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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


Review: Revanche

A parable of crime and punishment
Opening with portentous symbolism, studied sordidness, and generous nudity, Austrian director Götz Spielmann's neo–film noir seems like a parody of a foreign film.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 29, 2009


Review: The Lemon Tree

A sometimes engaging allegory
Message gets entangled with melodrama to the benefit of neither in Eran Riklis's sometimes engaging allegory of the Israeli/Palestinian standoff.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 29, 2009


Interview: James Toback

Director James Toback tackles legendary boxing champ Tyson in a new documentary
"Eventually, I think Mike should work with kids who have backgrounds similar to his, because he'd be great with them. They'd look up to him."
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 29, 2009


Review: The Informers

L.A. stories
Were the '80s an era of comic nostalgia, as in Adventureland , or one of inane nihilism, as in Gregor Jordan's adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 21, 2009


Middling earth

Too much talk spoils the images
At times, the images in Alastair Fothergill & Mark Linfield's documentary adapted from the BBC nature series of the same name elicit that rare cinematic response: wonder.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 21, 2009


Independent Film Festival Boston 2009

Alive and well  
A film festival is no better than the films available, and to judge from the selection of more than 50 features and documentaries plus numerous shorts at this year’s Independent Film Festival of Boston, reports of the decline of indie cinema are vastly exaggerated.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 14, 2009


Review: Pontypool

Bruce McDonald deserves some credit for trying
Bruce McDonald's ambitious shaggy-dog story combining elements of Talk Radio , William Burroughs, and Night of the Living Dead succeeds about as well as could be expected.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 15, 2009


Review: Goodbye Solo

Optimistic cabbie meet cranky codger
So far in his brief career, North Carolina native Ramin Bahrani has tapped into the greatest naturalist filmmakers and come back the richer.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 15, 2009


Review: That Evening Sun

Illuminating familiar ground
Scott Teems's faux Faulkner melodrama scores for cinematography but falls short in originality and character development.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 15, 2009


Review: Children of Invention

Powerfully moving and rigorously intelligent
Chun's is an eloquent and restrained study of the fine line between respectability and desperation.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 15, 2009


Review: The Burning Plain

Why have burning plain when you can have burning fancy?
Arriaga starts the story in the middle and moves sideways, so it may take you a while to realize it's bogus.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 15, 2009


Review: State of Play

An investigative reporter, a Senate committee, and murder
Support for print journalism is coming from an unexpected source: Russell Crowe.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 22, 2009


Man make movie

Ramin Bahrani observes and reports
Poverty is making a comeback, on the streets and on movie screens.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 07, 2009


Review: Observe and Report

Seth Rogen calls security
Jody Hill's ambiguous and unsettling film is a comedy about law enforcement in much the same way that Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy is a comedy about comedy.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 08, 2009


Review: Sugar

An intense young pitcher for a Dominican farm team
How is it that so many Major Leaguers come from the tiny Dominican Republic?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 08, 2009


Observe and distort

Jody Hill on the King of Comedy and Seth Rogen
Great filmmaker though he is, Martin Scorsese isn't the first name that comes to mind when you think about comedy genius. But Jody Hill, traces his inspiration in part back to his first viewing of Taxi Driver .
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 08, 2009


Chop shop talk

Bahrani and the future of filmmaking
Film critics by nature like to discover new talent and then categorize it, so perhaps it's not surprising that A.O. Scott has dubbed Ramin Bahrani the primary practitioner of "Neo–Neo realism."
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 07, 2009


Review: Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived

What would JFK do?
There's not much "virtual" in Kosi Masutani's thoughtful if artless documentary about the JFK administration — which is to its credit.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 08, 2009


Review: The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

A stunted coming-of-age story
Curtis Hanson's 2000 adaptation of Michael Chabon's Wonder Boys remained true to the writer's chimerical whimsy without getting cute. Not so Rawson Marshall Thurber's trashing of Chabon's first novel
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 07, 2009


Review: Adventureland

Greg Mottola faces growing pains
Could the revival of the "Portrait of the Auteur As a Young Man" genre signal a new era of auteurship in Hollywood? Maybe, but Mottola, for one, hasn't quite reached that point.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 02, 2009

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