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Die fälscher|The Counterfeiters

Not worth the Oscar
It’s fitting that a film called Die fälscher|The Counterfeiters should have won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language film, since that’s the most bogus category in the bunch.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2008


The Bank Job

Faking it
He's both smart enough to sense he’s being played by people far more powerful than he is and dumb enough not to walk away. Kind of like us moviegoers.
By: MARK BAZER  |  March 05, 2008


Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Oversexed, screwy, and also, dowdy delight
Director Bharat Nalluri gives the old follow-your-heart message a new coat of paint with Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day .
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  March 05, 2008


The Unforeseen

A warning, both essayistic and collagist
When humanity finally succumbs to environmental suicide because of greed, denial, cowardice, and stupidity, nobody will be able to say we weren’t warned.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2008


Chicago 10

A motion-capture cartoon with an anachronistic soundtrack
Some of the lead participants in the farce leave lasting impressions, not least the antic prankster Abbie Hoffman, voiced by Hank Azaria.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 21, 2008


Cidade dos Homens|City of Men

A chilling gangland epic
Beneath the gunfire, Morelli captures the horror of drugs, poverty, and doomed lives, in particular the intergenerational turmoil of fathers and sons.
By: TOM MEEK  |  February 27, 2008


The Other Boleyn Girl

A neutered affair
Though both lead actresses give admirable performances, they’re held captive (and kept clothed) by Peter Morgan’s flat script.
By: PETER HYMAN  |  February 27, 2008



Christina Ricci is still coming of age
Palansky’s winning visuals can’t make up for the story’s silliness.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  February 27, 2008



A grand idea
This Will Ferrell send-up attempts to do for bush-league basketball what Bull Durham did for baseball and Slap Shot for hockey.
By: TOM MEEK  |  February 27, 2008


Witless Protection

Larry the Cable Guy vee-hickle
It’s sad to watch Yaphet Kotto, as the shady fed, clothesline the stereotypical Muslim motel owner who’s already been threatened by Larry with a trip to Gitmo.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  February 27, 2008


Still waters

Jia Zhangke runs deep
Have you concluded that Zhang Yimou is a softy and a sellout?
By: GERALD PEARY  |  February 26, 2008


His last year at Marienbad

Alain Robbe-Grillet: 1922–2008
Alain Resnais, perhaps as a dig at his screenwriter Alain Robbe-Grillet, sometimes tells a joke about their notorious 1961 movie.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 26, 2008


Vantage Point

Unintentional laughs
Vantage Point neither resolves its own mysteries nor says much about the Rashomon effect it’s trying to emulate.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 20, 2008


Step Up 2:The Streets

A step ahead of the rest
The ambiguous commentary on race and class takes second billing once director Jon Chu lights up the back-alley sets and lets the dancers loose.
By: TOM MEEK  |  February 20, 2008


The Signal

Too many weird gimmicks
There should be a rule in science fiction that there can’t be more than one weird gimmick.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 20, 2008



Religious groups and the environment
They avoid religious cheerleading and tree-huggery; instead, their film demonstrates that when it comes to keeping the earth from getting wrecked beyond repair, it isn’t a matter of us versus them.
By: NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  February 20, 2008


Charlie Bartlett

A rich kid on the road to comeuppance
Yelchin can claim a breakthrough, and Hope Davis adds sass as Charlie’s pill-popping mom.
By: TOM MEEK  |  February 20, 2008


Be Kind Rewind

A shambling charmer
This isn’t Gondry’s best work — it’s too unstructured, labored when it begs to soar.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  February 20, 2008



The Band’s Visit  goes Oscar-less
Here’s another knock against the bonehead Foreign Language Oscar selections for 2007.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  February 20, 2008


Les Témoins|The Witnesses

Seraphim in France
Les témoins is the absorbing story of a beautiful young man who, arriving in Paris, wreaks havoc with his sexuality, rejecting the love of a middle-aged medical doctor, and bringing out of the closet  a vice cop.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  February 15, 2008


The Spiderwick Chronicles

Poignant enough
The film version of The Spiderwick Chronicles centers on the three Grace siblings and their interactions — some friendly, some potentially deadly — with fairies and goblins.
By: BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  February 13, 2008

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