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A date with Jane: Jane Powell remembers Fred Astaire, Elizabeth Taylor, Carmen Miranda, and more

Surrounded by artist Michael Mazur's monumental drawings of the Memorial Drive sycamores in an upstairs alcove of the Charles Hotel, pixie-ish MGM musical star Jane Powell looked even more petite than she seemed on the big screen.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 21, 2013


Underground cinema: The 12th Boston Turkish Film Festival

This year's Boston Turkish Film Festival includes works in which directors ponder the relationships between the secular and the religious, between men and women, and between destiny and identity.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 12, 2013


Women with swords: King Hu and the Art of Wuxia

Decades before women took center stage in the one-two punch of Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill , King Hu (1932-1997; the subject of a retrospective at the HFA) put swords in the hands of a soaring heroine in Come Drink with Me.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 12, 2013


Oz and beyond: Three months of Spring blockbusters

The blockbusters are coming, but this spring Hollywood offers a brief respite, movies that transport audiences to different realms, that awaken dreams, and evoke the magic of love and the imagination, films with titles like Trance , To the Wonder , and Oblivion .
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 27, 2013


Shadow of the Master: Park Chan-wook

Outside the frame
Park Chan-wook, whose Korean films Oldboy , Thirst , and others have earned him cult status in the West, acknowledges the similarities between his first Hollywood movie, Stoker , and Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt . Call it an homage, since a Hitchcock film convinced him to become a director.
By:  |  February 27, 2013


Scientific method: One-on-one with Alex Karpovsky

Not long ago, Newton native Alex Karpovsky thought his filmmaking career was finished.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 26, 2013


The Forgotten Oscars 2013: Our annual celebration of unsung sci-fi, horror, and action films

Wherein we give the Academy a time-traveling, slo-mo bloody hatchet to the face.
By: MICHAEL NEEL  |  February 27, 2013


The Oscars: Argo's golden fleece

The situation may reshuffle by the Oscar broadcast on February 24, but I doubt it. After being snubbed in the Best Director category, Argo has won every award since.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 22, 2013


Overdrive: The Films of Leos Carax

L’enfant still terrible
Every Carax shot is a new way to feel about something...
By: MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  February 11, 2013

The 55 worst sex scenes of the 21st century

When it comes to eye-bleach-worthy cinema, the new millennium started with a drug-addled Jennifer Connelly having ass-to-ass dildo sex with a prostitute — and has just kept on showering us in ever-more inventive perversions.


Last action heroes?

Outside The Frame
Maybe it was the moment in The Last Stand when a guy exploded, or the scene when Arnold sawed someone in half with a Vickers machine gun, or maybe it was the 10th brain-splattering bullet to the head in Sylvester Stallone's Bullet to the Head .
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 05, 2013


Auteur limits: The Films of Stanley Kubrick

There will never be another Stanley — cinema's greatest loner-demigod, the hermit CEO of hip public culture for decades running, the filmmaker-artiste everyone could obsess about even if they didn't know any other working director by name.
By: MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  January 30, 2013


As If Our Eyes Were In Our Hands: The Films of Susumu Hani

Role modeler
Susumu Hani was one of the strongest voices of Japan’s early independents working in the postwar cinema of the ’50s and ’60s, before he moved on to making nature documentaries for television.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  January 22, 2013


The Films of Pierre Étaix

Canny carnie
Pierre Étaix is a carnie. Literally: except for time spent directing five feature films in the 1960s, he's made his living in the circus.
By: JAKE MULLIGAN  |  January 08, 2013


Oscar predictions: Django and Zero fade as Lincoln landslide looms

Had you asked a couple of weeks ago, I would have given Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained and Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty good odds at raining on Steven Spielberg's Lincoln parade. But reality has since intruded.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  January 02, 2013


Enhanced interrogation: CIA research in Zero Dark Thirty

NEW YORK — After surviving right-wing Senate investigations into possible access to classified CIA material while it was in production, Zero Dark Thirty , now in the theaters, faces charges from left-wing critics of being in favor of torture, not to mention accusations of inaccuracy from Democratic senators Barbara Feinstein and Carl Levin and Republican senator John McCain.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  January 07, 2013


In 2013, Hollywood parties like it’s 1979

A trip to the movies next year might make you think you've entered a time warp.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 27, 2012


David Chase's goodbye to TV

With The Sopranos , David Chase kicked off a revolution, revitalizing the hour-long serial drama, and creating a benchmark for the genre.
By: JAKE MULLIGAN  |  December 21, 2012


Interview: Nina Hoss on Barbara

Quietly over the last 11 years, one of the strongest collaborations in contemporary cinema has been developing between the German director Christian Petzold and the actress he often chooses to star in his films, Nina Hoss. Petzold and Hoss's latest collaboration, Barbara , is their richest and finest film.
By: CHARLES TAYLOR  |  December 18, 2012


Cutting edge: The 10 best movies of 2012

Torture, vengeance, guilt, despair, mental decline, a rough night out — so why do I feel so exhilarated about the 10 best movies of 2012?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 19, 2012
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