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Dream House 3

Review: Dream House

Haunted house chills and mind games
You'd have to be crazy to quit your job in the depths of the recession, but that's just what New York publishing exec Will Atenton (Daniel Craig) does in Dream House , planning to write that novel and spend more time with his wife (Rachel Weisz) and kids in their new house in Connecticut.
By: ANNE LEWINSON  |  October 04, 2011


Review: Jimmy Tingle's American Dream

 A comedian's life ain't nothin' but hustle and rejection
This documentary from Boston comedian Jimmy Tingle and director Vincent Straggas excels in depicting the plight of the stand-up comedian.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  October 05, 2011

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Review: 50/50

An edgy concept, and a fine cast
In 50/50 , Jonathan Levine, whose The Wackness (2008) showed a talent for sardonic comedy, makes a halfhearted attempt to raise Will Reiser's script (partly autobiographical) above clever stereotype.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 27, 2011

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Review: Abduction

Beautiful but boring
Taylor Lautner plays characters with mysterious origins and makes them boring.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 27, 2011

short take Machine Gun Preacher

Review: Machine Gun Preacher

White-savior storyline
Jesus does funny things to people: one day you're sitting on a toilet shooting heroin; the next you're building an orphanage in war-torn southern Sudan.
By: ANN LEWINSON  |  September 27, 2011

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Review: Restless

Death-obsessed teens in love
Gus Van Sant's Restless follows a similar template to Jonathan Levin's 50/50 , with more precious results.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 27, 2011

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Review: Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

Eli Craig's morality tale
From Deliverance to the new Straw Dogs , elitist Hollywood hasn't shown rednecks any respect.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 27, 2011

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Review: Girlfriend

Concerned only with the truth
One night Evan's mother (Amanda Plummer) asks him to make a wish. He says he wants a girlfriend, and his wish comes true, but at a cost.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 27, 2011

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Review: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

A collage of privileged documentary moments
In the era when the Black Panther Party was its most powerful and off-the-pig-threatening and separatist, there was little interest in even conversing with whitey, unless whitey was from somewhere other than the ultra-racist USA.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  September 27, 2011

Moneyball film

Review: Moneyball

The game's plays are numbered
Adapting Michael Lewis's bestseller of the same title, director Bennett Miller and screenwriters Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian take up Beane's story in 2002, when the A's, fresh from the previous season's playoff loss to the Yankees, try to rebuild after losing three of their superstars — Jason Giambi, Johnny Damon, and Jason Isringhausen — to richer teams.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 20, 2011

Review: Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

Exhilarating action
The latest action epic from Hong Kong new wave director Tsui Hark ( Once Upon a Time in China ) is a fact-based historical drama set in 689 AD, a period when "all hell was about to break loose," according to the dense narration that opens the film.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 20, 2011

Happy, Happy...

Review: Happy, Happy

A familiar tale of adultery
First time filmmaker Anne Sewitsky finds a compassionate way to tell a familiar tale of adultery, and she's helped immeasurably by a first-rate acting ensemble, especially the two superlative actresses, whom you could imagine cast in films of the late Ingmar Bergman.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  September 20, 2011

Manhattan Short FF

Review: Manhattan Short Film Festival

Running the gamut
This selection of 10 short films from around the world runs the gamut of genres, from a brisk actioner to a political documentary to playful horror.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  September 20, 2011

My Afternoons with...

Review: My Afternoons with Margueritte

Twisting the "lonely child, clean old man" formula
European cinema doesn't have as many sure-fire formulas as Hollywood, but the one described, I think, by Pauline Kael as the "lonely child, clean old man" scenario has long endured.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 20, 2011

Straw Dogs...

Review: Straw Dogs

Rod Lurie's new version of the Peckinpah classic
Remaking, polishing, and in effect housebreaking what should've remained untamed and feral, Rod Lurie's new version of the Peckinpah classic follows the original's story beats closely, and so the devil is in the details.
By: MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  September 20, 2011

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Review: Killer Elite

Narrative confusion
First Point Blank and now Killer Elite — isn't there a copyright law about stealing the titles of a better movie? Gary McEndry's espionage thriller isn't bad, but it isn't Peckinpah; all the two films have in common are the title and lots of shooting.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 20, 2011

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Review: A Dolphin Tale

Not much of a splash
Winter the dolphin gamely plays herself in this loose re-telling of her fight for survival after a crab trap mangles her tail.
By: ALICIA POTTER  |  September 20, 2011

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Review: Drive

A lot going on below the surface
Nicolas Winding Refn's sleek heist flick offers more quiet moments than you'd expect with a title like Drive .
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 13, 2011


Review: I Don't Know How She Does It

Having it all
Sarah Jessica Parker plays a Boston investment manager — not a baker or a caterer — in a this movie by Douglas McGrath ( Emma ) that's otherwise as retro as a Katherine Heigl chick flick.
By: ANN LEWINSON  |  September 13, 2011

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Review: Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star

Swardson just doesn't rise to the occasion
Of course there are copious gags about penis size and bodily fluids, but Bucky Larson could also have been a decent spoof of the porn industry, especially after Don Johnson enters the picture.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  September 13, 2011

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Review: Contagion

The Traffic of viral outbreak movies
For all the death and panic, this is a relatively quiet film.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 13, 2011

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