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Review: Kick-Ass

It’s the greatest introduction of a movie character in at least 10 years, the moment when Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) makes the scene.
It’s Chloë Grace Moretz who kicks ass
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 16, 2010

Interview: Lone Scherfig

Born in Denmark in 1959, Lone Scherfig first gained international attention in 2000 with Italian for Beginners, a charming little film that won her the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. A couple of years later, she followed up with Wilbur Wants t
An Educated Lady
By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 13, 2009

Review: Inglourious Basterds

From the beginning, Tarantino's obsessive self-referentiality and movie allusions never let you forget that you're watching a film.
Payback for Hitler in Inglourious Basterds
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 21, 2009

The Unknown Woman

Tornatore leaves behind the G-rated sentiment of Cinema Paradiso in this exploitative 2006 thriller.
Follows a manipulative formula that’s all too well known
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 17, 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
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 14, 2008


Johnny To’s pistol-blazing follow-up to Election and Triad Election reunites him with much of the cast from his cinematic diptych.
Bloody shootouts nearly taint the broth
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 31, 2007


Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone finally received an Oscar this year.
Morricone in the Brain: Blowing Your Mind | Bella Casa
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  March 06, 2007

Fit to be Thai’d

This retro spoof is an affectionate homage to cheapo Thai Westerns of the 1950s, trashy Thai action films of the 1960s, weepie melodramas of all eras.
Black Tiger delights; Fauteuils d’orchestre bores
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 27, 2007

Ennio Morricone

Some years ago in these pages Mark Moses wrote that he couldn’t imagine there was ever a time when “My Girl” didn’t exist — even though he was born before the song was recorded.
Ennio Morricone, Radio City Music Hall, February 3, 2007
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  February 05, 2007


Joey Burns and John Convertino celebrate 10 years together as Calexico on Garden Ruin  by embracing the Southwestern twang that’s always come so naturally to them and also by leaving it in the dust.
Garden Ruin | Quarter Stick
By JED GOTTLIEB  |  May 08, 2006


The disappointing thing about Henry Rollins — otherwise a paragon of American manhood — has always been the fact that he is, in public at least, a Moz basher.
The singular brilliance of Morrissey  
By JAMES PARKER  |  March 27, 2006



Carol Noonan has a dream.
Carol Noonan builds a place to play
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 14, 2006