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Festival atmosphere

Between the Blockbuster and the beach there are the film festivals of New England
Summer traditionally has been the happy hunting ground for Hollywood studios — the time when they unleash their big-budgeted, f/x-heavy warhorses on armies of newly freed schoolchildren and frazzled adults trying to beat the heat.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 09, 2009

Soundtrack of her life

St. Vincent's latest album, Actor , goes deep
"I think that I secretly wish I was a filmmaker." Annie Clark may consider this some real hush-hush info, but even a cursory listen to Actor , her latest album (as St. Vincent), makes clear her cinematic aspirations.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 13, 2009
Charlie List

Life lessons

Coming of age in Education of Charlie Banks
There are schoolyard bullies and there are schoolyard bullies. Likewise, some stories about them rise above the predictable. The title character of The Education of Charlie Banks  isn't even given a noogie — confrontation is not his route to coming of age.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 06, 2009

Review: Shall We Kiss?

Is a kiss ever without consequence?
Writer/director Emmanuel Mouret fancies himself Éric Rohmer, Woody Allen, or maybe both in this talky romantic trifle.
By ALICIA POTTER  |  April 15, 2009

Chazz Palminteri tells the tale

The Bronx is up
You may not recognize actor/writer Chazz Palminteri by name, but you definitely know his face.
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  March 26, 2009

Oscar predictions: Liberal gilt

Oscar wants to be a Millionaire
It's like a fairy tale for Hollywood liberals.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 18, 2009

What kind of Trosexual are you?

 33 newly discovered sexual sub-species uncovered by the truly exhausted Phoenix staff
Sexual deviants
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 26, 2009

2009 Oscar predictions

Martyr complex
This year the Oscars will honor the men who suffer for our sins and the women who don't wear make-up.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 11, 2009

Chilly scenes in winter

The year ahead on Boston stages
The drama of the holidays (and I don’t mean A Christmas Carol) may be behind us, but there’s plenty more drama — and comedy and musicals — ahead to light up long winter nights.  
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  October 27, 2008

Kino pravda

‘Envisioning Russia’ at the MFA
Because Mosfilm, the subject of the Museum of Fine Arts’ “Envisioning Russia” retrospective, was the Soviet state production studio, any cross-section of its history lays out the entirety of Soviet film history.
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  August 26, 2008

Cheese Danish

Hamlet variations we'd like to see
Hamlet variations we'd like to see
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 19, 2008

No Spain, no gain

Woody takes a siesta in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Many are hailing Woody Allen’s new film, claiming it to be a “return to form.” I agree: he’s returned to the earliest form of his career, the monologue.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 14, 2008

Kiss off

In search of an indie hit
It plays like a glossary of alternative stereotypes.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 05, 2008


Empirical go to the movies, plus the Hot 8
Talking with Nathaniel Facey, the alto-saxophonist in the London band Empirical, you find it difficult at first to pin down where and how the quintet developed their unusual compositional style.
By JON GARELICK  |  July 28, 2008

Urban myths

Maddin’s Winnipeg is the city that always sleeps
Fellini’s Rome, Godard’s Paris, John Waters’s Baltimore — none of these home towns has possessed (or been possessed by) its filmmaker the way Guy Maddin’s does and is in My Winnipeg .
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 08, 2008

Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts

A quietly hagiographic film biography
Glass comes off as a likable, unassuming presence and also a bit of an enigma.
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 18, 2008

Cassandra's Dream

Unbearably grim
Well, as we used to say about the Sox and can still say about Woody Allen movies, there’s always next year.
By MARK BAZER  |  January 16, 2008

A philosopher in bunny ears

Steve Martin’s new memoir unlocks the freaky logic of his comedy
Martin’s new memoir, Born Standing Up , grants us our best access yet to this remote and brilliant figure — the cool architect of the comedy.
By JAMES PARKER  |  December 31, 2007


Call the script doc
Forget whatever you know about Guy Ritchie films.
By TOM MEEK  |  December 05, 2007

Not so sentimental Education

Fred Durst gets passing grades with Charlie Banks
The Education of Charlie Banks can prove an education for the close-minded critic.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 09, 2007

Interview: Josh Brolin

On the brink of fame in No Country for Old Men
Josh Brolin has distinguished himself mostly by appearing in the worst movies of great directors.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 06, 2007


Seinfeld’s Bee Movie gets a D-
One day, Jerry Seinfeld was talking with his good friend Steven Spielberg, and he said, “Wouldn’t it be funny if ‘B’ movies were really about bees?”
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 31, 2007

Ira and Abby

Kitch, clichés, and neurosis — a fatal combination
Robert Cary is not up to even latter-day Woody standards.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 10, 2007

Wise asses

Some words with the class clowns of Superbad
With all the star power being trotted out in this summer’s would-be blockbuster comedies, how likely was it that the best would be Superbad ?
By CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  September 19, 2007

Voices in his head

John Roarke's multiple personalities
Even Jon Stewart can do Dubya. But John Roarke also does a good Al Gore, a very good Bill Clinton, and an uncanny Woody Allen.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 18, 2007

War, peace, and Robert Pinsky

The season's fiction, non-fiction, and poetry
Every few years, a fall publishing season emerges that should remind us that Boston could be the literary epicenter of America.
By JOHN FREEMAN  |  September 12, 2007

Yankee know-how

Telluride’s new American wave?
Back from the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, I proclaim a renaissance of American cinema.
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 12, 2007

War zones

Fall films face terror at home and abroad
The party’s over. Time for the lessons to begin.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 12, 2007

Annie Hell

Julie Delpy’s infernal, funny 2 Days in Paris
There’s nothing like love in Paris — in French movies, at least, it’s the city where romance goes to die.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 22, 2007

Delpy days

Julie finally makes her movie
If anyone deserves to make her own movie, it’s Julie Delpy.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 22, 2007

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