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Review: Lola Versus

Will Greta Gerwig ever be in another film in which she doesn't wear ugly underwear? Will there ever be a movie about heartbroken women where they don't find consolation in food?
Bottoming out
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 15, 2012

Review: Safety Not Guaranteed

For a generation weary of Zooey Deschanel's manic pixie and of staring down a future of student loans and dreary internships, Aubrey Plaza, the deadpan alt-comic who could have stepped out of the pages of Ghost World, may be the next dream girl.
An act of nostalgia
By ANN LEWINSON  |  June 15, 2012

Review: Rock of Ages

In retrospect, 1987, the year in which this adaptation of Chris D'Arienzo's hit Broadway show is set, might have been the moment that pop culture shit the bed.
Soft mock
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 15, 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 tackles vapid celebrity culture
By TOM MEEK  |  May 18, 2012
Review: Battleship

Review: Battleship

Hasbro's Transformers have made a mint; why not make a movie out of Battleship ?
Why not?
By ANN LEWINSON  |  May 18, 2012
ShortTakes:The Hunter

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


What to Expect When You're Expecting

What should you expect from Hollywood's latest ensemble adaptation of a self-help book? In short, a lot of beautiful starlets — Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Cameron Diaz, and Anna Kendrick among them — joking about farting, circumcision, unintention
Expect a lot of silliness
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  May 18, 2012

Review: The Dictator

Though his PR campaign might suggest otherwise, Sacha Baron Cohen has actually made (with director Larry Charles) a sweet movie, not unlike Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator , if less sentimental.
Surprisingly sweet
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 18, 2012
Short Takes: Bernie

Review: Bernie

So beloved was Bernie that when he shot his elderly companion Marjorie Nugent, the meanest — and richest — woman in town, district attorney Danny Buck Davidson had to move the trial nearly 50 miles away.
Everybody loves Bernie
By ANN LEWINSON  |  May 18, 2012
ShortTake: Surviving Progress

Review: Surviving Progress

Despite prestigious talking heads like Margaret Atwood, Jane Goodall, and Stephen Hawking, there is nothing new here beyond what every conscientious liberal already knows is wrong with the world.
How mankind has gone wrong
By GERALD PEARY  |  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

Review: Darling Companion

Review: Darling Companion

As pedestrian as a stroll through the dog park, Lawrence Kasdan's latest (and worst) film is both insulting and inconsequential.
Pedestrian and insulting
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  May 18, 2012
Review: Mansome

Review: Mansome

Morgan Spurlock's latest nonthreatening documentary fails to find much point in its subject: men's grooming.
Morgan Spurlock's latest documentary
By  |  May 12, 2012

Review: Elles(1)

How did the Polish filmmaker Malgoska Szumowska dupe the classy Juliette Binoche to participate in such a dubious, exploitative film?
Dubious and exploitative
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 11, 2012

Review: First Position

While not the most probing look at rising stars, Bess Kargman's documentary focuses on six aspiring contestants preparing for the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix competition (a proven entry point into the world of professional ballet) who demonstra
Bess Kargman's documentary
By BRETT MICHEL  |  May 11, 2012

Review: Goodbye First Love

The autobiographical third feature from French director Mia Hansen-Løve limns the ecstasy and tumult of youthful, sometimes self-destructive passion.
Self-destructive passion
By PATRICK Z. MCGAVIN  |  May 11, 2012

ShortTakes: Headhunters

Review: Headhunters

Roger (Aksel Hennie) is an Oslo yuppie with a gorgeous, blonde wife, a top-drawer job as a corporate headhunter, and a lucrative side employment stealing fancy paintings.
Slick entertainment
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 11, 2012

Review: Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

In Nuri Bilge Ceylan's minimalist "Eastern," the Leone-esque title seems ironic, as a team of bumbling investigators spend hours driving through the Anatolian wasteland searching for the grave of a murder victim.
Driving through the wasteland
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 11, 2012

Review: Sound of My Voice

You've got to hand it to Brit Marling when it comes to audacious premises, both in Another Earth (in which she starred and co-wrote with director Mike Cahill), and in this high concept sci-fi head-scratcher, in which she also stars and co-wrote with di
Audacious premises
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 11, 2012

Review: Dark Shadows

By the time Dark Shadows gets to the opening credits, it is already Tim Burton's best film since Ed Wood , but then I've always had a soft spot for the Moody Blues' "Nights in White Satin."
Tim Burton's best film since Ed Wood
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 11, 2012
Young Goethe in Love 2

Review: Young Goethe in Love

In Philipp Stölzl's fanciful portrait of the artist as a young scamp, the future genius (Alexander Fehling) introduces himself as "Goethe with an 'oe'," earning a reputation as a pratfalling screw-up.
Philipp Stölzl's portrait of the artist as a young scamp
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 20, 2012

Short takes -- Pina

Review: Pina

Who could have predicted that it would take the surviving leading lights of the New German Cinema to put 3D to good use?
Putting 3D to good use
By ANN LEWINSON  |  January 20, 2012
Contraband 3

Review: Contraband

True to its name, this standard heist thriller is a composite of knock-offs, but when Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in America is among the sources ripped off, the quality is pretty high.
A high-quality composite of knock-offs
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 20, 2012
ExLoud 3

Review: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Too soon? For Stephen Daldry's 9/11 drama, the right time is "never."
An extremely exploitative and incredibly bad tale
By BRETT MICHEL  |  January 20, 2012
Fullmetal - Sacred

Review: Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos

The Fullmetal Alchemist series has expanded impressively, from the 2001 graphic novel, to the 2003 anime series and film to the 2009 reboot of the anime, and now Kazuya Murata's film, which picks up from the middle of the second anime reboot.
Animated alchemical battles
By MADDY MYERS  |  January 20, 2012
Silent Souls 3

Review: Silent Souls

This is probably the only film we'll encounter about the Merja culture of West Central Russia, a Finno-Ugric tribe in which even the most modernized people pay allegiance to ancient customs.
Magic realism and Chekhovian melancholy
By GERALD PEARY  |  January 20, 2012

Viral Factor

Review: The Viral Factor

Made for a modest budget of $17 million — and feeling like it (who needs convincing explosions in an action movie?), Dante Lam's latest still gets the job done from a run-and-gun standpoint.
Run and gun
By BRETT MICHEL  |  January 20, 2012
Short take flowers of war

Review: The Flowers of War

In 1937 the invading Imperial Japanese Army killed and raped thousands of people in the Chinese city of Nanjing. The atrocity has recently inspired two Chinese films, including Lu Chuan's City of Life and Death and this unimpressive outing from Zhang
Unimpressive outing from Zhang Yimou
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 20, 2012
Pariah - review

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
Everyday Sunshine: Short Take

Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone

Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler's documentary details Fishbone's quarter-century journey from musically-diverse South Central middle school classmates to becoming one of the most influential Los Angeles bands of the '80s.
Fishbone's quarter-century journey
By SCOTT FAYNER  |  November 18, 2011