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Film Reviews

Planet Takeout: Documenting Both Sides of the Takeout Window

By Dave Walker
Planet Takeout, Yum Yum restaurant

An effective coupling of bold field reporting with innovative technology, the documentary project Planet Takeout succeeds admirably in celebrating a unique, if often overlooked, cultural crossroads.

Filmmaker Ted Ryan shows us the kind of things we do for the movies we love.

By Ted Ryan
The Crash Reel

Filmmaker Ted Ryan's ode to The Crash Reel, Lucy Walker’s film about the rise and fall of Kevin Pearce – a professional snowboarder whose career and life nearly ended when he suffered a traumatic brain injury during a 2009 training run before the Vancouver Olympics.

Hidden Gem: The House at the Edge of the Galaxy

By Dave Walker
The House at the Edge of the Galaxy screens at Woods Hole & RIIFF this month

In this sci-fi short, a young boy is visited by a travel-weary cosmonaut and awakens to the magic waiting to be discovered in an old, abandoned house.

Welcome to Lee, Maine: A Small Town's Huge Loss

By Dave Walker
A memorial to one of the fallen soldiers of Lee, Maine

Perna Content, a production and marketing company based in Portland, Maine, has announced the release of a new documentary film, Welcome to Lee Maine, directed by Bill Perna.

The Boston Bike Film Festival: The Stories Behind the Biking

By B. Walter Irvine
A still from the Boston Bike Film Fest film "Training Wheels"

At the Boston Bike Film Festival, cycling documentaries face the challenge of putting civic issues on screen.

Boston on the Big Screen

By John DeCarli
Boston skyline, image credit:

With Boston taking a front seat at the Academy Awards on February 27th, it’s easy to see why more than just a tax credit has drawn filmmakers to its streets -- Boston has a film identity all its own.

Joey Pants Wins Over Woods Hole

By David Pierotti
Joey Pants (left) on a panel after a screening of his documentary at the 2009 Woods Hole Film Festival.

David Pierotti offers his take on Joe Pantoliano’s new documentary, "No Kidding, Me Too," which broaches the taboo subject of mental illness.

The Instinct to Create

By Marilyn D. Pennell
Pamela Tanner Boll is also a painter.

Marilyn Pennell recommends the documentary Who Does She Think She Is?, screening this month in Vermont at the Green Mountain Film Festival and Women’s Film Festival.

Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy to Heat Up Woods Hole Film Festival

By Julia Cox
Polar bears have a story to tell.

Marine biologist-turned filmmaker Dr. Randy Olson uses
laughter as a vehicle for change.

Secret, but Safe?

By Lynn Tryba
Destroying the evidence.

Secrecy's festival run continues to build steam. It screens this month at the Nantucket Film Festival.

Into the Groove

By Lynn Tryba
Sketches from another Harrington film, Origin.
Jason Harrington gathers elements of sketch artistry, literary nonfiction, the violin, and whale song in The Tree With The Lights In It, an animated short screening this month at SNOB.

Through Young Eyes

By D.P. Bettencourt
A still from Fateless.
Fateless, screening at the Hartford Jewish Film Festival, tells the semi-autobiographical story of a young boy's time in a concentration camp.

Sundance Preview

By Michele MeekA preview of some of the shorts, documentaries and features screening at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival - with, of course, New England connections.

Summer of Love

By Genevieve Butler
A still from "Turn Left at the End of the World."
Unlikely romances develop in the Israeli desert in the excellent "Turn Left at the End of the World," which screens this month as part of the Boston Jewish Film Festival.

Convincing a Jury of One

By Genevieve ButlerDocumentary Film "Deadline," screening as part of the Human Rights Watch Festival, tells of justice for the exonerated in Illinois after the long walk through the valley of the shadow of death.

Let the Mead Flow

By Melanie Turpin
"Backseat Bingo" screened at this year's Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival.
A report from the 28th Annual Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival and reviews from the films featured.

Wonder Years

By Genevieve ButlerA review of "Anya (In and Out of Focus)" which screens at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston this month.

Tradition, Tradition! & the Love Revolution

By Genevieve Butler
Still from "My Sister, My Bride."
A review of "My Sister, My Bride," the story of one couple’s struggle for equality to premiere at the Boston Jewish Film Festival this month.

Thanksgiving Films

By Michele MeekA selection of movies celebrating, poking fun and analyzing America's holiday available through NewEnglandFilm's sister site,

Breaking the Cycle

By Genevieve Butler
A still from "Understanding Violence."
A review of Roberto Arévalo's documentary "Understanding Violence" featured this month at the Roxbury Film Festival.

A Blast of a Bash

By Genevieve Butler
Soup2Nuts's "Home Movies" was one of several animation pieces to screen.
Rhode Island School of Design grads steal the show at the recent New England Animation Bash, presented by the Brattle and Coolidge Corner Theatres.

Festival Favorites

By Mattias Frey
A still from "Flowers & Garnet."
Reviews of the outstanding films from the 2004 Independent Film Festival of Boston.

Love Fest

By Chris Cooke
A still from "Goldfish Memory."
Reviews of three features and a selection of shorts from the 20th Annual Boston Gay & Lesbian Film/Video Festival, coming to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, May 12-23.

'Night, Mother

By Genevieve Butler
A still from "Foo-Foo Dust."
A review of "Foo-Foo Dust," the local film featured at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and screening this month at the Florida Film Festival.

All It's Got

By Chris CookeA review of the local film "Everyone's Got One."

World Views

By Chris Cooke
A still from "Osama."
A review of films featured at the 2004 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, "Osama," "Pinochet's Children" and "Scenes From an Endless War."

Unraveling Mind

By Chris CookeA review of Jafar Panahi's chilling portrait, "Crimson Gold," which screens this month at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts as part of the Festival of Films from Iran.

Mythic Romance

By Chris Cooke
A still from "The Epic Tale of Kalesius and Clotho."
A review of Kyle Gilman’s short film "The Epic Tale of Kalesius and Clotho," which screens in the upcoming Northampton Independent Film Festival.

Surviving the Americans

By Chris Cooke
Images from "Displaced! A Miracle at St. Ottilien."
Chris Cooke reviews "Displaced! A Miracle at St. Ottilien," screening at the Boston Jewish Film Festival this month.

Music Man

By Chris Cooke
Fights broke out at many of Antheil's European concerts. The premiere in Paris of the Ballet mécanique was no different.
A review of the film screening this month at the Film Fest New Haven, "Bad Boy Made Good," about American composer George Antheil.