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Review: Dark Horse

Todd Solondz has turned his audience's divisiveness into a calling card with his often hilariously upsetting films, so it's a surprise that his new movie is fairly tame.
Fairly tame
By MILES BOWE  |  August 10, 2012
Review:DiaryOfAWimpyKid

Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

Maybe the Kid is going through a rough adolescent patch — but he was no great shakes to begin with.
Half-assed
By TOM MEEK  |  August 10, 2012
ShortTakes:SearchingForSugarMan

Review: Searching for Sugar Man

An obscure, forgotten singer-songwriter, Sixto Rodriguez was first discovered in a Detroit bar by celebrated producers Dennis Coffey and Mike Theodore in the late '60s.
The freshman film from Malik Bendjelloul
By BRETT MICHEL  |  August 10, 2012
ShortTakes:TotalRecall

Review: Total Recall

For a writer who has defined contemporary paranoia, Philip K. Dick hasn't had luck with the adaptations of his work.
Loud, humorless, and devoid of irony
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 10, 2012
Review: Bourne Legacy

Review: The Bourne Legacy

In this Bourne spinoff, The Hurt Locker 's Jeremy Renner continues his unlikely bid for action-franchise stardom as Aaron Cross, a next-generation Special Op boosted with bionics.
Tony Gilroy's Bourne spinoff
By ANN LEWINSON  |  August 10, 2012
ShortTakes: TheCampaign

Review: The Campaign

When it comes to mainstream movies commenting on political issues this year, Jay Roach's satirical comedy may be as bold as it's going to get.
Jay Roach's satirical comedy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 10, 2012


Review: Killer Joe

Review: Killer Joe

Matthew McConaughey's comeback tour may have peaked with his title role in this Southern-fried screwball noir.
William Friedkin adapts the play by Tracy Letts
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  August 10, 2012
Review:HopeSprings

Review: Hope Springs(1)

Elderly couples in the movies are so cute, but when did Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep slip into that category?
Separate worlds
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 10, 2012
Short Takes: Neil Young Journeys

Review: Neil Young Journeys

Young is old now, and in Demme's film, looking like a stubbly coot in a battered Panama hat, he's having the time of his life.
Young having the time of his life
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 13, 2012
Short Takes: Sleepless Night

Review: Sleepless Night

"We're in deep shit," says one of the perpetrators of a bungled drug heist in Frédéric Jardin's expert thriller. It's about to get deeper.
Frédéric Jardin's expert thriller
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 13, 2012
Short take: Drunkboat

Review: Drunkboat(1)

Despite a title taken from Rimbaud's poem, Bob Meyer's debut has less in common with the wunderkind symbolist than with David Mamet and the Coen Brothers.
Hamming it up
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 13, 2012


Review: Pelotero

Review: Ballplayer: Pelotero

Ballplayer initially declares that it is about dreams, ambition, and family struggles, but by focusing almost entirely on money and market values, it strikes out.
Striking out
By MILES BOWE  |  July 13, 2012
Film: Ice Age: Continental Drift

Review: Ice Age: Continental Drift

Perhaps you've seen "Scrat's Continental Crack-Up," the animated short that debuted theatrically a year and a half ago featuring the sabre-toothed squirrel causing a prehistoric tectonic cataclysm as a result of his pursuit of an elusive acorn.
It's all been done
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 13, 2012
Film_CatInParis

Review: A Cat In Paris

Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol's nicely hand-drawn and colored French cartoon was a 2012 Academy Award nomination for best animated film.
Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol's French cartoon
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 29, 2012
Film_RockOfAges

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
Film_SafetyNotGuaranteed

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


Film_LolaVersus

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
Movie review: Bel Ami

Review: Bel Ami

The title is the term of endearment given to a charming young reporter by a series of influential Parisian women.
The film adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's 1885 novel
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  June 08, 2012
Film Review: Double Trouble

Review: Double Trouble

David Chang's inept martial arts comedy confirms the genius of Jackie Chan.
Inept martial arts comedy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 08, 2012
Short Take: Hysteria

Review: Hysteria

Struggling physician Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy) has struck pay dirt assisting Dr. Robert Dalrymple (Jonathan Pryce), whose London waiting room is packed with bourgeois housewives suffering from "hysteria."
Tanya Wexler's enjoyable, fictionalized period piece
By ANN LEWINSON  |  June 08, 2012
Short Take: High School

Review: High School

A pot comedy that won't reward even the most easily satisfied stoner, High School is just as inane and ignorant as the Reefer Madness -style films it aims to satirize.
Inane and ignorant
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  June 08, 2012


Short Take: Nobody Else But You

Review: Nobody Else But You

A dried-up French crime novelist (Jean-Paul Rouve) finds sudden inspiration for a new mystery in the true-life story of a TV weathergirl (Sophie Quinton).
Nothing special
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 08, 2012
Short Take: Madagascar 3

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

The franchise that began as a tame kiddie pleaser about four pampered zoo animals lost in the wild has matured and sharpened its teeth, perhaps thanks to Noah Baumbach ( The Squid and the Whale ) collaborating on the script.
The franchise matures
By TOM MEEK  |  June 08, 2012
Short Take: Snow White and the Huntsman

Review: Snow White and the Huntsman

Hers is not the old clichéd path towards romance, but the new clichéd path towards becoming a kickass girl warrior.
Not the old clichés
By  |  June 02, 2012
Review: Elena

Review: Elena(1)

Andrei Zvyagintsev's film, a Special Jury Prize winner at Cannes 2011, becomes more than a domestic melodrama: a grim, effective allegory of the daily whirl in Putinland.
Domestic servitude
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 01, 2012
Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story

Review: Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story

Whatever your opinion of the policies of Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, you can't deny that his brother Yoni was a hero, a courageous man whose conflicts and triumphs mirror those of his homeland.
Jonathan Gruber and Ari Daniel Pinchot document Yoni's life story
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 01, 2012


ShortTake:For Greater Glory

Review: For Greater Glory

Bring coffee, because director Dean Wright's dramatization of the 3-year-long Cristero War (1926-9) seems to last longer than the Mexican conflict itself.
Never-ending war
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 01, 2012
Review:ChernobylDiaries

Review: Chernobyl Diaries

More akin to a meander through a haunted house than a fulfilling feature film, the latest work from Paranormal Activity auteur Oren Peli (he produces, Bradley Parker directs) relies on his tried-and-true formula of favoring atmospheric terror over vis
Tried and true formula
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  June 01, 2012
ShortTake: The Whole World Waiting

Review: The Whole World Waiting

They thought America was a glittering land of wealth and fame . . . they were wrong. Fifteen immigrant and refugee teenagers tell their stories of coming to New England and share their perspectives in The Whole World Waiting , a compilation of document
Fifteen immigrant and refugee teenagers tell their stories
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 01, 2012
ShortTake: The Intouchables

Review: The Intouchables

French comedies rarely travel well, but The Intouchables , the first film from the writer-director team of Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache to be commercially released here, has earned its status as an international blockbuster.
Traveling well
By ANN LEWINSON  |  June 01, 2012