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Rock of ages

The Stones find satisfaction in Martin Scorsese’s Shine a Light
What a difference four decades make.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 03, 2008



Predictable, pointless, and sad
It took a war to bring Kimberly Peirce back to the screen after her impressive 1999 debut, Boys Don’t Cry .
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 25, 2008


Autumn of the patriarchs

The Boston Turkish Film Festival at the MFA
Maybe one shouldn’t judge a country by its movies. What if the US were to be evaluated by the standards of the top 10 films at the box office?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 24, 2008


Snow Angels

Call it American Ugly
When a film opens with a shotgun blast that interrupts a lousy high-school-band practice on a miserable winter day, the prospects for a happy ending don’t look good.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 16, 2008



From crude to cute
Since the ’80s and E.T. and the Gremlins, gross-out humor, special effects, and sentimentality have combined to seduce younger audiences.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 19, 2008


Auf der Anderen Seite|The Edge of Heaven

Borderless realm of love, loss, and reconciliation
Maybe opening this year’s Boston Turkish Film Festival with a movie by Fatih Akin is the festival’s way of calling attention to Turkey’s hopes of joining the European Union.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 19, 2008


Freaks and frauds

The Boston Underground Film Festival celebrates both
Freaks you expect, but frauds and hucksters also populate the loosely defined subculture known as the underground.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 18, 2008


A Casa de Alice|Alice's House

Artfully done soap opera
In Alice’s house, Grandma sees everything.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 12, 2008


Ne Touchez Pas la Hache|La duchesse de Langeais

Art vis-à-vis life
He may have just turned 80, but Jacques Rivette still gets a kick out of the parallel-mirror effect of art vis-à-vis life.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 12, 2008


Married Life

The world of half-baked ideas
Maybe Sam Mendes’s upcoming adaptation of Richard Yates’s Revolutionary Road will offer a more genuine look at the moral and cultural battleground of this period.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 12, 2008


Memory laps

Van Sant takes time for a ride in Paranoid Park
The memory plays tricks, but not enough to change the past.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 16, 2008


The most dangerous Games

Michael Haneke’s thriller still feels Funny
Although it has only one really graphic moment of violence, Michael Haneke’s Funny Games probably distresses audiences more than the torture porn in the Saw and Hostel series.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 16, 2008


Spring brakes

Spring Arts Preview: Some diversions before the summer onslaught
Funny how spring movies can mirror the options of spring break.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 10, 2008


The medium is the movie

In new films, truth is fluid — and controlled by the click of a button
In almost every movie you go to these days you’ll see another screen — a television, a computer, even another movie screen — within the screen you’re watching.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2008


Die fälscher|The Counterfeiters

Not worth the Oscar
It’s fitting that a film called Die fälscher|The Counterfeiters should have won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language film, since that’s the most bogus category in the bunch.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2008


The Unforeseen

A warning, both essayistic and collagist
When humanity finally succumbs to environmental suicide because of greed, denial, cowardice, and stupidity, nobody will be able to say we weren’t warned.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2008


Pass the subversion

Jorge Furtado at the HFA
Brazilian filmmaker Jorge Furtado has pursued the same preoccupations through his entire 25-year career, beginning with his arch, masterfully constructed and jolting shorts.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2008


The play’s the thing

 Interview: Michael Haneke on the rules of his Games
A couple of weeks ago at the Oscars, the first Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film to go to an Austrian went to the wrong filmmaker.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 04, 2008


Chicago 10

A motion-capture cartoon with an anachronistic soundtrack
Some of the lead participants in the farce leave lasting impressions, not least the antic prankster Abbie Hoffman, voiced by Hank Azaria.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 21, 2008


His last year at Marienbad

Alain Robbe-Grillet: 1922–2008
Alain Resnais, perhaps as a dig at his screenwriter Alain Robbe-Grillet, sometimes tells a joke about their notorious 1961 movie.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 26, 2008


Courting dissent

Interview: Brett Morgen defends his Chicago 10
One of the great principles of American jurisprudence, though not necessarily of film criticism, is a defendant’s right to confront his accuser in a court of law.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 27, 2008

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