Betsy Sherman

Film Review: Selections from the 19th Annual Boston French Film Festival — “Apaches” and “Age of Panic”

July 22, 2014
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Two significant feature debuts at the MFA’s French Film Festival — Age of Panic goes where few movies have gone before, while Apaches trains a calm, dispassionate gaze on disaffected youth.

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Film Review: The 19th Annual Boston French Film Festival — “Love Is the Perfect Crime,” “Abuse of Weakness”

July 10, 2014
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This year’s Boston French Film Festival (July 10 through 27) proffers a just-about 50-50 mix of male and female directors.

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Film Review: “Teenage” — What it Was Like to be Young and Restless in the 20th Century

May 23, 2014
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Like the Jon Savage book it is based on, “Teenage” avoids gooey nostalgia; the documentary’s enjoyable to watch, and refreshingly not tongue-in-cheek.

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Movie Review: “Million Dollar Arm” — A Pleasing Baseball Movie Where Fact and Fable Meet

May 17, 2014
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Given its its male-weepy genre, the “inspirational sports movie based on a true story,” Million Dollar Arm is surprisingly enjoyable.

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Film Review: “The Double” — Solid, Knot-in-the-stomach, Dostoyevskian Fun.

May 16, 2014
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The movie intelligently reimagines the Dostoyevsky novella while retaining the emotional turmoil at its core. It’s a brilliantly executed pitch-black comedy.

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Film Review: “Fading Gigolo” — Kind of Funny, Kind of Touching

May 2, 2014
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“Fading Gigolo” isn’t about fulfillment, sexual or otherwise — it’s about the transitions in the lives of its characters.

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Film Review: John Hubley Centennial — America’s Indispensable Designer of Animated Films

April 20, 2014
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John Hubley was a dominant force in bringing animation out of the studio system and onto the drawing boards of individual artists . His life story is also an entryway into the social history and controversies of mid-20th century America.

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Film Feature: Barbara Stanwyck – On Page and On Screen, “The Most Modern of the Great Movie Stars”

April 11, 2014
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It has the makings of a Barbara Stanwyck boomlet: Victoria Wilson visited Boston to talk about the first volume of her major biography of the star, and the actress can be seen on-screen at the Harvard Film Archive.

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Film Review: Jason Bateman’s “Bad Words” — The Spelling Bee, Comically Deconstructed

March 22, 2014
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Although rather shallow in its characterizations, “Bad Words” makes up for this deficiency in its rollicking, R-rated demolition of a familiar character-building institution: the spelling bee.

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TV Review: Give Some Love to TBS’s “The Pete Holmes Show”

March 2, 2014
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Along with the absence of a desk, the fact that guests aren’t coming on in order to plug their latest whatever sets “The Pete Holmes Shows” apart from typical late-night fare.

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