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Review: Hanna

For some reason, teenage and pre-teen girls have become the new action hero.
Relentless tween assassin
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 08, 2011
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Review: Robin Hood (2010)

“And so the legend begins . . . ”
  The more the merrier? Hardly.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 14, 2010
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Photos + Review: Pretenders, Cat Power at Pavilion

The Pretenders + Cat Power + Juliette Lewis | August 12, 2009 at Bank of America Pavilion
The Pretenders + Cat Power + Juliette Lewis | August 12, 2009 at Bank of America Pavilion
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 14, 2009
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Review: Ponyo

In a film like Spirited Away (2001), Hayao Miyazaki takes flight and creates his own seductive animated universe. When tied to a Disney fable about the environment and true love, he lurches from cliché to myth to things that just leave you shaking yo
Visually stunning, but leaves you shaking your head
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 14, 2009
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La Roux | La Roux

Polydor (2009)
Polydor (2009)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 24, 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
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Numb Skull

You can’t say they don’t warn you.
Indiana Jones’s mild Kingdom
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 20, 2008
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Spring brakes

Funny how spring movies can mirror the options of spring break.
Spring Arts Preview: Some diversions before the summer onslaught
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 10, 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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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
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 23, 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
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Auteur land?

Granted, Sweeney Todd is a grim, violent, misanthropic musical.
‘Film Culture’ in 2007
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 17, 2007
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Covering Dylan

Dylan is his own cover band.
From Newport to I’m Not There
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  November 20, 2007
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The unnamable

If Bob Dylan were a real movie director, I’m Not There is probably the movie he’d make about his own life
Todd Haynes’s not-Dylan movie
By JON GARELICK  |  November 20, 2007
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Bogus Bess

“History,” Winston Churchill told us, “is written by the victors.”
Elizabeth: The Golden Age is leaden
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 10, 2007


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Yankee know-how

Back from the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, I proclaim a renaissance of American cinema.
Telluride’s new American wave?
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 12, 2007
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War zones

The party’s over. Time for the lessons to begin.
Fall films face terror at home and abroad
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 12, 2007
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America Blows

The United States of America is a nation with a proud history.
Since George W. Bush took office, the United States has sunk to unprecedented lows in sports and pop-culture domination
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 29, 2007
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Smoking hot

In honor of May 31, International No Tabacco Day, we’re listing the some of the most seminal smoking scenes on the silver screen.
Cigarettes on the silver screen
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 01, 2007
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Notes on a Scandal

Patrick Marber adapts Zoë Heller’s dark, satirical novel for the screen, and the film directed by Richard Eyre, with a juicy Brit Pack cast. Watch the trailer for Notes on a Scandal  (QuickTime)
A perfect fit for the British
By PEG ALOI  |  February 20, 2007


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Babel

String together a handful of stories, contrive a semblance of irony and fate with artificial connections, inject innocuous liberal sentiments, and you’ve got Oscar nominations, à la last year’s Crash. Watch the trailer for Babel  (QuickTime)
It's no Crash
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 20, 2007

Babel rousers

It’s not often that I feel this way, but this year I’m kind of proud of my profession.
Oscar opts for liberal gilt
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 17, 2007
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The Good German

Steven Soderbergh merges his mainstream aptitude with his proclivity for experimentation, making a conventional post-WW2 proto-espionage noir packed with movie stars, but daring to make it in the black-and-white style of period classics like The Third
Packs in the movie stars
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  December 20, 2006
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The Fountain

Darren Aronofsky ( Pi, Requiem for a Dream ) took a big risk in proceeding with this project after original leads Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett left the film. Watch the trailer for The Fountain  (QuickTime)
Overflowing
By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 21, 2006
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Fall back

If you cannot remember the past, so Santayana said, you’re condemned to repeat it. Watch trailers for this fall's new releases.
This season, Hollywood lives in the past
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 13, 2006


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Drawing conclusions

“We face the audience more in American comics than characters do in Japanese and European comics,” says McCloud. “Here in America characters tend to block you at the door.”
Picking the brain of Scott McCloud, the world's reigning comics genius
By IAN A. MAISEL  |  June 22, 2006