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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


Covert action

The Bourne Ultimatum possesses central intelligence
Some talented filmmakers try to play a Hollywood game, churning out a big-budget commercial product in exchange for a smaller, more personal and artistic venture.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 07, 2007


Dirty politics

Has the Right Wing hijacked raunch?
The last resort of the true patriot is a fart joke.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 27, 2008


An inconvenient poop

The Simpsons Movie  craps out
Maybe 18 seasons is too long to remain topical and funny, especially in prime time on Fox TV.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 25, 2007


Start the revolution without me

History lessons in 12:08 East of Bucharest
To judge from recent movies from that country, everything in Romania is going to pot. Except Romanian movies.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 24, 2007



Slips toward mediocrity
A cute and exceptional little boy, a lovable old geezer — you don’t have to be Pauline Kael to realize this formula is a winner.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 24, 2007


Punk's Not Dead

Or is it?
Wasn’t punk about being independent?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 24, 2007


Sound bites

Sunshine sheds little light on the sci-fi genre
In space, so the tag line for Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi thriller Alien goes, nobody can hear you scream.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 18, 2007



 Platitudes and mediocrity
Some of the best actresses working in movies today pack the cast of Evening , and all I can say is, was this the best thing available?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 03, 2007


Broken English

A safe ticket seller
Possible explanations include drinking, pills, low self-esteem, and her inability to resist jumping into bed on the first date.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 03, 2007


Sales pitch

Seven products in search of a movie
Seven products in search of a movie
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 10, 2007


Toys are us

Transformers puts the commercial back into cinema
Transformers  is a movie in disguise.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 03, 2007


Moore of the same

Sicko diagnoses American health care
I suspect that Moore had altruistic motives in presenting the case studies of victims of HMOs, hospitals, and drug companies in his movie.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 27, 2007


Notes from underground

Celebrating independents at the HFA
Although it hardly seems likely in a summer of noisy, box-office-busting sequels, independent cinema thrives, after a fashion, in America.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 27, 2007


Live Free or Die Hard

The franchise proves aptly named
The Die Hard series was about as animated as Rocky’s face until director Len Wiseman restored it to its kinetic essence.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 27, 2007


The man who knew too much

Philip K. Dick enters the Library of America
Around the age of 13, Philip K. Dick started having a recurring dream.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 28, 2007


Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

A summer wipeout
Even as a 10-year-old Marvel Comics fan, I knew that the Silver Surfer was a dumb character.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 20, 2007


Terror incognita

Winterbottom, Jolie lose Heart
No one will know what Danny Pearl felt as he was kidnapped, held prisoner, and beheaded by jihadist fanatics.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 20, 2007



A chronicle of Vincent "Buddy" Cianci's chaotic career
Buddy is as irresistible as its subject, and an essential primer of American politics.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 13, 2007


Cinema of Shadows

We’re five years into the Iraq crisis, and Hollywood hasn't made a film about the war. Or is  every film is about the war?
It’s not likely, but Judd Apatow’s pitch for Knocked Up might have sounded something like this.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 06, 2007


Hollywood Babel on

In a so-so Oscar field, the most pretentious wins
The Academy Awards is one of the few contests where the closeness of the race is in direct proportion to the lack of interest.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 04, 2008

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