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Polis Is This: Charles Olson and the Persistence of Place

The best film about an American poet ever made
Ferrini and Riaf present the complex American literary figure Charles Olson in a clear way by focusing not on the facts of his life but on the facts of his work.
By: WILLIAM CORBETT  |  September 12, 2007


I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With

Deadpan that just feels dead
Just in case any insensitive pricks forgot, Jeff Garlin is around to remind them that fatties get picked on long after junior high.
By: NICK MCCARTHY  |  September 12, 2007


Manda Bala/Send a Bullet

Slyly persuasive Errol-Morris-style
Brazil reels from corruption, poverty, and violence, but it remains perversely functional.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 12, 2007


Mr. Woodcock

A messy sado-school movie
Thornton chucking balls at kids is funnier — until it just feels cruel.
By: MARK BAZER  |  September 12, 2007


Shoot 'Em Up

Screwing America one gun-slinger at a time
I had hoped, America, that you and I had outgrown a knife in the face and a one-liner coup de grâce equal parts Elmore Leonard and Bruce Vilanch.
By: CHIRS BRAIOTTA  |  September 12, 2007


Notre ami Pierrot

Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 omnibus rides again
“Film is like a battleground,” American director Sam Fuller pronounces famously at the cocktail party in Pierrot le fou .
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 12, 2007


Promises kept

David Cronenberg revises History
Eastern Promises begins with uncanny images of birth and death, equally raw and bloody.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 12, 2007


23 skidoo?

The Boston Film Festival: work in progress
As of press time, the 23rd Boston Film Festival was still shaping up.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 14, 2007


Musical mystery tour

Julie Taymor reinvents the Beatles
What would the world be like with Beatles music but no Beatles?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 12, 2007


Death Sentence

They don't get much worse than this
An all-out war between Hume and his gangland prey culminates in a ridiculously over-the-top shootout in an abandoned mental hospital.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 05, 2007



Oh, the horror
I have seen the origin of evil, and it’s feral, yet strangely . . . adorable.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 05, 2007


The Hottest State

A bad break-up movie
Maybe this effort is just an awkward patch in a filmmaker’s development.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 05, 2007


Shadow of the House: Photographer Abelardo Morrell

Unfamiliarizing the most familiar
Allie Humenuk’s quiet documentary follows Morrell, who’s a professor at MassArt, over seven years in an examination of his process.
By: NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  September 05, 2007



A classic slasher eye roller
One misshapen maybe-man/maybe-ghost stalks a group of pretty young things and rips their limbs off with generous plumes of blood spray and strewn entrails.
By: NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  September 05, 2007


3:10 to Yuma

It seeped like a cancer into his modestly expanded take on Elmore Leonard’s short two-hander set within the confined time and space of a hotel room.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 05, 2007



A dénouement aching with ambiguity
The scandal of the sex-slave market pops up on the news long enough to titillate, but who wants to go into depressing and complex details?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 05, 2007


Hannah Takes the Stairs

And they don't go anywhere
Nonetheless, certain images, like two people in a tub playing the 1812 Overture on trumpets, are worth the visit.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 05, 2007


Deep Water

Isolation in the swollen seas
The challenge: sail around the world single-handed without stopping, 33,000 miles and 10 months of solitude, waves, and horizon.
By: NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  September 05, 2007



The dumber the better
Despite the stilted dialogue, the porn-star-quality acting, and the incoherent stitching together of action sequences, War does stir some interest.
By: TOM MEEK  |  August 29, 2007


Illegal tender

Ineptitude and idiocy
Let’s just say Brian De Palma’s Scarface has a lot to answer for.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 29, 2007

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Point-of-view mayhem
Rapid cuts and a hand-held camera jumble the image — something can be discerned, but what?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 29, 2007

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