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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


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


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


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


Interview: Andrea Arnold's romantic realism

People in love do crazy things, especially in Andrea Arnold's films. So adapting Emily Brontë's masterpiece of pathological love, Wuthering Heights , came naturally.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 18, 2012


Review: Sister

Increasingly popular among American independent filmmakers, the school of miserabilism — starkly dramatizing the poor, wretched, and unjustly deprived — has thrived in Europe.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 18, 2012


Review: Girl Model

As seen in David Redmon and Ashley Sabin's somber, sometimes poetic, Fred Wiseman-like documentary, the international model trade ranks just above human trafficking in legitimacy.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 10, 2012


Review: Wake In Fright (1971)

Combining elements of Heart of Darkness , After Hours , and Groundhog Day , Ted Kotcheff's brutally brilliant Outback thriller follows the moral degradation, or perhaps redemption, of a snooty schoolteacher (Gary Bond) traveling from the backwater where he's assigned to Sydney for his Christmas vacation.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 10, 2012


Review: Seven Psychopaths

As in his debut In Bruges , Martin McDonagh here plays self-reflexive games while undermining the gangster genre.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 11, 2012


Ty Burr's Gods Like Us

Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr's provocative new book Gods Like Us: On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame (Pantheon) traces the evolution of screen idols from Florence Lawrence (the Biograph Girl of 1909 — remember?) to Snooki. But he himself had a rough introduction to the celebrity world.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 09, 2012


Review: Argo

Escapist cinema
There are many heroes in Ben Affleck's spunky, polished political thriller. But the biggest hero is Hollywood itself.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 12, 2012

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Review: Alps

Like his last feature, Dogtooth, Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos's new film breaks down the conventions of identity, language, and social roles with black comic — and tragic — effect.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 02, 2012


Review: The Oranges

Julian Farino's inept, unfunny romantic comedy reprises The Graduate , 45 years later.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 02, 2012


Only connect: The Boston Palestine Film Festival

The Middle East, as usual, is a mess, but its cinema, both Israeli and Palestinian, offers hope.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 01, 2012


Review: Frankenweenie

Shaggy dog story
Death becomes Tim Burton, whose best films feature corpses or the undead.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 04, 2012


Puppy love: Tim Burton's first Frankenweenie

All that is unique and wonderful about the films of Tim Burton can be traced back to "Frankenweenie," a half-hour-long black-and-white live-action short he made while an animator for Disney.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 04, 2012


Time check

A timeline of time-travel movies
It's a good time for time-travel movies. Looper opens this week, joining Midnight in Paris , Men in Black 3 , The Sound of My Voice , and others as recent examples.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 27, 2012


Review: Looper

It takes some concentration to follow a plot where flashbacks are flash-forwards and vice versa. Or both. And sometimes flash-sideways.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 28, 2012


Review: Hotel Transylvania

Genndy Tartakovsky's crummy cartoon would suck under any circumstances, but its inadequacies are particularly glaring when it comes out the week before Tim Burton's macabre gem, Frankenweenie .
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 28, 2012


The Master — P.T. Anderson's controversial tour de force

Although Paul Thomas Anderson insists that all similarities are coincidental, his astounding new film The Master has riled up Scientologists.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 20, 2012


Whack Jobs

Martin McDonagh’s second film, Seven Psychopaths
Unlike his debut feature, In Bruges, the title of prolific playwright and filmmaker Martin McDonagh's hilarious, ingenious, and sneakily profound second movie, Seven Psychopaths , gives you a good idea of what you're in for.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 17, 2012

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