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Review: The Oranges

Julian Farino's inept, unfunny romantic comedy reprises The Graduate , 45 years later.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 05, 2012
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Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

There's only one story, says the teacher near the end of this take-two of the Spider-Man franchise: who am I?
Only one story
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 06, 2012
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Review: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Nearly 15 years after Don McKellar ended it all in Last Night (1998), the world endures, and so does the question: how will doomsday affect one's love life?
Doomsday scenarios
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 22, 2012
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Review: The Matchmaker

Arik (Tuval Shafir), a restless Israeli teenager, struggles against the cultural limits of Haifa in 1968 — it's a provincial prism untouched by rock music or the sexual revolution.
Cultural limits
By MILES HOWARD  |  June 22, 2012
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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
5yearengagement

Review: The Five-Year Engagement

Nicholas Stoller's inventive, funny, and sometimes subversive romantic comedy won't revive that benighted genre, but it does offer hope.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 04, 2012


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Review: Friends with Kids

There are only so many baggy vagina jokes one can take. And writer/director Jennifer Westfeldt's disappointing film about how parenthood changes a Manhattan circle of friends has its share.
Jennifer Westfeldt's disappointing film
By ALICIA POTTER  |  March 09, 2012
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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
Review: New Year's Eve

Review: New Year's Eve

Lately Garry Marshall has shown a certain genius for turning miserable holidays into terrible movies.
Feast of forced fun
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 09, 2011
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Review: Norman

Cancer seems to be the breakout star of indie films this season. In Jonathan Segal's Norman , it gets its hands on the title character's father and is the catalyst for his emotional turmoil and social alienation, though you get the feeling he was never
Suburban settings
By NINA MASHUROVA  |  October 21, 2011
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Review: The Women on the 6th Floor

Philippe Le Guay's '60s-set Parisian upstairs/downstairs, a kind of European version of The Help , has all the ingredients necessary for US consumption: political correctness, platitudes, saucy comedy; and a romance between a middle-aged bourgeois reac
A kind of European version of The Help
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 14, 2011


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Review: Girlfriend

One night Evan's mother (Amanda Plummer) asks him to make a wish. He says he wants a girlfriend, and his wish comes true, but at a cost.
Concerned only with the truth
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 30, 2011
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Review: One Day

Following her stunning coming-of-age tale, An Education, Danish director Lone Scherfig returns to London for this adaptation of the bestselling novel about a love that spans 20 years.
A love that spans 20 years
By PEG ALOI  |  August 19, 2011
Friends with Benefits review

Review: Friends with Benefits

FWB is a well-crafted comedy of the sex-first, romance-later genre that — bonus! — isn't blatantly nonsensical.
Chemistry and comic timing
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  July 29, 2011
Crazy, Stupid Love - review

Review: Crazy, Stupid Love

Despite a few hopeful moments, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's glib romantic comedy settles into the same smarmy stereotypes: women are mothers or whores, or some variation thereof, and that's all men are interested in.
Rehashing the same smarmy stereotypes
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 29, 2011
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Review: Vincent Wants to Sea

Frustration and isolation are part of daily life for 27-year-old Tourette's sufferer Vincent (Florian David Fitz, who also wrote the screenplay), the sympathetic hero of this German road movie.
A quirky German road movie
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  July 15, 2011


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Review: Viktor Ullmann's The Emperor of Atlantis

The Boston Lyric Opera, with Boston Classical Orchestra music director Steven Lipsitt and a company of singers and designers largely new to Boston, has given us a memorable production of the opera that composer Viktor Ullmann and poet Petr Kien created i
Boston Lyric Opera pulls out the stops
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 04, 2011
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Old school

Back in 1928, a Providence Journal headline dubbed painter Hezekiah Anthony Dyer a "militant anti-Modernist." Modern art was just about showing off, he said.
Dyer's thing was watercolors and gouaches of romantic fairy tale country cottages, snowy mountain lakes, and ruins of old stone arches and doorways.
By GREG COOK  |  February 10, 2009