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  • May 29, 2008
    By Peter Keough

    Far from being tossed onto the trash heap of history, the Russian Communist Party has recovered very nicely from the downfall of the Soviet Union by entering another field: film criticism.

    After ripping “Armageddon” a few years ago because it impugned the quality of Russian space hardware, they are taking to task Steven Spielberg’s International blockbuster “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

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  • May 27, 2008
    By Peter Keough

    Because of his many, memorable appearances on screen, Sydney Pollack, who just died at the age of 73, might have the been the most familiar of contemporary directors to the average moviegoer. In most roles (but not Stanley Kubrick’s "Eyes Wide Shut." Yikes!) he seemed that hardbitten, savvy guy with a heart of gold whom you wouldn’t mind having a beer with and whom you could rely on to help you out in a pinch.

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  • May 22, 2008
    By Peter Keough

    Who needed drugs back in 1970 when there were peyote-powered brain bogglers like Nicolas Roeg and Donald Cammell’s Performance, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s El Topo and Werner Herzog’s Even Dwarfs Started Small on the screen? Those psychedelic, boundary breaking days might be coming back despite the perpetual complaints about the death of independent cinema.

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  • May 14, 2008
    By Peter Keough

    The conventional wisdom says that C.S. Lewis’s Narnia and the movie adaptations of the books offer aproper Christian alternative to the godless moonshine of Philip Pullman’s "The Golden Compass" and the satan worshipping witchcraft of Harry Potter.

    But how Christian is it? I’m not referring to the scene in 2005’s “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” in which Father Christmas (that’s Santa Claus, or the Spirit of Rampant Consumerism as he is known to us on this side of the Atlantic) presenting children lethal weapons as holiday presents.

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