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Review: Red Tails
With a title that refers not to squirrels but to plane markings, Red Tails dramatizes the struggles and triumphs of African-American pioneers, the Tuskegee Airmen.
The struggles and triumphs of the Tuskegee Airmen
| January 27, 2012
Interview: Charles Ross, One-Man Star Wars Trilogy
Bostonians! Power up your light sabers, because this Monday, actor Charles Ross is bringing his One-Man Star Wars Trilogy to the Coolidge Corner Theater for...
| November 11, 2010
Harry Potter vs. Star Wars 3-D: Battle at the box office!
Harry vs. Luke: Which sparkly-stick wielding hero do you prefer? Two heroic journeys go head to head this fall in theatres: George Lucas plans to...
| October 01, 2010
VIDEO: Deleted scene from Return of the Jedi surfaces
Above: Luke Skywalker resists the temptation of the dark side while constructing his green lightsaber in a cave on Tattooine in this scene cut from...
| August 16, 2010
Freaks, Geeks, and Faux Bono
As Bay Staters, we recognize that our European ancestors sure knew how to roll: scarlet letters, sticks up asses, if-she-drowns-she's-not-a-witch-if-she-floats-she's-a-witch-so-let's-kill-her legal applications.
Boston-area subcultures keep the Bay State comfortably kooky this summer
| June 18, 2010
Just imagine, after viewing Nobuhiko Obayashi’s bona fide genre find, how a generation of moviegoers’ tastes might have deviated in wonderfully odd directions had they sampled the Japanese visionary’s comic-horror hybrid back in 1977.
Alas, weirdness had to wait
| April 30, 2010
Art in America
The legend of the Old West's cowboys and Indians, flinty pioneers and buffalo killers, sheriffs and gunslingers started with the tall tales that cowboys themselves told of their glorious exploits.
From the Old West to middle-class guys
| June 19, 2009
After The Daytrippers . . .
Greg Mottola didn't make a film for 11 years after his 1997 debut feature, The Daytrippers, caused a small ripple in the indie world.
| March 31, 2009
Could the revival of the "Portrait of the Auteur As a Young Man" genre signal a new era of auteurship in Hollywood? Maybe, but Mottola, for one, hasn't quite reached that point.
Greg Mottola faces growing pains
| March 31, 2009
Bonus points to director Kyle Newman for upping Kristen Bell's already solid geek cred (and for squeezing her into Princess Leia's gold bikini).
As endearingly grungy and careworn as the Mos Eisley cantina in the original, pre-digitized, puppets-and-all 1977 print of Star Wars
| February 19, 2009
In a far-away animated land resembling Middle-earth by way of George Lucas's Clone Wars , two races clash over a common territory in a situation akin to the current conflict in the Middle East.
Somewhat less impressive than the Geico gecko
| December 16, 2008
Wish-fulfillment for a burning world
From the shining big-screen debut of Iron Man to the large amounts of green produced by the Incredible Hulk, this was the year the public couldn't get enough of their favorite heroes.
The 2008 heroic holiday DVD and Blu-ray gift guide
| December 08, 2008
Many people regard anything produced in the past 15 years or so bearing the Star Wars brand as total garbage, and rightly so.
No new lease on life for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
| September 23, 2008
Back to business
For the first time, the arrival of the blockbuster video-game season seems bittersweet.
Fall video games offer sequels and few surprises
| September 08, 2008
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
It is Star Wars , but it's also an ad for an upcoming video game and an animated TV series debuting in October.
A stiffly-animated, money-grabbing afterthought
| August 20, 2008
Not by George
A long time ago, on a bricks-and-mortar soundstage far, far away, the last great Star Wars movie was made.
Robot Chicken: Star Wars
| August 11, 2008
You can’t say they don’t warn you.
Indiana Jones’s mild Kingdom
| May 20, 2008
Joe Nussbaum’s created a genre mash-up, grafting on the plot of Revenge of the Nerds and . . . the climax of Spartacus ?
An obvious, labored fairy tale
| September 19, 2007
No reading required.
25 fantasy films that lock horns, swords, and wands with Harry Potter
ELLEE DEAN AND MADDY MYERS
| July 24, 2007
Of course I imagined I was Jennifer Connelly.
David Bowie in tights
| June 27, 2007
Cinema of Shadows
It’s not likely, but Judd Apatow’s pitch for Knocked Up might have sounded something like this.
We’re five years into the Iraq crisis, and Hollywood hasn't made a film about the war. Or is every film is about the war?
| June 06, 2007
Happy 50th anniversary to the San Francisco Film Festival.
The SF Film Fest turns 50
| May 16, 2007
Editors' pick: Place to buy books from a cat lady
Is that a 1977 copy of George Lucas’s Star Wars ? And over there . . . a stack of those choose-your-own adventure books you used to read as a kid?
| April 19, 2007
The future of an illusion
When I first realized that movies would, for better or worse, dominate my imagination forever, I really gave no thought to the forces at work creating these transfiguring images on a screen.
Reflections on 40 years spent in the dark
| November 15, 2006
Off with their heads
The signs are getting bleak for the man in the White House and the party in power.
Recent polls are giving the GOP the willies. So should the movies.
| October 20, 2006
Small state, big stage
When some of his childhood friends in Cranston were starting to party, Steven Feinberg remained transfixed by the movies -- to the point where he envisioned one day serving as Rhode Island’s celluloid king.
Steven Feinberg reveals how Rhode Island wound up on the Hollywood map
| August 02, 2006
As much as I lament the continuing decline of attendance at the cineplex, it’s also easy to understand.
The 25 Greatest DVD Special Features of All Time
| April 25, 2006
Fans of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 epic The Seven Samurai , which spawned John Sturges’s 1960 The Magnificent Seven , are going to be surprised at what they find in Samurai 7 .
Kurosawa’s classic becomes IFC’s Samurai 7 , plus more, but not better, Henry Rollins
| March 30, 2006
In Doom 3 , Hell is other people – and flaming demon heads
| October 24, 2005
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