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Review: The Oranges
Julian Farino's inept, unfunny romantic comedy reprises The Graduate , 45 years later.
| October 05, 2012
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
| July 06, 2012
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?
| June 22, 2012
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.
| June 22, 2012
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?
| June 15, 2012
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.
| May 04, 2012
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
| March 09, 2012
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
| January 20, 2012
Review: New Year's Eve
Lately Garry Marshall has shown a certain genius for turning miserable holidays into terrible movies.
Feast of forced fun
| December 09, 2011
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
| October 21, 2011
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
| October 14, 2011
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
| September 30, 2011
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
| August 19, 2011
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
| July 29, 2011
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
| July 29, 2011
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
| July 15, 2011
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
| February 04, 2011
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.
| February 10, 2009
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