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Review: Killing Them Softly

Though Andrew Dominik shot his follow-up to 2007's The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford in N'awlins, it's a Boston movie through-and-through.

By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 07, 2012

National Society of Film Critics: the winners


The National Society of Film Critics, of which I am a member, had a choice between "Life" and death today, and they chose death. That...
By Peter Keough  |  January 07, 2012

BSFC: Best Actor


After three ballots, Brad Pitt in "Moneyball."  Runner-up was George Clooney for "The Descendants." A problem: the Michael Fassbender vote was divided between "Shame," "A Dangerous Method," and...
By Peter Keough  |  December 11, 2011
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Review: Happy Feet Two

 Lovely to look at despite the 3D, and sometimes bordering on the psychedelic, this crack-brained morality tale blends the sublimely weird and the cloyingly awful as it preaches once again the paradox that you should be true to yourself as long as you a
Crack-brained morality tale
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 18, 2011
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Jonah Hill straightens up

The Superbad star has embraced his inner math geek for his role in Moneyball, the film adaptation of Michael Lewis's best-selling book on Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, who turned the baseball world on its head in 2002 when he cast aside his sc
Money man
By SEAN KERRIGAN  |  September 23, 2011
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Review: Moneyball

Adapting Michael Lewis's bestseller of the same title, director Bennett Miller and screenwriters Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian take up Beane's story in 2002, when the A's, fresh from the previous season's playoff loss to the Yankees, try to rebuild af
The game's plays are numbered
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 23, 2011


Don't sweat your major — you'll probably change your mind anyway

Chances are that two of you have no friggin' idea what you want to do with your lives, and the one of you who does will change his or her mind by age 25.
Throwing it all away
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  September 02, 2011

End of the world movies we will miss because of the end of the world


 It's a shame that the world is ending May 21 because that means we'll miss some interesting end of the world movies. Not necessarily films...
By Peter Keough  |  May 18, 2011
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Review: Megamind

Did you like Universal's Despicable Me and its computer-animated 3D tale of a misunderstood criminal mastermind? Well, then, you're in luck.
Let’s hear it for celebrity voices and an excess of licensed pop music!
By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 05, 2010
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Stockholm syndrome

With its low crime rate and socialized everything, Sweden doesn’t seem very noirish compared with, say, LA. Then again, much of the country spends the entire winter without sunlight.
Stieg Larsson’s Girl is stinging Swedish noir
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 28, 2010
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2009: The year in movies

As I looked over my list of the best movies of 2009, it suddenly struck me: where are all the women on screen?
Men behaving badly
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 25, 2009


Warren Buffett and Obama related

Warren Buffett and Obama related


  Your useless celebrity/presidential trivia bit of the day/week: While they certainly don't look much alike, billionaire Warren Buffett and President Barack Obama are indeed related, reads...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  December 15, 2009
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Interview: Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino began writing the screenplay for Inglourious Basterds more than 10 years ago. When I got him on the phone, he talked about the film's long gestation and how he chose his actors.
The director talks Basterds
By KAM WILLIAMS  |  August 21, 2009
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Review: Inglourious Basterds

From the beginning, Tarantino's obsessive self-referentiality and movie allusions never let you forget that you're watching a film.
Payback for Hitler in Inglourious Basterds
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 21, 2009
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Cannes goods

Quick — name a world-class film-festival administrator willing to reveal that at age 12 he was titillated by the sight of clodhopper-shod Minnie Mouse stomping on Mickey's tail in a French comic book.
Tarantino, Antichrist , and well-lit genitalia show why the French film festival is like no other
By LISA NESSELSON  |  May 29, 2009
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Interview: Leanne Shapton

There are many end-of-relationship rituals.
Object lessons
By SHARON STEEL  |  March 24, 2009


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Interview: Mitch Fatel

Given that he was once an intern for Howard Stern, it's not too surprising that comedian Mitch Fatel is all about clits and tits, and assorted lady bits – not the stuff that feminists would gleefully shave their legs over.
Fatel hates the Yankees, loves stand-up
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  March 18, 2009
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Dance Monkey: Bill Burr

We put a comic in the hot seat every week. This week's victim.....
Dance, monkey!
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  February 04, 2009

Media kills hero pilot

US Airways Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who pulled off the "Miracle on the Hudson" emergency landing, was found beaten to death by the national media.
Herd-mentality pack lacks sufficient imagination to find another story
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 28, 2009
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Martyr complex

This year the Oscars will honor the men who suffer for our sins and the women who don't wear make-up.
Oscar suffers for our sins
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 13, 2009
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Review: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Brad Pitt is cute as a Button
Age before beauty
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 16, 2008


Interview: Girl Talk

David Thorpe chats up Gregg Gillis
David Thorpe chats up Gregg Gillis
By DAVID THORPE  |  November 10, 2008
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The Big Hurt: Peace capes

The dismissal of the drunk-driving case against Britney Spears has brought a ceremonial end to the downfall that ushered in a new Golden Age of tabloid journalism.
Plus Moz yarns, Osmond extensions
By DAVID THORPE  |  November 04, 2008
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Body of Lies

For a film dealing with Intelligence, Body of Lies has little enough of its own.  
Another forgettable thriller
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 16, 2008
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What Just Happened

“There isn’t a film there,” Ben tells the screenwriter. Sounds like What Just Happened .  
Half-baked insider parody
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 15, 2008
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Light Reading

Every now and then so-called independent filmmakers have to make money and prove to the studios that they have some traction at the box office.
The Coen Brothers have talent to Burn
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 09, 2008


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Major problems

Why are so many students taking on so much?
Triple helpings of course requirements can ruin your college experience
By MEREDITH HASSETT  |  August 13, 2008
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Dance, Monkey: Dan Hirshon

Marriages don’t always turn out the way you think they’re going to. Make sure you have a way out of it if things don’t go as planned.
We put a visiting comic on the hot seat. This week’s victim . . .
By SARAH FAITH ALTERMAN  |  May 13, 2008
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The 100 unsexiest men in the world

Welcome to the first installment of ThePhoenix.com's 100 Unsexiest Men in the World.
Who would Scarlett least like to be with?
By BILL JENSEN & RYAN STEWART  |  March 27, 2008
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The Oscars go to Hell

Maybe it’s just as well if the writers’ strike forces a cancellation of the Oscars show.
The Devil knows what the nominations will be for this year’s Oscars
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 18, 2008