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Cutting edge

Cronenberg’s twisted mirror
Some who’ve watched the on-line videos of al-Qaeda executions may suffer a shock of recognition at some images in Eastern Promises .
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  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


War zones

Fall films face terror at home and abroad
The party’s over. Time for the lessons to begin.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 12, 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



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


Rough justice

Ousmane Sembene spans the continental divides
Hollywood has adopted a gentler, more insidious colonialism in regard to Africa.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 05, 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


Self Medicated

Corny rehab clinic conventions
Seventeen-year-old Drew is so smart and talented, why does he screw up?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 29, 2007


The Invasion

Another soulless copy
This latest incarnation from Oliver Hirschbiegel also has a lot of anxiety to work with.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 22, 2007


The Nanny Diaries

A shrill disappointment
The rich may be different from you and me, but they’re probably not much like the grotesque stereotypes in this adaptation of the glib bestseller.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 22, 2007


Right at Your Door

Chris Gorak's got a point
Sometimes the government response to terrorism is worse than the terrorism itself.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 22, 2007


Delpy days

Julie finally makes her movie
If anyone deserves to make her own movie, it’s Julie Delpy.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 22, 2007


Annie Hell

Julie Delpy’s infernal, funny 2 Days in Paris
There’s nothing like love in Paris — in French movies, at least, it’s the city where romance goes to die.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 22, 2007


Kong maker

Seth Gordon learns the rules of the game
Seth Gordon’s The King of Kong poses a microcosm of America. A very tiny microcosm.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 22, 2007


Alice Neel

An unexpectedly complex documentary
The true artist, so goes the myth, labors in bohemian obscurity in search of truth and beauty.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 15, 2007


No End in Sight

Three years too late
What we could use now is a documentary that gets it right before it’s too late to mean anything.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 07, 2007


Heroes of our time

From Bond to Bourne, the good guys (and girls) buck the system
In interviews promoting The Bourne Ultimatum , Matt Damon has argued that his Jason Bourne has supplanted James Bond as the hero of our time.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 31, 2007

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