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Review: The Other Dream Team

American audiences will be delighted to see how the Grateful Dead helped pay for the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic team, including supplying tie-dyed T-shirts. But only Lithuanians will thrill to the movie's climax...

By GERALD PEARY  |  October 12, 2012
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Review: Taken 2

Retired CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) is still trying to remain an active part of the lives of his ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) and his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace).

By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 12, 2012
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Review: Girl Model

As seen in David Redmon and Ashley Sabin's somber, sometimes poetic, Fred Wiseman-like documentary, the international model trade ranks just above human trafficking in legitimacy.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 12, 2012
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Review: Keep The Lights On

Ira Sachs's picture is many things: a snapshot of gay culture at the turn of the century, a brutally personal dramatization of his relationship with author Bill Clegg, a messy look at the realities of addiction, a formally audacious work in the tradition

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 12, 2012
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Review: Wake In Fright (1971)

Combining elements of Heart of Darkness , After Hours , and Groundhog Day , Ted Kotcheff's brutally brilliant Outback thriller follows the moral degradation, or perhaps redemption, of a snooty schoolteacher (Gary Bond) traveling from the backwater w

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 12, 2012
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Review: Butter

Any real-world comparisons between the Sarah Palin-like Laura Pickler (Jennifer Garner) and her African-American opponent, Destiny (Yara Shahidi), are encouraged in this over-churned movie that presents itself as a "cutthroat story of greed, blackmail,

By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 12, 2012


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Review: Seven Psychopaths

As in his debut In Bruges , Martin McDonagh here plays self-reflexive games while undermining the gangster genre.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 12, 2012
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Review: The Paperboy

A Russ Meyer roughie meets The Help in Lee Daniels's lurid follow-up to Precious , in which a paperboy (Zac Efron) gets promoted to driver when his brother Wade (Matthew McConaughey), a Miami Times investigative reporter, returns home to exonerate a

By ANN LEWINSON  |  October 12, 2012
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Review: Alps

Like his last feature, Dogtooth, Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos's new film breaks down the conventions of identity, language, and social roles with black comic — and tragic — effect.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 05, 2012
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Review: Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare

Matthew Heineman and Susan Frömke's documentary tackles a familiar topic but doesn't weigh in on the Obamacare issue so contentious in the upcoming election.

By TOM MEEK  |  October 05, 2012
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Review: Won't Back Down

Daniel Barnz's picture turns the American education crisis into a dumbed-down, Capraesque crowd-pleaser, with a malicious agenda to boot.

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 05, 2012


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Review: Head Games

Legendary documentarian Steve James ( Hoop Dreams ) again turns his camera on the dark side of America's obsession with sports, this time looking at the rash of suicides and dementia linked to concussions.

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 05, 2012
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Review: V/H/S

As horror movie premises go, "found footage" tends to possess the most capacity for both pure, stomach-churning terror and woefully laughable shtick.

By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  October 05, 2012
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Review: How to Survive a Plague

In 1987, 26-year-old Peter Staley, a closeted Wall Street trader, was diagnosed as HIV-positive. Given less than two years to live, he addressed the International AIDS Conference . . . three years later. He's still alive.

By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 05, 2012
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Review: Solomon Kane

The last time Pete Postlethwaite died onscreen, he was being gunned down in The Town .

By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 05, 2012
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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


Film: PitchPerfect

Review: Pitch Perfect

Jason Moore's musical doesn't hit all the high notes, but guilty pleasures are seldom perfect.

By MONICA CASTILLO  |  October 05, 2012
Review: Sacrifice

Review: Sacrifice

Adapted from a 13th-century stage play, this historical melodrama seems torn between trying to be a theatrical fable and a flashy action film.
Historical melodrama
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  July 27, 2012
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Review: Farewell, My Queen

The gifted French director Benoît Jacquot specializes in movies about the emotions of young women.
Adapted from Chantal Thomas’s novel
By PATRICK Z. MCGAVIN  |  July 27, 2012
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Review: Red Lights

The third feature by the talented Spanish genre specialist Rodrigo Cortés (Buried) follows the brilliant Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and her protégé Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) methodically debunking claims of paranormal evidence as the inventi
Rodrigo Cortés' third feature
By PATRICK Z. MCGAVIN  |  July 27, 2012
Review: The Well-Digger's Daughter

Review: The Well-Digger’s Daughter

Daniel Auteuil ( Manon of the Spring ) directs and stars in this melodrama set in Provence during World War I.
Based on the novel by Marcel Pagnol
By PEG ALOI  |  July 27, 2012


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Review: Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

Takashi Miike seems to be single-handedly bringing the samurai movie back to its former glory; first with 13 Assassins , and now this gripping remake of Kobayashi’s classic attack on the honor code within the samurai class.
Takashi Miike brings back samurai movies
By MILES BOWE  |  July 27, 2012
Film: The Queen of Versailles

Review: The Queen of Versailles

You couldn’t invent a better metaphor for America’s economic injustice and insanity.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 27, 2012
Review: Step Up Revolution

Review: Step Up Revolution

The ne plus ultra of “guilty pleasures,” the Step Up movies are willfully naive, awkward, and irresistible.
Abstractly beautiful
By PATRICK Z. MCGAVIN  |  July 27, 2012
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Review: Unforgivable

Lucky for André Téchiné that he's so slick with exposition.
Voyeurism and narcissism
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 20, 2012
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Review: The Day He Arrives

"Stop copying me!" says Seong-jun (Yu Jun-sang), the has-been filmmaker at the center of the 12th cinematic Mobius strip from Hong Sang-soo.
Variations
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 20, 2012


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Review: Trishna

If nothing else, Michael Winterbottom's updating of Tess of the D'Urbervilles to present-day India proves that Thomas Hardy will depress you no matter what the setting.
Tess of the D'Urbervilles set in present-day India
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 20, 2012
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Review: Beasts of the Southern Wild

One of the most assured debuts in years, Benh Zeitlin's folk tale is a portrait of the wonder and heartbreak that comes with being too young to understand what you experience.
Benh Zeitlin's folk tale
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  July 06, 2012
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Review: To Rome With Love

Woody Allen's European vacation winds down with four tales that indulge his usual preoccupations: hookers, sell-outs, fame, mortality, and hot bi chicks.
Woody Allen's slight stories
By ANN LEWINSON  |  July 06, 2012
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Review: Take This Waltz

Margot (Michelle Williams), who makes ends meet grinding out PR pamphlets, wants to be happy with her husband Lou (Seth Rogen), a cookbook writer. However, like many Seth Rogen characters, Lou's more a grab-assing buddy than a lover.
People, not clichés
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 06, 2012