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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


After The Daytrippers . . .

Mottola explains
Greg Mottola didn't make a film for 11 years after his 1997 debut feature, The Daytrippers, caused a small ripple in the indie world.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 31, 2009


Review: The Edge of Love

A soap opera about Dylan Thomas
John Maybury evoked the genius of Francis Bacon in Love Is the Devil , but he goes off the deep end with this ludicrous soap opera about Dylan Thomas.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 03, 2009


Review: Sin Nombre

An artificially "realistic" sensibility
Films like Sin nombre exploit their subjects as much as they empathize with them.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 01, 2009


Review: Everlasting Moments

Can a camera help mom hold it together?
You wonder how this effort — Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick in its original Swedisagh title — failed to get even a nomination for the Best Foreign Language Oscar.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 03, 2009


Review: Examined Life

Astra Taylor's deep thoughts
Astra Taylor's peripatetic gabfest doesn't examine "life" so much as it trolls the gray area between genuine philosophy and pop-cultural pap.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 08, 2009


Dire Strait

Strained relations in the Boston Turkish Film Festival
If the selections in this year's Boston Turkish Film Festival are any indication, nobody in that country lives happily ever after these days.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 25, 2009


Review: The Jester

Celebrating show business and religious tradition
The National Center for Jewish Films adds to its invaluable collection of restored Yiddish films with Joseph Green & Jan Nowina-Przybylski's Der Purimshpiler , a 1937 musical comedy.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 24, 2009


Review: Hunger

Steve McQueen cuts to the truth
Most films about the Irish Troubles don't get how Catholic it all is.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 30, 2009


Review: Duplicity

Let's just say that Gilroy is no Ernst Lubitsch when it comes to sophisticated, saucy effervescence. Or a Hitchcock, either.
Like Steven Soderbergh in his Oceans series, Tony Gilroy seems to have decided to take a break from making serious movies like 2007's Oscar-nominated Michael Clayton .
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 18, 2009


Review: The Great Buck Howard

Forgoes ambiguities in favor of schmaltz
The Great Buck Howard, a "mentalist" whose "effects" include guessing numbers and putting people to sleep, played The Tonight Show , but these days he's lucky if he gets a gig in Bakersfield.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 18, 2009


Interview: Paul Rudd

His bromantic side
"With Lou Ferrigno there was also that element of excitement that I think we had with Rush."
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 20, 2009


Review: I Love You, Man

Paul Rudd and Jason Segel subvert stereotypes
I Love You, Man starts up where He's Just Not into You left off, with some poor emasculated bastard being sacrificed to some clinging, needy, borderline psychotic bitch at the altar.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 20, 2009


Hope springs infernal

Brimstone and buddy movies are on the Hollywood agenda
Given the current economic climate, spring this year is a season more of dread than of hope for change.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 16, 2009


Review: Crossing Over

Slickly political, while still offering hugs and tears and gratuitous nudity.
Wayne Kramer's immigration melodrama fits into the glibly schematic, socially conscious multi-narrative niche usually filled by Paul Haggis.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 11, 2009


Review: 12

Feel free to replace "Angry Men" with "Hammy Actors"
Never known for his restraint, Mikhalkov takes kitschy liberties with the stark drama about a jury deliberating the fate of a minority youth who's being tried for murder.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 11, 2009


Review: Chocolate

Giving us a superhero we can believe in
Thai filmmaker Prachya ( Ong Bak ) Pinkaew's Chocolate opens with a statement saying it hopes "to be an encouragement to parents and the unconditional love given to the special children of the world."
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 11, 2009


Review: The Kindly Ones

Inside the Reich
Those put off by the soft-pedaling of the SS in the movie adaptation of Bernhard Schlink's The Reader might be wary of Jonathan Littell's memoir of fictional war criminal Maximilien Aue.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 11, 2009


Review: Gomorrah

Gomorrah tells tales of initiation and disillusionment, all extrapolated from anecdotes in Roberto Saviano's book.
Matteo Garrone's Gomorrah is a jolting and utterly original take on the gangster movie.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 25, 2009


Interview: Roberto Saviano

Fire and brimstone from Gomorrah 's author
Roberto Saviano knew what his mission was a dozen or so years ago, when he was 16.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 27, 2009


Review: The Secret of the Grain

Food for thought
The secret of The Grain is patience
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 19, 2009

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