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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

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Review: Dredd 3D

Slow-mo blow-ups
Johnny Knoxville and his merry band of Jackasses were on to something when they shot their last movie in 3D; their formula of slow-motion + stereoscopic imaging was just about the greatest thing ever.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 20, 2012

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Review: The Master

Evangelical zeal
Paul Thomas Anderson's searchers all wash out from the same starting point: nothing left to lose.
By: HARLAN JACOBSON  |  September 20, 2012

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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

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Review: 2016: Obama's America

Not much of a movie or a documentary
Walking into Dinesh D'Souza and John Sullivan's political hatchet job, I overheard a woman exiting an earlier showing, breathlessly informing someone on her cell phone that "it's not a movie — it's a documentary!"
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 05, 2012

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Review: The Words

Klugman and Sternthal's gimcrack
Ironically, the words are the worst part of Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal's matryoshka-doll-like gimcrack.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 07, 2012



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Review: The Possession

Pandora's box
Produced by cult horror maestro Sam Raimi and directed by Ole Bornedal, The Possession showed potential.
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  September 07, 2012

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Review: Premium Rush

David Koepp's veloci-thriller
Note to the bike-porn fans at the Brattle: with all of its shots of toned, sweaty shoulder muscles arched over handlebars, you may be the only audience able to get off on this veloci-thriller.
By: NICK JOHNSTON  |  August 28, 2012

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Review: The Oogieloves and the Big Balloon Adventure

Multi-colored blobs
As an "interactive" movie, in which the whole family is encouraged to sing along and dance, The Oogieloves fails miserably.
By: NICK JOHNSTON  |  August 29, 2012

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Review: Lawless

John Hillcoat's gangster melodrama
Of all the films that John Hillcoat's gangster melodrama resembles, Roger Corman's pulp classic Bloody Mama might be the most instructive.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 31, 2012

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Review: Sleepwalk With Me

Mike Birbiglia's autobiographical feature
What compels people to perform comedy? And how does it relate to profound sleep disorders?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 05, 2012



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Review: Hit & Run

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard star in this rom-com/heist
Are Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard destined for the ill-fated end that befalls most onscreen-and-offscreen couples?
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  August 21, 2012

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Review: Sparkle

Salim Akil's reinterpretation of the 1976 musical drama
There have been worse swan songs committed to film, but Salim Akil's reinterpretation of the 1976 musical drama leaves much to be desired, since the meteoric rise and fall of a three-piece girl group is now well-tread, Oscar-nominated territory.
By: MONICA CASTILLO  |  August 22, 2012

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Review: The Expendables 2

Phony machismo
Old action heroes never die, they take steroids, become governor of California, and end up in Simon West's The Expendables 2 .
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 23, 2012

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Review: The Odd Life of Timothy Green

More twee than odd
I would describe Timothy Green's life as more twee than odd.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 16, 2012

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Review: ParaNorman

Throwback to Amblin's summer fare of the '80s
This second feature from animation house LAIKA (the company behind Coraline ) is the type of holiday entertainment that kids (and adults) used to tune into annually, back when Rankin/Bass was creating wonders of stop-motion.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  August 17, 2012



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Review: Celeste and Jesse Forever

Lee Toland Krieger's divorce rom-com
What's social climbing Celeste (co-writer Rashida Jones) to do when her affable go-nowhere husband (Andy Samberg) starts to feel like an anchor?
By: JAKE MULLIGAN  |  August 29, 2012

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Review: The Imposter

Bart Layton's documentary
The premise of Bart Layton's documentary is sublimely preposterous.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  August 29, 2012

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Review: Total Recall

Loud, humorless, and devoid of irony
For a writer who has defined contemporary paranoia, Philip K. Dick hasn't had luck with the adaptations of his work.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 07, 2012

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Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

Half-assed
Maybe the Kid is going through a rough adolescent patch — but he was no great shakes to begin with.
By: TOM MEEK  |  August 07, 2012

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The 16th Annual RI International Film Festival

Movie mania!
The 16th annual Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) will screen its top choices, presenting more than 200 films.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 31, 2012


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