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Jerry-built

Seinfeld’s Bee Movie gets a D-
One day, Jerry Seinfeld was talking with his good friend Steven Spielberg, and he said, “Wouldn’t it be funny if ‘B’ movies were really about bees?”
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 31, 2007

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Dan in Real Life

From comedy to crap
What's wrong with Steve Carrell?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 24, 2007

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Pleasures still unknown

Conventions take Control of Ian Curtis
Ian Curtis (Sam Riley) of the Manchester band Joy Division wrote songs that evoke, with incantatory inevitability, terror, delight, and ecstasy.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 24, 2007

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Black Irish heartbreak

Neighborhood themes, or cliches?
You know there’s going to be a big game somewhere in this, as well as reconciliations in the intensive-care unit.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 24, 2007

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Aviva My Love

Audience pleasing pabulum
Given all these stereotyped woes, what choice does she have but to transform them into even more-cliché’d stories, narrated in voiceover and dutifully illustrated by the filmmaker?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 24, 2007

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30 Days of Night

Hoary high-camp clichés
Poor Danny Huston leads them; his hissed Nietzschean ripostes are tiresome and laughable, leaving him about as scary as Count Chocula.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 17, 2007



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Bad will hunting

Ben is back with Gone Baby Gone
Films about Boston tend to be no better than their worst Boston accent.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 18, 2007

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Ira and Abby

Kitch, clichés, and neurosis — a fatal combination
Robert Cary is not up to even latter-day Woody standards.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 10, 2007

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Funny frames

The films of Michael Haneke at the HFA and MFA
The seemingly endless final shot of Michael Haneke’s  CACHÉ|HIDDEN  might have shocked some viewers into an almost forgotten skill: watching.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 15, 2007

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Tourist attractions

Darjeeling is limited but rewarding
Halfway through Wes Anderson’s picaresque train ride through India, everything stops.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 03, 2007

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Ang time

Lee approaches Lust with Caution
“Yeah, it’s very hard,” says Ang Lee — with no apparent double entendre in mind — about shooting the sex scenes in his NC-17-rated Lust, Caution .
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 03, 2007



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In the mood for Lust

Ang Lee goes NC-17
During one of the sex scenes that have earned Ang Lee’s adaptation of Eileen Chang’s short story its notoriety, I had to ask myself: how did that foot get there?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 03, 2007

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Into the Wild

A tale of a megalomaniac as told by a narcissist
As I see it, Penn and Chris are both self-indulgent bores.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 26, 2007

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Trade directed by Marco Kreuzpaintner

Aching with ambiguity
It doesn’t shy from the facts or the complexities but might still attract viewers with its genre dynamics and appealing performances.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 26, 2007

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The Kingdom

Let the carnage begin!
Revenge has taken over the screen lately.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 26, 2007

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Cinema of suffering

The Palestinian Film Festival and the films of Pedro Costa
Film, like most arts, tries to turn misery into entertainment.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 25, 2007



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Armies of the light

Norman Mailer’s primal screen at the HFA
Maybe the trauma of another intractable war has sparked the movies’ recent interest in ’60s headliners.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 18, 2007

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In the Valley of Elah

A 90-minute Oscar wanna-be
Few will deny that the war dehumanizes, but Haggis’s suggestion that everybody who comes back is a sociopath won’t win many friends.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 12, 2007

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Chalk

Funny but undecidedly pendantic
Mike Akel’s film chronicles a year at a fictitious Texas high school from the point of view of its misfit teaching staff.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 12, 2007

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Manda Bala/Send a Bullet

Slyly persuasive Errol-Morris-style
Brazil reels from corruption, poverty, and violence, but it remains perversely functional.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 12, 2007

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Cutting edge

Cronenberg’s twisted mirror
Some who’ve watched the on-line videos of al-Qaeda executions may suffer a shock of recognition at some images in Eastern Promises .
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 12, 2007


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