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Duncan Jones on solving Source Code

It's the elephant in the room when you're talking to Duncan Jones: this guy is Zowie Bowie, Ziggy Stardust's son. It's uncool to bring it up, but how can you not at least mention it?
Game plan
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 01, 2011
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Review: True Grit (2010)

Those who saw John Wayne's Oscar-winning, scenery-chewing turn as "Rooster" Cogburn in Henry Hathaway's 1969 adaptation of True Grit might have a hard time shaking that off when it comes to appreciating Jeff Bridges in the same part.
The Coen brothers are True to Grit
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 24, 2010
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Interview: Mark and Jay Duplass

"We took our caveman process and our telepathic speak and we had to learn how to share it with 70 crew members and a studio . . . "
The  Cyrus writer-directors keep it simple
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 25, 2010
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Tilda Swinton's mixed metamorphoses

Most people know Tilda Swinton either from her role as the White Witch in the Narnia movies or as the striking-looking woman who in her speech accepting the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in Michael Clayton said she was going to gi
Indie-cinema luminary gets retrospective in P-Town
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 12, 2010
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Heroine chic

One of the more satisfying moments in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) occurs when 13-year-old Hermione (Emma Watson) unloads a right hook that staggers the villainous Malfoy. “That felt good,” she says, pleased with herself. “Not good,”
Hollywood cashes in on girl power
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 09, 2010
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Review: Terribly Happy

In Henrik Ruben Genz's thriller, Copenhagen cop Robert Hansen (Jakob Cedergren), who's been reassigned for disciplinary reasons, pulls into a squalid hamlet in Denmark's South Jutland region.
Exudes an evil all its own
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2010


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The Bong show

You have to wonder whether there's something in the drinking water in Korea that's caused the country to spawn so many prolific, inventive new filmmakers — directors like Park Chan-wook ( Oldboy , Thirst ) and Bong Joon-ho.
Korea's hottest new director comes to the HFA
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 26, 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
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Review: The Road

John Hillcoat doesn't stray from Cormac McCarthy's Road For those who found the Coen Brothers' adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men too lighthearted, John Hillcoat's relentlessly faithful version of the author's post-apocalyptic Puli
No country for all men: John Hillcoat doesn't stray from Cormac McCarthy's Road
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 27, 2009
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Review: The Men Who Stare at Goats

Here’s a subject that really could have used a Stanley Kubrick or a John Frankenheimer or a Robert Altman. But are there any great cinematic satirists left, auteurs with the knack for black comedy and cold-blooded irony?
Bleating hearts tame Goats
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 06, 2009
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Review: A Serious Man

The Coen Brothers have put the sad back in sadism.
The Coens find no country for A Serious Man
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 09, 2009


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October lite

We expected the vampires, the werewolves, the zombies, and the homicidal maniacs. Same thing with the android doubles, the alien abductors, the sexually abused pregnant teenager, the Apocalypse, and the post-Apocalypse. But kids' movies?
The outlook is still gloomy, but film finds time for childish things
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 18, 2009
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Bit players

What do you get when you cross NYU music-technology majors just out of their teens, vintage Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy gear, traditional rock-and-roll instruments, a mysterious, robot-building fellow named José with half a middle finger
Anamanaguchi are a shock to the systems
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  June 05, 2009

MASTER P'S THEATER

"It's quite simple, really," Dr. Branom tells Alex DeLarge in A Clockwork Orange . "We're just going to show you some films."
One local video editor has build a following paying homage to Hollywood's coolest directors. So why is YouTube all up in his grill?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 18, 2009
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Mat city

Despite the bleak scenario, this is Aronofsky's funniest film.
Aronofsky, Rourke make The Wrestler a champ
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 22, 2008
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White on black

Lance Hammer’s minimalist melodrama pushes William Faulkner into the 21st century or relocates Russell Banks from the Northeast to the Mississippi Delta.  
Lance Hammer’s Delta dawn
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 29, 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.
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By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 09, 2008
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Smoke screens

What does it say about America that marijuana movies are a hot genre right now, perhaps hotter even than in the heyday of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong’s 1978 Up in Smoke ?
Does a surge of stoner movies mean America is going to pot?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 13, 2008
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Rural libertarians

For something so full of personal quirks and whimsical detail, John Brandon's first novel, Arkansas, is a sober, even dignified, read.
Disorganized crime, rendered elegantly, in Arkansas
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 30, 2008
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The ultimate balancing act

About 100 films deep, MIFF ’08 has intriguing offerings for cineastes of all stripes. Here’s a slice of what to look out for.
An extraordinary documentary opens the 2008 Maine International Film Festival
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 09, 2008
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Country for gold men

All kinds of voting has been taking place lately — for presidential candidates, for union contracts, for Oscar nominees.
And Blood will out at the Oscars  
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 22, 2008


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Et tu Brute?

"The whole theatrical event is sort of . . . a much more mysterious one."
Interview: The Wire's "Prez" does the Bard
By JON GARELICK  |  February 05, 2008
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Family plots

Sidney Lumet may be 83, but his new film makes Quentin Tarantino and even the Coen Brothers look geriatric.
Sidney Lumet shows how it’s done
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 07, 2007
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Interview: Josh Brolin

Josh Brolin has distinguished himself mostly by appearing in the worst movies of great directors.
On the brink of fame in No Country for Old Men
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 06, 2007
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Quiet men

At heart, the Coen Brothers’ movies are about death — arbitrary, relentless, insidiously clever, with a gallows sense of humor.
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By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 06, 2007
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Open city

In the pioneering early-’80s days of the Toronto Film Festival, the audience actually rose before movie showings for a canned recording of “God Save the Queen.”
The 2007 Toronto Film Festival
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 18, 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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Tour de force

Two movies push at each other within Jasmine Dellal’s Gyspy Caravan, which opens this Friday, July 6, at the Kendall Square.
Gypsy Caravan, You Kill Me
By GERALD PEARY  |  July 03, 2007
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On the racks: May 16, 2006

Plus new records by Radio 4, Rock Kills Kid, and Ben Folds.
T Bone and the Raconteurs show their roots
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 16, 2006

Flashbacks, March 10, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Jessica McConnell.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.  
By EDITORIAL  |  March 08, 2006