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Ignoring the void

Surfwise leaves the ties that bind knotty and frayed
A deceptively conventional, open-minded documentary.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  May 21, 2008


Numb Skull

Indiana Jones’s mild Kingdom
You can’t say they don’t warn you.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 22, 2008


Photo op?

In Errol Morris’s Standard Operating Procedure , a picture is worth a thousand words
After 11 days on the road promoting Standard Operating Procedure , his film about the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal, Errol Morris is back in his Cambridge office.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 01, 2008

Kernel-industrial complex

Examining a landscape where crops only feed food
Aaron Woolf’s documentary King Corn, which opens the weekend of conversations about local farming and sustainable consumption, is a sound prototype for the new wave of populist eco-docs.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 23, 2008


The odd couple

Revisit one of the great films about the artistic process
British director Mike Leigh is known as a master of kitchen-sink realism, making films about family and relationship conflict weighed down by the demands of contemporary working-class existence.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 13, 2008


No kidding

Billy the Kid has trouble making it through high school
Being an outsider in a small town isn’t easy.
By: PETER SMITH  |  January 16, 2008


The Oscars go to Hell

The Devil knows what the nominations will be for this year’s Oscars
Maybe it’s just as well if the writers’ strike forces a cancellation of the Oscars show.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  January 18, 2008


Grimace and nod

SPACE Gallery highlights 2007’s overlooked documentaries
A four-film series at SPACE Gallery highlights just the sort of cinematic and stylistically ambitious documentaries the Oscars annually ignore.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 09, 2008


The unnamable

Todd Haynes’s not-Dylan movie
If Bob Dylan were a real movie director, I’m Not There is probably the movie he’d make about his own life
By: JON GARELICK  |  November 20, 2007


He’s here!

Todd Haynes talks about his Dylan movie
I’m Not There is an apt name for a bio-pic with six Bob Dylans, none of them the real one.
By: ROB NELSON  |  November 20, 2007


Not so sentimental Education

Fred Durst gets passing grades with Charlie Banks
The Education of Charlie Banks can prove an education for the close-minded critic.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 09, 2007


Left behind

Human Rights film festival takes on the world
SPACE Gallery’s annual Human Rights Watch Traveling Film Festival, now in its sixth year, is the rare local film event as essential to movie buffs as it is to concerned citizens.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  November 07, 2007


Moving pictures

The second annual Portland Phoenix Maine Short Film Festival
It was a great night at One Longfellow Square, a really good spot for showing movies (including a curved wall onto which the films were projected!).
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 01, 2007


Deep thoughts

A stunning Maine-based doc highlights third Camden International Film Festival
It’s an unassuming feature in a weak time slot set in Farmington that deserves to steal the show this year.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 26, 2007


Say anything

A Scarborough man’s new movie shows a lot, but tells little
A Scarborough man’s new movie shows a lot, but tells little
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  September 19, 2007


Slow ride

Road movie crawls from Seattle to Boston by Segway
Here’s fair warning: for the next trip, “we might ride llamas,” Caldwell says.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  August 15, 2007


Better transformers

MIFF 10 honors cinema’s past and future
Maine film buffs have it tough.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 11, 2007
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