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Oscar nominee predictions 2011: Social anxiety

Oscar looks back, turns inward
Last year's Oscar program had a celebratory feeling about it that's not always associated with the most watched ceremony in the world.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 24, 2011


Review: The Company Men

We're supposed to feel sorry for this guy?
Call it compassion fatigue, but I can't muster a lot of sympathy for Bobby Walker when he gets laid off and has to sell his Patriots season tickets.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  January 19, 2011


Review: The Green Hornet

Seth, where is thy sting?
If The Green Hornet were a car, it would be less like the lethally loaded '65 black Chrysler Imperial driven by the film's heroes and more like the homonymous shitbox discontinued by Dodge in 1987.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  January 11, 2011


Panahi is silenced, but the Festival of Films from Iran goes on

Persian Gulf
In an episode in Mohammad Rasoulof's weird and wonderful  The White Meadows  - one of the best entries in this year's Boston Festival of Films from Iran, at the Museum of Fine Arts - an artist is buried up to his neck in salt for painting the sea red.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  January 11, 2011


Review: Typeface

Old-school type captures modern dilemmas
As we in the newspaper industry wait to be relegated to museums ourselves, it’s instructive see how other aspects of our trade have fared in similar circumstances.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  January 06, 2011

Interview: Sofia Coppola provides direction to Somewhere

Suite surrender
Six years before Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the Oscar for Best Director, Sofia Coppola was the third to be so nominated, for Lost in Translation .
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  January 04, 2011


2011 film preview: 25 films Mike Leigh didn't direct (plus one that he did)

The movies chill out to start the year
So, it's time for Another Year , meaning not just 2011 but also the latest film from Happy-Go-Lucky director Mike Leigh, a traipse through four seasons in the lives of ordinary people, exploring their small joys and tragedies. Kind of like Blue Valentine , but with no oral sex.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 29, 2010


Review: Somewhere

Sofia Coppola is closer than you think
Sofia Coppola doesn't shy from dipping into the sophomoric, or indulging in the obvious, self-conscious metaphor.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 27, 2010


Review: True Grit (2010)

The Coen brothers are True to Grit
Those who saw John Wayne's Oscar-winning, scenery-chewing turn as "Rooster" Cogburn in Henry Hathaway's 1969 adaptation of True Grit might have a hard time shaking that off when it comes to appreciating Jeff Bridges in the same part.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 24, 2011


The Top 10 Films of 2010

Outsiders were in on screen in 2010
Outsiders were in on screen in 2010
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 21, 2010


Review: Gulliver's Travels

This travesty is so pitiful, it isn't even worth getting indignant over
Jonathan Swift's epitaph reads, "Where savage indignation can no longer lacerate his breast." Rob Letterman's adaptation of the great man's satire might nonetheless have him spinning in his grave.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 21, 2010


Review: All Good Things

Andrew Jarecki's vague space
One thing is clear from Andrew Jarecki's account of the mysterious career of David Marks (Ryan Gosling): David should never have left the Vermont country store of the title.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 22, 2010


Review: Rabbit Hole

In a parallel universe this might be a much better movie
Rabbit Hole takes its title from a graphic novel about alternate realities written by one of the film's characters.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 24, 2011


Review: The Tourist

Depp and Jolie are no Grant and Hepburn
This might be as silly as Salt , the previous film in which Angelina Jolie was cast as a smirking beauty with a mysterious identity, but it's not as entertaining.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 14, 2010


Review: The King's Speech

Royal flush
Given that England's George III ran around pissing blue from porphyry, his great-great-great grandson, George VI, got off pretty easy with just a stutter.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 24, 2011


Review: Tron: Legacy

True grid: F/X up, IQ down
Back in 1982, when the original Tron came out, people were just getting an inkling of the brave new world of ubiquitous technology.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 24, 2011


Six Boston accents worthy of Oscar

Pahk the awahds in Hahvahd Yahd
Pahk the awahds in Hahvahd Yahd
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 08, 2010


Interview: Mark Wahlberg

The good fight: the actor on bringing Micky Ward to the big screen
Mark Wahlberg on bringing Micky Ward to the big screen
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 08, 2010


Review: Spring Fever

Artful, dreary, and pointless
Director Lou Ye takes his noir seriously: most of this forlorn love triangle (or pentangle, as five individuals are involved) unravels almost invisibly in darkness and shadows.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 08, 2010


Review: The Fighter

Family feud: the toughest bouts are outside the ring
David O. Russell might not be the first name that comes to mind when picking a director for a rousing, true-life, Rocky -style boxing movie.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 24, 2011


Portman, Aronofsky dance on the edge

Barre code
Barre code
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 30, 2010

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