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Review: Seven Psychopaths

As in his debut In Bruges , Martin McDonagh here plays self-reflexive games while undermining the gangster genre.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 12, 2012

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company takes on Coriolanus

The man of the hour is running for high office, and he has the support of the party faithful and the moneyed interests, but before he can claim victory, he must ingratiate himself with the unwashed masses, even as rival interests conspire to blacken his
The body politic
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 10, 2012

Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

There's only one story, says the teacher near the end of this take-two of the Spider-Man franchise: who am I?
Only one story
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 06, 2012
ShortTake: The Intouchables

Review: The Intouchables

French comedies rarely travel well, but The Intouchables , the first film from the writer-director team of Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache to be commercially released here, has earned its status as an international blockbuster.
Traveling well
By ANN LEWINSON  |  June 01, 2012
ShortTake: Men In Black 3

Review: Men In Black 3

Griffin (Michael Stuhlbarg), a fifth dimensional alien, can see the infinite possibilities each moment possesses and the infinite contingencies that caused it to happen.
Infinite possiblities
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 25, 2012
Review: Battleship

Review: Battleship

Hasbro's Transformers have made a mint; why not make a movie out of Battleship ?
Why not?
By ANN LEWINSON  |  May 18, 2012


Review: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Filled with Indian (and British) clichés, it is nonetheless a pleasant diversion that doesn't involve special effects or 3D glasses.
A pleasant diversion
By BRETT MICHEL  |  May 04, 2012

Photos: Tea Party Rally and Counter-Protest at Boston Common

As the Mass Tea Party Coalition rallied at Boston Common on Sunday, April 15th, a group of approximately 60 activists held a counter-protest. The counter-protest called attention to the Tea Party's anti-gay sentiments, specifically protesting the afterno
Sunday, April 15th 2012
By ALI DONOHUE  |  April 20, 2012
Review: John Carter

Review: John Carter(1)

Like its four-armed Tharks and its ten-legged Calot, this adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs's series of sci-fi novels has too many moving parts for its own good.
Too many moving parts
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 09, 2012
Review: Silent House

Review: Silent House(1)

Shot in a single, continuous take, Chris Kentis and Laura Lau's Silent House crackles with a gnawing anxiety like that which defined their debut, Open Water .
Quietly sinister
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  March 09, 2012
Big Miracle - review

Review: Big Miracle

Taking a tip from the oil industry, Hollywood has started exploiting Alaska. Following in the tracks of The Grey is Ken Kwapis's take on a true story from 1988 about an effort to save gray whales trapped in the Arctic ice. Surprisingly, the film offer
Ken Kwapis's take on a true story from 1988
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 03, 2012

Viral Factor

Review: The Viral Factor

Made for a modest budget of $17 million — and feeling like it (who needs convincing explosions in an action movie?), Dante Lam's latest still gets the job done from a run-and-gun standpoint.
Run and gun
By BRETT MICHEL  |  January 20, 2012
Short takes -- Pina

Review: Pina

Who could have predicted that it would take the surviving leading lights of the New German Cinema to put 3D to good use?
Putting 3D to good use
By ANN LEWINSON  |  January 20, 2012

Occupy Everywhere

Forget the plowed debris field left at Dewey Square. That space is no longer synonymous with Occupy Boston — the movement is pushing forward.
After the decimation of Dewey, the movement finds new allies
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 16, 2011
Short Take: J. Edgar

Review: J. Edgar

Filmmaker Clint Eastwood, famously Republican, portrays right-wing hero J. Edgar Hoover, the late FBI head, as a self-aggrandizing, conniving bully and mama's boy who broke the law whenever he wanted to bring anyone down.
DiCaprio as right-wing hero J. Edgar Hoover
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 11, 2011
Massachusetts’s most haunted: True (?) tales of ghost captains, spectral widows, hotel poltergeists, and more

Massachusetts’s most haunted: True (?) tales of ghost captains, spectral widows, hotel poltergeists, and more

Let's face it, Massachusetts is haunted. Nathaniel Hawthorne knew it; H.P. Lovecraft knew it; you know it, too. We're sitting on a shitload of history...
By Jasmine Lywen-Dill  |  October 21, 2011


Photos: Occupy Boston's student march from the Boston Common

On October 10, 2011, students march from the Boston Common to the Charlestown Bridge in solidary with Occupy Boston, a protest in assocation with the Occupy Wall Street movement.
October 10, 2011 | From the Boston Common to the Charlestown Bridge
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 14, 2011
Ides of March 3

Review: The Ides of March

Though more contemporary than Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005), George Clooney's new directorial effort seems less topical.
George Clooney's new directorial effort
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 07, 2011

Photos: Occupy Boston plans financial district take-over

Hundreds of fiscally wary citizens gathered on Boston Common Tuesday, September 27, to organize a lasting protest occupation of Boston’s financial district.
Big money meets big opposition in Boston
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  September 30, 2011

Photos: Freedom Rally 2011 at Boston Common

Mass Cann/NORML's annual Freedom Rally comes to the Boston Common on September 17, 2011.
Mass Cann/NORML's annual Freedom Rally | September 17, 2011
By K. BONAMI  |  September 23, 2011

Photos: Tree play the 22nd Annual Freedom Rally

Tree play the Freedom Rally main stage on September 17, 2011.
Boston Common | September 17, 2011
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  September 23, 2011

Cops arrest zero people at Boston’s annual pot rally

Cops arrest zero people at Boston’s annual pot rally

Marking an incremental, mostly symbolic, but still notable victory for New Englanders who love to smoke weed, the BPD reports that they did not arrest...
By Barry Thompson  |  September 21, 2011

Rolling Rally

It would have been impossible — or at least boneheaded — to print this sort of treasure map a few years ago.
Make the most of your freedom
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 16, 2011
atrocious movie

Review: Atrocious

When a central character spends enough time looking through the distorting lens of a camera, eventually something very nasty is going to show up.
A dizzying, bumpy ride
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  August 12, 2011

All's Well on Boston Common

I think of Measure for Measure , with its fanatically chaste heroine, and All's Well That Ends Well , with its lovely lass in pursuit of a lout, as Shakespeare's "Smart Women, Foolish Choices" plays.
Love sick
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  August 05, 2011

The Week in Geek, July 25-31: Harry Potter Is Never Going Away

Remember that Harry Potter thing everyone was so crazy over? There were a bunch of books, or something? Then some movies? Well, you had better...
By Kelly Dickinson  |  July 25, 2011


Photos: World Naked Bike Ride at Boston Common

Boston-based bicyclists take part in the  World Naked Bike Ride  at Boston Common on July 9, 2011.
Biking in the buff
By ANGELA OWENS  |  July 15, 2011
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Review: A Beautiful Life

Talk about a literal movie title.

By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  May 20, 2011

Photos: MassCann's 2010 Freedom Rally

MassCann, our state's chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, hosts the 2010 Freedom Rally at Boston Common on September 18, 2010.
MassCann's 2010 Freedom Rally at Boston Common on September 18, 2010
By SCOTT M. LACEY  |  September 24, 2010
To Catch a Weed Faerie

To Catch a Weed Faerie

These are not Weed Faeries. (See more Freedom Rally photos here.) Is it true that every time you hear a bowl spark, a weed faerie...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  September 22, 2010