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Review: Sushi: The Global Catch

Mark S. Hall's documentary
Director Mark S. Hall begins his documentary by focusing on the traditions and history of raw-fish preparation, as demonstrated by Mamoru Sugiyama, master chef at Tokyo's Sushiko Restaurant.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  August 23, 2012

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

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

Review: Oslo, August 31

Surveying a failed life
Thirty-four-year-old Anders considers himself "a spoiled brat who fucked up."
By BRETT MICHEL  |  August 21, 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

An interview with director Eric Toledano

Talking Intouchables
While The Artist was busy scooping up accolades, adoration, and Oscars stateside, another film was busy winning the hearts and standing ovations of France.
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  June 01, 2012

Review: Damsels in Distress

Whit Stillman's first film in 13 years
Damsels in Distress , writer-director Whit Stillman's first film in 13 years, is a comedic fable set at a fictional college in the East at some indeterminate time that seems like the present but might as well not be.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 20, 2012

Review: Burn

BURN takes on Detroit
In case you haven't heard, Detroit is in shambles — 39 percent unemployment, 50 percent illiteracy.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 24, 2012

Review: God Bless America

Bobcat Goldthwait's best work yet
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  |  April 18, 2012

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

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

Review: Marley

Bob Marley remains elusive
After two-and-half hours of hagiography, talking heads, archival footage, still photos, and snatches of his songs, Bob Marley remains elusive in Kevin Macdonald's documentary.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 18, 2012

Review: To the Arctic

The Arctic is still melting, people
Heart-wrenching footage of polar cubs wrestling and caribou mothers pushing their young to higher ground isn't necessary to educate the viewer on the thoroughly depressing domino effect of melting sea ice. But hot damn, does it help.
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  April 18, 2012

Review: Monsieur Lazhar

Subtle, wise, and beautifully rendered
A Montreal elementary school is traumatized by a suicide in the classroom of a popular instructor.
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 18, 2012

Review: A Simple Life

Ann Hui's aptly titled film
The most sensitive and heartbreaking depiction of old age since Korean director Lee Chang-dong's Poetry, Hong Kong filmmaker Ann Hui's aptly titled account of the slow decline of a beloved housekeeper doesn't involve violent crime like Lee's film, but does recreate the evanescence of everyday life with equal evocativeness.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 18, 2012

Review: Goon

Ode to the brawl
A Slapshot-worshipping, proudly raunchy ode to hockey's enforcers, Goon repeats a mock-poetic motif of blood and teeth wafting slo-mo towards the ice.
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 12, 2012

Review: Hipsters

Nice try, Russian musical
The first Russian musical in half a century, Valery Todorovsky's Hipsters gets rubles for trying, but what's on screen is thin and obvious, the characters one-dimensional, the musical numbers and satire vapid.
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 10, 2012

Review: The Dish & the Spoon

Chance indie encounters
Dumped by her husband, an enraged young woman, Rose (Greta Gerwig), drives around coastal towns in the Delaware winter swearing revenge against her straying spouse and an ill fate for the gal who lured him away.
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 10, 2012

Review: The Lady

The life of Aung San Suu Kyi falls prey to Luc Besson's filmmaking
In addition to making dumb action flicks, Luc Besson has another hobby — turning the lives of valiant women into mediocre movies.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 10, 2012

Review: American Reunion

The Pie returns
Just as predictable and appetizing as Jason Biggs's penis in a pie, the newest addition to the raunchy American Pie franchise comes to audiences half-baked by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg.
By MONICA CASTILLO  |  April 11, 2012

Review: Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day

Wound tight
Kari Ames (Sharon Leal) has it all: a handsome professor husband (Blair Underwood), an adorable six-year-old (Zoe Carter), and a sweet home in New Orleans' Garden District.
By ANN LEWINSON  |  April 11, 2012

Review: L!fe Happens

Not much happening in L!fe Happens
In the opening scene of Kat Coiro's comedy, roommates Kim (Krysten Ritter) and Deena (Kate Bosworth), eager one-night stands waiting in their beds, both reach for a condom in the communal stash. But only one remains, and Deena grabs it.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 11, 2012

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

Review: Bully

Stuck in the schoolyard
The MPAA claims to have given Lee Hirsch's well-intended but disappointingly perfunctory documentary about the bullying epidemic an "R" rating because of a couple of common expletives.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 12, 2012

Review: Detention

The Breakfast Club meets Scream 2
A knife-wielding maniac plots his exploits off of a popular slasher film.   If you were to call out Joseph Kahn for unabashedly ripping this plot straight from Scream 2 , he'd probably take it as a compliment.
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  April 12, 2012

Review: Blue Like Jazz

Out of tune
A faith-based film directed by Christian recording artist Steve Taylor, adapted by Taylor and Donald Miller from the latter's 2003 memoir, this micro-budgeted indie tries to appeal to everyone by not offending anyone . . . except those who like movies.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 12, 2012

Review: The Deep Blue Sea

A bad dream trapped in amber
Like a bad dream trapped in amber, Terence Davies's studied film adaptation of Terence Rattigan's famous 1952 play is both spectrally beautiful and frozen in self-regard.
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  March 29, 2012

Review: Boy

Huck Finn in New Zealand
On the picturesque coast of New Zealand in 1984, the 11-year-old Maori kid of the title (James Rolleston) lives the life of Huck Finn, though with more responsibilities.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 29, 2012

Review: The Raid: Redemption

Cop thriller done right
Everything that American directors do wrong in action movies, Gareth Huw Evans does right in this cop thriller.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 03, 2012

Review: The Kid with a Bike

Warmth in juvenile delinquency
This Grand Prix winner at Cannes 2011 is among the best films by Belgium's Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 03, 2012

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