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Review: Up

Raising the art to a higher level
Nobody these days tells stories as cinematically as do the people at Pixar. At least for the first half-hour of their films.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 01, 2009

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Review: Terminator Salvation

Terminator franchise can not be salvaged
The future has not been kind to the Terminator franchise.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 21, 2009

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Review: Dust

Resistance is futile, make the most of it
German documentarian Hartmut Bitomsky likes to make movies about how things are put together and how they come apart.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 19, 2009

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Review: The Garden

All politics may not be local, but effective political documentaries tend to be
The title of Scott Hamilton Kennedy's complex, provocative, ultimately uplifting documentary invariably calls to mind Genesis, and parallels can be drawn.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 19, 2009

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Review: The Brothers Bloom

Too much nudging and winking
Some have criticized Rian Johnson for being too clever in his follow-up to the overpraised Brick , but I think it's his cuteness that's the problem.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 20, 2009

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Review: The Girlfriend Experience

Getting the business
Comparing prostitution with capitalism is about as old as the oldest profession itself.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 20, 2009



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A star is porn

Adult-film star Sasha Grey makes her mainstream debut
"As Steven was saying the other night at the screening, at the end of the day we're all selling something, and we all want something, whether it's monetary or not."
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 18, 2009

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Class project

Atom Egoyan offers reasons for Adoration
Atom Egoyan was one of the first and most insightful of filmmakers to ponder the consequences and the moral implications of technological advances in media and communications.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 18, 2009

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Review: Sleep Dealer

Wide awake
Just when you thought Mexican cinema had lost its edge with films like Rudo y Cursi , along comes an ambitious and intelligent offering like this dystopic fable from Alex Rivera.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 13, 2009

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Review: Tulpan

Haunting, yet familiar
Borat notwithstanding, movies from Kazakhstan have their share of funny moments.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 13, 2009

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Review: Rudo y Cursi

Tepid, crude, and prissy
In 2001, Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna teamed up in Alfonso Cuarón's Y tu mamá también , and that exuberant coming-of-age romp suggested that Mexican cinema might be the next New Wave.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 13, 2009



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Review: OMG/Hahaha

An ambitious attempt to incorporate new media
If e-mail or cellphones don't prove the downfall of film, maybe it will be text-messaging or blogs.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 06, 2009

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Review: 'A Horse Is Not a Metaphor'

Hammer's joy in being alive is no metaphor either
Cinema might not be able to cure cancer, but when wielded by a master documentarian like Barbara Hammer, it can squeeze a little beauty out of the disease.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 06, 2009

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Review: The Lollipop Generation

There's a fine line between the trash of early John Waters and just plain garbage.
There's a fine line between the trash of early John Waters and just plain garbage.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 06, 2009

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Mission Control

Jim Jarmusch's arbitrary Limits
Like many of his films, Jim Jarmusch's The Limits of Control will test the limits of its audience's patience.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 07, 2009

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Review: The Good American

Your average pro-business Republican might take exception
By most accounts, Tom Weise is a good American.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 06, 2009



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Review: The Lost Coast

The e-mail is strictly spam
If cellphones as plot devices don't ruin film narrative, maybe e-mail will.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 06, 2009

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Not so great X-pectations

Wolverine 's shaggy-dog backstory
It doesn't bode well when one of a movie's supervillains has a Roman numeral for a name.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 07, 2009

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Ring master

Toback's Tyson tames two egos
At its best, Tyson becomes its subject's psychotherapist, allowing him to disgorge with no judgment and little restraint his memories, fantasies, impulses, and fears.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 28, 2009

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Review: I Can't Think Straight

Pastel-colored romance
You'd think being a gay Muslim in London would involve a lot of stress, but in Shamim Sarif's blithe, pastel-colored romance, everyone is beautiful and rich, so it's just another diversion.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 28, 2009

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Review: Pedro

An inspiring life reduced to sound bites, clichés, and hugs
There's no other reason to see the film.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 28, 2009


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