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Review: The Oogieloves and the Big Balloon Adventure

As an "interactive" movie, in which the whole family is encouraged to sing along and dance, The Oogieloves fails miserably.
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By NICK JOHNSTON  |  August 31, 2012
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Review: Brave

Disappointing on a story level, this fable in the feminist Disney Princess mold (unremarkably so) signals problems from the start.
Merely good
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 22, 2012
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Review: Chimpanzee

Following in the footsteps of African Cats , this Disney-distributed documentary combines breathtaking wildlife footage with silly, self-conscious voiceover narration aimed at preschoolers.
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By MILES HOWARD  |  April 27, 2012
Welcome to Disney's Unknown Pleasure Island -- where Love Will Ear Us Apart

Welcome to Disney's Unknown Pleasure Island -- where Love Will Ear Us Apart


 Well shit, I just used up my best two puns in the headline. But any goodwill that Pulp's NYC show announcement caused in the Union...
By Michael Marotta  |  January 23, 2012
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Shrek the Musical charms at PPAC

Talk about your franchises.
'Toon time
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 06, 2012
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Photos: Kostas Seremetis's ''Ready…Steady…Go!'' at the Fourth Wall Project

Kostas Seremetis's ''Ready…Steady…Go!'' exhibition is on display at the Fourth Wall Project from September 10 to October 23, 2011.
Fourth Wall Project | September 10–October 23, 2011
By ERIC ANTONIOU  |  September 23, 2011


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Underground no more, Kostas Seremetis comes home

West Roxbury native Kostas Seremetis cut his teeth as an underground artist in Boston in the 1990s — his commissions included painting the walls of the Lansdowne Street punk club Axis, and creating movies for an unknown Boston band that went on to become
He's now worthy
By SCOTT FAYNER  |  September 23, 2011
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Review: Winnie the Pooh

If you don't mind paying full price for something so brief, you'll be delighted to find a musically driven film the whole family can enjoy.
Disney dusts off the bear of little brain
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 22, 2011
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Review: Prom

A teen pic aimed at the tween demographic, Prom turns what could have been a string of punch lines and lump-in-the-throat passages into an affecting group portrait.

By BETSY SHERMAN  |  May 06, 2011
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Review: Mars Needs Moms

In this animated morality lesson from Disney directed by Simon Wells, the Red Planet is ruled by a self-appointed megalomaniac guarded by a phalanx of heavily armed females and maintained by propaganda and spin.
Animated morality lesson for earth children...in 3D!
By TOM MEEK  |  March 11, 2011
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Review: 'The 2011 RISCA Fellowship Exhibition'

For some years I've been looking forward to Lorelei Pepi's animated cartoon Happy & Gay .
The art of the state
By GREG COOK  |  February 11, 2011


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Review: The Lion King inspires at PPAC

The Lion King is roaring at the Providence Performing Arts Center through February 20, and the theatergoing denizens of this urban jungle are happy.
A roaring success
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 11, 2011
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Review: Tron: Legacy

Back in 1982, when the original Tron came out, people were just getting an inkling of the brave new world of ubiquitous technology.
True grid: F/X up, IQ down
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 17, 2010
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Review: Tangled

This is Disney, all right
This is Disney, all right
By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 26, 2010

Review: Secretariat

Secretariat keeps it sweet and simple
Horse sense? Lane, Malkovich keep it sweet and simple
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 08, 2010
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Movie mania!

MovieMaker magazine calls it one of the "Top 25 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee." It's the 14th annual Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival, which runs from August 10 to 15.
The lowdown on the 14th Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 06, 2010


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The Big Hurt: Critic proof

One of the perks of being a credible music journalist for a major weekly is that record labels are always sending you free promo CDs, hoping you'll find the time to shine the light of your critical expertise upon them (and liberally quote the press kit).
The wacky world of Allstar Weekend
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 16, 2010
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Review: Waking Sleeping Beauty

"It was the spring of 1994, and we were just finishing The Lion King , which would go on to earn great reviews and about three-quarters of a billion dollars at the box office," begins Don Hahn, that film's producer, in the fascinating documentary he
Disney-produced documentary on Disney criticizes ex-Disney employees
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 09, 2010
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Review: Oceans

Despite the talents of Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud — the Oscar-nominated duo behind Winged Migration , who once again contribute their amazing, in-the-midst-of photography — the most striking thing about Oceans is its banality.
Disney dumbs down nature yet again
By TOM MEEK  |  April 23, 2010

Tron Legacy: Serious Business


Above, the new trailer for Tron Legacy. The film's a sequel to Tron, a cult classic about computers that came out 28 years ago. Yes,...
By Maddy Myers  |  March 12, 2010
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Review: Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland

Tim Burton's hare-brained Alice in Wonderland
Rabbit stew
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 12, 2010


Keep streets safe and children in school

Thank you for your very insightful "War Over Peace" article.
Letters to the Boston editor, February 19, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  February 19, 2010
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10 memorable moments from Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is an unapologetic, cross-promotional cheese-fest. But whether you love or hate it, you have to admit that its giant balloons are nearly as synonymous with the holiday feast as turkey, cranberries, and indigestion.
From historical to horrific to humorous, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is iconic
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  November 27, 2009
ABC reveals the truth about universal health care: sinister plot hatched by space aliens!

ABC reveals the truth about universal health care: sinister plot hatched by space aliens!


Excuse me, miss: Can I see your birth certificate?Like any good reporter on an election night, I stayed home and watched a remake of a...
By Carly Carioli  |  November 03, 2009
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Sarah and the shipmates

Humorist, historian, superhero. Sarah Vowell is a woman of letters and voices.
Vowell on the Puritans and the founding of Rhode Island
By GREG COOK  |  October 23, 2009
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Review: Ponyo

In a film like Spirited Away (2001), Hayao Miyazaki takes flight and creates his own seductive animated universe. When tied to a Disney fable about the environment and true love, he lurches from cliché to myth to things that just leave you shaking yo
Visually stunning, but leaves you shaking your head
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 14, 2009


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Review: Up

Nobody these days tells stories as cinematically as do the people at Pixar. At least for the first half-hour of their films.
Raising the art to a higher level
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 29, 2009
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Living it UP high in the sky


If there is one place where you can just sit back and relax, it's 42-feet above the esplanade in an arm-chair.

When Disney's Up promotional team and Allied Advertising came to the Charles River Esplanade last Thursday offering free rides in their balloon-powered arm chair, I jumped at the chance. How many people get to chillax in an arm chair during work hours, over 40 feet above the esplanade for free?


By Lisa Spinelli  |  May 26, 2009
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Middling earth

At times, the images in Alastair Fothergill & Mark Linfield's documentary adapted from the BBC nature series of the same name elicit that rare cinematic response: wonder.
Too much talk spoils the images
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 24, 2009
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Scenes 4 tweens

When I was a teenager, all I ever longed for was to live in a world where it was socially acceptable, nay, a social requirement , to frequently burst into song.
Troy, Gabriella, and the HSM2 crew put the music in them. Now our two quasi-theater critics are trying to get it out.
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN AND CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 07, 2009