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Out like a lamb

Sweetgrass marks the end of an era
When Cambridge-based filmmakers Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor lived in Colorado, they met a man making history: leading a sheep drive through the Montana mountains that would bring a century-old way of life to an end.
By: PEG ALOI  |  March 31, 2010

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Review: The Girl From Monaco

Satisfying and not overly complicated
This sensual tale of dangerous love comes from writer/director Anne Fontaine ( Dry Cleaning , How I Killed My Father ).
By: PEG ALOI  |  July 01, 2009

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Review: Summer Hours

Deliciously stylistic
In his understated, intricate L'heure d'été , Olivier Assayas comments on globalization and materialism by way of a simple story of three siblings dividing the contents of their mother's estate in rural France.
By: PEG ALOI  |  May 19, 2009

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Review: Is Anybody There?

Bored boy befriends down-and-out magician
This seems to be the year for nostalgia films. Here we have relative newcomer John Crowley directing an English working-class yarn from Peter Harness's autobiographical script.
By: PEG ALOI  |  April 29, 2009

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Review: Paris 36

A guilty pleasure of the vintage Parisian variety
Director Christophe Barratier (Les Choristes) co-wrote this nostalgic paean to 1930s Paris and the stage musical.
By: PEG ALOI  |  April 07, 2009

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Review: The Last House on the Left (2009)

Instead of subversive shocks, it's more of the same torture we've seen a thousand times before
Critics and audiences reviled Wes Craven's 1972 original, but its raw power gave it an enduring, endearing legacy.
By: PEG ALOI  |  March 18, 2009



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Nobel Son

A precious, hyperkinetic mess
On its surface, this quirky thriller from Randall Miller has indie-style appeal, with Alan Rickman in a delicious role as a gluttonous, philandering, narcissistic physics professor whose Nobel Prize win is deflated by the kidnapping of his rebellious philosophy-major son.
By: PEG ALOI  |  December 05, 2008

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

A stirring glimpse at Europe's darkest hour
The performances never falter, and even James Horner's heavy-handed score can't dim the film's unfathomable, unshakable ending.
By: PEG ALOI  |  November 17, 2008

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Our Disappeared

Fascinating historical clips mixed with personal interviews
Between 1976 and 1983, some 30,000 people were kidnapped and killed by the Argentine military dictatorship.  
By: PEG ALOI  |  October 09, 2008

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British Advertising Films Of 2008

This year’s goodies revealed some notable new trends
Simple visual concepts predominate; — the use of color, in particular, shows advertising’s incestuous link with the high-flying design and DIY œuvre.  
By: PEG ALOI  |  October 09, 2008

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Sixty Six

A pleasing, if unbalanced, period piece
Paul Weiland ( Made of Honor ) directs this autobiographical coming-of-age comedy set in London in 1966, the year England took on Germany in the World Cup final.
By: PEG ALOI  |  August 20, 2008



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Brick Lane

A lush love story of Bangladeshi immigrants
A lush love story set in East London explores the lives of Bangladeshi immigrants caught up in social turmoil before and after 9/11.
By: PEG ALOI  |  June 25, 2008

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Zombie Stippers

Hilariously good gorefest
I found it well-directed, sexy, schlocky, and sublime.
By: PEG ALOI  |  April 16, 2008

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Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman

Exploring the modern female life
At six hours, with its deliberate pacing and thoughtful editing, Flying makes for an absorbing viewing experience.
By: PEG ALOI  |  April 09, 2008

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La Misma Luna | Under the Same Moon

Irresistibly good
This uplifting debut from Patricia Riggen tells the story of young single mother Rosario and nine-year-old son Carlitos.
By: PEG ALOI  |  April 02, 2008

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Khadak

Contemporary nomads in Mongolia
Khadak is a brutal but redemptive story of an oppressed, disappearing pastoral culture.
By: PEG ALOI  |  February 13, 2008



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Lynch (One)

Utterly otherworldly
An intimate look at the creative process of a man who has brought nightmares and dreams alive in cinema as no one before or since.
By: PEG ALOI  |  December 12, 2007

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The Price of Sugar

Prisoners in cane fields
Such an inspiring figure might invoke martyrdom, but Haney’s treatment is unsentimental, allowing the harrowing truth to speak for itself.
By: PEG ALOI  |  November 07, 2007

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Cama Adentro/Live-In Maid

Wry desperation in Buenos Aires
Both actresses embody their roles with subtlety and subdued emotion — Aleandro especially, pride, humiliation, and desperation palpable in her regal face.
By: PEG ALOI  |  October 17, 2007

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British Advertising Films of 2007

Vaseline and sock monkeys
Each year these commercials show an engagement with global culture and commerce.
By: PEG ALOI  |  October 10, 2007

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Pete Seeger: The Power of Song

Exploring saintlike passion
This documentary by Jim Brown offers an inspiring portrait of America’s most enduring folk artist.
By: PEG ALOI  |  September 26, 2007


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