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Review: Real Steel
Charlie Kenton is America.
Boxing robots. Enough said.
| October 07, 2011
The kids are all right
First the good news: in 2008, when I first wrote about the last two high schools in Maine still using the racist mascot name "Redskins," Wiscasset and Sanford, I predicted that Sanford, my hometown, would be the last holdout.
Balls, pucks and monster trucks
| June 17, 2011
Review: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2
Comic-book games are all about wish-fulfillment: What comic book fan hasn't dreamed of laying the telekinetic smack down Dark Phoenix-style, or flinging a few of Gambit's explosive cards?
Marvel's "Secret War" comes to consoles
| October 02, 2009
Not so great X-pectations
It doesn't bode well when one of a movie's supervillains has a Roman numeral for a name.
Wolverine 's shaggy-dog backstory
| May 08, 2009
We used to think this Aussie was gay because he's simply too handsome to be straight. And then we saw him sing, dance, and impregnate Barbara Walters on Oscar night, and we knew for sure. Not that there's anything wrong with that; but we're not really an
We used to think this Aussie was gay because he's simply too handsome to be straight. And then we saw him sing, dance, and impregnate Barbara Walters on Oscar night, and we knew for sure. Not that there's anything wrong with that; but we're not really anticipating the scene in the upcoming X-Men: Origins where Wolverine gets his nails done.
Boston Phoenix Staff
| March 26, 2009
Hope springs infernal
Given the current economic climate, spring this year is a season more of dread than of hope for change.
Brimstone and buddy movies are on the Hollywood agenda
| March 12, 2009
Vampires want more than just blood
In these trying times, we've shunned wizards for vampires
| December 30, 2008
Baz Luhrmann's incontinent Australia
Baz Luhrmann's Oz and ends
| November 25, 2008
With pundits already reading political significance into summer blockbusters like The Dark Knight (“Is Batman a stand-in for George Bush? Discuss.”), the meatier movies of fall arrive not a moment too soon.
Films with a full agenda
| September 08, 2008
Director Marcel Langenegger has a way with a nocturnal urban landscape, but his feature debut goes splat on the pavement.
Unimaginative erotic thriller
| April 30, 2008
The British are coming! And they have American accents!
The networks put some English on the fall TV season
| September 12, 2007
The United States of America is a nation with a proud history.
Since George W. Bush took office, the United States has sunk to unprecedented lows in sports and pop-culture domination
| June 29, 2007
Taking up where March of the Penguins left off, George Miller’s animated film imagines penguins who find love based on their heart songs — songs from the soul that speak to the penguin they’re meant to be with. Watch the trailer for Happy Feet (Q
Equals sappy feet
| February 20, 2007
Postmodern turns out to have been the wrong word, and world, for the Nolan brothers (director Christopher and screenwriter Jonathan) of Memento fame. Watch the trailer for The Prestige (QuickTime)
A movie with a few tricks of it own
| February 20, 2007
Darren Aronofsky ( Pi, Requiem for a Dream ) took a big risk in proceeding with this project after original leads Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett left the film. Watch the trailer for The Fountain (QuickTime)
| November 21, 2006
In its first foray into computer animation, Aardman ( Wallace & Gromit ) retains its lovably lumpy, Claymation look. Watch the trailer for Flushed Away (QuickTime)
Not just a title
| November 01, 2006
If you cannot remember the past, so Santayana said, you’re condemned to repeat it. Watch trailers for this fall's new releases.
This season, Hollywood lives in the past
| September 13, 2006
Prolific as he is, Woody Allen doesn’t really make new movies anymore, he just recombines parts of his previous brainchildren. Watch the trailer for Scoop (QuickTime) Very civilized: The director everyone loves to act for. By Gary Susman
Just another entertaining Woody Allen film
| July 28, 2006
Wolverine may be a dark, tormented character, but Hugh Jackman is anything but. “I'm boring,” he says, “which is terrific.”
Hugh Jackman flies high, sings low
| May 26, 2006
Bryan to Brett
“You can’t make everybody happy.”
X-Men changes directors
| May 23, 2006
After weeks of tormenting audiences with gems like Failure To Launch and The Shaggy Dog , Hollywood seems ready to shake off the Oscar doldrums and unveil its spring collection.
Hollywood springs back
| March 07, 2006
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