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Review: I'm Still Here
Only someone who’s unfamiliar with psychedelic treats and chemically induced psychosis could think I’m Still Here is anything but real.
Just watch the YouTube clip of Joaquin Phoenix on Letterman instead
| September 17, 2010
Review: The Killer Inside Me
Jim Thompson might be the darkest of noir writers, but Michael Winterbottom's version of Thompson's 1952 novel reduces its mirthful nihilism to lurid unpleasantness.
A killer with nothing inside him
| July 02, 2010
In his powerful new memoir, The Ticking Is the Bomb (W.W. Norton), Scituate native Nick Flynn recounts a conversation he had with a man in Turkey.
Obsessed with the wrongs of Abu Ghraib, local author Nick Flynn traveled across the globe to meet its victims
| January 15, 2010
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
| February 13, 2008
Are we grading on a curve?
It’s a solid B, which isn’t bad considering the vagaries of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.
Peter Keough’s Oscar Scorecard
| January 23, 2008
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
| January 18, 2008
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
| December 18, 2007
Bad will hunting
Films about Boston tend to be no better than their worst Boston accent.
Ben is back with Gone Baby Gone
| October 18, 2007
Good Will Hunting — in which they played siblings — fixed the public perception of Casey Affleck as Ben’s younger brother.
The younger Affleck holds forth
| October 16, 2007
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
In Andrew Dominik’s revisionist Western, Jesse James is not a character.
One of the year's best movies
| October 05, 2007
The party’s over. Time for the lessons to begin.
Fall films face terror at home and abroad
| September 12, 2007
Flotsam and jetsam
Steven Soderbergh’s third “Ocean” film is a pastry of a movie, airy, insubstantial, and meant to fill in the gaps between heartier meals.
The tars are adrift in Ocean’s Thirteen
| June 05, 2007
Does anyone else find it ironic that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is treating human beings like pieces of meat?
Love humans, don’t eat them
SARA FAITH ALTERMAN
| April 11, 2007
One of Circuits’ favorite local acts, BOY IN STATIC (a/k/a ALEX CHEN ), is preparing to release Violet , the follow-up to his remarkable debut, Newborn , on May 29. Boy In Static, "Where It Ends" (mp3)
Boy in Static sets a date, Rise prize, and Slaine
| March 08, 2007
New to DVD: December, 20 2006
Plus the Black Dahlia and The Last Kiss .
The Descent, Factotum, Jackass: Number Two
NEW TO DVD
| December 19, 2006
The Last Kiss
There’s no want of misogyny in Tony Goldwyn’s film, which follows the romantic misfortunes of a group of buddies. Watch the trailer for The Last Kiss (QuickTime)
A trip of romantic misfortunes
| September 13, 2006
Fest or famine?
Women filmmakers dominate this year’s festival, and an unflinching honesty marks their movies.
This year’s Boston Film Festival has a woman’s touch
| September 08, 2006
We like to imagine that somewhere there exists an Elks-Club-like organization of the slightly-less-famous brothers of celebrities.
The career of Brian Doyle-Murray
| August 18, 2006
From the title of the movie onward, Lonesome Jim (Casey Affleck) can’t catch a break.
Buscemi's third feature deserves a better ending
| May 09, 2006
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