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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


Review: The Odd Life of Timothy Green

More twee than odd
I would describe Timothy Green's life as more twee than odd.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 16, 2012


Review: ParaNorman

Throwback to Amblin's summer fare of the '80s
This second feature from animation house LAIKA (the company behind Coraline ) is the type of holiday entertainment that kids (and adults) used to tune into annually, back when Rankin/Bass was creating wonders of stop-motion.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  August 17, 2012


48 hours with Maine filmmakers

Embedded Reporting
Over the weekend, you may have encountered people dying on the street, staring longingly into mirrors, being tormented by puppets, or any number of other events not normally occurring in this area, strange and creative though its denizens are.


Review: Total Recall

Loud, humorless, and devoid of irony
For a writer who has defined contemporary paranoia, Philip K. Dick hasn't had luck with the adaptations of his work.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 07, 2012


Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

Maybe the Kid is going through a rough adolescent patch — but he was no great shakes to begin with.
By: TOM MEEK  |  August 07, 2012


Review: The Watch

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


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


Ascending filmmakers, dying formats

As film itself fades, classics and breakthroughs take over Waterville
It's a precarious moment for lovers of classic films and, indeed, film itself.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 11, 2012

Film: Ice Age: Continental Drift

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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