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Family Ties: Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons's art

Family has long been one of the central subjects of Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons's art.

By GREG COOK  |  February 01, 2013

War stories; UPS gets proactive; in the toilet

On Monday, your superior correspondents observed Veterans Day and, as is Jorge's habit, he turned on talk radio to listen for a few minutes.
Veterans Day, on the left
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 16, 2012
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Review: The Campaign

When it comes to mainstream movies commenting on political issues this year, Jay Roach's satirical comedy may be as bold as it's going to get.
Jay Roach's satirical comedy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 10, 2012
Short take: Drunkboat

Review: Drunkboat(1)

Despite a title taken from Rimbaud's poem, Bob Meyer's debut has less in common with the wunderkind symbolist than with David Mamet and the Coen Brothers.
Hamming it up
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 13, 2012
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Review: People Like Us

I, for one, would not want to be a person like the characters in Alex Kurtzman's creepy family melodrama.
Alex Kurtzman's creepy family melodrama
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 29, 2012
Review: Elena

Review: Elena(1)

Andrei Zvyagintsev's film, a Special Jury Prize winner at Cannes 2011, becomes more than a domestic melodrama: a grim, effective allegory of the daily whirl in Putinland.
Domestic servitude
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 01, 2012


Review: Darling Companion

Review: Darling Companion

As pedestrian as a stroll through the dog park, Lawrence Kasdan's latest (and worst) film is both insulting and inconsequential.
Pedestrian and insulting
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  May 18, 2012
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Review: Dark Shadows

By the time Dark Shadows gets to the opening credits, it is already Tim Burton's best film since Ed Wood , but then I've always had a soft spot for the Moody Blues' "Nights in White Satin."
Tim Burton's best film since Ed Wood
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 11, 2012
Review: Forgiveness of Blood

Review: The Forgiveness of Blood

American filmmaker Joshua Marston ( Maria Full of Grace ) traveled to Albania to write and direct this thoughtful, subtle feature about the victims of a blood feud, with an all-Albanian ensemble.
Joshua Marston's thoughtful, subtle feature
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 09, 2012
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Dog daze

Letters to the Boston editors, March 9, 2012.
Letters to the Boston editors, March 9, 2012
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  March 09, 2012
Review: We Need to Talk About Kevin

Review: We Need to Talk About Kevin(1)

Kevin (Ezra Miller) may not have his father's eyes, but Lynne Ramsay's adaptation of Lionel Shriver's novel rivals Rosemary's Baby , The Omen , and this year's Twilight installment as a negative advertisement for childbearing.
Lynne Ramsay's adaptation of Lionel Shriver's novel
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 09, 2012


Review: Silent House

Review: Silent House(1)

Shot in a single, continuous take, Chris Kentis and Laura Lau's Silent House crackles with a gnawing anxiety like that which defined their debut, Open Water .
Quietly sinister
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  March 09, 2012
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Review: Act of Valor

New York congressman John King is investigating alleged collusion between the CIA and those involved in Kathryn Bigelow's film about the Navy SEALs' killing of Bin Laden, pressuring the studio into holding up the release until after the Presidential ele
The Navy SEALs' killing of Bin Laden, in film form
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 02, 2012
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Review: The Darkness II

Have you ever felt a rage so powerful and consuming that it seemed to be operating under its own control? That's the Darkness.
The heart of the matter
By MITCH KRPATA  |  February 17, 2012
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Review: Declaration of War

A baby with a brain tumor is no laughing matter.
A puzzler of a cancer drama
By ALICIA POTTER  |  February 17, 2012
Movies: We Bought A Zoo

Review: We Bought A Zoo(1)

Matt Damon plays Mee, a journalist who decides that he and his daughter (a precocious Maggie Elizabeth Jones) and sullen teenage son (Colin Ford) need a new start after the death of his wife, so he spends his life savings on a house in the country.
Cameron Crowe's film version of Benjamin Mee's memoir
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 23, 2011


The Descendants: Film

Review: The Descendants

George Clooney puts in what may be his best performance as Matt King, scion of a wealthy Hawaiian family that can trace its pedigree back to the 19th century Princess Margaret Ke'alohilani, descendant of King Kamehameha, and bride of Matt's great, great,
For Clooney, it's all Payne, all gain
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 18, 2011
The Man Nobody Knew: Short Take

Review: The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby

"My father lived in shadows," says filmmaker Carl Colby in voiceover. "He liked being invisible." His documentary is a valiant but ultimately futile attempt to understand William Colby, the ex-CIA head who died in 1996.
Carl Colby documents his father's life
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 18, 2011
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Review: The Other F Word

Filmmaker Andrea Blaugrund Nevins spent intimate time on the road and at home with some prominent male punk rockers.
The original devil-may-care rebels enforce bedtime
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 11, 2011
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Of Farms and Fables shows beauty, struggle of family farming

From the bean patch, Lily calls her husband Walker: Pests in the beans. Walker is over in the chard patch, which he says looks like Swiss cheese.
Speaking from the fields
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 28, 2011
Johnny English

Review: Johnny English Reborn

Like 2007's underrated Mr. Bean's Holiday, Johnny English Reborn, directed by Oliver Parker, improves on its unwatchable predecessor.
A small improvement
By ANN LEWINSON  |  October 21, 2011


Trespass 3

Review: Trespass

If Rod Lurie's errant remake of Straw Dogs didn't tickle your morbid fear of home invasion, then perhaps the latest from Joel Schumacher ( Falling Down ) might do the job.
Home invasion
By TOM MEEK  |  October 14, 2011
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Review: The Women on the 6th Floor

Philippe Le Guay's '60s-set Parisian upstairs/downstairs, a kind of European version of The Help , has all the ingredients necessary for US consumption: political correctness, platitudes, saucy comedy; and a romance between a middle-aged bourgeois reac
A kind of European version of The Help
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 14, 2011
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SpeakEasy's heart-wrenching Next Fall

It's a story you've heard before: a young gay man, raised by Bible-thumping Southern parents who would disown him if he were to come out, moves to New York City.
Revelations
By MADDY MYERS  |  October 07, 2011
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Photos: The Life Is Good Festival at the Prowse Farm

The Life Is Good Festival takes over Prowse Farm in Canton MA on September 24-25, 2011.
Canton MA | September 24-25, 2011
By MILES WEAVER  |  September 30, 2011
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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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Tasting Iraqi hospitality in Westbrook

At Mona's house in Westbrook, when a guest comes to visit, this is what she makes: a platter of yellow rice topped with golden bone-in chicken pieces, tomato-and chili-flake soup, a platter of beef dolmas, flatbread, pickled vegetables, fresh salad, wate
A feast for a guest
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  September 23, 2011
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Review: Circumstance

Circumstance begins like an early Kiarostami film, but with schoolgirls in hijabs instead of schoolboys in sweaters.
Schoolgirls in hijabs
By ANN LEWINSON  |  September 09, 2011

Running in the Family

As a kid, I always knew I had been adopted. It was no big deal, but being adopted meant I had no information about my biological family's medical history, which is a double-edged sword.
Balls, Pucks, and Monster Trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  August 12, 2011
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A friend in need

For the last 15 years, Aliza Shapiro has been the heart and brains of Truth Serum Productions, the rabble-rousing outfit behind the irreverent TraniWreck cabaret.
Community comes together to support Aliza Shapiro
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  August 05, 2011