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Review: Alps

Like his last feature, Dogtooth, Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos's new film breaks down the conventions of identity, language, and social roles with black comic — and tragic — effect.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 05, 2012

The Freshman 5: Identity Starter Kit

So here you are, a Boston newbie, all too ready make those crappy, awkward high school days a thing of the past.
New to Boston? Time for a fresh start? Try one of these identities on for size.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 07, 2012
Review: Bourne Legacy

Review: The Bourne Legacy

In this Bourne spinoff, The Hurt Locker 's Jeremy Renner continues his unlikely bid for action-franchise stardom as Aaron Cross, a next-generation Special Op boosted with bionics.
Tony Gilroy's Bourne spinoff
By ANN LEWINSON  |  August 10, 2012
Gaslight Anthem -- Handwritten

The Gaslight Anthem | Handwritten

Handwritten finds the Gaslight Anthem firmly grounded — all grease, grit, and earnest emotion as visceral as the hometown soil caked beneath their fingernails.
Mercury (2012)
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  July 20, 2012

Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

There's only one story, says the teacher near the end of this take-two of the Spider-Man franchise: who am I?
Only one story
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 06, 2012

Interview: Simon Reynolds tries to look forward

Quick, try to think of futuristic music that has nothing to do with the music of the past. Can't do it?
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 20, 2012


Telling Jessie's story

Julie Ross didn't always plan to blog about her experience as the mother of a 10-year-old transgender child named Jessie (who, until her 10th birthday in 2011, was known as George).
The soul inside
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 02, 2012
BackTalk Tilda Swinton

Interview: Tilda Swinton talks about Kevin

You never know what you're going to get with a film starring Tilda Swinton.
Mother load
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 24, 2012
Short Take - Albert Nobbs

Review: Albert Nobbs

Lesbianism doesn't exist as a cogent category in 19th century Ireland, which could explain why Albert Nobbs (Glenn Close), a woman disguised for years as a man and employed as a Dublin waiter, has no personal understanding of who she is, her identity, o
Gender identity crisis
By GERALD PEARY  |  January 27, 2012
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Review: Bellflower

In addition to the flamethrower, they've also rigged up a whiskey-dispensing car dashboard, and as a piece de resistance have created the Road Warrior–inspired "Medusa," a 1972 Buick Skylark souped up to breathe fire.
Petal to the metal
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 09, 2011
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Review: Griff the Invisible

Like Kick-Ass and Super , Leon Ford's Griff the Invisible reaffirms the notion that superheroes exist to provide the meek and marginalized with an empowering fantasy.
Downtrodden superheroes
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 26, 2011


Cinematic excess

Eight years after its completion, The Cremaster Cycle , Matthew Barney's interminable multi-media opus, continues to befuddle and intrigue audiences.
Matthew Barney's seven-hour Cremaster Cycle descends in the Portland Museum of Art
By ANNIE LARMON  |  November 12, 2010

Person and persona

Folksie newcomer John Shade says that his songs are focused on identity and anonymity, but there’s also what sounds like an unraveling personal economy lurking beneath: characters steal purses, check classifieds, go it alone with “no safety net,” and gen
For John Shade, it’s all in the text
By MATT PARISH  |  May 07, 2010

Eire apparent

Visiting Dublin recently, I was dismayed by a telling bit of sartorial sociology: Yankees caps outnumbered Red Sox caps by about 10 to one.
Whither the Boston Irish?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 14, 2007