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Stealing America

Something to infuriate everyone
Watching Stealing America , you wonder whether even the election of 2008 isn’t a foregone conclusion.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 27, 2008


Once upon a time in Hungary

Béla Tarr’s epic arrives on DVD
Since its release in 1994, Hungarian auteur Béla Tarr’s 435-minute sui generis masterpiece Sátántangó has had the top critics grasping for superlatives.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 26, 2008


The play's the thing

Steve Coogan masters tragic irony in Hamlet 2
Like Tropic Thunder , Hamlet 2 makes its satirical intent known straight away with a flurry of phony, funny commercials.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 19, 2008


No Spain, no gain

Woody takes a siesta in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Many are hailing Woody Allen’s new film, claiming it to be a “return to form.” I agree: he’s returned to the earliest form of his career, the monologue.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 14, 2008


Smoke screens

Does a surge of stoner movies mean America is going to pot?
What does it say about America that marijuana movies are a hot genre right now, perhaps hotter even than in the heyday of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong’s 1978 Up in Smoke ?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 18, 2008



A sleekly crafted Hitchcockian thriller
The payoff might be superficial, but the suspense and the intrigue compel.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 13, 2008


Tropic Thunder

Tropic Thunder is stupid-funny
Despite a few soft spots along the way, Thunder combines the dark absurdity of Stiller’s underrated Cable Guy with the unrestrained dumbness of his Zoolander .
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 13, 2008


Cock and bull?

Interview: Not if it’s British actor Steve Coogan
Americans will finally know who Steve Coogan is.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 11, 2008


Pot luck

No guilt trips in Pineapple Express
Pineapple Express is the movie Knocked Up might have been had it not copped out.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 11, 2008


Kiss off

In search of an indie hit
It plays like a glossary of alternative stereotypes.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 05, 2008


Boy A

Culpability cop-out in child-murder story
John Crowley excels at creating a world of barriers and empty spaces, but his appeal to all points of view would do credit to any politician.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 05, 2008


Mad Detective

A mad thriller
Think The Medium starring Columbo.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 05, 2008


Ne Le Dis À Personne|Tell No One

A convoluted thriller
French actor director Guillaume Canet demonstrates in this convoluted thriller why not many filmmakers other than Chabrol can get away with imitating Hitchcock.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 30, 2008


Naissance Des Pieuvres|Water Lilies

A compassionate study
It’s the kind of scenario that Catherine Breillat would have turned into a horror story.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 30, 2008


Tricky Dick

Philip K. Dick's second Library of America volume
The Philip K. Dick phenomenon might be petering out.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 28, 2008


Flying high

Is The Dark Knight the best movie ever?
Every summer, it seems like another superhero movie has broken some box-office record or other and made movie history.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 23, 2008


Une Vieille Maîtresse|The Last Mistress

A novel adapted as softcore S&M porn
Catherine Breillat’s film is an adaptation of Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly’s 19th-century novel and perhaps her first that doesn’t transform sex and cinema into punishment.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 23, 2008


Beauty in Trouble

A complex morality tale
As the canard goes, no good deed goes unpunished, and that threat hangs over the head of Evzen, a 60ish rich Czech expatriate with a soft heart.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 16, 2008


Beyond therapy

The Wackness looks back in languor
This is the stoner comedy that might make people take adolescence — and getting stoned — seriously again.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 09, 2008


Journey to the Center of the Earth

A hollow adaptation
The biggest thrill the 3-D process delivers in Eric Brevig’s hollow adaptation of Jules Verne’s sci-fi classic is a yo-yo.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 09, 2008


Urban myths

Maddin’s Winnipeg is the city that always sleeps
Fellini’s Rome, Godard’s Paris, John Waters’s Baltimore — none of these home towns has possessed (or been possessed by) its filmmaker the way Guy Maddin’s does and is in My Winnipeg .
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 08, 2008

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