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Errol Morris: The truth, the whole truth, nothing but the truth

August 29, 1979. Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald, a former Army Special Forces Captain, was convicted of the savage murders of his wife and two daughters as they slept in their house within Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

By PETER KADZIS  |  November 09, 2012
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A moment of illumination

Last Friday, Brandeis University brought together two legends of nonfiction filmmaking: Errol Morris and Claude Lanzmann.
Film matters
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  March 30, 2012
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Errol Morris's magnificent obsessions

The tops of the side tables in Errol Morris's office are entirely obscured by books, among them Remembering Satan: A Tragic Case of Recovered Memory ; The Education of T.C. Mits: What Modern Mathematics Means to You ; French psychoanalyst Jacques Laca
Mr. Natural
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  July 15, 2011
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Point of no return

Don DeLillo's novels have been shrinking, like a star collapsing into itself, perhaps, or vapor fading on a glass.
The end justifies the meaning in Don DeLillo's Omega
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 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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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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Days of plenty

In Collapse , the latest documentary by Chris Smith ( American Movie , The Yes Men ), the director condenses a two-day, March 2009 interview with a little-known investigator named Michael Ruppert into a bleak harbinger of the world's seemingly inevi
A man in a bunker outlines our forthcoming Collapse
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 04, 2009

William Friedkin at the Harvard Film Archive

However we may still praise, and therefore bury, the American New Wave, we do still run the genuine risk of slipping down the wormhole slicked by present-moment techno obsessions and amnesiac entertainment-media narcissism.
William Friedkin, the New Hollywood’s most daring pulp-realist provocateur.
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  February 10, 2009
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The ultimate balancing act

About 100 films deep, MIFF ’08 has intriguing offerings for cineastes of all stripes. Here’s a slice of what to look out for.
An extraordinary documentary opens the 2008 Maine International Film Festival
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 09, 2008

Victory at last

It may at first seem like hyperbole for Harvey Silverglate to call the Boumediene decision the most important of his lifetime. But it is important to acknowledge how deeply surreal and atavistic these cases have become.
Letters to the Boston editor, June 27, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  June 25, 2008
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Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts

Glass comes off as a likable, unassuming presence and also a bit of an enigma.
A quietly hagiographic film biography
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 18, 2008


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Photo op?

After 11 days on the road promoting Standard Operating Procedure , his film about the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal, Errol Morris is back in his Cambridge office.
In Errol Morris’s Standard Operating Procedure , a picture is worth a thousand words
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 01, 2008
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Bad seeds?

For Errol Morris, film doesn’t show reality, it organizes it in an attempt at arriving at the truth.
Errol Morris checks the apples, not the tree, in Standard Operating Procedure
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 30, 2008
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Local culler

For peddling some not-for-sale DVDs to a dubious Internet customer, local critic Paul Sherman found himself in the middle of an FBI sting, removed from his reviewing posts at the Boston Herald and the Improper Bostonian , and under voluntary house arr
Paul Sherman’s Big Screen Boston
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 22, 2008
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Making book

This spring brings exciting story collections from established authors and hot newcomers.
Spring Arts Preview: Fiction, non-fiction, and poetry
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  March 10, 2008
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Ordure in the court

“He couldn’t be a terrorist, living in a cellar and eating canned food,” says a perceptive friend of the notorious French attorney Jacques Vergès.
Barbet Schroeder’s L’avocat de la terreur
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 06, 2007


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Deep thoughts

It’s an unassuming feature in a weak time slot set in Farmington that deserves to steal the show this year.
A stunning Maine-based doc highlights third Camden International Film Festival
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 26, 2007
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Open city

In the pioneering early-’80s days of the Toronto Film Festival, the audience actually rose before movie showings for a canned recording of “God Save the Queen.”
The 2007 Toronto Film Festival
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 18, 2007
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Manda Bala/Send a Bullet

Brazil reels from corruption, poverty, and violence, but it remains perversely functional.
Slyly persuasive Errol-Morris-style
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 12, 2007
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Tiger balm

Here’s a sunny movie-world tale.
And Kazuo Hara at the HFA
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 09, 2007
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Cheap thrills

Summertime inevitably raises the question: what are we going to do with our crazy, hot selves? Summer Guide 2006: Cheap thrills from Bar Harbor to New Haven.
Paw Sox, Penny Slots, and Ponies — so cheap, it might cost you
By ELLEE DEAN  |  June 14, 2006


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War stories

Every chapter in Stanley Karnow’s 1983 Pulitzer Prize-winning Vietnam: A History begins not with an epigraph, but with a series of photographs.
Revisiting Vietnam on film
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 31, 2006
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Learning by doing

The way kids say, “I wanna be an astronaut, I wanna be a fireman,” Cambridge’s Karen Schmeer insisted, “I can be a film editor.”
Karen Schmeer, Sidney Pollack, Frank Gehry
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 23, 2006
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Trial and error

Hollywood studios looking for movie ideas should check out Jessica Sanders’s After Innocence .
The system is found guilty in After Innocence  
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 02, 2006

New to DVD for the week of December 27, 2005


New DVD releases for the week of December 27, 2005
By  |  January 17, 2006