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In La Danse — The Paris Opera Ballet , Frederick Wiseman looked behind the scenes at a revered dance institution. In his new documentary he examines a dance institution of a different sort, the cabaret bar of the title, a Parisian pop-cultural icon a
Wiseman behind the scenes at a revered dance institution
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 27, 2012

Marwencol and Jafar Panahi star at Boston Society of Film Critics awards

From Boston to Oscar.
Critical Acclaim Dept.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 22, 2011

Review: Boxing Gym

Whatever his subject matter, documentarian Frederick Wiseman has always been concerned with blood and sweat.
Frederick Wiseman serves up blood, sweat, and hypnotic cadences
By TOM MEEK  |  November 12, 2010

Review: Cyrus

Helicoptering parents and stay-at-home adult children have been popular issues of late, and at first, the Duplass Brothers' third feature (and their first made with a studio) seems poised to exploit them.
Umbilical discord: The Duplass Brothers get Oedipal
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 25, 2010

An idyll examined

After 36 films and more than 40 years of filmmaking, Frederick Wiseman has probably come as close as any director to capturing this American life in all its breadth and nuance.
Frederick Wiseman's four-hour, 1999 documentary about Belfast, Maine
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 29, 2010

Documentary Man

If you think the polemic salvos Michael Moore churns out define the modern documentary, you've either succumbed to Moore's manipulative shenanigans or are unfamiliar with the works of Frederick Wiseman. No disrespect to the Roger & Me director, he
An interview with Frederick Wiseman
By TOM MEEK  |  December 11, 2009


Review: La Danse: Le Ballet de L'Opéra de Paris

Frederick Wiseman's documentary is a love letter to Paris, to the Palais Garnier opera house (the Bastille gets a cameo), and the Paris Opera Ballet.
Tough love from Frederick Wiseman
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 11, 2009

Greater than fiction

The True/False Film Festival, which just wrapped up its sixth year in Columbia, Missouri, presents an encouraging object lesson in how to establish a destination film festival in an unlikely location.
Mainers find ideas and connections at a Missouri film festival
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 04, 2009

Review: The Secret of the Grain

The secret of The Grain is patience
Food for thought
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 19, 2009

Review: The Class

Bégaudeau is a real-life teacher who penned a memoir, Entre les murs (the film’s original French title), about his time in the classroom.
Learning curve, part II
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 04, 2009

Mat city

Despite the bleak scenario, this is Aronofsky's funniest film.
Aronofsky, Rourke make The Wrestler a champ
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 22, 2008


Local culler

For peddling some not-for-sale DVDs to a dubious Internet customer, local critic Paul Sherman found himself in the middle of an FBI sting, removed from his reviewing posts at the Boston Herald and the Improper Bostonian , and under voluntary house arr
Paul Sherman’s Big Screen Boston
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 22, 2008

Mexico City abuzz with Beantowners

Where’s New York?  Where’s LA?
A report from the International Mexico City Festival of Contemporary Cinema
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 07, 2008

Armies of the light

Maybe the trauma of another intractable war has sparked the movies’ recent interest in ’60s headliners.
Norman Mailer’s primal screen at the HFA
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 18, 2007

Doom, gloom and zoom

Given the past year’s headlines, it can’t come as a surprise that some of the best films of 2006 had an edge of darkness to them.
A year in film
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 16, 2007

Crash victim?

I recently saw Alejandro Iñárritu’s Babel , the latest entry in the multi-narrative, pseudo-serendipitous, ain’t-life-ironic genre that reached a highpoint with the Best Picture Oscar last year for Crash , and I asked myself, is this the future of cine
Krzysztof Kieslowski at the MFA
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 04, 2006


The Death of Mr. Lazarescu(1)

Those dismayed by the state of American medicine might take heart from Romanian director Cristi Puiu’s depressing, fascinating, two-and-a-half-hour death watch. Watch the trailer for The Death of Mr.Lzarescu  (QuickTime)
Approaches the mythic
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 31, 2006

Prairie state

I never listened to more than a few minutes of Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion .
Altman spins Keillor’s Companion piece
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 07, 2006

Dixième Chambre: Instants D’Audience | The 10th District Court: Moments of Trial

The cases heard in the typical court sessions of Raymond Dépardon’s documentary range from drunk-driving charges against middle-class plaintiffs to drug and robbery offenses committed by poor people, minorities, and illegal aliens.
Rating: 3 stars
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 09, 2006

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

Those dismayed by the state of American medicine might take heart from Romanian director Cristi Puiu’s depressing, fascinating, two-and-a-half-hour death watch.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 18, 2006