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Constantine's Sword

At once depressing and exhilarating
Scarier than Jesus Camp (and infinitely smarter), Oren Jacoby’s documentary film of Boston Globe columnist James Carroll’s 2001 book Constantine’s Sword casts Christianity as a lost ark raided by the worst bullies of history.
By: ROB NELSON  |  May 28, 2008

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Son of Rambow

A pint-sized Be Kind Rewind
Funnier than anything in this vaguely dark comedy is the thought of Stallone sitting through it.
By: ROB NELSON  |  May 07, 2008

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My Blueberry Nights

Sexy but emotionally failing
Three years after 2046 , Wong Kar-wai is not in love any more — and I for one am happy for him. Perfectionism can be exhausting for all involved.
By: ROB NELSON  |  April 16, 2008

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Iranian chick

An interview with Persepolis creator Marjane Satrapi
At 38, Marjane Satrapi still resembles the kid in Persepolis , her autobiographical graphic-novel-turned-animated-film of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.
By: ROB NELSON  |  January 10, 2008

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He’s here!

Todd Haynes talks about his Dylan movie
I’m Not There is an apt name for a bio-pic with six Bob Dylans, none of them the real one.
By: ROB NELSON  |  November 20, 2007

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Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind

A meditation on 400 years
Lengthy, beautifully composed shots of gravestones and historical monuments encourage us to mourn fallen heroes as well as to recognize our own vulnerability to larger forces.
By: ROB NELSON  |  November 20, 2007



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Love in the Time of Cholera

Film in the Time of Oprah
Granted, this is hardly the first Hollywood film to feature Latinos practicing ESL in their own land, but with lines like “Her smell is in my noh-streels,” it’s among the dumbest.
By: ROB NELSON  |  November 14, 2007

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Kiss him deadly

Richard Kelly on The Box , the Jag, and the critics at Cannes
Bostonians flummoxed by the great whatsits of Richard Kelly’s vaguely Spillanean Southland Tales stand an outside chance of querying the puzzler himself.
By: ROB NELSON  |  November 14, 2007

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The wasted land

Richard Kelly goes for broke in Southland Tales
Richard Kelly’s wildly ambitious and widely loathed Southland Tales now seems among the most believable works of film futurism ever made in this country.
By: ROB NELSON  |  November 16, 2007

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Martian Child

Get out your hankies
John Cusack has held up well for a man in his third decade of Hollywood hustling.
By: ROB NELSON  |  October 31, 2007
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