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Review: Noble Son

A precious, hyperkinetic mess
On its surface, this quirky thriller from Randall Miller has indie-style appeal, with Alan Rickman in a delicious role as a gluttonous, philandering, narcissistic physics professor whose Nobel Prize win is deflated by the kidnapping of his rebellious philosophy-major son.
By: PEG ALOI  |  December 05, 2008


Review: Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

A stirring glimpse at Europe's darkest hour
The performances never falter, and even James Horner's heavy-handed score can't dim the film's unfathomable, unshakable ending.
By: PEG ALOI  |  November 17, 2008


Our Disappeared

Fascinating historical clips mixed with personal interviews
Between 1976 and 1983, some 30,000 people were kidnapped and killed by the Argentine military dictatorship.  
By: PEG ALOI  |  October 09, 2008


British Advertising Films Of 2008

This year’s goodies revealed some notable new trends
Simple visual concepts predominate; — the use of color, in particular, shows advertising’s incestuous link with the high-flying design and DIY œuvre.  
By: PEG ALOI  |  October 09, 2008


Sixty Six

A pleasing, if unbalanced, period piece
Paul Weiland ( Made of Honor ) directs this autobiographical coming-of-age comedy set in London in 1966, the year England took on Germany in the World Cup final.
By: PEG ALOI  |  August 20, 2008


Brick Lane

A lush love story of Bangladeshi immigrants
A lush love story set in East London explores the lives of Bangladeshi immigrants caught up in social turmoil before and after 9/11.
By: PEG ALOI  |  June 25, 2008


Zombie Stippers

Hilariously good gorefest
I found it well-directed, sexy, schlocky, and sublime.
By: PEG ALOI  |  April 16, 2008


Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman

Exploring the modern female life
At six hours, with its deliberate pacing and thoughtful editing, Flying makes for an absorbing viewing experience.
By: PEG ALOI  |  April 09, 2008


La Misma Luna | Under the Same Moon

Irresistibly good
This uplifting debut from Patricia Riggen tells the story of young single mother Rosario and nine-year-old son Carlitos.
By: PEG ALOI  |  April 02, 2008



Contemporary nomads in Mongolia
Khadak is a brutal but redemptive story of an oppressed, disappearing pastoral culture.
By: PEG ALOI  |  February 13, 2008


Lynch (One)

Utterly otherworldly
An intimate look at the creative process of a man who has brought nightmares and dreams alive in cinema as no one before or since.
By: PEG ALOI  |  December 12, 2007


The Price of Sugar

Prisoners in cane fields
Such an inspiring figure might invoke martyrdom, but Haney’s treatment is unsentimental, allowing the harrowing truth to speak for itself.
By: PEG ALOI  |  November 07, 2007


Cama Adentro/Live-In Maid

Wry desperation in Buenos Aires
Both actresses embody their roles with subtlety and subdued emotion — Aleandro especially, pride, humiliation, and desperation palpable in her regal face.
By: PEG ALOI  |  October 17, 2007


British Advertising Films of 2007

Vaseline and sock monkeys
Each year these commercials show an engagement with global culture and commerce.
By: PEG ALOI  |  October 10, 2007


Pete Seeger: The Power of Song

Exploring saintlike passion
This documentary by Jim Brown offers an inspiring portrait of America’s most enduring folk artist.
By: PEG ALOI  |  September 26, 2007


December Boys

Daniel Radcliffe's non-wizard cinematic vehicle
The Year My Voice Broke meets Stand by Me ? If only.
By: PEG ALOI  |  September 19, 2007


Lady Chatterley

English literature is sexier in French film
Hands and Coulloc’h are marvelous together, their nearly wordless love scenes genuinely, stunningly erotic.
By: PEG ALOI  |  July 11, 2007

Golden Doorlist

Nuovomondo|Golden Door

A vast but uneven period piece
The lack of focus on the main characters and some bad artistic choices cause the film to slip beneath the waves of its own ambitious vision.
By: PEG ALOI  |  June 13, 2007


28 Weeks Later

A bloody fine sequel to a bioterror classic
A repeat outbreak is 20 seconds and one bloody kiss away, and the Yanks are taking no prisoners.
By: PEG ALOI  |  May 17, 2007



David Bowie returns
Julien Temple’s documentary traces the evolution of the world’s most iconoclastic music festival.
By: PEG ALOI  |  April 04, 2007
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