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Review: Killing Them Softly

Though Andrew Dominik shot his follow-up to 2007's The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford in N'awlins, it's a Boston movie through-and-through.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  December 05, 2012


Review: The Collection

Marcus Dunstan's second outing brings back Arkin (Josh Stewart), the only man to have escaped the masked figure's meat grinders.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  December 05, 2012


Buy buy Brazil

DVD Review
The new transfer of Gilliam's 142-minute final cut is stunning, and the two-disc set includes all of the content from the earlier release, including his original commentary track, plus buffed-up, hi-def versions of a video "production notebook."
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  December 03, 2012


Review: The Waiting Room

 If people believe Mitt Romney's assertion that emergency rooms are a solution for the uninsured, this is a powerful rebuke.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  November 27, 2012


Review: Rise of the Guardians

A true surprise, this feature directing debut from storyboard artist Peter Ramsey isn't the lump of coal I expected. Instead it's a computer-animated crowd pleaser featuring unique interpretations of mythical childhood characters reinvented as the kiddie equivalent (well, kiddie-er) of The Avengers .
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  November 23, 2012


Review: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

As vampire/teen heartthrob Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) embraces his bride, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), for the first time since she died (and awoke as a new member of the bloodsucking Cullen clan) while giving birth to the rapidly aging Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy), he smiles and says, "We're the same temperature finally."
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  November 21, 2012


Review: Hitchcock

At his lowest, Hitch refers to an early edit of Psycho as "stillborn." That description also applies to this film.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  November 21, 2012


Funny business: Funny Ha Ha, Ten Years Later

A lot has happened to Boston-born, Harvard-educated filmmaker Andrew Bujalski in the decade since he filmed his breakthrough debut, the acclaimed indie feature, Funny Ha Ha (2002).
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  November 16, 2012


Ross McElwee and son look back

Time machine
The films of Harvard professor Ross McElwee serve as an intimate, ongoing first-person document of his life, so I was somewhat surprised when he preferred answering questions about Photographic Memory , his ninth feature-length documentary, via email.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  November 16, 2012


Review: Photographic Memory

Near the conclusion of Ross McElwee's 1993 film, Time Indefinite , we witnessed the birth of his son, Adrian.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  November 12, 2012


Review: Ichiro Kataoka, Benshi

Sounds of silents  
During their 2004 centennial celebration of Yasujiro Ozu, the Harvard Film Archive hosted Midori Sawato, one of a handful of silent-film narrators, or benshi, still active in Japan.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  November 12, 2012


Review: Tales of the Night

In an abandoned cinema, an old technician assists a young couple in acting out stories spanning cultures and centuries: from medieval Europe, across the African plains, to Tibet, through an Aztec kingdom, and even a Caribbean-flavored Land of the Dead.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  November 08, 2012


Review: Wreck-It Ralph

John C. Reilly gives a terrific vocal performance in this computer-animated look at the secret lives of video game arcade characters (like Tron by way of Toy Story ), directed by Rich Moore, a veteran helmer of The Simpsons and Futurama .
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  October 31, 2012


Review: Silent Hill: Revelations 3D

Silent Hill fans are gluttons for punishment.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  October 31, 2012


Review: Conned (2010)

"What is this, some kinda' fuckin' joke?" These are the first words uttered in writer/director Arthur Luhn's homegrown comedy.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  October 18, 2012


Review: Taken 2

Retired CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) is still trying to remain an active part of the lives of his ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) and his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace).
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  October 10, 2012

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Review: Butter

Any real-world comparisons between the Sarah Palin-like Laura Pickler (Jennifer Garner) and her African-American opponent, Destiny (Yara Shahidi), are encouraged in this over-churned movie that presents itself as a "cutthroat story of greed, blackmail, sex, and butter."
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  October 11, 2012

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Review: How to Survive a Plague

In 1987, 26-year-old Peter Staley, a closeted Wall Street trader, was diagnosed as HIV-positive. Given less than two years to live, he addressed the International AIDS Conference . . . three years later. He's still alive.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  October 02, 2012


Review: Solomon Kane

The last time Pete Postlethwaite died onscreen, he was being gunned down in The Town .
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  October 02, 2012


Review: Vulgaria

"Your attention please," announces a voiceover at the start of the new movie from Pang Ho-Cheung.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 25, 2012


Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

"Just smile and be yourself," advises Charlie's naïve dad. "That's how you make friends in the real world."
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 25, 2012

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