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What Happens After Life? What Do We Think About It Now? Richard Tilkin’s “Aside From That” Explores the Big Issues … at the Boston Film Festival Sunday Sept. 20

Boston-area film-maker Richard Tilkin decided he wanted to make a documentary about a subject everyone virtually avoids at all cost: The inevitability of leaving this mortal coil. How do we regard our life knowing that – but not dwelling upon it? How does what we think happens after death affect …

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Birdman: Following The Superhero Actor’s Trajectory

I had expected Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman to be a little on the nose as far as following the career of Michael Keaton. I was pleasantly surprised to find out this was not the case. Keaton has continued to act and be successful since his Batman of 1989, and remains …

Not a Happy Family

 ongoing Could "Little Miss Sunshine," starring Greg Kinnear and Steve Carrell, become this year’s "Sideways"? You know, a small, quasi-dark indy film that builds a buzz and crashes the mainstream? Don’t bet against it. We consciously avoided knowing any advance plot points before we saw it, and so should you. …

Babel On

ongoing … still Well, it won a Golden Globe and garnered 7 Oscar nominations. Not our first choice, or even second for best picture, but we can understand why the foreign press liked it: It was shot on three continents and employed 1,200 people. As to the Oscar voters, maybe they …

Living in these Sick Times

ongoing Why does the US health care system suck so badly? That’s Michael Moore’s question and the polemical, and sometimes quasi-comical, film-maker has adroitly set his sights on our insurance companies, HMOs, the AMA, and, in general, our lack of compassion for treating the people who need it most. "Sicko" deals with …