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Review: Dream Home

 Edmond Pang Ho-Cheung's erratic thriller
You can't really blame Cheng Lai-sheung (Josie Ho) for killing people in her effort to obtain the title dwelling of Edmond Pang Ho-Cheung's erratic thriller, a flat in a high-rise in Hong Kong's posh Victoria Harbor.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 19, 2011

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Review: The Princess of Montpensier

Bertrand Tavernier's opulent period piece
Like all religious wars, the conflict between Catholics and Huguenots in 16th-century France made a mockery of spiritual values.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 19, 2011

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In Bridesmaids, Kristen's women act like women

Wiig-ed out
Diehard fans of Saturday Night Live took heart when Kristen Wiig appeared in the cast in 2005.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 18, 2011


Review: Bridesmaids

Wedding crasher
A scene in which a couple screw their hearts out might not raise an eyebrow in a European art film, but as the opening of a romantic comedy from a Hollywood studio, it gets your attention.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 12, 2011

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Review: Last Night

 Tadjedin bounces from one couple to the other
In recent films like Blue Valentine and Monogamy, indie directors have moved on from quirky adolescents coming of age to disillusioned thirtysomethings in fragmenting relationships.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 12, 2011

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Review: The Robber

 An existential fable worthy of Camus
Unlike his French counterpart in Jean-François Richet's Mesrine, Johann Rettenberger, the title felon of Benjamin Heisenberg's stark and electrifying The Robber, is no chatterbox.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 12, 2011

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Review: Everything Must Go

A showcase of Ferrell's acting potential
Gordon Lish, Raymond Carver's editor, ruthlessly cut down the late short-story writer's prose, helping him perfect his trademark spare style.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 12, 2011

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Review: Something Borrowed

 A numbing pattern
In Luke Greenfield's adaptation of Emily Giffin's novel, Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) works hard, never complains, has brains but no self-esteem.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 04, 2011

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Review: Meek's Cutoff

Kelly Reichardt and Michelle Williams explore the frontier
Had Samuel Beckett made a Western, it might have resembled Kelly Reichardt's inscrutable tale, which is based on a real incident from the great Westward Migration.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 09, 2011

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Review: Cave of Forgotten Dreams

So far, I think it's safe to say that nothing is better in 3D, except maybe Avatar and House of Wax.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 09, 2011

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The LGBT Film Festival maintains a proud tradition

Difference makers
The recent commercial releases might not be so hot, but otherwise, local filmgoers been enjoying an embarrassment of riches.  
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 06, 2011

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The Independent Film Festival Boston trends to greatness

 Cures for pain
If you had to find a common theme among the films in this year’s Independent Film Festival of Boston (recently honored in the Phoenix Best of Boston Poll as the Best Film Festival), you might say that there are a number of deranged old coots who turn out to be possessed by genius, as in Last Days Here and Heaven + Earth + Joe Davis
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 29, 2011


Review: Littlerock

A benighted slice of Americana
Two young Japanese tourists, brother and sister Rintaro (Rintaro Sawamoto) and Atsuko (Atsuko Okatsuka), get stranded when their car breaks down in the California backwater of the title.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 27, 2011


Review: The Future

Heartbreaking stream-of-consciousness
I think any movie with an ailing kitten wearing one of those little casts has won me over already.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 27, 2011


Review: Last Days Here

Profile of Bobby Liebling of Pentagram
These are good days for washed-up heavy-metal musicians.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 28, 2011

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Two odd docs open the ninth Independent Film Festival of Boston

Independent lives
The Independent Film Festival of Boston — now in its ninth year, and the most exciting film event in town, if not in New England — opens this week with two outstanding documentaries about two very independent and inspiring individuals.  
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 22, 2011


Review: Henry's Crime

False conviction
If you had to compare it to a Russian classic, Malcolm Venville's mild comedy about a nobody (Keanu Reeves) who gets busted for a crime he didn't commit might suggest half-baked Dostoevsky or lightweight Gogol.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 19, 2011


Review: In a Better World

In a better movie
Black-and-white issues get grayer in the 2010 Best Foreign Language Oscar winner, Susanne Bier’s In a Better World.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 14, 2011


Review: The Conspirator

Redford doesn't do justice to his theme
Robert Redford's The Conspirator draws parallels between the extra-constitutional methods applied then to protect the country from possible terrorism and those employed in today's War against Terror.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 14, 2011

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Review: Arthur

Russell Brand bottoms out
Amusement at the wacky high jinks of the wealthy has waned some since Dudley Moore's bibulous antics in the 1981 hit comedy Arthur .
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 12, 2011


Review: My Perestroika

Transitioning to capitalism
Socialism might be a dirty word in America, but for Russians during the Soviet era, it was the way things were.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 07, 2011

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