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Review: Trouble with the Curve
Are we sure Clint Eastwood wasn't in character at the RNC?
| September 21, 2012
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
| March 09, 2012
'It's Halftime in America'
Karl Rove is pissed off, and for once we can understand why.
Plus, same-sex marriage's latest boost
| February 10, 2012
Forget Dirty Harry — this might be Clint Eastwood's most controversial and divisive film ever.
We all got it coming
| October 16, 2010
Review: Get Low
Somewhere it must be written that once a veteran actor starts pushing 80, he has to play the role of a curmudgeonly hermit — preferably armed.
Duvall goes full hermit
| August 06, 2010
Box-office guru comes to Boston
The Massachusetts House of Representatives recently rejected attempts to cap the tax breaks offered to filmmakers in the commonwealth, which is good for Hollywood studios and for the local economy.
| April 09, 2010
After a torturous history of being treated like second-class citizens, the black population in this country stunned the world by pulling off the unimaginable: voting a black man in as president.
The US isn't the only country exploring its complex racial history. South Africa prepares for its moment in the sun.
| January 29, 2010
Is there 'hope' in Hollywood?
Buoyed by President Barack Obama's campaign slogan, many had hopes for change after his election.
Three controversial (and sure to be Oscar-nominated) films tackle race in the age of Obama
| January 29, 2010
Oscar predictions 2010
After years of shrinking audiences and low-grossing Best Picture nominees, the Academy this year is hedging its bets.
With 10 Best Picture noms, is Oscar up in the air? Our critic predicts.
| January 29, 2010
VIDEO: Top 101 songs of the decade
WFNX's top 101 songs of the decade
The top 101 songs of the decade from WFNX 101.7 FM
WFNX AND PHOENIX STAFF
| December 18, 2009
Hottest songs of 2009
| December 18, 2009
Poetry, muses Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) in a reflective moment in Invictus , consists only of words, yet it can inspire perseverance and greatness beyond our own expectations of ourselves. Sport, similarly, consists of oversized, overpaid athlet
Clint shows team spirit
| December 11, 2009
When I was growing up in Roslindale a few decades back — among tribes of ignorant, second-generation immigrant kids whose favorite words began with “f” and “n” and who liked to torture small animals and beat up small children before they moved on to thei
The city’s gritty, criminal underbelly has redefined the dark, artistic vision known as Boston noir
| October 23, 2009
White-knuckle thrill rites
Kathryn Bigelow's art-packed action movies
Bigelow puts the art into action
| July 10, 2009
If the selections in this year's Boston Turkish Film Festival are any indication, nobody in that country lives happily ever after these days.
Strained relations in the Boston Turkish Film Festival
| March 24, 2009
Watchmen 's brutal alternative history
As a reimagining of the past, Watchmen is at times jaw-dropping.
| March 03, 2009
Dirty Harry goes to church: Clint and Catholicism
In Mystic River , Clint Eastwood examined the damage to a close-knit group of Boston friends, years after one of them was sexually abused by a stranger, in a film depicting the power of sexual abuse with Catholic overtones.
MARY ANN SORRENTINO
| January 28, 2009
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
| January 13, 2009
Review: Gran Torino
Gran Torino is vintage Eastwood
| December 16, 2008
How many ways can Angelina Jolie cry?
Angelina Jolie goes on a tear in Changeling
| October 21, 2008
With pundits already reading political significance into summer blockbusters like The Dark Knight (“Is Batman a stand-in for George Bush? Discuss.”), the meatier movies of fall arrive not a moment too soon.
Films with a full agenda
| September 08, 2008
Leggo my ego!
If Barack Obama loses the presidency this November, it won’t be because of Reverend Jeremiah Wright, or “Bitter-gate,” or sundry other vulnerabilities.
The GOP is smearing Obama as a narcissist. So why is the press playing along?
| July 30, 2008
It’s not that I think Billie Holiday: Remixed and Reimagined is some kind of unforgivable desecration.
Billie Holiday unstuck in time
| December 07, 2007
Crossword: ''Don't Be a pig''
Translations from the original Latin.
| November 07, 2007
In Brad Gann’s film Black Irish , Tom Guiry plays a seething blur of Southie rage named Terry.
Dot Ave goes to Hollywood
| October 24, 2007
As of press time, the 23rd Boston Film Festival was still shaping up.
The Boston Film Festival: work in progress
| September 14, 2007
The best of times
On Boston Harbor’s Long Island, two miles out in Quincy Bay, the Curley Building stands hulking and decrepit.
More than a decade into their career, Dropkick Murphys accept success — and pay tribute to the people and the city who helped them earn it
| September 07, 2007
Cinema of Shadows
It’s not likely, but Judd Apatow’s pitch for Knocked Up might have sounded something like this.
We’re five years into the Iraq crisis, and Hollywood hasn't made a film about the war. Or is every film is about the war?
| June 06, 2007
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
| June 01, 2007
Fit to be Thai’d
This retro spoof is an affectionate homage to cheapo Thai Westerns of the 1950s, trashy Thai action films of the 1960s, weepie melodramas of all eras.
Black Tiger delights; Fauteuils d’orchestre bores
| February 27, 2007
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