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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: Unforgivable

Lucky for André Téchiné that he's so slick with exposition.
Voyeurism and narcissism
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 20, 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
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
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Review: Natural Selection

So memorable as Ed Helms's harridan wife in The Hangover , Rachael Harris is a natural for a lead role.
Robbie Pickering's road movie
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 06, 2012
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Review: That's My Boy

Director Sean Anders does nothing to mop up this gross-out comedy mess about a middle-school boy who gets molested by his teacher and ends up raising their love child — with disastrous results.
'90s pop culture
By MONICA CASTILLO  |  June 22, 2012


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Review: 5 Broken Cameras

Emad Burnat, a Palestinian villager, goes through five different cameras from 2005 to 2010, each one broken when the Israeli military or police assault him as he tries to record the ongoing turmoil.
Recording turmoil
By PEG ALOI  |  June 22, 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
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
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Review: Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Eighty-five-year-old Jiro, with his unchanging expression and bald pate, resembles a wizened turtle. Leaving home at age 9 and forced to fend for himself, he would become the world's greatest sushi chef.
A quest to sushi chefdom
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 06, 2012
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Review: Kill List

Following up his impressive debut, Down Terrace , Ben Wheatley's Yorkshire-based crime thriller swerves with abrupt satisfaction into horror in its final moments.
Ben Wheatley's Yorkshire-based crime thriller
By PEG ALOI  |  March 02, 2012


Ghost Rider 3D: Spirit of Vengeance

Review: Ghost Rider 3D: Spirit of Vengeance

The filmmakers deliver some gorgeous landscape shots of Asia Minor and leverage the 3D perspective to good effect, but the time between such moments of relief can seem like an eternity of movie hell.
Movie hell
By Tom Meek  |  February 24, 2012
BackTalk Tilda Swinton

Interview: Tilda Swinton talks about Kevin

You never know what you're going to get with a film starring Tilda Swinton.
Mother load
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 24, 2012
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Review: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Too soon? For Stephen Daldry's 9/11 drama, the right time is "never."
An extremely exploitative and incredibly bad tale
By BRETT MICHEL  |  January 20, 2012
Movies: We Bought A Zoo

Review: We Bought A Zoo(1)

Matt Damon plays Mee, a journalist who decides that he and his daughter (a precocious Maggie Elizabeth Jones) and sullen teenage son (Colin Ford) need a new start after the death of his wife, so he spends his life savings on a house in the country.
Cameron Crowe's film version of Benjamin Mee's memoir
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 23, 2011
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Review: Restless

Gus Van Sant's Restless follows a similar template to Jonathan Levin's 50/50 , with more precious results.
Death-obsessed teens in love
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 30, 2011


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Girls | Father, Son, Holy Ghost

The reason Father, Son, Holy Ghost is so uniquely, imperfectly swell is because the band plainly give fuck-all about convention or stylistic uniformity.
True Panther Sounds/Matador (2011)
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  September 16, 2011
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Review: The Devil's Double

Watching this litany of murder and debauchery in the gilded splendor of Saddam's Baghdad, in which Dominic Cooper plays both Saddam's psycho son Uday and the Iraqi good guy Latif, who was forced to serve as his double, I thought: this is like Scarface,
Like Scarface , but with a difference
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 05, 2011
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The later, the better

Showcases for local talent tend to be hit-or-miss affairs. Although it provides a few bull's-eye successes, Black Box Theatre's 4th Annual One-Act Play Festival (through August 22) unfortunately is freighted with misses.
Black Box's one-act play festival
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 20, 2010