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Play by Play: October 2, 2009

Plays from A to Z
Boston's weekly theater schedule
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 30, 2009

The End of the Yellow Brick Road

The Wiz wanders off course
The Wiz wanders off course
By STEVEN SCHIFF  |  July 02, 2009

The Wiz arrives in Boston

 Not truly spectacular, but significant
"If you believe in yourself, you will have brains, heart and courage to last your whole life through. . ."
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 30, 2009

Review: 12

Feel free to replace "Angry Men" with "Hammy Actors"
Never known for his restraint, Mikhalkov takes kitschy liberties with the stark drama about a jury deliberating the fate of a minority youth who's being tried for murder.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 11, 2009

Ran Blake | Driftwoods

Tompkins Square (2009)
You probably don't think about an acoustic jazz pianist's use of the sustain pedal except when you're listening to Ran Blake.
By JON GARELICK  |  March 10, 2009

William Friedkin at the Harvard Film Archive

William Friedkin, the New Hollywood’s most daring pulp-realist provocateur.
However we may still praise, and therefore bury, the American New Wave, we do still run the genuine risk of slipping down the wormhole slicked by present-moment techno obsessions and amnesiac entertainment-media narcissism.
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  February 11, 2009

The medium is the movie

In new films, truth is fluid — and controlled by the click of a button
In almost every movie you go to these days you’ll see another screen — a television, a computer, even another movie screen — within the screen you’re watching.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2008

The Boston Phoenix–Alumni Film Critics’ Poll

Our first-ever round-up of the past year’s best movies, with a little help from our friends
It’s true, the Boston Phoenix has never won an Oscar.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 13, 2008

Are we grading on a curve?

Peter Keough’s Oscar Scorecard
It’s a solid B, which isn’t bad considering the vagaries of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 23, 2008

The Oscars go to Hell

The Devil knows what the nominations will be for this year’s Oscars
Maybe it’s just as well if the writers’ strike forces a cancellation of the Oscars show.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 18, 2008

Silver linings on a dark screen

Film: 2007 in review
The best films of 2007 hold their own when it comes to despair, evil, and treachery.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 18, 2007

Family plots

Sidney Lumet shows how it’s done
Sidney Lumet may be 83, but his new film makes Quentin Tarantino and even the Coen Brothers look geriatric.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 07, 2007

Life and death

Rabbit Hole   from the Huntington; Twelve Angry Men at the Colonial
When the author is David Lindsay-Abaire, what you expect from a play called Rabbit Hole is Alice, not astrophysics.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 13, 2006

Life after Cheers

George Wendt gets jury duty
I saw Twelve Angry Men , the black-and-white 1957 film, in high school in the 1990s.
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  October 31, 2006

Inside Man

Lee's heist film neither formulaic nor cynical
The kind of intelligent entertainment that has not been Hollywood’s specialty for the past 40 years makes a comeback in the directorial hands of Spike Lee.
By CHRIS FUJIWARA  |  March 28, 2006

Find Me Guilty

Diesel proves his versatility, but does it mean anything?
Incorporating way too much real testimony, this tedious drama presents the ho-hum courtroom antics of Jackie DiNorscio (Vin Diesel), a wise guy intent on proving his loyalty to the Lucchese crime family.
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  March 14, 2006

Theater of war

The HFA brings back the good old days of combat movies
Saving Private Ryan reprised the glory days of GI Joes fighting nobly at Normandy, but it certainly didn’t spawn a comeback of World War II combat flicks.
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 02, 2006

The lastest days of the Littlest Bar

Four hundred square feet of history, camaraderie, and booze marches to its end
The Littlest Bar sits slightly below ground at 47 Province Street, near the Granary Burying Ground and Old City Hall.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 29, 2006

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