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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
ShortTakes:Elles

Review: Elles(1)

How did the Polish filmmaker Malgoska Szumowska dupe the classy Juliette Binoche to participate in such a dubious, exploitative film?
Dubious and exploitative
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 11, 2012
ShortTakes:FirstPosition

Review: First Position

While not the most probing look at rising stars, Bess Kargman's documentary focuses on six aspiring contestants preparing for the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix competition (a proven entry point into the world of professional ballet) who demonstra
Bess Kargman's documentary
By BRETT MICHEL  |  May 11, 2012
ShortTakes:GoodbyeFirstLove

Review: Goodbye First Love

The autobiographical third feature from French director Mia Hansen-Løve limns the ecstasy and tumult of youthful, sometimes self-destructive passion.
Self-destructive passion
By PATRICK Z. MCGAVIN  |  May 11, 2012
ShortTakes: Headhunters

Review: Headhunters

Roger (Aksel Hennie) is an Oslo yuppie with a gorgeous, blonde wife, a top-drawer job as a corporate headhunter, and a lucrative side employment stealing fancy paintings.
Slick entertainment
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 11, 2012
ShortTakes:OnceUponATime

Review: Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

In Nuri Bilge Ceylan's minimalist "Eastern," the Leone-esque title seems ironic, as a team of bumbling investigators spend hours driving through the Anatolian wasteland searching for the grave of a murder victim.
Driving through the wasteland
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 11, 2012


ShortTakes:SoundOfMyVoice

Review: Sound of My Voice

You've got to hand it to Brit Marling when it comes to audacious premises, both in Another Earth (in which she starred and co-wrote with director Mike Cahill), and in this high concept sci-fi head-scratcher, in which she also stars and co-wrote with di
Audacious premises
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 11, 2012
DarkShadows

Review: Dark Shadows

By the time Dark Shadows gets to the opening credits, it is already Tim Burton's best film since Ed Wood , but then I've always had a soft spot for the Moody Blues' "Nights in White Satin."
Tim Burton's best film since Ed Wood
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 11, 2012
review Chimpanzee

Review: Chimpanzee

Following in the footsteps of African Cats , this Disney-distributed documentary combines breathtaking wildlife footage with silly, self-conscious voiceover narration aimed at preschoolers.
Disney-distributed documentary
By MILES HOWARD  |  April 27, 2012
Pirates movie

Review: The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Peter Lord, animator behind claymation staples Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run , directs this very British, very dry romp on the high seas during the time when Britannia did indeed rule the waves.
Dry romp on the high seas
By TOM MEEK  |  April 27, 2012
TurnMeOnDammit film

Turn Me On, Dammit

In the nowhere Norwegian mountain town of Skoddeheimen, Alma, 15, is bored with her surroundings, alienated from her mom, and so horny that she pays for a telephone sex service.
High school alienation
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 27, 2012


film TheRaven

Review: The Raven

If only Poe could find the solution to the mystery in his own texts! Or if the filmmakers made any use of them.
John Cusack as Poe
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 27, 2012
Casa  de mi padre

Review: Casa de Mi Padre

Will Ferrell is the macho ranchero with a heart of gold in Matt Piedmont's parody.
Matt Piedmont's spoof of Mexican cinema
By MONICA CASTILLO  |  March 16, 2012
film undefeated

Review: Undefeated

Dan Lindsay and T. J. Martin's Oscar-winning documentary about an underequipped high-school football team competing against big-time programs across Tennessee offers a potent contemplation on race and opportunity.
Reflections on race and opportunity
By TOM MEEK  |  March 16, 2012
Who Lives At Home

Review: Jeff, Who Lives at Home

The title slacker (Jason Segel) in the Duplass Brothers' meditation on fate and fatuity is obsessed with M. Night Shyamalan's Signs , and the filmmakers' gentle irony about his bad taste exemplifies their empathy and tonal skill.
Skillful contrivance
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 16, 2012
21 jumpstreet

Review: 21 Jump Street

Everyone bemoans the endless sequels and remakes, but occasionally a treasure like Phil Lord and Chris Miller's 21 Jump Street comes along that redeems the rehashing.
More than just a rehash
By MONICA CASTILLO  |  March 16, 2012


Thousand Words

Review: A Thousand Words

"What happens when all the leaves fall off?" celebrity guru Dr. Sinja (Cliff Curtis) asks Jack McCall (Eddie Murphy) after a Bodhi tree has magically sprouted in Jack's backyard.
The latest opus from auteur Brian Robbins
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 16, 2012
Being Jewish In France

Review: Being Jewish in France

"A love affair gone sour," is how one of the writers quoted in director Yves Jeuland's documentary describes the Vichy collusion with the Nazis, which ended with thousands of French Jews rounded up by Gendarmes and shipped to death camps.
Yves Jeuland's documentary
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 16, 2012
The  Salt  Of Life

Review: The Salt of Life

The Salt of Life deftly sprinkles wacky humor in with the melancholy, and Di Gregorio is a winning talent, both as the amusing star actor and as the film's co-writer and director.
Wacky humor mixed with melancholy
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 16, 2012
LifeWithoutPrinciple

Review: Life Without Principle

Johnnie To's latest opens as Chinese police arrive at a crime scene, portending his usual slice of bloody action.
Johnnie To's latest film
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 16, 2012
Off the Record: Air - Le Voyage

Air | Le Voyage Dans La Lune

It was inevitable that Air would one day be asked to soundtrack a colorized version of an iconic 1902 silent French film about moon exploration, right? There's the French thing, the moon thing, the kitsch-cool factor.
Astralwerks (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  February 03, 2012


Review: Hell and Back Again

Review: Hell and Back Again

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, Hell and Back Again offers a potent documentary correlative to the narrative of The Hurt Locker .
The real-life story of a young marine
By GERALD PEARY  |  January 06, 2012
2012 Preview: Film

Hollywood offers botched operations and altered lives in 2012

Those who got a thrill last spring when the SEALS took out Osama bin Laden will have more of the same covert ass-kicking to look forward to in theaters as we enter 2012.
Change of plans
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 30, 2011
Tales from the Golden Age: Review

Review: Tales from the Golden Age

The ironically titled film refers to the dreadful Alice-in-Wonderland years when Nicolae Ceausescu was the Communist strongman of Romania.
Panorama of black-humor stories
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 02, 2011
Manhattan Short FF

Review: Manhattan Short Film Festival

This selection of 10 short films from around the world runs the gamut of genres, from a brisk actioner to a political documentary to playful horror.
Running the gamut
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  September 23, 2011
Winnie the Pooh review

Review: Winnie the Pooh

If you don't mind paying full price for something so brief, you'll be delighted to find a musically driven film the whole family can enjoy.
Disney dusts off the bear of little brain
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 22, 2011