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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
| January 27, 2012
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
| September 23, 2011
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
| January 29, 2011
Review: Little Fockers
Mean Streets , Taxi Driver , and . . . Little Fockers ?
A transparent cash grab for everyone involved
| December 24, 2010
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
| May 01, 2009
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
| January 13, 2009
The screen offers relief from a world of woe
The screen offers relief from a world of woe
| December 29, 2008
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
| September 03, 2008
Kung Fu Panda
The thin script is light on length and surprise, heavy on tike-pleasing jokes and action.
A colorful wuxia comedy
| June 04, 2008
During the great American renaissance period in movies, Hollywood was in the hands of the counterculture.
Arthur Penn at the Harvard Film Archive
| January 29, 2008
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
| January 14, 2008
Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
This one’s a lot to sit through.
Meet Super Creep
| November 14, 2007
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
| October 25, 2007
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
| October 03, 2007
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
| August 28, 2007
No reading required.
25 fantasy films that lock horns, swords, and wands with Harry Potter
ELLEE DEAN AND MADDY MYERS
| July 24, 2007
The real Oscar candidate here is Alan Rickman as a restrained and sardonic stranger with a mystery past.
Marc Evan's mawkish soap opera
| May 29, 2007
My first blackjack experience came as a newly minted college grad.
In blackjack experience teaches, intuition sustains
| April 29, 2007
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
| 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.
| 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
| November 14, 2006
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
| November 10, 2006
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.
| October 20, 2006
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
| September 13, 2006
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
| May 31, 2006
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.
| May 10, 2006
The Simpsons 20 best guest voices of all time
The TV gods are smiling upon us.
Will Gervais join them?
| March 29, 2006
Where is the love - side
| March 01, 2006
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