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Review: The Dark Knight Rises

No other superhero has less fun than the Batman (Christian Bale) of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy.
Not so serious
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 20, 2012
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Review: The Flowers of War

In 1937 the invading Imperial Japanese Army killed and raped thousands of people in the Chinese city of Nanjing. The atrocity has recently inspired two Chinese films, including Lu Chuan's City of Life and Death and this unimpressive outing from Zhang
Unimpressive outing from Zhang Yimou
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 20, 2012
Review: Shame

Review: Shame

Director Steve McQueen has only made two films, but in them he explores two extremes of human experience.
Fassbender is a winner in the Shame game
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 09, 2011
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Speech impediments?

Given the change in political attitudes after the election of Barack Obama, a reactionary backlash following last year's progressive Oscars - in which Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win Best Director - might be no surprise. But who knew the A
Tom Hooper's film looks like an Oscar winner
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 25, 2011
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Oscar nominee predictions 2011: Social anxiety

Last year's Oscar program had a celebratory feeling about it that's not always associated with the most watched ceremony in the world.
Oscar looks back, turns inward
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 21, 2011
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Six Boston accents worthy of Oscar

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Pahk the awahds in Hahvahd Yahd
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 10, 2010


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Interview: Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg on bringing Micky Ward to the big screen
The good fight: the actor on bringing Micky Ward to the big screen
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 10, 2010
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Review: The Fighter

David O. Russell might not be the first name that comes to mind when picking a director for a rousing, true-life, Rocky -style boxing movie.
Family feud: the toughest bouts are outside the ring
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 10, 2010
Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, et al: press conference for "The Fighter"

Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, et al: press conference for "The Fighter"


 Combine David O. Russell, the talented maverick director known for getting in a fistfight with George Clooney on the set of Three Kings (1999) and...
By Peter Keough  |  December 08, 2010
Boston Oscahs?

Boston Oscahs?


With any luck, five of the acting Oscar nominations will go to actors playing characters with Boston accents. Maybe they should have a separate category...
By Peter Keough  |  November 19, 2010
PODCAST: Bret Easton Ellis on "Imperial Bedrooms" [MP3]

PODCAST: Bret Easton Ellis on "Imperial Bedrooms" [MP3]


 Author Bret Easton Ellis didn't ask to be turned into a hot, sexy myth.  But he's not exactly complaining about it, either."It's so interesting to...
By Andrew Cominelli  |  July 30, 2010


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Review: Public Enemies

The gangster movie ruled Depression-era cinema — and that might be cause for concern about our present economic difficulties should the genre make a comeback.
Michael Mann's reheated crime waive
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 03, 2009
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Hard times

"You just shit yourself — every muscle, every joint aches. Your entire body cries for heroin. Just one bag of heroin, you know that's all you need, and you'll feel better."
A former junkie looks back at tough days in Lowell
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 12, 2009
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Future schlock

The future has not been kind to the Terminator franchise.
Terminator Salvation is beyond salvage
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 22, 2009

Casting Alert: Marky Wahlberg calling all meatheads (and their girlfriends)


IRISH MICKEY WARD V. ARTURO GATTI (2002) "Hi, it's Mark Wahlberg. We're making the Irish Rock...
By Carly Carioli  |  May 19, 2009

6. Christian Bale

What the fuck was Bale doing with that massive viral tirade on the Terminator set? Is this guy professional or not? Shut the fuck up, Bruce! For fuck's sake, man. Fucking amateur. Somebody should kick his fucking ass. Bale shouldn't just be sorry. Next t
What the fuck was Bale doing with that massive viral tirade on the Terminator set? Is this guy professional or not? Shut the fuck up, Bruce! For fuck's sake, man. Fucking amateur. Somebody should kick his fucking ass. Bale shouldn't just be sorry. Next time he should think for one fucking second.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009


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Crossword: ''60 clues go in''

But in this themeless puzzle, only one solver reigns victorious.
But in this themeless puzzle, only one solver reigns victorious.
By MATT JONES  |  March 18, 2009
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Hope springs infernal

Given the current economic climate, spring this year is a season more of dread than of hope for change.
Brimstone and buddy movies are on the Hollywood agenda
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 12, 2009
Pop Trash, Valentine's Day, MRTPQ, WTF And The Finisher

Pop Trash, Valentine's Day, MRTPQ, WTF And The Finisher


Fletcher covers all things Christian Bale in Pop Trash, we read some correspondence from V...
By Charlie  |  February 05, 2009
O'Reilly vs. Bale

O'Reilly vs. Bale


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By Fletcher  |  February 05, 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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Darkness falls in the Dark Knight

“The night is darkest just before the dawn,” says District Attorney Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight .
Scars run deep in Christopher Nolan’s Götterdämmerung
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 16, 2008

Holy multiplicity, Batman!


A Caped-Crusader scorecard
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 16, 2008
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Our superheroes, ourselves

Is there a breed of person more tenderly optimistic, more winsomely hopeful for the best, more loyal to the possibility of good, than the American summer moviegoer?
What the current crop of comic-book action movies tells us about America's identity crisis
By JAMES PARKER  |  July 09, 2008
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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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Bat bummer

Lines upon learning that the actor Christian Bale, playing Batman in a new movie, has been unable to perform stunts in the waters of Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor due to high pollution levels
Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines
By JAMES PARKER  |  November 07, 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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3:10 to Yuma

It seeped like a cancer into his modestly expanded take on Elmore Leonard’s short two-hander set within the confined time and space of a hotel room.
Claustrophobia
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 05, 2007
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Missing in action

In his 1997 documentary Little Dieter Needs To Fly , Werner Herzog told the story of Dieter Dengler.
History escapes Herzog in Rescue Dawn
By CHRIS FUJIWARA  |  July 10, 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