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As more big movies come to Boston, an indie-film industry grows around them

B Line to Hollywood?
It's May, and about a mile north of the Boston College stop on the B line, in a three-decker on Turner Street in Brighton, a scene from director Jared Vincenti's film Day of Youth is about to be shot.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 03, 2012

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This is not a prison: Jafar Panahi's This Is Not a Film


Incarceration inspires Jafar Panahi.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 26, 2012

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Jafar Panahi: This Is Not a Retrospective

Circle games
After being confined to his Tehran apartment and banned from his profession in 2010, director Jafar Panahi has become known more as a victim of Iranian human-rights abuse than as a great filmmaker.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 26, 2012

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Review: A Royal Affair


Chances are a movie about 18th-century Danish history might not be a grabber. But this one could have been, had director Nikolaj Arcel cut the length by about 15 minutes, injected some zest into the narrative, and perhaps done some recasting.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 23, 2012

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Review: Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters


Photographer Gregory Crewdson makes pictures that do everything a movie does except move.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 12, 2012

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Review: Silver Linings Playbook

Russell rewrites the Playbook
According to some movies, being mentally ill is a great way to find love. Recent examples range from the rom-com Kind of a Funny Story to the rom-thriller The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. They may trivialize the subject, but who wants to watch two hours of someone paralyzed by psychic agony?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 15, 2012



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Review: Anna Karenina

High infidelity
Judging from Joe Wright's adaptation, Tolstoy's big book would have made a pretty good opera, or maybe a movie musical.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 15, 2012

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DVD review: Old Lang signs


The three early films in this outstanding Kino DVD show the origins of Lang's genius.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 08, 2012

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Review: Lincoln

Lincoln logged
Shot in sepia tints, with detailed period sets and ornate facial hair, the tableaux vivants that constitute Steven Spielberg's wry hagiography resemble Mathew Brady daguerreotypes, and are about as lively.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 08, 2012

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Review: Skyfall

Blond on Bond
By the end of its perhaps overlong 145 minutes Skyfall has earned the franchise the right to yet another sequel, if not another 50 years.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 09, 2012

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Alternative media at the BJFF


After six decades of futility, maybe it's time for a new approach to achieving peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Some of the films in this year's Boston Jewish Film Festival offer solutions that sound a little crazy, except when you consider the alternatives.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 31, 2012



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Review: Flight


If Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) could land a doomed plane and save the lives of almost all the passengers while in the midst of a coke- and booze-fueled bender, imagine how well he'd do if he was sober.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 01, 2012

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Review: The Details


God is not in these details. Jacob Aaron Estes's black comedy gets so dark that it's not even funny.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 01, 2012

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Review: A Late Quartet


Unless Ken Russell is directing, films about musicians seldom are as exciting as the music they make.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 01, 2012

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Review: Holy Motors

Dream machine
Rivaling The Master in the weirdness of its opening scene, Leos Carax's first film since Pola X (1999) begins with a long take of an audience staring out at the audience watching the movie.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 02, 2012

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Review: The Big Picture


A word of advice to anyone who kills his wife's lover, fakes his own death, assumes the dead guy's name, and flees to a seaside Balkan town: leave the camera at home.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 24, 2012



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Review: High Ground


In October 2010, 11 wounded Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans — blind, missing limbs, suffering from traumatic brain injury or PTSD — took part in "Soldiers to the Summit," a mission to climb Nepal's 20,000 foot Mt. Lobuche.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 24, 2012

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Review: Cloud Atlas


The most disappointing film of the year, Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer's adaptation of David Mitchell's 2004 novel fails on nearly every level.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 26, 2012

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John Hawkes on body language


Ask any great actor — Robert De Niro, Christian Bale, Daniel Day-Lewis — if all that physical preparation is necessary for a great performance, and they'll say that sometimes you just have to put your body on the line.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 24, 2012

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Review: The Sessions

Sexual healing
No other film this year pushes as many Academy buttons as Ben Lewin's adaptation of the true story of the Dorchester-born poet and writer Mark O'Brien, a paralyzed polio survivor who hired a sex surrogate to lose his virginity.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 14, 2012

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Review: Wuthering Heights [2012]

Tough love
Merchant-Ivory this is not. Nor is it any Emily Brontë we've seen before.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 19, 2012


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