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Review: Prometheus

Ridley Scott's monumental and busy return
The best films in the Alien series, Ridley Scott's original and James Cameron's pluralized follow-up, didn't bother much with pondering the meaning of it all. The only film that did so, Alien 3 , is the worst.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 07, 2012


A genetic analysis of the Alien franchise

Alien metamorphoses
From Alien to Prometheus .
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 06, 2012

Film Review: Double Trouble

Review: Double Trouble

Inept martial arts comedy
David Chang's inept martial arts comedy confirms the genius of Jackie Chan.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 05, 2012


Secret identities get a workout in this summer’s movies

Hidden agendas
This summer, it's not enough for heroes to have superpowers; they have to suffer existentially as well.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 05, 2012


New England’s film festivals make great getaways

Escapist movies
We can't complain much here in the Portland area about the films we get to see.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 12, 2012


Review: Alien Resurrection

Knight mother
Since its electrifying debut nearly two decades ago, the Alien franchise remains the sci-fi vehicle most conducive to provocative ideas, hardboiled edginess, sheer excitement, and auteurist elan.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 07, 2012


Review: Alien 3

Look who’s stalking
The first Alien (1979), directed by Ridley Scott, was aptly titled: it confronted us with a creature as alien and intimate as our worst nightmares.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 07, 2012

Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story

Review: Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story

Jonathan Gruber and Ari Daniel Pinchot document Yoni's life story
Whatever your opinion of the policies of Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, you can't deny that his brother Yoni was a hero, a courageous man whose conflicts and triumphs mirror those of his homeland.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 29, 2012

ShortTake: Moonrise Kingdom

Review: Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson paints his masterpiece
Wes Anderson should always make movies featuring characters who are pubescent or younger — like Rushmore , which until this film was his best.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 20, 2012

Film: Where Do We Go Now?

Review: Where Do We Go Now?

Nadine Labaki's whimsical film
Lebanese director Nadine Labaki's whimsical film about internecine slaughter has a tone problem from the very start: a group of widows engage in a goofy line dance while the voiceover narrator bewails the death toll of religious warfare.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 22, 2012

ShortTake: Men In Black 3

Review: Men In Black 3

Infinite possiblities
Griffin (Michael Stuhlbarg), a fifth dimensional alien, can see the infinite possibilities each moment possesses and the infinite contingencies that caused it to happen.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 24, 2012


Interview: Richard Linklater messes with Texas in Bernie

Lone Star man
No matter how far he strays, Richard Linklater's heart remains in Texas.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 16, 2012


Review: The Dictator

Surprisingly sweet
Though his PR campaign might suggest otherwise, Sacha Baron Cohen has actually made (with director Larry Charles) a sweet movie, not unlike Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator , if less sentimental.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 16, 2012

ShortTakes:The Hunter

Review: The Hunter

Weird and motley
Apparently extinct since the 1930s, the Tasmanian Tiger resembled an uncanny assortment of mismatched parts from other animals. Daniel Nettheim's film is equally weird and motley.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 17, 2012


Review: Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Driving through the wasteland
In Nuri Bilge Ceylan's minimalist "Eastern," the Leone-esque title seems ironic, as a team of bumbling investigators spend hours driving through the Anatolian wasteland searching for the grave of a murder victim.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 08, 2012


Review: Sound of My Voice

Audacious premises
You've got to hand it to Brit Marling when it comes to audacious premises, both in Another Earth (in which she starred and co-wrote with director Mike Cahill), and in this high concept sci-fi head-scratcher, in which she also stars and co-wrote with director Zal Batmanglij.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 10, 2012


Review: Dark Shadows

Tim Burton's best film since Ed Wood
By the time Dark Shadows gets to the opening credits, it is already Tim Burton's best film since Ed Wood , but then I've always had a soft spot for the Moody Blues' "Nights in White Satin."
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 11, 2012

short take: Safe

Review: Safe

A lot of blood
There actually is a safe in Boaz Yakin's Safe , but you have to wade through a lot of blood to get there, and then more after that.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 01, 2012


Review: The Five-Year Engagement

Nicholas Stoller's inventive, funny, and sometimes subversive romantic comedy won't revive that benighted genre, but it does offer hope.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 01, 2012


Review: Marvel's The Avengers

Awkward first steps
Even for a hard-ass like Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), head of the ultra-secret S.H.I.E.L.D agency, getting a billionaire genius in a metal suit, a scientist with a bad temper, a cryogenically preserved WWII warrior, a Norse god, and two secret agents (how did they get in?) to play nicely together can take a while.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 06, 2012


The LGBT film festival ranges from farce to fierce

Camping out
For many filmgoers, their exposure to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender cinema might be limited to a midnight screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 24, 2012

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