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Character is political

Three Kelly Reichardt films coming to PMA
Kelly Reichardt, one of the most admired and resourceful voices in American independent cinema, appears at the Portland Museum of Art Friday night to participate in a weekend-long retrospective of her three most recent films.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 10, 2014


Creative genius(es)

Parsing the Chomsky-Foucault debate
Held in the Netherlands in 1971, the discussion is seen as a touchstone in philosophy circles, spanning human nature, creativity, politics, and more.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  January 23, 2014


2013's best films are only united in their audacity

 From murders to musings
 From murders to musings
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 19, 2013


Gifts for the tele- and cinephiles in the family

 Expand the home-theater library
These days, buying a family member a DVD or (now, for some) a Blu-ray can be a weird act.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 04, 2013


Dissenters hold their own in a trio of documentaries this weekend

 Keep it down
Volume is important in each of the three documentaries screening at SPACE Gallery this weekend, under its Human Rights Film Series umbrella.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  November 14, 2013


This year’s Camden International Film Festival unearths lovers, countries, and children at crossroads

 Culture wars
This would seem to be the year the Camden International Film Festival fully grows into its skin.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 26, 2013


Nine Maine-made quickies light up Waterville

 Get shorty
In this year’s Maine Shorts program at the Maine International Film Festival, nine films range from the silly to the elegiac.
By: MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 18, 2013

More highlights from MIFF’s selections

 Film extras
Other locally-focused film highlights at MIFF this weekend include what ought to be a fine and raucous screening of local cult classic documentary  Dead River Rough Cut  (1976)
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 18, 2013


Mayhem rules the summer box office

 Action! ... and ... action!
A notable underlying theme among this year’s summer crop is that, while Earth is being destroyed, the villains are not an external alien threat.
By: ELIZABETH GREENWOOD  |  June 07, 2013


Review: Girl Model

The sad world of teenage exploitation
The opening shot of Girl Model, the 2011 documentary exposing the exploitative modeling industry in Russia and Japan, scans a gray and cold Siberian cityscape.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 13, 2013


The Oscars: Argo's golden fleece

The situation may reshuffle by the Oscar broadcast on February 24, but I doubt it. After being snubbed in the Best Director category, Argo has won every award since.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 22, 2013


Documentary shows America’s system is far from neat

Health care on the rocks
Toward the end of 2012, the US Census Bureau reported that for the first time in years, the number of uninsured Americans had actually fallen — to 48.6 million, from an all-time high of 49.9 million in 2010.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 06, 2013


Oscar predictions: Django and Zero fade as Lincoln landslide looms

Had you asked a couple of weeks ago, I would have given Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained and Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty good odds at raining on Steven Spielberg's Lincoln parade. But reality has since intruded.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  January 02, 2013


In 2013, Hollywood parties like it’s 1979

A trip to the movies next year might make you think you've entered a time warp.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 27, 2012


Cutting edge: The 10 best movies of 2012

Torture, vengeance, guilt, despair, mental decline, a rough night out — so why do I feel so exhilarated about the 10 best movies of 2012?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 19, 2012


Boxes for the Box: DVD sets for the holidays

Call us homebodies, call us lazy, but the plain fact is that most nights we're more than happy to stay at home on the couch in ratty sweats, cozied up to a box of wine.
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  December 05, 2012


Keep the Lights On avoids stereotypes but not shame

A decade of dysfunction
Keep the Lights On is only one hour and 42 minutes long, but by the conclusion of this 2012 indie film by director Ira Sachs, you feel that you've known the main characters, Erik and Paul, for much longer.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 08, 2012


John Hawkes on body language

Ask any great actor — Robert De Niro, Christian Bale, Daniel Day-Lewis — if all that physical preparation is necessary for a great performance, and they'll say that sometimes you just have to put your body on the line.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 24, 2012


Two local feature films and a Maine film fest get wicked scary

The horror! the horror!
With just five main characters and an East Texas motel room as its primary setting, thriller film 40 West is as stripped-down and immediate as theater.
By: MATT BROWN  |  October 10, 2012


Puppy love: Tim Burton's first Frankenweenie

All that is unique and wonderful about the films of Tim Burton can be traced back to "Frankenweenie," a half-hour-long black-and-white live-action short he made while an animator for Disney.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 04, 2012
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