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Cinema paradisos

Here's the dilemma: you love movies, but you also love the idea of taking a vacation to one of the many inviting resorts that New England has to offer — the beaches of Cape Cod or the Islands, picturesque towns in Maine or Rhode Island, or even the cultu
As Hollywood's summer fare goes cold, local film festivals heat up
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 18, 2010

Summer times

First off, a huge THANK YOU goes out to all the bands and fans who attended our inaugural Best Music Poll Awards Show last week, and congrats to all the winners.
Off the Couch
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  June 18, 2010
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Tilda Swinton's mixed metamorphoses

Most people know Tilda Swinton either from her role as the White Witch in the Narnia movies or as the striking-looking woman who in her speech accepting the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in Michael Clayton said she was going to gi
Indie-cinema luminary gets retrospective in P-Town
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 12, 2010

One man’s picks for the BiMPys

Pffft. That Phoenix Best Music Poll is just a popularity contest!  
Handicapping the Best Music Poll
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 04, 2010

It's BiMPy time: Rhode Island Music Awards at Lupo's

Start the weekend off proper.
Off the Couch
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  June 04, 2010

Well-connected

Romen Rok celebrates at Firehouse 13
Off the Couch
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  May 28, 2010


Eddie & the Louvers, Paraplegics and Gut Bucket at Club Hell

Punk/hardcore heads will convene at Club Hell (401.709.3923) for an all-ages tilt featuring Rhythmafia, EDDIE & THE LOUVERS, THE PARAPLEGICS , and GUT BUCKET on FRIDAY (the 28th). Creeping around Aquidneck? Be sure to stop by Billy Goode’s for a f
Off the Couch
By PROVIDENCE MUSIC STAFF  |  May 28, 2010
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Peep show

Michael Grecco — 51, BU grad — first began making a name for himself as an award-winning photographer for the Boston Herald .
Michael Grecco’s Naked Ambition
By HENRY SANTORO  |  May 21, 2010
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Street corner symphonies

We’d be happy enough if Jersey Boys were just a musical revue, thrumming with the the Four Seasons’ hit parade. But on top of that we get a compelling story, following the lives of ’60s heartthrob Frankie Valli and those who rocketed to fame with him.
The Four Seasons live in Jersey Boys
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 21, 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
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Review: The Secret In Their Eyes

The Counterfeiters (Austria) won in 2008, Departures (Japan) triumphed in 2009, and in 2010 the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar went to this piece of crap from Argentina.
The Academy got it wrong
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 16, 2010


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Review: The Greatest

Carey Mulligan’s Oscar-nominated performance in An Education must have prompted the belated release of this mawkish, clumsy family drama that screened at Sundance 2009.
Mawkish, clumsy family drama
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 09, 2010

Play by play: March 12, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings, week of March 12, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 12, 2010
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Oscar predictions 2010: Locker is a lock

Except for some pipe-dream scenarios in which the 10-nominee/weighted-voting system could turn out a victory for Inglourious Basterds or some other dark horse, everyone concedes that this year's winner for Best Picture and just about every other sign
Bigelow, Bullock, and Bridges also will win gold
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2010

Play by Play: March 5, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings
Theater listings, March 5, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 05, 2010
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Review: La Roux at the Paradise

"I could have been singing this at the Grammys — but I'm here with you tonight," declared Elly Jackson, the public face of La Roux, with a detectable dash of annoyance folded into several dollops of playful sarcasm.
Paradise Rock Club, January 31, 2010
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 12, 2010


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Hanging with The Hurt Locker

Whatever happens at that other film awards gala in Hollywood next month, The Hurt Locker solidified its hold on indie-minded critics this past weekend when it dominated the Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC) third annual awards dinner. That film's
Oscars East
By TOM MEEK  |  February 12, 2010
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Interview: Patton Oswalt

For someone who came up as part of the "alternative comedy" scene of the 1990s, Patton Oswalt is becoming increasingly mainstream.
On staying sharp
By RYAN STEWART  |  February 05, 2010
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Karen Schmeer: 1970-2010

Karen Schmeer, the brilliant local film editor whose work on Errol Morris's documentary The Fog of War helped win it the Best Documentary Oscar in 2004, died January 29 in a tragic accident, struck by a getaway car as she was crossing a street in Manha
In Memoriam
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 01, 2010
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Oscar predictions 2010

After years of shrinking audiences and low-grossing Best Picture nominees, the Academy this year is hedging its bets.
With 10 Best Picture noms, is Oscar up in the air? Our critic predicts.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 29, 2010
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Is there 'hope' in Hollywood?

Buoyed by President Barack Obama's campaign slogan, many had hopes for change after his election.
Three controversial (and sure to be Oscar-nominated) films tackle race in the age of Obama
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 29, 2010


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Review: Amarcord

In memory, Federico Fellini's 1973 work, an Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film, stands among his masterpieces. But seen today, Amarcord is something of a disappointment, clever and moving in places, but also sprawling, undisciplined, clumsy in patches,
Fellini's good old days were also the bad old days
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 18, 2009
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Photos: Boston Music Awards 2009

Photos of Will Dailey, Mean Creek, Dear Leader, Lisa Bello, Bad Rabbits, and more from the Boston Music Awards.
Boston Music Awards 2009, live from the Liberty Hotel, December 2, 2009
By CATHERINE LEE  |  December 11, 2009
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The Big Hurt: Lambert works it, 50 blows it, Moz ends it

ADAM LAMBERT 's spicy AMA performance continues to dominate entertainment headlines, weeks after it first scandalized the nation — but why does America care what a man does with another man in the secluded privacy of the American Music Awards?
The Big Hurt: Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 11, 2009

Ocean + Desolate Grace

At Geno’s, November 13
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By DAN CLARK  |  November 27, 2009
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Hardboiled hub

When I was growing up in Roslindale a few decades back — among tribes of ignorant, second-generation immigrant kids whose favorite words began with “f” and “n” and who liked to torture small animals and beat up small children before they moved on to thei
The city’s gritty, criminal underbelly has redefined the dark, artistic vision known as Boston noir
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 23, 2009


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Culture and choreography

Not only is the FirstWorks organization devoted to presenting “first-time-in-Rhode Island” performances throughout their seven-week fall festival (through November 15), but the staff is also always seeking diversity of cultures, media, and experiences.
Horse and Yellow Bird Dancers at FirstWorks
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 16, 2009

First annual We Push Buttons Festival

The successful first-annual WE PUSH BUTTONS: ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL wrapped up on Saturday night.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 02, 2009
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The Bigmouth strikes again

Given all the conflicting emotions, it was tough to form an opinion on Kanye West's VMA bum rush against Taylor Swift.
Kanye acts like himself; nation loses shit
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 25, 2009
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Review: Paris

Cédric Klapisch's serendipitous interweaving of the lives of disparate characters in the title city never resorts to the contrivance and manipulation of Paul Haggis's Oscar winner, but there are some close calls.
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By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 25, 2009