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  • August 31, 2012
    By Peter Keough

    There's seems to be a new wave of woman directors -- Sarah Polley, Julie Delpy, Lena Dunham, to name a few -- who have put a subversive spin on the romantic comedy, turning out frequently scatological, often hilarious twists on the reigning female stereotypes. Joining them is first time director Lelye Headland, a playwright who has turned one of her stage works, "Bachelorette," about a trio of friends who lose their shit the night before they are to attend a wedding,

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  • June 14, 2012
    By Peter Keough

    Last night during the fire alarm, when the two police officers came walking down the corridor, I had the sudden thought that they would turn out to be strippers. Because there’s a movie meme going around to that effect. Like in the ubiquitous trailer for “Magic Mike.” And in the opening night film of the Provincetown International Film Festival, which we had seen earlier in the evening, Leslye Headland’s debut “Bachelorette.

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  • March 29, 2012
    By Peter Keough

    The Boston Underground Film Festival, which opens tonight with "John Dies at the End," continues its trangressive programming tomorrow night with Richard Bates Jr.'s debut feature "Excision." It's kind of like "Welcome to the Dollhouse" with surgical instruments.

    Pauline (AnnaLynne McCord, who here evokes a young, female Crispin Glover) doesn't fit in, her strangeness perhaps going back to a childhood when her father saved her from near-drowning by administering mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and in the process inadvertently transmitting a virulent dose of herpes.

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