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Frightened Rabbit ready to emerge

It's always annoying when a band is touted as "the next big thing," especially when they've been around pumping out great stuff for years and then suddenly everyone is talking about them like the stork dropped them off that morning — see Bon Iver winnin

By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  October 05, 2012
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Review: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Filled with Indian (and British) clichés, it is nonetheless a pleasant diversion that doesn't involve special effects or 3D glasses.
A pleasant diversion
By BRETT MICHEL  |  May 04, 2012
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Review: Marvel's The Avengers

Even for a hard-ass like Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), head of the ultra-secret S.H.I.E.L.D agency, getting a billionaire genius in a metal suit, a scientist with a bad temper, a cryogenically preserved WWII warrior, a Norse god, and two secret agents
Awkward first steps
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 04, 2012
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Review: The Five-Year Engagement

Nicholas Stoller's inventive, funny, and sometimes subversive romantic comedy won't revive that benighted genre, but it does offer hope.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 04, 2012
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Review: This Is Not A Film

It can't be a film, because the acclaimed director Jafar Panahi ( The Circle , etc.) has been ordered not to make any by the Iranian theocrats who have also sentenced the dissident filmmaker to an upcoming jail sentence.
Artistic provocation
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 04, 2012
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Review: Safe

There actually is a safe in Boaz Yakin's Safe , but you have to wade through a lot of blood to get there, and then more after that.
A lot of blood
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 04, 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
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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
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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
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Review: In Darkness

Polish director Agnieszka Holland's Oscar-nominated story about a wastrel named Leopold Socha (Robert Wieckiewicz), who hid the Jews of Lvov from the Nazis by concealing them in the sewers, has an anguished and feral intensity.
Agnieszka Holland's Oscar-nominated story
By PATRICK Z. McGAVIN  |  March 02, 2012
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Review: Project X

When you start making negative comparisons to films like Porky's , you know a film has problems.
Done before and better
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 02, 2012


TheLorax

Review: Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

Regrettably, this team loses a lot of Seuss's quirkiness, though not the message about corporate greed and slash-and-burn imperialism.
3D animated spectacular
By TOM MEEK  |  March 02, 2012
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Review: Wanderlust

Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston star as an unemployed New York couple who, while on the road, chance upon a commune and decide to try the make-love-not-money lifestyle.
Goofy gags
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  March 02, 2012
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Review: Tyler Perry's Good Deeds

Tyler Perry is no Douglas Sirk. In his latest melodrama, his uptight exec, San Francisco software company CEO Wesley Deeds, is no Madea, either. Hell, Deeds doesn't even know who he is himself.
Perry's latest melodrama
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 02, 2012
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Review: Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie

It's standard sitcom stuff, and if homeopathic remedies by way of coprophilia aren't your idea of comedy, you'd best steer clear of this shit.
Adult Swim 's cult comedy duo
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 02, 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


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Review: Chico & Rita

This is the first animated movie nominated in that category to show pubic hair, and as a film for grown-ups it outclasses most of the nominees for Best Picture.
An animated film for grown-ups
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 02, 2012
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Review: Act of Valor

New York congressman John King is investigating alleged collusion between the CIA and those involved in Kathryn Bigelow's film about the Navy SEALs' killing of Bin Laden, pressuring the studio into holding up the release until after the Presidential ele
The Navy SEALs' killing of Bin Laden, in film form
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 02, 2012
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Review: Gone

The Portland police department won't be too happy to see themselves outclassed by Amanda Seyfried's big-eyed, waifish Jill in Heitor Dhalia's moody but middling thriller.
Heitor Dhalia's moody but middling thriller
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 02, 2012
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Review: The Ides of March

Though more contemporary than Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005), George Clooney's new directorial effort seems less topical.
George Clooney's new directorial effort
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 07, 2011