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Review: Faster

The cinematic equivalent of a head shot from the Rock
The cinematic equivalent of a head shot from the Rock
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  November 27, 2010

Review: The Informers

Were the '80s an era of comic nostalgia, as in Adventureland , or one of inane nihilism, as in Gregor Jordan's adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel?
L.A. stories
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 24, 2009

Roots of spring

Homegrown recordings from Boston and beyond
Homegrown recordings from Boston and beyond
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 18, 2009

Yule be sorry

It eventually occurred to me that most if not all of the Christmas music I listened to, I did so in the service of some ulterior message.
Little gifts lurk among holiday horrors
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 11, 2008

Bob Dylan Unboxed

This October, Columbia Records is releasing Tell-Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006 , a collection of recordings by Bob Dylan that are different from recordings issued on the seven studio albums he released in that period.  
Everything you wanted to know about Tell-Tale Signs but were afraid to buy
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  October 15, 2008

Sexual Politics

Duchovny, now 48 and with a nearly complete doctorate from Yale in English lit, says he is back in rehab for sex addiction.  
Everybody wants some, but women don’t call it an illness
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  October 09, 2008


Eagle Eye

The trouble with Shia? He’s no Henry Fonda, Jimmy Stewart, or Cary Grant.  
A credulity-be-damned plot
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 02, 2008

Autumn peeves

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.
Films with a full agenda
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 08, 2008

Mr. Woodcock

Thornton chucking balls at kids is funnier — until it just feels cruel.
A messy sado-school movie
By MARK BAZER  |  September 12, 2007

Anchored in Love: A Tribute to June Carter Cash

Tribute albums are usually hit-or-miss, and this one honoring June Carter Cash is no exception.
By WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  August 07, 2007

The Astronaut Farmer

Mark and Michael Polish showed a surreal eye in Twin Falls Idaho , and their The Astronaut Farmer has one dreamlike scene to recommend it.
99 minutes too long
By PETE KEOUGH  |  February 21, 2007


Now on tape

Spending a rainy Saturday night curled up in front of Dodgeball or the first season of Six Feet Under is great and all, but what if you want to find Michael Auder’s “Polaroid Cocaine,” a five-minute, 1993 video montage of images that “dwell on the
‘E-Flux Video Rental’ at the Sert, ‘Only Connect’ at the Mills, and Luigi Ontani at the Gardner
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  January 23, 2007

Fractured fairy tales

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

Unaccompanied Minors

Five children — mostly products of broken families en route from one parent to the other — get snowed in at a fictitious Midwest airport on Christmas Eve. Watch the trailer for Unaccompanied Minors  (QuickTime)
The Breakfast Club meets Home Alone
By TOM MEEK  |  December 06, 2006

School for Scoundrels

Boot-camp therapy for lovable losers has long proved a sure-comic formula. Watch the trailer for School for Scoundrels  (QuickTime)
A kick in the ass
By TOM MEEK  |  September 27, 2006

A bit too Random

It’s kind of a gratifying switcheroo, to watch junior high students struggle earnestly to be heard over the snorts and penis jokes of their teachers.
But the Biddeford show is silly all the same
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 30, 2006


Art of darkness

Was Terry Zwigoff the Great Weird Hope of American cinema?
Confidentially speaking, School sucks  
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 17, 2006