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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

Short Take: Snow White and the Huntsman

Review: Snow White and the Huntsman

Not the old clichés
Hers is not the old clichéd path towards romance, but the new clichéd path towards becoming a kickass girl warrior.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  June 07, 2012

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Secret identities get a workout in this summer’s movies

Hidden agendas
This summer, it's not enough for heroes to have superpowers; they have to suffer existentially as well.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 05, 2012

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New England’s film festivals make great getaways

Escapist movies
We can't complain much here in the Portland area about the films we get to see.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 12, 2012

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Review: Chernobyl Diaries

Tried and true formula
More akin to a meander through a haunted house than a fulfilling feature film, the latest work from Paranormal Activity auteur Oren Peli (he produces, Bradley Parker directs) relies on his tried-and-true formula of favoring atmospheric terror over visceral scares.
By: JAKE MULLIGAN  |  May 29, 2012

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Review: The Color Wheel

Alex Ross Perry’s bracing comedy
By my (admittedly jaded) count, there are two shocking moments in Alex Ross Perry's startlingly original comedy, The Color Wheel .
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  May 23, 2012



ShortTake: Men In Black 3

Review: Men In Black 3

Infinite possiblities
Griffin (Michael Stuhlbarg), a fifth dimensional alien, can see the infinite possibilities each moment possesses and the infinite contingencies that caused it to happen.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 24, 2012

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Review: The Dictator

Surprisingly sweet
Though his PR campaign might suggest otherwise, Sacha Baron Cohen has actually made (with director Larry Charles) a sweet movie, not unlike Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator , if less sentimental.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 16, 2012

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Review: God Bless America

Bobcat Goldthwait tackles vapid celebrity culture
The latest dark comedy from Bobcat Goldthwait tackles both vapid celebrity culture ( i.e. , Paris Hilton, the Kardashians, and American Idol ) and the indignity of being an office drone.
By: TOM MEEK  |  May 17, 2012

Review: Battleship

Review: Battleship

Why not?
Hasbro's Transformers have made a mint; why not make a movie out of Battleship ?
By: ANN LEWINSON  |  May 18, 2012

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Review: Dark Shadows

Tim Burton's best film since Ed Wood
By the time Dark Shadows gets to the opening credits, it is already Tim Burton's best film since Ed Wood , but then I've always had a soft spot for the Moody Blues' "Nights in White Satin."
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 11, 2012



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Review: The Five-Year Engagement


Nicholas Stoller's inventive, funny, and sometimes subversive romantic comedy won't revive that benighted genre, but it does offer hope.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 01, 2012

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Review: Marvel's The Avengers

Awkward first steps
Even for a hard-ass like Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), head of the ultra-secret S.H.I.E.L.D agency, getting a billionaire genius in a metal suit, a scientist with a bad temper, a cryogenically preserved WWII warrior, a Norse god, and two secret agents (how did they get in?) to play nicely together can take a while.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 06, 2012

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Review: The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Dry romp on the high seas
Peter Lord, animator behind claymation staples Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run , directs this very British, very dry romp on the high seas during the time when Britannia did indeed rule the waves.
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 24, 2012

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Review: Chimpanzee

Disney-distributed documentary
Following in the footsteps of African Cats , this Disney-distributed documentary combines breathtaking wildlife footage with silly, self-conscious voiceover narration aimed at preschoolers.
By: MILES HOWARD  |  April 24, 2012

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Review: The Raven

John Cusack as Poe
If only Poe could find the solution to the mystery in his own texts! Or if the filmmakers made any use of them.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 26, 2012



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Review: The Lucky One

Scott Hicks's adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks bestseller
Who knew that PTSD is the secret to an ideal boyfriend?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 18, 2012

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Review: Lockout

Guy Pearce rises above the rest
Every once in a while, an actor can single-handedly hoist a film to near greatness, despite a banal script and subpar direction.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  April 18, 2012

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Review: The Three Stooges

Funny and faithful
The Farrelly Brothers' Three Stooges pastiche, while not poifect, is funny and faithful, recreating slap-shtick (and sound effects!) and adding sharp one-liners.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 23, 2012

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Review: Think Like A Man

Cleverer than your average rom-com
I guess you can never judge a book by its cover, even if it is Steve Harvey's obnoxiously titled Act like a Lady, Think like a Man.
By: MONICA CASTILLO  |  April 18, 2012

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Review: The Cabin in the Woods

Down the rabbit hole -- er, cabin
Youth will be served — as victims — in three movies in the theaters this week (four if you include the re-release of Titanic in 3D): The Hunger Games, Bully, and The Cabin in the Woods, the last being the most ingenious, entertaining, and sadistic.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 12, 2012


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