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Review: Side Effects

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Ironically, the filmmaker who started his career with sex, lies, and videotape , a film boosting female sexuality and empowerment, now ends it with a so-so thriller that resorts to the same old misogyny.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 08, 2013


Review: Hors Satan

God works in strange ways, especially when Bruno Dumont directs him. Or is that the devil?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  January 30, 2013


Review: Parker

I didn't think any action hero could sustain as much damage as Arnold Schwarzenegger did in The Last Stand , but Jason Statham as the title thief in this adaptation of the Richard Stark (a/k/a Donald E. Westlake) novel Flashfire might have him beat.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  January 30, 2013


Review: The Last Stand

Rather than scapegoat Hollywood for causing gun violence, the NRA should encourage films like this lighthearted bloodbath.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  January 22, 2013


Review: Broken City

Jeffrey Wright distinguishes himself in the star-heavy cast as the morally ambiguous police commissioner; for his reward he gets the best line in the film.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  January 22, 2013


Review: Amour

Amour is less
The master of bleakness, depravity, and bitter irony Michael Haneke has at last made an unabashedly romantic love story, and his most upbeat movie to date.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 12, 2013


Review: Indelible Lalita

Over time, the vicissitudes of the human body can wreak havoc with one's sense of identity.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  January 08, 2013


Oscar predictions: Django and Zero fade as Lincoln landslide looms

Had you asked a couple of weeks ago, I would have given Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained and Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty good odds at raining on Steven Spielberg's Lincoln parade. But reality has since intruded.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  January 02, 2013


Enhanced interrogation: CIA research in Zero Dark Thirty

NEW YORK — After surviving right-wing Senate investigations into possible access to classified CIA material while it was in production, Zero Dark Thirty , now in the theaters, faces charges from left-wing critics of being in favor of torture, not to mention accusations of inaccuracy from Democratic senators Barbara Feinstein and Carl Levin and Republican senator John McCain.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  January 07, 2013


Review: Zero Dark Thirty

Dark passage
Densely detailed, superbly shot and acted, illuminating and thrilling, it is the best film of 2012.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  January 09, 2013


Review: Jack Reacher

"Who is Jack Reacher?"
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 27, 2012


Review: Promised Land

In the tradition of Arbitrage and Thank You for Smoking , where the people who contribute to making life miserable are seen as just regular guys, Gus Van Sant, along with screenwriters Matt Damon and John Krasinski, collaborate in this ambiguous homily about the energy crisis and environmental pollution.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 27, 2012


In 2013, Hollywood parties like it’s 1979

A trip to the movies next year might make you think you've entered a time warp.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 27, 2012


Review: Rust And Bone

One image from Jacques Audiard's overwrought melodrama suggests what a shimmering, mysterious movie it might have been.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 18, 2012


Cutting edge: The 10 best movies of 2012

Torture, vengeance, guilt, despair, mental decline, a rough night out — so why do I feel so exhilarated about the 10 best movies of 2012?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 19, 2012


The Hobbit: Ringing it dry?

Are 13 dwarves too many? Is one book not enough?
These were questions raised at the press conference for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 10, 2012


Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Short subject
Some things were meant to be shorter, like Hobbits, and The Hobbit.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 13, 2012


Interview: History lesson with Ken Burns

Many recall the "wilding" incident in 1989, in which five non-white teenagers were convicted of raping and nearly killing a woman jogging in Central Park.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 14, 2012


Review: Deadfall

To his credit, director Stefan Ruzowitzky seems to be attempting a critique of patriarchy, since all the men are assholes and the women are victims.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 06, 2012


Id stuff: Jan Švankmajer, Conspirators of Pleasure

Film Special
Id meets kid in Czech animator Jan Švankmajer's playfully deranged visions.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 03, 2012


As more big movies come to Boston, an indie-film industry grows around them

B Line to Hollywood?
It's May, and about a mile north of the Boston College stop on the B line, in a three-decker on Turner Street in Brighton, a scene from director Jared Vincenti's film Day of Youth is about to be shot.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 03, 2012

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