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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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Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Better before the CGI took over
As I watched Caesar (Andy Serkis), the übermonkey, and his primate minions break free of their human chains en route to conquering the world, I thought: 1) there are a lot of apes in San Francisco, 2) there aren't a lot of cops, and 3) this movie was better before the CGI took over.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 04, 2011

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Hollywood's apes: monkey puzzle or intelligent design?

Primate directive
For nearly a century apes have haunted the screen, and the link between man and ape has obsessed filmmakers.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 04, 2011

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Review: Life in a day

Amateur filmmakers submit snippets of their lives
Sometimes it seems like universal access to video and the Internet has resulted in just a lot of amateur porn and wearying narcissism.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 02, 2011

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Review: The Change Up

The old body-switch premise
You know the summer movies are bottoming out when they resort to the old body-switch premise.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 02, 2011

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Review: The Devil's Double

Like Scarface , but with a difference
Watching this litany of murder and debauchery in the gilded splendor of Saddam's Baghdad, in which Dominic Cooper plays both Saddam's psycho son Uday and the Iraqi good guy Latif, who was forced to serve as his double, I thought: this is like Scarface, but with a difference.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 02, 2011



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Review: The Guard

John Michael McDonagh's cop story
With equal parts In the Heat of the Night , Coup de Torchon , and good old Irish blarney, John Michael McDonagh's Connacht-set cop story would be too clever by half if not for Brendan Gleeson's canny performance.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 02, 2011

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Review: Cowboys & Aliens

Favreau's pastiche of Western and sci-fi movies
As Dolarhyde, the cattle baron lording over the frontier town in Jon Favreau's pastiche of Western and sci-fi movies, Harrison Ford has the best lines. Like: "That's ridiculous!" — said when someone explains why Independence Day -like aliens are blasting the neighborhood.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 03, 2011

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Review: The Future

Miranda July's shaggy kitten story
First of all let me confess that I'm a sucker for a cute, sad little kitten, especially one with a bum leg; like little Paw Paw, a miserable shelter stray with renal problems and a tiny cast, whom I found the most appealing character for much of Miranda July's odd, affecting movie.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 04, 2011

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Review: Another Earth

Twisted psychology
Apparently it's getting harder to meet compatible partners these days in independent movies.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 26, 2011

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Review: A Little Help

Jenna Fischer plays a long-suffering mom
Playing one of the few "normal" people on The Office , Jenna Fischer evinces a quiet sweetness with a tart edge that sustains her amongst the misfits; she's long-suffering, but her rueful irony spares her from victimization.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 26, 2011



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Review: Captain America: The First Avenger

Rueful innocence and sneaky humor
Joe Johnston's adaptation of the Marvel comic book exalts the virtues of optimism, decency, and perseverance in a rousing adventure of old-fashioned adolescent exuberance.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 26, 2011

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Review: Crazy, Stupid Love

Rehashing the same smarmy stereotypes
Despite a few hopeful moments, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's glib romantic comedy settles into the same smarmy stereotypes: women are mothers or whores, or some variation thereof, and that's all men are interested in.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 04, 2011

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Review: The Tree

Adjusting to loss
In a less drastic take on grief than her role in Lars von Trier's Antichrist, Charlotte Gainsbourg plays Dawn, a wife and mother of four children whose idyllic life on a farm in the Australian outback shatters when her husband drops dead.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 19, 2011

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Review: Tabloid

Errol Morris pokes fun at tabloid journalism
After taking on former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara in The Fog of War (2003), and probing the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Standard Operating Procedure (2008), Errol Morris deserves to have fun.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 13, 2011

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Review: Zookeeper

Slapdash comedy
Local viewers might be amused by director Frank Coraci's Boston geography in this slapdash comedy; for example, taking a right turn on Queensberry onto Storrow Drive and then over the Zakim Bridge en route to the airport. Makes as much sense as the plot, I suppose.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 12, 2011



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Review: Phase 7 [Fase 7]

Nicolás Goldbart's thriller
Phase 7 distinguishes itself by its suffocating setting, its low-affect tone, and its cast of flaky characters.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 12, 2011

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Review: Project Nim

Absurd and sad
Once regarded as cuddly, chimpanzees seem downright demonic following the incident in Connecticut in which a pet ape destroyed somebody's face.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 12, 2011

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Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

The final chapter
"It's complicated," says Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) early on in this last installment of his epic as he tries to explain some obscure plot element.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 18, 2011

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Women take charge at the Boston French Film Festival

La femme est la femme
The French have always made movies about women, but now the women are making movies about themselves. So the program for this year's Boston French Film Festival would suggest.  
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 12, 2011

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Review: Transformers: Dark of the Moon

3D adds an illusion of depth
Maybe 3D does have a purpose; it makes Michael Bay's third Transformers movie worth watching.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 28, 2011


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