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Review: Love Crime

A deconstruction of the mystery genre
Love Crime deconstructs the genre by showing how to put together a mystery in order to deceive and manipulate those who would try to take it apart.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 04, 2011

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Review: The Ides of March

George Clooney's new directorial effort
Though more contemporary than Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005), George Clooney's new directorial effort seems less topical.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 04, 2011


Review: Margaret

Unexpected situations
Kenneth Lonergan offers no resolutions in this complex and moving parable, unless it's the observation that the only resolutions in life are in art.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 04, 2011


Review: What's Your Number

Faris fails to carry comedy to  Bridesmaids heights
I was hoping that Mark Mylod's comedy might, like Bridesmaids , show that women could hold their own when it comes to subversive humor.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 05, 2011


Review: 3

Three's company
Unmarried and childless, Hanna and Simon have reached the point in their 20-year relationship where his testicular cancer operation coincides with her initiating an affair.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 05, 2011


Review: 1911

Jackie Chan, deprived of his comic and physical skills, falls flat
Few in the West know about it, and are likely to be more confused by this bombastic, incoherent, though occasionally eloquent period.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 05, 2011

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Review: Littlerock

Altogether original
Two young Japanese tourists, siblings Rintaro (Rintaro Sawamoto) and Atsuko (Atsuko Okatsuka), get stranded when their car breaks down in the California backwater of the title.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 05, 2011

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Review: 50/50

An edgy concept, and a fine cast
In 50/50 , Jonathan Levine, whose The Wackness (2008) showed a talent for sardonic comedy, makes a halfhearted attempt to raise Will Reiser's script (partly autobiographical) above clever stereotype.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 27, 2011

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Review: Abduction

Beautiful but boring
Taylor Lautner plays characters with mysterious origins and makes them boring.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 27, 2011

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Review: Restless

Death-obsessed teens in love
Gus Van Sant's Restless follows a similar template to Jonathan Levin's 50/50 , with more precious results.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 27, 2011

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Review: Girlfriend

Concerned only with the truth
One night Evan's mother (Amanda Plummer) asks him to make a wish. He says he wants a girlfriend, and his wish comes true, but at a cost.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 27, 2011

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Review: Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

Eli Craig's morality tale
From Deliverance to the new Straw Dogs , elitist Hollywood hasn't shown rednecks any respect.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 27, 2011

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Review: Moneyball

The game's plays are numbered
Adapting Michael Lewis's bestseller of the same title, director Bennett Miller and screenwriters Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian take up Beane's story in 2002, when the A's, fresh from the previous season's playoff loss to the Yankees, try to rebuild after losing three of their superstars — Jason Giambi, Johnny Damon, and Jason Isringhausen — to richer teams.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 20, 2011

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Review: Killer Elite

Narrative confusion
First Point Blank and now Killer Elite — isn't there a copyright law about stealing the titles of a better movie? Gary McEndry's espionage thriller isn't bad, but it isn't Peckinpah; all the two films have in common are the title and lots of shooting.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 20, 2011

My Afternoons with...

Review: My Afternoons with Margueritte

Twisting the "lonely child, clean old man" formula
European cinema doesn't have as many sure-fire formulas as Hollywood, but the one described, I think, by Pauline Kael as the "lonely child, clean old man" scenario has long endured.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 20, 2011


The 30 most anticipated films of fall

From Twilight to Paranormal Activity 3 , this season Hollywood focuses on families
You can go home again, at least in this fall's movies. Just don't expect the home you return to or the family you end up with to resemble the traditional kind.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 19, 2011

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Review: Drive

A lot going on below the surface
Nicolas Winding Refn's sleek heist flick offers more quiet moments than you'd expect with a title like Drive .
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 13, 2011


Review: Gun Hill Road

A recently released inmate has trouble with his family's newfound values
When tough guy Enrique (a stolid Esai Morales) returns to his Bronx home after his latest stint in the joint, he finds that things have changed.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 16, 2011


Review: World On a Wire

A philosophical mystery thriller
Rainer Werner Fassbinder made so many great movies in his 37 years that he was able to slip in a three-and-a-half hour made-for-TV masterpiece with hardly anyone noticing.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 06, 2011

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Review: Apollo 18

López-Gallego's inert thriller
Officially, the final lunar manned launch was Apollo 17 in 1972. But what if there was another, secret one, and footage from it was "found" somewhere?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 06, 2011

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Review: Higher Ground

Farmiga's directorial debut
True to the film's title, Vera Farmiga tries to elevate the bitter dialogue between secularism and fundamentalism to higher ground, regarding both sides with compassion and clarity.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 06, 2011

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