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BSFC: Best Actor
After three ballots, Brad Pitt in "Moneyball." Runner-up was George Clooney for "The Descendants." A problem: the Michael Fassbender vote was divided between "Shame," "A Dangerous Method," and...
| December 11, 2011
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
| November 18, 2011
An Interview with Shailene Woodley of "The Descendants"
As good as George Clooney is as beleaguered Hawaiian nabob and family man Matt King in Alexander Payne's "The Descendants," 20-year-old Shailene Woodley still...
| November 16, 2011
Review: The Ides of March
Though more contemporary than Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005), George Clooney's new directorial effort seems less topical.
George Clooney's new directorial effort
| October 07, 2011
Toronto International Film Festival III
Okay, maybe I'm being a little harsh about the diminished role of women in the studio films at this year's Toronto Film Festival. True,...
| September 12, 2011
Review: The American
Why so many movies this year about aging secret agents? Probably to accommodate all the aging lead actors.
Gun for hire: Clooney's aim is true
| September 03, 2010
With plans for a downtown mural, Shepard Fairey returns to Providence
It is a rather unremarkable collection of bricks at the moment: an exterior wall at the back of Trinity Repertory Company’s Pell Chafee Performance Center in downtown Providence.
| June 18, 2010
With its low crime rate and socialized everything, Sweden doesn’t seem very noirish compared with, say, LA. Then again, much of the country spends the entire winter without sunlight.
Stieg Larsson’s Girl is stinging Swedish noir
| May 28, 2010
Jon Ronson, Investigator of the Unsettling, at Tommy Doyle's [Sunday]
Jon Ronson, on "The Men Who Stare At Goats"The U.S. military has employed some pretty ridiculous tactics in its long and expensive War on Terror....
| May 07, 2010
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.
| January 29, 2010
Review: Up In the Air
No director pulls off the bait-and-switch as craftily as Jason Reitman. He gets you thinking that you're watching a hip, caustic comedy subverting the status quo, but by the end, he's vindicated all the platitudes he seemed to scorn.
Flight pattern: Reitman takes a familiar turn
| December 04, 2009
Review: Fantastic Mr. Fox
Welcome to the Dahl-house
Welcome to the Dahl-house
| November 27, 2009
Review: The Men Who Stare at Goats
Here’s a subject that really could have used a Stanley Kubrick or a John Frankenheimer or a Robert Altman. But are there any great cinematic satirists left, auteurs with the knack for black comedy and cold-blooded irony?
Bleating hearts tame Goats
| November 06, 2009
We expected the vampires, the werewolves, the zombies, and the homicidal maniacs. Same thing with the android doubles, the alien abductors, the sexually abused pregnant teenager, the Apocalypse, and the post-Apocalypse. But kids' movies?
The outlook is still gloomy, but film finds time for childish things
| September 18, 2009
High-tech high jinx
Like being visited by the Grinch instead of Santa, it looks as if Barack Obama is going to have to give up his beloved BlackBerry not long after this holiday season draws to a close.
Anybody can give electronics that do something useful, it takes imagination to air-condition a dog
| December 08, 2008
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
| September 09, 2008
Holy multiplicity, Batman!
A Caped-Crusader scorecard
| July 16, 2008
Boston music news: April 25, 2008
“As far as I know,” says saxophonist Ken Field, “ Forked Tongue is the only CD ever released to include songs by both Ornette Coleman and Billy Idol.”
Notes on Revolutionary Snake Ensemble and the Unseen
| April 22, 2008
Behind the camera and in front of it, George Clooney has glorified screwjobs (Chuck Barris) and romanticized bygone eras.
A plucky play that takes its eyes off the ball
| April 09, 2008
Funny how spring movies can mirror the options of spring break.
Spring Arts Preview: Some diversions before the summer onslaught
| March 10, 2008
Country for gold men
All kinds of voting has been taking place lately — for presidential candidates, for union contracts, for Oscar nominees.
And Blood will out at the Oscars
| February 22, 2008
The Boston Phoenix–Alumni Film Critics’ Poll
It’s true, the Boston Phoenix has never won an Oscar.
Our first-ever round-up of the past year’s best movies, with a little help from our friends
| February 13, 2008
Are we grading on a curve?
It’s a solid B, which isn’t bad considering the vagaries of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.
Peter Keough’s Oscar Scorecard
| January 23, 2008
The Oscars go to Hell
Maybe it’s just as well if the writers’ strike forces a cancellation of the Oscars show.
The Devil knows what the nominations will be for this year’s Oscars
| January 18, 2008
Ten new careers for Bill Gates
Here are some jobs Mr. Gates could pursue.
| January 09, 2008
Theodore Braun’s probing documentary about the genocide crisis in Darfur takes a hopeful approach.
A call to action
| December 05, 2007
Hell on earth
How does the Devil get his work done? With the greatest of ease, seems to be the answer.
The Devil and Darfur
| November 27, 2007
I’m afraid that this will go badly if I tell him about the divorce.
| November 14, 2007
And justice for one . . .
“I’m not a miracle worker, I’m a janitor.”
Clooney cleans up as Michael Clayton
| October 03, 2007
George Clooney’s Hub stopover this past Saturday night was designed to draw attention to the 23-year-old Boston Film Festival.
Opening night at the 23rd Boston Film Festival
| September 20, 2007
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