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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


Review: Intruders

Scary on the inside
Some of the intruders in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's dense, dark, but not very scary thriller come not from outside but from within.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 29, 2012


Review: The Raid: Redemption

Cop thriller done right
Everything that American directors do wrong in action movies, Gareth Huw Evans does right in this cop thriller.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 03, 2012

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Review: Delicacy

David and Stéphane Foenkinos's screwball comedy
For the first 20 minutes of David and Stéphane Foenkinos's screwball comedy, Nathalie (Audrey Tautou) and her beau enjoy a relationship as bland and bubbly as Tautou herself.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 20, 2012

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Review: The Karski Report

Elaborations on Claude Lanzmann's Holocaust account
After nine and a half hours of Shoah , what remains to be said? Everything and nothing, but some testimonials in Claude Lanzmann's Holocaust account begged for elaboration, among them a segment in which Polish underground hero Jan Karski described his debriefings in 1943 with President Roosevelt and others.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 21, 2012

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Review: Free Men

Solidarity and mistrust in war-time Paris
In a little known footnote to the Holocaust, the head of the Paris mosque, Si Kaddour Ben Ghabrit, helped many Jews escape the Nazis.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 22, 2012

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Review: The Hunger Games

Jennifer Lawrence is the big winner here
More powerful than fear in subduing a society, says President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in this overstuffed adaptation of the first book in Suzanne Collins's trilogy, is hope.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 26, 2012

Being Jewish In France

Review: Being Jewish in France

Yves Jeuland's documentary
"A love affair gone sour," is how one of the writers quoted in director Yves Jeuland's documentary describes the Vichy collusion with the Nazis, which ended with thousands of French Jews rounded up by Gendarmes and shipped to death camps.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 14, 2012

Who Lives At Home

Review: Jeff, Who Lives at Home

Skillful contrivance
The title slacker (Jason Segel) in the Duplass Brothers' meditation on fate and fatuity is obsessed with M. Night Shyamalan's Signs , and the filmmakers' gentle irony about his bad taste exemplifies their empathy and tonal skill.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 15, 2012


Interview: Emily Blunt is hooked on Salmon Fishing

Reel deal
Emily Blunt's roles have included the sexually anarchic teenager of her debut in My Summer of Love (2004), the crime scene custodian in Sunshine Cleaning (2008), the Queen of England in Young Victoria (2009), and a lawn gnome in the animated Gnomeo & Juliet (2011).
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 07, 2012

Review: The Turin Horse

Review: The Turin Horse

Bela Tarr's final film
Legend has it that in Turin, Friedrich Nietzsche came across a horse being beaten by its driver. Nietzsche embraced the horse, went insane, and remained so for the rest of his life.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 07, 2012


Mortensen rings up the Coolidge Award

Hail Fellowship Well Met
On Sunday, Viggo Mortensen dropped in at the marathon screening of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and regaled the gathered faithful with a song in Elvish.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 07, 2012

Review: We Need to Talk About Kevin

Review: We Need to Talk About Kevin

Lynne Ramsay's adaptation of Lionel Shriver's novel
Kevin (Ezra Miller) may not have his father's eyes, but Lynne Ramsay's adaptation of Lionel Shriver's novel rivals Rosemary's Baby , The Omen , and this year's Twilight installment as a negative advertisement for childbearing.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 08, 2012

Review: John Carter

Review: John Carter

Too many moving parts
Like its four-armed Tharks and its ten-legged Calot, this adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs's series of sci-fi novels has too many moving parts for its own good.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 08, 2012

ProjectX movie

Review: Project X

Done before and better
When you start making negative comparisons to films like Porky's , you know a film has problems.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 01, 2012


Interview: Coolidge Award winner Viggo Mortensen gets analytical

Veni, Vidi, Viggo
Unlike the Oscars, the Coolidge Awards never disappoint. Meryl Streep, Robert Altman , Jonathan Demme: each in his or her own way has shaped what's best in the movies.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 29, 2012

Chico and Rita shorttakes

Review: Chico & Rita

An animated film for grown-ups
This is the first animated movie nominated in that category to show pubic hair, and as a film for grown-ups it outclasses most of the nominees for Best Picture.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 28, 2012

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Review: Gone

Heitor Dhalia's moody but middling thriller
The Portland police department won't be too happy to see themselves outclassed by Amanda Seyfried's big-eyed, waifish Jill in Heitor Dhalia's moody but middling thriller.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 28, 2012

Shorttake ActofValor

Review: Act of Valor

The Navy SEALs' killing of Bin Laden, in film form
New York congressman John King is investigating alleged collusion between the CIA and those involved in Kathryn Bigelow's film about the Navy SEALs' killing of Bin Laden, pressuring the studio into holding up the release until after the Presidential election to avoid charges of partisanship.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 28, 2012


The blockbusters bloom early in 2012

Springboard to summer
In keeping with the winter that never was, summer comes early this year — on movie screens, at least, if not meteorologically — with the big blockbusters that usually wait until Memorial Day now appearing in March.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 27, 2012


Will Harvey have his way with the Oscars again?

Beyond Help
Like Mitt Romney, the inevitable but unlovable Republican presidential nominee, The Artist looks like a sure bet for most of the top Oscars, which will be presented on February 26.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 27, 2012

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