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Review: My Dog Tulip

A must for the mutt-obsessed, Paul and Sandra Fierlinger's animated adaptation of the beloved memoir by J.R. Ackerley (1896–1967) is a skillfully told man-dog love story.
Good dog!
By  |  October 09, 2010
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Is there 'hope' in Hollywood?

Buoyed by President Barack Obama's campaign slogan, many had hopes for change after his election.
Three controversial (and sure to be Oscar-nominated) films tackle race in the age of Obama
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 29, 2010
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Review: Evangelion 1.0: You Are Not Alone

Once you get past the turgid and jargony title and backstory, and the dippy English dubbing, this episode of the popular Japanese anime series is really quite predictable and inane.
Never makes it out of the cartoon stage
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 14, 2009
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Review: Aliens in the Attic

As a kid, I was absurdly unpicky about my entertainment: shoddy '80s anime , reruns of This Old House , staring cross-eyed at our basement's pegboard wall to achieve a Magic Eye 3-D effect — these were all totally acceptable ways of whiling away an
No amount of shitty CGI can save it
By SHAULA CLARK  |  August 07, 2009
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Review: Blood: The Last Vampire

Despite inserting a jumble of backstory into his live-action take on an action experiment, director Chris Nahon ( Kiss of the Dragon ) captures some of the visceral thrills of the nine-year-old anime .
An interesting experiment
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 10, 2009
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Style meets stylus

It's a credit to Pixar's success that so many animated films of the past decade have been compelled to sport the sheen of CGI. But now that filmmakers have wrung reality out of 1's and 0's, they're starting to cast their eyes on the next frontier.
Eastern-inspired digital delights at the Brattle
By SHAULA CLARK  |  June 12, 2009


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Interview: Pete Docter

Pete Docter was only the third animator to come aboard Pixar when he joined up in 1990, and he's had a lasting effect at the computer-animation powerhouse.
3-D or not 3-D? That is the first question . . .
By BRETT MICHEL  |  May 22, 2009
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Braziliant

As if puny, leaf-free trees and a general lack of flowers in late April weren't enough of a message to the post-winter season to hurry its shit up, art schools across Boston are poised to open their annual May fundraisers, all in the name of spring.
'Brazil on Screen 2009,' Mass Art shorts, and spring sales at Mass Art and the SMFA
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  May 01, 2009
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Review: Battle for Terra

Say you want to produce an independent computer-animated sci-fi epic but you don't have the deep pockets of Pixar or DreamWorks — what to do? If you're director Aristomenis Tsirbas, you simplify.
A computer-animated sci-fi epic in 3D
By BRETT MICHEL  |  May 01, 2009
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Review: Dragonball Evolution

Only traces of the original plot remain: evil alien Piccolo (James Marsters) still fights to collect all seven dragonballs to summon a dragon that will grant one wish.
An accidental comedy
By MADDY MYERS  |  April 17, 2009
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Tricky Dick

The Philip K. Dick phenomenon might be petering out.
Philip K. Dick's second Library of America volume
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 28, 2008


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Flora, fauna, and the female figure

The Art Nouveau movement of the late-19th/early-20th century distanced itself from the mass production of the Industrial Revolution with elaborate, one-of-a-kind works made from unusual materials.
Art Nouveau Jewelry at the MFA, ‘Players’ on MIT’s Media Test Wall, and ‘Nascent’ at NESAD
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  July 15, 2008
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Speed Racer

When Andy and Larry Wachowski pitched The Matrix to producer Joel Silver, they showed him the seminal anime Ghost in the Shell , claiming their ambition was to re-create it in live action.
Another faulty family film
By BRETT MICHEL  |  May 07, 2008
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Horton Hears a Who!

Although it scatters a few jokes for adults, some of them earnestly funny, Horton lacks the wit and layered cleverness of the good animated films of recent years.
Good-natured, egalitarian, and mildly stupid
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  March 12, 2008
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The Boston Phoenix–Alumni Film Critics’ Poll

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

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


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Jerry-built

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?”
Seinfeld’s Bee Movie gets a D-
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 31, 2007
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Buzz words

I’ve had several brushes with Jerry Seinfeld.
TV’s ‘A’ star makes a bee movie
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 31, 2007
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Welcome to the real world

Unlike most chefs depicted in the movies, they are pleasant and completely unpretentious about food.
Two Mainers bring chefs out of the movies and into the kitchen
By BRIAN DUFF  |  August 08, 2007
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An inconvenient poop

Maybe 18 seasons is too long to remain topical and funny, especially in prime time on Fox TV.
The Simpsons Movie  craps out
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 25, 2007
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The goggles do nothing

On July 25th, The Simpsons Movie will hit theatres.
The 25 greatest movies in Simpsons history
By RYAN STEWART  |  July 25, 2007


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All sewn up

Patchwork quilts, crazy quilts, quilts that tell stories, quilts that point the way to freedom, and quilts that just keep us warm are all part of the rich history of this art form.
A quilted movie at the Revolving Museum, Ernesto Pujol at the ICA, and ‘Touch But Don’t Touch’ at Harvard
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  July 24, 2007
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Bon appétit

Family. We spend lifetimes breaking away from them, forging our own path, only to discover it leads back to the same place.
Brad Bird cooks up a masterpiece
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 27, 2007
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The girls of summer

It’s summer, so no one’s surprised at the onslaught of sequels, adaptations, or even movies based on toys. But films with Oscar-caliber women’s roles?
The season for blockbusters, sequels, and . . . great roles for women?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 18, 2007
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Swamp gas

Shrek has metastasized into a symptom of and metaphor for the entertainment industry and modern culture in general.
Shrek the Third   gets bloated
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 16, 2007
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Happy Feet

Taking up where March of the Penguins left off, George Miller’s animated film imagines penguins who find love based on their heart songs — songs from the soul that speak to the penguin they’re meant to be with. Watch the trailer for Happy Feet  (Q
Equals sappy feet
By BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  February 20, 2007


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Oscar Nominated Shorts

Do these live-action and animated shorts really represent the best of the year?
Boring
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  February 14, 2007
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Flushed Away

In its first foray into computer animation, Aardman ( Wallace & Gromit ) retains its lovably lumpy, Claymation look. Watch the trailer for Flushed Away  (QuickTime)
Not just a title
By ALICIA POTTER  |  November 01, 2006
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Whack-a-mole

Kindergarten Cop to Reservoir Dogs.
A movie guide to undercover cops
By PAUL BABIN  |  October 05, 2006
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The Ant Bully

John A. Davis, who made Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius , puts an amiable animated spin on John Nickle’s children’s tale, and the moral of teamwork versus individual interest buzzes throughout. Watch the trailer for The Ant Bully  (QuickTime)
Beats A Bug’s Life
By TOM MEEK  |  July 26, 2006