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At Home in Utopia

A colorful, learned documentary
A vivid, breathing history lesson of a time when many American Jews defined themselves by their radical politics.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  June 04, 2008

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The Fall

Kooky, clunky, and empty
Tarsem Singh's kooky epic is the first American film ever to star a Romanian child actress, Catinca Untaru.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  May 28, 2008

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The Children of Huang Shi

A draggy, laborious effort
Based very loosely on true events, Roger Spottiswoode’s epic tells the story of a cocky and callow young British journalist.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  May 28, 2008

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Surfwise

Arresting, but clichéd
Only at the end does this work significantly misstep, with a clichéd “heartwarming” family reunion surely orchestrated by the filmmaker.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  May 21, 2008

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XXY

Bold and challenging tale of a 15-year-old hermaphrodite
Fifteen-year-old Alex has grown up as a girl, but she’s actually a hermaphrodite, with breasts and a penis, and with a budding but guilty erotic interest in both sexes.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  May 14, 2008

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Before the Rains

Competent, intelligent, unadventurous
The narrative tumbles at the self-conscious, obviously constructed rainy ending.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  May 14, 2008



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Fearsome Otto

Remembering Preminger
My one brush with the late Otto Preminger seems like a typical encounter.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  May 13, 2008

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Jellyfish

Israeli magic realism
The addition of this baby Botticelli will either charm or annoy you.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  May 07, 2008

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Then She Found Me

Overplotted pregnancy flick
Helen Hunt bites off more than she can chomp on, choosing also to star in this her first try as a film director, a clumsy, overplotted rendition of Elinor Lipman’s 1990 novel.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  April 30, 2008

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Irina Palm

Marianne Faithful dispenses handjobs in this unrealistic romance
In Sam Garbarski’s improbable British melodrama, chanteuse Marianne Faithfull plays a working-class granny who takes work in a Soho sex parlor in order to pay for a grandson’s expensive operation.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  April 30, 2008

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Bab’aziz: The Prince who Contemplated his Soul

A clumsy fairy tale
But as the stories clumsily pile up in a Sheherazade-like overload, audiences will wish to escape the sand.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  April 23, 2008



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Local culler

Paul Sherman’s Big Screen Boston
For peddling some not-for-sale DVDs to a dubious Internet customer, local critic Paul Sherman found himself in the middle of an FBI sting, removed from his reviewing posts at the Boston Herald and the Improper Bostonian , and under voluntary house arrest.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  April 22, 2008

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Dark matter

An astonishingly unpredictable ending
This first film by Chinese director Chen Shi-Zheng and American screenwriter Billy Shebar is an intelligent, well-acted TV-level movie.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  April 09, 2008

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Body of War

Poetic Americana
Tomas Young volunteered for the US Army right after 9/11, hoping to be sent to Afghanistan and chase down Osama bin Laden.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  April 09, 2008

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Mexico City abuzz with Beantowners

A report from the International Mexico City Festival of Contemporary Cinema
Where’s New York?  Where’s LA?
By: GERALD PEARY  |  April 07, 2008

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Planet B-Boy

Retire the breakdance, already
Breakdancing seemed over and done in the ’80s, but hip-hop culture has pumped it alive, combining the original head-spinning street maves with rap, gymnastics, kung fu, MTV, and Broadway.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  April 02, 2008



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O Ano Em Que Meus Pais Saíram De Férias | The Year My Parents Went Away on Vacation

Unbalanced and unoriginal
It’s Brazil 1970, and 12-year-old Mauro is too obsessed with Pelé to notice that his left-wing parents are flipping out over the country’s military regime.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  April 02, 2008

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Monkey Warfare

Love and politics
On weekends, they become a two-person team of petty-bourgeois capitalists, sniffing out yard sales, looking for pop-culture items that they can spiff up and sell on the Web.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  April 02, 2008

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Shelter

Everyone calls you "dude"
Short-order cook Zack skateboards, surfs, babysits, and dreams of attending Caltech to be an artist.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  March 25, 2008

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Still waters

Jia Zhangke runs deep
Have you concluded that Zhang Yimou is a softy and a sellout?
By: GERALD PEARY  |  February 26, 2008

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Shoulda-been

The Band’s Visit  goes Oscar-less
Here’s another knock against the bonehead Foreign Language Oscar selections for 2007.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  February 20, 2008


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