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Review: Mahler On The Couch

Mahler on the Couch , from the father-and-son directing team of Percy and Felix Adlon, offers some creative speculation, with flashbacks detailing the crisis points of the marriage and snatches from the anguished first movement of Mahler's unfinished T
Couch potato
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 30, 2012

Review: A Royal Affair

Chances are a movie about 18th-century Danish history might not be a grabber. But this one could have been, had director Nikolaj Arcel cut the length by about 15 minutes, injected some zest into the narrative, and perhaps done some recasting.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 16, 2012

Review: The Bay

Fourth of July festivities in a quaint small town on the Chesapeake Bay are spoiled by the mass ingestion of tongue-eating isopods, all fortuitously recorded by never-before-seen news footage and consumer-grade cameras, in this, Barry Levinson's collabo

By ANN LEWINSON  |  November 02, 2012

Review: Girl Model

As seen in David Redmon and Ashley Sabin's somber, sometimes poetic, Fred Wiseman-like documentary, the international model trade ranks just above human trafficking in legitimacy.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 12, 2012
Short Takes: Escape Fire

Review: Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare

Matthew Heineman and Susan Frömke's documentary tackles a familiar topic but doesn't weigh in on the Obamacare issue so contentious in the upcoming election.

By TOM MEEK  |  October 05, 2012

Photos: SUNN 0))) + Dead In The Dirt at Coolidge Corner

SUNN 0))) and Dead In The Dirt perform live at Coolidge Corner on September 4, 2012.
September 4, 2012
By TY UEDA  |  September 14, 2012


Review: The Invisible War

A few years ago, documentarian Kirby Dick read an article about rape among the troops and was shocked to see that no one had made a movie on the subject.
Kirby Dick's documentary on rape in the military
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 06, 2012

Cape Spin: An American Power Struggle

When you've got the Kennedys and the Koch brothers on the same side of an issue, it's hard to know what to think.
The story of the Cape Air clean-energy project
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 15, 2012
ShortTake: Moonrise Kingdom

Review: Moonrise Kingdom(1)

Wes Anderson should always make movies featuring characters who are pubescent or younger — like Rushmore , which until this film was his best.
Wes Anderson paints his masterpiece
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 01, 2012
Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story

Review: Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story

Whatever your opinion of the policies of Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, you can't deny that his brother Yoni was a hero, a courageous man whose conflicts and triumphs mirror those of his homeland.
Jonathan Gruber and Ari Daniel Pinchot document Yoni's life story
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 01, 2012
The Divide review

Review: The Divide

Many a teleplay for The Twilight Zone threatened atomic Armageddon, and though Frontier(s) director Xavier Gens nukes New York in the opening shots of his latest thriller, he finds more inspiration in the horrors of human nature as seen in the old T
The horrors of human nature
By BRETT MICHEL  |  January 13, 2012

From the Back of the Room: Review

Review: From the Back of the Room

Chronicling the past 30 years of women in DIY punk, Amy Oden's documentary deconstructs the myth that punk is an ideal world free of gender prejudices.
Amy Oden's documentary about sexism in the punk rock community
By LIZ PELLY  |  December 09, 2011
Short Take: Janie Jones

Review: Janie Jones

Borrowing the name of a Clash song with which it has nothing in common, this generic riff on the Crazy Heart template by writer/director David M. Rosenthal ( Falling Up ) also cribs from Sofia Coppola's Somewhere .
A generic riff on the Crazy Heart template
By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 11, 2011
Take Shelter 3

Review: Take Shelter

Shannon's got the crazy bit down pat, and director Jeff Nichols has an eye for turning everyday items — a pile of trash, a clear sky, a barking dog — into signs of immanent doom.
Mid-life breakdown
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 21, 2011
short take Girlfriend

Review: Girlfriend

One night Evan's mother (Amanda Plummer) asks him to make a wish. He says he wants a girlfriend, and his wish comes true, but at a cost.
Concerned only with the truth
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 30, 2011

A new trio hits the Coolidge

Soloff, now 67, has a long list of impressive credits that includes the Carla Bley Band, the Carnegie Hall Big Band, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, a passel of Latin jazz bands (including Machito's), seminal jazz-rock outfit Blood, Sweat, and Tears, and a
By JON GARELICK  |  September 16, 2011

The Arbor - short take review

Review: The Arbor

Andrea Dunbar turned her smothering, abused, and abusive life in a West Yorkshire housing project into a series of raw autobiographical dramas, and, as a teen playwright in the '80s, she became a star in London with acclaimed productions of The Arbor
Clio Barnard tells Andrea Dunbar's cursed story
By GERALD PEARY  |  July 22, 2011

Review: Orgasm Inc.: The Strange Science of Female Pleasure

For nine years, Vermont-based filmmaker Liz Canner raced around the country with her camera doing research and interviews for this exemplary, absorbing, muckraking documentary.
Is "female sexual dysfuction" real?
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 25, 2011

An (almost) A-to-Z guide to Boston

Welcome to Boston, college kids.
From Ben Affleck to Yawkey Way
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  January 28, 2011

Jerusalem Pita & Grill

Our first real review of the new year, and already we are ticking off one of last week’s resolutions for restaurateurs.
Savory, kosher, and so much more
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 07, 2011


I adore Korean “BBQ”: marinated slices of raw meats that you cook on a little grill inset directly into your tabletop.
Tiptoeing into the shallow end of the Korean-cuisine pool
By MC SLIM JB  |  May 07, 2010


VIDEO: Our 10 most popular videos from 2009

The most popular videos from the Phoenix in 2009
Hardcore bands, porn stars, vampires, zombies, and vandals
By BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 18, 2009

There will be blood

This past Saturday, Dover-raised gladiator Kenny Florian beat the pretty out of long-haired Chicago carpenter-turned-ass kicker Clay Guida.
Beacon Hill is green-lighting elbow smashes to the face, as Mass. officially welcomes mixed martial arts
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 18, 2009

Avoiding a border war

It's a matter of moments before the likes of Lou Dobbs and Bill O'Reilly scapegoat the believed-to-be-illegal-immigrant suspects in last week's Brookline rape case for every problem in America.
Rape in Brookline
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 28, 2009

Dorado Tacos and Cemitas

Braving the early crowds for street-food flavors from Baja and Puebla
Braving the early crowds for street-food flavors from Baja and Puebla
By MC SLIM JB  |  August 14, 2009

Aerosmith's Kramer put the 'Line' in 'Brookline'

All I know is that it's a fucking miracle that none of the five of us are dead.
In this book excerpt, Kramer recalls his life in greater Boston before the boys hit it big
By JOEY KRAMER  |  June 26, 2009

The Queen of Masturbation

A professional essayist, erotic story writer, and scholar, Dr. Carol Queen is the brains behind National Masturbation Month.
Coming clean with Carol Queen, the San Fran-based sexologist who created National Masturbation Month
By ALEXIS HAUK  |  June 05, 2009

Gay deceivers

The California State Supreme Court just upheld Proposition 8, denying gay people the right to marriage. This should disabuse the complacent of the illusion that the religious right has relinquished its death grip on America. So, too, should Kirby Dick's
Outrage isn't outrageous enough
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 05, 2009

Jerusalem Pita and Grill

It's important to know your amateur online reviewers. While some are reliable cheap-eats dowsers, a rave from a Chowhound who also adores the Cheesecake Factory loses some credibility.
Fresh, kosher, and underrated online
By MC SLIM JB  |  April 01, 2009

Enrich thy neighbor

'Buy local' and take care of business
By JULIA RAPPAPORT  |  December 08, 2008