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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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Believe it or not

Interview: Guy Maddin tells the truth
Even the titles of his films are a little weird.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 08, 2008

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Cherchez les femmes

Women dominate the 13th Annual Boston French Film Festival
Women have always dominated French cinema — just not from behind the camera.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 01, 2008

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Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

An entertaining, if hagiographic portrait
A portrait of Thompson as era-defining and inimitable, and eventually a victim of his own image.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 01, 2008

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Werner’s world

Herzog’s End justifies his means
The world is doomed, and Werner Herzog, for one, is happy about it.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 01, 2008

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Pole sitter

Interview: Werner Herzog ponders the end of the world
Speaking to the legendary German filmmaker is like speaking to God.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 01, 2008



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Crossing over

Fatih Akin’s blue Heaven
As a German of Turkish descent, Fatih Akin has demonstrated an understandable preoccupation with borders — national, cultural, generational, sexual — in his films.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 25, 2008

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Akin talks Turkey

Cutting Edge of Heaven
Did he worry that it might sound like the name of an undiscovered Douglas Sirk film?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 25, 2008

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The Tracey Fragments

A torturously stylized melodrama
Ellen Page is younger and less wise-ass than in her recent Oscar-nominated role, but thanks to the fragmentation, she’s at least as annoying.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 25, 2008

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Finding Amanda

Grotesquely exploitative and clichéd
Matthew Broderick sleepwalks through Peter Tolan’s debut film as a hack TV writer with a gambling addiction.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 25, 2008

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Aleksandra

A reverie of militarism, family turmoil, and weird eroticism
Aleksandr Sokurov’s new reverie takes up the themes of militarism, family turmoil, and weird eroticism he explored in such previous films as Father and Son .
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 17, 2008



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Camera bluff

Occupational hazards in Operation Filmmaker
Even as critics and moviegoers alike have scorned the surge of movies related to the War on Terror and Iraq, Nina Davenport has quietly been making illuminating, fair-minded, and entertaining films on these topics.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 17, 2008

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Company man

War, Inc.  cuts its losses
In at least one of its toss-away scenes, Joshua Seftel’s War, Inc. rises to the level of brutal bad taste that distinguishes master satirists from Jonathan Swift to Stanley Kubrick.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 11, 2008

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Savage Grace

Laid-back weirdness
A conventional period piece about a lurid subject.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 11, 2008

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Hulk sulk

The new version keeps his pants on
After two hugely budgeted adaptations in five years, my biggest question about the Hulk remains: what’s with the pants?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 10, 2008

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Interview: John Cusack sounds off on War, Inc.

Say everything
Most filmgoers recognize John Cusack as a brooding sexy, sometimes sardonic leading man.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 11, 2008



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You Don't Mess with the Zohan

Bad accents and infantile humor
The funniest moment in this benighted Judd Apatow project was in the trailer.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 04, 2008

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The Singing Revolution

Clumsy yet triumphant
The Tustys’ filmmaking doesn’t quite rise to the subject.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 04, 2008

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Tuya's Marriage

An unforgettable heroine
Although it begins and ends with a tragically ambiguous image, Wang Quan’an’s film might be the closest thing that Mongolian cinema will ever get to a romantic comedy.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 28, 2008

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Alma Obama

Understated understudy
My niece Rachael was graduated from Wesleyan this past Sunday, an accomplishment perhaps overshadowed for some by the highly publicized circumstances surrounding the commencement ceremony.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 28, 2008

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Shaw business

The HFA proves there’s more to Hong Kong than kung fu
The Shaw Brothers dominated Hong Kong film production in the ’60s and ’70s, and they produced not only martial-arts epics but also musicals, ghost stories, and melodramas.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 28, 2008


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