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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
50-50 short takes

Review: 50/50

An edgy concept, and a fine cast
In 50/50 , Jonathan Levine, whose The Wackness (2008) showed a talent for sardonic comedy, makes a halfhearted attempt to raise Will Reiser's script (partly autobiographical) above clever stereotype.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 27, 2011
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Review: Hesher

A promise of things to come
There's plenty to admire in Spencer Susser's feature debut, like the impressive cast — Rainn Wilson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Natalie Portman, Piper Laurie — and the heartfelt intentions of Susser's dark coming-of-age tale.
By TOM MEEK  |  May 12, 2011

Review: Inception

Set the snooze alarm
A haggard agent, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, is plagued by hallucinations of his wife and children while searching for the truth about a hospital for the criminally insane. . . . I'm sorry, that's Shutter Island . Where was I?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 24, 2011

Review: GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra

 If only they'd brought Mr. Potato Head into the mix.
In the hands of director Stephen Sommers, who did better with the Mummy series, Joe looks like a cheap video game brightened by good actors.
By TOM MEEK  |  August 13, 2009

Review: (500) Days of Summer

An odd romantic comedy, but a romantic comedy nonetheless
"This is not a love story," (500) Days of Summer 's disembodied narrator tells us. That's mostly a lie.
By SHAULA CLARK  |  July 15, 2009
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(10) days of celluloid

From the gridiron to gritty realism at the Maine International Film Festival
Among the many treats at last year's Maine International Film Festival were a future Oscar winner (James Marsh's documentary Man on Wire ) and one of the biggest art-house hits of 2008 (Scandinavian teen-vampire flick Let the Right One In ).
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 08, 2009

The Lookout

Noirish notes
Chris Pratt has it made: he’s a stud, he has a rich father, and he can score a goal from anywhere on the ice.
By TOM MEEK  |  March 29, 2007


Noir goes Orange County
A hard-boiled detective story in a contemporary Orange County setting, Rian Johnson’s debut feature holds a Surrealist mirror to the truth about high school.
By CHRIS FUJIWARA  |  April 07, 2006

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