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Attend this film event: The 17th Annual Chlotrudis Awards at the Brattle


The Wendigo (2001) Every year the Oscars suck, and every year our advice is the same - if you want to see how this kind...
By Peter Keough  |  March 19, 2011
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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
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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
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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


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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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.
What's the French word for Crash ?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 25, 2009
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(10) days of celluloid

Among the many treats at last year's Maine International Film Festival were a future Oscar winner (James Marsh's documentary Man on Wire ) and one of the biggest art-house hits of 2008 (Scandinavian teen-vampire flick Let the Right One In ).
From the gridiron to gritty realism at the Maine International Film Festival
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 10, 2009
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Cannes goods

Quick — name a world-class film-festival administrator willing to reveal that at age 12 he was titillated by the sight of clodhopper-shod Minnie Mouse stomping on Mickey's tail in a French comic book.
Tarantino, Antichrist , and well-lit genitalia show why the French film festival is like no other
By LISA NESSELSON  |  May 29, 2009


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Review: Pedro

There's no other reason to see the film.
An inspiring life reduced to sound bites, clichés, and hugs
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 01, 2009
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The moving pictures

There are moments when, by coincidence or an aligning of the stars, something amazing accidentally comes together. Here in Providence, next week is one of those times.
David Polonsky and the Festival of Contemporary Animation
By GREG COOK  |  April 10, 2009

Hugh Jackman

We used to think this Aussie was gay because he's simply too handsome to be straight. And then we saw him sing, dance, and impregnate Barbara Walters on Oscar night, and we knew for sure. Not that there's anything wrong with that; but we're not really an
We used to think this Aussie was gay because he's simply too handsome to be straight. And then we saw him sing, dance, and impregnate Barbara Walters on Oscar night, and we knew for sure. Not that there's anything wrong with that; but we're not really anticipating the scene in the upcoming X-Men: Origins where Wolverine gets his nails done.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009
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Chazz Palminteri tells the tale

You may not recognize actor/writer Chazz Palminteri by name, but you definitely know his face.
The Bronx is up
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  March 25, 2009
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Review: Duplicity

Like Steven Soderbergh in his Oceans series, Tony Gilroy seems to have decided to take a break from making serious movies like 2007's Oscar-nominated Michael Clayton .
Let's just say that Gilroy is no Ernst Lubitsch when it comes to sophisticated, saucy effervescence. Or a Hitchcock, either.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 18, 2009


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Keough sweeps Oscars

Is our Phoenix film editor good, or what? This past week, Peter Keough predicted six major Oscar categories and earlier went out on a limb and called the two short-subject winners.
Way better than average
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  February 25, 2009
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Live Blogging the Oscars 2009

The Boston Phoenix's Chris Faraone and Sara Faith Alterman go blow-for-blow -- and shot for shot -- as the 2009 Academy Awards unfold live. Plus, follow real-time feedback from fellow viewers on our live #Oscars Twitter feed!  
Follow the Academy Awards in real time with our #Oscars Twitter feed and talk back live!
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN AND CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 24, 2009
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Oscar predictions: Liberal gilt

It's like a fairy tale for Hollywood liberals.
Oscar wants to be a Millionaire
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 17, 2009
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Review: ''The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2009''

As with Best Picture, the themes of death, aging, and difficult love dominate the two Shorts Oscar categories this year.
Varying degrees of schmaltz and subtlety
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 04, 2009
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Review: Last Chance Harvey

Between them, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson have four Oscars, so it's hardly surprising to see them paired up in director Joel Hopkins's attempt at Oscar bait.
A Lifetime TV movie with better leads
By BRETT MICHEL  |  January 13, 2009


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Martyr complex

This year the Oscars will honor the men who suffer for our sins and the women who don't wear make-up.
Oscar suffers for our sins
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 13, 2009
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I’ve Loved You So Long

So which portrayal of a victimized woman will win an Oscar this year?  
A crass and pretentious soap opera
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 28, 2008
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The Tracey Fragments

Ellen Page is younger and less wise-ass than in her recent Oscar-nominated role, but thanks to the fragmentation, she’s at least as annoying.
A torturously stylized melodrama
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 25, 2008
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Die fälscher|The Counterfeiters

It’s fitting that a film called Die fälscher|The Counterfeiters should have won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language film, since that’s the most bogus category in the bunch.
Not worth the Oscar
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2008