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Dan in Real Life

From comedy to crap
What's wrong with Steve Carrell?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 24, 2007


Lake of Fire

Seeing choice, in shades of gray
We still have the right to choose, Kaye seems to say, but we should know what that choice looks like.
By: NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  October 24, 2007


The Comebacks

Racking up penalty yards
Long before the big game rolls around (the Toilet Bowl, I shit you not), and the film shows a touch of heart, the clock has run out.
By: TOM MEEK  |  October 24, 2007


Music Within

A squad of sharply drawn outcast vets
Richard Pimentel has a lot put upon him: born to an interracial couple in the ’40s, he’s “the eighth miscarriage that lived."
By: TOM MEEK  |  October 24, 2007


Pleasures still unknown

Conventions take Control of Ian Curtis
Ian Curtis (Sam Riley) of the Manchester band Joy Division wrote songs that evoke, with incantatory inevitability, terror, delight, and ecstasy.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 24, 2007


O Jerusalem

Buddy story meets History Channel remake
In its attempt to cover the 1948 war that kicked off modern Israel, Elie Chouraqui’s O Jerusalem forges a regrettable two-state solution.
By: CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  October 24, 2007


Black Irish heartbreak

Neighborhood themes, or cliches?
You know there’s going to be a big game somewhere in this, as well as reconciliations in the intensive-care unit.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 24, 2007


Aviva My Love

Audience pleasing pabulum
Given all these stereotyped woes, what choice does she have but to transform them into even more-cliché’d stories, narrated in voiceover and dutifully illustrated by the filmmaker?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 24, 2007


Lars and the Real Girl

Resolutely weird
To see how a similar premise can actually touch the heart, check out Peter Cattaneo’s lovely, neglected 2005 film Opal Dream .
By: LARS AND THE REAL GIRL  |  October 17, 2007


King Corn

On a diabetic throne
We spend less money on food than any generation before us, but King Corn asks, at what price?
By: NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  October 17, 2007



Michael Caine remaking Michael Caine
Think Carlton Fisk and Thurman Munson.
By: MARK BAZER  |  October 17, 2007


Reservation Road

The Honda Accord of movies
Director Terry George redefines the word “thriller” by indulging in endless scenes of Ethan looking at Web sites.
By: CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  October 17, 2007


The Final Season

Unintentional sports comedy
Sean Astin’s latest starring role finds him aiming to hit the emotional high he achieved in 1993’s Rudy .
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  October 17, 2007


Things We Lost In the Fire

Haunting agony and angst
Too bad the bigger melodrama doesn’t equal its piquant parts.
By: TOM MEEK  |  October 17, 2007


30 Days of Night

Hoary high-camp clichés
Poor Danny Huston leads them; his hissed Nietzschean ripostes are tiresome and laughable, leaving him about as scary as Count Chocula.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 17, 2007


Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?

Another African-American life lesson
Janet Jackson as the staid academic “Perfect Patty” delivers a smoldering nugget that lingers on screen long after the moment has passed.
By: TOM MEEK  |  October 18, 2007


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


Bad will hunting

Ben is back with Gone Baby Gone
Films about Boston tend to be no better than their worst Boston accent.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 18, 2007


Faithless Rendition

A soapy plot tortures the truth
It’s ironic, and probably auspicious for its box office, that Rendition comes out a week after the Supreme Court refused to hear the case of Khaled el-Masri.
By: A.S. HAMRAH  |  October 16, 2007


My Kid Could Paint That

A layered art-world exploitation
Marla Olmstead, the subject of Amir Bar-Lev’s absorbing documentary, at once reveals an artist’s temperament: dark moods, fits of inspiration, a reticence to discuss her work.
By: ALICIA POTTER  |  October 10, 2007


Ira and Abby

Kitch, clichés, and neurosis — a fatal combination
Robert Cary is not up to even latter-day Woody standards.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 10, 2007

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