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A long time comin'

La Coka Nostra's been prepping this debut for a minute
Says Slaine, "When I get high I want to get higher, and when I get low I just want to get lower. I can't seem to find that place in the middle."
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 17, 2009

Review: State of Play

An investigative reporter, a Senate committee, and murder
Support for print journalism is coming from an unexpected source: Russell Crowe.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 22, 2009


We love us some Sox — we can see the majestic green of Fenway’s stadium walls from all our Phoenix restrooms, and it just gets our hearts afluttering. That is, until we contemplate the mugs of the one-two combo of Youkilis and Pedroia. Don’t misunderstand us — they’re good guys (though Youk seems to have an eensy-weensy anger-management issue) — but their visages are perhaps better suited to a sport like football, where one’s entire face is sheathed in a helmet.    
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 25, 2009

Hope springs infernal

Brimstone and buddy movies are on the Hollywood agenda
Given the current economic climate, spring this year is a season more of dread than of hope for change.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 16, 2009

Review: He's Just Not That Into You

Reduces both men and women to shrill stereotypes
And why isn't he? Could it be because you're needy, nagging, and possibly psychotic?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 04, 2009

Media misfits

News from waaay outside the mainstream
The series grew out of an excellent 1999 documentary directed by author Arthur Bradford ( Dogwalker ) and produced by South Park 's Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 09, 2009

Anti-depressant cinema

The screen offers relief from a world of woe
The screen offers relief from a world of woe
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 09, 2009

Crossword: ''Note for note''

Spend some time listening to music
Spend some time listening to music
By MATT JONES  |  December 23, 2008

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Full of raunch and snappy dialogue
Kevin Smith’s ear for raunch is as piquant as ever, but he’s moved beyond his usual unconvincing leads to Judd Apatow regulars Rogen and Craig Robinson.  
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 28, 2008

Autumn peeves

Films with a full agenda
With pundits already reading political significance into summer blockbusters like The Dark Knight (“Is Batman a stand-in for George Bush? Discuss.”), the meatier movies of fall arrive not a moment too soon.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 11, 2008

History rocks

Zinn's people's history comes to life, and song
“Not radical,” he replied. “I’d say ‘the truth.’ ”
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  January 15, 2008

Star teamz

Ten from Boston’s 2007 pop underground
Mark it, dude: another banner year for the Boston music scene.
By WILL SPITZ  |  December 18, 2007

Southie rules

Dot Ave goes to Hollywood
In Brad Gann’s film Black Irish , Tom Guiry plays a seething blur of Southie rage named Terry.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 24, 2007

Bad will hunting

Ben is back with Gone Baby Gone
Films about Boston tend to be no better than their worst Boston accent.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 18, 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

'Tis the season

To stay inside and watch awesome movies
Yeah, yeah, summer . Go outside, hone your tan, toss a Frisbee, blah blah blah.
By RYAN STEWART  |  June 28, 2007

Worst in breed: Television

The 100 Unsexiest men of 2007
Who are the unsexiest TV men of 2007?
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 12, 2007

The 100 unsexiest men 2007: 40-31

These guys couldn't turn on a radio
These guys couldn't turn on a radio
By  |  April 12, 2007

Static circuitry

Boy in Static sets a date, Rise prize, and Slaine
One of Circuits’ favorite local acts, BOY IN STATIC (a/k/a ALEX CHEN ), is preparing to release Violet , the follow-up to his remarkable debut, Newborn , on May 29. Boy In Static, "Where It Ends" (mp3)
By DAVID DAY  |  March 08, 2007

Smokin' Aces

An inept mess
Perhaps Joe Carnahan pitched his follow-up to 2002’s Narc as It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World by way of Quentin Tarantino, Guy Ritchie, and bad wigs. Watch the trailer for Smokin' Aces (QuickTime)
By BRETT MICHEL  |  January 24, 2007

Fractured fairy tales

Fantasy and reality compete for the box office in 2007
Times are tough when the Dream Factory has a better grip on what’s going on than the people in Washington.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 28, 2006

We do too have celebrity sightings in Boston!

Gawking and stalking
Who cares about seeing Sacha Baron Cohen eat dinner with Rachel Weisz and Darren Aronofsky at Fiamma?
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  December 01, 2006

Being gay in the GOP

Congressman Mark Foley: A model of political hypocrisy and personal cowardice
This editorial originally ran in the May 30, 2003 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
By EDITORIAL  |  October 05, 2006

Whitey wash

Scorsese, Damon, and DiCaprio honor The Departed
One of the first questions at a Manhattan press conference for Martin Scorsese’s Boston-set mob thriller is addressed to “Matt and Ben.” Fateful Departed: Scorsese haunts the mean streets of Beantown. By Peter Keough
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 04, 2006


Politics and other mistakes
Suppose you could check a Web site to discover if a legislative candidate in your area was a certified wacko.
By AL DIAMON  |  September 27, 2006

Citizen Slaine

In the studio with Boston’s hardest-working rapper
Trying to get to the bottom of one of the Boston scene’s more controversial rappers is no easy feat.
By MATTHEW M. BURKE  |  September 27, 2006


Less than fulfilling  
How can 15 minutes of fame last more than 90? Watch the trailer for Feast  (QuickTime)
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  September 20, 2006


A scathing portrayal of a glorified industry
The fruits of Southern California taste sour in Hollywoodland, a tragic account of TV’s first Superman, George Reeves. Watch the trailer for Hollywoodland   (QuickTime)
By PAUL BABIN  |  September 07, 2006

Flashbacks: August 25, 2006

The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Doug Fleischer, Sam MacLaughlin, and Hannah Van Susteren.
By PHOENIX FLASHBACKS  |  August 23, 2006

Saint Smith

Getting laid and laying back
Indie-film icon Kevin Smith is, above all else, a religious man. WFNX's Keith Dakin interviews Kevin Smith (mp3) Back from rehab: Clerks II is just another sequel.   By Brett Michel
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 25, 2006

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