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Hollywood, RI-style

The 18th Annual Rhode island International Film Festival
The 2014 edition will premiere more than 240 films (features, shorts and documentaries) from 62 countries and 34 US states.
By: TOM MEEK  |  July 30, 2014


The Season: Season's screenings

Holiday diversions for your living room or laptop
We all know the holidays can be hectic, stressful, and overwhelming. But they’re also a perfect time to take a step back, relax, and laze around with the people you love (or tolerate).
By: JESSE PAPINEAU  |  December 11, 2013


The Season: Dynamic discs

 Gifts for tele- and cinephiles
Christmas shopping was a lot easier five years ago. Not only did most of us own DVD players back then; we actually used them.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 11, 2013


Global cinema, local flavor

Get ready for the Rhode Island International Film Festival
The 17th annual incarnation of the Rhode Island International Film Festival begins its weeklong run on August 6. The festival, which boasts more than 200 films from 65 countries, is a celebration of the cinematic arts with a campus feel and a focus on all things Rhode Island.
By: TOM MEEK  |  August 08, 2013


Review: Emperor

Yes, Tommy Lee Jones plays the "supreme commander" of the US forces in this historical drama from Peter Webber ( Girl with a Pearl Earring ) that takes place after the Japanese surrender in World War II, and the Oscar winner puts in another towering performance.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 12, 2013


Review: Oz the Great and Powerful

Sam Raimi nearly overcomes the unenviable burden of revisiting a classic by delivering dazzling footage, but not so the performances.
By: JORDAN RIEFE  |  March 07, 2013


Review: 21 And Over

As one of the Asian stereotypes in this hit-or-(mostly)-miss comedy from writer/directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore says, "Fuck kids these days. Every one of you is drunk, stupid, and fat."
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 05, 2013


Review: The Last Exorcism Part II

Now that the shaky-cam nonsense has been left behind, what remains are textureless, overlit, sub-TV-quality visuals that only accentuate the fact that our protagonist, Nell Sweetzer (Ashley Bell), is at least a decade older than the 17-year-old exorcised sect-escapee that she's playing.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 06, 2013


Review: Jack The Giant Slayer

Stop me if you've heard this one before: a farm boy dreams of adventure, finds it, and falls in love with a princess along the way. (For everyone's sake, let's just hope she's not his sister.)
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 06, 2013


Review: Dead Man Down

Following the stunning success of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo , Danish filmmaker Niels Arden Oplev makes his English-language bow with this bleak film noir that values character over tension.
By: JORDAN RIEFE  |  March 08, 2013


Review: Phantom

Simultaneously bizarre and banal, director Todd Robinson's military procedural seems designed to please no one.
By: JAKE MULLIGAN  |  February 27, 2013


Review: Snitch

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson idles through this Ric Roman Waugh–directed action thriller as John Matthews, a construction company owner who infiltrates a cartel to persuade the DEA to set free his wrongly imprisoned son.
By: SCOTT SUGARMAN  |  February 27, 2013


Review: The Sweeney

No single subgenre is as tired as "loose-cannon cop breaks the rules to bring down a band of ruthless criminals."
By: JAKE MULLIGAN  |  February 27, 2013


The Oscars: Argo's golden fleece

The situation may reshuffle by the Oscar broadcast on February 24, but I doubt it. After being snubbed in the Best Director category, Argo has won every award since.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 22, 2013


Review: Identity Thief

Seth Gordon directs this funny, though formulaic, mismatched-duo comedy in which Jason Bateman's straight-laced family man must nab Melissa McCarthy, the identity thief who has ruined his credit, and haul her from Florida to Denver for prosecution.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  February 20, 2013


Review: Safe Haven

Somewhere along the way Nicholas Sparks went from being just a bestselling author of preachy schmaltz to a full-on franchise (he produces the movies of his books).
By: TOM MEEK  |  February 14, 2013


Review: A Good Day To Die Hard

A Good Day To Die Hard is a movie for people who like blowin' stuff up, evidently a favorite pastime of director John Moore, whose action scenes make about as much sense as his script, which was likely written on a cocktail napkin.
By: JORDAN RIEFE  |  February 15, 2013


Review: Beautiful Creatures

Mis spelled
Throughout his adaptation of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's YA novel, Richard Lagravenese drops the names of books that would have provided a more rewarding way of spending a couple of hours than watching this movie.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 11, 2013


Review: Bullet To The Head

Veteran director Walter Hill's return to the screen looks, sounds, and feels like an '80s action movie beefed-up for modern audiences with heaping helpings of messy blood squibs.
By: MONICA CASTILLO  |  February 05, 2013


Review: Side Effects

Placebo effect
Ironically, the filmmaker who started his career with sex, lies, and videotape , a film boosting female sexuality and empowerment, now ends it with a so-so thriller that resorts to the same old misogyny.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 08, 2013
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