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Out like a lamb
Sweetgrass marks the end of an era
When Cambridge-based filmmakers Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor lived in Colorado, they met a man making history: leading a sheep drive through the Montana mountains that would bring a century-old way of life to an end.
| March 31, 2010
Review: The Girl From Monaco
Satisfying and not overly complicated
This sensual tale of dangerous love comes from writer/director Anne Fontaine ( Dry Cleaning , How I Killed My Father ).
| July 01, 2009
Review: Summer Hours
In his understated, intricate L'heure d'été , Olivier Assayas comments on globalization and materialism by way of a simple story of three siblings dividing the contents of their mother's estate in rural France.
| May 19, 2009
Review: Is Anybody There?
Bored boy befriends down-and-out magician
This seems to be the year for nostalgia films. Here we have relative newcomer John Crowley directing an English working-class yarn from Peter Harness's autobiographical script.
| April 29, 2009
Review: Paris 36
A guilty pleasure of the vintage Parisian variety
Director Christophe Barratier (Les Choristes) co-wrote this nostalgic paean to 1930s Paris and the stage musical.
| April 07, 2009
Review: The Last House on the Left (2009)
Instead of subversive shocks, it's more of the same torture we've seen a thousand times before
Critics and audiences reviled Wes Craven's 1972 original, but its raw power gave it an enduring, endearing legacy.
| March 18, 2009
A precious, hyperkinetic mess
On its surface, this quirky thriller from Randall Miller has indie-style appeal, with Alan Rickman in a delicious role as a gluttonous, philandering, narcissistic physics professor whose Nobel Prize win is deflated by the kidnapping of his rebellious philosophy-major son.
| December 05, 2008
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
A stirring glimpse at Europe's darkest hour
The performances never falter, and even James Horner's heavy-handed score can't dim the film's unfathomable, unshakable ending.
| November 17, 2008
Fascinating historical clips mixed with personal interviews
Between 1976 and 1983, some 30,000 people were kidnapped and killed by the Argentine military dictatorship.
| October 09, 2008
British Advertising Films Of 2008
This year’s goodies revealed some notable new trends
Simple visual concepts predominate; — the use of color, in particular, shows advertising’s incestuous link with the high-flying design and DIY œuvre.
| October 09, 2008
A pleasing, if unbalanced, period piece
Paul Weiland ( Made of Honor ) directs this autobiographical coming-of-age comedy set in London in 1966, the year England took on Germany in the World Cup final.
| August 20, 2008
A lush love story of Bangladeshi immigrants
A lush love story set in East London explores the lives of Bangladeshi immigrants caught up in social turmoil before and after 9/11.
| June 25, 2008
Hilariously good gorefest
I found it well-directed, sexy, schlocky, and sublime.
| April 16, 2008
Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman
Exploring the modern female life
At six hours, with its deliberate pacing and thoughtful editing, Flying makes for an absorbing viewing experience.
| April 09, 2008
La Misma Luna | Under the Same Moon
This uplifting debut from Patricia Riggen tells the story of young single mother Rosario and nine-year-old son Carlitos.
| April 02, 2008
Contemporary nomads in Mongolia
Khadak is a brutal but redemptive story of an oppressed, disappearing pastoral culture.
| February 13, 2008
An intimate look at the creative process of a man who has brought nightmares and dreams alive in cinema as no one before or since.
| December 12, 2007
The Price of Sugar
Prisoners in cane fields
Such an inspiring figure might invoke martyrdom, but Haney’s treatment is unsentimental, allowing the harrowing truth to speak for itself.
| November 07, 2007
Cama Adentro/Live-In Maid
Wry desperation in Buenos Aires
Both actresses embody their roles with subtlety and subdued emotion — Aleandro especially, pride, humiliation, and desperation palpable in her regal face.
| October 17, 2007
British Advertising Films of 2007
Vaseline and sock monkeys
Each year these commercials show an engagement with global culture and commerce.
| October 10, 2007
Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
Exploring saintlike passion
This documentary by Jim Brown offers an inspiring portrait of America’s most enduring folk artist.
| September 26, 2007
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| March 24, 2013 at 11:09 AM
Mo Takes His Turn
March 21, 2013 at 12:59 PM
[Q&A] KMFDM's Sascha Konietzko on art, Columbine and having balls
On The Download
| March 18, 2013 at 3:22 PM
See this film series: The Belmont World Film Series @ Studio Cinema in Belmont
Outside The Frame
| March 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM
See this film: This is Spinal Tap [with post-film talk by expert from Acoustical Society of America] @ the Coolidge
March 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM
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