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Review: West of Memphis

Amy Berg's documentary about the case illustrates countless failings of the American justice system.
West Memphis blues again
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  March 15, 2013

Review: The ABCs of Death

Judging from their contributions, some of the filmmakers behind this 26-part anthology find death less fearsome than the thought of a cute girl farting.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 15, 2013

Review: Like Someone In Love

A decent little movie, but hardly a major one, from Iran's master filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, who, self-exiled, here shoots in Tokyo with an all-Japanese cast.

By GERALD PEARY  |  March 15, 2013

Review: A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III

In Roman Coppola's sophomoric second feature (his 2001 debut CQ was promising), Charlie Sheen shows restraint as the titular asshole, a dissolute ad designer and solipsistic whiner who's mooning over the loss of his latest love.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 15, 2013

Review: Emperor

Yes, Tommy Lee Jones plays the "supreme commander" of the US forces in this historical drama from Peter Webber ( Girl with a Pearl Earring ) that takes place after the Japanese surrender in World War II, and the Oscar winner puts in another towering per

By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 15, 2013

How To Destroy Angels | Welcome Oblivion

Whereas the monsters and ghosts of NIN songs can scream in your face and rip you to bits with their fangs, Welcome Oblivion tracks like techno-folk haunter "Ice Age" and the doom-pop jaunt "How Long?" make uncredited cameo appearances in your nightmar
Columbia (2013)
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  March 15, 2013


The Mary Onettes | Hit the Waves

Hit the Waves is so heartfelt as a pastiche of '80s alternative music that it almost muscles its way into being brilliant.
Labrador (2013)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  March 15, 2013

Marnie Stern | The Chronicles of Marnia

In the arena of charming and entertaining indie-music figures, Marnie Stern stands unopposed.
Kill Rock Stars (2013)
By REYAN ALI  |  March 15, 2013

Review: Upside Down

Had Ed Wood Jr. directed Fritz Lang's Metropolis , he couldn't have achieved the earnest dopiness of Juan Solanas's sci-fi allegory — nor the striking images.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 15, 2013

Review: Lore

Although set in Germany in the last days of World War II, Australian director Cate Shortland's harsh and poetic survival tale recalls the dreamlike allegory of Nicholas Roeg's Outback-set Walkabout (1971).
Life during wartime
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 08, 2013

Review: NO

Many say that political rhetoric in the mainstream media is dead. NO purports to perform the autopsy.
The TV ads that overthrew a regime
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  March 08, 2013


Review: 21 And Over

As one of the Asian stereotypes in this hit-or-(mostly)-miss comedy from writer/directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore says, "Fuck kids these days. Every one of you is drunk, stupid, and fat."

By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 08, 2013

Review: Greedy Lying Bastards

Not just another environmental movie about how we're killing our planet and ourselves, Craig Scott Rosebraugh's documentary focuses on the political manipulation of the debate, both nationally and around the world.

By MONICA CASTILLO  |  March 08, 2013

Review: Jack The Giant Slayer

Stop me if you've heard this one before: a farm boy dreams of adventure, finds it, and falls in love with a princess along the way. (For everyone's sake, let's just hope she's not his sister.)

By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 08, 2013

Review: Far From Afghanistan

A contemporary mirror of 1967's multidirector lefty-agitprop masterpiece Far from Vietnam , this omnibus epic plumbs the American quagmire in Central Asia from the aesthetic viewpoints of five western filmmakers assembled by John Gianvito (who also cont

By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  March 08, 2013

Review: The Last Exorcism Part II

Now that the shaky-cam nonsense has been left behind, what remains are textureless, overlit, sub-TV-quality visuals that only accentuate the fact that our protagonist, Nell Sweetzer (Ashley Bell), is at least a decade older than the 17-year-old exorcise

By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 08, 2013


Review: Yossi

A decade after Yossi & Jagger , filmmaker Eytan Fox returns to see how his character is getting on.

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  March 08, 2013

The Men | New Moon

They're just a band, they insist; they didn't realize that a name as authoritative as the Men makes a band look, well, definitive and self-important.
Sacred Bones (2013)
By DAN WEISS  |  March 08, 2013

Pissed Jeans | Honeys

On one hand, the album is a dazed Frankenstein's monster — the frantically paced "Health Plan" shows half-man, half-creature savagery.
Sub Pop (2013)
By PERRY EATON  |  March 08, 2013

The Virgins | Strike Gently

After a half-decade of semi-obscurity, frontman Donald Cumming is redefining his band as the hipster sultans of swing.
Cult Records (2013)
By RYAN REED  |  March 08, 2013

Review: Oz the Great and Powerful

Sam Raimi nearly overcomes the unenviable burden of revisiting a classic by delivering dazzling footage, but not so the performances.

By JORDAN RIEFE  |  March 08, 2013


Review: Dead Man Down

Following the stunning success of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo , Danish filmmaker Niels Arden Oplev makes his English-language bow with this bleak film noir that values character over tension.

By JORDAN RIEFE  |  March 08, 2013

Review: Dark Skies

"Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying."

By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 01, 2013

Review: Habibi

As seen in Susan Youssef's wrenching Habibi , it's not easy being a poet in Palestine.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 01, 2013

Atoms for Peace | AMOK

Kid A , Radiohead's confounding electro-rock masterpiece, is officially hitting puberty.
XL (2013)
By RYAN REED  |  March 01, 2013

Torres | Torres

Twenty-two-year-old Mackenzie Scott's homemade music floats somewhere between the cathedral jangle of 10,000 Maniacs and the buzzy churn of EMA.
Self-released (2013)
By DAN WEISS  |  March 01, 2013


Shout Out Louds | Optica

Stockholm's Shout Out Louds have always been a curious but consistent act.
Merge Records (2013)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  March 01, 2013

Review: Let My People Go!

First-time French director Mikael Buch makes it easy to categorize his characters in this sometimes funny, often strident farce.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 01, 2013

Review: The Gatekeepers

Great cinema journalism, The Gatekeepers was the National Society of Film Critics' winner for Best Documentary of 2012.

By GERALD PEARY  |  March 01, 2013

Review: Stoker

Park Chan-wook takes his time terrifying an audience.
Revenge play
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 01, 2013