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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
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  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...
By Michael Goetzman  |  November 11, 2010
Harry Potter vs. Star Wars 3-D: Battle at the box office!

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...
By Maddy Myers  |  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...
By Ryan Stewart  |  August 16, 2010
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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
By ALEXIS HAUK  |  June 18, 2010
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Review: House

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
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 30, 2010


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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
By GREG COOK  |  June 19, 2009
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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.
Mottola explains
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 31, 2009
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Review: Adventureland

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 31, 2009
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Fanboys

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
By GARY SUSMAN  |  February 19, 2009
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Review: Delgo

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
By TOM MEEK  |  December 16, 2008


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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
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 08, 2008
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Sith happens

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
By RYAN STEWART  |  September 23, 2008
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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
By MITCH KRPATA  |  September 08, 2008
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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
By BRETT MICHEL  |  August 20, 2008
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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
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 11, 2008


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Numb Skull

You can’t say they don’t warn you.
Indiana Jones’s mild Kingdom
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 20, 2008
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Sydney White

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
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 19, 2007
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Potter-schmotter!

No reading required.
25 fantasy films that lock horns, swords, and wands with Harry Potter
By ELLEE DEAN AND MADDY MYERS  |  July 24, 2007
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Labyrinth

Of course I imagined I was Jennifer Connelly.
David Bowie in tights
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  June 27, 2007
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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?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 06, 2007


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Golden anniversary

Happy 50th anniversary to the San Francisco Film Festival.
The SF Film Fest turns 50
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 16, 2007
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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?

By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 19, 2007
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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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 15, 2006
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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.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 20, 2006
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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
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 02, 2006


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EXTRAS! EXTRAS!

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
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 25, 2006
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Battlestar anime

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
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 30, 2006

No exit


  In Doom 3 , Hell is other people – and flaming demon heads
By  |  October 24, 2005