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Review: The Descendants

For Clooney, it's all Payne, all gain
George Clooney puts in what may be his best performance as Matt King, scion of a wealthy Hawaiian family that can trace its pedigree back to the 19th century Princess Margaret Ke'alohilani, descendant of King Kamehameha, and bride of Matt's great, great, etc., grandfather, the haole lawyer Edward King.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 16, 2011

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Review: Up In the Air

Flight pattern: Reitman takes a familiar turn
No director pulls off the bait-and-switch as craftily as Jason Reitman. He gets you thinking that you're watching a hip, caustic comedy subverting the status quo, but by the end, he's vindicated all the platitudes he seemed to scorn.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 02, 2009


A very entertaining documentary
Comparisons with Alexander Payne’s Election won’t fly.  
By GERALD PEARY  |  October 25, 2008

Difficult people

Tom Perrotta keeps his characters company through the bumps and bumbles of American life
As a reader of fiction, at this point in life I’m sort of in my late Imperial phase — a sensationalist, easily distracted, with a vulgar appetite for brilliance.
By JAMES PARKER  |  October 03, 2007

Yankee know-how

Telluride’s new American wave?
Back from the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, I proclaim a renaissance of American cinema.
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 12, 2007

I Now Pronounce You Chuck + Larry

Mainstream gay-marriage endorsement
Who knew that Adam Sandler had a political movie in him?
By TOM MEEK  |  July 24, 2007

Better transformers

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

Paris je t'aime

A whirlwind tour of 18 arrondissements in 120 minutes
The concept for this anthology was a short film representing each of Paris’s 20 arrondissements, from the Jardins des Tuileries (#1) to the Cimitière du Père Lachaise (#20).
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 23, 2007

The varied charms of a DVD magazine

Wholphin serves up aces
Wholphin , the DVD magazine from the creators of literary journal McSweeney’s and quarterly culture magazine the Believer , serves to provide the viewer with sights they had no idea they needed to see.
By JOE BERNARDI  |  February 08, 2007

The future of an illusion

Reflections on 40 years spent in the dark
When I first realized that movies would, for better or worse, dominate my imagination forever, I really gave no thought to the forces at work creating these transfiguring images on a screen.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 15, 2006

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