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Review: The Newsroom
The Newsroom is a dose of concentrated Sorkin, by turns maddening and exhilarating.
All in the family: Sorkin does Sorkin in 'The Newsroom'
| June 22, 2012
Martin Scorsese goes Spielberg with Hugo, as dumbed-down as the shortening of the title of Brian Selznick's Caldecott winner implies.
A valentine to early cinema
| November 25, 2011
Review: Our Idiot Brother
Homeless and bounced from one sister's house to the next, will Ned and his simplicity serve as a touchstone of truth for these miserable women?
Jesse Peretz's obnoxious comedy
| August 26, 2011
Review: Harry Brown
It's formula with a vengeance.
The trouble with Harry
| June 11, 2010
Review: Shutter Island
I read Dennis Lehane's Shutter Island , a 336-page throat-grabbing mystery thriller, in two nearly sleepless nights.
Brain drain: few shudders
| February 19, 2010
The payoff might be superficial, but the suspense and the intrigue compel.
A sleekly crafted Hitchcockian thriller
| August 13, 2008
Not quite a neo-noir, still less a martial-arts movie, David Mamet’s taut, dank drama has a foot in each camp.
| May 07, 2008
Harmony Korine aspires to the weird and revelatory but too often achieves the merely creepy.
Weird meets revelatory unsuccessfully
| May 07, 2008
Wrong on Wright?
I’m so sick of people in general, and reporters in particular, who make assumptions about something based on hearsay.
Letters to the Boston editor, April 25, 2008
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| April 23, 2008
Are you ready for the Truth? Here goes: it’s the name given by over-wound human clock Frank to his penis.
A plot centered around one man's penis
| April 09, 2008
Lars and the Real Girl
To see how a similar premise can actually touch the heart, check out Peter Cattaneo’s lovely, neglected 2005 film Opal Dream .
LARS AND THE REAL GIRL
| October 17, 2007
As of press time, the 23rd Boston Film Festival was still shaping up.
The Boston Film Festival: work in progress
| September 14, 2007
Paris je t'aime
The concept for this anthology was a short film representing each of Paris’s 20 arrondissements, from the Jardins des Tuileries (#1) to the Cimitière du Père Lachaise (#20).
A whirlwind tour of 18 arrondissements in 120 minutes
| May 23, 2007
Glee and venom
Of the great modernist playwrights, Harold Pinter has had the most intimate relationship with film.
Lacerating Harold Pinter at the Harvard Film Archive
| May 08, 2007
The Pink Panther
The comic-sleuth series has struggled since the 1980 death of Peter Sellers, who incarnated the iconic French nincompoop Inspector Clouseau.
Steve Martin's bungling gendarme scours Paris for a killer and the mother of all diamonds
| February 15, 2006
A move to London has yielded the director's most bracing, sure-handed, satisfying film in a decade.
Woody Allen returns to form in Match Point
| January 09, 2006
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