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The Band’s Visit  goes Oscar-less
Here’s another knock against the bonehead Foreign Language Oscar selections for 2007.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  February 20, 2008


Les Témoins|The Witnesses

Seraphim in France
Les témoins is the absorbing story of a beautiful young man who, arriving in Paris, wreaks havoc with his sexuality, rejecting the love of a middle-aged medical doctor, and bringing out of the closet  a vice cop.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  February 15, 2008


Taxi to the Dark Side

Torture in the shadows
In 2002, an Afghani jitney driver named Dilawar took off with two customers and disappeared.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  February 06, 2008


Today the Hawk Takes One Chick

The hawk is AIDS
They show what is, without voiceover commentary, leaving it to the horrified audience to figure out what to do.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  February 06, 2008


Guerrilla filmmaking

This Is Nollywood  opens the African Film Fest
Hollywood begat Bollywood, India’s extraordinary mass-market cinema.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  February 04, 2008


Billy the Kid

A charmer
Audiences can’t help but root for him when he discovers majestic first love in the person of a half-blind, perhaps dimwitted, 16-year-old local gal.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  January 23, 2008


Lost and found

Bruce Weber’s portrait of Chet Baker
Let’s Get Lost  is getting a deserved second act, with a restored 35mm print screening at the Brattle Theatre January 25 through February 7.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  January 22, 2008



Authentic, but bumbling
Here, the seeker is a lovestruck pregnant young woman whose Gypsy lover, a pianist, was deported from France and now has disappeared.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  January 16, 2008



Reckless and soulful
“Mountains have the last say,” explains his stoic wife. “Sometimes they swallow you up.”
By: GERALD PEARY  |  January 16, 2008



Kings  in Gaelic, plus Brattle Staff Picks
In Kings , which is getting six screenings at the MFA, it’s 1977, and six spry Irish lads are sailing toward London, buoyed by grand expectations.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  December 31, 2007


Union dos

The Hollywood writers strike east
Film Culture wanted to check out Boston’s first rally supporting the Writers Guild of America strike to see which New England–based screenwriters would answer the call.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  December 26, 2007


Charlie Wilson's War

Waged by amiable actors
The supporting players are splendid.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  December 19, 2007


Auteur land?

‘Film Culture’ in 2007
Granted, Sweeney Todd is a grim, violent, misanthropic musical.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  December 17, 2007


Good Evening

And Forever holds its peace
All those Oscar prognosticators, all those Best Picture wagers, and nobody has mentioned, or even noticed, Andrew Wagner’s Starting Out in the Evening .
By: GERALD PEARY  |  December 12, 2007


Moral minority

The Code, plus Strength and Honor
“It’s incorrect to assert that traditional Hollywood films always have happy endings,” film historian Thomas Doherty once noted on a panel I attended.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  December 05, 2007


King and Queens

Romance + Cigarettes , plus Salton Sea
In Romance & Cigarettes , which opens this Friday at the Kendall Square, Gandolfini has been dropped by writer/director John Turturro into drab, treeless, white-ethnic Queens.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  November 28, 2007



Children at war
Like countless reality TV shows and other current-day documentaries, this film from Sean Fine and Andrea Nix is organized conveniently, and conventionally, around a contest.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  November 28, 2007


Noah’s arc

Baumbach from Squid to Margot
William Faulkner conceived The Sound and the Fury from a mental picture of a pair of women’s underpants dangling on a clothesline.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  November 20, 2007


Heavy casualties

History repeats in De Palma’s Redacted
In 1989, filmmaker Brian De Palma directed the potent Hollywood feature Casualties of War , taking his audience back in time to a vile true-life incident from Vietnam.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  November 13, 2007


Ordure in the court

Barbet Schroeder’s L’avocat de la terreur
“He couldn’t be a terrorist, living in a cellar and eating canned food,” says a perceptive friend of the notorious French attorney Jacques Vergès.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  November 06, 2007


Kael? Sarris?

The critics convene at the Coolidge
“Kael was a presence, a factor in how many of us do our jobs,” argued ’s Stephanie Zacharek.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  October 31, 2007

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