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Review: Viva Riva!

A gritty get-down
One thing about Djo Tunda Wa Munga's plucky Third World noir: it never slows down.
By: TOM MEEK  |  July 05, 2011

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Review: Just Like Us

Leave the directing to someone else
This brainchild of Egyptian-American comedian Ahmed Ahmed is basically a collection of his home movies as he travels from the US alongside comics like Maz Jobrani and Whitney Cummings to perform stand-up in Dubai, Beirut, Cairo, Riyadh, and back.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  July 05, 2011

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Review: Larry Crowne

A lighter-than-air trifle
Coming 15 years after That Thing You Do!, Tom Hanks's second, confident outing as a feature director finds him co-writing a lighter-than-air trifle with old family friend Nia Vardalos, who's made nothing but awful films since initially charming audiences with My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  July 05, 2011

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Review: The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

Feel-good variety
Leanne Pooley's portrait gives us performance footage of twins Lynda and Jools Topp that ranges from the '80s, when they were mulleted farm girls busking in the city; to their '90s sketch-comedy TV show; to a recent return to the stage after one twin faced a health challenge.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  June 29, 2011

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Review: Page One

Get me rewrite
Watching Carr work those stories reveals little about the media revolution, and nothing about its effects on the Times.  
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 29, 2011

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Review: The Women On the Sixth Floor

A comforting charmer
Philippe Le Guay's '60s-set Gallic Upstairs/Downstairs has all the requisite elements: easygoing political correctness, staid platitudes, saucy comedy, and a romance between a middle-aged bourgeois and a life-affirming babe 30 years his junior.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 28, 2011



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Review: Bad Teacher

All talk and no action
Both Bad Santa and the Bad Lieutenants (Keitel and Cage) were really bad, but they were entertaining. Cameron Diaz's Bad Teacher, Elizabeth, is neither.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  June 29, 2011

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Review: Cars 2

A Yugo in a lot full of Porsches
Alongside such Pixar hits as Monsters, Inc , Toy Story , and The Incredibles , Cars 2 comes off like a Yugo in a lot full of Porsches.
By: TOM MEEK  |  June 28, 2011

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Review: Transformers: Dark of the Moon

3D adds an illusion of depth
Maybe 3D does have a purpose; it makes Michael Bay's third Transformers movie worth watching.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 28, 2011

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Review: Troll Hunter

Mythical mockumentary
André Øvredal's mythical mockumentary takes place among the ravines and forests of Norway, where a troll problem exists that the public is largely unaware of.
By: TOM MEEK  |  June 28, 2011

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Review: The Last Mountain


As Bill Haney's infuriating, straightforward documentary argues, the coal industry is not only poisoning our air and water but our democracy as well.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 21, 2011



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Review: Conan O'Brien Can't Stop


There's something destabilizing about seeing Conan O'Brien — whose image has been familiarized in the collective consciousness wearing a neatly tailored suit in front of a Manhattan backdrop — suddenly laid bare by a jittery handheld camera in the comfort of his kitchen.
By: CARSON LUND  |  June 24, 2011

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Review: Pianomania


You don't need to be knowledgeable about classical music to savor Pianomania any more than you need to know about Donkey Kong to enjoy The King of Kong. The Vienna-set documentary burrows into the professional life of Steinway & Sons' chief technician and master tuner Stephan Knüpfer.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  June 23, 2011

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Review: Big Shoes: Walking and Talking the Blues

 Review: Big Shoes: Walking and Talking the Blues
"Playing the blues is not for sissies." This line, muttered by guitarist and former Phoenix associate arts editor Ted Drozdowski, sets the tone about five minutes into Robert Mugge's documentary.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  June 21, 2011

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Review: Buck


Ostensibly, Cindy Meehl's documentary may focus on the exploits of horse whisperer Buck Brannaman, but it also relates a tale of perseverance.
By: TOM MEEK  |  June 24, 2011

Jack Cardiff, in African Queen

A cinematographer and his masterpiece

Young Eyes
It's fitting that the last image of Cameraman: The Life & Work of Jack Cardiff — a film containing interviews with the great British cinematographer but not released until after his death — is of Cardiff.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  June 21, 2011



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Review: Green Lantern


A parlor game could be made out of how many times the word "fear" is uttered in Martin Campbell's superhero franchise non-starter.
By: BRET MICHEL  |  June 21, 2011

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Review: Submarine


Here the eloquent misfit is Oliver Tate, a cynical wise guy whose inept horniness competes with his existential anxiety. .
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 17, 2011

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Review: Bride Flight


Sombogaart contrives to place the would-be couple in front of a mirror on the plane, her in a wedding gown, him standing behind her, reflecting a life that cannot be.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  June 16, 2011

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Review: Queen of the Sun


Bees are in trouble, and their livelihood has major implications on the human race
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  June 16, 2011

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Review: Beautiful Boy


Is there an audience for this finely acted, sensitively directed film of unhappiness and sorrow?
By: GERALD PEARY  |  June 17, 2011


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