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Review: Luck

You get the feeling that Milch and Mann just want to show off what they know about horse racing. When one of Marcus's crew keeps screaming out during the big Pick Six race, "What's going on!?," he speaking for the audience.
HBO goes to the races
By JON GARELICK  |  January 27, 2012
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Review: Straw Dogs

Remaking, polishing, and in effect housebreaking what should've remained untamed and feral, Rod Lurie's new version of the Peckinpah classic follows the original's story beats closely, and so the devil is in the details.
Rod Lurie's new version of the Peckinpah classic
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  September 23, 2011
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Review: Barney's Version

The title narrator of Mordecai Richler's novel has the virtues of consistency and a compelling, comic voice — a TV producer with three blighted marriages and a murder rap behind him, he's a prick and proud of it.
Tale of a sad-sack chick magnet
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 29, 2011
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Review: Little Fockers

Mean Streets , Taxi Driver , and . . . Little Fockers ?
A transparent cash grab for everyone involved
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 24, 2010
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Review: Fighting

Call this a guide to recognizing your sophomore slump. Dito Montiel won the Directing Award at Sundance with his autobiographical 2006 debut, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints , but that film had Robert Downey Jr. and Chazz Palminteri.
He’s a muscle-bound clod and she’s a vapid cliché
By DAVID WILDMAN  |  May 01, 2009
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Review: Last Chance Harvey

Between them, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson have four Oscars, so it's hardly surprising to see them paired up in director Joel Hopkins's attempt at Oscar bait.
A Lifetime TV movie with better leads
By BRETT MICHEL  |  January 13, 2009


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Anti-depressant cinema

The screen offers relief from a world of woe
The screen offers relief from a world of woe
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 29, 2008
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When men were men

Since Sam Peckinpah’s untimely death at the age of 59, he has acquired such legendary status that it’s startling to remember that he made only 14 films over a period of 22 years.
Sam Peckinpah at the Harvard Film Archive
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  September 03, 2008
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Kung Fu Panda

The thin script is light on length and surprise, heavy on tike-pleasing jokes and action.
A colorful wuxia comedy
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 04, 2008
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American original

During the great American renaissance period in movies, Hollywood was in the hands of the counterculture.
Arthur Penn at the Harvard Film Archive
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  January 29, 2008
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Defending the universally loathed

Forsaken entities deserve a second chance.
The Phoenix looks with loving eyes at some of the worst people, places, and things in the world — and gives them a big hug
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 14, 2008


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Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium

This one’s a lot to sit through.
Meet Super Creep
By MARK BAZER  |  November 14, 2007
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Home grown terror

Cathy Wilkerson, 62-year-old math teacher and mother of one, was famous long ago, as a member of the radical political collective Weatherman.
Cathy Wilkerson's memoir of the Weather Underground recalls a time when revolution seemed possible
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  October 25, 2007
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Thirtysomething

When Jonathan Larson, the Pulitzer-winning composer of Rent , wrote tick, tick . . . BOOM! , he could not have known what the “boom” would be.
tick, tick ... BOOM! at New Rep; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum by BTW; American Buffalo at WHAT
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 03, 2007
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Midnight paparazzo?

Midnight Cowboy , that Oscar-winning classic of subterranean New York City, gets the homage it deserves with the wry, amusing Delirious.
Delirious over Delirious; plus underground
By GERALD PEARY  |  August 28, 2007
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Potter-schmotter!

No reading required.
25 fantasy films that lock horns, swords, and wands with Harry Potter
By ELLEE DEAN AND MADDY MYERS  |  July 24, 2007


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Snow Cake

The real Oscar candidate here is Alan Rickman as a restrained and sardonic stranger with a mystery past.
Marc Evan's mawkish soap opera
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 29, 2007
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Table manners

My first blackjack experience came as a newly minted college grad.
In blackjack experience teaches, intuition sustains
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  April 29, 2007
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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

How to distill the essence of Tom (Lola rennt) Tykwer’s handsome rendition of Patrick Süskind’s morbidly satirical 1985 novel about Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, an unloved serial murderer/parfumier possessed of a preternatural olfactory sense, without bei
Distilling Jean-Baptiste Grenouille
By BRETT MICHEL  |  January 03, 2007

Flashbacks: November 24, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Dan Peleschuk, Ian Sands, and Eva Wolchover.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By FLASHBACKS  |  November 21, 2006

Ken Norton: A victim of tradition

This article originally appeared in the October 5, 1976 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Ali won, but his challenger didn’t lose
By GEORGE KIMBALL  |  November 14, 2006


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Stranger than Fiction

What’s stranger than fiction? Some might say meta-fiction, the “avant-garde” genre that’s actually older than Don Quixote, in which a work of fiction self-consciously refers to its own artifice. Watch the trailer for Stranger than Fiction  (QuickTime
Submits to the temptations of clichés and bathos
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 10, 2006
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Off with their heads

The signs are getting bleak for the man in the White House and the party in power.
Recent polls are giving the GOP the willies. So should the movies.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 20, 2006
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Fall back

If you cannot remember the past, so Santayana said, you’re condemned to repeat it. Watch trailers for this fall's new releases.
This season, Hollywood lives in the past
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 13, 2006
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The Puffy Chair

The Duplass brothers know their way around a kooky, loosely wrapped scene, but, as the film’s conclusion demonstrates, they can cut to the heart as well.
Kooky road movie about an old Lazyboy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 31, 2006
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The Lost City

In 1990, Sydney Pollack refashioned Michael Curtiz’s Casablanca , setting the action during a period of political upheaval in Havana , with Robert Redford doing little to erase memories of Humphrey Bogart.
Awful
By BRETT MICHEL  |  May 10, 2006


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The Simpsons 20 best guest voices of all time

The TV gods are smiling upon us.
Will Gervais join them?
By RYAN STEWART  |  March 29, 2006

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