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Review: Stars in Shorts

There are big names galore in this amalgam of short films — Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Kenneth Branagh, etc. — and the celebs are having a holiday good time, even when the stories aren't particularly distinguished.

By GERALD PEARY  |  September 28, 2012

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
"The King's Speech" reigns; "Marwencol" rules

"The King's Speech" reigns; "Marwencol" rules

The surprise Director's Guild Award for Tom Hooper and the awards from the Screen Actors Guild  --  Best Actor for Colin Firth and Best Ensemble...
By Peter Keough  |  January 31, 2011

Review: The Way Back

Peter Weir gets a lift out of prison
Peter Weir gets a lift out of prison
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  January 21, 2011

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

Review: The King's Speech

Given that England's George III ran around pissing blue from porphyry, his great-great-great grandson, George VI, got off pretty easy with just a stutter.
Royal flush
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 17, 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.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 29, 2010
Interview: Designer-turned-director Tom Ford on film, fashion, and lumberjack chic

Interview: Designer-turned-director Tom Ford on film, fashion, and lumberjack chic

Gucci mane: Tom FordFormer Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent creative director TOM FORD made the jump to Hollywood with his surprisingly well-received A SINGLE MAN, ...
By Carly Carioli  |  January 13, 2010

Review: A Single Man

Christopher Isherwood published his novel about a middle-aged homosexual grieving for a lost lover, the frank depiction of gay desire scandalized some readers.
Colin Firth stands alone
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 25, 2009

Review: St. Trinians

Some out-of-work A-list British actors end up at Hogwarts. Others must settle for St. Trinian’s.
Earns a passing a grade
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 16, 2009

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


Mamma Mia!

The Abba musical, helmed by stage director Phyllida Lloyd, sails to a real Greek island with its fairy-tale aura intact.
Passable, frothy fun
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  July 16, 2008

When Did You Last See Your Father?

Director Anand Tucker's focus on compromise and memory over pre-fab, end-of-life resolutions is realistic and powerful.
Much more than a Lifetime Movie for Men
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  June 11, 2008

Then She Found Me

Helen Hunt bites off more than she can chomp on, choosing also to star in this her first try as a film director, a clumsy, overplotted rendition of Elinor Lipman’s 1990 novel.
Overplotted pregnancy flick
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 30, 2008

Masterpieces and mysteries

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that there cannot be too many Jane Austen adaptations for film and television.
‘The Complete Jane Austen’ on WGBH, and making book on the Austen detectives
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 14, 2008

The Austen adaptations

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 09, 2008


Bogus Bess

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

The Last Legion

The battle scenes look ho-hum in the wake of 300 , as director Doug Lefler sticks stolidly to the old school.
A load of poppycock
By TOM MEEK  |  August 22, 2007

Jane II

No sooner had I finished last week’s review than Shannon Hale’s Austenland turned up on my desk.
The further adventures of Austen wanna-bes
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 29, 2007

No plain Jane

Every generation leaves its fingerprints on Jane Eyre .
PBS's hot Bronte
By JUSTINE ELIAS  |  January 17, 2007

Nanny McPhee

This sweet confection stars Emma Thompson (who also wrote the screenplay, adapting the Nurse Matilda children’s books) as the magical nanny who descends on a brood of unruly motherless British children and ever-so-gently teaches them to behave.
By BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  January 25, 2006