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The plots thicken

Eight years after the destruction of the World Trade Center — the result of one of the most devastatingly successful conspiracies in history — Americans still take comfort in paranoia.
9/11 Truthers, Tea Parties, Birthers — conspiracy is in the air. No wonder Hollywood is embracing paranoia.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 11, 2009

Future schlock

The future has not been kind to the Terminator franchise.
Terminator Salvation is beyond salvage
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 22, 2009

Review: Outlander

One can only imagine writer/director Howard McCain on vacation at a Norwegian fjord and gazing up into the starry night and hatching this brilliant idea: Beowulf from Outer Space.
It's the viewer who's in real danger
By TOM MEEK  |  January 20, 2009

Wish-fulfillment for a burning world

From the shining big-screen debut of Iron Man to the large amounts of green produced by the Incredible Hulk, this was the year the public couldn't get enough of their favorite heroes.
The 2008 heroic holiday DVD and Blu-ray gift guide
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 08, 2008

Robot love

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles  is ostensibly sci-fi action adventure. It may be the best teen drama for adults on TV.  
Terminator ’s wonder years
By JON GARELICK  |  October 01, 2008

Our superheroes, ourselves

Is there a breed of person more tenderly optimistic, more winsomely hopeful for the best, more loyal to the possibility of good, than the American summer moviegoer?
What the current crop of comic-book action movies tells us about America's identity crisis
By JAMES PARKER  |  July 09, 2008


Block party

Somehow I missed out on the whole Lego video-game universe.
Indiana Jones goes Lego
By AARON SOLOMON  |  June 24, 2008

Hulk sulk

After two hugely budgeted adaptations in five years, my biggest question about the Hulk remains: what’s with the pants?
The new version keeps his pants on
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 10, 2008

Frill rides

Looking back on a time when action sequences unfolded without the currently fashionable veil of rapid editing and CGI.
Getting an Indy history lesson on DVD
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 22, 2008

Numb Skull

You can’t say they don’t warn you.
Indiana Jones’s mild Kingdom
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 20, 2008

Iron Man

Though a Marvel Comics fan, I never thought much of Iron Man.

Robert Downey, Jr. saves the day

By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 01, 2008


Spring brakes

Funny how spring movies can mirror the options of spring break.
Spring Arts Preview: Some diversions before the summer onslaught
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 10, 2008

New Times editor, Ben Dover

This is the disgraceful hiring of a political operative, not a journalist.
Kristol’s op-ed addition marks a sellout to the neocon cabal
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 16, 2008

Reading is fundamental

Some of the books I enjoyed most this year were written for an audience more than 10 years my junior.
Last-minute items to toss under the tree and more
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 12, 2007

Last man standing

In his 1954 novel I Am Legend , Richard Matheson conjured up a terrifying scenario: a man-made plague has killed most of humanity.
Once a cautionary tale about human folly, has the doomsday myth become just more fun and games?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 12, 2007

Legend of the last

They all start the same way.
It all comes down to Will power
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 12, 2007


Mutiny in Heaven

It is a truth now well established that the idea for a series of books about a schoolboy wizard did not , in fact, originate with its author, J.K. Rowling (as she has naively claimed), but was piped up red-hot and stinking from Below.
Philip Pullman ’ s fantasy novels are condemned as a crash course in militant atheism. But one BU professor thinks otherwise.
By JAMES PARKER  |  December 06, 2007

How To Cook Your Life

Adored by students, immune to his tantrums (he cries more than the cast of Spider-Man 3 ), Brown is still an easy-going charmer.
Bring coffee
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 05, 2007

Untrue north

Just as there are many universes in the world of Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass (published in Great Britain as Northern Lights ), so there are many movies in this New Line adaptation.
This Compass doesn't point to Pullman
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 05, 2007


Wicked (cartoon) witch sends adorable fairy-tale princess down a rabbit hole and she’s deposited, suddenly human, in present-day Times Square.
Better than generic holiday fare
By BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  November 20, 2007


As Beowulf (mostly in voice), the reliable and paunchy Ray Winstone develops a digitally chiseled physique.
Full-blown FX
By TOM MEEK  |  November 20, 2007


'Tis the season

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

Swingin’ Spidey

The Spider-Man 3 game has been out for a few weeks now, and the feeding frenzy has subsided a bit.
The movie adaptation is pleasantly mediocre
By MITCH KRPATA  |  May 22, 2007

Fit to be Thai’d

This retro spoof is an affectionate homage to cheapo Thai Westerns of the 1950s, trashy Thai action films of the 1960s, weepie melodramas of all eras.
Black Tiger delights; Fauteuils d’orchestre bores
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 27, 2007

Beowulf & Grendel

Icelandic director Sturla Gunnarsson treats the Old English epic about a foreign warrior enlisted by a broken Dane king to rid the land of a scourge with both respect and irreverence. Watch the trailer for Beowulf & Grendel
Beguiles, thanks largely to the sparse Icelandic landscape
By TOM MEEK  |  August 09, 2006

Growing pains

  Batman begins with promise
  Batman begins with promise
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