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Review: Hipsters

Nice try, Russian musical
The first Russian musical in half a century, Valery Todorovsky's Hipsters gets rubles for trying, but what's on screen is thin and obvious, the characters one-dimensional, the musical numbers and satire vapid.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  April 10, 2012


Review: The Dish & the Spoon

Chance indie encounters
Dumped by her husband, an enraged young woman, Rose (Greta Gerwig), drives around coastal towns in the Delaware winter swearing revenge against her straying spouse and an ill fate for the gal who lured him away.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  April 10, 2012


Review: The Kid with a Bike

Warmth in juvenile delinquency
This Grand Prix winner at Cannes 2011 is among the best films by Belgium's Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  April 03, 2012

The  Salt  Of Life

Review: The Salt of Life

Wacky humor mixed with melancholy
The Salt of Life deftly sprinkles wacky humor in with the melancholy, and Di Gregorio is a winning talent, both as the amusing star actor and as the film's co-writer and director.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  March 14, 2012

Review: Forgiveness of Blood

Review: The Forgiveness of Blood

Joshua Marston's thoughtful, subtle feature
American filmmaker Joshua Marston ( Maria Full of Grace ) traveled to Albania to write and direct this thoughtful, subtle feature about the victims of a blood feud, with an all-Albanian ensemble.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  March 07, 2012

Review Addiction Inc

Review: Addiction Incorporated

Charles Evans Jr.'s muckraking documentary
Much of the first half of Charles Evans Jr.'s muckraking documentary is annoyingly gimmicky, relying on unneeded graphics, animation, and imitation-Errol-Morris effects to tell the tale of a Philip Morris scientist, Victor DeNoble, who became a key government witness against his old employer.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  February 21, 2012


Review: The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2012: Animated

One film stands out among the Animated Shorts, Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby's Wild Life .
By: GERALD PEARY  |  February 08, 2012


Review: The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2012: Live Action

The Oscar nominees for Live Action Shorts come down to five conventional narratives.
The Oscar nominees for Live Action Shorts come down to five conventional narratives.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  February 07, 2012

Short Take - Albert Nobbs

Review: Albert Nobbs

Gender identity crisis
Lesbianism doesn't exist as a cogent category in 19th century Ireland, which could explain why Albert Nobbs (Glenn Close), a woman disguised for years as a man and employed as a Dublin waiter, has no personal understanding of who she is, her identity, or what she feels.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  January 26, 2012

Silent Souls 3

Review: Silent Souls

Magic realism and Chekhovian melancholy
This is probably the only film we'll encounter about the Merja culture of West Central Russia, a Finno-Ugric tribe in which even the most modernized people pay allegiance to ancient customs.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  January 17, 2012

Review: Hell and Back Again

Review: Hell and Back Again

The real-life story of a young marine
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, Hell and Back Again offers a potent documentary correlative to the narrative of The Hurt Locker .
By: GERALD PEARY  |  January 05, 2012

Short Take: War Horse

Review: War Horse

A veritable, old-fashioned story
War Horse is corny, sentimental, overlong, but also spectacular at times, even stirring.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  December 20, 2011


Review: The Conquest

Xavier Durringer's recreation of the rise of Sarkozy
Xavier Durringer's dramatized recreation of the rise of France's Nicolas Sarkozy to the presidency is generally fair-minded and ambiguous.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  December 13, 2011

Weekend: Review

Review: Weekend

Jean-Luc Godard's 1967 opus
Among the world's masterpieces of misanthropy, Jean-Luc Godard's 1967 opus follows a loathsome, greedy, sexually perverse bourgeois married couple on a weekend jaunt into the French countryside during which they plan to murder the wife's dying father, and then, perhaps, turn viciously on each other.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  December 06, 2011

Burke & Hare: Review

Review: Burke & Hare

Mediocre black comedy
Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis are only faintly humorous as the titular team of assassins, Burke and Hare .
By: GERALD PEARY  |  November 29, 2011

Review: Tomboy

Review: Tomboy

Céline Sciamma's lovely feature
In this lovely feature from the French filmmaker Céline Sciamma, Laure, a 10-year-old tomboy decides after moving into a new neighborhood, to pretend that she's a boy, Mikael, as a way to fit in with the local kids.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  November 29, 2011

Tales from the Golden Age: Review

Review: Tales from the Golden Age

Panorama of black-humor stories
The ironically titled film refers to the dreadful Alice-in-Wonderland years when Nicolae Ceausescu was the Communist strongman of Romania.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  November 29, 2011


Review: Passione

John Turturro tours his beloved city for this documentary
Charles Aznavour and Édith Piaf, move over!
By: GERALD PEARY  |  November 22, 2011

The Man Nobody Knew: Short Take

Review: The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby

Carl Colby documents his father's life
"My father lived in shadows," says filmmaker Carl Colby in voiceover. "He liked being invisible." His documentary is a valiant but ultimately futile attempt to understand William Colby, the ex-CIA head who died in 1996.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  November 15, 2011


Review: The Other F Word

The original devil-may-care rebels enforce bedtime
Filmmaker Andrea Blaugrund Nevins spent intimate time on the road and at home with some prominent male punk rockers.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  November 08, 2011
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