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Solveig Says Hello: The French DJ/producer finally hits Boston
Third time's the charm for Martin Solveig.
| March 22, 2013
Examining ‘Seneca, Selma, and Stonewall’
It will be recalled as the most famous line from President Barack Obama's second inaugural address delivered January 21.
| March 08, 2013
Review: War of the Buttons
Based upon Louis Pergaud's beloved and much adapted 1912 novel, this retread by Christophe Barratier ( Paris 36 ) is flawed but has its charms.
| October 26, 2012
Review: Step Up to the Plate
It's a corny American title for Paul Lacoste's French documentary, Entre les Bras , about the father-and-son chefs, Michel and Sébastien Bras, behind a Michelin three-star restaurant in the L'Aubrac region of France.
Paul Lacoste's French documentary
| September 21, 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
| August 17, 2012
Review: The Well-Digger’s Daughter
Daniel Auteuil ( Manon of the Spring ) directs and stars in this melodrama set in Provence during World War I.
Based on the novel by Marcel Pagnol
| July 27, 2012
Cannes turns 65 and shows no signs of retiring
Sixty-five is the age at which people think of retiring. Arguably the world's greatest film festival, Cannes — whose 65th edition began the day after beaming Socialist François Hollande was sworn in as President of France — has no such plans. This yea
| May 25, 2012
A cautionary tale from 18th-century France
Though there's no hard evidence that Marie Antoinette actually uttered "Let them eat cake," she remains a larger-than-life symbol of ruling-class decadence and a culture of gaping wealth disparity.
Honoring the masses
| May 18, 2012
Review: Free Men
In a little known footnote to the Holocaust, the head of the Paris mosque, Si Kaddour Ben Ghabrit, helped many Jews escape the Nazis.
Solidarity and mistrust in war-time Paris
| March 17, 2012
Justice blaze new trails for dance music
Most musicians, at a certain point, discover a paradox at the center of the whole act of musical creation: that seemingly complex music can be simple, and that making simple music is often a complex process. After all, what do you expect in a medium whe
| March 16, 2012
Review: The Conquest
Xavier Durringer's dramatized recreation of the rise of France's Nicolas Sarkozy to the presidency is generally fair-minded and ambiguous.
Xavier Durringer's recreation of the rise of Sarkozy
| December 16, 2011
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
| October 14, 2011
Review: Thames Street Kitchen
There's a new restaurant in Newport that may very well give the expression "tsk-tsk" new, enthusiastic meaning.
Getting more than the food right
| September 23, 2011
Review: The Names of Love
Child abuse, genocide — those French have a way with romantic comedies.
Softcore sex and politics
| August 19, 2011
Review: Petite Jacqueline
On a crowded night at Petite Jacqueline it is hard to hear your companion over the din.
| July 09, 2011
Review: L'Artisan Café & Bakery
Enough already. I got tired of a good foodie friend of mine badgering me about this bakery and gourmet food place he was in love with and wanted me to review.
More like a bistro than a bakery
| May 27, 2011
Review: The Dancing Pig
The laid-back tone of the place is established by its name and accompanying cartoon logo of a smiling pig in a top hat. Inside, tasseled valances against burgundy walls suggest a bustling gray-haired granny in the kitchen.
A great place for pigging out
| May 06, 2011
Review: East Ender
Those French know how to cook. But here in America, French cuisine too often comes with a demi-glace of pedantry and a side of self-congratulation.
France meets New England
| April 15, 2011
The eclectic François Ozon often combines the offbeat and the generic to the benefit of both.
Screwball comedy meets political boilerplate
| April 08, 2011
Review: Le Central
Their slogan is "Where the East Bay meets the Left Bank," and Le Central, in the middle of Bristol, usually does a fine job fulfilling the claim with more than good french fries. Gone are the days when the town had to settle for a Café La France on the
Cherchez la lunch
| February 18, 2011
The French pride themselves on their revolutionary spirit, no less in film than in politics.
Rogues and rebels in the Boston French Film Festival
| July 02, 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
| 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
| June 25, 2010
As the World Cup kicks off, Guinness and panic at Ri Ra
World Cup fever has not, exactly, gripped Providence.
| June 18, 2010
Steven Stark is known to Phoenix readers for his "Presidential Tote Board" odds-making feature, but it turns out that he and his son, Harrison, are also soccer aficionados, having become fans of London side Fulham FC during stays in the British capit
Your indispensable World Cup update
| June 11, 2010
If he were judged solely by the first five minutes of his films, Jean-Pierre Jeunet would rank among the world’s top filmmakers. Unfortunately, the remaining 100 minutes or so place him among the most overrated.
Witty prologue spirals downward into clumsy plot
| June 04, 2010
Minimalism and mementos
After 5 Traverse gallery closed in February, crackerjack curator Maya Allison, who was co-director there, lined up a handful of small independent projects and seemed like she might be on her way to starting her own operation before she landed a gig as cu
Jamey Morrill's sculptures and 'souvenirs' at Craftland
| June 04, 2010
Can’t you just imagine the high-level meetings taking place daily in the British Petroleum war room these days, full of top execs and engineers, neither of whom speak the others’ language, or have even close to the same concerns?
A giant tampon for BP; plus, the World Cup, and a big bash in Pawtuxet
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| June 04, 2010
The garden of Vittorio De Sica
Vittorio De Sica, the subject of a major retrospective at the Harvard Film Archive, "Vittorio De Sica — Neo-Realism, Melodrama, Fantasy," was a movie star in Italy before he became a filmmaker.
Mostly high points at the Harvard Film Archive
| June 04, 2010
Balls of fire
For one month every four years, the United States — try as it might — can’t impose its vacuous culture on the rest of the planet. The World Cup arrives and the Americans are, at best, an afterthought.
Porn stars, witch doctors, elephant farts, and the worst soccer team on the planet take center stage at this summer’s World Cup
DAVID SCHARFENBERG AND LANCE GOULD
| May 28, 2010
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