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A Family Tree of Monkey Movies

Primate directive
Watch how monkey movies have evolved, from Tarzan of the Apes to Rise of the Planet of the Apes .
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 04, 2011

Review: The Guard

John Michael McDonagh's cop story
With equal parts In the Heat of the Night , Coup de Torchon , and good old Irish blarney, John Michael McDonagh's Connacht-set cop story would be too clever by half if not for Brendan Gleeson's canny performance.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 02, 2011

Review: The 15th Annual Rhode Island Film Festival

Super shorts and more
The Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival is holding its 15th annual presentation August 9-14.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 03, 2011

Review: Life in a day

Amateur filmmakers submit snippets of their lives
Sometimes it seems like universal access to video and the Internet has resulted in just a lot of amateur porn and wearying narcissism.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 02, 2011

Review: Life, Above All

A quietly moving coming-of-age tale
A grave, quietly moving coming-of-age tale of a young girl raised in a village where many (her infant sister, in this case) are robbed of the opportunity to come of age at all, Oliver Schmitz's film is told effectively through the sad, wise eyes of the 12-year-old protagonist, Chanda (Khomotso Manyaka).
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  August 02, 2011

Four-hour showstoppers and Malcolm McDowell come to Waterville

Into the Woods
Boasting a high-profile selection of archival prints and to-be-buzzed-about small films, the 14th Maine International Film Festival begins on Friday and runs through July 24 at locations in Waterville, primarily HQ Railroad Square Cinema. Herein, a guide to the festivities.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 13, 2011
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Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

The final chapter
"It's complicated," says Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) early on in this last installment of his epic as he tries to explain some obscure plot element.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 18, 2011
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Review: Horrible Bosses

Overplayed quirks
After two comedies, it's clear Seth Gordon is good at making . . . documentaries.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 12, 2011
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Review: Monte Carlo

Awkward limitations
The latest tween pabulum features Selena Gomez in two roles, which is awkward because she only has one and a half expressions.
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  July 05, 2011
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Women take charge at the Boston French Film Festival

La femme est la femme
The French have always made movies about women, but now the women are making movies about themselves. So the program for this year's Boston French Film Festival would suggest.  
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 12, 2011
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Review: Viva Riva!

A gritty get-down
One thing about Djo Tunda Wa Munga's plucky Third World noir: it never slows down.
By TOM MEEK  |  July 05, 2011
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Review: Larry Crowne

A lighter-than-air trifle
Coming 15 years after That Thing You Do!, Tom Hanks's second, confident outing as a feature director finds him co-writing a lighter-than-air trifle with old family friend Nia Vardalos, who's made nothing but awful films since initially charming audiences with My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 05, 2011
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Review: Just Like Us

Leave the directing to someone else
This brainchild of Egyptian-American comedian Ahmed Ahmed is basically a collection of his home movies as he travels from the US alongside comics like Maz Jobrani and Whitney Cummings to perform stand-up in Dubai, Beirut, Cairo, Riyadh, and back.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 05, 2011
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Review: Bad Teacher

All talk and no action
Both Bad Santa and the Bad Lieutenants (Keitel and Cage) were really bad, but they were entertaining. Cameron Diaz's Bad Teacher, Elizabeth, is neither.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 29, 2011
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Review: Transformers: Dark of the Moon

3D adds an illusion of depth
Maybe 3D does have a purpose; it makes Michael Bay's third Transformers movie worth watching.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 28, 2011
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Review: Cars 2

A Yugo in a lot full of Porsches
Alongside such Pixar hits as Monsters, Inc , Toy Story , and The Incredibles , Cars 2 comes off like a Yugo in a lot full of Porsches.
By TOM MEEK  |  June 28, 2011
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Review: Page One

Get me rewrite
Watching Carr work those stories reveals little about the media revolution, and nothing about its effects on the Times.  
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 29, 2011
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The 13th Annual Provincetown International Film Festival

Cape Crusaders
Henry Thoreau said of the song of the wood thrush: "Whenever a man hears it, it is a new world and a free country, and the gates of heaven are not shut. . . . " For some reason, Provincetown is full of these birds — appropriately so, given the avowed intent of the Provincetown International Film Festival to present liberated "filmmaking on the edge."
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 21, 2011
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A cinematographer and his masterpiece

Young Eyes
It's fitting that the last image of Cameraman: The Life & Work of Jack Cardiff — a film containing interviews with the great British cinematographer but not released until after his death — is of Cardiff.
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  June 21, 2011
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Review: The Last Mountain

As Bill Haney's infuriating, straightforward documentary argues, the coal industry is not only poisoning our air and water but our democracy as well.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 21, 2011
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Review: Big Shoes: Walking and Talking the Blues

 Review: Big Shoes: Walking and Talking the Blues
"Playing the blues is not for sissies." This line, muttered by guitarist and former Phoenix associate arts editor Ted Drozdowski, sets the tone about five minutes into Robert Mugge's documentary.
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  June 21, 2011
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Review: Pianomania

You don't need to be knowledgeable about classical music to savor Pianomania any more than you need to know about Donkey Kong to enjoy The King of Kong. The Vienna-set documentary burrows into the professional life of Steinway & Sons' chief technician and master tuner Stephan Knüpfer.
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  June 23, 2011
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Review: Conan O'Brien Can't Stop

There's something destabilizing about seeing Conan O'Brien — whose image has been familiarized in the collective consciousness wearing a neatly tailored suit in front of a Manhattan backdrop — suddenly laid bare by a jittery handheld camera in the comfort of his kitchen.
By CARSON LUND  |  June 24, 2011
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Review: Green Lantern

A parlor game could be made out of how many times the word "fear" is uttered in Martin Campbell's superhero franchise non-starter.
By BRET MICHEL  |  June 21, 2011
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Review: Jig

Sue Bourne's documentary about Irish stepdancing in general and the 2010 Irish Dance World Championships in particular treads a formulaic path.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 16, 2011
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Review: The Trip

In his brilliant "adaptation" of Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy , Michael Winterbottom created a self-reflexive parodic movie of the quintessential self-reflexive parodic novel .
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 17, 2011
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Review: Submarine

Here the eloquent misfit is Oliver Tate, a cynical wise guy whose inept horniness competes with his existential anxiety. .
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 17, 2011
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Review: The Art of Getting By

Freddie Highmore plays the acutely self-conscious Manhattan prep schooler whose pivotal senior year is recounted in director-writer Gavin Wiesen's earnest, but weak, debut.
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  June 17, 2011
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Review: Queen of the Sun

Bees are in trouble, and their livelihood has major implications on the human race
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  June 16, 2011
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Review: Beautiful Boy

Is there an audience for this finely acted, sensitively directed film of unhappiness and sorrow?
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 17, 2011

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