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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
ShortTake: Moonrise Kingdom

Review: Moonrise Kingdom(1)

Wes Anderson should always make movies featuring characters who are pubescent or younger — like Rushmore , which until this film was his best.
Wes Anderson paints his masterpiece
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 01, 2012
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Southie takes Broadway

Good People , Great Gig
Good People , Great Gig
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  March 25, 2011
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Review: New In Town

In the teeth of the recession, this fluffy Renée Zellweger vehicle uncorks a fairy-tale panacea for the latest CNN economic update.
Predictable squalls of melodrama and touching resolve flow like "poop through a tall Swede"
By TOM MEEK  |  January 27, 2009
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The Big Hurt: Peace capes

The dismissal of the drunk-driving case against Britney Spears has brought a ceremonial end to the downfall that ushered in a new Golden Age of tabloid journalism.
Plus Moz yarns, Osmond extensions
By DAVID THORPE  |  November 04, 2008
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Light Reading

Every now and then so-called independent filmmakers have to make money and prove to the studios that they have some traction at the box office.
The Coen Brothers have talent to Burn
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 09, 2008


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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Director Bharat Nalluri gives the old follow-your-heart message a new coat of paint with Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day .
Oversexed, screwy, and also, dowdy delight
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  March 05, 2008
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Friends with Money

After Walking and Talking and Lovely and Amazing , bright and ambitious indie filmmaker Nicole Holofcener focuses on the root of all evil, Friends with Money .
Indie filmmaker avoids preachiness and formula
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 05, 2006

Flashbacks, March 10, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Jessica McConnell.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.  
By EDITORIAL  |  March 08, 2006
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Brokeback breakdown

The most politically loaded Oscar race since Gandhi versus E.T. in 1982 seems to have come down to a contest between the gay-cowboy movie that isn’t really a gay-cowboy movie and the drama about racial conflict that’s really a glib exercise in screenwrit
Mountain ’s Oscar hopes come down with a Crash
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 07, 2006
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Hollywood gives Bush the finger

Except for a few agitators like Sean Penn and Barbra Streisand, people in Hollywood prefer to play down their liberal bent.
Why lefty films look good for Oscar
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 26, 2006


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Hollywood gives Bush the finger - side


Our film editor's predictions
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 25, 2006