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Review: Flight

If Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) could land a doomed plane and save the lives of almost all the passengers while in the midst of a coke- and booze-fueled bender, imagine how well he'd do if he was sober.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 02, 2012

Review: Safe House

Daniel Espinosa's over-edited but engaging spy thriller delves into edgy territory untouched by any of the numerous movies it imitates: it has Brendan Gleeson do an American accent.
Daniel Espinosa's spy thriller
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 17, 2012

Review: Unstoppable

Runaway projectiles have always made for intriguing character studies.
Washington, Dawson, Pine can only hope it's containable
By TOM MEEK  |  November 12, 2010

Review: The Book of Eli

In a post-Apocalyptic landscape of ash and destruction infested by slack-jawed cannibal gangs with carious grins, a man walks resolutely toward the sea, bearing with him the light of humanity.
The Road not taken
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 15, 2010

Lite at the end of the tunnel?

If you had enough of the end of the world with 2012 , you might be relieved when it comes to 2010.
Fun and games in post-apocalyptic Hollywood
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 01, 2010

Review: The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)

This meticulously detailed update of the 1974 cult-favorite heist drama retains some of that film's taut pacing and dry humor, and it even boasts some decent performances.
Going a bit overboard
By DAVID WILDMAN  |  June 12, 2009


Are we grading on a curve?

It’s a solid B, which isn’t bad considering the vagaries of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.
Peter Keough’s Oscar Scorecard
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 23, 2008

The Oscars go to Hell

Maybe it’s just as well if the writers’ strike forces a cancellation of the Oscars show.
The Devil knows what the nominations will be for this year’s Oscars
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 18, 2008

The Great Debaters

The deck is stacked in favor of our earnest heroes, since Robert Eisele’s formulaic script never once allows our debaters to argue a contrarian’s viewpoint.
The deck is stacked
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 26, 2007

Selling points

Jay-Z’s new album shares its title with the new Ridley Scott film about Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas.
Jay-Z ties his fortunes to American Gangster
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  November 14, 2007


American Gangster , Ridley Scott’s adaptation of Mark Jacobson’s New York magazine article about ’70s Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas, is as generic as the title.
Ridley Scott packages American Gangster
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 31, 2007


No Reservations

Rage itself becomes a monster.
Author John Burnham Schwartz on adapting his novel, Reservation Road
By JENNY HALPER  |  October 18, 2007

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

Maggots ate my flesh!

If you met Dana — attractive, athletic, and tan, somewhere in her 30s — you’d never guess her secret.
As antibiotics increasingly lose their potency, medical professionals are turning to (yecch!) fly larvae to take a bite out of wound recovery
By AUDREY SCHULMAN  |  July 16, 2007

Déjà Vu

Off a busy dock in New Orleans a ferry blows up in spectacular fashion. Flaming cars and bodies fly across the screen in slow motion. Watch the trailer for Déjà Vu  (QuickTime)
Terminator meets Groundhog Day
By TOM MEEK  |  November 21, 2006

Pop goes a Neptune

Pharrell is a fascinating rapper when he lets himself go — so why does In My Mind blow so hard? Listen to the best of the Neptunes throughout the years
Pharrell Williams raps his way into a corner
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  August 24, 2006


Inside Man

The kind of intelligent entertainment that has not been Hollywood’s specialty for the past 40 years makes a comeback in the directorial hands of Spike Lee.
Lee's heist film neither formulaic nor cynical
By CHRIS FUJIWARA  |  March 28, 2006

Politics as usual?

Conspiracy, corruption, catastrophe — politics and world events sure can be exciting. Even the mainstream news is taking an interest.
Or will Hollywood cover the issues in 2006?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 26, 2006