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The Savages

Fear and self-laceration
I’m glad to see the return of director Tamara Jenkins, idle since her wonderful Slums of Beverly Hills (1998).
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 18, 2007


Bell jarring

Schnabel’s Butterfly is the year’s best
So far this year, the efforts to adapt books deemed unfilmable have proved just that.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 18, 2007


Silver linings on a dark screen

Film: 2007 in review
The best films of 2007 hold their own when it comes to despair, evil, and treachery.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 18, 2007


Last man standing

Once a cautionary tale about human folly, has the doomsday myth become just more fun and games?
In his 1954 novel I Am Legend , Richard Matheson conjured up a terrifying scenario: a man-made plague has killed most of humanity.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 12, 2007


Legend of the last

It all comes down to Will power
They all start the same way.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 12, 2007



Modern tragidocumentary
A gay former evangelist, a kung fu expert, a German terrorist, and a bank robber walk into a documentary.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 05, 2007


Do the write thing

The redemption of fictional reality in Atonement
Writers grow tiresome when they (a) write about writers, (b) write about writing, or (c) write about the difference between “fiction” and “reality.”
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 05, 2007


Great World of Sound

Sleek, funny, sad
Failed ambitions and general fecklessness characterize Martin.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 28, 2007


Times and Winds

The spirit of childhood in Edenic Turkey
The coast of Turkey looks downright Edenic in Reha Erdem’s meditative and visually exquisite pastoral.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 28, 2007


Bride and prejudice

Margot  has snob appeal
Noah Baumbach’s The Squid and the Whale marked him as the reigning bard of disaffected 16-year-olds from privileged, culturally elite, miserably broken families.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 20, 2007


The Mist

Ridiculously alright
Frank Darabont’s adaptation of the Stephen King novella spawns a horror beyond human comprehension. Yes, I’m talking about another performance by Marcia Gaye Harden.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 20, 2007



The camera war
The Iraq War movies are starting to resemble the war itself: miscalculated, mishandled, unpopular, and with no end in sight. Scialfa
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 14, 2007


Not so sentimental Education

Fred Durst gets passing grades with Charlie Banks
The Education of Charlie Banks can prove an education for the close-minded critic.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 09, 2007


Family plots

Sidney Lumet shows how it’s done
Sidney Lumet may be 83, but his new film makes Quentin Tarantino and even the Coen Brothers look geriatric.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 07, 2007


Lions for Lambs

Indoctrination over drama
Just because the debate over Iraq isn’t taking place anywhere else doesn’t mean you should put it in a movie.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 07, 2007


L’homme de Sa Vie/The Man of My Life

Pastoral issues
Berling’s sublime face almost succeeds in overcoming the Oprah-ish resolutions at the end.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 07, 2007


Persian gulf

Bridging it at the ‘Festival of Films from Iran’
Another “Festival of Films from Iran” opens at the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Bush Administration still hasn’t started bombing Tehran.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 07, 2007


Quiet men

The Coens step back in No Country for Old Men  
At heart, the Coen Brothers’ movies are about death — arbitrary, relentless, insidiously clever, with a gallows sense of humor.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 06, 2007


Interview: Josh Brolin

On the brink of fame in No Country for Old Men
Josh Brolin has distinguished himself mostly by appearing in the worst movies of great directors.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 06, 2007



Ridley Scott packages American Gangster
American Gangster , Ridley Scott’s adaptation of Mark Jacobson’s New York magazine article about ’70s Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas, is as generic as the title.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 31, 2007



Seinfeld’s Bee Movie gets a D-
One day, Jerry Seinfeld was talking with his good friend Steven Spielberg, and he said, “Wouldn’t it be funny if ‘B’ movies were really about bees?”
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 31, 2007

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