or maybe a movie musical.
High infidelity
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 16, 2012

Review: Silver Linings Playbook

According to some movies, being mentally ill is a great way to find love. Recent examples range from the rom-com Kind of a Funny Story to the rom-thriller The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. They may trivialize the subject, but who wants to watch two h
Russell rewrites the Playbook
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 16, 2012