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LifeWithoutPrinciple

Review: Life Without Principle

Johnnie To's latest film
Johnnie To's latest opens as Chinese police arrive at a crime scene, portending his usual slice of bloody action.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 13, 2012

The  Salt  Of Life

Review: The Salt of Life

Wacky humor mixed with melancholy
The Salt of Life deftly sprinkles wacky humor in with the melancholy, and Di Gregorio is a winning talent, both as the amusing star actor and as the film's co-writer and director.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  March 14, 2012

Review: Silent House

Review: Silent House

Quietly sinister
Shot in a single, continuous take, Chris Kentis and Laura Lau's Silent House crackles with a gnawing anxiety like that which defined their debut, Open Water .
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  March 08, 2012

Review: The Turin Horse

Review: The Turin Horse

Bela Tarr's final film
Legend has it that in Turin, Friedrich Nietzsche came across a horse being beaten by its driver. Nietzsche embraced the horse, went insane, and remained so for the rest of his life.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 07, 2012

Review: We Need to Talk About Kevin

Review: We Need to Talk About Kevin

Lynne Ramsay's adaptation of Lionel Shriver's novel
Kevin (Ezra Miller) may not have his father's eyes, but Lynne Ramsay's adaptation of Lionel Shriver's novel rivals Rosemary's Baby , The Omen , and this year's Twilight installment as a negative advertisement for childbearing.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 08, 2012

Review: Forgiveness of Blood

Review: The Forgiveness of Blood

Joshua Marston's thoughtful, subtle feature
American filmmaker Joshua Marston ( Maria Full of Grace ) traveled to Albania to write and direct this thoughtful, subtle feature about the victims of a blood feud, with an all-Albanian ensemble.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  March 07, 2012



Review:Being Flynn

Review: Being Flynn

Father complex
Adaptations are always difficult to pull off, but this one had the extra baggage of being based on a lyrical book with chapter titles like "The Piss of God," and a tendency to jump back and forth through time as Flynn unpacks his life story.
By: THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  March 08, 2012

FilmFriendswithKids

Review: Friends with Kids

Jennifer Westfeldt's disappointing film
There are only so many baggy vagina jokes one can take. And writer/director Jennifer Westfeldt's disappointing film about how parenthood changes a Manhattan circle of friends has its share.
By: ALICIA POTTER  |  March 08, 2012

Review: John Carter

Review: John Carter

Too many moving parts
Like its four-armed Tharks and its ten-legged Calot, this adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs's series of sci-fi novels has too many moving parts for its own good.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 08, 2012

Film: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Swimming upstream
This winning British movie, in which rumpled fisheries expert Fred (McGregor) and sleek exec Harriet (Emily Blunt) help realize the dream project of a sheik, brings to mind the classic Ealing comedies that starred Guinness.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  March 08, 2012

TheLorax

Review: Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

3D animated spectacular
Regrettably, this team loses a lot of Seuss's quirkiness, though not the message about corporate greed and slash-and-burn imperialism.
By: TOM MEEK  |  March 01, 2012



Shorttakes InDarkness

Review: In Darkness

Agnieszka Holland's Oscar-nominated story
Polish director Agnieszka Holland's Oscar-nominated story about a wastrel named Leopold Socha (Robert Wieckiewicz), who hid the Jews of Lvov from the Nazis by concealing them in the sewers, has an anguished and feral intensity.
By: PATRICK Z. McGAVIN  |  March 01, 2012

ProjectX movie

Review: Project X

Done before and better
When you start making negative comparisons to films like Porky's , you know a film has problems.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 01, 2012

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Review: Chico & Rita

An animated film for grown-ups
This is the first animated movie nominated in that category to show pubic hair, and as a film for grown-ups it outclasses most of the nominees for Best Picture.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 28, 2012

movies Kill List

Review: Kill List

Ben Wheatley's Yorkshire-based crime thriller
Following up his impressive debut, Down Terrace , Ben Wheatley's Yorkshire-based crime thriller swerves with abrupt satisfaction into horror in its final moments.
By: PEG ALOI  |  February 28, 2012

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Review: Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie

Adult Swim 's cult comedy duo
It's standard sitcom stuff, and if homeopathic remedies by way of coprophilia aren't your idea of comedy, you'd best steer clear of this shit.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  February 28, 2012



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Review: Tyler Perry's Good Deeds

Perry's latest melodrama
Tyler Perry is no Douglas Sirk. In his latest melodrama, his uptight exec, San Francisco software company CEO Wesley Deeds, is no Madea, either. Hell, Deeds doesn't even know who he is himself.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  February 28, 2012

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Review: Act of Valor

The Navy SEALs' killing of Bin Laden, in film form
New York congressman John King is investigating alleged collusion between the CIA and those involved in Kathryn Bigelow's film about the Navy SEALs' killing of Bin Laden, pressuring the studio into holding up the release until after the Presidential election to avoid charges of partisanship.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 28, 2012

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Review: Gone

Heitor Dhalia's moody but middling thriller
The Portland police department won't be too happy to see themselves outclassed by Amanda Seyfried's big-eyed, waifish Jill in Heitor Dhalia's moody but middling thriller.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 28, 2012

wanderlust review

Review: Wanderlust

Goofy gags
Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston star as an unemployed New York couple who, while on the road, chance upon a commune and decide to try the make-love-not-money lifestyle.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  February 28, 2012

Review: Tyrannosaur

Review: Tyrannosaur

Paddy Considine's directorial debut
In his directorial debut, actor Paddy Considine has learned that the best way to develop sympathy for someone who kicks his dog to death is by comparing him to another character (Eddie Marsan) who urinates on his wife.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 22, 2012


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