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Review: Higher Ground

Farmiga's directorial debut
True to the film's title, Vera Farmiga tries to elevate the bitter dialogue between secularism and fundamentalism to higher ground, regarding both sides with compassion and clarity.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 06, 2011

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Review: Bellflower

Petal to the metal
In addition to the flamethrower, they've also rigged up a whiskey-dispensing car dashboard, and as a piece de resistance have created the Road Warrior–inspired "Medusa," a 1972 Buick Skylark souped up to breathe fire.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 06, 2011

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Review: Colombiana

Balancing absurdity with conviction  
Women have saved action movies. Who'd go see one if not for Angelina Jolie in Lara Croft or Salt , or Milla Jovovich in anything, or even Helen Mirren in Red ?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 30, 2011

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Review: Seven Days in Utopia

Matthew Dean Russell's creepy parable
Maybe the best of the bunch is Caddyshack, though Matthew Dean Russell's creepy parable, an adaptation of David Cook's novel, is almost as funny, if not intentionally.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 30, 2011


Review: The Whistleblower

Good and evil
Larysa Kondracki's topical thriller, based on a true story, combines the moodiness of The Insider with the intensity of Serpico to dramatize a long-standing international injustice.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 30, 2011

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Review: A Good Old Fashioned Orgy

Gross and unfunny
Like cheap knockoffs of designer goods, Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck's excruciating comedy bears a superficial resemblance to the pricey originals it imitates.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 30, 2011

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Review: The Hedgehog

Mona Achache's adaptation of Muriel Barbery's best-seller
Eleven-year-old Paloma (Garance Le Guillemic) agrees, and plans to kill herself on her 12th birthday because she doesn't want to end up like the other members of her family — goldfish in a bowl.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 30, 2011

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Review: The Myth of the American Sleepover

Adolescent initiation rites
David Robert Mitchell's impressive if derivative debut doesn't delve so much into a myth as a mini-genre.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 31, 2011

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Review: Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness

Joseph Dorman's portrait of Aleichem
Not many these days are familiar with Aleichem's own story, or his other work, or his impact on Jewish culture and literature in general.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 31, 2011

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Review: Mysteries of Lisbon

Raúl Ruiz's legacy
Ruiz's gorgeous, painterly visuals are shot from startling angles and work alongside his precise, anarchic, and gleefully absurd narrative to evoke a heightened reality that plumbs the mysteries of life.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 23, 2011

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Review: Our Idiot Brother

Jesse Peretz's obnoxious comedy
Homeless and bounced from one sister's house to the next, will Ned and his simplicity serve as a touchstone of truth for these miserable women?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 23, 2011

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Review: Aurora

Deepening the mystery
Long after such an insight might do any good, Viorel, the mopey, truculent antihero of this second film in Cristi Puiu's "Six Stories from the Outskirts of Bucharest" observes that the justice system does not comprehend the complexity of his relationship to his wife.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 23, 2011

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Review: Brighton Rock

Rowan Joffe's adaptation of Graham Greene's 1939 novel
For Graham Greene, the Catholic Church served more as a scourge than a comfort, but in Rowan Joffe's dreary, incoherent adaptation of Greene's 1939 novel, it merely offers an excuse to add choirs to the soundtrack.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 23, 2011

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Review: Griff the Invisible

Downtrodden superheroes
Like Kick-Ass and Super , Leon Ford's Griff the Invisible reaffirms the notion that superheroes exist to provide the meek and marginalized with an empowering fantasy.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 23, 2011


Review: Conan the Barbarian

Blurry action scenes
Is Jason Momoa a future governor of California?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 23, 2011

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Review: The Names of Love

Softcore sex and politics
Child abuse, genocide — those French have a way with romantic comedies.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 16, 2011

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Review: Senna

Chronicling Ayrton Senna's career
The story of Brazilian Formula One champion Ayrton Senna sounds, well, just like a movie — Le Mans , maybe, or Talladega Nights without the comedy.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 16, 2011

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Review: The Help

Steel Magnolias  version of the civil rights movement
As it turns out, according to Tate Taylor's adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's bestseller, the Jim Crow era was not due to centuries of institutionalized racism, but to Hilly Holbrook (Bryce Dallas Howard) and her hang-up about "colored" servants going to the bathroom.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 09, 2011

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Review: Point Blank

Diminishing returns
Samuel (Gilles Lellouche), a student nurse, gets sucked into a quagmire of murder and corruption when a thug kidnaps his pregnant wife, Nadia (Elena Anaya), to blackmail him into springing Hugo (Roschdy Zem), a wounded prisoner held by the police at the hospital where he works.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 09, 2011

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Review: 30 Minutes or Less

Offensive but unfunny comedy
Nick ( Jesse Eisenberg), a pizza delivery guy, rips off some adolescents — boys from the same demographic the movie is pitched to — promising them something fun and illicit and then just taking their money. You kids about to pay 10 bucks to see this, take that as a warning.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 10, 2011

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Review: The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

Nicolas Roeg's enigmatic sci-fi film
Star Wars came out the year after Nicolas Roeg's enigmatic sci-fi film (re-released now in an uncut version), and after that no studio was likely to make anything similar again, nor would many audiences have the patience to watch it.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 10, 2011

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