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Review: Sister

Increasingly popular among American independent filmmakers, the school of miserabilism — starkly dramatizing the poor, wretched, and unjustly deprived — has thrived in Europe.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 19, 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
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
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Review: Your Sister's Sister

Seattle slacker Jack (Mark Duplass) has been beating himself up over his brother's death for a year, so his brother's ex-girlfriend (Emily Blunt) — who is also Jack's best friend— offers him her father's cabin in the San Juan Islands for the weekend to
Mumbled recriminations
By ANN LEWINSON  |  June 22, 2012
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Review: Thin Ice

Brilliantly original in Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001), Jill Sprecher and her co-writer sister Karen seem to have gone through a card file of used ideas to cobble together this black comedy.
A little bit of this and that
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 06, 2012
The Color Wheel: Review

Review: The Color Wheel

Alex Ross Perry's self-consciously coy indulgence reminds me of the work of Diablo Cody, but slighter and more irritating.
A black-and-white road movie
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 02, 2011


Jack and Jill: Short Take

Review: Jack and Jill

Director Dennis Dugan's second Adam Sandler vehicle of the year turns out to be even worse than Just Go with It.
Easily Sandler's worst film
By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 18, 2011
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Review: Littlerock(1)

Two young Japanese tourists, siblings Rintaro (Rintaro Sawamoto) and Atsuko (Atsuko Okatsuka), get stranded when their car breaks down in the California backwater of the title.
Altogether original
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 07, 2011
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Review: Envy

The MFA's Turkish Film Festival opens with Zeki Demirkubuz's stark and deliberate meditation on the title vice. Who envies who, however, becomes clear only gradually, and the reason for the malignancy remains, as in the case of Iago, inexplicable.
Who envies who? You'll want to stick around to find out
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 18, 2011