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Review: Pitch Perfect


Jason Moore's musical doesn't hit all the high notes, but guilty pleasures are seldom perfect.
By: MONICA CASTILLO  |  October 04, 2012

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Review: Frankenweenie

Shaggy dog story
Death becomes Tim Burton, whose best films feature corpses or the undead.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 04, 2012

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Puppy love: Tim Burton's first Frankenweenie


All that is unique and wonderful about the films of Tim Burton can be traced back to "Frankenweenie," a half-hour-long black-and-white live-action short he made while an animator for Disney.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 04, 2012

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Head to Camden for a big dose of great cinema

What not to miss at CIFF
Among the dozens of films at this year's Camden International Film Festival, here are two we strongly recommend.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  September 26, 2012

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Review: Looper


It takes some concentration to follow a plot where flashbacks are flash-forwards and vice versa. Or both. And sometimes flash-sideways.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 28, 2012

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Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower


"Just smile and be yourself," advises Charlie's naïve dad. "That's how you make friends in the real world."
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 25, 2012



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Review: Stars in Shorts


There are big names galore in this amalgam of short films — Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Kenneth Branagh, etc. — and the celebs are having a holiday good time, even when the stories aren't particularly distinguished.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  September 25, 2012

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Review: House at the End of the Street


A project that's been around the block, Mark Tonderai's horror thriller was slated to go into production nearly a decade ago, with Jonathan Mostow (Breakdown) attached to direct.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 25, 2012

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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: 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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