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Review: Solomon Kane

The last time Pete Postlethwaite died onscreen, he was being gunned down in The Town .

By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 05, 2012

What's F'n Next? Poliça

Poliça have come a long way in the past year. When they played the Paradise last September, the Minnesota act opened for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah — and it was one of their first shows ever.

By NINA MASHUROVA  |  October 05, 2012

Review: 2 Days In New York

Her angelic appearance notwithstanding, Julie Delpy is one raunchy woman.
Rowdy follow-up to 2 Days In Paris
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 17, 2012
Short Take: Madagascar 3

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

The franchise that began as a tame kiddie pleaser about four pampered zoo animals lost in the wild has matured and sharpened its teeth, perhaps thanks to Noah Baumbach ( The Squid and the Whale ) collaborating on the script.
The franchise matures
By TOM MEEK  |  June 08, 2012

Allo Darlin' | Europe

It's good to hear a band grow. Like Allo Darlin's first effort, Europe is full of catchy pop songs, and Elizabeth Morris's vocals are still heart-tuggingly direct and intimate.
Slumberland (2012)
By GARRETT MARTIN  |  April 13, 2012
Being Jewish In France

Review: Being Jewish in France

"A love affair gone sour," is how one of the writers quoted in director Yves Jeuland's documentary describes the Vichy collusion with the Nazis, which ended with thousands of French Jews rounded up by Gendarmes and shipped to death camps.
Yves Jeuland's documentary
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 16, 2012

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Review: Young Goethe in Love

In Philipp Stölzl's fanciful portrait of the artist as a young scamp, the future genius (Alexander Fehling) introduces himself as "Goethe with an 'oe'," earning a reputation as a pratfalling screw-up.
Philipp Stölzl's portrait of the artist as a young scamp
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 20, 2012
Happy, Happy...

Review: Happy, Happy

First time filmmaker Anne Sewitsky finds a compassionate way to tell a familiar tale of adultery, and she's helped immeasurably by a first-rate acting ensemble, especially the two superlative actresses, whom you could imagine cast in films of the late I
A familiar tale of adultery
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 23, 2011
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A postmodern dance lineage sings

Brown's newest work, Les Yeux et l'âme , is a suite of dances from Jean-Philippe Rameau's opera Pygmalion , which Brown directed in Europe last year.
Forest forays
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  August 26, 2011
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Review: Senna

The story of Brazilian Formula One champion Ayrton Senna sounds, well, just like a movie — Le Mans , maybe, or Talladega Nights without the comedy.
Chronicling Ayrton Senna's career
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 19, 2011
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Identity Festival rocks out the dance party

Genre predictions are dumb, but there is one thing absolutely certain in music: rock music is dead, and the era of electronic dominance is finally here.
Beats happening
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  August 19, 2011


Brooklyn’s Matt and Kim just want to have fun

Brooklyn's Matt and Kim just want to have fun
Indie-pop frenzy
By REYAN ALI  |  October 29, 2010

Review: Rock of Ages

At the start of the hair-metal musical Rock of Ages (at the Colonial Theatre through October 17), narrator Lonny (Patrick Lewallen) promises a night of sexy decadence and general kick-assery.
Strip Mauled: Rock of Ages doesn't rock
By BRETT MILANO  |  October 15, 2010

Review: Restrepo

Before his name became that of a hellish outpost on a mountaintop in the Korengal Valley, perhaps the most dangerous place on earth, PFC Juan S. Restrepo was a human being, a 20-year-old single father, an accomplished guitarist, and a medic in the 173rd
War in the raw: taking the high ground in Afghanistan
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 02, 2010

A world of cinema

The 13th Maine International Film Festival begins in Waterville next Friday, and along with the usual unusual array of (political, music, and eco-)documentaries, Amerindies, classic and foreign films, and a special night at the drive-in, MIFF has a coupl
Young filmmakers shine at this year's Maine International Film Festival
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 02, 2010

Stoddard's Fine Food and Ale

Some of the great ones do it by instinct, but William Ashmore, owner of Stoddard's (and Ivy across the street) appears to be someone given to second thoughts, maybe nots, and serial inspirations.
Boston's gastropub world has a new champ
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 02, 2010


Ghana baby Ghana

Florida Road is a crowded strip of bars and clubs in Durban, a city on the eastern coast of South Africa.
A Letter from South Africa
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  July 02, 2010

Unmitigated Gaul

The French pride themselves on their revolutionary spirit, no less in film than in politics.
Rogues and rebels in the Boston French Film Festival
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 02, 2010

The irresistible force of Dexter Romweber

Many would argue that, in the world of creativity, there is a fine line between genius and insanity. The best artists, so the argument goes, usually straddle the line, often relying on the latter to achieve the former.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 25, 2010

Dutch courage

When you've already written a novel like Cloud Atlas , which travels from 1850 to the apocalyptic future and back again, writing a historical novel might be redundant.
David Mitchell's Jacob de Zoet revises historical fiction
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 25, 2010

Kings of Queens

When it comes to legendary hip-hop duos, Southerners salute UGK and OutKast, whereas nostalgic heads anoint EPMD, and eclectic contrarians endorse Organized Konfusion.
Why Mobb Deep are still the fittest
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 25, 2010


The Big Hurt: Vince Neil acts his age

By the time you read this, the Situation will have his first single out on iTunes. Yeah, that the Situation.
Plus The Situation singled, Drake unsurpassed, Pete Doherty denied, Lou Reed exonerated
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 25, 2010

Save the pool

Noble architecture makes Boston a living work of art. Visitors flock to view Bulfinch's State House, Richardson's Trinity Church, and McKim's Copley Square Library, to name just the obvious.
Plans to alter the magnificent reflecting pool at the Christian Science Center should not be allowed
By EDITORIAL  |  June 25, 2010

Holy war

And so it came to pass, Roman Catholics, Mormons, and evangelical Protestants have banded together to battle, well, the rest of us — the heathens, the godless liberals, the Hitchens-reading progressives.
How an unholy alliance of Catholics, Mormons, and evangelicals seeks to control our lives
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 25, 2010

The Seeker

Salvatore Mancini has photographed factories along the Blackstone River Valley to record a local history of the Industrial Revolution.
 Salvatore Mancini’s quest for elemental connections
By GREG COOK  |  June 25, 2010

Sports Blotter: Dead Duck

The saga of the University of Oregon football team grows sadder and sadder.
Oregon's Masoli finally stalls out; plus, a World Cup ambush, and Florida strikes back
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 25, 2010


Unholy contraptions

In Tavares Strachan's video The Rocket Launch (2009), two black men in white chemical suits load sugar cane into the back of a three-wheeled mini-truck, then drive down a palm-tree-lined road to a run-down building labeled Bahamas Aerospace and Sea Exp
Tavares Strachan's rockets, plus 'The Boat Show' at Drive By, and 'Sensed, Unseen' at GASP
By GREG COOK  |  June 25, 2010

Review: Amanda Palmer and Evelyn Evelyn at the House of Blues

A decade ago, a Dresden Dolls fan might have required a sentence or two to describe his or her favorite band. These days, the solo career of head Doll Amanda Palmer needs a multi-page explanation for each new quarterly phase.
Twin pleasure
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 25, 2010

Summer treats

From Andean to zydeco, pick your flavor and there's a summer music festival ready to serve it up.
Whether classical, jazz, pop, or folk, 'tis the season to get out and enjoy the music
By CLEA SIMON  |  June 18, 2010

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