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Review: Safe

A lot of blood
There actually is a safe in Boaz Yakin's Safe , but you have to wade through a lot of blood to get there, and then more after that.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 01, 2012


Review: The Five-Year Engagement

Nicholas Stoller's inventive, funny, and sometimes subversive romantic comedy won't revive that benighted genre, but it does offer hope.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 01, 2012


Review: Marvel's The Avengers

Awkward first steps
Even for a hard-ass like Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), head of the ultra-secret S.H.I.E.L.D agency, getting a billionaire genius in a metal suit, a scientist with a bad temper, a cryogenically preserved WWII warrior, a Norse god, and two secret agents (how did they get in?) to play nicely together can take a while.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 06, 2012


The LGBT film festival ranges from farce to fierce

Camping out
For many filmgoers, their exposure to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender cinema might be limited to a midnight screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 24, 2012

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Review: The Raven

John Cusack as Poe
If only Poe could find the solution to the mystery in his own texts! Or if the filmmakers made any use of them.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 26, 2012


Review: A Simple Life

Ann Hui's aptly titled film
The most sensitive and heartbreaking depiction of old age since Korean director Lee Chang-dong's Poetry, Hong Kong filmmaker Ann Hui's aptly titled account of the slow decline of a beloved housekeeper doesn't involve violent crime like Lee's film, but does recreate the evanescence of everyday life with equal evocativeness.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 18, 2012


Review: Marley

Bob Marley remains elusive
After two-and-half hours of hagiography, talking heads, archival footage, still photos, and snatches of his songs, Bob Marley remains elusive in Kevin Macdonald's documentary.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 18, 2012


Review: OK, Good

Ridiculous commercial auditions
Daniel Martinico's minimal, elliptical style and his use of repetitions and variations almost overcome the predictability of this case study in repression and alienation.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 18, 2012


Review: Sleepwalk With Me

Comedy and sleep disorders
What compels people to perform comedy?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 18, 2012


Review: Kid-Thing

Absurd and gut-wrenching
If Spirit of the Beehive took place in Napoleon Dynamite country, it might turn out like David Zellner's absurd and wrenching coming-of-age tale.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 18, 2012


Review: Wuthering Heights

Back to the moors
Unlike in her harsh romances set in Britain's urban wastelands, it's nature that rules in British director Andrea Arnold's audacious adaptation of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights .
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 19, 2012


Review: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

China's most famous artist
Chinese activist Ai Weiwei combines the chutzpah of Michael Moore, the antic iconoclasm of Duchamp, and the humility of Gandhi, and it's not enough.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 18, 2012


Review: The Lucky One

Scott Hicks's adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks bestseller
Who knew that PTSD is the secret to an ideal boyfriend?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 18, 2012


Review: The Lady

The life of Aung San Suu Kyi falls prey to Luc Besson's filmmaking
In addition to making dumb action flicks, Luc Besson has another hobby — turning the lives of valiant women into mediocre movies.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 10, 2012


Review: We Have a Pope

We have a dud
That College of Cardinals, what crazy guys.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 10, 2012


Review: The Cabin in the Woods

Down the rabbit hole -- er, cabin
Youth will be served — as victims — in three movies in the theaters this week (four if you include the re-release of Titanic in 3D): The Hunger Games, Bully, and The Cabin in the Woods, the last being the most ingenious, entertaining, and sadistic.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 12, 2012


Review: Bully

Stuck in the schoolyard
The MPAA claims to have given Lee Hirsch's well-intended but disappointingly perfunctory documentary about the bullying epidemic an "R" rating because of a couple of common expletives.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 12, 2012


Review: L!fe Happens

Not much happening in L!fe Happens
In the opening scene of Kat Coiro's comedy, roommates Kim (Krysten Ritter) and Deena (Kate Bosworth), eager one-night stands waiting in their beds, both reach for a condom in the communal stash. But only one remains, and Deena grabs it.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 11, 2012

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Review: Thin Ice

A little bit of this and that
Brilliantly original in Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001), Jill Sprecher and her co-writer sister Karen seem to have gone through a card file of used ideas to cobble together this black comedy.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 03, 2012

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Review: Mirror Mirror

The least magical adaptation of a fairy tale ever made
Had Tarsem Singh given his dwarves names that described his film they might be: Ugly, Creepy, Murky, Listless, Pathological, Sadistic, and Inane.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 03, 2012


Review: Boy

Huck Finn in New Zealand
On the picturesque coast of New Zealand in 1984, the 11-year-old Maori kid of the title (James Rolleston) lives the life of Huck Finn, though with more responsibilities.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 29, 2012

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