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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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Review: The Watch

A lapse in good taste
The Watch is hard to watch.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 01, 2012

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New Penzance = Rhode Island

A tour of the whimsical world of Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom
Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom is the most profitable film in recent memory at Newport's indie emporium, the Jane Pickens Theater. And little wonder.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 26, 2012

Review: Step Up Revolution

Review: Step Up Revolution

Abstractly beautiful
The ne plus ultra of “guilty pleasures,” the Step Up movies are willfully naive, awkward, and irresistible.
By: PATRICK Z. MCGAVIN  |  July 26, 2012

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Review: The Dark Knight Rises

Not so serious
No other superhero has less fun than the Batman (Christian Bale) of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 18, 2012

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Review: Ice Age: Continental Drift

It's all been done
Perhaps you've seen "Scrat's Continental Crack-Up," the animated short that debuted theatrically a year and a half ago featuring the sabre-toothed squirrel causing a prehistoric tectonic cataclysm as a result of his pursuit of an elusive acorn.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  July 12, 2012



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Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

Only one story
There's only one story, says the teacher near the end of this take-two of the Spider-Man franchise: who am I?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 03, 2012

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Review: Magic Mike

Reviving the '80s beefcake genre
After January's Haywire , director Steven Soderbergh revives another genre, the '80s beefcake buffet, with better results than could have been expected.
By: NICK JOHNSTON  |  July 03, 2012

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Review: Katy Perry: Part of Me

A familiar saga
Lady Gaga's every arch move seems designed to be parsed by graduate students convinced that mainstream America is scandalized every time someone plays with — all together now — gender.
By: CHARLES TAYLOR  |  July 03, 2012

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Review: Ted

Dumbing down Family Guy 's Brian for the big screen
Seth MacFarlane is making his big-screen debut with yet another dope and his talking teddy bear.
By: ANN LEWINSON  |  June 29, 2012

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Review: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Bekmambetov's adaptation of the goofy bestseller
With a title like this, don't expect a PBS documentary.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 22, 2012



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Review: Rock of Ages

Soft mock
In retrospect, 1987, the year in which this adaptation of Chris D'Arienzo's hit Broadway show is set, might have been the moment that pop culture shit the bed.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 15, 2012

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Review: Prometheus

Ridley Scott's monumental and busy return
The best films in the Alien series, Ridley Scott's original and James Cameron's pluralized follow-up, didn't bother much with pondering the meaning of it all. The only film that did so, Alien 3 , is the worst.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 07, 2012

Film Review: Double Trouble

Review: Double Trouble

Inept martial arts comedy
David Chang's inept martial arts comedy confirms the genius of Jackie Chan.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 05, 2012

Short Take: High School

Review: High School

Inane and ignorant
A pot comedy that won't reward even the most easily satisfied stoner, High School is just as inane and ignorant as the Reefer Madness -style films it aims to satirize.
By: JAKE MULLIGAN  |  June 05, 2012

Short Take: Madagascar 3

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

The franchise matures
The franchise that began as a tame kiddie pleaser about four pampered zoo animals lost in the wild has matured and sharpened its teeth, perhaps thanks to Noah Baumbach ( The Squid and the Whale ) collaborating on the script.
By: TOM MEEK  |  June 07, 2012



Short Take: Snow White and the Huntsman

Review: Snow White and the Huntsman

Not the old clichés
Hers is not the old clichéd path towards romance, but the new clichéd path towards becoming a kickass girl warrior.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  June 07, 2012

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Secret identities get a workout in this summer’s movies

Hidden agendas
This summer, it's not enough for heroes to have superpowers; they have to suffer existentially as well.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 05, 2012

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Films al fresco

Drive-ins
Movie theaters make a great daytime escape from summer scorchers, but there's no need to waste a temperate summer night trapped in a crowded megaplex.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  June 06, 2012

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New England’s film festivals make great getaways

Escapist movies
We can't complain much here in the Portland area about the films we get to see.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 12, 2012

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Review: Chernobyl Diaries

Tried and true formula
More akin to a meander through a haunted house than a fulfilling feature film, the latest work from Paranormal Activity auteur Oren Peli (he produces, Bradley Parker directs) relies on his tried-and-true formula of favoring atmospheric terror over visceral scares.
By: JAKE MULLIGAN  |  May 29, 2012


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