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Movie review: Bel Ami

Review: Bel Ami

The film adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's 1885 novel
The title is the term of endearment given to a charming young reporter by a series of influential Parisian women.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  June 05, 2012

Short Take: High School

Review: High School

Inane and ignorant
A pot comedy that won't reward even the most easily satisfied stoner, High School is just as inane and ignorant as the Reefer Madness -style films it aims to satirize.
By: JAKE MULLIGAN  |  June 05, 2012

Short Take: Hysteria

Review: Hysteria

Tanya Wexler's enjoyable, fictionalized period piece
Struggling physician Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy) has struck pay dirt assisting Dr. Robert Dalrymple (Jonathan Pryce), whose London waiting room is packed with bourgeois housewives suffering from "hysteria."
By: ANN LEWINSON  |  June 05, 2012

Short Take: Nobody Else But You

Review: Nobody Else But You

Nothing special
A dried-up French crime novelist (Jean-Paul Rouve) finds sudden inspiration for a new mystery in the true-life story of a TV weathergirl (Sophie Quinton).
By: GERALD PEARY  |  June 05, 2012

Short Take: Peace, Love and Misunderstanding

Review: Peace, Love & Misunderstanding

Summer of free love
When her husband (Kyle MacLachlan) asks for a divorce, New York corporate lawyer Diane (Catherine Keener) takes her teenage children, brainy vegan Zoe (Elizabeth Olsen) and Werner Herzog-wannabe Jake (Nat Wolff), up to Woodstock to meet her estranged mother (Jane Fonda), an unreconstructed hippie who lets chickens roam the house, grows pot in her basement, and still practices free love.
By: ANN LEWINSON  |  June 07, 2012

Film Review: Double Trouble

Review: Double Trouble

Inept martial arts comedy
David Chang's inept martial arts comedy confirms the genius of Jackie Chan.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 05, 2012

Short Take: Madagascar 3

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

The franchise matures
The franchise that began as a tame kiddie pleaser about four pampered zoo animals lost in the wild has matured and sharpened its teeth, perhaps thanks to Noah Baumbach ( The Squid and the Whale ) collaborating on the script.
By: TOM MEEK  |  June 07, 2012

Short Take: Snow White and the Huntsman

Review: Snow White and the Huntsman

Not the old clichés
Hers is not the old clichéd path towards romance, but the new clichéd path towards becoming a kickass girl warrior.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  June 07, 2012

Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story

Review: Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story

Jonathan Gruber and Ari Daniel Pinchot document Yoni's life story
Whatever your opinion of the policies of Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, you can't deny that his brother Yoni was a hero, a courageous man whose conflicts and triumphs mirror those of his homeland.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 29, 2012

ShortTake: The Whole World Waiting

Review: The Whole World Waiting

Fifteen immigrant and refugee teenagers tell their stories
They thought America was a glittering land of wealth and fame . . . they were wrong. Fifteen immigrant and refugee teenagers tell their stories of coming to New England and share their perspectives in The Whole World Waiting , a compilation of documentary vignettes lushly shot by David Meiklejohn at locations in and around Portland, Maine.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 29, 2012

ShortTake: Moonrise Kingdom

Review: Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson paints his masterpiece
Wes Anderson should always make movies featuring characters who are pubescent or younger — like Rushmore , which until this film was his best.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 20, 2012


Review: Chernobyl Diaries

Tried and true formula
More akin to a meander through a haunted house than a fulfilling feature film, the latest work from Paranormal Activity auteur Oren Peli (he produces, Bradley Parker directs) relies on his tried-and-true formula of favoring atmospheric terror over visceral scares.
By: JAKE MULLIGAN  |  May 29, 2012

Review: Elena

Review: Elena

Domestic servitude
Andrei Zvyagintsev's film, a Special Jury Prize winner at Cannes 2011, becomes more than a domestic melodrama: a grim, effective allegory of the daily whirl in Putinland.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  May 30, 2012

ShortTake:For Greater Glory

Review: For Greater Glory

Never-ending war
Bring coffee, because director Dean Wright's dramatization of the 3-year-long Cristero War (1926-9) seems to last longer than the Mexican conflict itself.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  May 29, 2012

ShortTake: The Intouchables

Review: The Intouchables

Traveling well
French comedies rarely travel well, but The Intouchables , the first film from the writer-director team of Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache to be commercially released here, has earned its status as an international blockbuster.
By: ANN LEWINSON  |  August 29, 2012

Short Take: I Wish

Review: I Wish

The estrangement of two brothers
Two elementary school brothers living in southern Japan are forced to live in different cities due to the estrangement of their parents.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  May 22, 2012

ShortTake: Men In Black 3

Review: Men In Black 3

Infinite possiblities
Griffin (Michael Stuhlbarg), a fifth dimensional alien, can see the infinite possibilities each moment possesses and the infinite contingencies that caused it to happen.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 24, 2012

Film Review: Polisse

Review: Polisse

Maïwenn's third feature film
The third feature by French actress and filmmaker Maïwenn, about the inner-workings of Paris's Child Protection Unit (CPU), is certainly kinetic, though also mannered and hyperbolic.
By: PATRICK Z. MCGAVIN  |  May 24, 2012

Film: Where Do We Go Now?

Review: Where Do We Go Now?

Nadine Labaki's whimsical film
Lebanese director Nadine Labaki's whimsical film about internecine slaughter has a tone problem from the very start: a group of widows engage in a goofy line dance while the voiceover narrator bewails the death toll of religious warfare.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 22, 2012

Short Takes: Bernie

Review: Bernie

Everybody loves Bernie
So beloved was Bernie that when he shot his elderly companion Marjorie Nugent, the meanest — and richest — woman in town, district attorney Danny Buck Davidson had to move the trial nearly 50 miles away.
By: ANN LEWINSON  |  May 15, 2012

Review: Battleship

Review: Battleship

Why not?
Hasbro's Transformers have made a mint; why not make a movie out of Battleship ?
By: ANN LEWINSON  |  May 18, 2012

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